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Sony X810C Review – 4K Ultra HD Smart TV Series – (XBR55X810C, XBR65X810C)

by on November 17, 2015
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Overview

We have to hand it to Sony, when it comes to creating budget-oriented 4K ultra HD TVs that still pack plenty of awesome punch, these guys are the experts from what we’ve seen so far. Even Samsung and Panasonic don’t usually quite reach Sony’s quality when it comes to ultra HD TV technology at a budget but with lots of bang.

The Sony XBR55X810C 4K Ultra HD Smart TV that we’re specifically reviewing here, along with its larger but otherwise essentially identical brother the XBR65X810C are both great examples of this Sony tendency towards quality and lower price in their 2015 4K models. The X810C in particular fits this classification wonderfully, with a very reasonable price and some superb overall specs across the board.

If you want solid connectivity, great picture quality, some fine apps access and excellent compatibility with most of the newest 4K UHD content on the market today, then the X810C is one of your prime candidates for a go-to 4K model TV and the 55 inch TV model offers not only some very reasonable display space but also comes at a price that’s low enough for almost any buyer’s budget. In our opinion, this is one of the better starter 4K TVs on the market today.

The Good

There’s plenty that’s good about this 4K UHD TV model and a solid look at the XBR55X810C and its big brother the XBR65X810C shows that Sony invested some solid specs and features into what is in fact something of a budget 4K UHD TV and far from the top of the Sony 2015 4K UHD television lineup.

For starters, the physical design of the X810C TVs is great. While these models lack Sony’s now trademark giant side-mounted speakers, they still look very nice and elegant in any entertainment space. With a flat screen design that features a highly minimized bezel, a relatively thin side profile and an elegant, somewhat spindly but space-efficient support stand, the X810C is easy to maneuver and easy to install in even rather limited spaces.

Sure, some fans of serious 4K home entertainment are going to go for one of Sony’s much bulkier and possibly larger top-shelf TVs with massive side speakers and a rather thick body but for the space savers out there, the X810C is a great choice. Furthermore, it’s screen size of either 55 or 65 inches (depending on specific model) leaves plenty of display space range for those who want a more immersive viewing experience. The extremely thin bezel width of just over half an inch further contributes to a feeling of large screen size.

Next up, there are the excellent visual characteristics of the XBR55X810C. This is a 4K TV that delivers on superb display specs almost across the board. While we’ll cover these details more deeply further down under our visual specs section, we can safely say now that the X810C offers some excellent contrast, great color reproduction, wonderful judder reduction systems (with 24p content playback support) and a fine overall level of visual realism, particularly for native 4K content.

In addition to all this, the XBR55X810C / XBR65X810C TVs also superbly deliver on one feature which is crucial to a 4K TV in a world where most content will be delivered in native SD, 720p HD and Full HD resolution –an excellent upscaling engine that really does a great job of making ordinary resolutions look sharper, more refined than they normally would in a conventional non-4K TV.

Aside from visual specs, the connectivity options on the X810C TVs are great. These models come with full compression codec compatibility for both VP9 and HEVC while also offering full content copy protection compatibility. Also, the X810C and its larger brother both feature the full quota of connectivity ports for HDMI 2.0, USB and of course, Ethernet.

Finally, we come down to Sony’s new Android TV platform, which is fantastic. While we’d argue that the webOS 2.0 smart TV OS of LG’s 2015 TVs is slightly better designed and definitely faster, Sony’s 2015 Android TV for 4K TVs also ranks among the top 2 or 3 smart platforms to date. It’s great for searching the web, looking for media apps in Google’s massive library of such and for generally intuitive, rapid-fire use. Additionally, this 2015 model of a 4K UHD TV and its new Android TV system also offer users a wider than ever selection of apps along with some great voice control and content casting capabilities thanks to Google Cast.

Check the Price of the Sony X810C Ultra HD Smart LED 4k TV (2015 Model) on Amazon:

4.5 - 21 Reviews

The bad

On the other hand, not everything is perfect about the Sony XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C 4K TVs. They aren’t the best that Sony has to offer, despite their general quality on a budget, and the deficiencies against Sony’s best 4K TVs do show sometime.

First of all, the X810C offers no HDR support as of this writing. We have heard that Sony can install this feature in select TV models via remote firmware updates but so far at least, the company has not done this for the X810C TVs. For high dynamic range support of the very latest and most advanced native 4K UHD content, you’ll have to settle for no less a 4K TV model than Sony’s pricier XBRX850C units .

Secondly, the X810C doesn’t offer real local dimming technology, even though there are other, cheaper 4K UHD TVs such as the LG UF6400 and the Vizio M-Series and P-Series 4K models which do offer the crucial contrast-enhancing benefits of local dimming capacity.

Additionally, the X810C suffers from two other more notable defects that we noticed: First, its sound is only subpar, with poor accuracy and even worse performance as volume is increased. This is a bit disappointing for a Sony TV but then we can’t expect everything to be great either. Second, and this applies only to the X810C, the angle viewing quality of the picture is rather dull, with quite a bit of color loss. The 65 inch model of this TV doesn’t however have this problem since it uses IPS display panel technology.

Finally, unlike the X850C and all models above that 2015 4K TV, the X810C comes without the genuinely impressive benefit of Sony's Triluminos Display color enhancement technology. This is Sony's version of Samsung's Quantum Dot color and it would have made the color coverage in this TV even more impressive had it been included.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line in the case of the Sony X810C in either of its two size variations is that this is a genuinely excellent and highly recommendable 4K ultra HD TV for anyone who wants to get started with 4K UHD home entertainment without spending too much right off the bat. We highly recommend this model for buyers who are beginning with 4K and not yet ready for one of the big $3,000+ flagship TVs like Samsung's JS9500 SUHD 4K TV with HDR and quantum dot color .

Specs

Screen size: 54.5 diagonal inches - XBR55X810C, 65 inch model - XBR65X810C
Smart TV: Yes
HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
Refresh Rate: 120Hz native refresh rate
Screen Lighting: Edge-lit LED backlighting with frame dimming technology
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and Ethernet port
Remotes: Sony touch pad remote, conventional button remote and iPhone App remote
Connectivity:
2x RCA Stereo (L/R) Audio In
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio Out (Side)
1x RCA Component Video In (Rear)
1x RCA Composite Video In (Rear)
1x RCA Composite Video In (Side)
1x TOSLINK Audio In (Rear)
1x Ethernet LAN In (Rear)
4x HDMI Audio/Video In (Side)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Headphone Out (Side)
1x RF Antenna In (Side)
1x RS-232C Control In (Side)
3x USB Audio/Video/Photo In

Sound: 10W+10W 2ch full range speakers with S-Force Front Surround 3D and S-Master sound
Native Contrast Ratio: over 5,000: 1 (excellent)
Other Display Features: Precision Color Mapping
TV weight without/with stand: 38.2.1 lbs/ 40.6 lbs
Dimensions: 49.0 x 28.7 x 3.2" inches without stand/ With stand: 49.0 x 30.3 x 9.7" inches
Processor: 4K Processor X1 (Quad-core)


Highlights

The principal highlights of the X810C from Sony revolve around some of its visual specs and the connectivity Sony has built into this TV via its awesome Android TV smart platform and its physical connection ports.

To start with, the X-Reality PRO upscaling engine of the X810C and its 65 inch cousin is just spectacular. This is something we’ve noted in a number of other Sony 4K TV models from all levels of the company’s TV price range and it only confirms our opinion that Sony in particular is an absolute master at upscaling technology, maybe the best of all the major manufacturers when it comes to this particular spec. This is very important. In a market where native 4K UHD content is still unfortunately rather limited in its range, a 4K TV’s capacity to meaningfully upscale normal SD, HD and Full HD 1080p content is crucial. In this, the X810C simply does not disappoint. Full HD Blu-ray content upscaled spectacularly to look virtually identical to native 4K and both normal Full HD and 720p HD also upscale with wonderful clarity and sharpness. Even 480P SD content gets a great treatment through the TV’s X-Reality PRO upscaling engine.

Secondly, the contrast on the XBR55X810C is just fantastic. This Sony model offers superb black uniformity, some deep rich black colors and contrast levels with native 4K and upscaled content are wonderfully rich. The native contrast rate itself is just above 5100:1 and that’s almost about as good as you can expect to get from any 4K LCD TV on the market today. In simpler terms, this low priced model delivers a level of contrast on par with what some of the most expensive LCD 4K TVs can offer.

Finally, we come back to Sony’s Android TV and all the connectivity that works so well with it. In the case of the XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C, The physical connectivity ports and specs of the TVs are superb. Sony has not only put in a full range of HDMI and USB ports, they’ve also delivered extra USB space and a whole bunch of other connection slots which you can glance through in the “Specs” section above. Furthermore, the Android TV platform of the X810C is superb at web search usability with apps browsing. It delivers a whole whack of media apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and others to the TV easily and quickly. There are also Android games search options, personalized recommendation features and wide access to Google Play’s massive apps marketplace. As a fun bonus, the smart TV’s system’s voice search function lets you even more easily navigate these things through its fairly precise technology.

As a final highlight that connects with the X810C’s connectivity options, this model comes with Google Cast technology as well. This means you can wirelessly “cast” your own video and audio entertainment from assorted online sources on your smart phone or other personal devices straight to the TV’s screen. This technology can be made to work from Android phones/tablets, iPhones, iPads, Mac machines, or Windows laptops as well.

Check the Price of the Sony X810C Ultra HD Smart LED 4k TV (2015 Model) on Amazon:

4.5 - 21 Reviews

Visual Specs

As we’ve already alluded to plenty in the above sections, the XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C are both excellent TVs as far as their most crucial of technologies –display—goes. These inexpensive 4K UHD models deliver the goods as few 4K TVs in this price range can manage in our experience. Contrast levels are superb with a very high native contrast ratio of over 5100:1(in the non-IPS 55 inch model) and black uniformity is rigorously solid across the screen space without notable lighter spots. Furthermore, black rendering in the darkest spots sits at a very small, 0.02 cd/m2… This is nothing short of superb when put up against white levels of 103 cd/m2.

As far as motion blur and judder go on the XBR55X810C, we again see some excellent performance with full support for judder-free 24p at different settings (60p, 60i etc) and motion interpolation is also available at 30 fps and 60 fps, with control of picture movement being something that you can calibrate very precisely and even avoid the “soap opera” effect by playing with the XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C’s Motionflow and Film Mode settings.

Color on this TV also looks great but what really helps it along is the quality of this model’s contrast. Nonetheless, with a bit of calibration out of the box, the color settings can be set to represent a remarkably good Gamma of 2.15 and a Rec 2020 color gamut coverage of at least 52%. Colors also look particularly vibrant on the 65 inch XBR65X810C because this larger version of this TV also comes with IPS panel technology, which furthermore means much better off-center viewing.

One thing we don’t particularly like about the XBR55X810C’s visual specs is that the TV doesn’t actually come with true local dimming technology on its edge-lit LCD/LED screen. The overall loss of precision light/dark control isn’t too bad due to Sony’s general skills at delivering great picture quality, but the lack of local dimming does take some pf the precision dimming qualities away from this TV’s screen.

Connectivity

As we’d already covered above under “Highlights”, the Sony XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C are both kings of connectivity. Unlike some of Sony’s fancier 4K UHD TVs like the XBRX940C and the X930C , the X810C doesn’t offer support for HDR content but access to just about any other source of modern 4K UHD video is fully integrated via this model's 4 HDMI 2.0 ports. There are also 3 different USB ports, which is more than typical in any 4K TV and on top of these, the XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C offer Ethernet and WiFi connectivity along with a whole .list of other audio and video ports that you can check out in our specs section.

In basic terms, as far as connectivity goes, Sony’s X810C is a really fleshed out 4K UHD TV model.

Pricing

The 55 inch Sony XBR55X810C is currently selling on Amazon.com for what is in our professional opinion a very reasonable price of $1,098.00. The 65 inch XBR65X810C is selling for an also excellent price of $1,498.00. These are very decent retail prices for a couple of remarkably good budget 4K UHD TVs.

Check the Price of the Sony X810C Ultra HD Smart LED 4k TV (2015 Model) on Amazon:

4.5 - 21 Reviews

Not so Great

To summarize briefly. We found some moderate to minor fault with several specs in the XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C: These TVs offer poor sound quality, their lack of local dimming is disappointing and the 55 inch version of the X810C lacks IPS panel technology, meaning that viewing quality on the screen at off-center angles is not so great.

Positives

• Excellent contrast ratio
• Very good picture quality
• Fine color rendering
• Superb X-Reality PRO upscaling engine
• King of connectivity options
• Superb Android TV smart platform

Negatives

• No local dimming
• Crappy sound quality
• Weak off-angle viewing in 55 inch model

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Connectivity
A+

 
Price
A-

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The Sony XBR55X810C and XBR65X810C are both wonderful surprises in the world of 2015 4K UHD TVs. These TVs manage to deliver an excellent package of visual technologies while costing relatively little and some of the specs they offer, such as contrast are pretty much as good as is possible for an LCD TV of any price or class. We absolutely recommend this model.

Check the Price of the Sony X810C Ultra HD Smart LED 4k TV (2015 Model) on Amazon:

4.5 - 21 Reviews

 
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  • preferred user
    November 24, 2015 at 8:44 am

    how does the 55X850C compare to the 55X810 C which has better contrast

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

      The X850C offers slightly superior contrast in our view and if we remember correctly is now also HDR-capable thanks to an update from Sony. However, the contrast of the X810C is downright great for a TV with its more affordable price.

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  • RPh ChemE
    November 27, 2015 at 2:04 am

    is this TV the same with Sony KD-55x8000c? http://www.sony-asia.com/local/product/kd-55x8000c
    i didn’t see any 810c in our stores here. The next tier available is Sony KD-43x8300c which is identical to the xbr43x830c.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      November 27, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Hello there RPh. While I cannot be absolutely sure of this, all of the specs for your link to the Asian market 55X8000C match those of the X810C. The TV also looks the same as far as I can see. I’d say that it is indeed the same model but if you want to remove all doubt, please contact Sony Asia and ask them to clarify for you.

      thanks.

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      • RPh ChemE
        November 28, 2015 at 7:19 am

        Thank you for the reply 🙂 Everything is identical indeed except the motionflow. It says motionflow 860 for 810c but only motionflow 200 for the 8000c. Does this mean a 100hz(810c) and a 50hz(8000c) native refresh rate difference? will that be noticable?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          November 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

          You are correct RPh. Most of the non-U.S markets in the world go by a native 50Hz refresh rate and Motionflow 200 represents this. However, the difference between 50 and 60Hz won’t even be notable I think. Furthermore Your TV will almost certainly not present a huge difference from 120Hz native either. It can be noticeable sometimes but not blindingly so. and less in Sony TVs which are generally very good at their judder and motion blur control evn if they have low native refresh.

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          • RPh ChemE
            November 28, 2015 at 7:49 am

            I’m getting a new TV this December coming from an 8 year old Panasonic 32 inch SDTV CRT. I don’t want to make the wrong choice between 49x8000c and a 49x8300c. Their price difference is around 250 USD. I’ll be watching blu-rays using my PS4 but most of the time i will be playing 1080p movies through a USB and watching HD Cable. If you were to choose between the two models, which one will you pick? is the 250 USD worth it for the motionflow difference?


  • RPh ChemE
    November 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I hesitated for the 8000c because it uses Direct LED and has a far better contrast than the 8300c. I read reviews of the 810c from the rtings.com and they scored it higher than the 830c. Sigh.

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  • omglas3r
    November 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I’m a little confused, according to your specs and review the x810C is edge lit display. On Sony’s Description it states Frame Dimming LCD, Direct LED Backlight. Is this the same, different? which is it?

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  • Jim
    November 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve had this TV for a week now and am having a lot of problems setting my color to look right & also it just doesn’t seem very clear to me at all. I’m also having trouble finding the proper settings for sports (football, hockey – Look Awful, Very Blurry). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    It’s the 65″.

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  • Edward
    December 12, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Would you choose this tv over a Vizio M55-C2 or M60-C3? I am looking for picture quality over features.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Hello Edward,

      Weighing them both, I’d choose the X810C over the Vizio 55 and 60 inch models. For one thing, it does offer slightly superior picture quality and upscaling as well, in addition to some really great contrast and Sony’s nice color rendering and for another thing, The Sony TV has the added bonus of coming with what we think is a superior smart TV platform, even if features aren’t your most important criteria. The M-Series TVs (and particularly the larger 55 inch+ models) are great TVs and come wonderfully priced but Sony wins in this case.

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      • Chuck
        December 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        I thought this did not have the Trilluminos display?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          December 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

          Yes, You’re correct Chuck, it comes with “precision color mapping”. Though the TV offers some very good colors in our view, it does indeed lack Triluminos Display. If I mentioned that it was in error. It has been corrected in both review and other comments. Many Sony 2014 and 2015 4K TVs come with the technology and the name snuck into the review, especially because the color does indeed look good on this model.

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  • Colin
    December 19, 2015 at 3:44 am

    This is a tad confusing….
    Rung sony who tell me the x810 is the same tv as the x8005c.
    They also said that the tv despite having motionflow 200 is still a 120hz set.
    They also told me that as it is a 2014 model design wise the motionflow is different spec making the panel native 200 hz

    I questioned this saying that they only really do 60 120 and 240 not 200 hz natibe both were adamant that this 8005c has a higher native refresh than even the x850 model….

    V confusing indeed, when I play my games consoles it says 1080p @60 and gaining pc also says [email protected]

    Again confusing as my old w829 1080 p set said the same and that was natibe 120 hz …

    Banging head against wall as I want the best possible motion for gaming at 1080 and 4k without spending a fortune…..

    I bought it and now I am reading it’s a 50hz panel ??
    Totally confused

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  • John Piff
    December 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I would like to purchase a 65 inch 4k tv. Sony preferred.
    My problem is that i am watching SDTV, a program called TVG often.
    When I see the show it looks not clear at all.
    Is there a up scaling device that i could purchase.
    I am using Dish as my signal provider.
    Thanks for any help.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Hello John, all 4K TVs come with upscaling engines built right into their internal hardware. These engines perform with variable levels of quality depending on brand (Samsung, Sony and Vizio M-Series TVs have some excellent upscaling capacity) and depending on the mastering techniques used on the SD video you’re viewing itself (highly corrupted or poorly rendered video can’t be fixed by even the best TV). Also, as you allude to, the transmission providers signal quality can also affect video quality regardless of how good your TV itself is at upscaling or rendering content. That said, any name brand 4K TV and especially those from the brands I mentioned just now will do their best and usually a very good job of improving the sharpness of even SD resolution video if it isn’t suffering from some other defects.

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  • Mohamed
    December 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Your review of the Sony 850c showed inferior rating with regards Sports viewing compared to the Sony 810C. If you can afford both TVS which one would you recommend 810C vs 850C.
    Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Hello there Mohamed, On the whole, I’d have to probably recommend the X810C more than the slightly pricier X850C. Oddly, it seems like the better TV across the board. However, it does not include Triluminos Display technology for better colors, but this isn’t actually as big of a deal as it seems since the difference is small and contrast is more important for picture quality, something which the X810C delivers better in our view. It’s also a slightly superior performer on motion blur control and judder from what we recall. The motion aspect being important for sports viewing.

      That said, both are excellent TVs and I doubt you’ll be displeased with either.

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      • Eric
        January 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        Stephen,

        I have been trying to wrap my head around this recommendation. I am trying to decide between the 55×810 & 55×850 or the 65×810. Right now BB has them at $999, $1199 and $1499. I love watching sports, some movies and just general TV overall. My question is, how can the 810 perform better than the 850 with motion and contrast when it has all of the same specs as the 850, except the trillium color engine?

        Thanks for your time and input.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          January 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

          Hello Eric. that’s a very good question indeed and we’re not quite sure why the X810C is superior in certain ways. However, it did indeed perform better as far as contrast goes but now that the X850C comes with HDR updated into it, it likely beats the X810C on visual impact. In terms of color furthermore, the X850C is the better performer in our view. On the other hand, yes, the X810C is your better choice for sports content in particular because it works better at controlling judder and motion blur. Thus, the choice is a bit tough but I’d argue as follows:

          If you think that color, contrast and visual qualities imparted by HDR are more important, go for the X850C. If however you really want your sports content to play as well as it can, go for the X810C. Furthermore, while the X810C doesn’t do as well on contrast and color as the now HDR-capable X850C, it still performs very well on both specs, so the loss won’t be a big deal..

          Overall, i’d probably pick the 65 inch X810C instead of a 55 inch model. 4K looks much better on the larger screen size.

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  • Maxime Carignan
    January 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Nice Article by the way.

    Im from Quebec and I would have a question for you.

    Which tv would you chose between theses 3 ?

    X810C from Sony
    58UF8300 from LG
    un55js7000 from samsung?

    In Quebec they are all priced around the same price , Sony 1400$ Lg 1700$ and samsung 1500$.

    I know that the LG and the Samsung are 60hz boosted by truemotion 120 while the sony are true 120hz.
    Which one would you choose?

    I don’t care about 3D , I just want a clear 4D with detailled image and amazing colors. I mostly watch movies , series , and play NHL ON My playstation.

    Thanks for your time.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Hello there Maxime, Quite simply, I’d recommend the X810C out of the three. It may lack some of the more advanced smart TV features that the SUHD TVs like the JS7000 have but for what needs you’re describing it would be a great choice. Its visual specs are excellent for movies and the colors and 4K and upscaled non-4K content rendering looks just great. Furthermore, for gaming, Sony’s TVs tend to be good because of their good, robust management of motion blur, judder and fast action content in general.

      The LG, despite being the priciest is likely to not have the best contrast (a common problem of LG LCD/LED TVs from 2015) and while the JS7000 is a great TV, I’d argue that the X810C beats it for movies, gaming and TV watching in general, at least by a bit.

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  • Alfred
    January 8, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hi Stephen how do you play games on this TV at [email protected]? Does it have something to do with the HDMi input?

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  • KD
    January 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I don’t think 810c has Triluminos display. You’d have to go to 850c or higher. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    • Eric
      January 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      You are correct, KD. He already corrected himself in a different comment. But yes, the 810 does not have that feature, the 850 does.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Yes you are correct KD, it doesn’t and I believe we edited this out of the review if it was added in by error, however, checking again now.

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  • huma
    January 23, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Great its works

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  • Sunny Kanwar
    January 27, 2016 at 4:29 am

    In India I can save around a 1000 dollars by opting for this model (810c) and not the 65XBR 850C. Would you still recommend the 850c in such a scenario ?
    Also, is it true that the 810c suffers from very poor blacks in the 65″ size ?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Hello Sunny. In our experience, no, the X810C actually offers excellent contrast for a non-HDR TV and was until recently superior in contrast performance to the X850C. However, now that the latter TV also offers HDR due to a firmware update, it’s the better contrast performer in all likelihood. That being said, I actually would now recommend the X850C over the X810C if you want better contrast and better color (the X850C comes with Triluminos Display and the X810C does not.) If you’re not very picky, then go for the X810C. It’s still a great piece of technology and unlikely to disappoint unless you’re very particular about dynamic range and a bit of extra color. Both TVs have comparable connectivity and smart TV specs.

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      • Sunny Kanwar
        January 31, 2016 at 9:34 pm

        Thanks for the response. I get it how you would recommend the 850C given the HDR update and the broader color range, but I’m now getting am even sweeter deal on the 810C, with the recent price drop, so decided to go for that.
        Guess not being picky would now save me around 1400 dollars, something I should be able to live with until we have even better sets in the next 2-3 years.

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          February 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          Hello Sunny and I’m glad to hear it. I doubt you’ve made a poor choice and from our own review, the performance of the X810C was definitely great, certainly nothing to be much disappointed about for at least a couple years, especially with the savings you mention.

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      • Sunny Kanwar
        January 31, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        Bought the 810c 65 😀 Can’t wait to share a feedback on the satisfaction levels 😀 Thanks again for your response !

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  • John Mac
    January 31, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Spouse says can use tax refund to replace Panasonic 40 inch plasma. Due to room layout, viewing angle is a concern as my chair is about 25 degrees off center and 14 feet away. Not sure spouse will think 65 inch is right size for room, but it seems is best given 12 – 14 foot viewing distances. Watch movies not sports, use Roku 4, Amazon Prime, and Verizon FIOS. The XBR65810C has an IPS panel which would address viewing angle, Finding out which panels (VA, IPS) various models use is taking a lot of time. It seems all of the Sony 850C models are VA? So any advice on good movie watching models 55 to 65 inch that have decent viewing angle? Or where I can find the panel makeup of models on my own? Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 31, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hello there John, the X810C covers you quite nicely and also offers some great contrast. Furthermore, while it doesn’t come with HDR or Triluminos Display color enhancement (Sony’s version of quantum dot-like technology found in Samsung’s SUHD 4K TVs) the X810C is still a great performer on color in my view. As for the X850C, a fine TV and more so now thanks to its HDR update but yes, a bit less decent on off-angle viewing. Another range of models i’d strongly recommend for some very good viewing angles are Samsung’s higher-end SUHD TVs. Virtually every model I’ve looked at offers decent to very good viewing angles and the complaints I’ve seen about this aspect of these TVs are exaggerated in my opinion. The JS7000 in particular is not only relatively affordable but also offers some of the best viewing angles in the SUHD series TVs.

      On the other hand, if your budget permits it and you want essentially perfect viewing angles, go for one of LG’s 2015 OLED 4K TVs. They are unbeatable in this regard and smaller models like the 55 inch EF9500 are not too steeply priced considering the technology, just under $3,000.

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  • Arun
    February 19, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Since it has 4k upscaling, can I just get a regular bluray player or do I need one which does 4k upscaling?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      February 20, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hello Arun. Yes you could. If your 4K TV offers what you consider to be good, solid upscaling capacity (and pretty much all modern 4K TVs offer pretty good upscaling, particularly Samsung, Sony, Vizio and LG models) then you can get a regular Blu-ray player and enjoy upscaled HD Blu-ray, which looks particularly great on a 4K TV screen. However, obviously enough, in order to play 4K Blu-ray discs at native resolution, you will need a 4K Blu-ray player.

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  • Tristan
    March 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I would advice people to AVOID THIS TV AT ALL COSTS. I recently just bought mine and the HDMI ports already stopped working! Returning this and getting a Samsung. First Sony TV I’ve ever had, and definitely the last one.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Hello Tristan, I’d say you had a decidedly terrible experience and a dose of bad luck with your X810C. However, I’d argue that it is in fact an excellent 4K TV all things considered. Most users seem to be very happy with it and the display qualities in particular and in our experience, it is indeed a superb performer for its price. Likewise for most other Sony 4K TVs, which are not only robust and not prone to mechanical failure but also superb on visual qualities, especially motion control, contrast, upscaling and color reproduction.

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  • Paul
    March 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    If you have small children, and keeping the 55″ tv on its stand, this is a huge problem. The tv is extremely easy to tip over. The stand is horrible. Be prepared to customize the stand so that it can’t fall forward or backward.

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  • JP
    March 20, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Hi Stephen, I’d really appreciate your thoughts on helping me decide between two tvs: the Sony xbr55x810c and the Panasonic tc60cx800. Both are presently promo priced sub $2000, with the Sony being $200 lower.
    I’ve read both reviews and am stumped on which one to lean towards. The TV will be going into my family room and will have a large exterior window to one side of the room say 5-7 feet away…the primary use for the tv will be tv shows, movies (including HD quality streaming), with minimal gaming.
    Further, the family room opens up into our kitchen so the tv, although primarily for the family room would also be used by individuals in the kitchen (approx. 20 ft away).
    Any thoughts and insight would be greatly appreciated.

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    • JP
      March 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Two more things, from a pricing stand point the Panasonic is C$2000 (U$1500) while the Sony is C$1800 (U$1380).
      Lastly, while the bright window is something that makes we want to ensure I address, the reality is that most of the movie viewing will most likely be at night.
      I’m thinking you are going to lean towards the sony given its quality product and android OS, it’s just that the increased size and marginally higher costs is making this decision difficult for me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Hey there JP. Given all that you’ve described to me. I’d personally go with the Sony model on all terms except size. That is to say that if you really want those extra 5 inches of screen real estate, then go with the CX800 but otherwise, I’d lean towards the X810C. It is a superb piece of 4K TV technology and aside from the issue of no HDR support it’s also nicely future proofed to stay relevant for some time to come. Furthermore, while you’ll be doing a lot of night viewing as you say, the X810C will likely be the superior performer whenever you do watch TV in the daylight since this model in particular offers some excellent dark tones and contrast while also delivering nicely vibrant colors. The CX800 is great on color but its contrast is rather poor from what we recall. Additionally, the X810c is the better performer on motion control and judder, which are both crucial for an optimal 4K content, gaming and movie viewing experience.

      You also only get three HDMI ports in the CX800, unlike the four that come with the X810C. This might not be too important but an extra port is an extra port!

      Bottom line, except for the slightly smaller display size, you are very unlikely to be disappointed with the X810c. It truly is a superb TV in its class.

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      • JP
        March 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        Stephen, many thanks I truly appreciate the feedback and you’ve helped me eliminate the CX800.

        If you wouldn’t mind what are your thoughts on the Vizio M55-C2 vs the Sony x810c? Main reason I’m asking is due to the fact that the vizio comes with a full backlit screen as opposed to edge lit on the sony and presently the Vizio is selling for $700 less than the X810c. Although I’m not price sensitive and am looking for the better of the two tvs, I have to admit it’s hard to look away from the $700 discount and a full backlit array. Would you still lean to the sony over the vizio? Any thoughts?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          March 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

          Hello again JP. In the case of a comparsion between the Vizio M-Series and Sony X810C, i’d still lean towards the Sony. If budget really is your main concern, then you’ll likely be happy with the Vizio model since that full-array LED backlighting is a great bonus for contrast and brightness at such a price but the X810C still delivers superb contrast despite its edge lighting and its smart TV platform is definitely superior to that of Vizio’s M-Series TV models. I’d also argue that the Sony TV definitely wins on color vibrancy over its Vizio competitor.

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  • Briguy
    March 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Hi, how do I access/calibrate the color and Motionflex adjustments you mention above. Don’t know what gamma of 2.15 and rec 2020 color gamut coverage is but probably be what I want if you mention. Got the tv tonight and want best set up. Amazing color right out of box, sound needs a sound bar though, which I fortunately picked up based on what I read of TV.

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  • Dust
    April 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I’ve owned the 55 for about 3 months. Overall the TVs picture is great for the price, but Android TV is just awful. It freezes, glitches, gives you a black screen for a second or two before coming back. Netflix breaks and says there’s no connection even though I’m connected via ethernet. Youtube does the same thing where it can’t connect even though I’m still getting internet over my routers wireless network. All these are fixed by doing a quick restart, but it’s really annoying. When trying to watch 4k videos via the Youtube app I get a ton of problems. Videos with 4k options sometimes only show up with 1080 in the quality setting. On my PC I can open the same video and select the 4k or 1440 quality, but not on the TV. Even when I get the 2160p option it almost never streams properly. I can get Netflix 4k videos going quickly with no buffering, but on Youtube it buffers every 3 seconds. And if I open the same 4k video on my PC, it loads fine even using wireless n.

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  • Nij
    April 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    This tv is great. But the remote sucks… anyone know of a compatible keyboard for this tv ? I got “Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus ” but it does not work well with the tv.

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  • Etienne
    April 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi, I’m looking to buy a 55″ or 60″ 4K TV and can’t decide which one. I have a budget around 1500$ CAD so I’m currently looking for a Vizio M60 or this Sony X810C. I watch movies, sports and play videogames. The TV will be in the basement. I hate SOE, it’s a deal breaker for me. What would you recommend?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Hello Etienne. I’d strongly recommend the X810C over the Vizio M60. If the 2016 Vizio P-Series were available in Canada already (I believe they are not quite yet but we are looking into further details on this) then I’d absolutely argue for you getting a 55 inch P-Series TV but given the two choices you’ve presented to me, the X810C is the superior performer on contrast, color delivery and, most importantly, motion control technologies for motion blur, judder and so forth. Sony’s Android TV platform is also superior to the 2015 Vizio 4K TV Internet Apps Plus platform. Go for the Sony if you can, unless it arrives defective in some way (I see no normal reason why it should) it is in our experience the better of the two TVs.

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      • Etienne
        April 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        Thank you very much for the response! I’ll definitely go with the Sony then. There’s a good rebate at Bestbuy these days.

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      • Etienne
        April 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        I’m pretty much sold on the Sony but would there be a 60″ option for the same price in Canada? LG 60UF7300 or Samsung UN60JU6390FXZC? Thanks again

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  • ABE Garcia
    April 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Do your home work! I went with this review when I purchased this tv. I love this tv but this article as well as the display at best buy are misleading. THIS DOES NOT HAVE A TRILUMINOS DISPLAY! Otherwise, still a great tv.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 24, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Hello ABE Garcia, you are correct and though it had accidentally been described as having Triluminos Display once in the review, this has now been edited for correctness. Our apologies for the mistake. However, we do still think it’s not only an excellent TV but also delivers great color despite the lack of this particular technology. Sony did very well in its design of the affordable 2015 X810C.

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  • Karine
    April 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hello, great review! The UN60JU6390 60in is the same price at Costco Canada. Is it worth it compare to this Sony 55in? I can’t make up my mind. Thanks!

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      April 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Hello there Karine, I’d suggest you go for the Sony X810C in this case It’s a better performer than the JU6390 in our view and was one of the really great budget 4K TVs of 2015. You’re unlikely to be unhappy about the color and contrast performance in the X810C and it offers a solid 120Hz refresh rate. Bottom line for this model, even if its display size is 5 inches smaller, its overall picture quality compensates heavily for this, especially in how rich the blacks look.

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  • Richard
    May 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I have been looking at both the LG 55UH6150($799) and the Sony XBR55X810C($999). Can you tell me which, in your opinion, is the better buy for watching sports and movies….and which has the better sound quality?

    Thanks.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      May 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Hi there Richard, Between these two 4K TVs, I’d recommend the LG model slightly more but the contest is a bit of close one. Sony’s X810C is the better performer for sports content and motion handling in general and we think it still offers excellent black levels and overall contrast. However, the LGUH6150 does deliver full HDR specs that include wide color gamut and it offers excellent viewing angles thanks to its IPS display panel technology. Also, the WebOS 3.0 smart TV platform in the LG TV is much better than Sony’s Android TV version in the X810C. However, these things said, the X810C is still an excellent budget TV and you’re not likely to be unhappy with its handling of sports and movies unless HDR is something you definitely dont want to miss.

      In terms of sound quality, both TVs are roughly comparable and neither delivers what we’d call particularly great built-in audio… I’d recommend you getn an external sound system hooked up to either.

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  • Ash
    May 27, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I have The Bravia X800C 49″. Im so disappointed with it. when I record a channel i cannot turn the station over. Why would i want to record a show that i am watching? Contacted Sony and they said “sorry the TV only has 1 tuner so you cannot change the channel when recording. Sony advised that i would have to purchase a set top box for a TV that I paid around $1000 for. Not happy about this at all…..

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  • Antoine Swans
    June 4, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Excellent television!

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  • hernan rosso
    June 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    this is a better tv than the XBR55X850B ?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Hello Hernan, The X810C is better in some ways and not quite as good in others. The X810C offers superior contrast, better black performance and we think it offers superior peak brightness as well. However, the X850B did offer better color performance since it includes Triluminos Display. Also, the X850B was an IPS pnael TV while the 55 inch X810C is a VA panel, so this means that better viewing angles were the case with the 850B while better blacks are the case with the X810C. Overall, I’d recommend the X810C more because it’s the newer model.

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  • Michael
    June 21, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Stephen-

    Do you know whether the X810C is a true 10-bit panel? Or is it 8-bit? I can’t seem to find the bit-depth information on this tv anywhere. I even emailed Sony tech support and the did not have the answer.

    I just bought this tv to feed a 2nd 10-bit 4:2:2 signal to it from my video editing I/O card.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      June 22, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Helo there Micheal, the X810C should be one of Sony’s 8-bit 4K TVs from 2015. It didn’t include Triluminos Display technology and definitely doesn’t offer wide color gamut. I’m willing to be proven wrong on this but i’m virtually certain that the TV is 8-bit.

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  • Anthony
    July 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Hi Stephen! I
    Would like your opinion on the best purchasing choice between TV Sony 65 inch 810C, KU6300 Samsung 65-inch and Samsung KU6300 60-inch. Which of these televisions would give me the best image quality for image resolutions ranging from 480p to 4K. The distance between my TV and my couch is about 12 feet. Thanks in advance !

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Hi there Anthony, among the three TVs you list, the one I’d most recommend is the X810C quite honestly. It may be a 2015 4K TV model but it’s still superior to the two Samsung offerings in many ways. The TV offers color quality that’s just as good as theirs (neone of these TVs come with HDR wide color gamut). Furthermore, the X810C is a great TV for motion handling and for judder control on 24p movie content in native 4K or from an upscaled non-4K source. Addtionally, the contrast and black level performance of the X810C is superior to those of the two Samsung models you mention.

      Also, in case you do decide to go for the Samsung TVs over the X810C, buy the KU6300 instead of the KU6500. The only difference between the two is that the KU6500 comes with a curved screen and thus costs nearly $200 more. The curve offers no extra display benefit and the other visual and internal specs are identical to the KU6300 flat model. Thus, why waste $200 on nothing more than pointless curve.

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  • Alexander Petrie
    July 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Which tv is better Sony X810C or X930D? The review gave X810C a A minus and the X930D an A.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Hey there Alexander, the X930D is without a doubt the far superior 4K TVs of the two models. It’s in a different category of its own. This model offers HDR, high peak brightness, better black levels and far superior color performance. The X810C is a great SDR budget 4K TV but that’s all. The ratings we give are somewhat flexible based on factors for specific TV models they’ve been applied to. Thus, the X810C is A- by SDR, low priced TV standards and the X930D is an A TV by the standards of premium 4K TVs with HDR. If you compared the two side by side and rated them against each other, the X810C would get a much lower but we think contextually unfair rating.

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  • John Jay
    August 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hey Stephen,

    What is the difference between the new Sony XBR-65X750D and the XBR65X810C? Is it the replacement? Is the Sony XBR-65X750D use a ISP panel? The prices are very similar at around $1300. For a 65″ 4hd TV for watching TV, streaming netflix, and Xbox would this be what you recommend for under 1500 dollars?

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  • Adam
    September 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Hi, what is the contrast ratio for the Sony 65″ 810c?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 5, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hey there Adam, it’s 5100 : 1 to my recollection. The Sony 2015 TVs had particularly good black levels and contrast ratios and the X810C was especially good in this regard for a non-HDR TV.

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  • ivette acevedo
    September 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I have it does it have hdr10?

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  • ivette acevedo
    September 17, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Is this tv I have x810c 55 inch sony gonna get a hdr10 update?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 27, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Hey there Ivette, the X810C is a great budget 2015 4K TV with great black performance, very decent motion control specs and very precise color accuracy but no it’s not a TV with HDR10 support and we don’t think it will be getting it. It does however offer 10-bit color which is a bonus in its favor as a low-cost older model.

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  • Kevin
    September 17, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I bought this tv back in June and I’ve been pretty satisfied with my choice. You guys mentioned that with some calibration the TV can look better.

    Could you share with me what adjustments you guys made to improve the picture quality?

    Thank you.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Hey there Kevin, a couple things I’d suggest doing: Use the “Custom” picture mode for all general content viewing, it offers the best overall settings (except for gaming, in which case you should set the TV to “Game” mode if you’re using a gaming console). Additionally, set your sharpness to halfway, about 50 for a decent sharpness balance and if you’re watching lots of upscaled non-4K and SD content, activate both of the noise cancellation settings under the TV’s Advanced Settings menu. Finally, keep Motionflow off for most movie and regular TV show programming or streamed content unless you want the soap opera effect and I’d recommend playing around with color temperature until you get some settings you find warm or cool enough for your content needs. This last setting is highly subjective to viewer preference, so I can’t say what’s the best level for you.

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  • Scott
    November 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Wll X810C get HDR update??If yes then when??

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  • Scott Maher
    November 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I purchased the XBR55-810C several months ago. My biggest disappointment is the blacks in dark scenes on network tv and premium channels i.e. HBO HD. They are more gray/black and become fuzzy. Terrible to watch. Any recommendations for settings to address or is the a weakness of this Sony model. The tv is also current on software updates as of 11/12/16.

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  • vader3234
    November 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve only had this TV since 02/16/16 and it already has a white pixel on tv tuner. Only turning tv off and on momentarily fixes problem. Sony = quality? Not so sure now.

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  • Eric
    December 16, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Trying to plug in LED bias lights into the USB ports – works fine, but looks like the USB ports stay powered when TV is off, meaning the lights are always on…any way to make it so that at least one of the USB ports powers down when TV is turned off from the remote?

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