Sony X930E Review– Top Model of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV XBR-X Series

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Sony X930E

Sony X930E Key Specs

Display Specs
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat
Size Available  55 Inch (XBR55X930E), 65 Inch (XBR65X930E)
Backlight Edge-lit LED (Slim Backlight Drive +)
Features
Dimming Local Dimming
X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro Yes (10X)
Support  HDR Yes (HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG)
Picture Engine 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
4K-X reality Pro Pro
Color Technology TriLuminos Display
Advanced Contrast Enhancer Yes
3D Technology No
Motion Control MotionFlow XR960 (native 120 Hz)
Smart TV
Platform Android TV
Key Apps Opera Browser, Google Cast, PlayStation Now, and more
Remote Voice Remote Control (RMF-TX200U)
Connectivity
HDMI 4
USB 3
Ethernet 1
RF (Terrestrial  Cable) 1
Composite In  (AV) 2
Component In 1
Audio
Speaker Type Front-face 3-way speaker (tweeter/mid-range/woofer)
Total Audio Output 65 Inch (10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W) and 55 Inch (5 W + 5 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W)

 

Picture Quality

Like X930D series, picture quality is the major advantage of Sony X930E series, even it is claimed offer better performance than the predecessor due the improvements of some technologies behind it. One of the improvements of X930E over the predecessor X930D series is about its picture engine where it is powered by 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme that comes with additional some technologies embedded inside it such as Dual Data Base Processing, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, and Object-based HDR Remaster technology. As we know, X1 Extreme is first used on the flagship of 2016 model Z9D series. The other main technology of X930E is Edge Lit Backlighting with Local dimming called Slim Backlight Drive +. Along with X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro, this technology significantly improves brightness range that produced.

Sony X930E

 

Moving on color performance, with TriLuminos Display technology behind it, color of the picture that displayed on the screen of Sony X930E is also looks saturated and accurate, even for HDR contents that need wider color gamut than normal/SDR contents. Additionally, the precision color mapping insider the X1 Extreme also helps to improve the accuracy of color that produced. In addition to it can cover wide color coverage, even wider than 90% of DCI P3 color space required by HDR10, it also can process 10 bit depth of color signals well.  This makes color gradient of the picture that displayed on the screen of X930E is nearly perfect without any major color banding or imperfections.

Motion Handling and 24p Playbacks

Sony X930E offers excellent motion handling when it was displaying video contents with a lot of fast moving scenes like sports program or fast movies. It is due its pixel response time is very quick. The result, there is only small trails following fast moving objects and Sony X930Ethis certainly is very good.  No matter it is 24p signals like movies from Blu-Ray, 24p via 60i signals like movies form satellite TV or even 24p via 60p signals like movies from streaming media, Sony X930E is able to display them smoothly without any judder noticeable.

Inputs/Outputs

Like other high class 4K TVs that available in the market, Sony X930E is also equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. 1 HDMI port is installed on the side and 3 HDMI ports are installed on the bottom of the panel, while for USB ports, 2 ports are installed on bottom and 1 port is installed on the side of the panel. Additionally, there are also 2 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 Ethernet, 1 RF In (Antenna In), Digital Audio Out (optical), and other. Additionally, although not as low as Samsung TVs, overall, the input lag of Sony X930E is low and that should be good for games, even for fast paced games. Combine to its quick pixel response time, playing games on X930E feels comfortably.

Smart TV

As its smart TV platform, Sony X930E comes with the latest version of Google Android TV. User interface is designed very attractively. Nevertheless, for navigating, Androids TV tends to more difficult than its competitors like WebOS by LG or Tizen by Samsung. Fortunately, most of the people have been familiar with this android OS on their android smart phone. Nevertheless, there is “Action Menu’ button on the remote where you can use it to access quick list of popular settings without have to navigate to the main settings menu, so this can solve this problem about difficult to navigate on Android Google TV.

Sony X930E

 

 

POSITIVES

– Deep Black Level and Strong Contrast
– Good dark room performance
– Very Bright Peak brightness
– Support Wide Color Gamut
– Great HDR Performance
– Low Input Lag
– Good Motion Handling
– Attractive Android TV

NEGATIVES

– No 3D Technology
– Poor Side Viewing Angle

 

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