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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Borders
    3. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Local Dimming
    3. SDR Peak Brightness
    4. HDR Peak Brightness
    5. Gray Uniformity
    6. Viewing Angle
    7. Black Uniformity
    8. Pre Calibration
    9. Post Calibration
    10. 480p Input
    11. 720p Input
    12. 1080p Input
    13. 4k Input
    14. Color Gamut
    15. Reflections
    16. 3D
    17. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Image Flicker
    3. 24p Playback
    4. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Supported Resolutions
    3. Side Inputs
    4. Rear Inputs
    5. Total Inputs
    6. Inputs Specifications
  6. Sound Quality
    1. Frequency Response
    2. Total Harmonic Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Ads
    2. Remote
    3. Misc
  8. Conclusion
  9. Q&A
Reviewed on May 20, 2015

Sony R510C
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.4 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Recommended if under (USD)
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What it is: Maximum price to be a better value than its competitors.
How to use it: This product is the best choice in its range if you can find it below this price.
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5.4 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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6.5 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.1 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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7.3 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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4.6 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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4.4 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
4.8 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sony R510C LED TV has great blacks, but only from directly in front. As soon as you are off-axis, the blacks become gray. It has the most limited viewing angle that we have measured so far.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 6.9
Inputs 6.2
Sound Quality 6.3
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Low amount of motion blur.
Cons
  • Worst viewing angle that we have ever measured. The blacks are gray as soon as you are not exactly in front.

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7.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C Design Picture
Curved : No
Stand
Sony R510C Stand Picture

The stand is a prism made of plastic. The TV doesn't move sideways, but it does move back and forth.

Borders
Sony R510C Borders Picture
Borders : 0.71" (1.8 cm)

Thickness
Sony R510C Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.81" (4.6 cm)

6.6

Picture Quality

8.7 Contrast
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What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Native Contrast
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
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4904 : 1

From straight on, the blacks are really deep. We had to turn on 'LED Motion Mode' to get close to our 100 cd/m2 target, because without it, the minimum backlight was 157.1 cd/m2.

0 Local Dimming
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What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
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What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
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No
Backlight
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What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
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Edge

5.9 SDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Peak 2% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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257 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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257 cd/m2

HDR Peak Brightness
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What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.

6.8 Gray Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Sony R510C 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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4.714 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
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0.191 %

You can see some vertical bands when the screen is showing a solid color background. The top and bottom edges are also darker than the rest of the screen.

4.0 Viewing Angle
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What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Score components:
LCD Type
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What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle.
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VA
Color Shift
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What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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20 °
Brightness
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What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
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30 °
Black Level
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What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the TV. 0 ° means directly facing the TV. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
9 °

Not only do the colors desaturate at an angle, but the blacks become gray even faster. Even if you are sitting straight in axis, it can be an issue on the left and right side of the TV.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

6.7 Black Uniformity
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What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Sony R510C Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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2.265 %

This is very interesting. It actually has the best black uniformity that we have ever seen, but due to its very narrow viewing angle, the blacks on the left and right side appear considerably brighter. The picture was taken at seven feet (we test TVs at a 1.75 ratio of size to distance). For the 48", you will need to be at about 14 feet to not see this.

8.4 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Sony R510C Pre Calibration Picture Sony R510C Pre Gamma Curve Picture Sony R510C Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.19
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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3.6345
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.15

8.4 Post Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Sony R510C Post Calibration Picture Sony R510C Post Gamma Curve Picture Sony R510C Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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2.19
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
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3.6345
Gamma
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What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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2.15

The Sony R510C doesn't have any advanced calibration settings.

8.0 480p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C 480p Picture

The R510C does a good job at displaying lower-quality content like DVDs.

8.0 720p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C 720p Picture

The Sony R510C does also a good job at upscaling Cable TV.

10 1080p Input
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What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C 1080p Picture

Blu-rays also looks good and sharp.

0 4k Input
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What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, some PCs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned

7.0 Color Gamut
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What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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Wide Color Gamut
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What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
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No
Sony R510C Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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77.16 %
DCI P3 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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83.29 %
Rec 2020 xy
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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55.46 %
Rec 2020 uv
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What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
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62.23 %

8.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C Reflections Picture Sony R510C Bright Room Picture
Reflection
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What it is: Ratio of ambient light reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Ambient light in the room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 0.5%
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1.9 %
Screen Finish
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What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
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Semi-gloss

It reflects slightly more light than average, but not enough to be an issue with a few lights on.
The maximum luminosity of this TV is average.

0 3D
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What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies and videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
3D
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What it is: If it can display a picture in 3D.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
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No
3D Type
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What it is: The 3D technology used by the TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
Good value: Active have better resolution, but flickers. Passive is more comfortable, but loses half the vertical resolution.
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No

Pixels
Sony R510C Pixels Picture

This is the first time we review this type of pixel substructure, which explains the very limited viewing angle.

6.9

Motion

8.7 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Sony R510C Motion Blur Picture Sony R510C Response Time Chart
Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can change color.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
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12.0 ms
Overshoot
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What it is: When TV’s pixels adjust too far; how quickly they come back.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 10ms
Noticeable difference: 10ms
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3.2 ms

The blur trail of moving objects is short. It also has a strobing mode to clarify the picture, although it doesn't work very well (see picture in Q&A).

10 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Sony R510C Backlight Picture
PWM Dimming Frequency
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What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz)
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0 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
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Yes
BFI Frequency
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What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: 60 Hz
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
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What it is: Option to insert black frames when in the best settings for gaming
When it matters: Reducing eye tracking blur for video games
Good value: Yes
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Yes

0 24p Playback
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What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-free 24p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
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No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
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No

Unfortunately, all movies will suffer from the 3:2 pulldown judder. Most people won't be bothered by this though, because it is a small constant judder.

0 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
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No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
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No

6.2

Inputs

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7.2 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV with a 1080p @ 60Hz input.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
45.8 ms
1080p With Interpolation
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What it is: Lowest input lag when the motion interpolation feature is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with the Soap Opera Effect enabled.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
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N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
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What it is: Input lag in picture modes other than the specific game mode.
When it matters: For playing video games while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
46.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
When it matters: PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
45.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz.
When it matters: Video games and also when TV is used as PC monitor.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4.
When it matters: PC Monitor
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR Video games.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR enabled at 8 bit
When it matters: PC Monitor with an HDR capable graphic card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
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N/A

The picture mode doesn't really matter for the input lag. Game had 45.8 ms and the other ones had 46.5 ms.

0 Supported Resolutions
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What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 1060p @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and 60 fps gaming.
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No
1080p @ 120Hz
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What it is: 120 fps 1080p signal supported.
When it matters: PC gaming.
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No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 30 hz signal.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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No
4k @ 60Hz
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What it is: 60 fps 4k signal supported.
When it matters: PC productivity and gaming.
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No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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What it is: Crisp text on 4k @ 60 hz signal.
When it matters: Productivity and 60 fps gaming in 4k.
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No

The chroma 4:4:4 test was almost a pass, but the pixels overlap a little bit.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 2
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
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What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
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No
Dolby Vision
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What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Currently, only available via streaming.
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No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
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No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.3

Sound Quality

5.7 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Sony R510C Frequency Response Picture
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
3.59 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
5.47 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: Variance of the sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: Max volume.
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
9.36 dB SPL
Max
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What it is: Max volume on the TV at a distance of 1 meter.
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 90 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
95.9 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
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What it is: How low of a frequency at which the bass starts.
When it matters: Movies; gaming.
Good value: < 50Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
142 Hz

This TV doesn't produce a lot of bass, but it does get loud. The frequency response is good at lower volumes, but it falls apart when the TV is pushed hard. There will also be significant compression and pumping artifacts present at high volumes.

7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Sony R510C Total Harmonic Distortion Picture
Distortion @ 70
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 70 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.010
Distortion @ 80
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 80 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.011
Distortion @ Max
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What it is: Amount of distortion.
When it matters: 85 dB.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.033

The distortion increases as the volume increases, but it generally remains in quite a low range.

6.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony R510C Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Basic
10 Ads
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What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ad-free
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What it is: The TV's ability to provide an ad-free experience.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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Yes
Opt-out
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What it is: Whether you can opt out of the ad services or not. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not only disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
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N/A

Remote
Sony R510C Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

The included remote is very basic.

Misc
Power Consumption : 31 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 64 W
Firmware : 4.569-1.060-01

Conclusion
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The narrow viewing angle of the Sony R510C is not ideal in a dark room, even if you sit alone and directly in front of your TV. You will see great blacks at the center of the screen, but not on the edges. The motion blur is good, but the input lag is only average, so it isn't ideal for gaming either.

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.4Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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5.4Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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6.5TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.1Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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7.3Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
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4.6HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
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4.4HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
4.8PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Questions & Answers

21 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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How would you rate this TV for sports watching compared to other budget 48" offerings (Vizio, Samsung),and how does it compare to the w600b for sports & overall use? Thanks.
The R510C is a better TV than the W600B for sports (much less blur), but the Vizio E-series is the best budget deal. It doesn't have the R510C's viewing angle problem, and it handles motion just as well. Pick up the Vizio E instead.
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Additional Review Notes

LED Motion Mode

The 'LED Motion Mode' feature works, but not as much as the 'Clearness' slider on pricier Sony TVs.

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Hi guys. The Sony R560C in Middle East has 8W+8W speakers like the R510C in the USA, but it also has a 14W built-in subwoofer. Can you tell me what difference this subwoofer will make, compared to the R510C?
There will likely be deeper bass. We can't comment on how the overall sound quality will be affected, though, since we won't be testing that TV.
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Hi. I play Call of Duty a lot (like, everyday) so would this TV's input lag be really noticeable?, And should I pick up the Vizio 2015 E-series, Sony w800b, or this Sony KDL48R510C? Thanks.
The R510C's input lag is average, so it'll be playable, but not ideal. Of those TVs, the best choice is the Sony W800B. It has great picture quality and low input lag, which is perfect for gaming.
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Hi. I just bought a refurbished Sony KDL40R510C 40" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV, picture-wise, it is perfect. I do not see the bad issues you are talking about.
Yes, there is no browser, and the limited apps are less than desirable, but I upgraded from a 21" box TV, since my other flat I bought in 2007 broke after three years.
I had payed $700 back then. This TV, including tax, cost me $244. I couldn't even find a regular flat TV for equal or less than this price. So I feel I took a risk on the refurb, and I am happy.
I will not do a review until I have had the TV for a month. So far so good. My question is, since Hulu is not in the app, nor FB, what can I add as a device to get Hulu? Something that would be reasonably priced.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this model.
A streaming stick (Roku Streaming Stick, Fire TV Stick, Chromecast) would be the ideal choice here. They're not too expensive, and they include Hulu and a bunch of other apps.
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Out of curiosity, why doesn't Sony offer a 40" HDTV that is 120Hz? Last years model the W600B was 60Hz, so I was hoping this years model was going to. I currently have a Sony and I am really pleased with it. I am leaning towards Samsung's 40" J6300, but the whole "panel lottery" issue kinda turns me off. Could Sony offer a 120Hz 40" model later this year? Any wisdom or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much and keep up the fantastic work!
It's likely just not a portion of the martket they're interested in. Sony could possibly release a TV that fits the bill, but it's unlikely.
The panel lottery issue is largely overblown - most people won't notice a difference between units with different panels - so you'll likely be best served by going with the Samsung UN40J6300.
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For gaming and light TV/film viewing, should I consider the W600B model instead? The price of the R510C is very compelling but I'm concerned about the viewing angle.
If you don't mind paying a bit more, the W600B's better uniformity and viewing angle will be good for your uses, so you should go for it. Keep in mind that the W600B's viewing angle is still far from perfect; it's just not as bad as on the R510C.
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Would you recommend this model or the Sony W600b? Last year's model seems to have better motion control under game mode, based on your review. Thanks!
The W600B has less input lag, so it's a better choice for gaming. It does have a bit more motion blur, but it also has much better uniformity, so the trade-off for picture quality is worth it.
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Which one is best specifically for watching movies and sports, the Sony w700b or r510c?
The W700B is a much better option. The R510C's viewing angle is so narrow that video is ruined even from directly in front. The W700B doesn't have that issue, and its good contrast, black uniformity, and motion handling mean it's good for both movies and sports.
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Are the Sony R510C and W800C able to play 4k clips from USB?
No. We tried it and they couldn't play any 4k files.
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Hi Guys - I always watch 480P (Or 572i) TV shows - and there is some settings like 1: Sharpness 2: Noise Reduction 3: MPEG Noise Reduction.
What can I do with these 3 settings for getting better quality for 480P TV shows? Thanks brother
Set both noise reduction features to high. For sharpness, that will depend on your taste. Some people don't like the look of over sharpening, so play with it.
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I am having trouble with my eyes adjusting to the led brightness I think. I may not be able to tolerate the newer tvs. I'm finding it may be a trigger for migraines. Can you give me any information on this subject. I did buy the Sony 40" 510-c. It is very nice-but also made me ill. I wear glasses to drive, but not any other time. Maybe it's too much detail? We had a rear projection tv.
This Sony TV backlight is pretty much constant in the way that it doesn't flash like some other LED TVs. You may be sensible to this. Try to lower the backlight to begin with. If it isn't better (and if possible), try a newer Samsung TV. They don't lit up the same way (they flash) and you may be more accustomed to this.
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Have you guys done the software update on this television? I'm just wondering because when I did it, I didn't feel as much input lag as I did beforehand. Just wanting to make sure that it isn't just me.
We did the update before testing, so the results are current to the new firmware.
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Other than the viewing angle issue, this seems to be a remarkable TV. Do you think this is something that could be improved via a firmware update? A software/processing fix, or is it a hardware issue? For $348 I could have this "newer" TV, rather than paying $437 for last years W600b. So hoping they could fix via patch, as after all it is the newer yet not improved TV it seems. Thank you.
No, this is an issue with the LCD panel itself, not a software issue.
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The R510C seems to be quite good, with the main exception being the viewing angle limitation. However, the TV has come down in price in some stores to match that of the Vizio E40-C2. With that in mind, would you still recommend the E40-C2 over the R510C?
Yes. The viewing angle is a real problem, so getting the E40-C2 is still a better idea.
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Why does Sony advertise the R510C's as having WiFi instead of Smart TV features? What's the difference? I'm assuming a (Sony) TV that features WiFi does not allow you to open a browser and access the Web. Do you know of a TV that does?
The R510C is a smart TV, and has a bunch of apps available to download and use. It doesn't use the Android TV platform you see with most current Sony TVs, though, and it doesn't have a browser. It was probably just listed as 'WiFi' to make the distinction between it and the rest of Sony's bunch.
Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and Sony all have web browsers.
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What type of panel is this using?
This TV has a VA panel.
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Which would you recommend for someone who games and sometimes watches movies?
It depends on your budget, and also on the device you intend to use as your gaming source. For a few good options, take a look at our list of the best TVs for gaming.
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Looking for a 48-50 inch tv mainly to watch sport. Not overly interested in apps/internet/films. What would you recommend?
Get the J6300. It is the best 1080p TV we have reviewed this year and it's motion handling is excellent for sports.
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Do you know what the calibration settings should be for the sony KDL-40R 510C?
You can find our settings here.
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How can I download Hulu Plus to my Sony Bravia 48" smart TV R510C?
Unfortunately, Hulu Plus isn't available for your R510C.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.