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Sony X830C TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 22, 2015 at 12:00 am
Sony X830C Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.4
Movies
7.3
TV Shows
7.3
Sports
8.0
Video Games
6.2
HDR Movies
4.8
HDR Gaming
7.9
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Sony X830F
Type LED
Resolution 4k
Refresh Rate 120 Hz

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.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

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.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.4 Movies
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 6.2 HDR Movies
  • 4.8 HDR Gaming
  • 7.9 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Great color accuracy at an angle.
Cons
  • Reflects a lot of light
  • Really poor contrast ratio

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43" XBR43X830C
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49" XBR49X830C
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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

Design
Stand

The footprint of the stand on our 43" is 19.5" by 9.5".

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1 cm)

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.73" (4.4 cm)

Picture Quality
5.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
741 : 1

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

5.5
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
196 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
196 cd/m2

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.911 %
50% DSE
0.196 %

While it doesn't have much dirty screen effect, the picture is darker around the edges of the screen.

6.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
LCD Type
IPS
Color Shift
28 °
Brightness
42 °
Black Level
75 °

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.

6.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.516 %

There was no significant clouding or flashlighting issue with our set. However, due to the poor blacks, every small issue is aggravated.

8.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.33
Color dE
2.5145
Gamma
2.25

9.3
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.38
Color dE
2.1003
Gamma
2.21

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

With the latest firmware update, 480p content look good and is not too soft.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Like most of Sony TVs, 720p content is well upscaled.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p upscaling is also great, with no softness.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content looks sharp without any problems.

6.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
72.26 %
DCI P3 uv
80.23 %
Rec 2020 xy
51.84 %
Rec 2020 uv
55.01 %

6.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Reflection
1.9 %
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss

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.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
8.2
Motion
Motion Blur
Response Time
15.5 ms
Overshoot
0.4 ms

Its level of motion blur is good. The setting to control the backlight is a nice feature (see here for pictures), too.

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

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

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

Inputs
7.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
36.8 ms
1080p With Interpolation
69.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
74.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
36.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
N/A

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.

10
Inputs
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.
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).

Inputs
Side Inputs

Inputs
Rear Inputs

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
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

Sound Quality
6.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.39 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.70 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.19 dB SPL
Max
95 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
106 Hz

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.

4.1
Sound Quality
Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
0.032
Distortion @ 80
0.050
Distortion @ Max
5.131

Good distortion levels under light load, but the distortion jumps to unacceptable levels under heavy load.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Android

10
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
Yes
Opt-out
N/A

Smart Features
Remote
Remote Basic

Contrary to the X850C, the X830C only comes with a basic remote.

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 62 W
Power Consumption (Max) 89 W
Firmware PKG2.173.0010NAB - Android 5.0.2

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