Sony XBR65X900F Front

The Sony XBR65X900F is one of the best displays for the TV market in 2018, and with a reasonable price for one of Sony’s best TV’s, its a great deal that’s hard to pass up. It’s elegant modern design has slim bezels and a grey finish that would look great in most rooms, also standing out from the typical black plastic or bright aluminum finishes seen on most other TV’s.

Being one of the few TV’s to ship with Android TV, the X900F is an improvement from last year’s model, the X900E, which some users complained had a laggy OS from a lack of processing power. Thankfully Sony listened to it’s customers and make improvements for this years model, the X900F.

Picture quality is the Sony XBR65X900F’s true selling point, however. Customers have been in awe of Sony’s Full-Array backlit TRILUMOS display, which as support for local dimming and produces some of the boldest colors without appearing too saturated. Throw in the X1 processor which beautifully upscales 1080p content to 4K and there are few reasons to not buy this TV based on it’s picture quality alone.


Image Quality

The Sony XBR65X900F comes with one of the best image processing in the television industry. If you are tired of jagged text, shimmering in detailed pans, and backlighting bloomings that can be found in most of the televisions then you will be impressed by the performance of Sony X900F because of the absence of such things. You can achieve a smooth motion by increasing the judder reduction and you don’t have to worry about loss of details as they are very minimal.

Speaking specifically, the X900F features Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. Furthermore, it features HDR compatibility (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and Dolby Vision), Sony’s own Triluminos technology, X-Motion Clarity and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO all powered by the latest Sony’s processor X1 extreme.

Other than being pretty affordable after recent price cuts, considering this TV uses FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) it becomes quite a good deal since this feature is typically only found on the most premium of TV sets.

When measured by the CalMan calibration software and X-Rite colorimeter, the results showed that 99.96 percent of the sRGB color space was reproduced, which put it close enough to 100 percent to offer all the vibrant and rich color shading you may need. That outcome likewise put it quite near to television performance of the 2017 Sony X900E (99.95 percent. LG C7 OLED (99.99 percent) and ahead of the Samsung Q7F QLED.

Sony does not specify how many zones are present in the backlighting array but the given what we saw, they are a fair number.

One of the minor drawbacks of the X900F is its color customization. In practical terms, the overall palette is fine but the green skews slightly to line and the reds skew slightly orange. Many other more affordable television sets such as Vizio P-series and TCL 55R617 are capable of producing more accurate greens and reds straight out of the box.

Notable Features

The Sony XBR65X900F features 4 HDMI inputs, all the four inputs support 4K HDR sources and HDCP 2.2, but the manufacturers of this televise recommend using the HDMI 2 and HDMI 3 for high bandwidth sources such as 4K HDR-capable gaming console, HTPC/gaming PC or a 4K UHD Blu-ray player. If you want X900F to automatically detect the need for enhanced bandwidth support, then you will need to turn on the feature manually from the settings.

Inside the frame of the television is the Sony’s X1 Extreme processor, which is the main reason you should consider this set. The processor is capable of generating high quality, glorious pictures that the television is well known for. Considering its clean motion resolution for everything from 24-fps movies to games and the excellent color management, it can be said that the X1 Extreme processor has been designed to provide you with the best quality you can ask for.

The back of the television is equipped with a typical port selection panel, including dual USB ports and side-facing HDMI, an audio/video port, an IR blaster port and a headphone jack. Furthermore, it also features optical audio output, 100Mbps ethernet, an RS-232 port for custom remote control, the coax connection for antennas and cable TV and three more HDMI ports. The wireless connectivity that it features are 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Though this model is not the best sounding TV set present out there, it is still does have quite a good sound quality as compared to most of the other latest Sony TV models. The soundstage spreads to a decent distance past the TV’s frame, making a clean, detailed and vivid mass of sound. Dialogue sounds more convincingly locked to the screen than it does with numerous LCD TVs, due to this it appears to sit vertically higher in the mix than expected. In addition, there’s an extremely decent, uncompressed and open feel to the mid-range.

Gaming Performance

As far as gaming performance it concerned, this TV is only recommenced for people who want to game at 120Hz. This makes it an ideal candidate for Xbox One X, and PC users. Aside from that, the 60Hz input lag time doubles, which may become noticeable and put you at a disadvantage, especially for multiplayer gaming.

Don’t even think about using this TV outside of game mode, as input lag goes up too 100+ms, or 1/10th of a whole second!

The model also features the Smart Hub menu, voice commands, a small library of other available apps and VOD application. Furthermore, Q65 also offers a full web browser.

View / Ports

Sony XBR65X900F Rear

Ports on the Sony XBR65X900F include:

  • 4x HDMI (all of them 2.0a, HDCP 2.2) ports
  • 3x USB ports
  • Ethernet (LAN) port
  • Optical digital audio output
  • RF (antenna) input

Conclusion

Considering its price and the high quality features that this model offers, it can be said that XBR65X900F is one of the best televisions available in the market. Though it does lack a few minor features, but this does not make it a deal breaker.

While the Sony X900F exists in the very-crowded TV market, once you lay eyes on the display’s beautiful picture quality you will know it’s worth an extra minute of your time. In a market which is also seeing OLED TV’s blow away the competition in terms of colors, blacks and sheer beauty – Sony does an excellent job at showing that it’s LED panels can almost keep up with OLED as evident on the X900F. If you care about burn-in, this will be a selling point for many people.

Even though the X900F may be a few hundred dollars more than some comparable displays from Korean manufacturers – the Sony brand, stock Android TV (with frequent updates and no adware), beautiful TRILUMOS panel, and exceptional lacks – should be enough to convince most people Sony still makes some of the best products on the market if you are willing to spend the premium.

Specifications (Overview)

Panel Type, Refresh Rate“TRILUMOS” IPS, 120 Hz (Max @1080p), 60Hz @ 4K
ProcessorX1 Extreme Processor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Color Depth (Number of Colors)10 Bit, 1.07 Billion
HDR SupportYes
Resolution
4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160)
Active Sync
Contrast RatioInfinite Dynamic
Display Surface Treatment Anti-glare
LED Backlight
Full Array backlight
Viewing Angle
178° (H) / 178° (V)
Speaker
Stereo Speakers 2x 20 watt (with woofers)
Product Dimensions (WxHxD) 48.3″ x 28″ x 2.2″
Product Dimensions w/ Stand (WxHxD) 48.3″ x 29.4″ x 8.3″
Limited Warranty
1 Year Parts & Labor

Pros 👍 

  • Best LCD that isn’t OLED – see reviews.
  • Beautiful TRILUMOS / FALD feature.
  • Nice premium design.

Cons 👎

  • Weak Speakers.
  • Higher price than competitors.
  • Lengthy customization.

Sony XBR65X900F – Final Ranking

Display Quality
Build Quality
Input Lag
Overall Value

Summary

The Sony XBR65X900F is an excellent 4K TV, coming in with what we would say is the best picture quality you can currently get aside from OLED display’s. With impressive features, stunning picture quality in dark rooms, great contrast ratios and local dimming, you can’t go wrong with choosing this TV for your living room. As good as the picture quality is however, the TV is only mediocre for gaming.

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