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Reviewed on Oct 20, 2015

Sony X810C
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.2
Movies
7.2
TV Shows
7.5
Sports
8.6
Video Games
7.0
HDR Movies
5.7
HDR Gaming
7.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony X810C 4k LED TV has excellent picture quality, but it lacks more advanced features. The only major downside of this TV is the degradation of the colors when you view it from the side.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.4
Motion 9.2
Inputs 8.0
Sound Quality 5.9
Smart Features 7.5
Pros
  • Excellent overall picture quality.
  • Good motion handling and low input lag, therefore a great gaming TV.
Cons
  • Very dark corners.
  • Loss of color saturation at an angle.

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8.0

Design

Curved : No

The Sony X810C 4k LED TV feels cheaper than other Sony X* TVs. The build quality isn't as good, the borders are thicker, and the TV is bulkier.

Stand

Dimensions of 55" TV stand: 25" x 9.5"

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.00" (7.6 cm)

7.4

Picture Quality

The raw picture quality of this 4k TV is pretty great, making it a good choice for watching movies. The blacks are good and the colors not too far off by default.

It doesn't have any fancy features (local dimming, extended color gamut, 3D), but unless you plan to be an early adopter of HDR content, it doesn't really matter. The peak brightness is quite low and reflections are average so can't combat glare on the screen. When viewed from the side the picture quality deteriorates.

8.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
5125 : 1

As with most Sony TVs, the native contrast is great. It doesn't get better than this for an LED TV. Note: This only applies to the 55". The 65" has an IPS panel, so worse blacks.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

5.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
265 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
265 cd/m2

7.9 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.069 %
50% DSE
:
0.164 %

The corners are noticeably darker than the rest of the screen, but at least it has less dirty screen effect than most LED TVs.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA (only 55")
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
16 °

As with all VA LED TVs, it loses color saturation and contrast when you view it off-axis. Note: This only applies to the 55". The 65" has an IPS panel, so a better viewing angle.

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.

8.3 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.357 %

The uniformity of the blacks isn't the best. Our unit has a little bit of clouding/flashlighting in the corners, but nothing too distracting.

10 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.2 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.00
Color dE
:
2.4177
Gamma
:
2.24

9.6 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.24
Color dE
:
1.1599
Gamma
:
2.20

8.0 480p Input

Like other Sony TVs, the X810C is very good at upscaling lower resolution content. DVDs and SD channels looks good.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV also looks great once upscaled.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content like Blu-rays looks sharp on the X810C.

10 4k Input

Native 4k content looks very sharp and crisp.

6.6 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
74.14 %
DCI P3 uv
:
81.27 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
51.98 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
56.17 %

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

It has a standard semi-gloss screen finish. You can see some rainbows around direct reflections, but nothing outrageous.
The maximum luminosity of this TV is average, so it isn't ideal if you have a lot of windows.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
9.2

Motion

It is a great choice for content with lots of motion. It doesn't have much motion blur which is great. It can play movies from all sources smoothly. It is also able to interpolate motion up to the panels native refresh rate of 120Hz.

8.9 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
12.1 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The response time is great on nearly all transitions, so you won't notice a long trail following fast-moving objects. By default, this TV doesn't use PWM, so it is flicker-free. You can add one, if you prefer, by enabling 'Motionflow' - 'Clearness'. Check our Q&A section of our X930C review to see what all the values of that setting does.

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

You can control the movement of the picture exactly how you want. You can have judder free 24p for movies even over 60p if you set 'Motionflow' to 'TrueCinema' and 'Film Mode' to 'High'. You can also use motion interpolation to enhance the frame rate.

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

8.0

Inputs

If you plan on connecting it to a PC, the Sony X810C accepts pretty much any signal you can throw at it. It has fairly low input lag which should be good for most people. It accepts a wide range of inputs.

7.6 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
35.7 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
68.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
72.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
35.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

While the 35 ms input lag isn't the best, very few gamers will notice it. Some people might even want to play with motion interpolation turned on (Motionflow) because the input lag when using this feature isn't that high.

10 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes

Just like with last year's Sony TVs, 1080p @ 120Hz produces little artifacts (lines), but this shouldn't be too bothersome while gaming.
To be able to display 4:4:4, simply set the mode to game or computer. For 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4, you will also need to turn on 'HDMI Enhance', under 'Home' - 'Settings' - 'External Inputs'.

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

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 : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

5.9

Sound Quality

The sound isn't that accurate, and that only gets worse with louder volumes. You also won't get great bass from this 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.

6.5 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.83 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.07 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.53 dB SPL
Max
:
93.6 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
106 Hz

Poor frequency response, especially at higher volumes where pumping and compression may be present. The TV doesn't produce a lot of bass either, but it does get loud.

4.7 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.019
Distortion @ 80
:
0.032
Distortion @ Max
:
2.730

Good distortion numbers at low volumes, however, like the other Sony TVs we've tested, distortion increases noticeably as the volume approaches the speakers' limit. There's also noticeable aliasing under heavy load.

7.5

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android

This is a smart TV, and it features the Android OS. It is still a little bit rough around the edges, but it is improving quite fast.

The remote included is very basic, not something as fancy as some LG's or Samsung's remotes.

See our full review of Sony's smart features.

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

Remote
Remote : Basic

Misc
Power Consumption : 72 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 147 W
Firmware : PKG2.475.0010NAB

Conclusion
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7.5 Mixed Usage
Good performance all-round. Good picture quality for movies, and handles motion well for sports. Video games are great too. Unfortunately the picture quality deteriorates quickly when viewed from the side, and the screen can't get very bright.
7.2 Movies
Average for watching movies. There is good picture quality but doesn't support some high end features like local dimming or 3D. Plays movies from any source smoothly.
7.2 TV Shows
Above average for watching TV in a bright room. Picture quality is good but doesn't handle reflections or glare very well due to low brightness. When viewed from the side the picture quality deteriorates. Good at upscaling lower quality content.
7.5 Sports
Good for watching sports. Good picture quality. Handles fast motion very well. Uniform screen results in good panning shots.
8.6 Video Games
Great for video games. Good picture quality. Input lag is quite good and should not be an issue. Handles fast motion very well. Supports a wide range of resolutions.
7.0 HDR Movies
Average HDR performance. Good picture quality but highlights cannot get bright to stand out. No wide color gamut.
7.9 PC Monitor
Great as a PC monitor. Supports a wide range of resolutions and displays clear text. Input lag is quite good so feels responsive. Handles fast movement well.

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