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Sony VPL-HW65ES Projector - Calibration & Settings

Posted on March 6, 2016 by Art Feierman
VPL-HW65ES PROJECTOR:  CALIBRATION SETTINGS

Sony VPL-HW65ES Pre-calibration Settings

VPL-HW65ES Pre-Calibration
Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):
Reference TV Cinema Film 1 Cinema Film 2 User
Contrast = (Max)
Brightness = (50) 49 54 53 53 49
Color = (5o)
Tint = (50)
Color Temp = (D65) (D75) (D65) (D65) (D65)
Color Space = (BT.709) (CS1) (CS3) (CS3) (BT.709)
Gamma = (Off) (2.4) (8) (Off) (Off)
Iris (Dynamic Control) = (Off) (Full) (Full) (Limited) (Off)
Iris (Brightness) = (Max) (Max) (Max) (50) (Max)

Lamp Mode=High (unless noted otherwise)

All other settings at default (untouched)

VPL-HW65ES Pre-Calibration
Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):
Photo Bright Cinema Bright TV Game
Contrast = (Max)
Brightness = (50) 51 52
Color = (50)
Tint = (50)
Color Temp = (D55) (D75) (D75) (Custom 5)
Color Space = (BT.709) (CS3) (CS2) (CS3)
Gamma = (Off) (9) (10) (9)
Iris (Dynamic Control) = (Off) (Limited) (Limited) (Off)
Iris (Brightness) = (50) (Max) (Max) (Max)
Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (mid zoom):
 Reference= 1560 @ 6623
TV= 1707 @ 8071
Cinema Film 1= 1560 @ 6633
Cinema Film 2= 1377 @ 6560
User= 1560 @ 6629 (Same as Reference)
Game= 2065 @ 8083
Photo= 1074 @ 5538
Bright Cinema=  1716 @ 7667
Bright TV= 1716 @ 7960
Effect of zoom on lumen output (Reference mode):
Zoom out 1665
Mid-zoom 1560
Zoom in 1417

Lumen Output (Low Lamp, Reference mode):  900

Effect of Iris settings on lumen output (Reference mode):
Dynamic Control on Full= 1560
Dynamic Control on Limited= 1560
Dynamic Control= 1560
Brightness (maximum opening)= 1560
Brightness (50% open)= 1258
Brightness (minimum opening)= 789
Color Temp over IRE range (Best Mode)
Reference
30 IRE 6675
50 IRE 6680
80 IRE 6634
100 IRE 6623

VPL-HW65ES Calibration

Sony HW65ES Calibration
Custom 3 Color Temp
Gain R= -3
G= 0
B= -5
Offset R= -2
G= 0
B= -3
Lumens at 100 IRE 1533 @ 6514

Calibration settings for User:

Color Temp on Custom 3, Iris off, Gamma on Off, Color Space on BT.709, all other settings on default or as previously stated.

Post Calibration Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post Calibration)
20 IRE 6259
30 IRE 6480
40 IRE 6599
50 IRE 6545
60 IRE 6488
70 IRE 6444
80 IRE 6492
90 IRE 6535
100 IRE 6514
Average gamma= 2.17

Mike's General Calibration Notes

The HW65ES has an excellent picture with all the default settings. There’s almost no difference between Reference and User modes. Contrast is right on in every mode and Brightness just requires a bit of adjustment in certain modes.

Mike's Grayscale Calibration Notes

A number of modes are almost identical when it comes to default grayscale and lumen output. Reference, Cinema Film 1 and User modes all have roughly the same RGB balance that is good right out of the box, but that as good as the VW600ES we reviewed last year.  Blue is a bit high across the board, but not that noticeable in real world use.  Also, the RGB balance is also very consistent across the entire IRE range.  Before calibration, Delta E averaged around 4.5, which is good, but not great.  After calibration, the User mode came in at an average of 1.0, rising only to 3.0 at 20 IRE and 0.6 or under from 60 IRE to 100 IRE.

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