How to Calibrate Sony HT ZF9

Morden

Active Member
Thought I'd create a post with how to calibrate zf9 effectivly

To do this you will need a soundmeter app on your phone or tablet and a tape measure.

1. Measure distances of soundbar, both rears and sub to where you normally sit when watching your TV.

2. Put bar on with at a volume you would normally listen at when listening to a 4k disk.

3. Whilst sitting where you normally watch TV, on SB using remote go to Home>>Setup>>Advanced Settings>>Speaker Settings>> Manual Speaker settings there 3 settings to change

4. Distance - Under this set distances for all speakers as you measured them. There are distances for front, L rear, R rear and sub in the menu.

5. Test tone - put test tone on then go to Level settings

6. Level highlight front SB and note the db level that the sound meter displays.

7. On the sound bar remote set the seperate volume control for rear and the seperate volume control for the sub to 5 (this gives you headroom to boost or lower from remote to fine tune when watching different sources)

8. Using Level menu on soundbar adjust the levels for both the rear Left speaker and rear Right speaker using the soundmeter to match db level you recorded on the soundmeter for the front speaker.

This should be done whilst the white noise is coming from the appropriate speaker, for which the soundmeter will display the decibel level.
What we are trying to acheive is to have all speakers have the same decibel level on the soundmeter.

9. After the 2 rear speakers have been set correctly, the sub speaker in level menu on soundbar should be adjusted. This can be set to either same db level showing on sound meter or lower.
I find the sub overpowering so I have mines set to -3.5 which in my room was about 15 decibels lower than the other speakers. But it depends if you have neighbours or not and your own preferences for bass.

You will never get true Atmos overhead from a soundbar, but you do get what can be described as a bubble of sound around you when listening to the soundbar when properly setup.

I also find that boosting rears improves atmos bubble effect when watching inputs that are not on a 4k disk or bluray disk. That's why calibrating them at volume of 5 lets you boost when required.

Hope this is of use
 
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chenks

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2. Put bar on with at a volume you would normaly listen at.
isnt this step a little vague? as "normal" volume levels can vary quite a bit depending on what you are watching and from what source.

if i'm watching live TV then the volume can be at one setting for non dd5.1 channel, but different for a dd5.1 channel.

and if watching a movie the volume can be different again, as you would generally have it higher when watching a movie than when watching live TV.
 

Morden

Active Member
isnt this step a little vague? as "normal" volume levels can vary quite a bit depending on what you are watching and from what source.

if i'm watching live TV then the volume can be at one setting for non dd5.1 channel, but different for a dd5.1 channel.

and if watching a movie the volume can be different again, as you would generally have it higher when watching a movie than when watching live TV.
Set the level at the loudest of the sources you watch and for a full range sound not stereo, preferably an atmos /dts x source.

I've updated that in the post, thanks.
 
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Palexr

Active Member
Morden said:
Thought I'd create a post with how to calibrate zf9 effectivly.....
Thank you for this, it has certainly helped me get more from the SB and rears. The only bit that confused me was:-

7 Set volume for rear and sub to 5 (this gives you headroom to boost or lower from remote to fine tune when watching different sources)

Wasn't sure how to achieve that? Is that increase the vol via the Subwoofer and Rears volume button on the handset for each of them independently in the settings menu? I guess it does as it seemed to work but just checking?
 
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Morden

Active Member
Thank you for this, it has certainly helped me get more from the SB and rears. The only bit that confused me was:-

7 Set volume for rear and sub to 5 (this gives you headroom to boost or lower from remote to fine tune when watching different sources)

Wasn't sure how to achieve that? Is that increase the vol via the Subwoofer and Rears volume button on the handset for each of them independently in the settings menu? I guess it does as it seemed to work but just checking?

Yes set the seperate volume controls for rear at 5 and the seperate volume for sub at 5.

I'll update that point.
 

Ken65X950G

Novice Member
In the past when I turned on my XBR65X950G and Z9F using the TV remote, the picture and the sound came on instantly. However, in the last month or so, it literally takes nearly 30 seconds for sound to come on. Was there a software update recently that changed the power on process? If not, is there something I can do to correct this? Not a huge deal, but annoying nonetheless, especially since it used to be instantaneous like the TV picture.
 

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