How to Calibrate a Sony Bravia

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How to Calibrate a Sony Bravia
Calibrate your Sony Bravia for the best picture. (remote control image by Mat Hayward from

Your Sony Bravia's picture was stunning on the showroom floor. That might be one reason you decided to purchase it. But now that it's set up in your living room something seems a You're not imagining things. Most manufacturers preset their televisions with factory settings designed to maximise their picture quality under bright light conditions. Since normal viewing most often occurs in homes with dimmer lighting than the showroom, calibrating your television's picture settings will ensure you're getting the optimal performance. Proper calibration consists of adjusting the black level, white level, sharpness, colour saturation and tint of your picture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Turn your television on and wait approximately 30 minutes. This will allow your set to reach normal operating temperature.

  2. 2

    Enter your Sony Bravia's on-screen menu options and select "Picture Adjustments." Select "Common" to apply your selections to all inputs. Customised settings can be applied to individual inputs by selecting the desired input and repeating Step 4 through Step 8 for each input.

  3. 3

    Adjust the "Backlight" option to increase or decrease the backlighting on the screen. Do this utilising the typical television viewing lighting conditions in your home.

  4. 4

    Adjust the "Brightness" to desired level. This will set your black level and determine one end of the contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is simply the difference between the darkest black setting and brightest white setting.

  5. 5

    Select "Picture" from the "Picture Adjustments" menu and adjust to the desired level. This setting will adjust the white setting of your contrast ratio.

  6. 6

    Select "Sharpness" from the menu and adjust to achieve desired results.

  7. 7

    Enter the "Color" option from the menu and adjust the picture to desired results. This option increases or decreases the colour saturation visible on your screen.

  8. 8

    Select "Hue" (if available) from the menu and adjust to desired result. This will adjust the green and red tones on your picture. This option many not be available on all models.

Tips and warnings

  • Advanced picture adjustments may be available on your Sony Bravia depending on the model.

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