Mini review Sony X690E
Decent picture quality, low input lag are the main strong points of Sony X690E TV. Although it features only rather large screen sizes (50”, 60” and 70”), this TV is one of the best entry level models right now on the market.
X690E features a basic yet reliable design, the only downside being thick body. Inputs are easily accessible even when the TV is mounted on a wall.
Best picture settings
Here is how to get the best picture available on the Sony X690 by calibrating settings.
Go to Scene Select and pick General. In Picture Mode, go for Custom.
Then, set Brightness to 12 as a reference point for a completely dark room. Work your way up depending on the amount of light in your room. It is best to set Contrast to MAX; there won’t be any clipping.
Black level should be 50, Color should be left at 50 and Hue at 0. These are their default values and only need to be changed if you edited them before.
Since any extra sharpness is not desirable, set Sharpness level to 50 (default value). Reality Creations should stay off for high-quality media, but it’s worth turning on when you are watching low-resolution videos.
Set Color Temperature to Expert 1. If it feels too Warm, go for Neutral or Cool.
Other settings for best picture
Turn CineMotion Off to get better rendition of 24p movies from 24p sources. However, if you notice too much judder, leave it on Auto.
Again, for low-resolution media it is advisable to turn on Random Noise Reduction and Digital Noise Reduction. However, these aren’t needed for 1080p and 4K media, and should be turned off.
HDR picture settings
Before you connect an HDR device, go to Setup, then to AV Setup and enter HDMI Signal Format. Change to Enhanced for the HDMI ports that will be fed HDR media. Be advised that only HDMI ports 2 and 3 can use the Enhanced feature.
Another tweak needed to properly display HDR content, go to Scene Select and select HDR. Otherwise, keep it on Auto and the TV will switch to HDR automatically.