The Sony X830C doesn't have good picture quality. It reflects too much light in a bright room, and with the lights turned off, the blacks are gray. At least it maintains good color accuracy when viewed at an angle.
The main advantage of the Sony X830C is its viewing angle. The picture quality both in a bright and a dark environment is sub-par. It also has little blur, which is good.
Both the Sony XBR43X830C and the XBR49X830C have an IPS panel. The contrast ratio is really low, which means they're poor choices for a dark room.
While it doesn't have much dirty screen effect, the picture is darker around the edges of the screen.
The colors are great when you view them off-axis. You will perceive the same picture quality even when you're sitting at quite a wide 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.
There was no significant clouding or flashlighting issue with our set. However, due to the poor blacks, every small issue is aggravated.
With the latest firmware update, 480p content look good and is not too soft.
This Sony reflects a lot of light. There is also glare around bright objects.
It's not able to get very bright. If your room gets lots of light and you plan on watching TV during the day, this isn't a good choice.
Its level of motion blur is good. The setting to control the backlight is a nice feature (see here for pictures), too.
The input lag of the Sony X830C is 36.8ms in Game mode. While this isn't particularly great, it is low enough for most people.
Just like with last year's Sony TVs, 1080p @ 120Hz produces little artifacts (lines), but this shouldn't be too bothersome while gaming.
Update: With the new firmware update PKG2.463.0010NAB, This TV now supports 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. To enable this, go to Settings - External Inputs - HDMI Signal Format - Enhanced (new).
OK bass extension and frequency response under comfortable listening levels. However when the TV gets loud, and it does get loud, there is a significant decrease in the frequency response and pumping may be present.
Good distortion levels under light load, but the distortion jumps to unacceptable levels under heavy load.
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Contrary to the X850C, the X830C only comes with a basic remote.