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Reviewed on Aug 17, 2016

Sony X800D TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.6
Mixed Usage
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7.0
Movies
7.2
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
8.4
Video Games
7.8
HDR Movies
8.1
HDR Gaming
7.2
PC Monitor
This tv was replaced by the Sony X800E

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sony X800D is a 4k LED TV with good picture quality. It performs well in dark rooms due to the good native contrast. It handles motion very well, with little motion blur. It also has the bonus of a sleek look, and enough inputs to suit everyone. Unfortunately when viewed at an angle, the picture quality deteriorates. Note that the 49" model has a different type of panel which performs closer to the X700D, but with a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Wide color gamut
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Picture quality degrades at an angle
  • Average peak brightness

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 8.2
Inputs 8.0
Sound Quality 6.2
Smart Features 8.0

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The X800D features an industrial design. It has a mix of design elements between the Sony W650D and the Sony X850D. It looks good, and feels sturdy. It is also quite thin which is good.

Stand

The stand is metallic, and supports the TV well.

Footprint of the 43" TV stand: 8.6" x 20.1"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x200

The rear of the TV is all plastic. It features a narrow VESA mount, and a zip tie for cable management. If wall mounted, some of the inputs are hard to access.

Borders
Borders : 0.39" (1 cm)

The borders are thin and look good.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 1.73" (4.4 cm)

The TV is quite thin, which is good. If wall mounted it will not stick out too far. Note that the 49" variation has a power brick, which may affect the mounting.

7.4

Picture Quality

Picture quality is good on the 43" Sony X800D. It offers a great contrast ratio and good black uniformity. The color reproduction is also very good thanks to the wide color gamut and the very good 10 bit panel. It can also handle low resolution content and fight glare pretty well. Despite this, the X800D is not perfect and like a lot of mid range LED TVs it has some issues like the average gray uniformity and the picture quality deteriorates when viewed at an angle. The low peak brightness and the lack of local dimming feature also reduce the final picture quality score. Note that the 49" model performs differently, and is closer to the X700D but with a wide color gamut.

8.3 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3877 : 1

Contrast ratio is good for the Sony X800D. The blacks are fairly deep and should procure a good picture quality in a dark room. Note that the 49" variation has an IPS panel, and so the contrast ratio is expected to be closer to 1000:1.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

There is no local dimming on the X800D. The video is for reference only.

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
411 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

The SDR peak brightness is average for the X800D, and it is about 100cd/m² less than what you get when in HDR mode. For a dark room, this result is enough but may be a bit dim for a very bright room.

7.6 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
424 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
375 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
375 cd/m2

The peak brightness is average. At around 375cd/m², it is good for dark room viewing, but may not be the best for a room with a lot of light. One thing is good though, it is that is does not change depending of the size of the test window and also it stays the same over a long period of time.

7.1 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.145 %
50% DSE
:
0.175 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.914 %
5% DSE
:
0.121 %

Gray uniformity is average on the X800D. The corners and side of the screen are a bit darker, but the center remains fairly homogeneous. Dirty screen effect should not be too much of a problem even for those watching sports like hockey, where it is usually very noticeable.

4.5 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA (except 49")
Color Shift
:
18 °
Brightness
:
40 °
Black Level
:
10 °

Viewing angle is not as good as an IPS panel, but not bad for an VA. The X800D keeps a good brightness, even at an angle, but it does lose a bit of contrast. Note that the 49" variation has an IPS panel, and so the viewing angle is expected to be better.

7.5 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.773 %

Black uniformity is relatively good. There is a bit of clouding on the test picture, but it should not be too noticeable during normal viewing.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

The Sony X800D has a good 10 bit panel but it is not perfect. You can see see on our test picture that there is some small banding in the dark blue, dark green and also in the grayscale.

Update 09/08/2016: Our original test was showing an incorrect color depth of 8 bit due to some incorrect drivers on our system, but after some correction to our test apparatus, we tested again the color depth and we can confirm that the Sony X800D does in fact have an 10 bit panel.

8.6 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
1.62
Color dE
:
3.3027
Gamma
:
2.24

Prior to calibration the results are good. The colors are a little over saturated, but the white balance is very good.

9.2 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.32
Color dE
:
2.6366
Gamma
:
2.18

The calibration is quite easy, and provides good results. All of the issues with the white balance can be fixed easily. The colors remain over saturated. You can see our calibration settings here.

8.0 480p Input

The X800D does a good job with low resolution content like DVDs. Small details are conserved and the final image does not look too soft.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV and other 720p content looks very good on the X800D.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays movies look very good and sharp once upscaled to 4k resolution. No details are lost.

10 4k Input

4k content looks clean and crisp.

8.2 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
91.03 %
DCI P3 uv
:
94.35 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
68.47 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
74.43 %

The X800D features a wide color gamut. It covers almost all of the P3 space, which is great. When watching HDR content, colors are rich.

6.3 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
69.710 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
43.025 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
55.454 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
34.183 %

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 %

Note here that there is no image retention on the 43" version of the Sony X800D. Since we did not test the 49" version, which is an IPS TV (the 43" is a VA TV), we cannot say whether the 49" is retention free or not. But since IPS TV are more prone to image retention, there could be a chance that there is some image retention to some degree.

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

The X800D has a semi-gloss finish which helps to diffuse reflections. They appear larger, but are easier to see through. Deals with reflections well enough to provide good performance in an average room.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

The Sony X800D doesn't support 3D.

Pixels
8.2

Motion

The Sony X800D is great at handling motion. It has a low response time which results in very little motion blur. It is able to interpolate content up to the native refresh rate of 60Hz. Those who are sensitive to judder may notice it when playing movies over a set top box or home theatre PC, but blu-rays and streaming apps play smoothly.

8.7 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
13.2 ms
Overshoot
:
0.0 ms

Great motion performance. Response time is low which is good, and results in only a short trail following the logo.

8.4 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
100 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

The X800D doesn't have backlight flicker by default, but it is possible to achieve this by adjusting 'MotionFlow'. The flicker frequency of 100Hz is a bit strange.

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

The Sony X800D does not present judder on 24p content when played from DVDs, Blu-rays or other 24p sources. Unfortunately even when using the 'CineMotion' setting, judder is present on both 60p or 60i, meaning that people who are sensitive to judder will notice when watching movies from a cable/satellite box.

5.0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

The Sony X800D has a 60Hz panel. It can interpolate 30fps content up to 60fps. To do so without backlight flicker, change the 'MotionFlow' setting to 'Standard' or 'Smooth'.

8.0

Inputs

This TV supports a wide range of inputs, which is great for those with lots of devices. It also features a low input lag which is good for most gamers. It has a 60Hz panel, and so can only display signals up to 60Hz. It also supports a wide range of resolutions, for those looking to use it as a PC monitor.

8.0 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
33.3 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
49.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
49.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
33.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
35.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
35.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
33.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
33.2 ms

The input lag of the Sony X800D is quite low, which is good. To get the lowest input lag, select the 'Game' or 'Graphics' picture modes. This results in a lag of 33.3ms with an 1080p resolution, which should not be an issue for most people. When sending an HDR signal at 1080p, the input lag remains the same as under 'Game' or 'Graphic' mode.

Update 03/20/2017: The input lag has been retested with the latest firmware PKG6.0612.0004NAA.

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

The X800D accepts a 120Hz signal, but has a 60Hz panel so it can only display half of the frames. It supports chroma 4:4:4 at up to 4k @ 60Hz. To display 4:4:4, set the scene to 'Graphics' or 'Game'. This results in an input lag of 33.3ms. It accepts a 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 signal only HDMI 2 and 3, and requires 'Enhanced HDMI' to be enabled in the input settings.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 2 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
SD/SDHC : 0

There is one component in on the rear, which is shared with the composite in. There is also a composite in on the side, but the adapter for it is not included. An example of the adapter can be found here

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
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 : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.2

Sound Quality

The sound of the Sony X800D is below average. The frequency response is average, but it gets quite loud. Significant distortion occurs, especially at high volumes.

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
:
3.68 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.87 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.94 dB SPL
Max
:
91.7 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
89.80 Hz

Average performance. The frequency response is decent at lower volumes, however, there is compression and pumping present under heavier loads. On the other hand, the maximum loudness and low-frequency extension are above average for a TV.

4.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.022
Distortion @ 80
:
0.087
Distortion @ Max
:
3.247

Poor distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 75dB and 85dB are very low. However, as we've seen with other Sony TVs, there's a dramatic jump in the harmonic distortion amount at maximum loudness. There was also audible aliasing present. However, these artifacts will be less audible in real-life situations.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android TV

The Sony X800D comes with a modified Android Smart OS. It can be a little slow to start up, but works well, feels refined and seems very stable.It has a wide variety of apps pre-installed with the option of downloading many more from the 'Google Play store'. The X800D is also 'Google Cast' ready, meaning that you can cast content from any compatible iOS and android device without any additional hardware. Photos and video can be viewed directly from an USB flash drive.  Access to the 'PlayStation now' cloud gaming service also gives access to many more games not available from the 'Google Play Store' .The X800D comes with a basic remote, but includes voice recognition which works well. 

Apps

There are loads of apps which come pre installed, and access to the 'Google Play Store' allows access to almost anything. A web browser is available, as are the typical popular apps, like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, and HBO Go. The X800D also includes access to the 'PlayStation Now' cloud gaming service.

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

There are no ads on this TV. Many featured apps add clutter on the home screen, though.

TV Controls

Controls are located behind the left side of the TV. They provide basic functionality and are easy to use, even when wall mounted.

Remote
Remote : Basic

Remote features voice recognition. This is the same remote used by some other Sony TVs, like the X850D.

In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Remote control
  • Batteries
  • RF Blaster

Misc
Power Consumption : 45 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 96 W
Firmware : PKG6.0306.0001NAA

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 43" (XBR43X800D). Note that the 49" variation (XBR49X800D) has an external power brick, instead of the internal one in the 43". The 49" also has an IPS panel, so expect a lower native contrast ratio and wider viewing angle compared to the 43" model we reviewed and closer performance to the X700D but with a wide color gamut.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony XBR43X800D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
43" XBR43X800D
49" XBR49X800D

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom left: LG UH6500 (43UH6500). Middle: Sony X800D (XBR43X800D). Top right: Vizio M Series 2016 (M70-D3). Bottom right: Sony W650D (KDL40W650D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sony X800D provides a good picture quality and overall performance. For those looking for a TV to watch HDR content at a lower price, it is a good pick. It also works well for sports and video games due to the great motion handling. 

7.6 Mixed Usage

Good TV for mixed usage. Has good picture quality, and great motion handling. Lacks some of the features to improve picture quality found on higher end TVs, such as local dimming. Picture quality deteriorates when viewed from an angle.

7.0 Movies

Average TV for watching movies. Picture quality is good, but lacks features such as local dimming to improve it further. Native contrast ratio provides good dark scene performance.

7.2 TV Shows

Better than average for watching TV in a bright room. The whole screen can get bright enough to deal with glare. Picture quality is good but degrades when viewed at an angle. Android TV platform works well for casual watching in a living room.

7.6 Sports

Really good sports performance. Uniformity is better than average, and picture quality is good. Great at handling fast motion. Unfortunately picture quality isn't as good when viewed at an angle.

8.4 Video Games

Great for gamers. Very responsive TV, has low input lag and is great at handling fast motion. Picture quality is good.

7.8 HDR Movies

Above average for watching HDR in a dark room. Picture quality is good, but lacks features such as local dimming to improve dark room performance. Highlights don't get bright. Wide color gamut is great.

8.1 HDR Gaming

Good TV for HDR gaming. Supports HDR10 and displays a wide range of colors. Unfortunately can't produce very bright highlights. Input lag is low in HDR mode, and picture quality is good.

7.2 PC Monitor

Good for PC use. Supports a wide range of resolutions. Offers chroma support for clear text at all resolutions. Picture quality is good.

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