Sony KD70X690E Review

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Sony KD70X690E

Sony KD70X690E is a good 4k LED TV with decent picture quality, low input lag and good handling of motion. It’s only found in larger sizes, but it’s a versatile entry-level TV. Unfortunately, its picture quality deteriorates at an angle, and its limited HDR capabilities stop the feature from having much of an effect on picture quality.

Sony KD70X690E specs

  • Wall Mount : Vesa 400×400
  • Borders : 0.55″ (1.4 cm)
  • Max Thickness : 3.39″ (8.6 cm)
  • Maximum Temperature: 99 °F (37 °C)
  • Average Temperature: 95 °F (35 °C)
  • Native Contrast: 3950 : 1
  • Contrast with local dimming : N/A
  • Local Dimming : No
  • Backlight : Direct
  • HDMI : 3
  • 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 : 0
  • SD/SDHC : 0

Design

The design of the Sony KD70X690E is quite basic but works well. It is similar to most other Sony TVs but feels a bit cheaper as the parts are all made of plastic and the body is relatively thick. The central stand supports the TV well and many of the inputs are easy to access even if the TV is wall mounted.

The central stand is similar to most other Sony TVs. It supports the TV well and feels quite stable. Footprint of the 60″ TV stand: 12.0″ x 24.9″. The rear of the TV is entirely plastic and is quite basic. Unlike the X720E, there is no channel down the rear of the stand for cable management.

The build quality of the Sony KD70X690E is fine, but all of the plastic parts do feel quite cheap compared to other Sony TVs. It isn’t an issue for normal use but does lack a premium feel.

Picture Quality

The Sony KD70X690E LED TV has a better than average picture quality. The excellent contrast ratio and black uniformity make for a good dark room performance. Blacks are deep and dark scene reproduction is great, which again is perfect for a dark home theater room. When the TV is set in a very bright living room, the average way it can deal with reflections and okay SDR peak brightness won’t be enough to deal with the glare of bright sunny windows but should be enough for a normal living room with moderate lighting.

The decent gray uniformity of the Sony KD70X690E is good news for sports fans, as dirty screen effect is not problematic here, but the narrow viewing angle means it won’t be the best TV to watch the big game with all your friends, since the best picture quality is reserved mostly for those sitting right in front of the TV.

When it comes to HDR, the Sony KD70X690E performance could be better, as the lack of local dimming and disappointing HDR peak brightness won’t make highlights pop much more than what you would see on a normal  SDR TV. When you add the lack of a wide color gamut and bit depth, it just confirms that this  TV won’t be the best option to be amazed by HDR content.

Motion

Motion looks great on theSony KD70X690E. The panel has a fast pixel response time and no flicker by default but can add 60 Hz flicker to greatly reduce persistence blur for those who don’t mind flicker. Unfortunately, the TV’s motion interpolation (soap opera effect) has a lot of artifacts and is best left off unless you really like the effect. The TV doesn’t have 24p judder when watching movies from 24 Hz sources which is good, but can’t remove judder from 60p or 60i sources.

Sound Quality

The Sony KD70X690E sound capabilities are average. The TV doesn’t provide a particularly good sound, but it also doesn’t have a very big downside that renders it less usable. Nevertheless, a dedicated soundbar will offer a significant upgrade in sound quality.

Smart Features

The Sony KD70X690E runs a custom Sony operating system like the X720E but unlike most other Sony TVs, which use Android TV. This custom OS isn’t very good as it has a somewhat confusing interface and an app store with poor selection, though it does come with Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video out of the box.  TV’s remote is very large and has lots of buttons like most other Sony remotes, but lacks the voice search of Sony’s higher end models.

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