Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. 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. Gradient
    9. Pre Calibration
    10. Post Calibration
    11. 480p Input
    12. 720p Input
    13. 1080p Input
    14. 4k Input
    15. Color Gamut
    16. Color Volume
    17. Image Retention
    18. Reflections
    19. 3D
    20. 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. Apps
    2. Ads
    3. TV Controls
    4. Remote
    5. In The Box
    6. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Aug 17, 2016 , Eric Bousquet

Sony X800D
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
7.6Mixed 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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7.0Movies
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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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7.2TV 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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7.6Sports
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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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8.4Video 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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7.8HDR 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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8.1HDR 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.
7.2PC 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 : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sony X800D is a 4k LED TV with good picture quality. It performs well in dark rooms due to the good native contrast. It handles motion very well, with little motion blur. It also has the bonus of a sleek look, and enough inputs to suit everyone. Unfortunately when viewed at an angle, the picture quality deteriorates. Note that the 49" model has a different type of panel which performs closer to the X700D, but with a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Wide color gamut
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Picture quality degrades at an angle
  • Average peak brightness

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 8.2
Inputs 8.0
Sound Quality 6.2
Smart Features 8.0

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8.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X800D Design Picture
Curved : No

The X800D features an industrial design. It has a mix of design elements between the Sony W650D and the Sony X850D. It looks good, and feels sturdy. It is also quite thin which is good.

Stand
Sony X800D Stand Picture

The stand is metallic, and supports the TV well.

Footprint of the 43" TV stand: 8.6" x 20.1"

Back
Sony X800D Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 100x200

The rear of the TV is all plastic. It features a narrow VESA mount, and a zip tie for cable management. If wall mounted, some of the inputs are hard to access.

Borders
Sony X800D Borders Picture
Borders : 0.39" (1 cm)

The borders are thin and look good.

Thickness
Sony X800D Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.73" (4.4 cm)

The TV is quite thin, which is good. If wall mounted it will not stick out too far. Note that the 49" variation has a power brick, which may affect the mounting.

7.4

Picture Quality

Picture quality is good on the 43" Sony X800D. It offers a great contrast ratio and good black uniformity. The color reproduction is also very good thanks to the wide color gamut and the very good 10 bit panel. It can also handle low resolution content and fight glare pretty well. Despite this, the X800D is not perfect and like a lot of mid range LED TVs it has some issues like the average gray uniformity and the picture quality deteriorates when viewed at an angle. The low peak brightness and the lack of local dimming feature also reduce the final picture quality score. Note that the 49" model performs differently, and is closer to the X700D but with a wide color gamut.

8.3 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:
Sony X800D Checkerboard Picture
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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3877 : 1

Contrast ratio is good for the Sony X800D. The blacks are fairly deep and should procure a good picture quality in a dark room. Note that the 49" variation has an IPS panel, and so the contrast ratio is expected to be closer to 1000:1.

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

There is no local dimming on the X800D. The video is for reference only.

7.3 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 Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in SDR.
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411 cd/m2
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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273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% 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 objects, 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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273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% 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; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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273 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
:
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% 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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273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) 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, persistent throughout a scene; especially for SDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% 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 objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% 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; bright objects in SDR video.
Good value: > 400 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) 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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273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% 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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273 cd/m2

The SDR peak brightness is average for the X800D, and it is about 100cd/m² less than what you get when in HDR mode. For a dark room, this result is enough but may be a bit dim for a very bright room.

7.6 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.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
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What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
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424 cd/m2
HDR 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 HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR 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 HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
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What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) 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 HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) 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 HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 1000 cd/m2
Noticeable difference: 100 cd/m2
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375 cd/m2

The peak brightness is average. At around 375cd/m², it is good for dark room viewing, but may not be the best for a room with a lot of light. One thing is good though, it is that is does not change depending of the size of the test window and also it stays the same over a long period of time.

7.1 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 X800D 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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4.145 %
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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0.175 %
Sony X800D 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
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What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
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1.914 %
5% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
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0.121 %

Gray uniformity is average on the X800D. The corners and side of the screen are a bit darker, but the center remains fairly homogeneous. Dirty screen effect should not be too much of a problem even for those watching sports like hockey, where it is usually very noticeable.

4.5 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 (except 49")
Sony X800D Color Shift Picture
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°
:
18 °
Sony X800D Brightness Picture
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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40 °
Sony X800D Black Level Picture
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°
:
10 °

Viewing angle is not as good as an IPS panel, but not bad for an VA. The X800D keeps a good brightness, even at an angle, but it does lose a bit of contrast. Note that the 49" variation has an IPS panel, and so the viewing angle is expected to be better.

7.5 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 X800D 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.
:
1.773 %

Black uniformity is relatively good. There is a bit of clouding on the test picture, but it should not be too noticeable during normal viewing.

9.0 Gradient
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What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X800D Gradient Picture
Color Depth
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What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
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10 Bit

The Sony X800D has a good 10 bit panel but it is not perfect. You can see see on our test picture that there is some small banding in the dark blue, dark green and also in the grayscale.

Update 09/08/2016: Our original test was showing an incorrect color depth of 8 bit due to some incorrect drivers on our system, but after some correction to our test apparatus, we tested again the color depth and we can confirm that the Sony X800D does in fact have an 10 bit panel.

8.6 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 X800D Pre Calibration Picture Sony X800D Pre Gamma Curve Picture Sony X800D 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
:
1.62
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
3.3027
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
:
2.24

Prior to calibration the results are good. The colors are a little over saturated, but the white balance is very good.

9.2 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 X800D Post Calibration Picture Sony X800D Post Gamma Curve Picture Sony X800D 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
:
0.32
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.6366
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
:
2.18

The calibration is quite easy, and provides good results. All of the issues with the white balance can be fixed easily. The colors remain over saturated. You can see our calibration settings here.

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 X800D 480p Picture

The X800D does a good job with low resolution content like DVDs. Small details are conserved and the final image does not look too soft.

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 X800D 720p Picture

Cable TV and other 720p content looks very good on the X800D.

9.0 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 X800D 1080p Picture

1080p content like Blu-rays movies look very good and sharp once upscaled to 4k resolution. No details are lost.

10 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
Sony X800D 4k Picture

4k content looks clean and crisp.

8.2 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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Yes
Sony X800D 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%
:
91.03 %
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%
:
94.35 %
Sony X800D Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
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%
:
68.47 %
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%
:
74.43 %

The X800D features a wide color gamut. It covers almost all of the P3 space, which is great. When watching HDR content, colors are rich.

6.3 Color Volume
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What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Sony X800D P3 Color Volume Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
69.710 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
43.025 %
Sony X800D 2020 Color Volume Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
55.454 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
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What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
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34.183 %

10 Image Retention
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What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
IR after 0 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
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What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.000 %

Note here that there is no image retention on the 43" version of the Sony X800D. Since we did not test the 49" version, which is an IPS TV (the 43" is a VA TV), we cannot say whether the 49" is retention free or not. But since IPS TV are more prone to image retention, there could be a chance that there is some image retention to some degree.

7.5 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 X800D Reflections Picture Sony X800D 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%
:
2.0 %
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

The X800D has a semi-gloss finish which helps to diffuse reflections. They appear larger, but are easier to see through. Deals with reflections well enough to provide good performance in an average room.

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
2D to 3D
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What it is: Feature that converts 2D content to 3D.
When it matters: If you want to watch 2D content in 3D. Note that the quality is not as good as that of native 3D.
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No

The Sony X800D doesn't support 3D.

Pixels
8.2

Motion

The Sony X800D is great at handling motion. It has a low response time which results in very little motion blur. It is able to interpolate content up to the native refresh rate of 60Hz. Those who are sensitive to judder may notice it when playing movies over a set top box or home theatre PC, but blu-rays and streaming apps play smoothly.

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 X800D Motion Blur Picture Sony X800D 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
:
13.2 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
:
0.0 ms

Great motion performance. Response time is low which is good, and results in only a short trail following the logo.

8.4 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: Subjectively assigned
Sony X800D 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)
:
N/A
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
Sony X800D BFI Picture Sony X800D BFI Frequency Picture
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
:
100 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

The X800D doesn't have backlight flicker by default, but it is possible to achieve this by adjusting 'MotionFlow'. The flicker frequency of 100Hz is a bit strange.

7.1 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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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

The Sony X800D does not present judder on 24p content when played from DVDs, Blu-rays or movies streaming apps like Netflix or Amazon Video. Unfortunately even when using the 'CineMotion' setting, judder is present on both 60p or 60i, meaning that people who are sensitive to judder will notice when watching movies from a cable/satellite box.

5.0 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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Yes
Sony X800D 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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No

The Sony X800D has a 60Hz panel. It can interpolate 30fps content up to 60fps. To do so without backlight flicker, change the 'MotionFlow' setting to 'Standard' or 'Smooth'.

8.0

Inputs

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This TV supports a wide range of inputs, which is great for those with lots of devices. It also features a low input lag which is good for most gamers. It has a 60Hz panel, and so can only display signals up to 60Hz. It also supports a wide range of resolutions, for those looking to use it as a PC monitor.

8.0 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
:
33.3 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
:
49.1 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
:
49.0 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
:
33.3 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
:
35.3 ms
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
:
35.3 ms
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
:
33.2 ms
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
:
33.2 ms

The input lag of the Sony X800D is quite low, which is good. To get the lowest input lag, select the 'Game' or 'Graphics' picture modes. This results in a lag of 33.3ms with an 1080p resolution, which should not be an issue for most people. When sending an HDR signal at 1080p, the input lag remains the same as under 'Game' or 'Graphic' mode.

Update 03/20/2017: The input lag has been retested with the latest firmware PKG6.0612.0004NAA.

8.0 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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Yes
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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Yes
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.
:
Yes

The X800D accepts a 120Hz signal, but has a 60Hz panel so it can only display half of the frames. It supports chroma 4:4:4 at up to 4k @ 60Hz. To display 4:4:4, set the scene to 'Graphics' or 'Game'. This results in an input lag of 33.3ms. It accepts a 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 signal only HDMI 2 and 3, and requires 'Enhanced HDMI' to be enabled in the input settings.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 2 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
SD/SDHC : 0

There is one component in on the rear, which is shared with the composite in. There is also a composite in on the side, but the adapter for it is not included. An example of the adapter can be found here

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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Yes
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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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 : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.2

Sound Quality

The sound of the Sony X800D is below average. The frequency response is average, but it gets quite loud. Significant distortion occurs, especially at high volumes.

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 X800D 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
:
3.68 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
:
3.87 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
:
5.94 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
:
91.7 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
:
89.80 Hz

Average performance. The frequency response is decent at lower volumes, however, there is compression and pumping present under heavier loads. On the other hand, the maximum loudness and low-frequency extension are above average for a TV.

4.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: Pureness of a single frequency.
Score components:
Sony X800D 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
:
0.022
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
:
0.087
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
:
3.247

Poor distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75dB and 85dB are very low. However, as we've seen with other Sony TVs, there's a dramatic jump in the harmonic distortion amount at maximum loudness. There was also audible aliasing present. However, these artifacts will be less audible in real-life situations.

8.0

Smart Features

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X800D Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Android TV

The Sony X800D comes with a modified Android Smart OS. It can be a little slow to start up, but works well, feels refined and seems very stable.It has a wide variety of apps pre-installed with the option of downloading many more from the 'Google Play store'. The X800D is also 'Google Cast' ready, meaning that you can cast content from any compatible iOS and android device without any additional hardware. Photos and video can be viewed directly from an USB flash drive.  Access to the 'PlayStation now' cloud gaming service also gives access to many more games not available from the 'Google Play Store' .The X800D comes with a basic remote, but includes voice recognition which works well. 

Apps
Sony X800D Apps Picture

There are loads of apps which come pre installed, and access to the 'Google Play Store' allows access to almost anything. A web browser is available, as are the typical popular apps, like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and HBO Go. The X800D also includes access to the 'PlayStation Now' cloud gaming service.

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

There are no ads on this TV. Many featured apps add clutter on the home screen, though.

TV Controls
Sony X800D Controls Picture

Controls are located behind the left side of the TV. They provide basic functionality and are easy to use, even when wall mounted.

Remote
Sony X800D Remote Picture
Remote : Basic

Remote features voice recognition. This is the same remote used by some other Sony TVs, like the X850D.

In The Box
Sony X800D In The Box Picture

  • Manuals
  • Remote control
  • Batteries
  • RF Blaster

Misc
Power Consumption : 45 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 96 W
Firmware : PKG6.0306.0001NAA

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 43" (XBR43X800D). Note that the 49" variation (XBR49X800D) has an external power brick, instead of the internal one in the 43". The 49" also has an IPS panel, so expect a lower native contrast ratio and wider viewing angle compared to the 43" model we reviewed and closer performance to the X700D but with a wide color gamut.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony XBR43X800D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
43" XBR43X800D
49" XBR49X800D

Compared to other TVs

Sony X800D Group Shot Picture
Top left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom left: LG UH6500 (43UH6500). Middle: Sony X800D (XBR43X800D). Top right: Vizio M Series 2016 (M70-D3). Bottom right: Sony W650D (KDL40W650D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sony X800D provides a good picture quality and overall performance. For those looking for a TV to watch HDR content at a lower price, it is a good pick. It also works well for sports and video games due to the great motion handling. 

Samsung KU6300
40" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70"

The Samsung KU6300 provides similar picture quality, at a similar price. Unfortunately the motion handling isn't quite as good as the Sony X800D, and there is no support of a wide color gamut for HDR content. The Sony X800D provides better overall performance, and is the better pick.

LG UH6100
43" 49"

The LG UH6100 is available for a lower price but doesn't provide the same level of picture quality as the Sony X800D, especially in dark rooms. It uses a less accurate pixel structure which doesn't perform as well. The picture quality is preserved better when viewed at an angle, but unless you have a very wide seating arrangement the Sony X800D is the better pick.

Vizio M Series 2016
50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 80"

The Vizio M Series 2016 is available only in larger sizes. It features local dimming, but this doesn't work so well in the 50" variant. It also supports the Dolby Vision format, but does not have the wide color gamut of the Sony X800D. If you're looking for a 50" or smaller TV, go with the X800D.

Sony W650D
40" 48" 55"

The Sony W650D is a lower end model. It is available at a lower price, but doesn't have the features or picture quality of the Sony X800D. It is only a 1080p TV, and doesn't have a wide color gamut or support HDR formats. If you can afford it, the Sony X800D is the one to choose.

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7.6Mixed 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:
Good TV for mixed usage. Has good picture quality, and great motion handling. Lacks some of the features to improve picture quality found on higher end TVs, such as local dimming. Picture quality deteriorates when viewed from an angle.
7.0Movies
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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:
Average TV for watching movies. Picture quality is good, but lacks features such as local dimming to improve it further. Native contrast ratio provides good dark scene performance.
7.2TV 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:
Better than average for watching TV in a bright room. The whole screen can get bright enough to deal with glare. Picture quality is good but degrades when viewed at an angle. Android TV platform works well for casual watching in a living room.
7.6Sports
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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:
Really good sports performance. Uniformity is better than average, and picture quality is good. Great at handling fast motion. Unfortunately picture quality isn't as good when viewed at an angle.
8.4Video 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.
Score components:
Great for gamers. Very responsive TV, has low input lag and is great at handling fast motion. Picture quality is good.
7.8HDR 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:
Above average for watching HDR in a dark room. Picture quality is good, but lacks features such as local dimming to improve dark room performance. Highlights don't get bright. Wide color gamut is great.
8.1HDR 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.
Good TV for HDR gaming. Supports HDR10 and displays a wide range of colors. Unfortunately can't produce very bright highlights. Input lag is low in HDR mode, and picture quality is good.
7.2PC 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:
Good for PC use. Supports a wide range of resolutions. Offers chroma support for clear text at all resolutions. Picture quality is good.
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Questions & Answers

34 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
100
The 43" has a VA panel and the 49" has an IPS panel.

Update 10/17/2016: We received a picture of the pixels of the 49" X800D and we can now confirm that it does in fact have an IPS panel. As such, it has a lower native contrast ratio and wider viewing angle than the 43" model we reviewed.

X800D 49
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Would you recommend the X800D or the Samsung UN43KU7000?
Go with the X800D. It is a little bit cheaper but provides the same good picture quality, and has much better motion handling. It has slightly higher input lag, but this is not enough to make a difference for most people.
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Bought the Sony XBR49X800D because it supports HDR10, but when I go to my Xbox One S settings it says my TV does not support HDR 10. Contacted both Sony and Microsoft and they blame one another over the issue. Is my TV or Xbox at fault. Is there a list of TV's that the PS4 and Xbox One S are compatible with when it comes to HDR10?
It is important that you connect the Xbox One S onto the HDMI 2 or 3 and that you change the 'HDMI signal format' to 'Enhanced format' in the input menu from the Android TV 'Home'. Also if it still does not work, you can try to use another high speed HDMI cable just to be sure the cable is not the problem.
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I'm looking for a 49"/50" TV and trying to decide between the Sony X800D, Vizio P Series and Samsung KS8000. Aside from watching what little UHD HDR content is available now, it will mainly be used for watching HD cable channels (including sports) and HD streaming, so upscaling performance is a huge factor. Viewing will mainly be in the evening with dimmed lighting, and reflections and viewing angle are not factors for us. I've had good experiences with mid-range Sony LCDs before with black levels, color and overall picture quality. I've also heard upscaling with their 4K X1 processor is excellent. This is why i'm including the X800D in the discussion. However, if the Vizio or Samsung are worth the premium, i will go for one of them. Thanks!
Sony generally are known for their excellent upscaling. The X800D isn't advertised to have the X1 processor, but the upscaling is still great. The Samsung KS8000 also has very good upscaling. The Vizio P Series 2016 generally produces soft images when upscaled, and loses some of the finer details so is not recommended for your case. The Samsung KS8000 does have overall better picture quality than the Sony X800D, but the main advantage is the better HDR support and better dark scene performance. If you can afford it and plan to watch more HDR content, go with the Samsung KS8000. If you don't mind sacrificing some of the picture quality to save the money, go with the Sony X800D.
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Does the X800D have pip?
No, the Sony X800D does not seem to have the picture in picture capability.
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How does the Motionflow 'Clearness' function work compared to the 810c which had a native 120hz panel? Basically interested in comparison between the Clearness 5 on the 800d (assuming it has one) vs Clearness 5 on the 810c. I know it's very dim, etc, but I DID use it for gaming in a dark room when I briefly had the 810c, as it eliminated almost all the motion blur. Just wonder if it flickers MORE due to the 60hz panel. I believe you mentioned that Clearness 5 on the 810c flickered at 60hz, so would the 800D have a comparable flicker/strobing?
The following are the photos of motion blur after adjusting the 'Clearness' setting on the X800D, and the corresponding backlight. Note that it only has 3 values for 'Clearness' (Min, 1, Max).

Motion blur (Clearness Min)

Sony X800D Clearness Min

Backlight (Clearness Min)

Sony X800D Backlight Clearness Min

Motion blur (Clearness 1)

Sony X800D Clearness 1

Backlight (Clearness 1)

Sony X800D Backlight Clearness 1

Motion blur (Clearness Max)

Sony X800D Clearness Max

Backlight (Clearness Max)

Sony X800D Backlight Clearness Max
Although the X800D has a 60Hz panel, the backlight flickers at 120Hz. The 120Hz flicker of the X800D is less noticeable than the 60Hz flicker of the Sony X810C, but is much less effective at clearing up the image.
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Hi, I would like to ask which Sony X800D model 43" or 49" is overall better for 4K HDR gaming using PlayStation 4 Pro ?
Both will do a good job at it but the 43" and 49" don't have the same panel type. The 43" use a VA panel with a higher native contrast ratio and which is better suited for dark room where you sit straight in front of the TV. The 49" use an IPS panel with lower native contrast ratio which is better suited for well lit room with a wider seating area, where you may not be sitting in front all the time.
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Is there a 43" TV with local dimming and 4k?
The Vizio M Series 2015 (M43-C1) had local dimming which performed better that most of the other 43" TVs that have local dimming (including 2016 TVs). Unfortunately, in 2016, the few 43" TVs that have local dimming, don't actually have a very good local dimming performance. The best local dimming that we have tested this year is in the Vizio P, but the smallest size is 50".
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I have an Xbox One S and I'm planning on getting a 4k TV for my bedroom. Would you recommend this TV? I'm looking for a TV less than 50".
Yes, in the smaller size, the Sony X800D is a very good choice.
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Please compare the picture quality & black levels & clouding in dark scenes in low light rooms with 2015 XBR43X830C? At what angle does side view get worse on X800D?
The picture quality of the 43" X800D is much better in dark rooms, as it uses a VA panel instead of the IPS panel used in the X830C. This provides deeper blacks due to the much better contrast ratio, and better black uniformity (less clouding). The picture quality of the 43" X800D does degrade more rapidly when viewed at an angle, half of the contrast is lost at an angle of 21 degrees, compared to 42 degrees on the X830C.
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I am using my XBR43X800D as a computer monitor and I have noticed that when I am playing a game like GTA and driving at night, a bright light on one side of the screen will basically dim the whole image. So things like flares, head lights, or street lights will make it hard to see when driving at night. It has forced me to turn up the black level to compensate for it. My understanding is that this is dynamic contrast, but I can't figure out how to turn it off. I had a Dell U3014 monitor before this TV and did not experience this issue. Is it possible to disable this feature? Nvidia GTX 1080 Settings: Resolution: 3840x2160 Refresh: 60 Hz Output Color Format: YCbCr444 Output Color Depth: 8 bit Output Dynamic Range: Limited XBR-43X800D Settings: Firmware Version: BRAVIA_ATV2_UC-user 6.0.1 MMB29V.S27 1.6.0.03.06.1.00 release keys (Latest version as of 8/19/16) Picture mode: Game Auto Picture Mode: Off Light Sensor: Off Black Adjust: Off Advanced Contrast Enhancer: Off Live Color: Off Reality Creation: Off Mastered in 4K: Off Random Noise Reduction: Off Digital Noise Reduction: Off Motionflow: Off Cinemotion: Off HDR Mode: Auto HDMI Video Range: Full Color Space: Adobe RGB HDMI Signal Format: Enhanced
Interesting, I've been testing similar situations on our X800D and haven't been able to reproduce your issue. One thing that is set incorrectly is the HDMI Video Range - your video card is set to output the 'Limited' Dynamic range, and so on the TV you should set the 'HDMI Video Range' to 'Limited' as well.
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Got my x800D as a monitor for my PC. Thanks for the recommendation. It is the most gorgeously built screen I have ever owned. It's almost perfect. Here's the one thing. I was wondering are you folks aware of any way I can get the TV to turn on automatically when my computer wakes up from sleep? I'd like it to act just like a standard monitor. Thanks!

Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this, as almost all PC equipment can't use CEC to control devices like TVs. One option is to get one of these and the software found here. This allows you to inject CEC commands to automatically control the TV as your PC wakes or goes to sleep.

One of our readers also pointed out that a power saving power strip with a master outlet could also maybe work to turn on the TV with this kind of computer setup.

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Would you say there a pretty big difference between HDR content and non HDR Content on the X800D? I plan on upgrading to PS4 Pro mainly because of 4K HDR features for gaming. Will it be easy to see the difference between HDR and non HDR games and movies?
There is a good difference in terms of gradients and color gamut. Keep in mind that HDR has a different gamma curve too, so switching on and off the HDR option on the console will produce drastically a different picture (but this isn't simply due to the HDR).
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Hi, For the life of me I havent been able to figure out under what model name the XBR43X800D is sold in Sweden, it is driving me nuts. I have even tried to ask Sony but they provide me with no answer. Is there a way for me to figure it out somehow, or can you guys help me? Usually TVs sold in Sweden have different model names than in the US and the UK, but I have no idea in what "group" of model name Sweden falls under (probably Scandinavia). I would be VERY happy if you guys could help me!
In Sweden the US model X800D is equivalent to the XD8005.
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I've been watching to see if there is an absolute confirmation as to whether or not the Sony xbr49x800D uses a VA panel. In my application, a VA panel is important and yet I continue to read conflicting reports. Can I assume that if I use a magnifying class and look at the screen of a 49" model and the shape of the pixels is the same as those posted on your site for the 43" set, then indeed, the larger screen is a VA panel? Thanks so very much for you most excellent website. It is invaluable!

We haven't gotten a concrete confirmation yet. Yes, if the shape of the pixel is the same as the one we reviewed, it is VA. If you do so, please send us a picture to confirm this. Thanks!

Update 10/17/2016: We received a picture of the pixels of the 49" X800D and we can now confirm that it does in fact have an IPS panel.

X800D 49
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When you hook this up to a Xbox One S does it get a check mark in all areas on the 4k setting?
Yes, when connected to HDMI2 or HDMI3 it shows that everything is compatible.
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I'm looking to use this with my Xbox One S for the HDR gaming, to take full advantage of this do you recommending it ge set to game mode, does the HDR work correctly in game mode & do you know if its specific on which HDMI port to use for these features via the Xbox? Thanks!
Yes it does. Set backlight to max for best results. Use HDMI 2 or HDMI 3 with 'Enhanced format' selected for the port.
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Hi, I want to buy a 40/43 inch 4K HDR TV for my bedroom. I know Sony X800D is the best in this size, but the price of Samsung KU6300 is only half of it. It is very hard to make the decision. Could you tell me how much the difference for HDR between these two? If the difference is not huge, I will buy KU6300 with no doubt. Thanks

The main difference for HDR is that the Samsung KU6300 is lacking the wide color gamut, which give color more saturation or a more vibrant/colorful final image. Note that for the moment, HDR content is limited and that the wide color gamut is only beneficial to HDR content. While watching SDR content (normal traditional content), wide color gamut does not make any difference.

In the end, the difference is not as big that if you would compare the KU6300 to the KS8000. So maybe for the value, the Samsung KU6300 is a better choice.

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Hello, I have the chance to purchase the 43x800d from USA and bring it to Argentina. First, could different voltage be a problem for me (Argentina uses 220v 50Hz)? I guess this unit comes with an external power supply 110V. If so i don't know if a power adapter 110v to 220v will work for this kind of device. Second: Is this unit tri-norm compatible or multi-norm (PAL-N PAL-B NTSC)? Thanks.
The X800D supports 110-240V, and 50-60Hz so this won't be a problem. All of the power supply is internal. Unfortunately we don't have any way of testing the tuner for PAL compatibility.
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Thanks for the awesome review! Do you guys/girls have any idea if this TV will eventually support Dolby Vision? Perhaps through an update? I'm stuck between this TV and the Vizio P Series.
Dolby Vision requires different hardware, and so won't be added through a firmware update. If you're in a dark room watching movies from directly in front go with the Vizio P Series 2016 as the local dimming works well to improve dark scene performance. Otherwise save the money and get the Sony X800D.
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Great review. I was wondering if this Sony X800D 4k LED TV can play 4k movies via vudu? also would this be a good TV for PS4 pro?
Vudu should work in 4k on all newer UHD TVs, so this include the Sony X800D. The Sony X800D should also be a good choice for the upcoming PS4 pro, since it as a good input lag and good HDR performance.
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Several posters on AVSforum have shown the 49's pixel structure to be LG IPS. It would be nice to have confirmation from you guys. I assume this would likely mean the contrast ratio and viewing angle would be similar to the 49x700d?
Thank you for pointing it out, it seems that the 49" variation is an IPS panel and the review has been updated accordingly. As you have mentioned, we expect the 49" variation of the X800D to have a similar contrast ratio and viewing angle as the X700D.
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Does the 43 inch have IPS Panel or VA Panel? Honestly which panel is the best for your television to have? I'm more of a gamer so which panel would benefit that better?
The 43" is VA. The 49" is IPS. VA is better directly in front if you are in a dark room. IPS is better at an angle.
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I’ve owned the Sony XBR43X800D for a few months now and have a few notes I’d like to share:

•Something almost nobody mentions, including Sony, is that this TV is DirecTV ready via an app if you have the Genie system. For some reason the app requires a wired Ethernet connection even though the TV supports Wireless-AC, which should provide plenty of bandwidth. However, the key mapping of the DirecTV functions on the Sony remote is challenging, to say the least. I think the app will function with a standard DirecTV remote but I setup an activity on a Harmony remote that maps all the keys into their normal locations.

•Something will get flaky after a while with the apps that requires a restart of the TV. I haven’t kept a log but it seems like it’s about two to three weeks between restarts. It’s not a big deal but you have to know where to find the restart and my wife can never remember where it is. My Windows Kodi boxes are more stable and restart faster when the need arises.

•The Android system has apps like Kodi and Plex for playing video libraries, which is great. However, the TV itself doesn’t have the ability to playback VC-1 encodes without constant stalls and stutters. This impacts a lot of older Blu-ray titles if they’ve been ripped with something like MakeMKV that doesn’t re-encode the video. AVC encodes play fine. It’s not an issue everybody will have but if you think you’ll use the apps on this TV to play Blu-ray rips then the ability may depend on how the discs were encoded and ripped.

•I’m not in love with the smart system, though I will admit that I rarely am. The main issue here is the fact that many standard apps are in the “Featured Apps” section which, unless I’m missing something, can’t be edited or rearranged in any way. Some of the apps I want to use are way over to the right in the list with a whole lot of apps up front that I’ll never use. This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if I could install featured apps on the customizable bar for apps that I install myself, but the interface won’t allow that. Why is it so hard to get a simple Roku-like interface on a smart TV? In the end, I may chuck the smart interface for everything but DirecTV and plug a Roku into it.

Otherwise, this TV performs exactly as stated in the review. We use it as a bedroom TV and black levels, contrast, color, scaling and motion handling are all very good. If it weren’t for an OLED set this might be the best TV in the house.

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. The stability of the TV has been getting worse since we first purchased it. We restart the TV fairly often (it gets turned off and unplugged every few days) but we will experiment with forcing the apps to close to see if this helps. The Android TV platform is not as intuitive or easy to use as some other smart platforms, and limitations with the customizability do make a significant difference. For you, a Roku is probably the best option.
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I wanted to ask if Sony could send out a patch in order to fix the judder over a 60p/i signal?
Very unlikely.
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I was wondering if the color gradient is better than an 8.5 now since your original review had system errors? Also, I play video games, and watch all my TV shows through either PlayStation Vue, Netflix, or Hulu plus Blu-rays, would I have a problem with judder if I get this TV and if so would the Vizio 50"p series would have upscaling issues based on the content I watch?
The review has been updated with the new test result, it now has an 9.0/10 for the gradient. Usually you should not have any problem with TV shows, since TV show are mastered in 30p and the TV can easily match this to the its native frame rate. For movies on streaming apps or Blu-rays, you should also be good, since in our test, the TV was able to display 24p content without any judder.

The Vizio P is really only a bit worse than other TV with resolution under 1080p. Anything at 1080p or higher does look good. If you have a decent internet speed, all your streaming content should at least be 1080p or higher.

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When talking about "Judder on 24p" section, what's the difference between the three? If I only watch movies or shows over DVD/Blu-rays and streaming off of Netflix (and other services) or a USB stick, do I only need to see the "Yes" support on the "Judder free over 24p", and not worry what the "via 60p" or "via 60i" as those ONLY pertain to cable?
Yes you are right. All movies playing from DVDs, Blu-rays, USB drives and streaming apps plays at 24p (or 24 frames per second) and when we say 'judder-free 24p' it is related to the those only. For more information on the subject, you can read our article here.
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Does Geforce card detect this TV with a native 4k res in the Nvidia control panel or 1080p like many others 4k Sony? Because this can break the Nvidia GPU scaling since it require you to set the desktop resolution to be the same as the display native resolution or CPU scaling won't work. This can be extremely frustrating whenever you launch a non 4k application and loose signal for a few seconds until the TV picks up the new resolution.
Yes, the Nvidia control panel list the 1080p resolution as the native resolution of the TV on for the Sony X800D.
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Does this TV have a true 10-bit panel (Sony manual states BT 2020) or is it 8-bit with some form of dithering? I am torn between this TV or the Samsung KU7000 model with the later being roughly $100 ~$150 cheaper depending on the day. The Sony being a true 10-bit panel would be preferred if true.
When sending an 12-bit signal to the Sony X800D, 8-bit gradation cannot be seen and our gradient look very smooth, so it can display up to 10-bit signal pretty good. To say if it is a true 10-bit or and very good 8-bit with dithering, it is very hard to be 100% sure and manufacturer are always very discreet on this subject. But in the case of the Sony X800D, we can only say that it can display a 10-bit signal pretty good without problem.
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I have the Vizio M43-C1 2015 model and I have had my eye on this Sony model for a while. When I compared the reviews I noticed that they are very similar with HDR being the exception. Would you say this TV is worth the change? Or should I look for another TV with HDR that is more superior to my non HDR Vizio?
If you really, like really want HDR, then go for the Sony X800D. But that would be the only good reason, because beside that you will almost get the same performance from both TVs. You may be better staying with the Vizio for a year or 2 until there is some TVs that will really be worth it. Also at the moment, there is not a lot of choice for HDR TVs in that range of size.
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I bought this a week ago and love the picture but coming from a 51" Samsung plasma, the picture seems a lot smaller. I'm tempted to trade it in for a 55 Samsung UN55KU6300, Vizio P50-C1 or 55M55-D0 that are all around the same price point. I'm afraid that if I trade, the picture wouldn't be as good on a 55" than the Sony 49". Any thoughts on this?
You don't need to be afraid. If you are sitting straight in front of your TV and you watch TV mostly in a dark environment, you will notice a better picture quality for all 3 of the TVs you are interested in, since all of them have VA panels that have higher contrast ratio and better blacks than the 49" Sony X800D with an IPS panel.
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What type of LED panel is this? Is it an IPS panel? Thanks.
Update: The 43" X800D has a VA panel, and the 49" X800D has an IPS panel.
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Do you know if there is going to be a successor of X810C but with HDR. It seems to me that model is the sweet spot in price/performance, but lacks HDR. And to me, 4K is useless without HDR. However, based on your ratings, the X810C seems to be the best sub $1K 55" 1080p TV out there, even though is has a native 4K resolution.
That's unlikely. The Sony X800D is a bit like it, but not available in the larger sizes. The X810C is excellent value.
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Would you recommend the 2015 Sony X810C or this 2016 model (Sony X800D)? They are both currently on sale for $850. I mostly watch TV at night in a dark room and plan on getting an Xbox one s to play 4k HDR Blu-ray movies. I also know the X810C does not struggle with judder, of which I am sensitive to.
If HDR is what you are really after, go with the X800D. The Sony X800D is judder-free when playing Blu-ray movies, so if this is your main use, you will be okay. You will only notice judder when watching movie coming from your cable box (or any other 60p/60i sources). Other TV shows usually are produced with a native 30p or 60p and will play on cable/satellite box without the need of a 2:3 pulldown to match the TV frame rate and should be judder-free.
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