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.
- Exceptionally bright, which is great for HDR
- Deep and uniform blacks
- Very good motion handling
- Image degrades rapidly at an angle
Converted to Test Bench 1.1
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Updated with newest firmware (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The input lag and 24p playback have been retested and are unchanged.
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.
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"
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.
The borders of the TV are thin and look good. They are made of metal and feel high quality.
1.77" (4.5 cm)
The TV is relatively thin, and can be mounted very close to a wall.
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.
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.
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.
5744 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
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.
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.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
SDR Peak 10% Window
SDR Peak 25% Window
SDR Peak 50% Window
SDR Peak 100% Window
SDR Sustained 2% Window
SDR Sustained 10% Window
SDR Sustained 25% Window
SDR Sustained 50% Window
SDR Sustained 100% Window
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.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
HDR Peak 2% Window
HDR Peak 10% Window
HDR Peak 25% Window
HDR Peak 50% Window
HDR Peak 100% Window
HDR Sustained 2% Window
HDR Sustained 10% Window
HDR Sustained 25% Window
HDR Sustained 50% Window
HDR Sustained 100% Window
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.
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.
Native Std. Dev.
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
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.
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.
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.
Low-quality content such as DVDs are upscaled quite well. The image remains clear, but very little smoothing is applied.
720p content such as cable looks good. Very few smoothing or sharpening artifacts can be seen and details are preserved well.
1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. The image is very clear.
Native 4k content looks great. No issues can be seen.
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.
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
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.
IR after 0 min recovery
IR after 2 min recovery
IR after 4 min recovery
IR after 6 min recovery
IR after 8 min recovery
IR after 10 min recovery
The Sony XBR55X930E does not suffer from image retention. It features a VA panel which usually perform well in this test.
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.
The X930E doesn't support 3D, just like most 2017 TVs.
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.
80% Response Time
100% Response Time
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.
PWM Dimming Frequency
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.
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Judder-free 24p via 60i
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.
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
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'.
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.
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDR
4k With Interpolation
1080p With Interpolation
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.
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
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.
Digital Optical Audio Out
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm
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.
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith
Yes (HDMI 2, 3)
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
Variable Analog Audio Out
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.
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.
Std. Dev. @ Max
Dynamic Range Compression
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.
Weighted THD @ 80
Weighted THD @ Max
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.
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.
Time Taken to Select YouTube
Time Taken to Change Backlight
Suggested Content in Home
Opt-out of Suggested Content
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.
USB Drive HDR Playback
HDR in Amazon Video
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.
Search, Some Other Features
Other Smart Features
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.
Launches Apps and Inputs
Inputs Text in YouTube
Inputs Text in Netflix
Streams Device Files
Controls TV Settings
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.
- External power brick
- RF Blaster
- Wall mount screws
Power Consumption (Max)
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.
Compared to other TVs
Top left: Vizio P Series 2016
). Bottom left: LG B6
). Middle: Sony X930E (XBR55X930E). Top right: Samsung Q7F
). Bottom right: X900E
). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.