Sony X830F TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 08:48 am
Sony X830F Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
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6.9
Movies
7.3
TV Shows
7.3
Sports
7.2
Video Games
6.7
HDR Movies
6.9
HDR Gaming
7.4
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Sony X830F is a good 4k TV. It has a high native contrast ratio so dark scenes appear deep when viewed in a dark room, but it lacks local dimming to improve this performance further. The whole screen can get fairly bright to overcome glare, but it isn't bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR despite supporting a wide color gamut. Motion handling is excellent, and the input lag is also low for gamers. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle which is a consideration for those with wide seating.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

This TV is very good for mixed usage. It has decent reflection handling and can get bright enough to be placed in average lit rooms. It has deep blacks that enhance the good picture quality, but the viewing angles are poor and those viewing from the side will be disappointed.

Pros
  • Deep and uniform dark scenes
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Supports a wide color gamut
Cons
  • Mediocre HDR peak brightness
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
6.9 Movies

The Sony XBR60X830F is decent for watching movies. The picture quality is very good and blacks are deep and uniform. However in dark scenes in dark rooms, the absence of local dimming support might annoy some movie enthusiasts.

7.3 TV Shows

Very good performance for this Sony X830F on TV shows. Good handling of reflection and great brightness allow you to place in a bright environment like a kitchen. Motion handling is excellent and will please the soap opera effect fans. Viewing angles are poor so you should avoid watching from the side.

7.3 Sports

The Sony X830F is very good for sports watching. It can get very bright and can handle reflections well so it can be placed in a bright room. Response time is excellent, so you will enjoy the fast-moving action. Some people might notice a little dirty screen effect, but this won't be visible to most.

7.2 Video Games

The Sony X830F is very good for playing video games. It has an excellent low input lag and a very fast response time that make it very responsive. It can handle most common resolution and will keep gamers happy.

6.7 HDR Movies

The performance when watching HDR movies is mediocre. It has nice deep and uniform blacks but the lack of local dimming support and the mediocre brightness in HDR do not allow highlights to pop and the creator's content is not presented as intended.

6.9 HDR Gaming

Playing HDR games on this Sony XBR-60X830F is very good as it has very low input lag at the 4k @ 60Hz + HDR resolution. The fast response time and the excellent motion handling make the gaming exciting. Unfortunately, when displaying HDR content it does not deliver the content as intended.

7.4 PC Monitor

The Sony X830F is great for use as a PC monitor. It has very low input lag and excellent motion handling. It is very responsive and will display clear and crisp text as it supports 4:4:4 chroma subsampling. Finally, as it is a VA panel, you do not have to worry about temporary or permanent image retention.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Movies
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.7 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 PC Monitor
  1. Update 5/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  2. Update 2/21/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The design of the Sony X830F is very good. It has many similarities to the X850F. It has a sturdy and wide stand that allows space for placing a soundbar in front of it.  The rear part of the stand also provides some basic cable management as it allows you to pass the cables through the legs. The TV runs fairly cool and looks slightly thick when viewed from the side. The built quality is good and you should have no issues with this TV.

Design
Stand

The stand of the Sony XBR60X830F is plastic with a metallic tone and looks very much like the stands of the X850F and the X900F. It supports the TV well and is very wide and you will need a wide table to place it on.

Footprint of the 60" model TV stand: 44.0" x 12.0"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is plastic and there is not much provision for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The borders are thin and look elegant. They are almost identical to the borders of other Sony TVs.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.15" (8.0 cm)

The TV looks relatively thick when viewed from the side. It is thicker than the X850F and the X900F, but when wall mounted this should not be an issue.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The built quality is good. There are no visible gaps or loose ends and you should not have a problem with it.

Picture Quality
8.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3197 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The native contrast ratio is very good. When placed in a dark room, blacks will appear deep which improves picture quality.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This Sony XBR60X830F does not support local dimming, unlike the more premium model X900F. The video is for reference only.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
309 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
314 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
314 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The SDR peak brightness is great. It is not as bright as the X900F but is very close to the brightness level of the X850F. The brightness level stays constant as the window size increases and this is great.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
393 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
421 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
421 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
421 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
418 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is decent. Again not as a bright as the X900F, but not far from the X850F. The level remains constant as the window size increases and this is great.

If you find HDR content too dim, see our recommended settings.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.778 %
50% DSE
0.179 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.135 %
5% DSE
0.111 %

The gray uniformity of the Sony X830F is decent. Some clouding will be visible especially in panning shots and this might annoy sports fans.

In darker scenes (5% gray) things are better but the most meticulous ones might still be able to spot minor clouding.

5.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27 °
Color Shift
15 °
Brightness Loss
40 °
Black Level Raise
20 °
Gamma Shift
13 °

The Sony X830F, like all VA panels, has disappointing viewing angles. Blacks wash out and colors shift with small movements from the center axis. Brightness is performing slightly better as fading is bad after the 45 degrees angle.

For those who often watch at an angle, a TV with an IPS panel like the X850F is a better choice

9.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.533 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Sony X830F has excellent black uniformity. There is almost no clouding even in the area around the test cross.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
6.0 %
Indirect Reflections
0.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.2 %

Reflection handling is ok. The semi-gloss finish manages to diffuse most of the ambient reflections but doesn't do a great job if the source is facing the screen. This result is a little worse than the reflection handling we saw at the X900F or the X850F.

7.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.86
Color dE
2.40
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6099 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

Very good out-of-the-box color accuracy for this X830F, better than the X850F but not as good as the X900F. The best results are obtained when the Picture Mode is set to Custom. The white balance dE and the color dE are both below our threshold of 3 and the Gamma is almost at our target of 2.2. The colors are a little warm and thus you might notice some reddish or yellowish tone.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.89
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6527 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The color accuracy after calibration is excellent. The results are close to what we managed to achieve with the X900F and even slightly better than the X850F. In fact, calibration only has options for 2-point or 10-point white balance calibration. There is no color space management, so the correction from 2.4 to 1.89 in color dE is due only to the white balance correction.

The color temperature was almost on our target of 6500K and Gamma remained at 2.21.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Upscaling of low-quality 480p content such as DVDs is good.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

No obvious issues upscaling 720p content.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Upscaling of 1080p content like Blu-rays looks good. The image is sharp and there are no obvious issues.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k input is displayed as intended.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input
Picture Quality
Pixels

The 60" X830F we tested has an interesting sub-pixel structure which looks almost identical to the 60" X690E we tested.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
87.22 %
DCI P3 uv
93.00 %
Rec 2020 xy
64.73 %
Rec 2020 uv
72.41 %

The Sony XBR60X830F has a wide color gamut. It covers almost all of the DCI P3 space and about 3/4 of the Rec 2020. This is better than competitive TVs like the Samsung NU7100 and slightly better than the TCL R617.

The EOTF in the Cinema Pro HDR picture mode follows the target PQ curve nearly perfectly up until it rolls off at the TV's peak brightness. If you find HDR content too dim, setting the Gamma setting to Max and Contrast to 100 raises the EOTF and brightens most HDR scenes. The EOTFs in the Game and Graphics picture modes are nearly identical to that of Cinema Pro, which is great.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
75.8 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
34.0 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
61.6 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
27.6 %

The color volume of this Sony XBR-60X830F is decent. The TV has a wide color gamut and can show vivid bright colors, but unlike the X900F, it cannot show well very dark colors as it lacks local dimming. It performs slightly worse than the Vizio P Series 2018 but better than the Sony X850F.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.122 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.118 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.107 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.075 dE

The banding of the Sony X830F is great. As with most Sonys the grey is excellent, but the other colors have moderate banding.

The "smooth gradation" feature works really well, it's almost perfect afterwards.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There is no measurable temporary image retention on the X830F, even immediately after the burn-in scene, as expected for a TV with a VA panel. This is great, especially for gamers or those who want to use the TV as a PC monitor.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.0 ms
100% Response Time
9.1 ms

Excellent response time for this Sony XBR60X830F and this is good news for sports, gaming and fast-moving content in general. There is a little overshooting on the 0-20% transition, and some might notice a little bright ghosting in dark scenes during fast motion, but nothing too serious.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The TV has no visible flicker in its backlight as it dims, which is great.

We did measure some flicker with our photodiode tool, but this will not be visible in person. This lack of visible flicker makes motion look smoother, and is an improvement over most competing TVs like the Samsung NU7100 (240 Hz flicker) and TCL R617 (480 Hz flicker).

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
120 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Sony XBR-60X830F has a mediocre black frame insertion implementation. To activate BFI: Set Motionflow to Custom and increase the Clearness slider. The minimum flicker is 120Hz.

Just like the X850F, when BFI is enabled brightness decreases, as the X830F doesn't have the new X-Motion Clarity feature of the X900F.

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

The Sony X830F has excellent motion interpolation and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 fps. The interpolation is nearly perfect during slow-moving shots, and it stops when there is too much motion.

To enable motion interpolation, set MotionFlow to Custom, increase the Smoothness slider and set Cinemotion to High.

If you find the artifacts caused by interpolation bothersome, you can lower the smoothness setting. This makes motion less smooth, but it reduces the amount of visible artifacts as the interpolation algorithm becomes more conservative.

6.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
32.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
7.6 ms

The Sony X830F has some stutter, especially in low fps content. This is a result of the fast response time. If you are bothered by stutter you can use motion interpolation to clear it.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Sony XBR-60X830F can remove judder from any source. You do not need to change any settings to remove 24p judder. However to remove 24p judder that is in 60p, 60i or when present in native apps you must set MotionFlow to True Cinema and set Cinemotion to High.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

This TV does not support any variable refresh rate features.

Inputs
6.9
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
29.8 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
92.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
30.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
31.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
32.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
31.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
94.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
99.3 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
14.0 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
14.2 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No

The X830F has a very good low input lag in most resolutions. This makes it very responsive and a good choice for gamers or those who want the TV for use as a PC monitor

4:4:4 chroma subsampling is only properly shown in the Game and Graphics picture modes; both these picture modes also have the same low input lag.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 60 Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120 Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
4k @ 60 Hz
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
No
8k @ 60 Hz
No

All common resolutions are supported.

To properly display chroma 4:4:4, the Picture mode must be set to Graphics or Game. When the TV is sent a 1080p signal in Graphics mode, the upscaling changes to the jagged nearest-neighbor upscaling type, seen here on the X900E, that some people prefer for PC use.

This TV can receive 120 Hz video from the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, but only when some settings are tweaked on the Xbox; for more information see the Additional Review Notes of the X900F.

Only HDMI ports 2 and 3 support HDMI full bandwidth, so 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 is only possible on these two ports and only when Enhanced format is enabled on the TV.

Sharpness 50 (default) means no added sharpness in Graphics mode.

Inputs
Input Photos
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 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
3D
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 2,3)
HDMI 2.1
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Only HDMI ports 2 and 3 support full bandwidth i.e HDMI2.0, just like all other Sony TVs we have reviewed. However, HDMI 3 is also the audio return channel(ARC). Therefore, if you have a receiver that supports ARC and more than 1 device which requires the full bandwidth of HDMI then you might have some issues connecting all of your devices. In this case, it may be best to connect your receiver using an optical (Toslink) cable.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes
Sound Quality
6.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension