X900E 120Hz Smart LED TV
The 2017 television set models are starting to hit big box stores and trusted online retailers. And what better way to start my 2017 review season than with Sony’s new 65″ XBR900E… and as a prelude to the performance portion of this review, I’ll reveal to you that TV’s picture quality didn’t disappoint. More upon this later.
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The 900E can be obtainable in 49, 55 and 75-inch screen sizes.
Sony’s 900E includes a sleek and slim panel design with very thin borders (bezel) measuring approximately 5/16″ surrounding the TV’s screen which contains a semi-gloss finish. Panel depth can be quite thin sizing up at only over 2-1/4″ at its thickest point.
XBR900E Stand Profile
Sony has redesigned its TV means its 2017 XBR lineup, and the 900E’s stand is a lot more streamlined and much more attractive than last year’s design for me. In addition, it provides very good stability because of this model’s large 65″ screen size.
Much like last year’s XBR940D which year’s new XBR940E, Sony has introduced full-array LED backlighting with local dimming to its less costly 900E. This feature allows the XBR65X900E to provide impressive contrast range and incredibly deep black levels. More upon this later.
The supplied handy remote control has carried over from last year’s XBR models that is a standard type remote design with a typical button layout for easy procedure of the TVs many functions. The remote includes a built-in mic for voice recognition and permits voice control of certain Android TV functions. The remote isn’t backlit.
Sony’s 900E is packed with most of the brand’s top performance features that permit this display to provide top-notch display quality. These features include:
Sony’s new X1 4K HDR Processor with Object-based HDR remaster (analyzes images in each scene and corrects the colour and contrast of every object individually, making colors and contrast appear more realistic) and Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR technology (with 14-bit signal processing – creates a smooth natural picture without image banding). The 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures, and natural colors than its predecessor, the 4K Processor X1.
4K X-Reality Pro Upscaler enhances the clarity of most image sources and offers refined picture quality with an increase of perceived detail. Also, all non-4K sources are upscaled to near 4K quality. Furthermore, noise reduction techniques found in this processor enable clearer, smoother and more natural images.
X-tended Dynamic Range PRO 5x makes darker areas darker and brighter scenes brighter by precisely balancing the light output over the screen, dimming some areas and boosting others, X-tended Dynamic Range PRO reveals a brightness range 5x greater conventional LED-LCD TV. Furthermore, this processing proves very beneficial when coupled with a 4K HDR signal by delivering sustained contrast range in the sort of peak brightness (highlights) and black levels, furthermore to raised picture detail and more vibrant colors.
TRILUMINOS Display technology creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors that are rich and vibrant and brings you closer than ever before to real-world colors.
Full-array LED backlighting with local dimming provides very good picture contrast and black levels.
Other features include:
ANDROID OS smart TV platform with Google Play – The XBR900E uses Android’s Marshmallow (6.0.1) operating-system and incorporates Android TV with usage of a variety of software designed for download from the Google Play store Android TV offers you usage of movie, music, sports, and other entertainment apps
HDR or High Dynamic Range (HDR10) provides increased contrast with a larger selection of peak brightness (highlights) and black levels, furthermore to raised picture detail and more vibrant colors
HDR Remaster boosts color and contrast for SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content
10-bit panel displays more colors with finer steps of gradation for greater color reproduction with HDR sources
HEVC/VP9 decoding for watching streamed 4K video sources like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube
DIRECTV 4K Ready – DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can enjoy 4K service and full DVR features lacking any additional receiver
Motionflow XR 960 for blur reduction
Netflix Recommended TV – This recognition helps it be easier for consumers to learn which manufacturers HDTV’s work best using its streaming video service
Chromecast built-in allows content to be cast from a smartphone or tablet right to the TV
802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct capability
Opera Web Browser
Two 10 watt built-in down-firing speakers
Overall the XBR65X900E delivered spectacular picture quality from all of the 4K sources I viewed onto it including HDR and non-HDR content and also 4K Blu-ray discs. 1080p content was also presented very good upon this display. Even among my sample 480p (non-HD) demo clips I take advantage of for picture analysis looked decent.
HDR content provided the very best image quality from the 900E, displaying images which were visually brilliant, delivering exceptional peak highlights which added more natural realism to the onscreen images. And needlessly to say, nighttime outdoor scenes really found life with a lot more presence, clarity, and detail. Colors were also more vivid containing a good and natural richness you merely don’t see in non-HDR content. HDR is obviously the real thing on the 900E.
Generally, all 4K content, whatever the sources of that i used to judge the 900E, delivered outstanding display quality – picture attributes such as for example image depth and transparency, detail and clarity were all presented in satisfying amounts, which attributed to an extremely 3d image presentation that was a pleasure to view.
Watching top quality 1080p content revealed an identical viewing experience as stated above, yet to a smaller degree apart from 4K HDR content, which still maintained an extremely notable difference over 1080p content. Viewing distance also played a component in the variations I possibly could discern between standard 4K and 1080p content.
Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro processing is respectable in it industry for providing among the best -if not the best- 4K upscaling available, and I have to say the XBR900E didn’t disappoint. Following this processing, 1080p images looked just of 4K quality – revealing more refined sharpness, clarity and image texture.
The XBR65X900E did an excellent job with color presentation. Colors were nicely rendered with accurate tones and shading, not only is it quite vibrant while maintaining an extremely natural appearance. These attributes were a lot more apparent with high-quality HDR content. The 900E includes a wide color gamut capability for greater color volume, which matters for HDR content.
Since all 900E models use full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, they could produce better contrast and deeper black levels when implemented correctly, as may be the case with the XBR65X900E. Black levels were impressively deep upon this TV, delivering rich deep blacks in every content that required such performance. The contrast ratio was also very good upon this display which heightened its excellent black levels.