LG OLED B7 vs Sony X930E Review (OLED55B7A vs XBR55X930E, OLED65B7A vs XBR65X930E)
Along with X940E, Sony X930E is the top model of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup, while LG OLED B7 is the entry level of LG’s 2017 4K HDR OLED TV lineup. In the market, both of them equally come with two screen size option available, 55 Inch (OLED55B7A vs XBR55X930E) and 65 Inch (OLED65B7A vs XBR65X930E). Which is cheaper between them, this is depending on their screen size. When I was writing this comparison, for 55 Inch, Sony XBR55X930E is priced tens dollar more expensive than LG OLED 55B7A, and otherwise, for 65 Inch, LG OLED65B7A is priced more than a hundred dollar more expensive than Sony XBR65X930E. But of course, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, which is superior between them and with almost the same price, which is a better choice between them?
Short Review of Sony X930E (XBR55X930E, XBR65X930E)
As we have mentioned, along with X940E, Sony X930E is the top model of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. As the top model, of course X930E come with the number of Sony’s most advanced technologies that makes its picture quality is excellent. On its panel, it uses VA panel technology with edge-light backlight technology and local dimming technology named “Slim Backlight Drive +). This technology is designed to improve the contrast and black level while the TV is still slim. Otherwise, for improving the peak luminance resulted, X930E is powered by X-Tended Dynamic Range 10X, makes it is including a TV with the brightest peak brightness. Additionally, for producing wide color gamut so makes the color of the picture produced looks fairly accurate, X930E is powered by a Sony’s proprietary color technology that has been used in recent years, that is TriLuminos Display. Meanwhile, as their picture engine, Sony X930E is powered by new image processor named 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme where there are the number of Sony’s most advanced technologies embedded including Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR Remaster, and Dual Database Processing. Combination of all technologies behind them, make HDR performance and picture quality produced by X930E is really amazing. Coming with HDR technology, it already supports HDR 10, HLG and also Dolby Vision and certified by Ultra HD Premium Certification that means it can show HDR images fully like the intended, especially HDR 10 images.
Additionally, to spoil sports or fast movies lovers, Sony X930E is powered by Motion Flow XR960 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, make it is able to deliver smooth and clear picture quality when playing fast-paced contents. While for connecting with other devices, it is equipped with 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports and other inputs/outputs, allow you to connect most of your electronic devices at once. For gamers, X930E is also has low input lags, especially at 4K source, allow you to play any 4K games responsively. While its input lags at 1080p source might be a bit disappointing sue it is too high. And As its smart TV platform, it features Google Android Nougat. As we know, Android OS with Google Play Store is one of the most popular operating system that used on smart phone which provide a lot of interesting and useful apps, games, and contents.
Short Review of LG OLED B7 (OLED55B7A, OLED65B7A)
As we have mentioned, LG OLED B7 is the entry level of LG’s 2017 4J HDR OLED TV lineup. As the entry level, it offers the advantage about its more affordable price. But even so, although it is sold hundreds or even thousands dollar cheaper than the other models above like C7, E7, G7 or W7, but picture quality offered by OLED B7 is not far different from the series above, even look tend to similar. This certainly make it is as a good solution for you who have limited budget but want to enjoy OLED TV experience.
Coming with OLED Panel that has infinite contrast and perfect black level, this certainly makes quality of the picture produced by LG OLED B7 is undoubtedly. This is caused contrast and black level becomes one of the main factors that have significant impact on picture quality. Otherwise, although not as bright as premium LED TV, OLED B7 also has quite bright peak brightness thanks to Ultra Luminance that support it. Its peak brightness even is brighter than all models of LG’s 2016 4K HDR TV lineup. Additionally, to show images with accurate color, it also has excellent wide color gamut, its color gamut even is only a bit worse than Samsung QLED TV as the TVS with the best color gamut. Combination of infinite contrast, perfect black level, bright peak luminance, and very accurate color certainly makes the picture displayed on the screen of OLED B7 also looks amazing, no matter the light condition of the room where they are used. Not even just that, with nearly perfect viewing angle coverage, this makes the picture displayed on their screen looks remain excellent, no matter the angles you are watching from. And also coming with HDR technology, LG OLED B7 is powered by active HDR engine that already supports most of HDR formats including HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision, or even Advanced HDR by Technicolor. To ensure it is able to show HDR images fully like the intended, LG OLED B7 is also certified by Ultra HD Premium Certification.
Meanwhile, performance of LG OLED B7 when handling motion blur is also excellent. Since it has extremely low pixel response time, even far lower than the lowest of LED TV, when used to play fast paced images like sports or fast movies, picture displayed on its screen looks very smooth and clear with almost no motion blur. Additionally, for covering your other electronic device, LG OLED B7 is also equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity, and also the other inputs/outputs like AV In, Ethernet, and others. With very low input lags in PC mode and Game Mode, this makes OLED B7 is very comfortable and responsive for playing games, makes OLED B7 is as a great TV for gamers. And for offering you with responsive, attractive and simple smart TV experience, OLED B7 features the “excellent” WebOS 3.5 as its smart TV platform.
Sony X930E vs LG OLED B7 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||LG OLED B7||Sony X930E|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||55 Inch (OLED55B7A), 65 Inch (OLED65B7A)||55 Inch (XBR55X930E), 65 Inch (XBR65X930E)|
|Panel Type||OLED||LED (VA Panel)|
|Backlight||Self Lighting Pixel||Edge Light|
|Dimming Technology||Pixel Dimming||Slim backlight Drive + (local dimming)|
|Picture Engine||Active HDR||4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme|
|HDR||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR||HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and HLG|
|4K Up-scaling||Tru 4K Up-Scaler||4K X-Reality Pro|
|HDR Enhancement||HDR Effect||Object-Based Remaster Technology, Dual Data Base Processing|
|Ultra HD Premium Certification||Yes||Yes|
|Contrast Enhancement||Dynamic Contrast Ratio|
|Brightness Enhancement||Ultra Luminance||X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 10X|
|Color Enhancement||4 Sub pixels technology (RGBW), Tru Color Accuracy, Cinematic Color||TriLuminos Display, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR|
|Refresh Rate||Native 120 Hz||Native 120 Hz|
|Smart TV Platform||WebOS 3.5||Google Android TV|
|Features||Web Browser, VoD Service, Cloud Games, Samsung’s Apps store, etc||Full Browser, Google Play Store, ChromeCast, Google Voice Search, Play Station Now, etc|
|Remote||LG Magic Remote||Sony Voice 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 channel||2.1|
|Speaker Type||Front-face 3-way speaker (tweeter/mid-range/woofer)|
|Total Audio Output||20 watts||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)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
LG OLED B7 vs Sony X930E Performance
Actually, both of Sony X930E and LG OLED B7 equally have excellent picture quality, but each of them has advantages and disadvantages than the other. As we know, OLED panel doesn’t use backlight due it has individual self-lighting pixel that can switch on/off/dim individually without affected by the condition of other pixel surrounding. This allows the screen doesn’t emit lights at all when showing totally black. The result, LG OLED B7 has infinite native contrast ratio, perfect black, and excellent dark uniformity that means this is excellent for a dark room. Indirectly, perfect black level also makes dark colors looks fairly accurate. This allow dark scene displayed on the screen of OLED B7 looks excellently, even when set in a dark room. On the other hand, its infinite native contrast ratio and perfect black level is also excellent to show shadow detail of HDR images so looks very detail and clear like the intended. Meanwhile, although not as strong as OLED B7, the native contrast ratio of Sony X930E is also fairly good, strong enough to show blacks looks really black in a dark room. On the screen of X930E, dark scene of images also looks excellent. Additionally, its contrast ratio is also quite strong to produce black level far lower than 0.05 that means it is quite dark to reveal dark scene of HDR images like the intended, makes shadow details of HDR images looks excellent. As we know, to show shadow details of HDR images like the intended, a HDR TV must be able to produce black level darker than 0.05 nits.
While LG OLED B7 is superior on contrast ratio and black level, Sony X930E is superior on peak brightness. It is even including TVs with the brightest peak brightness in 2017. X930E can produce more than 1500 nits of peak brightness that means it is bright enough to dampen the glare of ambient light, makes the picture displayed on the screen of Sony X930 looks remain amazing, even when set in a bright room with very bright light of sunlight coming through the window. Additionally, its peak brightness is also excellent to show highlight of a HDR images like the intended. As we know, to show HDR image like the intended, a HDR TV, especially LED TV must have at least 1000 nits of peak brightness. Additionally, HDR image is also usually mastered in 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness range. With peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits, Sony X930 is able to show a highlight of HDR images at brighter than 1000 nits where HDR images are mastered. Meanwhile, although not as bright as Sony X930E, even lower than 1000 nits, for OLED TV, peak brightness of OLED B7 is also fairly good and bright enough to fight the glare when it is set in a bright room. This makes OLED B7 can maintain its good picture quality in a bright room so looks remain excellent. Additionally since its peak brightness is brighter than 550 nits, this certainly also makes it can show highlight of HDR images fully like the intended. As we know, to show highlight of HDR images fully like the intended, particularly HDR 10 image, and get Ultra HD Premium Certification, UHD alliance has set different standardization of peak brightness for OLED TV that is 550 nits, while the minimum standardization of LED TV is 1000 nits. But of course, OLED B7 is not able to show highlight of HDR images at brightness range where HDR Images are usually mastered.
In term of color reproduction, essentially, both LG OLED B7 and Sony X930E have wide color gamut that means this is good for HDR images. Nevertheless, for this case, OLED B7 has wider color gamut than X930E. Color gamut of OLED B7 is even including the best in 2017, only a bit worse than Samsung QLED TV lineup. The result, almost all colors of HDR images in DCI P3 can be shown fairly accurate. Additionally, its color gamut also can cover colors in Rec.2020 fairly good. On the other hand, although not as wide as OLED B7, color gamut produced by Sony X930E also can cover colors in DCI P3 color space fairly well, that means most of colors of HDR images will be represented well. But like most of modern TVs, both of them also have a bit issue when showing saturated green. Nevertheless, overall, ignoring the superiority of OLED B7, they have excellent color gamut. Meanwhile, both Sony X930E and LG OLED B7 also have decent color volume and essentially, they can show their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range. But even so, they have different issue. Since black level of X930E is not as perfect as OLED B7, X930E cannot show extremely dark colors as good as OLED B7. On other hand, when showing extremely bright colors, performance of OLED B7 is not as good as X930E, particularly when showing saturated color at nearly its peak brightness. Still about color performance, essentially, both of them equally support 10 bit depth of colors. The result, when displaying HDR images, color gradient of the HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Nevertheless, for this case, performance of X930E is a bit better than OLED B7. Sony X930E can show color gradient of HDR images nearly perfect, while on the screen of OLED B7, some little imperfections are still visible on darker color and grayscale.
Winner: OLED B7 has better contrast and color gamut, X930E has better peak brightness and image retention
Side Viewing Angle
The other superiority of LG OLED B7 to Sony X930E is about their side viewing angle. Since OLED Panel doesn’t use backlight, this makes OLED B7 has nearly perfect viewing angle coverage. Black level and brightness looks consistent up at extremely. Meanwhile, although color will shift at narrower angle, this is still better than what offered by LED TV, even with IPS panel. The result, when viewed from the side, picture displayed on the screen of OLED B7 looks remains good, as good as when viewed from the center and front, even from wide angle. On other hand, since it uses VA panel where poor side viewing angle coverage becomes its major shortcoming, this certainly makes side viewing coverage of X930E is also poor. Started at around 20 degrees off center and front, color will shift, black level even will be degraded and tend to look grey at narrower angle. This certainly makes when viewed from an angle, the picture displayed doesn’t look as good as when viewed from the front and center. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch TV from an angle, this should not be a problem for you.
Winner: OLED B7
Motion Blur Handling and 24p Playback
Essentially, both Sony X930E and LG OLED B7 equally do a great job when handling motion blur. Nevertheless, since the pixel response time of OLED B7 is much faster due its OLED panel has individually self-lighting pixel, this certainly makes its performance is better than Sony X930E. The pixel response time of OLED B7 is nearly perfect. The result, when used to play fast moving images like sports or fast movies, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear with almost no motion blur visible following the fast moving object. Meanwhile, although not as excellent as OLED B7, the pixel response time of Sony X930 is also quite fast to eliminate the blur, result in smooth and clear picture quality when used to play fast paced contents. There might still be a trail visible following fast moving object, but it is faint and very short where most of people might don’t notice about that. Additionally, when playing 24p movies, both of them also equally offer excellent performance. No matter the frame rate of the contents, whether it is native 24p videos like Blu-Ray movies, 24p videos via 60i signal movies from satellite TV or even 24p movies via 60p signals like movies from streaming device, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. But even so, to remove the judder, you need to make a certain setting on their picture setting. For OLED B7, you need to enable “Real Cinema”, set “TruMotion” to “User”, and set both the “De-Blur” and “De-Judder” to “0”. Meanwhile, for X930E, you need to set “MotionFlow” to “Real Cinema” and “CineMotion” to high”. Additionally, since both Sony X930E and LG OLED B7 have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, this certainly makes both of them are able to interpolate both 30 fps and 60 fps videos.
Winner: OLED B7
Both LG OLED B7 and Sony X930E are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports as their major connectivity. All of their HDMI ports already support HDCP 2.2 and CEC. For OLED B7, all of their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth and that supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) is HDMI 2. For X930E, which supports HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth are only HDMI 2 and 3, while that support ARC is HDMI 3. Additionally, both of them are also equally equipped with 3 USB Ports where their USB 1 is ver.3.0 while USB 2 and 3 are ver.2.0. In addition HDMI and USB ports, they are also equally equipped with 1 RF In (Antenna In), 1 Ethernet In, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). The difference is about the number of their Composite In (AV In) where OLED B7 is equipped with 1 AV in while X930E is equipped with 2 AV In. The other difference, X930E is equipped with Component In and Analog Audio Out (Optical) while OLED B7 is not equipped. Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags, essentially, the input lags of OLED B7 is lower than X930E. In “PC Mode” and “Game Mode”, the input lags of OLED B7 is quite low at 1080p and 4K source, make it is comfortable when used to play any games, even for fast paced games. On the other hand, the input lags of Sony X930Eis depending on the source. Although not as low as OLED B7, the input lags of X930E at 4K source is also quite low to play 4K game on X930 so feel responsively and without laggy. But unfortunately, at 1080p source, its input lags is a bit too high and it is only enough to play causal games, while for fast paced games, it might be disappointing.
Winner: OLED B7
As their smart TV platform, both of them equally feature attractive and responsive smart TV platform. LG OLED B7 comes with WebOS 3.5 while Sony X930E comes with Google Android TV Nougat. Both of them equally have attractive design and fast performance. But in term of navigation, WebOS 3.5 offer far simple navigation than Android TV. On “Home Screen” of WebOS, there is a strip bar contains quick access to most of popular apps, setting, and inputs, allows you to launch them without leaving the home screen. Additionally, WebOS also has a lot of smart features that makes you more comfort when navigating. On other hand, the navigation of Android TV might be a bit confusing, particularly for first-time user. Fortunately, there is “Action Button” on the remote that a bit solve its problem in navigation. Meanwhile, discussing about apps provided, there are a lot of popular and interesting apps provided as their preinstalled apps. There are VoD service like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Videos, and many more, Games, Live TV, Web Browser, and many more. The advantage of Android TV is about its apps store where the Google Play Store as its apps store is powered by a lot of developer so apps, games, and contents provided are very complete and varied. On other hand, although not many as what provided by Google Play Store, LG Apps Store also provided a lot of downloadable apps, games, and contents, and even it is more focused on what the users want.
As their controller, LG OLED B7 is equipped with LG’s magic remote while Sony X930E is equipped with Sony Smart Remote. Both of these remote equally equipped with a lot of buttons and smart features, but the remote of Sony is a bit larger than LG’s Remote. They equally have dedicated buttons. On LG Remote, there are dedicated buttons to Amazon Videos and Netflix, while on Sony Remote, there are dedicated buttons to Netflix and Google Play Store. Additionally, both of these remote are equally equipped with built-in microphone and have voice command to search and control some other function like set the volume, changing the channel, and more. Not even just that, they also equally have universal capability that means both of these remote can be controller the functions of other devices connected on their TV via HDMI ports. But for this case, LG Remote works stand alone, while Sony Remote need an IR blaster. But don’t worry; the IR Blaster is included on its buying package. The advantage of LG Magic Remote, it has “point and click” functionality where on its remote, there is a scroll wheel where it can be used to scroll the menu and select it by clicking the “scroll wheel”. Meanwhile, the pointer on the screen is moved by the remote’s movement, like the remote of WII Nintendo. This allows you to save the time by select the item directly.
Winner: OLED B7
|Performance||LG OLED B7||Sony X930E|
AS we have discussed a lot of above, essentially, both Sony X930E and LG OLED B7 have excellent picture quality and HDR performance. With infinitive native contrast ratio and perfect black level, OLED B7 offer outstanding dark room performance. On other hand, Sony X930E is including the brightest TV in 2017, makes its performance in an extremely bright room is excellent and it is able to show highlight of HDR images at the brightness range of where HDR images are usually mastered. Additionally, on some features that offered, although OLED B7 is a bit superior, but most of people might don’t notice their difference due the limitation of our senses. The real advantage of OLED B7 is about its side viewing angle where when viewed from an angle, the picture displayed on its screen will look remain excellent, while on the screen of X930E, the picture will look degraded started at around 20 degrees off center and front. This makes OLED B7 is far better when used in wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple angles. Additionally, the lower inputs lags at 1080p inputs also makes OLED B7 is more comfortable than X930E when used to play 1080p games, particularly for fast paced games.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, with the same screen, OLED B7 is sold tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than X930E, depending on the screen sizes. While the advantages and disadvantages that offered by each to each other, we have discussed a lot above. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your preferences. But that is for sure, if you have a plan to use it in a wide room where there are viewers watch TV from multiple angles, OLED B7 is far better. On other hand, if you want to enjoy HDR experience with extremely bright highlight, X930E is a better. But for other features, this is depending on your own preference and sense.