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Sony X800D LED TV Settings

For additional settings information, please consult the Common Problems and How to Calibrate pages.

The following are the settings we used to calibrate the Sony X800D. These should work well for any content, from movies to sports or video games with a couple of tweaks described below. 

For playing games, we first change the picture mode to 'Game', for lowest input lag. If you plan to use it as a PC monitor, set the picture mode to 'Graphics' for clearest text. For other usage, use the 'Custom' picture mode as we do below.

After setting the picture mode, adjust the 'Brightness' to your preference. For our completely dark room, we use a value of 1 but you can increase this without affecting the picture quality.

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 1

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 2

Our calibration goal is a warm picture, and so we set the color temperature set to 'Expert 1'. If you find the overall picture too dull, you can use a cooler setting. We leave 'Live Color' off to obtain the most true image to the source.

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 3

A sharpness value of 50 results in no added sharpness. This avoids introducing any artifacts resulting from over-sharpness. We also leave 'Reality Creation' disabled, but for low quality content  such as TV and DVDs it may help to enhance the image. 'Random noise reduction' and 'Digital noise reduction' will also help to reduce picture noise for low quality content. Leave those options off with high quality signals (PC, Blu-ray or streaming).

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 4

To add image interpolation (soap opera effect) and smooth out motion, engage the 'Motionflow' option to one of the preset values, like 'Smooth' or increase the 'Smoothness' slider in 'Custom'. The 'Clearness' setting will make the backlight flash, producing a clearer image but reducing the brightness of the TV. This can be useful to clear motion while playing video games without increasing the input lag.

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 5

The following settings can all be left to 'Auto'. 

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 6

To get the sharpest text while using the TV as a PC monitor, change the 'HDMI signal format' to 'Enhanced format' and use the 'Game' or 'Graphics' picture mode. To get there, hit the 'Home' button on the remote, scroll down to 'Settings'  then 'External inputs' and 'HDMI signal format'. This is also necessary if you are planning to use an HDR Blu-ray players or an HDR ready game console.

Sony X800D Calibration Settings 18

The following are the results of the white balance and colorspace calibration on our unit. They are provided for reference, and should not be copied as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model and same size as the TV we reviewed due to manufacturing tolerances. If you want to try them you will need to enter all values shown, as all of them are active at the same time. If you end up with worse picture quality, simply reset them to the default values.

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6 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Hello, I was interesting in this TV (Sony XBR 800D). Can you confirm that it is HDR10? The upcoming PS4 Pro only supports HDR10 so I wanted to make sure. Thank you.
Yes, it supports HDR10 on HDMI2 and HDMI3.
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Will it play 10 bit HDR content from a flash drive? As otherwise I will have to buy another device to play that to this TV.
Yes.
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Is this TV "UltraHD Premium"? I assume Skype can be downloaded through the TV's app store. Can I hook up a webcam to the TV? How would I go about doing that? I was looking at getting the Logitech Pro Ultrawide.
This TV is not certified 'Ultra Premium' and Skype can't be downloaded via the Google Play Store. As for the webcam, no applications available on the Google Play Store can use them, rending them of no use on the latest Android TV version.
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Hello, I tried the setting above, and I feel like the whites are very bright for me. My Sony TV is in a small room. I'm using the settings above for all content such as Movies, TV, and Games. I've lowered the contrast, but it darkens it a lot and the corners start to get dark as well. Any recommendations for my current setup? I want to be able to achieve a good balance of whites and color without affecting image quality. Thank you.
Unfortunately the X800D doesn't let you decrease the backlight brightness very far. Try adding some ambient light to the room, ideally behind the TV, to help your eyes adjust. You can also decrease the brightness by making the backlight flicker, by setting 'Motion Flow' to 'Custom' and increasing the 'Clearness' setting; however this flickering may be distracting.
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Is there recommended picture settings for HDR mode when using a 4K blu-ray player, such as an Xbox One S or an Oppo 4K player? In my expericence, when using the Xbox One S for 4K HDR it will change some values for HDR mode, but it will sometimes look too bright or the colors would look too vivid. I want to achieve a good balance, while getting the best picture possible for this TV. Thank you.
We recommend the same settings for HDR mode. HDR content will still look different because it is mastered differently from SDR content.
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What exactly does the resolution setting under Reality Creation do?
Reality Creation affects the sharpness and noise of the image. It doesn't result in an objectively superior image but some people like it. We prefer to leave it off.

About the resolution setting, higher values make the image sharper. Some people find that values over 40 cause the image to look too jagged. You can adjust it until you find a setting that you like.

We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.