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Expert Score
7.7
Expert Score
7.7

Sony X930D TV Review

55 in.
64.5 in.

The X930D does a lot of things right, and looks very good doing them

Credit: Reviewed.com / Lee Neikirk
April 29, 2016
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The Sony X930D (and in the case of our review, the 55-inch model) is a solid HDR entry for 2016, but despite that this is technically Sony's flagship for the year, it feels like a few things are missing. Starting at $2,199, the X930D isn't too expensive, but for the core performance I viewed and measured, it has enough little flaws and presentation issues that it isn't easy to outright recommend.

Below, you'll find the core result charts for very basic, non-HDR performance in the TV's accuracy-focused Cinema pro mode, specifically the TV's SDR color gamut, RGB/white balance, grayscale error, and gamma performance.

Because the X930D is an HDR set and our current testing environment and rubric is not optimized yet for HDR output and 10-bit playback—and because the TV, like every Sony, doesn't have a color tuner for CMS management—I didn't go through a full calibration process as I normally would. A comparison of picture modes revealed Cinema pro to be the most accurate out of the box mode, however, and if you're looking to calibrate this TV I recommend starting from there.

Color Accuracy

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In the Cinema pro picture mode, the X930D produces fairly accurate primary/secondary colors, though it's not as accurate as past Sony TVs we've tested.
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Grayscale Error

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The X930D tested with an average grayscale deltaE of 3.92, which is a very good result for straight out of the box performance. The ideal is an average of 3 or less.

RGB Balance

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Because it's new Slim Backlight Drive is capable of getting so bright, the X930D's RGB emphasis grows steadily less stable as it goes from very dark to max brightness, though it never exceeds more than 5% over- or under-emphasis in either direction.

Gamma

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The X930D tested with a fairly even gamma of 2.36, which is a great result for the Cinema pro mode intended for use with movies and TV content and in a dim or darker viewing environment.
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