The 1080p Sony KDL60W630B/2 TV is a remake of a popular 2014 model with the same name. It is a budget TV with average picture quality, lacking many of the features found in higher end TVs. Despite the low price, it has excellent motion performance and input lag.
- Excellent motion handling
- Low input lag
- Colors are inaccurate at an angle
- Average peak brightness
Style is very similar to other 2014/2015 Sony TVs such as the W800C and the X850C. From the front it looks minimal and sleek. The back is designed for function rather than appearance and won't turn any heads.
Small, sleek stand similar in design to the Sony W800C. Feels sturdy with a small footprint. Footprint of the 60" TV stand: 22.8" x 8.9"
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
Picture quality is average on the Sony W630B, but mainly because it lacks 4k. The contrast ratio and black uniformity are good and would be a good fit even for a dark room. The color gradient is also very good, and should provide viewing without color banding. On the downside, the color gamut coverage is not so wide, the peak brightness is not so bright and it does not support any HDR format, meaning that the W630B is limited in what it can do. The picture quality also degrades when viewed at an angle.
The contrast ratio of the W630B is pretty good. Black looks deep enough to provide a good experience in a dark environment.
The Sony W630B does not have any local dimming option. Video for reference only.
Peak brightness is average for the KDL60W630B. At 273 cd/m², is it not the worst, but it is far from the best we have seen. The only one advantage here is that the brightness remains the same no matter how large the white window is and also it does not vary over time when a static image is displayed.
This TV does not support HDR.
Gray uniformity is average. You can see some vertical bands from the backlight. Dirty screen might be seen when watching sport or any other content where large panning shots over a uniform surface are present on screen.
The viewing angle is below average, but it is better than most of the Sony TVs with the same kind of panel. When compared, it is better than the high end X930D that got a viewing angle of only 16°. Any IPS or OLED TV would be an improvement.
Black uniformity is also very good. It is not as perfect as OLED TV are, but for an LCD TV is very acceptable. On the test picture you may see some faint clouding but you should not notice any clouding watching normal content.
The color gradient of the W630B is very good without any particular banding in any shade.
Note that when looking at the picture you can see some banding, but it is cause by Moiré when the picture was taken and not because of banding issues in the gradient.
Before calibration, the W630B was not bad at all. The white balance is just a bit off and the gamma is just a a little high. But the total deviation is really low and normal customer could enjoy it "as is" without noticing anything wrong.
After calibration, which was done very easily, since there is just a 2 point correction, the white balance and gamma curve are almost spot on. You can see our calibration settings here.
Does not support a wide color gamut. Color space is only enough for Rec. 709 content.
No image retention could be notice on the Sony W630B. This is in line with most other VA TVs that we have tested this far. This is a very good result and this will please gamers an PC user.
Reflections are diffused to some extent, but still may present an issue in a very bright room.
There is no 3D option on the Sony KDL60W630B.
The Sony KDL60W630B is very good TV when it comes to fast moving content. The motion blur is minimal and the TV can interpolate 30fps and 60fps up to 120fps without any problem. Movies playing from any source appear smooth.
Very little motion blur on this TV, due to pixel 'overdrive'. Short response time, with some overshoot. Overall a very good result. The backlight by default doesn't strobe, but it is possible to achieve this by adjusting 'MotionFlow'.
The Sony KDL60W630B does play 24p content like movies from DVD, Blu-rays and from online streaming service without judder. 60p and 60i content can also be played without judder. To achieve this, you need to set the 'Motionflow' option to 'True Cinema'.
The Sony W630B features a 120Hz panel which can interpolate 30fps and 60fps content. To do so without backlight flicker, change the 'MotionFlow' setting to 'Standard' or 'Smooth'.
The Sony W630B is a 1080p TV, and so doesn't support any higher resolutions. But, for someone who doesn't need 4k this TV offers reasonable input options. The input lag is also low which is great.
Input lag is very good for the KDL60W630B. With game mode selected, the input lag was only 23.6 ms. Avid players will be pleased with this TV.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
For Chroma 4:4:4 support, set 'Scene' to 'Graphics' or 'Game'. When in 'Graphic' mode, the input lag is only 24.6ms.
The sound quality of the Sony KDL60W630B is poor and will not impress any audiophile out there. Even a cheap sound bar would be an upgrade compared to the internal speakers.
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Poor overall performance. Frequency response and low-end cutoff are quite poor, even for a TV. Maximum volume is decent, but the TV doesn't get too loud.
Poor distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is decent at 75 and 85dB SPL. However, at maximum volume, there's quite a big jump in harmonic distortion, which seems to be typical of most Sony TVs.
The KDL60W630B features a modified Android platform. It has some extra features, such as PlayStation Now which allows PS3 games to be streamed to the TV. There are a wide variety of apps, but the interface feels slow and is not as refined as competitors such as LG's WebOS. After turning on the TV, it is necessary to wait before loading the smart OS. It comes pre loaded with Netflix, including a dedicated button on the remote.
Differences between Sizes and Variants
We tested the 60" (KDL60W630B), the only size available at the moment.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony KDL60W630B doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
Compared to other TVs
The Sony W630B is a low-end TV, offering an average picture quality. For those looking for a 1080p TV on a tight budget it shouldn't disappoint, but spending a bit more money does provide a proportional increase in picture quality. Keep that in mind when reading our recommendations below.
The Samsung J6300 is a similarly priced 1080p TV, and the closest competitor. It has the advantage of being offered in a wide range of sizes. Picture quality is similarly average. It is slightly worse (but still good) at handling motion, and has slightly worse uniformity. Go with whichever is cheapest.
The TCL FS3750 is another basic 1080p TV offering slightly worse picture quality. It is only available in smaller sizes, but features the Roku TV smart platform which is more featured and intuitive to use. Unfortunately when viewed from a slight angle the picture quality degrades rapidly. Go for the TCL FS3750 if the smart interface is a high priority, otherwise the Sony W630B offers better picture quality and motion handling.
The Samsung KU6300 is the next step up, in both price and picture quality. It offers a 4k resolution, and similarly good input lag than the Sony W630B. The picture quality is definitely an improvement with deep blacks and a brighter image. If you can spend a bit more, go with the Samsung KU6300.
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 is available at a lower price and at a wide range of sizes. It offers similar picture quality when viewed directly in front, but this degrades rapidly even at a slight angle. It has slightly worse motion performance due to the lack of interpolation features. The Sony W630B is a better pick.