We’ve reviewed 8 2016 Sony 4k TVs as well as 8 Sony LED TVs from 2015. It depends on the models, but in general, Sony TVs have great picture quality, albeit a bit pricey. Sony introduced a new OLED model in 2017. We will continuously update this page as new models are announced.
- 01/04/2017 Sony 2017 Lineup announced at CES
- 09/16/2016 Sony X700D reviewed
- 08/19/2016 Sony X750D reviewed
- 08/17/2016 Sony X800D reviewed
- 08/05/2016 Sony W630B reviewed
- 06/08/2016 Sony W650D reviewed
- 05/06/2016 Sony W600D reviewed
- 04/01/2016 Sony X930D reviewed
- 03/18/2016 Sony X850D reviewed
- 01/05/2016 Sony 2016 Lineup announced at CES
Compared to other brands
- Good motion handling. They have the best settings for handling motion. They are the most consistent at removing judder. Their motion interpolation has less artifacts and hiccups. Most of their TVs are flicker free, with an optional feature for backlight strobbing.
- Great upscaling. All of Sony TVs are great at displaying lower quality content.
- Poor uniformity. The uniformity of their screens aren't the best, but the last few models that we reviewed were better, so they are improving.
- High price. There are some exception, but in general, they are priced at a premium.
Overall, Sony TVs are a safe bet if you want a good picture quality for a mixed usage. The Android TV smart platform has also grown on us quite a bit and offers some great features you can’t find with the competition. You can read our review of Android TV here.
Sony's Lineup - Description and Reviews
Sony's focus is more on the mid to high range. They don't really offer budget TVs. They also have a very limited selection in the small sizes, as most of their series start at 55" and above.
Sony's introducing an OLED set this year. They're also adding Dolby Vision support to their high-end models.
The A Series is Sony's first venture into larger sized OLED TVs. They use LG panels and have an extravagant design.
The XBR-A1E is the only OLED TV Sony's announced this year. Expect excellent picture quality and no motion blur.
Sony's high-end 4K LCD TVs. Some of them now also support Dolby Vision HDR.
The X800E that replaces the X800D from 2016 now has a 55" size available. Currently sony's entry level 4k TV. Expect the 49 inch and 55 inch models to be IPS.
The X850E is the successor to the X850D. It previously sported an IPS type panel, expect it to be brighter than last year's model. It's also only available in larger sizes now.
The new iteration of the X930 series, now with Dolby Vision support as well as a better edge-lit backlight.
Similar to the X930E, but only available in 75" and with full-array local dimming.
The main difference that we noticed so far on Sony's 2016 TVs are brighter screens. Besides this, the picture quality didn't improve in a significant way (and in some cases, it even regressed a little bit).
The XBR series (starting with X) is Sony's high-end lineup. They are all 4k UHD TVs supporting HDR.
Adds local dimming, and VA panel instead of IPS. Great TV. Better blacks than the X850D, but loses picture quality at an angle. Very bright.
Adds a full array backlight. We expect a great picture quality like the X930D, but with a more effective local dimming (which means better for watching movies in a dark room).
The KDL lineup (starting with W) are mid-range 1080p TVs. Not a lot of options have been announced so far, and they are only available in relatively small sizes. If the past W* series are a good indication, they will be good small budget TVs.
In 2015, Sony broadened their 4k offering significantly, even dropping most of their big 1080p TVs. In the budget end, they kept producing some 2014 TVs like the W600B.
The Sony XBR line (starting with X) are all 4k UHD TVs. All of them are pretty good choices, especially in a dark room (except for the X830C).
IPS panel, therefore poor blacks but good color accuracy at an angle. Good for a living room. But one of the worse black uniformity we've seen.
Compared to the X850C, adds front-facing speaker and a glossy screen, as well as local dimming.
Adds a full array backlight. We expect a great picture quality like the X930C, but with a more effective local dimming (which means better for watching movies in a dark room).
The W series are mid-range 1080p TVs. They all feature the Android OS.
The R series are budget 1080p TVs without any fancy features.
- R420B (32"): Basic TV, but not very good. See review
- W600B (40", 48"): Great budget TV. Was also continued to be sold throughout 2015. See review
- W800B (50", 55"): Great overall TV, especially for gaming TV. See review
- W850B (60", 70"): Best 60" gaming LED TV we ever tested, even better than recent models. See review
- W950B (55", 65"): Poor blacks, but a great living room TV. See review
- X850B (49", 55", 65", 70"): 4k TV, with an IPS panel (poor blacks, but good viewing angle). Not reviewed.
- X900B (55", 65"): 4k TV with front facing speakers. Not reviewed.
- X950B (65", 85"): 4k TV. Full array local dimming backlight. Not reviewed.
Sony, in general, produces great televisions. They are mostly mid to high-end models with an excellent picture quality. They are a bit pricey, though, and there aren't a lot of options for those looking for a small TV.