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Reviewed on Jun 18, 2015

Sony W850C TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.5
Movies
7.0
TV Shows
6.9
Sports
7.4
Video Games
5.2
HDR Movies
4.3
HDR Gaming
5.7
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony W850C is a good TV with excellent contrast and motion control. Unfortunately, it has too much motion blur and input lag to be a great gaming TV. For movies and general use though, it is a good choice.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 7.9
Inputs 7.0
Sound Quality 6.6
Smart Features 7.5
Pros
  • Great blacks and native contrast ratio.
  • Good motion controls.
Cons
  • Limited viewing angle.
  • More motion blur and input lag than average, which is not ideal for gaming.

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9.0

Design

Curved : No
Stand

The stand of our Sony KDL65W850C has a footprint of 24" by 10.5", which is relatively small for a 65" TV. It wobbles a little bit back and forth though.

Borders
Borders : 0.51" (1.3 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.68" (6.8 cm)

6.8

Picture Quality

8.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4867 : 1

The contrast ratio is 4867:1, which is great, and means the blacks are deep.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

5.8 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
242 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
242 cd/m2

6.3 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.237 %
50% DSE
:
0.228 %

Our unit has a few visible vertical bands across the screen, as well as darker edges.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
18 °

At a wide viewing angle, the colors are not the same as in front. The blacks are not as good, either. The picture quality is better when you sit directly in-axis.

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.

9.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.863 %

The black uniformity is great. There is a slight clouding spot in the top left quadrant, but it wasn't noticeable with normal content.

8.0 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.17
Color dE
:
2.8539
Gamma
:
2.15

9.6 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.35
Color dE
:
1.0701
Gamma
:
2.21

8.0 480p Input

Upscaling of lower-resolution content like DVDs looks good.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV will also looks good when upscaled.

10 1080p Input

Native 1080p looks very good on this TV.

0 4k Input

6.8 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
77.07 %
DCI P3 uv
:
83.59 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
54.17 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
58.53 %

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

It reflects slightly more light than average, but it doesn't have the rainbow glare that most other TVs do.
The maximum brightness is a bit below average. Nothing to worry about with one or two windows, but it isn't the best choice for more than that.

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

The 3D picture quality is good, without noticeable crosstalk.

Pixels
7.9

Motion

7.0 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
22.3 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

We changed our test for motion blur. The score is now only based on the response time and overshoot of the pixel transitions. We test 12 different transitions. Click the response time number to see all the data and graphs. We retested all our 2015 reviews with this new methodology. We also capture how the backlight handles different luminosity settings. We will update our motion blur article in a few days to explain how all of this works, and how it translates into practical application.
The Sony W850C has more motion blur than average. The trail length for dark to bright transitions is a lot longer than bright to dark. At least it has very good backlight control. See here for details on how the 'Clearness' setting affects the clarity of movements via the backlight.

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

Set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' to enable 24p playback without judder, even over 60p.

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

7.0

Inputs

7.8 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
36.2 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
50.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
54.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
36.2 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 under game mode is 36.2ms, which isn't bad, but not great. The input lag with motion interpolation is really low at 50.5ms, which is definitely playable. So it is a good choice if you want your 30 fps console game look like a 120 fps game.

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

To get chroma 4:4:4, set the picture mode to 'Game' or 'Graphics'.

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

6.6

Sound Quality

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.

7.2 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.53 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.48 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.45 dB SPL
Max
:
92.8 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
113 Hz

This TV gets loud. Good frequency response at moderate levels, but at higher volumes the frequency response suffers and pumping may be present. Low-end cut off is not very good.

5.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.015
Distortion @ 80
:
0.008
Distortion @ Max
:
2.497

Very clean sound at lower volumes, but like other Sony TVs, there's a big jump in distortion level when the TV is pushed hard.

7.5

Smart Features

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

Remote
Remote : Basic

The included remote is basic, but you can install an app on your smartphone to control the TV.

Misc
Power Consumption : 73 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 186 W
Firmware : PKG2.197.0010NAB

6.7 Mixed Usage

The Sony W850C LED TV is a good TV, but not a great one. Last year's W850B was a better gaming TV, with less motion blur and input lag. The contrast ratio and black uniformity is great, so it is a good choice for movies or TV shows.

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