Sony X930E vs LG OLED C7 Review (XBR55X930E vs OLED55C7P, XBR65X930E vs OLED65C7P)
Along with X940E, Sony X930E is the top model of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV Lineup XBR-X Series while LG OLED C7 is a part of LG’s 2017 OLED HDR 4K TV. Both of them equally offer absolutely amazing picture quality and great performance on some features. In the market, there are only 2 screen sizes options available for X930E including 55 inch (XBR55X930E) and 65 Inch (XBR65X930E) while for OLED C7, it also comes with 2 screen sizes option including 55 Inch (LG OLED55C7P) and 65 Inch (OLED65C7P). With the same screen sizes, LG OLED C7 is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than X930E. So, what features offered by each and which is a better choice between them?
Short Review of Sony X930E (XBR55X930E, XBR65X930E)
As a top model of Sony’s 2017 XBR-X Series, Sony X930E comes with a lot of Sony’s most advanced technologies that makes its picture quality and performance is really great. This TV is really focused on HDR where all technologies behind them are focused to improve its HDR performance. It doesn’t only support HDR 10 format, but also Dolby Vision and HLG. As its picture engine, Sony X930E is powered by new processor called 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme where this processor is first used on Z9D Series, the top model of Sony’s 2017 TV Lineup. Inside it, there are the number of Sony’s most advanced technologies which developed for improving its HDR performance including Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster Technology and Dual Database processing.
On its panel, it uses VA panel technology with Slim Backlight Drive Technology. This is the technology that combines Edge-Lit Backlight and local dimming that designed to improve contrast ratio while the TV is still slim. Still about contrast enhancement, there is also Dynamic Contrast Enhancer technology that embedded on its picture engine. On the other hand, for improving its peak luminance, Sony X930E is powered by X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 10X. Additionally, for maximizing its renditions of color, it is powered by TriLuminos Display and some technologies like Precision Color Mapping, Live Color Technology, and Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR technology. Combination all of technologies behind it makes the picture displayed on its screen looks absolutely amazing.
Sony X930E also has ability to up-convert SDR images to 4K quality sharply and clearly, even close to 4K HDR. Behind it, there are 4K X-Reality Pro, Object-Based HDR Remaster Technology, and Dual Data Base Processing. Meanwhile, for maximizing its performance when playing fast moving images and 24p movies, it is powered by Motion Flow XR960 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. For connecting with other devices, X930E is equipped with 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports and other inputs/outputs where all of them can cover most of your other devices. And for offering you with attractive and responsive Smart TV Experience, it comes with Google Android Nougat as its Smart TV platform.
Short Review of LG OLED C7 (OLED55C7P, OLED65C7P)
As we have mentioned, LG OLED C7 is part of LG’s 2017 OLED TV lineup. Although it is a successor of C6 Series but since it comes with flat panel, it is precisely similar to B6 Series. Also focused on HDR, LG OLED C7 is powered by Active HDR technology and already supports most of HDR format available including HDR 10 by UHD Alliance, Dolby Vision by Dolby laboratories, HLG by NHK and BBC, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor. Not even just that, there is also HDR Effect feature that improve the contrast and color range of SDR images as close as possible to 4K HDR, so you can any videos with the quality close to 4K HDR.
One of the advantages of LG OLED C7P is about its infinite contrast ratio and perfect black level. This is the major advantage of OLED Technology due it has pixel dimming. This means each of pixels can switch on/off/dim individually without affected by the condition of other pixel surrounding. On other hand, for maximizing its peak luminance, there is Ultra Luminance Technology behind it. And for delivering good renditions of color, OLED C7 uses 4 sub pixels technology (RGBW) maximized by Tru Color Accuracy. Combination all of these technologies makes the picture displayed on the screen of OLED C7 looks absolutely amazing, no matter the light condition of a room where you are used. The other advantage that offered, since it doesn’t use backlight, this certainly makes it has extremely wide side viewing angle coverage, even far better than what offered by LED TV with IPS technology. This certainly makes the picture looks consistent from any side viewing angles.
LG OLED C7 is also an excellent TV when used for watching fast moving images like fast movies or sports, its pixel response time is very low, far lower than the fastest response time reached by LED TV, result in smooth and clear picture quality with almost no visible motion blur. Additionally, since it has an ability to remove judder from any source, this certainly also makes OLED C7 as a great TV when used for watching 24p movies. Meanwhile, for connecting with other device, it is equipped with 4 HDMI ports with low input lags, 3 USB ports and some other inputs/outputs which can cover most of your other electronic devices. And that is not less attractive is about WebOS as its Smart TV platform where it offers simple attractive and responsive smart TV experience.
Sony X930E vs LG OLED C7 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Sony X930E||LG OLED C7|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||55 Inch (XBR55X930E), 65 Inch (XBR65X930E)||55 Inch (OLED55C7P), 65 Inch (OLED65C7P)|
|Panel Type||LED (VA Panel)||OLED|
|Backlight||Edge Light||Self Lighting Pixel|
|Dimming Technology||Slim backlight Drive + (local dimming)||Pixel Dimming|
|Picture Engine||X1 Extreme||Active HDR|
|HDR||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and HLG||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR|
|4K Up-scaling||4K X-Reality Pro||Tru 4K Up-Scaler|
|HDR Enhancement||Object-Based Remaster Technology, Dual Data Base Processing||HDR Effect|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Contrast Enhancement||Dynamic Contrast Ratio|
|Brightness Enhancement||X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 10X||Ultra Luminance|
|Color Enhancement||TriLuminos Display, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW), Tru Color Accuracy, Cinematic Color|
|Refresh Rate||Native 120 Hz||Native 120 Hz|
|Platform||Google Android TV||WebOS 3.5|
|Features||Full Browser, Google Play Store, Google Voice Search, Play Station Now, etc||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc|
|Remote||Sony Voice Remote||LG Magic Remote|
|HDMI||4 (HDCP 2.2)||4 (HDCP 2.2)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1||1|
|Composite In (AV)||1||1|
|Wi-Fi Built In||Yes||Yes|
|Audio Channel||2.1||2.2 Channel|
|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)||40W (Woofer: 20W)|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
LG OLED C7 vs Sony X930E Performance
Picture quality is the strong point of LG OELD C7 and Sony X930E. Nevertheless, each of them has superiority to the other. In term of contrast ratio and black level, LG OLED C7 is superior due it has infinite contrast ratio, perfect black level, and excellent black uniformity, makes dark scene of images looks absolutely amazing, even when set in a dark room. On other hand, although not as excellent as OLED C7, the dark room performance of Sony X930E is also excellent. For a LED TV, native contrast ratio of X930E is very strong, moreover when its local dimming is enabled, and its black uniformity is also fairly good. This is quite strong to make blacks looks dark, so details of images in dark scenes can be revealed fairly well, makes shadow details of HDR makes looks excellent like what intended. As we know, for displaying dark area of HDR 10 images fully like what intended, UHD alliance has set the different standardization for OLED TV and LED TV. For OLED TV, it must reach black level darker than 0.0005 nits while for LED TV, the minimum standardization is 0.05 nits. While with contrast ratio reached by them, both of them can produce black level darker than each of their standardizations. This means both of them can show shadow details of HDR 10 videos fully like what intended.
While in term of dark room performance, particularly when showing dark scene, LG OLED C7 is superior, in term of peak brightness, Sony X930E is superior. Its peak luminance is brighter than 1000 nits that mean it is very good for HDR contents. Its local dimming technology effectively works to show small areas brighter than 1000 nits, makes the highlight of HDR or SDR images looks incredibly bright. Meanwhile, large areas also can be shown very bright. Additionally, its peak brightness doesn’t also encounter any significant problem in overcoming the glare. Paired to its good reflection handling, this certainly makes its bright room performance of Sony X930E is also excellent. On the other hand, although not as bright as X930E, for OLED TV, peak brightness reached by LG OLED C7P can also be said very bright, even brighter than any model of LG’s 2016 OLED TV lineup. Although not as good as X930E, its glare handling and reflection handling is also fairly good. But since its peak brightness is not brighter than 1000 nits, of course it is not also able to show highlight of HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like X930E. Nevertheless, for showing highlight of HDR 10 images like what intended, OLED TV has its own standardization than LED TV. As we know, for showing highlight of HDR 10 contents fully like what intended, UHD Alliance have set different standardization for OLED TV and LED TV. For OLED TV, the minimum peak brightness that should be reached is 550 nits while for LED TV, the minimum peak brightness reached is 1000 nits. And what reached by LG OLED C7 and Sony X930E is brighter than this minimum recommendations that means both of them are able to show HDR images with the brightness like what intended.
About color reproduction, both of Sony X930E and LG OLED C7 already support wide color gamut and have great rendition of color. But even so, compare between them, OLED C7 offer wider color gamut than X930E. Almost all of colors in DCI P3 color space can be shown accurately by OLED C7, even for deep greens where most of TVs cannot show fairly saturated. While for X930E, it might still be able to properly show most of colors in DCI P3 color space, but like most of modern TVs, it still struggle to properly show deep greens and cyan. Meanwhile, about their color volume, essentially, both of them are able to show their color gamut at their brightness range. Nevertheless, a bit issue for X930E, its wide color gamut at extremely dark colors is not as wide as colors of moderate brightness, while for OELD C7, its color gamut a bit narrow at extremely bright colors. While LG OLED C7 has a bit wider color gamut, in term of color gradient, Sony X930E offers a bit better. On the screen of OLED C7, some little imperfections are still visible in the darker shades of colors, while on the screen of X930E, there even is almost no color banding visible. Nevertheless, overall, their color gradient is very smooth and better than most of TVs which available in the market.
For anticipating the many of lower resolution contents, both of them are equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling Engine. Sony X930E comes with 4K X Reality Pro Engine while LG OLED C7P comes with Tru 4K Up-Scaler Engine. No matter the resolution of the source, even low resolution videos like DVDs movies with 480p resolution looks sharply and clearly once it is up-converted to 4K resolution. And the higher resolution of the source like 720p or 1080p videos, the final images in 4K produced will looks sharper and clearer with a lot of small details preserved better. Not even just that, with Dual Data Base Processing and Object Based 4K HDR Remaster Technology behind X930E and “HDR Effect” feature behind OLED C7, both of them also have a great ability to improve brightness and color range of the source, so you can enjoy them as close as possible to 4K HDR quality.
Meanwhile, one of the major advantage of LG OLED C7 as an OLED TV than Sony X930E as a LED TV is about their side viewing angle coverage. As we know, since OLED TV doesn’t have a backlight, its side viewing angle coverage is extremely wide. This certainly makes the picture displayed looks consistent amazing, even if you are watching TV from extremely side viewing angle. On the other hand, since it uses VA Panel technology, the side viewing angle coverage of Sony X930E is very limited. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, blacks will look tend to grey and color will shift. This certainly makes the picture displayed doesn’t look as good as when viewed from center and front. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to lose the amazing picture displayed on the screen of X930E, you should avoid watch TV from side viewing angle.
Winner: OLED C7, but X930E has far brighter picture
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
The other advantage that offered by LG OLED C7 than Sony X930E is about their ability when handling motion blurs. The pixel response time of OLED C7 is far lower than X930E. The result, when used for watching fast moving images like sport program or fast movies, on the screen of OLED C7, there is almost no motion blur visible, makes the picture displayed looks extremely smooth and clear. Meanwhile, although not as great as OLED C7P, Sony X930E is also able to do a great job when handling motion blur. The picture displayed still looks clear and smooth. Following fast moving object, there is only a short trail where most of people might don’t notice about that. Additionally, when playing 24p movies, particularly via 60i/60p signals like movies from satellite TV or streaming devices, LG OLED C7 also offers better performance than Sony X930E. When playing 24p videos like Blu Ray Movies, both of the might equally offer smooth and clear picture quality with judder-free. But when playing 24p videos via 60i/60p signals, there is only OLED C7 that can remove the judder, while X930E cannot completely remove the judder. Fortunately, most of people don’t sensitive to judder, so this certainly is not a major problem for X930E.
Winner: OLED C7
For connecting with other devices, both of Sony X930E and LG OLED C7 are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major inputs/outputs. Both of them are also equally equipped with RF IN (Terrestrial), 1 Digital In (Optical), and 1 Ethernet In. A bit difference between them is about their Composite In (AV In) where OLED C7 is equipped with 1 port while X930E is equipped with 2 ports. The other difference, there are Component In, Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack), and IR In behind X930E, while OLED C7 is not equipped with this connectivity. Meanwhile, discussing about their input lag, overall, LG OLED C7P has lower input lag than X930E, particularly at 1080p inputs. At 4K inputs, OLED C7 might still have lower input lags than X930E, but their difference is not too significant. Both of them are equally comfortable and responsive without feel laggy when used for playing fast paced 4K games. Nevertheless, at 1080p resolution, their difference is very significant. With about 21 ms of input lags, OLED C7 is still very comfortable when used for playing any fast paced 1080p games. On the other hand, with about 42 ms, it is only quite low for playing casual games, while for playing fast paced games, this is not as responsive and comfortable as OLED C7.
Winner: OLED C7
Smart TV Platform
As their Smart TV Platform, LG OLED C7 comes with WebOS 3.6, while Sony X930E comes with Google Android Nougat. Essentially, both of them equally offer attractive and responsive smart TV experience. Their “Home Screen” or User Layout is equally designed attractively. Their performance is also equally fast and responsive. Once an app is launched, it will open quickly. Additionally, switching between different opened apps also equally feels responsively on both. Talking about apps available, both of them also provide a lot of interesting preinstalled apps like YouTube Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web browser, Live TV, Games, and many more. Additionally, each of them also have apps store where Android TV comes with Google Play Store, while WebOS comes with LG Apps Store. Google Play Store might provides more complete and diverse apps due it is powered by a lot of developer, but on other hand, this makes it is less focused to what people want. On the other hand, although not as complete as what provided by Google Play Store, there are also tons of apps provided by LG Apps Store and apps provided are more focused on what the people want. Meanwhile, the major advantage of WebOS, it is far simple to navigate than Google Android TV. On WebOS, there are a lot of Smart features that facilitate you when navigation. There even is a “Strip Bar” across the bottom of the screen that contains quick access to many popular apps and features, allows you to launch an app without leaving the “Home Screen. On the other hand, navigating on Google Android TV is a bit confusing, especially for first-time users or even for people who have been familiar with Android OS on their Android Smart Phone.
While as their controller, LG OLED C7 is equipped with “LG Magic Remote and Sony X930E is equipped with “Sony Voice Remote”. Both of these remotes are equally equipped with built-in remote for voice navigation. The advantage of “LG Magic Remote”, it has “Point and Click” functionality where it can be functioned like a mouse on PC. On the remote, there is a “Scroll Ball” to control the cursor movement on the screen. This allows you to point at and select menu options or apps directly, make navigation is easier.
Winner: OLED C7
|Performance||Sony X930E||LG OLED C7|
As we have discussed a lot above, in term of picture quality, Sony X930E is superior on peak brightness and color gradient while LG OLED C7 is superior on contrast ratio and color gamut. This certainly makes OLED C7 has better picture quality, particularly when used in a dark room or a moderately lit-room with natural indoor light. Additionally, wide extremely wide side viewing angle coverage, LG OLED C7 is also a better TV when you have a plan to use it in wide room with viewers watch from multiple viewing angles. On other hand, with brighter peak brightness, Sony X930E has brighter picture that makes the quality of the picture displayed looks more consistent in a bright room with sunny window or very bright indoor light. Additionally, X930E is also able to show the highlights of HDR images brighter than OLED C7.
Meanwhile, talking about other features that offered, overall, LG OLED C7 also offers a bit better performance than Sony X930E. OLED C7 has better motion handling, makes it offers smoother picture quality than X930E when used for watching fast moving images or 24p movies. Additionally, OLED C& also has lower input lag than X930E, particularly at 1080p inputs, make it is more comfortable when used for playing fast paced 1080p games. Additionally, although their smart TV platforms are equally attractive and equally provide a lot of apps, LG OLED C7 with WebOS offers simpler navigation than Sony X930E with Google Android TV. Nevertheless, although picture quality and most of features offered by X930E is less superior to OLED C7, but what offered by X930E is still great. The excepting of its poor side viewing angle coverage and its poor ability when playing 24p movies via 60p/60i signal, HDR performance, picture quality and performance of X930E is still excellent for LED TV, it even is including the brightest TVs in 2017.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned above, with the same screen size, in the marketplace, OLED C7 is sold about hundreds dollar more expensive than X930E. Now the decision comes back to you according to your preferences and budget. That need to be underlined, although overall, OLED C7 has better performance than X930E, but it is sold more expensive than X930E and performance offered by X930E is also great and not far inferior to OLED C7.