Sony LCOS/SXRD RPTV – Extra Info Added
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I am copying the original information posted by Michael TLV and adding Additional Detail in Bold
Sony LCD/SXRD Type RPTV Displays
“always try to use the original TV remote where possible. Things like Harmony remotes and other all in one remotes may not have all the buttons you need to press”
* Particularly for the SpyderTV Pro users, the grayscale items for doing white balance are also located in the normal user menu in the Advanced section. Calibrate the grayscale from there and write down the values for future reference. NOTE: User Menu White Balance Adjustments (gain & bias) may only be available when you have selected the ‘Custom’ Picture Mode (rather than Standard or Vivid). Also, the User Menu White Balance adjustments are coarser than the White Balance adjustments in the Service Menu… Service Menu adjustment increments seem to be about 1/2 as large as the User Menu White Balance increments for XBR2 series.
Calibrating this set with a Spyder2 then with a Konica-Minolta CS-200 revealed that the Spyder2 set gray values that had too much green and red (or too little blue) usually in the range of “10” units within each service menu adjustment range. So if you use a Spyder2, you may get more neutral grays by using settings that are more blue (or less green and red) than the meter indicates.
When the Service Menu starts, if it is on the panel that says
SERVICE TV MICRO (upper right corner)
VERSION (left upper corner)
You can enter the user menu and make changes without exiting the Service Menu – but in many other areas of the Service Menu, you cannot access the user menus.
* Using the remote control:
* With the TV off. You really don’t want to turn these lamp-illuminated sets on and off if you can avoid it. So the trick is to warm the set up for 20-30 minutes (depends on ambient temp somewhat) and once warmed up, you can press Power on the TV remote, then very quickly press Display > 5 > Volume Up > Power. You have about 5-6 seconds to complete the key sequence before the lamp actually turns off. If you are fast enough, you can get into the service menu without the lamp going off at all. If the lamp does go off, you’ll have to wait around 3 minutes for the cooling fan to cool the lamp before you will be able to power-on the set again.
* Press DISPLAY … 5 … VOL up … Power (or DISPLAY … 5 … Power )
* The Service Menu will be displayed in green letters Usually starts in SERVICE TV MICRO mode.
* Use the “Jump” button to cycle through the 3 or 4 menu pages to get to the page with the big green “crude” fonts … this is where the White Balance parameters are found. If SERVICE TV MICRO is the starting point, press JUMP and the font changes to blue and you are in SERVICE DTV mode. Press Jump again, you get the info page titled WEM Version (color decoder is in this menu). Press Jump again to get to PANEL SERVICE mode where White Balance (WB) mode is located along with many other things.
There are typically 3 important lines in most of the Service Menu areas all in the upper left corner on XBR2 sets:
-the Panel (selected with the Jump key)
– the category selected with the 2 or 5 buttons on the remote
– the item selected with the 1 or 4 buttons on the remote
Adjust the “item” value up or down with the 3 and 6 remote buttons.
* Press “MUTE” then “ENTER” on the remote to save new settings. “WRITE” in red will show up in the upper right (or top center area on some sets) corner if saved successfully
** On some LCD units, the menu pages must be changed to the original one you saw when entering in order Exit to properly. If this is not done, the service parameters will show up in the normal user mode image and cannot be removed until the exit sequence is done correctly.
* Power off to exit the service menu. Again, it is not necessary to actually turn off the lamp to exit the service menu… if you press Power 2 times in quick succession, the screen will go black for 10-15 seconds and come right back up without the lamp turning off.
** Additional notes: Multiple Grayscale memories are possible on the SXRD LCOS type units – 1 for each input (Video 1, Video 2, etc.). Cool, Neutral, Warm 1, Warm 2 all have separate memories. To access these … change the Color Temp in the user menu and the preset values in the service mode will change accordingly. On some models (XBR2, etc), the “Standard” and “Vivid” Picture Modes share Service Menu settings and “Custom” mode has a completely separate group of Service Menu settings BUT, When you select Standard or Vivid, you lose a LOT of User Menu items that are available in ‘Custom’ mode – No access to Gamma (User Menu) in Vivid or Standard mode, for example. So each input COULD have 2 balance adjustments if you need them, though one of them is a little hobbled by the Vivid/Standard Picture modes eliminating a lot of useful user menu items.
Speaking of Gamma – the settings for the XBR2 series work counterintuitively. Gamma OFF is about 2.2, Gamma LOW is about 2.1, Gamma Medium is about 2.0, Gamma High is about 1.9, Gamma Max is about 1.8. I thought low, med, high, etc would INCREASE gamma (make the curve more pronounced, but the curve gets flatter as you “increase” the Gamma settings in the User Manu – and the Gamma setting is only available when “Custom” Picture Mode has been selected in the User Menu. There are gamma-related settings in the user manual, but they may not be needed if Gamma OFF and your source components put you where you want to be.
The Service Menu that looks like an Info Screen that begins with WEM VERSION contains the color decoder adjustments. To get into the color decoder settings, press 2 on the remote until 011 col_lum axis_ycp.spf is displayed on the first line. Then Press the “1” on the remote to display 003 RYR in the second line. This is the Red color decoder. If there is a Red push on the set, this number can be reduced. The default is 32 on some models, reduce by 5 or so to get a modest reduction in Red Push.
To access White Balance controls, Press the “Jump” button on the remote until you see crude green block letters that say “Panel Service” on the top line. Once in Panel Service mode, you use the “2” button on the remote until you see 2 WB in the second line under PANEL SERVICE. If that line has a high number instead of 0, you can use the “5” button on the remote to move down to lower menu items. With 2 WB displayed, Use the 1 button on the remote until 3 R_GAIN is displayed. This begins the 3 gains which are followed by the 3 bias/cuts. All 3 colors move up and down individually (no color is frozen). Increment each gain or bias setting up or down using the “3” (up) or “6” (down) buttons on the remote control.
If you find, after doing 20% and 80% that it would be helpful if you had some independent control over 10% and 90%-100%, if you press the “1” button on the remote (still in PANEL SERVICE : 2 WB mode) until 23 CDWB-RG is displayed… this begins 3 gain settings that affect 90%-100% more than 80% and lower. These have an adjustment range of 0-15 with factory defaults all being set to 8. CDWB-RG is “Red Gain” affecting the 90%-100% range more than lower fields. There is definitely some interaction with the other Gains so you may have to bounce back and forth several times to end up where you want to be. Advancing with the “1” button on the Remote gets you to 26 CDWB-RB which starts the 3 “extreme” bias controls which work on the lowest end of the gray scale but interact with the other bias controls also. The XBR2 series should be able to produce nearly ruler-flat color temps with just a little wiggle at 10% and 20% (less than 100 Kelvins usually).
To get Lamp Hours – While still in PANEL SERVICE mode, use the “2” or “5” buttons on the remote to make the next line below SERVICE PANEL read “21 Timer”. The line below that should read “0 LMP” (if this is some other number than “0” use the “1” and “4” buttons on the remote). The number to the right of “0 LMP” is the number of hours the lamp has been on since it was installed. The User Menu lamp changing routine should reset this counter to Zero as part of the lamp change procedure.
Don’t forget to SAVE with MUTE and ENTER. In this case, ENTER is not the button in the center of the navigation “wheel” but the “Ent” button to the right of the “0” (zero) key on the remote.
While in PANEL SERVICE mode, you cannot enter the User Menu to make any changes. But if you use the “Jump” button to exit PANEL SERVICE to to the SERVICE TV MICRO (appears in the upper right corner of XBR2 sets) mode, you can again access the User Menu without exiting Service Mode. From this SERVICE TV MICRO area you can also change from Video 1 to Video 2 to Video 3 without exiting the Service Menu.
Finally, to exit Service Mode… press Power on the remote 2 times to exit service mode without having the lamp turn off so you don’t get stuck waiting 3 minutes for the lamp to cool before the TV lets you turn it on again.
On XBR2 sets, Sharpness settings higher than about “2” begin to form white edges in Sharpness test patterns (range is 0-100).
Sony’s Auto Iris mode moves the IRIS very slowly. If you display a black field for 30 seconds then change to a 100% white field, it takes 15-20 seconds +/- for the IRIS to move from one extreme to the other. This stops visible pumping… but there is a lag if there’s a sudden change on the screen. If you have Auto Iris 2 or Auto Iris 1 mode selected, and you want the full range of illumination for gray scale adjustments, you have to use full fields for the steps in the gray scale (not windows). Checkerboard contrast reads about 1200:1 on 60″ XBR2, but full field contrast is over 10,000:1 if you are using Auto Iris 2 mode and you wait for the iris to open and close fully. Power Save mode dims the lamp… this is a good idea if you use Auto Iris modes as they can be VERY bright when Power Saving mode is not selected. Power Save improves blacks too. Auto Iris 1 has a bit less iris range than Auto 2 mode.
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