(Some minor changes from the settings used for these calibrations were made in the final viewing tests. For the control settings used in the post-calibration viewing visit www.soundandvision.com)
The measurements here were made using CALMAN (www.spectracal.com) measurement software, together with Photo Research PR-650 and Klein K-10A color meters and a test pattern generator from Murideo/avpro (Fresco Six-g).
FULL-ON/FULL-OFF CONTRAST RATIO: Unmeasurable
In the Custom Picture mode with the Black level control at 50, Brightness (backlight) at 5, Contrast at 90, Gamma at
-2, and Auto local dimming at Medium, the measured peak white level with an
18% white window was 40.7 foot-lamberts (ft-l) or 135.9 nits. (At the default Brightness setting of 35, peak white level measured 131 ft-l.) A full black test pattern was unmeasurable at center screen using these settings. With local dimming off, the black level rose to 0.019 ft-l for a native full-on/full-off contrast ratio of 2,142:1.
With the above settings and Expert 1 Color tempera-
ture selected, the average pre-calibration grayscale
Delta E from 10% to 100% was a maximum of 1.98 at 100%. After calibration using only the 2-point grayscale controls, the maximum Delta E was 0.61 at 70%. The maximum color Delta E was 2.67 before calibration (blue) and 1.63 (also blue) after a CMS fine tuning. In the -2 setting. the gamma ranged from 2.36 at 10% to 2.44 at 70% and 80%.
FULL ON/FULL-OFF CONTRAST RATIO: 208,000:1
In the Custom Picture mode with the Black level control at 50, Brightness (backlight) at 35, Contrast at 90, Gamma at 0, Auto local dimming at Medium, Advanced contrast enhancer
off, and X-tended Dynamic Range at High, the measured peak white level with a 10% white window was 1,456 nits. A full black screen measured 0.007 ft-l for the contrast ratio shown above. above. However, for HDR the bulk of the image falls below 50%, with the remainder reserved for highlights. The output at 50% measured 94 nits, so it might be construed that a working contrast ratio over most of the set’s usable brightness range would be 94/0.007, or 13,428:1— still a good result. With local dimming off, the black level rose to 0.252 for a full range contrast ratio of 5,778:1 or a working contrast ratio from 0% to 50% of 373:1. Bottom line: you’ll clearly want to turn on the XBR- 65Z9F'S local dimming .
With the above settings and Expert 1 Color temperature selected, the post calibration grayscale Delta E never exceeded 2.9, with or without luminance, and the color
Delta E never exceeded 2.5. Luminance measured 1,456 nits with a 10% white window, 1,006 nits at 25%, 713 nits at 50%, and 544 nits with 100% full field white. HDR color checker Delta Es measured 1.22 with luminance and 1.36:1 without luminance. The Sony reached 70.6% of BT.2020 (1976 standard) and 92.8% of P3 (1976 standard) color space.
The Sony passed all of our standard video processing tests. With the Game picture mode selected, image lag measured an impressive 23.8ms.—