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Sony XBR55X900F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV Review

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Sony XBR55X900F, the new 55-inch 4K UHD smart TV from Sony, a step-up model for 2018, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and a significant boost in HDR performance compared with the 2017 Sony X900E Series models thanks to a full-array LED backlight with local dimming. The X900F Series available in 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and super large 85-inch model.

Based on “Soft Minimalism”, a concept that fuses warm, welcoming shapes and textures with no-frill configurations to deepen the viewing experience. It is quite different from the ‘traditional’ Sony aesthetics from the last few years, such as the X900E. The wide-set legs are the most noticeable difference but it means you’ll need to find a fairly wide bit of furniture to rest the TV on.

Sony XBR55X900F designed to keep your focus on the picture without distractions. The narrow, exquisitely designed aluminium frame around the screen keeps you focused on just beautiful pictures, while cables stay cleverly hidden at the back and the front. It also benefits from a beautiful aluminium finish gives a premium look to the TV. The build quality is very good and the TV feels solid.

Equipped with the latest Sony’s 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme processor and picture quality technologies provide ultra-realistic 4K HDR TV experience like you have never seen before. The X1™ Extreme process includes powerful real-time image processing for ultra-detailed pictures include Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR, Dual database processing, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and Precision color mapping.

4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

The main improvement of Sony XBR55X900F comes from its picture technology. With Object-based HDR remaster, the color in individual objects on the screen is analyzed and the contrast adjusted, unlike most TVs where contrast is only adjusted along one black-to-white contrast curve. Because objects are remastered individually, this TV can reproduce greater depth, textures, and more realistic pictures. Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR creates smooth, natural 4K TV picture quality as you watch, without the “banding” that can occur on other TVs.

Dual database processing, one is used to reducing on-screen noise while the other is used to upscale the resolution, dynamically improving pixels in real time thanks to the tens of thousands of references from Sony’s experience creating content for TV and movies over the years. Enjoy beautiful night shots, full of dazzling lights and deeper blacks. With up to six times the contrast of conventional LED TVs, Sony XBR55X900F 4K HDR TV with X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO ensures dark scenes are darker and bright scenes brighter. It enhances any source to near HDR quality with a wider range of brightness.

Sony XBR55X900F did an excellent job to displaying the finest detail of HD content. Color accuracy was excellent, vivid colors, especially flesh tones, looked very natural and lifelike with depth and dimension. Black levels are excellent, thanks to Sony’s full array local dimming feature, delivering very deep blacks that enhance contrast in dark scenes, better than most LED TVs. The XBR55X900F was one of the brighter models we’ve seen, so the picture remains quite viewable in a very sunny room. A lower backlight setting is recommended for a dimmer viewing environment. Overall, this brightness is a marked improvement over last year’s X900E and is far better than the brightness of many competing TVs like the LG SJ8500 and Samsung MU8000.

In scenes with subtly shaded light-to-dark areas, this model did a very good job producing a smooth transition without distinct, coarse bands. There was slight display non-uniformity that created brighter cloudy areas most noticeable on very dark scenes. The deinterlacing and film mode operations were excellent on HD content with a little or no trace of jaggies on the edges of objects for video and film-based 1080i video content, such as from cable.

Sony XBR55X900F

Sony XBR55X900F

All native 4K non-HDR content was presented in full 4K detail with excellent fidelity when played back via the TV’s HDMI input. Via the USB port, high-resolution photos were displayed in full 4K detail. With regular HD content, it revealing some visible jaggies along the edges of diagonals. This television delivers stunning HDR performance, fantastic overall content rendering. The display’s higher brightness capability helped enhance the realism of 4K HDR content while revealing very good contrast between moderately bright and very bright highlights within a scene.

Sony has taken this a big step further with a new X-Motion Clarity innovation. The XBR55X900F has excellent motion performance, motion looks great with no visible blurring, give the most natural motion reproduction. This feature is designed to keeps fast action smooth and clear. Moving images are precisely controlled to minimize blur. Even during high-speed scenes, pictures stay true with no loss in brightness.

The viewing angle is not quite as good as the picture performance. The optimal seating position for best picture quality is directly in front of this model. Image quality got worse, colors and blacks degrade significantly when we viewed the TV from the sides. Black levels visibly brightened, reducing contrast especially on dark scenes. Which means this TV not well suited for a room where people often sit to the side of the TV and view it at an angle.

This model has very good sound quality deliver a satisfying listening experience and better than most LCD TVs out there. It does have a well-balanced sound, and it can get fairly loud. The speakers produced a good volume range so this model should play sufficiently loud in typical room environments, but quality does degrade at high volume levels. However, this TV’s sound should satisfy the more discerning listeners, so an external sound bar is optional.

Like other Sony UHD TVs this year, the X900F sets use Google’s Android TV smart TV platform, which means you get lots of content and access to the amazing Google Assistant. It also supports built-in Chromecasting for streaming from mobile devices, plus Google Play apps, in addition to several streaming services. Sony XBR55X900F comes with Android 7.0 Nougat bring refreshment on the platform while also bring some minor improvements. It supports voice search when using the included remote or a compatible Android device, and will also work with Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant. However, it seems not easy to use as some other smart TV platforms.

If you looking for brilliant mid-priced TV delivers stunning picture quality as well as Dolby Vision support and the latest version of Android TV, Sony XBR55X900F is the way to go.

 

Highlights

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48 3/8 x 27 7/8 x 2 3/4 inch, TV with stand: 48 3/8 x 30 3/8 x 10 5/8 inch
  • Everything you watch looks like 4K HDR with the X1 Extreme processor and 4K X-Reality PRO and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO 6X contrast range provides a wider range of brightness
  • Full-array local dimming technology, you get enhanced controlled contrast and incredible brightness in a stunningly slim design.
  • On-screen action and motion look better than ever with X-Motion Clarity technology. Plus, enjoy smooth and vibrant colors with TRILUMINOS Display & 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture.
  • Voice-control your TV with Amazon Alexa compatibility. Android TV with Google Assistant technology gives you a genius TV.
  • Currently supports HDR10 & HLG & Dolby Vision (with future updates). Inputs: 4 – HDMI, 2 – USB2.0, 1 – USB3.0, 1 – Composite
  • In the box: Voice Remote Control (RMF-TX310U), Batteries (LR03), AC Power Cord Spec (US, 2pin, flat blades, Polarity), IR Blaster (1-849-161-12), Operating Instructions, Quick Setup Guide / Supplement CUE (GA), Table Top Stand (Separate, assembly required)

Sony XBR55X900F 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2018 Model)


Sony XBR55X900F, the new 55-inch 4K UHD smart TV from Sony, a step-up model for 2018, delivers excellent high-definition picture quality and a significant boost in HDR performance compared with the 2017 Sony X900E Series models thanks to a full-array LED backlight with local dimming. The X900F Series available in 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and super large 85-inch model. Based on “Soft Minimalism”, a concept that fuses warm, welcoming shapes and textures with no-frill configurations to deepen the viewing experience. It is quite different from the 'traditional' Sony aesthetics from the last few years, such as the X900E. The wide-set legs are the most noticeable difference but it means you’ll need to find a fairly wide bit of furniture to rest the TV on. Sony XBR55X900F designed to keep your focus on the picture without distractions. The narrow, exquisitely designed aluminium frame around the screen keeps you focused on just beautiful pictures, while cables stay cleverly hidden at the back and the front. It also benefits from a beautiful aluminium finish gives a premium look to the TV. The build quality is very good and the TV feels solid. Equipped with the latest Sony’s 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme processor and picture quality technologies provide ultra-realistic 4K HDR TV experience like you have never seen before. The X1™ Extreme process includes powerful real-time image processing for ultra-detailed pictures include Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR, Dual database processing, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and Precision color mapping. [caption id="attachment_2010" align="aligncenter" width="304"] 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme[/caption] The main improvement of Sony XBR55X900F comes from its picture technology. With Object-based HDR remaster, the color in individual objects on the screen is analyzed and the contrast adjusted, unlike most TVs where contrast is only adjusted along one black-to-white contrast curve. Because objects are remastered individually, this TV can reproduce greater depth, textures, and more realistic pictures. Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR creates smooth, natural 4K TV picture quality as you watch, without the "banding" that can occur on other TVs. Dual database processing, one is used to reducing on-screen noise while the other is used to upscale the resolution, dynamically improving pixels in real time thanks to the tens of thousands of references from Sony’s experience creating content for TV and movies over the years. Enjoy beautiful night shots, full of dazzling lights and deeper blacks. With up to six times the contrast of conventional LED TVs, Sony XBR55X900F 4K HDR TV with X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO ensures dark scenes are darker and bright scenes brighter. It enhances any source to near HDR quality with a wider range of brightness. Sony XBR55X900F did an excellent job to displaying the finest detail of HD content. Color accuracy was excellent, vivid colors, especially flesh tones, looked very natural and lifelike with depth and dimension. Black levels are excellent, thanks to Sony's full array local dimming feature, delivering very deep blacks that enhance contrast in dark scenes, better than most LED TVs. The XBR55X900F was…

Our Rating

Overall - 8.5

8.5

Excellent

If you looking for brilliant mid-priced TV delivers stunning picture quality as well as Dolby Vision support and the latest version of Android TV, Sony XBR55X900F is the way to go.

User Rating: 4.45 ( 1 votes)
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