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  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Stand
    2. Back
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
    5. Temperature
    6. Build Quality
  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. Distortion
  7. Smart Features
    1. Interface
    2. Ads
    3. Apps and Features
    4. Remote
    5. Remote App
    6. TV Controls
    7. In The Box
    8. Misc
  8. Sizes and Variants
  9. Compared
  10. Conclusion
  11. Q&A
Reviewed on Mar 24, 2017 , Ian Cumming, Eric Bousquet, Mehdi Azzabi

Sony X930E
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
Recommended if under (USD)
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What it is: Maximum price to be a better value than its competitors.
How to use it: This product is the best choice in its range if you can find it below this price.
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Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
8.2 $1,980
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
8.3 $1,170
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
8.1 $1,350
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Score components:
7.8 $1,250
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.4 $620
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.4 $1,300
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
8.4 $1,980
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
7.8 $660
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony X930E 4K HDR TV is a great LED TV with top of the line picture quality. It's one of the brightest TVs we've reviewed, so it does great with HDR. It covers everything quite well as both motion and input lag are good. Its only real pitfall is the quite narrow viewing angle.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 8.1
Motion 8.5
Inputs 8.5
Sound Quality 7.3
Smart Features 7.8
Pros
  • Exceptionally bright, which is great for HDR
  • Deep and uniform blacks
  • Very good motion handling
Cons
  • Image degrades rapidly at an angle
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
Update 7/19/2017: Updated with newest firmware (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The input lag and 24p playback have been retested and are unchanged.

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8.5

Design

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Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X930E Design Picture
Curved : No

The design of the X930E is great. From the front it looks like most other Sony TVs with the familiar center stand and minimalistic look. The cable management is excellent, due to the textured plastic covers and built-in cable guides. The build quality is also great, and the body of the TV feels very sturdy. 

Stand
Sony X930E Stand Picture

The TV features a very similar central stand to the X900E. It supports the TV well and is very stable. It also provides a channel through the rear legs for cable management.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 11.1" x 19.8"

Back
Sony X930E Back Picture
Wall Mount : Vesa 300x300

The back of the TV has many textured plastic panels which are used to hide cables (shown here). The wall mount bolt holes can be found under the panels.

Borders
Sony X930E Borders Picture
Borders : 0.51" (1.3 cm)

The borders of the TV are thin and look good. They are made of metal and feel high quality.

Thickness
Sony X930E Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 1.77" (4.5 cm)

The TV is relatively thin, and can be mounted very close to a wall.

Temperature
Sony X930E Temperature picture
Maximum Temperature
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What it is: The peak temperature found on the TV.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: <5°C
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35 °C
Average Temperature
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What it is: The Average temperature measured on the TV
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: 30
Noticeable difference: 5
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32 °C

The X930E is a fairly cool TV, and only gets slightly warm after prolonged usage. The exception is its power brick, which reaches a warm 42 °C; however this should not be a problem.

9.0 Build Quality
Sony X930E Build quality picture

The build quality of the X930E is excellent. All of the parts feel high quality and fit together well, and the build is solid. The back is plastic but the stand and borders are metal. The TV is very heavy though.

8.1

Picture Quality

The Sony XBR55X930E has a very good picture quality. Dark room performance is great thanks to the excellent contrast ratio and good black uniformity. Bright room performance is not lacking either, thanks to the good reflection handling and the high SDR peak brightness which should overcome most glare. The gray uniformity is average but it does not have too much dirty screen effect which should please sports fans. The X930E has a narrow viewing angle, so its colors and black level degrade fast when viewed off center. In a case where a large group is watching TV at the same time, the ones sitting more to the sides won't have the same great picture quality as those right in front. Finally, when it comes to HDR this TV is an excellent choice. The relatively good local dimming, great HDR peak brightness and good color reproduction make it one of Sony's best options.

9.1 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 X930E 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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5744 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) 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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6564 : 1

The native contrast ratio of the Sony X930E is excellent. The TV can produce very deep blacks and provides superb picture quality when set in a dark environment. This contrast ratio is almost double that of the 2016 X930D. When 'Auto local dimming' is enabled and 'X-tended Dynamic Range' is set to high, we measured a contrast ratio of 6564.

7.0 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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Yes
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

The local dimming feature of the X930E works surprisingly well for an edge-lit TV. Blooming still happens when there is a very bright highlight, but it looks much better than on the 2016 X930D when compared side by side, even though the X930E is much brighter. The local dimming reacts really fast and you don't really see the changing of zones when the small white dot is moving fast.

When compared to the X900E, a full array backlight TV with local dimming, the X930E local dimming feels more refined and in the end, the result looks a bit better.

9.1 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.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
837 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
999 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
1452 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
1015 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
854 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
762 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
991 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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1436 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
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970 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
847 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: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
755 cd/m2
SDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
0.032

Excellent brightness for SDR content, and brighter than any TV we tested in 2016. The X930E will be usable in even the brightest of rooms. The TV's local dimming helps small areas like our 10% window achieve a great best case brightness, but even the 100% window is still very bright. The TV also remains bright for a long period of time after a transition which is great.

9.2 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.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
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1442 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
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1159 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
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1540 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
1027 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
866 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
764 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
1155 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
1510 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
1002 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
855 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: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
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751 cd/m2
HDR ABL
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What it is: The standard deviation of the HDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: HDR content with large bright areas, such as HDR gaming
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
0.035

The X930E has exceptional brightness for HDR, and is brighter than any TV we tested in 2016. Local dimming helps to make small areas incredibly bright, but large areas also remain very bright. The TV maintains this high brightness for a long time. This high brightness will make highlights in HDR content very bright so they stand out from the rest of the picture.

7.0 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 X930E 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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5.45 %
50% DSE
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What it is: High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.186 %
Sony X930E 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%
:
1.06 %
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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0.093 %

The gray uniformity of the X930E is average. The edges are darker than the rest of the screen, and there is a darker band on the bottom half of the screen. Fortunately there is not much dirty screen effect, which is important when watching video content with big panning shots over a uniform surface, such as hockey or football.

When looking at our 5% gray uniformity picture there are not too many uniformity problems. The bottom of the screen is a bit brighter than the rest, but the difference is almost unnoticeable.

4.9 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
Sony X930E 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°
:
19 °
Sony X930E 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°
:
47 °
Sony X930E 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°
:
12 °

Poor viewing angle. Blacks become gray when viewed from even a slight angle, which lowers the contrast ratio and makes the picture look more washed out. Colors also shift significantly at an angle. It is not recommended to view this TV from the side.

7.4 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 X930E 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: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
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1.06 %
Sony X930E Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 1%
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.
:
1.109 %

The black uniformity is decent and is similar to what we measured on the X900E. Some clouding can be seen on the two bottom corners, but this isn't an issue when watching most normal content. When the local dimming is turned on, the clouding that was visible in the lower corners is not present anymore, which is very good. The local dimming is actually doing a good job here and should be left on most of the time, especially when watching movies where dark scene a prominent.

9.3 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 X930E 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 panel of this TV is excellent, just like the 2016 X930D. It can display our gradient test image without banding almost perfectly. Note that this test was done with 'Smooth gradation' off to really showcase the native performance of the panel used in this TV.

7.8 Pre Calibration
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What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. Only the picture mode, color temperature, and backlight level were changed.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Sony X930E Pre Calibration Picture Sony X930E Pre Gamma Curve Picture Sony X930E 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
:
2.81
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.70
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
:
2.16

Out of the box, this TV is not bad and for normal home use it could be used as is and most people would not notice anything wrong. Overall the image is a bit warm, but this isn't too dramatic. When looking at the color reproduction, all the colors track well but the blues have the most error.

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 X930E Post Calibration Picture Sony X930E Post Gamma Curve Picture Sony X930E 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
:
0.27
Color dE
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What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.81
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
:
2.2

Just like the X900E, the calibration is very easy to do via the 2 and 10 points white balance. The TV responds fairly well to the calibration. The gamma was flattened to more closely follow the gamma 2.2 curve, and the overall white balance dE error was reduced to a negligible 0.27 which is great. The color dE was brought down a bit, but it couldn't be reduced further because the TV lacks a color space management system.

You can see our recommended 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 X930E 480p Picture

Low-quality content such as DVDs are upscaled quite well. The image remains clear, but very little smoothing is applied.

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 X930E 720p Picture

720p content such as cable looks good. Very few smoothing or sharpening artifacts can be seen and details are preserved well.

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 X930E 1080p Picture

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. The image is very clear.

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 X930E 4k Picture

Native 4k content looks great. No issues can be seen.

7.9 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 X930E 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%
:
87.67 %
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%
:
94.63 %
Sony X930E 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%
:
65.86 %
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%
:
68.65 %

Great color gamut. Deep colors in HDR content will be well reproduced. The TV does struggle to show deep green and cyan in the rec. 2020 gamut, but this is fairly typical of modern TVs.

7.3 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 X930E P3 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
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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%
:
82.0 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
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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.
:
51.3 %
Sony X930E 2020 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
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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 %
:
63.9 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
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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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39.5 %

Decent color volume. The X930E is able to show its wide color gamut at a range of brightness values. Extremely dark or bright deep colors are not as well represented as colors of moderate brightness, but they are still well represented. The color volume of the X930E is mostly limited by its color gamut which is not extremely wide, unlike the Samsung Q7F which has a very wide gamut.

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.
Sony X930E Image Retention Picture
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 %
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 %
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 %
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 %
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 %
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 %

The Sony XBR55X930E does not suffer from image retention. It features a VA panel which usually perform well in this test.

8.0 Reflections
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What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X930E Reflections Picture Sony X930E 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%
:
1.2 %
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 X930E has a semi-gloss finish which helps to diffuse reflections, reducing their intensity. Its reflection handling isn't as good as on some of the competition such as the Q7F or B6 but it should still be fine for a bright room. The reflection handling is the same as the X900E.

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.
:
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.
:
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.
:
No

The X930E doesn't support 3D, just like most 2017 TVs.

Pixels
8.5

Motion

The X930E has great motion handling. It has a low response time, so fast moving objects appear clear. It has optional black frame insertion which can increase the amount of visible flicker to help clear up moving objects. Unfortunately movies played via cable or a home theater PC experience some small judder, but for most people this isn't noticeable. The X930E has a 120Hz panel which is able to interpolate lower frame rate content for those who enjoy the soap opera effect.

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 X930E Motion Blur Picture Sony X930E Response Time Chart 2
80% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
5.3 ms
100% Response Time
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What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
12.7 ms

The TV has a very low response time which results in little motion blur following moving objects. Unfortunately it is slightly worse than the X900E, mostly due to the longer 0%-20% transition.

Update 04/03/2017: The 0%-20% and 20%-0% transition have been remeasured with less noise.

7.6 Image Flicker
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What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Sports, video games, when TV is used as a PC monitor
Score components:
Sony X930E 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). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
960 Hz
BFI
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What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in sports or video games
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Sony X930E BFI Picture Sony X930E 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
:
120 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 Sony X930E uses PWM at 960Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 17/50 backlight setting, but at that frequency it is not noticeable. Lowering the setting reduces the amplitude, while duty cycle remains constant. To decrease the flicker frequency and clear up motion, set 'MotionFlow' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Clearness' slider. Unfortunately it can't reduce the flicker to 60Hz.

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.
:
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

Movies playing from DVDs, Blu-rays or any other source outputting at 24p don't suffer from judder on the Sony X930E.

Movies playing from cable/satellite boxes do present a small judder, even when 'Motionflow' is set to 'RealCinema' and 'Cinemotion' is set to high. This may be due to a firmware bug since there are signs of interpolation that should not normally appear under these specific settings (see the artifacts near the top edge here). Generally, Sony TVs don't suffer from judder from 60p/60i sources, so we will update this review if it gets fixed in a future firmware.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV has been tested with the newest firmware update (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The 24p playback performance remains the same.

10 Motion Interpolation
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What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
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What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
:
Yes
Sony X930E 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.
:
Yes
Sony X930E Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture

The X930E has a 120Hz panel which is able to interpolate lower frame rate content. To do so, set 'MotionFlow' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Smoothness' slider. To reduce the threshold for interpolation (increasing the soap opera effect) set 'CineMotion' to 'High'.

8.5

Inputs

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The X930E has a large variety of inputs built in, and its HDMI ports support all the common input signals. In game mode it has good input lag when showing a 4k input but only mediocre input lag when showing a 1080p input.

8.2 Input Lag
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What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
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
:
25.7 ms
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
:
42.3 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
:
25.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on the TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz with HDR.
When it matters: HDR video games from a console outputting a 1080p signal.
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
42.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode : 88.4 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
:
104.8 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
:
25.7 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
:
42.3 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
:
25.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
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What it is: Lowest input lag possible on TV when displaying 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 with HDR
When it matters: PC monitor with an HDR capable graphics card
Good value: < 40ms
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
42.1 ms
4k With Interpolation : 85.5 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
:
101.7 ms

The X930E has good input lag with a 4k signal but only mediocre input lag with a 1080p signal. The 1080p input lag is good enough for most gamers, but competitive gamers may be disappointed. The 4k input lag on the other hand should be good enough for nearly anyone. The 'game' and 'graphics' picture modes both have the same low input lag and both support chroma 4:4:4.

Update 05/23/2017: The TV has been retested after the update to Android TV 7.0 Nougat, and the input lag is unchanged.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV has been tested with the newest firmware update (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The input lag remains the same.

10 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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Yes
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 TV supports all the common input signals. 1080p @ 120 Hz was displayed properly without the artifacts seen in the X930D and without the jagged scaling of the X900E. To play 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 color, HDMI port 2 or 3 must be used and 'HDMI Enhanced Format' must be enabled. Both the 'game' and 'graphics' picture modes properly display 4:4:4 color.

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

The TV has a shared composite/component port and an additional small composite port that needs an adapter, which unfortunately is not included. An example of a compatible adapter is 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.
:
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.
:
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.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
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What it is: TV can receive and pass DTS 5.1 signal to receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
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What it is: TV can receive and pass Dolby Digital signal to receiver via digital optical.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs and Blu-rays.
:
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.
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes (HDMI 2, 3)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

To enable audio passthrough, the TV's audio output needs to be changed from 'TV speakers' to 'Audio system'.

Dolby Vision support is expected to be added in a future update.

7.3

Sound Quality

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What it is: How well and accurately the audio is reproduced.
When it matters: When a good and accurate sound reproduction is needed.
Score components:

The Sony X930E has an average sound quality. That isn't saying much, though, since we rarely ever see a TV that performs well in this area.

7.2 Frequency Response
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What it is: How accurately the sound level of each frequency is being produced.
When it matters: For a balanced and neutral sound.
Sony X930E Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
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What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Movies, Gaming. Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: < 60Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 70dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at quiet listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
4.33 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 80dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at moderate listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
4.31 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured with the TV at maximum volume, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at under maximum load
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
4.78 dB
Max
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What it is: Maximum volume reached by the TV at their optimum viewing distance (size dependent)
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 88 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
94.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
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What it is: The amount of difference between the TVs frequency response performance at 70dB SPL and Max dB SPL. Too much compression will result in pumping in the sound.
When it matters: When an accurate and free-of-pumping performance is required at higher volumes
Good value: < 3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
3.16 dB

Average frequency response, the low-end cutoff is poor, but the TV provides a good mid-range performance. Volume gets pretty high, but compression artifacts can be seen in the higher frequencies.

7.4 Distortion
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What it is: Deformation of an output signal compared to its input, usually clipping, harmonic distortion, or inter-modulation distortion caused by non-linear behavior of the sound system.
When it matters: When a clean, pure and transparent reproduction is desired.
Score components:
Sony X930E Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 80dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.182
Weighted THD @ Max
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at the TV's maximum SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
2.306
IMD @ 80
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What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
:
0.47 %
IMD @ Max
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What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
:
1.52 %

Poor distortion performance. The amount of distortion at 70 is about average, but it steeply rises as the volume is raised. Maximum volume distortion is especially bad.

7.8

Smart Features

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Score components:
  • 42% Interface
  • 2% Ads
  • 37% Apps and Features
  • 16% Remote
  • 3% Remote App
Sony X930E Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Android TV
Version : 6.0

The X930E uses Android TV as its smart OS. Android TV is, unfortunately, more difficult to navigate than some other smart OS's, so first-time users may take some time getting used to where the different options are located. The 'Action Menu' button on the remote helps to relieve this problem by showing a short list of common settings so users rarely need to navigate to the settings app. Despite Android TV's complexity, it is still a good smart OS because of its vast app selection; the included Google Play Store contains a plethora of apps users can download and use. The included remote has a microphone for Voice Search, which works well.

7.0 Interface
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What it is: The usability, features and performance of the main interface of the TV, not including the interfaces of the apps themselves.
When it matters: Anytime when using the TV, but especially when changing settings and using apps.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Ease of Use
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What it is: How easy the interface is to navigate, affected by the organization of its layout, placing frequently accessed elements in areas that are faster to access, etc.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Average
Smoothness
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What it is: How smooth the interface is to navigate, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
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What it is: How long it takes to select YouTube for launch, starting from HDMI 1 input, when YouTube is placed first on the list of apps or added as a shortcut. This does not include app launch time, and does not use a fixed YouTube button on a remote. This serves as an indication of the time needed to select any app.
When it matters: When launching any app.
:
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
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What it is: The time it takes to navigate to the 'Backlight' setting ('Brightness' on Sony TVs). This serves as an indication of how long it takes to navigate to basic TV settings.
When it matters: When changing TV settings.
:
7 s
Advanced Options
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What it is: Whether advanced options and settings are available, such as color calibration.
When it matters: When customizing the TV and using the smart features.
:
Many

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:
Ads
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What it is: Whether the TV's main interface has ads. This does take into account ads in third-party apps.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
No
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
Suggested Content in Home
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What it is: Whether suggested content appears in the TV's home menu or main menu. Suggested content can include recommended movies, TV shows, YouTube videos etc.
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Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
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What it is: Whether the suggested content feed in the home menu can be removed or hidden
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Yes

The main interface of the TV has no ads. Third party apps may have ads, such as video ads in YouTube. There is an option in the TV's settings to opt out of personalized advertising for these third party ads.

The first row of the Android TV Home menu is filled with suggested content. It is possible to disable all this suggested content until all that remains is a line saying "No recommendations available at this time". This can be done in the TV's settings by disabling all the sources of suggested content one by one, going back to the home screen, then going back into settings and disabling the Sony instructional links that appear as suggested content sources.

9.0 Apps and Features
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What it is: The usability, features and performance of apps and other smart features.
When it matters: Only when using smart features such as apps, casting and USB playback.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X930E Apps Picture
App Selection
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What it is: The number and variety of apps available to download for the smart platform.
When it matters: When downloading new apps.
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Very Many
App Smoothness
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What it is: How smooth it feels to navigate the interfaces of apps, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using apps.
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Average
Cast Capable
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What it is: Whether apps on a phone or tablet can cast content to the TV.
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Yes
USB Drive Playback
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What it is: Whether the TV can play content from a drive connected to one of the TV's USB ports.
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Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
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What it is: Whether HDR files played from a USB drive can be displayed properly.
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Yes
HDR in Netflix
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What it is: Whether HDR content on Netflix can be played back in HDR.
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Yes
HDR in Amazon Video
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What it is: Whether HDR content on Amazon Video can be played in HDR.
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Yes
HDR in YouTube
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What it is: Whether HDR content on YouTube can be played in HDR.
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No

The X930E comes preinstalled with many popular apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video. More apps can be installed from the included Google Play Store.

7.0 Remote
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What it is: The usability and features of the TV's physical remote.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X930E Remote Picture
Size
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What it is: How big the remote is
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Large
Voice Control
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What it is: The capabilities of the TV's voice control feature
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Search, Some Other Features
CEC Menu Control
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What it is: Whether the remote can act as a universal remote for HDMI CEC enabled devices. This was tested on our Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player, and may not be valid for other CEC devices as implementations vary by manufacturer.
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Yes
Other Smart Features
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What it is: Whether the remote has any other smart features, such as a pointer, universal remote support for non HDMI CEC devices, etc.
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No

The X930E has a large remote with many buttons. Fortunately commonly used buttons are located in the center of the remote, around the direction pad, so users don't have to reach very far. The exceptions to this are the Inputs and Power buttons, which are commonly used and hard to reach because they are at the remote's corners. Also hard to reach is the Voice Search button, which uses a microphone in the remote itself to do searches and text entry using only the user's voice.

6.0 Remote App
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What it is: The features of the official phone and tablet app for the TV.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Sony X930E Remote App Picture
Acts as the Remote
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What it is: Whether the remote app can emulate all the buttons of the physical remote.
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Yes
Launches Apps and Inputs
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What it is: Whether the remote app can launch the TV's apps and change between its inputs.
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No
Inputs Text in YouTube
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What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for YouTube searches.
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Yes
Inputs Text in Netflix
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What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for Netflix searches.
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No
Streams Device Files
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What it is: Whether the remote app can stream files from the phone or tablet to the TV, files such as pictures, music and video.
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No
Controls TV Settings
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What it is: Whether the app can change all or some of the settings on the TV, such as the backlight.
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No
Voice Control
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What it is: Whether the remote can send voice commands to the TV.
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Yes

TV Controls
Sony X930E Controls Picture

The TV has only three buttons, which can control the volume, change the channel and change the input. The center button switches between volume, channel and input; and the (+) and (-) buttons increment the function.

In The Box
Sony X930E In The Box Picture

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • External power brick
  • RF Blaster
  • Wall mount screws

Misc
Power Consumption : 58 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 178 W
Firmware : PKG6.0710.0005Naa

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (XBR55X930E). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65"(XBR65X930E) as well.

Note that the 65" model doesn't have an external power brick, which may make it easier to wall mount.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony XBR-55X930E doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size Model Alternative Name UK Model
55" XBR55X930E XBR-55X930E KD-55XE9305
65" XBR65X930E XBR-65X930E KD-65XE9305

Compared to other TVs

Sony X930E Group Shot Picture
Top left: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom left: LG B6 (OLED55B6P). Middle: Sony X930E (XBR55X930E). Top right: Samsung Q7F (QN55Q7F). Bottom right: X900E (XBR55X900E). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sony X930E is one of the best LED TVs we've reviewed, but it faces some tough competition in its category.

Sony X900E
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X900E is another great Sony LED TV. They're both quite similar, but the X930E gets a lot brighter which is great for HDR.  The local dimming of the X930E also performs slightly better than the X900E, but it's difficult to justify paying more for the marginal differences. Because of this, most people should get the X900E instead.

LG B6
55" 65"

The LG B6 is an OLED TV, which thanks to its perfect blacks and contrast makes it a step ahead of the X930E when it comes to picture quality. The B6 doesn't get quite as bright, but it can produce a wider range of color and it handles motion blur a bit better than the Sony. They're around the same price, so the better pick is the LG B6 OLED TV.

Samsung Q7F
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q7F is an LED TV, part of their new QLED series. It can produce a much wider range of colors than the X930E, but the overall picture quality is worse. It also cannot get nearly as bright as the X930E, and is slightly more expensive.  Even at the same price, the Sony X930E is the better buy.

Vizio P Series 2016
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Vizio P series 2016 is an LED TV with very good local dimming that dramatically helps its picture quality. It doesn't get quite as bright, but it matches the Sony in most other aspects. TV shows and HDR gaming is where it falls the short the most, but most people will still be more pleased with it over the X930E, especially considering the drastic price difference. The X930E is a better TV, but it's difficult to justify the additional expense.

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8.2Mixed 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:
Very good TV for a mixed usage. The X930E performs well with almost any use-case thanks to its excellent picture quality. Excellent for HDR, but its image quickly degrades at an angle.
8.3Movies
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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:
Great TV for movies. Very deep and uniform blacks and the good local dimming gives the X930E a very good picture with a lot of depth.
8.1TV 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:
Great for TV shows. The TV gets exceptionally bright and can reduce reflections a fair bit. Its Android TV smart platform is also quite good and provides all of the services most people need.
7.8Sports
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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:
Very good TV to watch sports. Motion is excellent, and the uniform reproduction of colors helps create sports fields without blotches. Unfortunately, picture quality deteriorates quickly 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.
Excellent TV to play video games on. Low input lag in 4k, so modern video games feel quick and responsive. Motion blur is also low, so no issues with long trails following objects appear.
8.4HDR 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.
Excellent HDR TV. The X930E gets extraordinarily bright, even during real movie scenes. Its contrast is also very good, and the TV can display a wider color gamut.
8.4HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Terrific HDR gaming TV. The X930E doesn't have any additional input lag in HDR, and its HDR capabilities are great. The wide color gamut makes HDR games look very saturated and pretty.
7.8PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Very good PC monitor. The X930E has low input lag and motion blur, so the mouse cursor feels responsive. Text can be displayed without any issues, but its picture quality can degrade at the edges and corners if sitting close to the TV.
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17 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Wait, so the input lag for 4K is lower than 1080p? How is that even possible? It seems really weird.
It is possible to presume that the TV does some sort of processing when it upscales content that leads to 1080p input lag being higher. Unfortunately, it is impossible to verify this.
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Will you be testing the X940E? This 75 inch TV has full LED backlighting and is expected to have even better picture quality than the 930E.
You can vote on which TVs will be tested on our Suggest a review page. If the X940E shows popular, we will review it.
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Great review on the X900E and X930E guys. First of all I really appreciate your site and the hard work you do to provide these stats.

I have one question about the recommendation to buy the X900E over the X930E as it relates to the future Dolby Vision update to come for the X930E. Do you think that after Dolby Vision support is added to the TV later this year that could change your scoring perhaps and recommendation? I know TV technology is always changing, but I am struggling buying a TV now that doesn't support Dolby Vision to save ~$800. Also do you think the Dolby Vision update will increase these scores a bit once the update is applied to the TV? I don't know of other TVs that have come out without support and added it later and how that impacted the results of tests. Thanks!

Dolby Vision support will increase our HDR movie score by 0.3, but Dolby Vision doesn't have better picture quality than HDR10 because both formats exceed the capabilities of current TVs. This is explained in our HDR10 vs Dolby Vision article. Dolby Vision support isn't really a significant factor when choosing between TVs, because all current content that supports Dolby Vision also supports HDR10, and this is expected to be the same in the near future. We still recommend the X900E over the X930E because it's almost as good but is significantly cheaper.
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In the review you use the custom setting. I am curious on what pre calibration color would come in at in cinema pro or home? Since those are the recommended settings from the manufacturer.
In the factory reset Cinema Pro setting, color error was good, better than the custom setting. The grayscale accuracy and gamma tracking was however slightly worse.
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The Sony X930E says expected Dolby vision support in the future. I was under the impression that Dolby Vision was a chipset that couldn't be added by software upgrade like HDR10 can be. Please clear this up.
Dolby Vision does indeed usually require a proprietary component on the component for DRM purposes, but 'Sony X 1 extreme 4K Processor' can natively support it. Dolby has also developed a software version of Dolby Vision that will be distributed in the near future.
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Under 3D you say, "The X930E doesn't support 3D, just like most 2017 TVs.". Shouldn't it say, "The X930E doesn't support 3D, just like all 2017 TVs." Can you name one 2017 3D TV?
The LeEco uMax85Q and Panasonic EX750 both support 3D, but it is true that 3D is almost completely gone.
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Can you clarify which Sony 2017 sets offer FALD this year? I am getting mixed info. Amazon states the X900E is FALD so that makes me think the X930E would be FALD. Or is this direct lit with dimming tech?
The X900E and X940E have full array local dimming. The X930E is edge lit but has multiple backlight layers that guide the light to different zones, and it actually has better local dimming than the X900E's full array. The X850E and X800E do not have local dimming.
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How is letterbox black bar performance in HDR mode with room lighting on and off?
When sitting right in front in a dark room with local dimming set to high, you will see some minimal blooming in the blacks bars, but it is very faint. If there are lights on in the room, the bar will look mostly black though.
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Will the Sony X900E ever get an update for Dolby Vision?
No such update has been announced. It's worth noting that a Dolby Vision update has only been announced for Sony TVs with the X1 Extreme processor (Z9D, A1E, X930E, X940E), so it's possible the X900E will never receive the update.
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How does this compare to the X900E when it comes to letterboxes? Is the edge lit on the X930E really noticeable when dark/bright scenes appear? A good example would be the dark night scene in this review.
The X930E's local dimming is a little better than the X900E in any scene, including with letterboxes. Our local dimming test video is a worst case for local dimming, similar to that letterbox scene, and the X930E had a little better performance than the X900E. Both will have blooming in letterboxes, but this shouldn't be too bothersome.
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Hello, I've read that this set "will have Dolby Vision support". Other sets and players are also touting "DV ready, compatible etc", as well as "being available with a future firmware update" (Oppo 203). I've read that DV is a hardware feature, so whats the bottom line on this? Isn't it black and white, either a unit has DV or it doesn't? Please explain.
Dolby Vision often uses Dolby's hardware chip, but it can sometimes be implemented in software using a TV's own chip. Another thing that often happens is that a TV will contain Dolby's chip but DV will be disabled at first then enabled in a firmware update.
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Does the extra brightness of the X930E and X900E make a better HDR movie experience, than LG Oled TV's? I noticed your review, as well as other TV experts emphasize the importance of having a TV with brightness; that the brightness with the blacks bring a different contrast that OLED's can't deliver. I noticed that Panasonic's OLED are much brighter than LG's and have more contrast.
The X930E and X900E make for a very stunning HDR movie experience, but even with a local dimming feature, it will not achieve the black level of OLED TVs. OLED TVs can't get as bright as the Sony can, but since the blacks are perfect, it also provides a stunning HDR experience. It is really hard to say which one is the best, in the end, it comes to a personal preference.
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Thinking about getting the Samsung KS8000 which is cheaper than the Sony X930E. Is Sony HDR worth the extra money? Thinking about getting a 65 inch.
With the pricing of the KS8000, it is very hard to recommend the X930E. The price difference is not worth it (even for HDR) unless you really want to have the best TV out there.
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Setting 1080p at 120hz refresh rate should cut the lag down to half, which works well for PC gaming but not possible for consoles. A workaround is to connect your 1080p console to an upscaling AV receiver to avoid Sony's high input lag, subject to your Av receiver's upscaling lag. This TV is the KS8000 killer if the menu interface and CPU is responsive. Older Sony 4K tvs suffered from from boot up times and slow navigation, sometimes crashing as well.
While a 120hz input would halve the persistence and greatly reduce blur making the overall experience quite a bit more responsive, it's uncertain if it would do much to the input lag. It's still a possibility depending on the way the internal processing of the TV is done. Using a receiver is definitely a solution, but some of the new consoles such as the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S support a 4k output, even with 1080p content.
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Does this model support Dolby Vision? That is one reason I liked over the other models from Sony.
Dolby Vision support is expected to be added in a future firmware update.
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ARC and eARC im curious if ARC compatibility it upgradeable to eARC or is it new hardware is needed?? other wise getting new tv will be put on hold till eARC.
Depending on the hardware selected by the manufacturers, it might be possible for it to be updated through software. It is however too early to tell, as eARC has not seen adoption quite yet.
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With a focus in the pc gaming monitor market for increased frame rates, wouldn't this TV's ability to do 1080p@120hz make it great for gaming when paired with a gaming device that supports 60+hz? I have a gaming pc hooked up to my current 1080p 60hz tv. I guess the gamer would need to choose between 1080@120 versus the increased resolution of 4k@60. P.s. I'm on the verge of buying the ks8000.
Yes, this TV is a great choice for gaming at 120 Hz. There is unfortunately a trade-off between higher resolution and higher frame rate, however with some tweaking (changing the timing to CVT reduced blank, using chroma subsampling, etc) the TV may be able to receive a 120 Hz input at a little higher resolution than 1080p.

The KS8000 is another good gaming TV, but it unfortunately doesn't support 1080p @ 120 Hz.

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