Reviewed on May 20, 2015

Sony R510C TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
5.4
Movies
6.5
TV Shows
7.1
Sports
7.3
Video Games
4.6
HDR Movies
4.4
HDR Gaming
4.8
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sony R510C LED TV has great blacks, but only from directly in front. As soon as you are off-axis, the blacks become gray. It has the most limited viewing angle that we have measured so far.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 6.9
Inputs 6.2
Sound Quality 6.3
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Low amount of motion blur.
Cons
  • Worst viewing angle that we have ever measured. The blacks are gray as soon as you are not exactly in front.

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7.5

Design

Curved : No
Stand

The stand is a prism made of plastic. The TV doesn't move sideways, but it does move back and forth.

Borders
Borders : 0.71" (1.8 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.81" (4.6 cm)

6.6

Picture Quality

8.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4904 : 1

From straight on, the blacks are really deep. We had to turn on 'LED Motion Mode' to get close to our 100 cd/m2 target, because without it, the minimum backlight was 157.1 cd/m2.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

5.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
257 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
257 cd/m2

6.8 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.714 %
50% DSE
:
0.191 %

You can see some vertical bands when the screen is showing a solid color background. The top and bottom edges are also darker than the rest of the screen.

4.0 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
9 °

Not only do the colors desaturate at an angle, but the blacks become gray even faster. Even if you are sitting straight in axis, it can be an issue on the left and right side of the TV.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

6.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.265 %

This is very interesting. It actually has the best black uniformity that we have ever seen, but due to its very narrow viewing angle, the blacks on the left and right side appear considerably brighter. The picture was taken at seven feet (we test TVs at a 1.75 ratio of size to distance). For the 48", you will need to be at about 14 feet to not see this.

8.4 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.19
Color dE
:
3.6345
Gamma
:
2.15

8.4 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.19
Color dE
:
3.6345
Gamma
:
2.15

The Sony R510C doesn't have any advanced calibration settings.

8.0 480p Input

The R510C does a good job at displaying lower-quality content like DVDs.

8.0 720p Input

The Sony R510C does also a good job at upscaling Cable TV.

10 1080p Input

Blu-rays also looks good and sharp.

0 4k Input

7.0 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
77.16 %
DCI P3 uv
:
83.29 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
55.46 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
62.23 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.9 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

It reflects slightly more light than average, but not enough to be an issue with a few lights on.
The maximum luminosity of this TV is average.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels

This is the first time we review this type of pixel substructure, which explains the very limited viewing angle.

6.9

Motion

8.7 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
12.0 ms
Overshoot
:
3.2 ms

The blur trail of moving objects is short. It also has a strobing mode to clarify the picture, although it doesn't work very well (see picture here).

10 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

0 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

Unfortunately, all movies will suffer from the 3:2 pulldown judder. Most people won't be bothered by this though, because it is a small constant judder.

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

6.2

Inputs

7.2 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
45.8 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
46.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
45.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

The picture mode doesn't really matter for the input lag. Game had 45.8 ms and the other ones had 46.5 ms.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

The chroma 4:4:4 test was almost a pass, but the pixels overlap a little bit.

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

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.3

Sound Quality

5.7 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.59 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.47 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
9.36 dB SPL
Max
:
95.9 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
142 Hz

This TV doesn't produce a lot of bass, but it does get loud. The frequency response is good at lower volumes, but it falls apart when the TV is pushed hard. There will also be significant compression and pumping artifacts present at high volumes.

7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.010
Distortion @ 80
:
0.011
Distortion @ Max
:
0.033

The distortion increases as the volume increases, but it generally remains in quite a low range.

6.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Basic
10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

Remote
Remote : Basic

The included remote is very basic.

Misc
Power Consumption : 31 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 64 W
Firmware : 4.569-1.060-01

6.4 Mixed Usage

The narrow viewing angle of the Sony R510C is not ideal in a dark room, even if you sit alone and directly in front of your TV. You will see great blacks at the center of the screen, but not on the edges. The motion blur is good, but the input lag is only average, so it isn't ideal for gaming either.

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