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Reviewed on May 06, 2016

Sony W600D TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
5.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
3.0
Movies
5.8
TV Shows
6.4
Sports
6.0
Video Games
4.6
HDR Movies
4.7
HDR Gaming
5.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 720p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sony W600D Series 720p LED TV has poor picture quality. Even if it doesn't have the sharpest picture, sports looks decent and it is okay to play video games. For movies though, it isn't good. The picture leaves to be desired, especially when watched in a dark room. To its merit though, the picture stays good when watched from the side.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Picture Quality 5.1
Motion 7.0
Inputs 7.5
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Good for sports and video games.
  • Picture is good when watched from the side.
Cons
  • Poor movie experience, especially in a dark room.
  • Screen reflections can be harsh.

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32" KDL32W600D
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6.0

Design

Curved : No

The Sony KDL32W600D doesn't boast a fancy design like the higher end Sony models. The TV has somewhat large borders and its black frame and stand are bulky. This is not to say it looks particularly bad though, it just won't turn heads.

Stand

The stand is bulky and the TV feels very sturdy on it.

Footprint of the 32" TV stand: 22" x 7.5"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is also bulky and not attractive. Some of the connections will be available if the TV is wall mounted.

Borders
Borders : 0.83" (2.1 cm)

Borders look larger on a 32" TV. They are made of plastic.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.36" (6 cm)

The TV is fairly thick and might look a little odd if wall mounted.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
35.5 °C
Average Temperature
:
31.2 °C

Being small and efficient, the W600D does not produce much heat at all.

5.1

Picture Quality

Watching movies on the Sony KDL-32W600D is bad, particularly in a room with no lights. Dark scenes look washed-out, judder is omnipresent and colors might seems off depending on the scenes. From up-close, the picture is a little soft with some loss in the finer details. HDR is not an option.

5.9 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
955 : 1

The blacks on the Sony W600D appear grayish. As such, our contrast measurement is low.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

There is no local dimming feature on this TV.

6.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
199 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
236 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
234 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
236 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
237 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
236 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
236 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
234 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
236 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
237 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
236 cd/m2

Low peak brightness values that remain constant for all window sizes. The Sony W600D isn't able to make very bright highlights.

N/A HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A

This TV does not support HDR.

6.3 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
6.621 %
50% DSE
:
0.190 %

The corners of the screen are particularly dark but at least there is no obvious banding problems.

8.0 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
IPS
Color Shift
:
51 °
Brightness
:
55 °
Black Level
:
75 °

When viewed from the side, the picture quality stays relatively good compared to most LED TVs. This is good for a wide living room.

3.9 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
3.840 %

Bad uniformity on a totally black screen. Lots of clouding and big flashlighting at the bottom left of our unit.

8.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The Sony W600D has an 8 bit panel and processing as can be noticed in our gradient test pattern. The anomalies won't be such an issue in regular content except for some banding that can be seen in some scenes.

7.0 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
5.35
Color dE
:
5.3544
Gamma
:
2.17

Very high white balance dE with a lack of blue. Colors had it shares of problems too.

7.0 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
5.5
Color dE
:
5.3975
Gamma
:
2.18

The above post-calibration pictures are the same as the pre-calibration ones since there is no adjustment settings available.

Update: After the review was done, we were made aware of the white balance setting in the service menu. To access this menu, while the TV is off, press on the remote in this order: 'Display', '5', 'Volume +' and power on.

7.5 480p Input

The native resolution of the Sony W600D is 1360 x 768 which doesn't exactly match standard HD format. But it isn't much of a problem for 480p content and once upscaled it looks okay.

7.5 720p Input

The Sony W600D isn't a native 720p TV so content made for that specific resolution isn't matching pixel for pixel resulting in loss of details.

0 1080p Input

0 4k Input

7.0 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
76.48 %
DCI P3 uv
:
88.70 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.88 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
58.24 %

The range of colors the Sony KDL32W600D can display is only good enough for Rec. 709 content.

4.6 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
49.978 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
27.778 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
36.423 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
20.275 %

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

No retention at all could be notice after the 10 minutes burn-in scene on the Sony W600D IPS TV. This is a very good result for IPS a TV, since it is IPS TVs that tend to be more susceptible to image retention.

7.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

The Sony W600D can have some harsh reflections on its screen. As long as it isn't in a very bright room, it should be fine.

Pixels
7.0

Motion

Watching sports is good on the Sony KDL32W600D. There is not much blur added when things are moving fast on the screen such as when players are running or skating. Unfortunately, some screen uniformity issues arise when cameras pan over playing surfaces of uniform colors. 

8.8 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
10.7 ms
Overshoot
:
5.1 ms

Good response time measurement meaning there is not much blur added on fast action scenes or play.

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

Even 24p sources have little judder. In fact, judder is present on all sources.

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

There is no motion interpolation option on the Sony W600D.

7.5

Inputs

Playing video games feels good on the Sony W600D in the way that the TV is really responsive to controller inputs which is good for fast reflexes games. Unfortunately, most PC resolutions aren't supported which doesn't help if one want to use the TV as a PC monitor.

8.7 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
26.0 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
26.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
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

Nice input lag result. The W600D is well suited for fast action games. No matter the picture mode or 'Scene Select' settings, input lag is always this low.

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 native resolution of the Sony W600D is 1360 x 768 and as such, the above resolutions aren't supported. To get as sharp as possible when using that TV as a PC monitor, 1360 x 768 has to be used. Even then, this TV isn't well suited to use as a PC monitor.

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 : 1
Component In : 0
Composite In : 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

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

6.6

Sound Quality

There isn't much distortion in the sound but bass is really lacking. Nothing too impressive, but there are worse sounding TVs than the Sony W600D. For a small TV like this that won't probably be complemented by an external sound solution, most won't complain. For those who care more about sound, a sound bar is a good idea.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.3 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.92 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.64 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
4.71 dB SPL
Max
:
88.6 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
179.59 Hz

Average frequency response and maximum loudness. The low-end cutoff of 179Hz however, is quite poor, even for a TV. Also, at higher volumes, there will be noticeable compression and pumping artifact present.

7.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.040
Distortion @ 80
:
0.010
Distortion @ Max
:
0.021

Decent distortion performance. The interesting note here is that distortion at 75 is being reported as higher than 85 and Max results. This could be due to the 75dB test being influenced by outside noise. Also, since our scoring system gives more weight to higher frequencies to make it more perceptually relevant, and the W600D doesn't produce a lot of bass, the distortion at 75dB is being reported as higher.

6.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Basic

Very limited smart features available on the Sony W600D. It is on the verge of being considered a smart TV but those who doesn't ask more than Netflix will be satisfied. For better smart features, an external device like the Roku would be recommended.

Apps

The apps selection is very limited and missing a few big names. Anyone looking for a better smart experience should either look at a different TV or buy an additional device like a Roku.

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

TV Controls

Some basic TV controls are located underneath the front of the TV which can be used to power the TV, change inputs and volume. This can be accessed if the TV is wall mounted.

Remote
Remote : Basic

The remote is similar to all other Sony remotes. It is basic but functional.

In The Box

- Remote
- Batteries
- VESA spacers
- Ppower brick & cable
- Cable tie
- Component adapter
- Manuals

Misc
Power Consumption : 21 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 36 W
Firmware : 4.057-1.075-01

Differences between Sizes and Variants

The Sony KDL32W600D is available in one size only, 32".

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony W600D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model UK LCD Type
32" KDL-32W600D KDL-32WD603 IPS

Compared to other TVs

Top row, from left: Sony W650D (KDL-40W650D), Sony W600D (KDL-32W600D), TCL FS3800 (40FS3800). Bottom: Vizio D Series 1080p 2016 (D50-D1). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sony W600D is a good TV for watching sports or playing video games but is not ideal when it comes to watching movies. More versatile, and sometime cheaper options are available on the market.

5.2 Mixed Usage

Poor TV for mixed usage. Picture quality is bad due to low native contrast ratio and poor uniformity. Supports up to 1360x768 content. Thankfully it handles motion well with little blur, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.

3.0 Movies

Bad for movies in a dark room. Low native contrast ratio so blacks appear gray, and uniformity is poor with visible flashlighting.

5.8 TV Shows

Poor choice for watching TV shows in a bright room. Picture quality is bad, but remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Okay at handling reflections in an average room but will have issues in a bright room, compounded by the low peak brightness which can't fight glare.

6.4 Sports

Decent choice for watching sports. Fast motion is handled well with only a short trail of blur, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Gray uniformity is below average so some dirty screen effect is visible.

6.0 Video Games

Decent for gamers. Picture quality is poor, and limited to a low resolution. Luckily motion is handled well and input lag is always fairly low.

4.6 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Poor picture quality and also can't get very bright or produce saturated highlights.

4.7 HDR Gaming

No support of HDR gaming. Picture quality is poor due to low native contrast ratio and poor uniformity. Can't get very bright or produce vivid highlights.

5.9 PC Monitor

Bad PC monitor. Resolution is low, and picture quality is poor. The sides of the picture do remain accurate when viewed from up close though, and TV feels responsive due to low input lag and little motion blur.

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