It was replaced by the Sony X930D
The Sony X930C is an excellent UHD LED TV. It can get very bright and has great motion control. However, it loses picture quality at an angle and its gray uniformity is sub-par.
- Wider color gamut
- Deep and uniform blacks
- Great motion controls
- Very bright
- Limited viewing angle
- Sub-par gray uniformity
The Sony X930C is very wide, due to its front facing speakers on both sides of the TV. It is thicker at the bottom than at the top.
The stand can be set to two positions. The wider one offers a bit more stability, but the narrow setting is good for smaller surfaces.
- 11% Contrast
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 2% Gradient
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The Sony X930C is a fabulous TV for watching movies. The blacks are really deep and uniform, so nighttime scenes will look their best on this TV.
You get some cool extra features here, like X-tended Dynamic Range, which makes lighter highlights in the picture really bright, and auto local dimming, which makes darker portions of the image extra dark. They work reasonably well (there are some light blooming issues with each), so you might as well try them out and see if you like them.
The native contrast ratio of the Sony XBR-65X930C is great. We measured the same contrast ratio with the local dimming feature turned on, as measured on a checkboard pattern.
The Sony XBR65X930C's zones are vertical, due to its edge-lit backlight. The blooming spawns a bigger area than on the Samsung JS9500, but it is a bit less obvious, because the TV has a better native contrast ratio. Overall though, you will probably prefer the local dimming on the JS9500, because it is a bit more aggressive.
The gray uniformity is not very good on this TV. It has less dirty screen effect than the Samsung JS9500, but the screen is not as uniform overall.
At about 18 degrees off-axis, the picture loses saturation, and the blacks are not as great.
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.
The black uniformity is excellent. LED TVs don't get much better than this.
In movie mode, the presets are quite good.
After the calibration, the white balance is a lot better. The 10 pt controls are not very precise, and it doesn't have a color tuner.
The color gamut covers about 10% more of Rec.2020 than a normal TV when setting it to 'BT.2020'. It covers about 3% less than the JS9500.
The glossy finish is excellent at reducing the amount of reflected light, which improves the apparent contrast ratio in a bright room. There is some rainbow glare around bright objects, though.
It currently holds our record for the maximum full screen luminosity (not peak). It can get very bright, which is great if you have a lot of windows. Keep in mind that it has a glossy finish, though, so you will want to avoid having a bright light opposite the screen.
The 3D is good, without much crosstalk.
This is a decent, but not great, TV for sports. There's little blur, which is great for the fast movement.
There's not much of the patchiness that you can sometimes notice with panning shots during a game, but the panel still has a good deal of variance overall. Some spots are much darker than others.
On average, the response time for the pixel transition is 15.9ms, which is quite good. Sony TVs also have the best features for controlling exactly how you want the motion to look. See the Q&A for more details and pictures.
This TV is pretty good for gaming. There's not too much delay between entering a command and seeing the reaction onscreen, so most people will have no issues with gaming on this TV.
That, combined with the minimal amount of motion blur, makes this a solid performer for all kinds of games.
Under game mode, the input lag is average. It is definitely playable, and most people won't notice it. With interpolation enabled, the input lag is surprisingly low, enough to be worth trying it out on slower games.
Input lag with a 4k (with and without HDR) resolution is a bit high and not very good for gaming unfortunately.
Update 11/02/2016: Input lag results with the latest firmware update PKG3.531.0108NAB.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
As with other Sony TVs, little artifacts (flashing lines) are seen when a 1080p @ 120Hz signal is being displayed.
Update: With the new firmware update PKG2.463.0010NAB, This TV now supports 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. To enable this, go to Settings - External Inputs - HDMI Signal Format - Enhanced (new).
This TV has the best sound of any set we've tested this year, and by a wide margin. The bass is good, and the TV can get to a very loud overall volume.
There's also not much distortion at regular volumes. There's a lot more distortion at very loud volumes, but most people won't approach those levels anyway.
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.
The bass extension and the loudness are excellent. The frequency response is also good and remains relatively constant even under load. This is the best sounding TV we have tested.
The TV produces minimal distortion at comfortable listening levels. However when pushed to its limits, which is not that easy to do, there is a dramatic jump in the amount of distortion.
Android TV has become a good smart platform, with decent app selection and nice extra features, like integrated Google Cast.
We're not fans of the included Sony remotes, though, and while using your smartphone with the TV SideSync app makes a decent replacement, the experience still isn't up to the level of LG or Samsung. The touch remote is particularly unpleasant to use.
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The Sony XBR65X930C is great overall. It has great native contrast, can get very bright, and has excellent black uniformity. The viewing angle and gray uniformity could be better, though.