Sony W630B TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 05, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Sony W630B Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.3
Movies
7.2
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
8.1
Video Games
5.4
HDR Movies
5.3
HDR Gaming
6.5
PC Monitor
Type LED
Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 120 Hz

The 1080p Sony KDL60W630B/2 TV is a remake of a popular 2014 model with the same name. It is a budget TV with average picture quality, lacking many of the features found in higher end TVs. Despite the low price, it has excellent motion performance and input lag.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

Slightly above average TV for a range of usages. Average picture quality, which degrades when viewed at an angle. Very little motion blur so good for sports. Due to the low pixel density, it is better suited for viewing from further away.

Pros
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Colors are inaccurate at an angle
  • Average peak brightness
6.3 Movies

Average for movies in a dark room. Picture quality is average, but lacks features such as local dimming. Can play all movie sources smoothly.

7.2 TV Shows

Slightly above average for watching TV in a bright room. Whole screen maintains same level of brightness which is good. Picture quality is average but degrades from the side. Smart platform is good for casual watching.

7.6 Sports

Good TV for sports. Plays 1080p sources at native resolution. Excellent motion handling. Very little motion blur. Can interpolate content to 120fps for those who prefer smooth motion. Picture quality is average.

8.1 Video Games

Very good for gamers. Fast paced motion is displayed very well, with little blur. Input lag is low, which is great even for the more avid gamers. Picture quality is average.

5.4 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR from any source. Can't achieve bright highlights or more vivid colors.

6.5 PC Monitor

Average PC monitor. Displays text clearly with chroma support. Doesn't accept 120Hz input and is only 1080p TV. Input lag is low which is great. Fast motion is handled very well.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 7.6 Sports
  • 8.1 Video Games
  • 5.4 HDR Movies
  • 5.3 HDR Gaming
  • 6.5 PC Monitor

Check Price

60" KDL60W630B/2
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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

Style is very similar to other 2014/2015 Sony TVs such as the W800C and the X850C. From the front it looks minimal and sleek. The back is designed for function rather than appearance and won't turn any heads.

Design
Stand

Small, sleek stand similar in design to the Sony W800C. Feels sturdy with a small footprint. Footprint of the 60" TV stand: 22.8" x 8.9"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

When wall mounted, the component and composite inputs may be difficult to access.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.79" (2 cm)

The simple plastic border looks quite good.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.87" (7.3 cm)

The TV is thicker than average due to the wide bottom half.

Picture Quality
8.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3528 : 1

The contrast ratio of the W630B is pretty good. Black looks deep enough to provide a good experience in a dark environment.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Sony W630B does not have any local dimming option. Video for reference only.

7.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
253 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
273 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
273 cd/m2

Peak brightness is average for the KDL60W630B. At 273 cd/m², is it not the worst, but it is far from the best we have seen. The only one advantage here is that the brightness remains the same no matter how large the white window is and also it does not vary over time when a static image is displayed.

N/A
Picture Quality
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.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.967 %
50% DSE
0.197 %

Gray uniformity is average. You can see some vertical bands from the backlight. Dirty screen might be seen when watching sport or any other content where large panning shots over a uniform surface are present on screen.

5.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
VA
Color Shift
18 °
Brightness
39 °
Black Level
37 °

The viewing angle is below average, but it is better than most of the Sony TVs with the same kind of panel. When compared, it is better than the high end X930D that got a viewing angle of only 16°. Any IPS or OLED TV would be an improvement.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.918 %

Black uniformity is also very good. It is not as perfect as OLED TV are, but for an LCD TV is very acceptable. On the test picture you may see some faint clouding but you should not notice any clouding watching normal content.

10
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The color gradient of the W630B is very good without any particular banding in any shade.

Note that when looking at the picture you can see some banding, but it is cause by Moiré when the picture was taken and not because of banding issues in the gradient.

8.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.76
Color dE
2.0282
Gamma
2.32

Before calibration, the W630B was not bad at all. The white balance is just a bit off and the gamma is just a a little high. But the total deviation is really low and normal customer could enjoy it "as is" without noticing anything wrong.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.67
Color dE
1.4369
Gamma
2.17

After calibration, which was done very easily, since there is just a 2 point correction, the white balance and gamma curve are almost spot on. You can see our calibration settings here.

7.5
Picture Quality
480p Input

The 480p upscaling perform slightly worse than what we usually see with Sony TVs. On the test picture, little details like waves on the water or leafs on the bush look less defined and edges look a bit softer too.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content like cable TV looks good once upscaled and the details are well kept.

10
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The 1080p native resolution looks good on the W630B. The picture is sharp and clean.

0
Picture Quality
4k Input

6.4
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
73.1549 %
DCI P3 uv
75.4731 %
Rec 2020 xy
52.4837 %
Rec 2020 uv
54.9939 %

Does not support a wide color gamut. Color space is only enough for Rec. 709 content.

5.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
58.256 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
33.397 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
42.375 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
24.370 %

10
Picture Quality
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 image retention could be notice on the Sony W630B. This is in line with most other VA TVs that we have tested this far. This is a very good result and this will please gamers an PC user.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
2.1 %
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss

Reflections are diffused to some extent, but still may present an issue in a very bright room.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No
2D to 3D
No

There is no 3D option on the Sony KDL60W630B.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
9.7
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
6.0 ms
Overshoot
4.0 ms

Very little motion blur on this TV, due to pixel 'overdrive'. Short response time, with some overshoot. Overall a very good result. The backlight by default doesn't strobe, but it is possible to achieve this by adjusting 'MotionFlow'.

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

10
Motion
24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60i
Yes

The Sony KDL60W630B does play 24p content like movies from DVD, Blu-rays and from online streaming service without judder. 60p and 60i content can also be played without judder. To achieve this, you need to set the 'Motionflow' option to 'True Cinema'.

10
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Sony W630B features a 120Hz panel which can interpolate 30fps and 60fps content. To do so without backlight flicker, change the 'MotionFlow' setting to 'Standard' or 'Smooth'.

Inputs
8.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
23.6 ms
1080p With Interpolation
88.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
92.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
24.6 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

Input lag is very good for the KDL60W630B. With game mode selected, the input lag was only 23.6 ms. Avid players will be pleased with this TV.

2.0
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No

For Chroma 4:4:4 support, set 'Scene' to 'Graphics' or 'Game'. When in 'Graphic' mode, the input lag is only 24.6ms.

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 1
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

Inputs
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 2)
USB 3 0
HDCP 2.2 No
CEC Yes
MHL Yes (HDMI 1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes

Sound Quality
5.3
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.68 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.85 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
10.05 dB SPL
Max
89.1 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
127 Hz

Poor overall performance. Frequency response and low-end cutoff are quite poor, even for a TV. Maximum volume is decent, but the TV doesn't get too loud.

4.5
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.054
Distortion @ 80
0.075
Distortion @ Max
1.157

Poor distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is decent at 75 and 85dB SPL. However, at maximum volume, there's quite a big jump in harmonic distortion, which seems to be typical of most Sony TVs.

Smart Features
Smart Features
Apps

Even if the smart interface is pretty simple, there is a large offering of apps and games that should satisfy most people out there. All the major apps like Netflix, YouTube, MLB.TV and other are there. There is also Sony PlayStation network on top of that.

7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Android

The KDL60W630B features a modified Android platform. It has some extra features, such as PlayStation Now which allows PS3 games to be streamed to the TV. There are a wide variety of apps, but the interface feels slow and is not as refined as competitors such as LG's WebOS. After turning on the TV, it is necessary to wait before loading the smart OS. It comes pre loaded with Netflix, including a dedicated button on the remote.

10
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
Yes
Opt-out
N/A

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are located behind the left side of the TV. They may be difficult to access if the TV is against a wall.

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Includes a basic remote, with the same familiar layout as other Sony TVs.

Smart Features
In The Box

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 62 W
Power Consumption (Max) 144 W
Firmware PKG2.902AAA

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 60" (KDL60W630B), the only size available at the moment. 

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony KDL60W630B doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
60" KDL60W630B/2

Compared to other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: Vizio E Series 1080p 2016 (E48-D0). Bottom left: TCL FS3750 (48FS3750). Middle: Sony W630B (KDL60W630B). Top right: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom right: 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 W630B is a low-end TV, offering an average picture quality. For those looking for a 1080p TV on a tight budget it shouldn't disappoint, but spending a bit more money does provide a proportional increase in picture quality. Keep that in mind when reading our recommendations below.

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