Reviewed on Jul 02, 2015

Sony X930C TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
8.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.2
Movies
7.7
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
8.4
Video Games
8.2
HDR Movies
7.8
HDR Gaming
7.7
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Sony X930D

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony X930C is an excellent UHD LED TV. It can get very bright and has great motion control. However, it loses picture quality at an angle and its gray uniformity is sub-par.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 7.9
Motion 8.7
Inputs 7.5
Sound Quality 8.1
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Wider color gamut
  • Deep and uniform blacks
  • Great motion controls
  • Very bright
Cons
  • Limited viewing angle
  • Sub-par gray uniformity

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9.0

Design

Curved : No

The Sony X930C is very wide, due to its front facing speakers on both sides of the TV. It is thicker at the bottom than at the top.

The stand can be set to two positions. The wider one offers a bit more stability, but the narrow setting is good for smaller surfaces.

Stand

Dimensions of stand (narrow): 11.5" x 24". Dimensions of stand (wide): 11.5" x 67".

Borders
Borders : 5.51" (14 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.50" (8.9 cm)

7.9

Picture Quality

The Sony X930C is a fabulous TV for watching movies. The blacks are really deep and uniform, so nighttime scenes will look their best on this TV.

You get some cool extra features here, like X-tended Dynamic Range, which makes lighter highlights in the picture really bright, and auto local dimming, which makes darker portions of the image extra dark. They work reasonably well (there are some light blooming issues with each), so you might as well try them out and see if you like them.

8.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
5005 : 1

The native contrast ratio of the Sony XBR-65X930C is great. We measured the same contrast ratio with the local dimming feature turned on, as measured on a checkboard pattern.

3.5 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Edge

The Sony XBR65X930C's zones are vertical, due to its edge-lit backlight. The blooming spawns a bigger area than on the Samsung JS9500, but it is a bit less obvious, because the TV has a better native contrast ratio. Overall though, you will probably prefer the local dimming on the JS9500, because it is a bit more aggressive.

7.4 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
658 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
419 cd/m2

6.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.351 %
50% DSE
:
0.199 %

The gray uniformity is not very good on this TV. It has less dirty screen effect than the Samsung JS9500, but the screen is not as uniform overall.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
18 °

At about 18 degrees off-axis, the picture loses saturation, and the blacks are not as great.

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.

9.6 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.637 %

The black uniformity is excellent. LED TVs don't get much better than this.

9.5 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

8.1 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.37
Color dE
:
2.3884
Gamma
:
2.27

In movie mode, the presets are quite good.

9.5 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.66
Color dE
:
0.9954
Gamma
:
2.22

After the calibration, the white balance is a lot better. The 10 pt controls are not very precise, and it doesn't have a color tuner.

8.0 480p Input

The TV has no problem upscaling lower-quality content like DVDs. For lower resolutions (DVDs, 480p and low-quality streams), enable 'Digital noise reduction' to get rid of some of the compression artifacts you'll see onscreen.

8.0 720p Input

Cable TV also looks good once upscaled. You can also enable 'Digital noise reduction' to get rid of some of the compression artifacts if you notice some.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p looks as good as it can on a 4k UHD TV.

10 4k Input

4k content looks great on the Sony X930C.

8.0 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
89.13 %
DCI P3 uv
:
95.26 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
65.09 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
71.99 %

The color gamut covers about 10% more of Rec.2020 than a normal TV when setting it to 'BT.2020'. It covers about 3% less than the JS9500.

9.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
0.7 %
Screen Finish
:
Glossy

The glossy finish is excellent at reducing the amount of reflected light, which improves the apparent contrast ratio in a bright room. There is some rainbow glare around bright objects, though.
It currently holds our record for the maximum full screen luminosity (not peak). It can get very bright, which is great if you have a lot of windows. Keep in mind that it has a glossy finish, though, so you will want to avoid having a bright light opposite the screen.

9.0 3D
3D
:
Yes
3D Type
:
Active

The 3D is good, without much crosstalk.

Pixels
8.7

Motion

This is a decent, but not great, TV for sports. There's little blur, which is great for the fast movement.

There's not much of the patchiness that you can sometimes notice with panning shots during a game, but the panel still has a good deal of variance overall. Some spots are much darker than others.

8.2 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
15.9 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

On average, the response time for the pixel transition is 15.9ms, which is quite good. Sony TVs also have the best features for controlling exactly how you want the motion to look. See the here for more details and pictures.

9.5 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
720 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

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

7.5

Inputs

This TV is pretty good for gaming. There's not too much delay between entering a command and seeing the reaction onscreen, so most people will have no issues with gaming on this TV.

That, combined with the minimal amount of motion blur, makes this a solid performer for all kinds of games.

7.1 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
36.2 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
67.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
71.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
36.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
59.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
59.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
58.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
58.8 ms

Under game mode, the input lag is average. It is definitely playable, and most people won't notice it. With interpolation enabled, the input lag is surprisingly low, enough to be worth trying it out on slower games.

Input lag with a 4k (with and without HDR) resolution is a bit high and not very good for gaming unfortunately.

Update 11/02/2016: Input lag results with the latest firmware update PKG3.531.0108NAB.

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

As with other Sony TVs, little artifacts (flashing lines) are seen when a 1080p @ 120Hz signal is being displayed.
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).

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
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
:
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 4)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

8.1

Sound Quality

This TV has the best sound of any set we've tested this year, and by a wide margin. The bass is good, and the TV can get to a very loud overall volume.

There's also not much distortion at regular volumes. There's a lot more distortion at very loud volumes, but most people won't approach those levels anyway.

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.

8.8 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.13 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.28 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
3.77 dB SPL
Max
:
98.5 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
53 Hz

The bass extension and the loudness are excellent. The frequency response is also good and remains relatively constant even under load. This is the best sounding TV we have tested.

6.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.003
Distortion @ 80
:
0.003
Distortion @ Max
:
0.662

The TV produces minimal distortion at comfortable listening levels. However when pushed to its limits, which is not that easy to do, there is a dramatic jump in the amount of distortion.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android

Android TV has become a good smart platform, with decent app selection and nice extra features, like integrated Google Cast.

We're not fans of the included Sony remotes, though, and while using your smartphone with the TV SideSync app makes a decent replacement, the experience still isn't up to the level of LG or Samsung. The touch remote is particularly unpleasant to use.

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

Remote
Remote : Smart

Major Apps Available

  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Hulu Plus
  • CinemaNow
  • Crackle
  • Pandora

    See our full review of Sony's smart features.

  • Misc
    Power Consumption : 94 W
    Power Consumption (Max) : 248 W
    Firmware : PKG2.237.0010NAB

    8.0 Mixed Usage

    The Sony XBR65X930C is great overall. It has great native contrast, can get very bright, and has excellent black uniformity. The viewing angle and gray uniformity could be better, though.

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