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  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 Jun 18, 2015

Sony W850C
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
Recommended if under (USD)
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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:
6.7 Not at latest test bench
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.
Score components:
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.
Score components:
7.0
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.
Score components:
6.9
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.
Score components:
7.4
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.
Score components:
5.2
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.
4.3
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.
Score components:
5.7
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony W850C is a good TV with excellent contrast and motion control. Unfortunately, it has too much motion blur and input lag to be a great gaming TV. For movies and general use though, it is a good choice.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 7.9
Inputs 7.0
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 7.5
Pros
  • Great blacks and native contrast ratio.
  • Good motion controls.
Cons
  • Limited viewing angle.
  • More motion blur and input lag than average, which is not ideal for gaming.

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9.0

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony W850C Design Picture
Curved : No
Stand
Sony W850C Stand Picture

The stand of our Sony KDL65W850C has a footprint of 24" by 10.5", which is relatively small for a 65" TV. It wobbles a little bit back and forth though.

Borders
Sony W850C Borders Picture
Borders : 0.51" (1.3 cm)

Thickness
Sony W850C Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.68" (6.8 cm)

6.8

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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4867 : 1

The contrast ratio is 4867:1, which is great, and means the blacks are deep.

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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Direct

5.8 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
:
242 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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242 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.

6.3 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 W850C 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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4.237 %
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%
:
0.228 %

Our unit has a few visible vertical bands across the screen, as well as darker edges.

4.2 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°
:
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°
:
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°
:
18 °

At a wide viewing angle, the colors are not the same as in front. The blacks are not as good, either. The picture quality is better when you sit directly in-axis.

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.

9.2 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 W850C 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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0.863 %

The black uniformity is great. There is a slight clouding spot in the top left quadrant, but it wasn't noticeable with normal content.

8.0 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 W850C Pre Calibration Picture Sony W850C Pre Gamma Curve Picture Sony W850C 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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4.17
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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2.8539
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

9.6 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 W850C Post Calibration Picture Sony W850C Post Gamma Curve Picture Sony W850C 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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0.35
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.0701
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
:
2.21

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 W850C 480p Picture

Upscaling of lower-resolution content like DVDs looks good.

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 W850C 720p Picture

Cable TV will also looks good when upscaled.

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 W850C 1080p Picture

Native 1080p looks very good on this TV.

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

6.8 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.
Score components:
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 W850C 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%
:
77.07 %
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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83.59 %
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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54.17 %
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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58.53 %

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 W850C Reflections Picture Sony W850C 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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1.8 %
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 it doesn't have the rainbow glare that most other TVs do.
The maximum brightness is a bit below average. Nothing to worry about with one or two windows, but it isn't the best choice for more than that.

9.0 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
Sony W850C 3D Picture
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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Yes
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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Active

The 3D picture quality is good, without noticeable crosstalk.

Pixels
7.9

Motion

7.0 Motion Blur
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What it is: Amount of blur on fast movement.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Sony W850C Motion Blur Picture Sony W850C 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
:
22.3 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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0 ms

We changed our test for motion blur. The score is now only based on the response time and overshoot of the pixel transitions. We test 12 different transitions. Click the response time number to see all the data and graphs. We retested all our 2015 reviews with this new methodology. We also capture how the backlight handles different luminosity settings. We will update our motion blur article in a few days to explain how all of this works, and how it translates into practical application.
The Sony W850C has more motion blur than average. The trail length for dark to bright transitions is a lot longer than bright to dark. At least it has very good backlight control. See the Q&A section for details on how the 'Clearness' setting affects the clarity of movements via the backlight.

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 W850C 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
:
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
:
Yes

10 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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Yes
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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Yes
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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Yes

Set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' to enable 24p playback without judder, even over 60p.

10 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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Yes
Sony W850C Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
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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Yes
Sony W850C Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

7.0

Inputs

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7.8 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
:
36.2 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
:
50.5 ms
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
:
54.3 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
:
36.2 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
:
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
:
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 input lag under game mode is 36.2ms, which isn't bad, but not great. The input lag with motion interpolation is really low at 50.5ms, which is definitely playable. So it is a good choice if you want your 30 fps console game look like a 120 fps game.

2.0 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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Yes
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

To get chroma 4:4:4, set the picture mode to 'Game' or 'Graphics'.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
SD/SDHC : 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.
:
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.
:
Yes
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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Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 1)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.6

Sound Quality

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.

7.2 Frequency Response
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What it is: Sound level at different frequencies.
When it matters: For balanced sound.
Score components:
Sony W850C 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
:
3.53 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
:
3.48 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
:
5.45 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
:
92.8 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
:
113 Hz

This TV gets loud. Good frequency response at moderate levels, but at higher volumes the frequency response suffers and pumping may be present. Low-end cut off is not very good.

5.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Sony W850C 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
:
0.015
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
:
0.008
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
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2.497

Very clean sound at lower volumes, but like other Sony TVs, there's a big jump in distortion level when the TV is pushed hard.

7.5

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony W850C Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Android
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.
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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 W850C Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

The included remote is basic, but you can install an app on your smartphone to control the TV.

Misc
Power Consumption : 73 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 186 W
Firmware : PKG2.197.0010NAB

Conclusion
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The Sony W850C LED TV is a good TV, but not a great one. Last year's W850B was a better gaming TV, with less motion blur and input lag. The contrast ratio and black uniformity is great, so it is a good choice for movies or TV shows.

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
6.7Mixed 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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6.5Movies
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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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7.0TV 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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6.9Sports
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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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7.4Video 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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5.2HDR 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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4.3HDR 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.
5.7PC 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

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Which 3D glasses should I purchase for my KDL75W850C?
We used these.
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Additional Review Notes

Motionflow Clearness

Like most Sony TVs, the W850C has a 'Clearness' slider that can be used to control how the motion looks, without increasing the input lag (you can use it for gaming under Game mode).

The following pictures show what it looks like for each value. We also measured the backlight pattern via our photodiode probe. You can see that increasing the 'Clearness' changes the duty cycle of the 120hz PWM flickering. Clearness 5 drops the backlight frequency to 60hz, but the pulse length is increased.

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Sony W850C Clearness 0

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Sony W850C Clearness 0 Backlight

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Sony W850C Clearness 1 Backlight

Clearness 2

Sony W850C Clearness 2

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Sony W850C Clearness 2 Backlight

Clearness 3

Sony W850C Clearness 3

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Sony W850C Clearness 3 Backlight

Clearness 4

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Sony W850C Clearness 4 Backlight

Clearness 5

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Sony W850C Clearness 5 Backlight
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Is there an ETA for the Sony W850C review? I'm really interested in the 75", since last year's model was so great for gaming. I'm especially curious to see if they've ironed out the radial banding issue yet.
We'll likely get to it within a month.
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Great site and I love your reviews! I took a gamble and got the W850C recently. The black uniformity seems great (I've set the TV up for a dark room) but the grey uniformity seems to be bad. I can see columns of LEDs that are more luminous that the others. I wonder why it only affects grey and not blacks. The corners are darker than the rest of the screen, but I can live with that. The contrast is brilliant and so is the motion blur. I like to set the live color in medium mode more more vividness. The TV can get very bright - it's a good thing if you want to increase the clearness levels. Android is brilliant, I just cast anything and everything on to the TV and works with both 2.4 and 5ghz channels. I can see new apps being added everyday! Overall, it's a great TV - could be laggier than the 70W850B, which I was considering before this purchase. Waiting for your review to see if the grey uniformity is generally bad or I just got unlucky.
The short answer is that the black and gray uniformity issues are largely the same, but because black is much darker, it's more difficult to notice deviations. All LED TVs have uniformity issues, and they're all pretty bad overall, but it's possible you got particularly unlucky. Feel free to send us a photo if you want our opinion on whether your TV is normal, or if you should get an exchange.
Thanks for sharing your first impressions of this TV. We should have our review up for you in a couple of weeks.
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Also trying to decide whether it's worth getting the W850C or if I should just stick with last year's W850B. If you could get that new review, I'd really appreciate it!
The review is now up, and we recommend sticking with the W850B. It has less blur, as well as lower input lag, so you wouldn't be trading up by getting the W850C.
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I have a 7 year old Sony kdl52v4100 and am perfectly happy with the picture. Never had a problem with it, but I just want a bigger tv. Don't know how this set compares with newer ones spec wise. Most of this is way over my head. Would the sony 65w850c be at least as good or better than what I have? Don't own a game system, just watch Uverse, dvd, bluray and apple tv.
We haven't reviewed the KDL52V4100, so we can't say for sure. But the new Sony 65W850C shouldn't be worse than your old TV. It should be at least just as good especially for your usage.
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Should I stick with the Sony W950B or get the W850C as a gaming TV with some movie use?
Keep the W950B. Its contrast and uniformity aren't as good, but the W850C has higher input lag and more blur, neither of which are good for gaming.
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Hi. Very informative website. Thank you! I'm coming from a Sony KF-60XBR800 (it's old, I know). Just bought a Sony KDL75W850C. Vertical banding is an issue, and I knew that.
My question is: I applied all the custom settings that you guys have recommended. However, we like our TV picture to "pop." Is there a special calibration setting you can recommend? I think we are not alone. If you pay $2500+ you expect "pop." I do like your settings for movies/Blu-ray. Thank you.
Use the Vivid picture setting, or increase the color saturation. That will make the picture pop. Increasing the backlight would also help.
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One of your responses says you used the Samsung SSG-5150GB 3D glasses to test the TV's capabilities. Can you comment on how you paired the glasses with the TV? Thanks!
Sometimes it works instantly. But from time to time it takes a few tries to pair them, and there seems to be no way to know what is going on except keep pressing the button on the glasses.
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With the Sony W850C and other Android TVs, how much RAM and how fast is the CPU compared to the Chromecast, since it's claimed to be a TV with a built-in Chromecast? Is it really just a chopped up Chromecast? Do all Android TVs follow the basic Quadcore 2GB RAM spec of the Chromecast? I think this is the most important sale factor after picture and latency. Since it's labeled as Android TV, by Christmas, app-wise, it should be fully loaded. When will you test the PlayStation app?
There's no mention of the amount of RAM or the CPU's speed in the spec list for the TV. It's more or less the same as a Chromecast, though, in that you can cast individual tabs to the TV, as well as apps and websites that are cast-ready.
The PlayStation app is not currently available for Sony's Android TVs, so we can't test it for the time being.
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I like the KDL65W850C because of the size and it fits my budget. But is the motion blur for watching sports (mostly football and basketball) going to be very noticeable to the untrained eye? If so I am thinking of sacrificing size to go with Samsungs UN60JU7100. What do you think? I sit about 9 feet away from where the TV would be.
Also, does the Googlecast in the Android TV work both ways? i.e. I know the TV can mirror your mobile device, but I haven't read anywhere that your mobile device can mirror the TV (which seems to be the case with SmartView in the JU7100).
It has a good deal of blur, so we expect that it might be an issue for some. The Samsung JU7100 is a good option, but if you still want a larger screen, you should go for the Samsung J6300.
And no, you won't be able to cast your TV to your computer or mobile device.
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Did the vertical banding affect your viewing experience? I purchased this same set and I am able to view the banding when watching sports.
It's noticeable, more so with hockey than it is for soccer or football. Ours doesn't look too bad - I found I had to look for the banding to notice it - but if you're more easily distracted by the banding, then it's still an issue.
If it's ruining your experience, you could try exchanging it and hopefully getting a better unit, or else go for a different model that is less prone to vertical banding.
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Great info. Just got the 75W850C. Do you need a separate Chromecast? Or is that functionality completely represented in the Android TV?
Chromecast is essentially built-in, so you'll be all set with Android TV.
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I was very high on this TV until reading your reviews, and am now having second thoughts. My price range is between $1,200 and $1,500. 4k is not a concern. My house watches a lot of cartoons (kids), TV/movies, with some sports and light gaming. The sitting range is 12-14'. We currently have a seven-year-old Samsung 50" plasma which has notable clouding and blur. It also produces a lot of heat.
Should I go for this 65", or another, or go for the smaller but higher-rated 55" 4k JU7100?
Get the Samsung UN65J6300. It's a better overall TV than the W850C (the J6300 has much less blur), and fits into your budget. You don't get 4k the way you would with the JU7100, but the larger screen is more important.
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I have a Sony 75W850C. Love the TV's color. When watching golf events, there is a noticeable blurring of the ball as it moves - even on putts.
How can I minimize that without introducing the soap opera effect? Is there any negative effect if we change the MotionFlow setting?
You can use the 'Clearness' setting to flicker the backlight, which will make movement less blurry, but also darkens the screen.
If you use the regular MotionFlow settings to introduce the soap opera effect, you might also introduce artifacts to the image. These can do things like make the ball disappear while it is in movement.
Unfortunately, those are the only two options for clarifying movement.
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Hello. Thank you for this informative website. I wish to purchase a 1080P 65" TV and am concerned with both picture quality and an attractive design. Is the Sony W850C the best I can do for $1,500? Is the picture quality superior to the 2014 Vizio M Series?
Yes, the W850C is the best option for what you are looking for. Its picture quality is a bit better than the 2014 M-series, but it's not a dramatic difference.
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Are the ratings you came up with for the Motion Blur including the TV's Motionflow feature? I'm no expert, but I would assume the rating would be higher if the Motionflow was turned on. I'm looking to buy a new gaming TV and that low Motion Blur score is holding me back.
No, it's without. Many people don't enjoy that feature, and it's not good for all kinds of video (it's not great for sports, for example). It also doesn't change the length of the motion trail on moving objects, so it doesn't really reduce the amount of blur - it just clarifies movement a bit. MotionFlow also increases the input lag of the W850C, so it's not an ideal fix.
Because of the amount of blur it has, the W850C isn't the best choice for a gaming TV. Instead, consider the Samsung J6200, the Vizio E-series, or the Samsung J6300.
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Could you please give me reasons why the xbr 55x850c is better than the xbr 55x810c? Which do you think is the better set and why? Your site is awesome. Thx. Jason
The x850c has more features. It has 3D and a wider color gamut that will mostly be used when 4k blur-ray and HDR will be available. The better set is really a matter of if you care about those features. If not, the x810c is slightly better in contrast, motion blur and gray uniformity.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.