Reviewed on May 18, 2015

Sony W800C TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.8
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.4
Movies
6.9
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
7.5
Video Games
5.5
HDR Movies
4.7
HDR Gaming
6.0
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony W800C LED TV features Google's Android TV. It has good picture quality in a dark room, and it doesn't reflect a lot of light. However, it can't get very bright, and the colors are different off-axis.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 8.5
Inputs 6.9
Sound Quality 6.0
Smart Features 7.5
Pros
  • Great motion handling.
  • Good picture quality in a dark room.
Cons
  • Not very bright.
  • Limited viewing angle.

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The Sony W800C has the thinnest frame that we have measured so far. The pixels start at 0.39" (1 cm). The top half of the TV is also slimmer than the bottom half.

The stand is a curved metal rod. The TV moves back and forth when you push it, but it isn't something to worry about.

Stand

Dimensions of 50" stand: 21.25" x 7.5".

Borders
Borders : 0.39" (1 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.93" (4.9 cm)

6.8

Picture Quality

This is a great TV for watching movies. The blacks are really deep, and while there are a few uniformity issues with dark screens, it's not a big problem.

There's also no judder, and this is one of 2015's only 1080p TVs that can play 3D.

8.5 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4233 : 1

The contrast ratio of this TV is great.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

5.5 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
185 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
185 cd/m2

7.0 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.237 %
50% DSE
:
0.199 %

The left and right edges of the screen are darker than the center, as is the top half.

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

The colors change when you sit at an angle. This won't be a deal breaker for most people, but it isn't ideal if you have a wide living room.

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.

8.1 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.45 %

Our unit had a few brighter clouding spots all around the screen on a black background.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.4 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
3.06
Color dE
:
2.6829
Gamma
:
2.21

9.5 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.30
Color dE
:
1.4418
Gamma
:
2.2

8.0 480p Input

480p looks good without any over-sharpening of the final image.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV also look great.

10 1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays looks good and sharp.

0 4k Input

6.8 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
76.13 %
DCI P3 uv
:
82.26 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.17 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
59.11 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

The W800C's semi-gloss finish doesn't reflect a lot of light.
It can't get bright, so do not buy this TV if you have a lot of windows in your room.

9.0 3D
3D
:
Yes
3D Type
:
Active

The 3D picture has less crosstalk than last year's W800B. It doesn't come with 3D glasses though, so you will need to buy them separately.

Pixels
8.5

Motion

There's not much blur, so sports viewers won't need to worry about players and objects looking streaky.

There's also not very much of the patchiness to the picture that some TVs have when displaying sports, which helps keep playing surfaces look good.

8.0 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
17.2 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The amount of motion blur on this TV is average-good. You also have full control over the flickering of the backlight using the Motionflow feature (more details here).

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

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

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

6.9

Inputs

The minimal blur also works out well for gaming. There shouldn't be any issues with fast-moving games looking poor.

That, coupled with the low input lag, make this a worthwhile gaming TV.

7.7 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
37.4 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
50.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
54.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
37.4 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 input lag of the Sony W800C is 37.4ms under game mode. This isn't bad, and most gamers won't notice it, but it is an unfortunate step down from last year's version, which had 24.3ms of lag.

2.0 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

The Game and Graphic modes support chroma 4:4:4, but have an issue with certain alternating pixel patterns (see here). The TV accepted a 120 fps input, but it didn't pass the frame skipping test.

Side Inputs
Rear 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 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 1)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.0

Sound Quality

The sound is pretty accurate at lower volumes, and not too distorted. Increase the volume, though, and the distortion increases a great deal.

The TV can at least get pretty loud, which is fine for those who aren't that concerned about the accuracy. The bass isn't the best, but it's decent for a TV.

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.

6.6 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.01 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.78 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.86 dB SPL
Max
:
94.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
106 Hz

The frequency response is poor at higher levels, most likely due to pumping. But it is good at lower volumes. This TV does get very loud and the bass extension is decent for a TV.

5.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.015
Distortion @ 80
:
0.040
Distortion @ Max
:
1.32

Minimal distortion at comfortable listening levels, but the distortion jumps dramatically as the TV is pushed to its limits.

7.5

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android

This Sony has Google's Android OS. It started out a bit weak in comparison to the competition, but now offers most of the most popular apps, with more coming all the time.

The TV only comes with a basic remote.

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

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 48 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 78 W
Firmware : PKG2.173.0010NAB

6.8 Mixed Usage

The Sony W800C has a good contrast ratio and limited motion blur, but it doesn't really stand out from the competition, especially given that the input lag is higher than last year.

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