The 4K A1E TV is the range topping product from Sony. With a 120Hz refresh rate and premium build quality, the TV displays brilliant black tones and vivid colors. Sadly, there is a considerable input lag and a sizable screen incline.
The following picture calibration settings should provide the same feedback on all three A1E screen sizes: 55”, 65” and 77”. Although, as mentioned, the input lag is sizable, you can reduced it to the minimum possible value with a few tweaks. This will help when using the TV for gaming.
Sony Picture Settings
To calibrate for optimal quality in movies, set Picture Mode to Custom.
For a completely dark room, the optimal Brightness is 14. Adjust the brightness level according to how bright your room is. In the same time, turn off “Light Sensor” to avoid automatic brightness adjustment.
Set Auto Picture Mode to off and set Color at 50.
Switch to Brightness tab and do the following adjustments:
Set Contrast to “Max”
Gamma to 0
Leave “Black Level” to its default value of 50.
Turn off “Black adjust” and “Adv. Contrast enhancer”
Next, set “X-Tended Dynamic Range” to “High”.
In the Clarity tab, leave Sharpness at 50, turn off Reality Creation.
The Mastered in 4K option becomes available only for 1080p videos that are labeled “Mastered in 4K”, and is only available when the input comes from a BluRay player.
Leave “Digital Noise Reduction”, “Smooth Gradation” and “Random Noise Reduction” off.
Go to Motion tab and turn off “Motionflow” and “Cinemotion”.
You might want to set “Motionflow” to custom and play with the Smoothness if you want the Soap Opera effect.
Generally, Sony A1E automatically picks the best settings when HDR input is detected. If that’s not the case, set Brightness to max and “X-tended Dynamic Range” to High.
Finally, make sure to redo the calibration settings for each input source, as the TV won’t apply them globally.