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5 years ago
10/12/2016, 04:26 AM
Great motion handling and decent picture, but is it the best?
The Sony X700D offers a slightly above average picture quality, however it's black levels and contrast ratio isn't great and watching in a dark room will make this more noticeable and this is due to Sony using an IPS panel.
The X700D has a good picture, however it could have been better if Sony would have used a VA panel over IPS and/or would have added local dimming as a feature in this TV to help produce better black levels and contrast ratio.
IPS screens are good for those who have a large room they are putting the TV, and have a wide seating area as regardless of where you are sitting you will get a great picture. VA panels which is what Samsung and select Sony models, gives you a fantastic picture with deeper black levels and a higher contrast ratio. However, this is where the negative comes in, because you have to be sitting in the good spot to really get this effect, and the more off to the side you are the more the picture will deteriorate.
I feel like if Sony wouldn't use IPS panels, these lower models would be so much better.
The TV is made with a 10 bit color panel, which is good but doesn't support Wide Color Gamut and I'm not sure if Sony has released an update yet but out of the box it doesn't support HDR10.
The X700D doesn't seem to have any issues with banding, however since it doesn't have a Wide Color Gamut HDR content if and when available may not look different than standard content. I could be wrong, but the Samsung KU6300 suffers from this issue because it doesn't have a Wide Color Gamut.
The Sony X700D has a great handle on motion, there is very little blur with a very small and faint trail following behind moving objects. This is a 60hz panel, so it clocks out at 30fps so for those who want a true Sony 4K 120hz panel should consider the Sony X850D.
There is one thing about this TV I don't like, and it's not so much of the TV but the manufacturers and their choices. I'll try dumb it down to where most people can understand what I'm going to rant about for a little bit. This is a thing people should pay attention to as this is a feature that people want but don't know they aren't getting and it's because manufacturers choose to leave it out. There are three different types of signals that play when watching movies, and it's based on the three sources you watch them from. When you are watching from a physical copy, like Blu Ray or DVD it's a 24p signal. Those who stream their movies like from Netflix, those signals are 60p and those who watch from cable play at 60i. Believe it or not, there are TVs on the market that doesn't support any of these signals which means the TV will display the picture with a slight judder. The Samsung K6250, KU6300 all the way to KU7500 don't support these signals. LG kind of bounces around between which models support what.
There are some people who don't notice this, and there are some who are sensitive to it (like me) and it bugs the crap out of us. Most people wouldn't notice this, and that's because manufacturers included Motion Interpolation which causes the Soap Opera Effect. This feature actually hides this judder, and store displays are able to look smooth without judder so you wouldn't notice it when walking around. However, you can turn off the motion interpolation and if you don't notice the judder then you wouldn't notice your missing out. If the TV supports the signal, it will play without judder and the motion interpolation is only an added bonus if you are one of those people who like this feature.
The Sony X700D only supports Judder Free 24p playback which means streaming and cable movies will play with a slight judder. The Sony X850D and X930D and KS8000 all the way to KS9500 support all these signals. So if you want the best motion support, and better picture then I would consider these models.
Models to consider:
The Samsung KS8000 is very higher in price, but over my years of selling TVs the end of October and November Samsung has always lowered the sale price of this very competitively. So if you don't mind waiting, I would hold off and save a bit of money and you can get yourself one of the best 4K LEDs on the market. It has a fantastic handle on motion, supports all signals, has very deep black levels and a very high contrast ratio.
It also has a great HDR performance, so this is a model I strongly recommend and you should most definitely consider.
The Sony X850D has an IPS panel so the contrast ratio still isn't the best however is improved over the X750D. It has a Wide Color Gamut, which means it also has a better display of HDR content and has a fantastic handle on motion. Like the Samsung KS8000 the price isn't exactly friendly to most people. I still recommend the KS8000 but for those with a large room and seating area will like the X850D.
The LG UH8500 is also a little more in price, but also probably one of the more affordable high end 4K models for people. It has a good handle on motion, however doesn't support Judder Free 60p. This also has a much better HDR support over Samsung and Sony as this model has both HDR formats, Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 where other competitors support only HDR10. The UH8500 also has the best 3D picture and technology available.
If the UH8500 is a little more than what you wanted to spend, the UH7700 loses some black level quality the UH8500 and doesn't have 3D. The price isn't very far off though from the UH8500 so if you can I would strongly recommend the UH8500 model over the UH7700 but I would recommend either over the Sony X700D.