Sony Bravia XR-85X95J Review | PCMag

Sony impressed us earlier this year with its flagship OLED TV, the Master Series A90J. The X95J, Sony’s LED equivalent for this model, offers some useful features like hands-free Google Assistant integration as well as support for both Apple AirPlay and Google Cast. However, its hefty price tag ($1999.99 for the 65-inch XR-65X95J that we tested) puts it against tough competitors, including the Hisense U8G, LG C1 and Samsung QN90A, all of which are Editors’ Choice award winners for various reasons including price and levels. Black color and image quality. The X95J trails all of them in terms of contrast and color, so even though it’s a good TV, it just can’t quite keep up.

Editors’ Note: This review is based on testing on the XR-65X95J, the 65-inch model in the series. Aside from the screen size difference, the $44,499.99 85-inch XR-85X95J is identical in features, and we’d expect similar performance.

Stylish appearance, smart stand

The minimalist X95J features a virtually bezel-less design; A chrome bar defines the sides and top of the screen, while a slim brushed metal band defines the bottom edge. The TV sits on two flat, angled metal legs that you can attach to either raise the screen a few inches (like most TV stands) or leave the bottom edge of the screen roughly flat against the surface you’re sitting on. The legs are quite wide, so check your measurements for where you want to place the TV to make sure you have enough room.

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Sony X95J Stand

The power cable is permanently attached and installed on the right side of the back of the TV. All other connections on the left side are facing out including an HDMI port, two USB ports, a 3.5mm composite video input, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 3.5mm port for the IR receiver, along with an integrated switch and a far-field microphone. Three more HDMI ports (2 4K120 and one eARC), a third USB port, an optical audio out, a 3.5mm RS-232C port, an Ethernet port, and an antenna or inverted cable connector.
Sony X95J Remote Control

The included remote control is a long, thin black stick with rubberized buttons. There’s a circular direction pad in the middle, along with a number pad and four color buttons for quick access to video streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, and YouTube. The volume, channel, and playback controls are located at the bottom of the panel. If you prefer, you can invoke the Google Assistant manually via a dedicated button and speak directly to the remote, rather than using the TV’s long-range microphones. The remote control connects wirelessly to the TV, so you don’t need a direct line of sight to control it.

Google TV, with Apple AirPlay

Sony uses Google TV for its smart TV platform, which means the X95J effectively behaves as if it had a Chromecast with Google TV connected to it. The Google TV platform provides access to all major streaming services including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Twitch, and YouTube. The interface is adept at keeping track of most of those services for content searches, suggestions, and live TV aggregators. Google TV also offers thousands of different apps and other services, while Google Cast support means you can cast your Android device, Chrome tab, or PC screen to your TV. In addition, the X95J supports Apple Airplay 2 for mirroring iOS devices and Mac computers.

Sony X95J interface

Google TV also integrates Google Assistant voice control. Just say, “Hey Google,” then give the command. The Google Assistant can search for content, control the TV directly, control compatible smart home devices, and provide general information such as weather forecasts and sports scores. It can also display your calendar (unless you’re using G Suite for your calendar, which is poor support). If you don’t want the microphones to always listen for the beep, you can physically turn them off with a switch on the TV. Hisense U9DG and U8G TVs also offer the hands-free Google Assistant through the less seamless Android TV platform.

Good performance, but not the best

Sony X95J is a 4K TV with 120Hz refresh rate. It supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) content in HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid log gamma (HLG). Oddly enough, to enable Dolby Vision, you need to manually switch the format of the HDMI input signal to the Enhanced format (Dolby Vision), and not just the Enhanced format, which enables other HDR modes but not Dolby Vision.

We test TVs with a Klein K-80 colorimeter, Murideo SIX-G signal generator and Portrait Displays’ Calman software using a methodology based on Imaging Science Foundation calibration techniques.

With an SDR signal, the X95J shows a peak brightness of 399.092cd/m^2 with a full-screen white field and 353.518cd/m^2 with an 18% white field and a black level of 0.042cd/m2. With an HDR signal, those numbers jump to 596.527 cd/m2 with a white field full screen and 930.929cd/m2 with a white field at 18%. This is noticeably brighter than the A90J’s 632.348cd/m^2 peak brightness, although as an OLED TV, the A90J offers perfect black levels and therefore its contrast ratio is essentially higher than any LED TV.

The average black level, taken from the black parts of the screen while a separate part of the screen is fully lit, is 0.039cd/m^2 with some caveats. We observed a good amount of light on the screen, with the out-of-light regions as low as about 0.01cd/m2 and the nearer-to-light regions as low as about 0.08cd/m^2. Using my average estimate, the X95J’s effective contrast ratio is 23,870:1. This is very good, but is significantly lower than the contrast ratios of Hisense U9DG (198:206:1) and U8G (88,168:1), as well as Samsung’s QN90A (367,593:1). All of these models are noticeably brighter, with lower black levels.

Sony X95J color test results

The charts above show the X95J’s cinema-mode color measurements with SDR signal compared to Rec.709 broadcast color levels and with HDR signal compared to DCI-P3 digital cinema standards. White is perfect with both signals, and colors are consistently well balanced, with cyan drifting slightly towards green in HDR. The TV doesn’t quite reach the ranges it should, although red and green are slightly saturated in SDR and all colors are lower than DCI-P3 in HDR. The Hisense U9DG (and U8G for that matter), LG C1 and Samsung QN90A all cover or nearly cover the DCI-P3 color space, as do the Sony A90J.

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BBC Colors second planet earth They look balanced and natural, but the TV’s color range limitations mean the greens aren’t nearly as rich as they could be. However, you can clearly see fine details such as fur and bark in both bright light and shadow, as well as subtle differences in the gloom of the water and sky.

While the red on the X95J is slightly less than the DCI-P3, Deadpool’s costume in the opening scenes of dead list It still looks properly saturated even under overcast lighting. The blazing lab battle flames are bright with many shades of yellow and orange. You can easily distinguish shadow details in the dark parts of the frame.

Sony X95J ports

Brilliant blacks and whites for party scenes in The great Gatsby Show the strong contrast performance of the X95J. White shirts, balloons and jackets stand out, while the cuts and features of black suits stand out. Despite the light booms we observed in our lab tests, this effect was not evident when watching movies. Skin tones looked warm and natural against the contrasting elements, too.

Sony-Centric Games

As a Sony TV, the X95J is primarily aimed at PlayStation 5 owners with its gaming features, and that’s not good news for gamers on other platforms. For example, Sony has not yet added Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support to the PS5, which means that the X95J does not support this feature (or any platform-specific VRR, such as Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync). However, the PS5’s 4K120 TV and any other device capable of this resolution and frame rate supports an automatic low latency mode.

We measured input lag in the X95J using the HDFury Diva HDMI Matrix and recorded delays of 146.3ms in cinema mode and 10.8ms in game mode. The Game Mode number is most important for video games, and 10.8 milliseconds is hardly disappointing. However, after the past few years of watching several TVs with input lag below 5ms, it’s also not that impressive. The X95J comes in at just over the recently lowered 10ms threshold that we use to determine the best TVs for gaming. Once again, the Hisense U8G, LG C1, and Samsung QN90A showed lower input lag (7.9, 4.7, and 2.6 ms, respectively), and all feature VRR and AMD FreeSync.

great tv

Sony X95J is a very good TV that offers strong contrast, fairly good colors and a lot of features. However, the comparable LG C1 OLED ($1799.99) offers much better colors and a darker black, as do the more expensive Samsung QN90A ($2599.99) and the less expensive Hisense U8G ($949.99), both of which get significantly brighter. marked. We also like Sony’s OLED A90J, although it’s much more expensive at $3999.99. There’s really nothing wrong with the X95J, it just lags a bit behind the competition.

Positives

  • Accurate and balanced colors

  • Google TV with Google Assistant hands-free

  • Supports Google Cast and Apple AirPlay 2

bottom line

Sony’s expensive X95J 4K LED TV performs admirably, but its picture quality lags behind its premium competitors.

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