Sony X950G vs X900F Review (XBR55X950G vs XBR55X900F, XBR65X950G vs XBR65X900F, XBR75X950G vs XBR75X900F, XBR85X950G vs XBR85X900F)
Sony X950G is the high end model of Sony’s 2019 4K HDR LED TV lineup and also the successor of Sony X900F. But unlike the X900F the predecessor that comes in 5 screen sizes options, X950G comes in 4 screen sizes option only including 55 inch (XBR55X950G), 65 inch (XBR65X950G), 75 inch (XBR75X950G), and 85 inch (XBR85X950G). Nevertheless, there is a major difference in technologies that brought by the smaller screen sizes (55 inch and 65 Inch) and the bigger screen size (75 inch and 85 inch) that is X-Wide Angle technology. For this case, the 75 inch and 85 inch model comes with X-Wide angle while the 55 inch and 65 inch does not incorporate this technology. Refer to Z9F the 2018 model that also comes with this technology, X-wide angle technology makes it has better side viewing angle coverage but on the other hand, this will reduce its native contrast ratio. And since the big screen and small screen use different technology in their panel, this comparison refer the small screen (55 inch and 65 Inch) that doesn’t incorporate X-Wide Angle technology. So, what improvements offered by X950G and what is its performance compared to the predecessor X900F?
Sony X950G vs X900F Key Specification
|Specs and Features||Sony X950G||Sony X900F|
|Screen sizes available||55 Inch (XBR55X950G), 65 inch (XBR65X950G), 75 inch (XBR75X950G), 85 inch (XBR85X950G)||49 inch (XBR49X900F), 55 Inch (XBR55X900F), 65 inch (XBR65X900F), 75 Inch (XBR75X900F), and 85 Inch (XBR85X900F)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA panel|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Backlight Technology||Direct LED||Direct LED|
|Local Dimming||Full Array Local Dimming||Full Array Local Dimming|
|X Wide Angle||Yes (75 Inch and 85 Inch), No (55 Inch and 65 Inch)||No|
|Picture Processor||X1 Ultimate||X1 Extreme|
|HDR Support||Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10||Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10|
|Clarity Enhancement||4K X Reality Pro, Dual Database Processing, Object Based Super Resolution||4K X Reality Pro, Dual Database Processing|
|Contrast Enhancement||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster, X-tended Dynamic Range Pro 6X||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster, X-tended Dynamic Range Pro 6X|
|Native Refresh Rate||120 Hz||120 Hz|
|Color Enhancement||Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping HDR, TriLuminos Display||Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping HDR, TriLuminos Display|
|Motion Enhancement||X Motion Clarity, Auto Mode||X Motion Clarity|
|Smart TV Platform||Android TV 8.0 Oreo||Android TV 7.0 Nougat|
|Remote||Sony’s Voice Remote Control||Sony’s Voice Remote Control|
|Audio Channel||2 Ch||2 Ch|
|Audio Power Output||10 watt + 10 watt||10 watt + 10 watt|
|Speaker Type||Acoustic Multi Audio||Bass Reflex|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
- Features and Technologies of Sony X900F and X950G
- The Major Difference between Sony X950G and X900F
- Sony X950G vs Sony X900F Performance
Features and Technologies of Sony X900F and X950G
As we see on comparison table above, both Sony X950G and X900F use VA panel technology. They both also use direct LED backlight and Full Array Local Dimming. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t reveal how many diming zones of each so we cannot ascertain whether there is an improvement brought by the X950G or not. In addition to full array local dimming, for improving contrast and black level produced, both Sony X950G and X900F are powered by the same technologies like Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 6X, and Object Based HDR Remaster. A bit improvement offered by X950G is its picture engine where it is already supported by 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate found in Z9F while X900FF use X1 Extreme as its picture engine. Improvement in picture engine of X950G claimed can deliver more fine detail and better performance in processing 8K content. Nevertheless, although there is an improvement brought by X950G in its picture engine, both Sony X950G and X900F supports the same HDR format those are HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
Meanwhile, in term of color performance, both Sony X900F and X950G are powered by TriLuminos Technology that also supported by the same technology like Live Color Technology, Super Bit Mapping HDR, and Precision Color mapping where all of these technologies are embedded on their picture engine. Additionally, for maximizing the clarity of images that produced when they are processing non 4K content, both X900F and X950G are powered by 4K X Realty Pro and Dual Database Processing. But for this case, X950G has a new additional technology called Object Based Super Resolution that expected with this technology, X950G can deliver picture quality with more fine details. For delivering smooth and clear picture quality when they are processing fast moving images, they both have 120 Hz native refresh rate panel that improved by X-Motion Clarity. And for connecting with your other devices, they both provide 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity.
The Major Difference between Sony X950G and X900F
As we see on comparison table above, there is an upgrade on the processor of the X950G against the X900F. For this case, X950G is already powered by 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate, the processor that we also found on Sony Z9F, while X900F is powered 4K HDR processor X1 Extreme. The difference between these processors, there are an additional technology embedded on the new processor that is the Object Based Super Resolution Technology. Expected, with X1 Ultimate engine, fine detail of images produced by X950G can be improved so better than X900F.
X wide Angle
This only applies on the 75 inch and 85 inch model of Sony X850G. With X Wide Angle technology, expected, Sony X950G can cover wider viewing angle, makes the picture displayed on its screen still looks accurate when viewed from the side. As we know, the main drawback of VA panel is poor side viewing angle coverage. For that, X wide angle technology comes to improve viewing angle coverage of VA panel. But refer to Sony Z9F in last year that already uses this technology, this technology makes its native contrast ratio is reduced. This makes its performance is in the middle between standard VA panel and IPS panel, particularly in producing black.
Android TV Version
Every year, there is always the latest version for a smart TV platform and this also applies on Android TV as the smart TV platform of Sony TV. For this case, Sony X900F is featuring Android TV 7.0 Nougat while Sony X9650G comes with Android TV 8.0 Oreo. There are some improvements offered by Oreo version against Nougat Version particularly in response and interface that makes navigation and search the content is easier. Additionally, there are also some minor changes that certainly makes its performance is better than the older version.
There is a little change on the speaker system of Sony X950G against X900F the predecessor. If Sony X900F use Bass Reflex speaker type, X950G use Acoustic Multi Audio speaker type. Basically, Acoustic Multi Audio also use Bass Reflex Speaker, but there is two sound-positioning tweeters in the rear of the TV that makes sound produced is more impressive, particularly in high frequency.
Sony X950G vs Sony X900F Performance
Contrast and Black Level
As we know, one of the most important aspects of picture quality is contrast and black level. The higher contrast ratio, the deeper black level that produced and of course, the picture produced also looks better particularly when used in a dark room. For this case, both Sony X950G and X900F have good native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black that makes their performance in a dark room is excellent. But keep in mind, since the 75 inch and 85 inch model of Sony X950G has X wide angle technology, the good native contrast ratio produced by X950G only applies on the 55 inch and 65 inch model. Meanwhile, compare between them, Sony X950G as the newer model precisely has a bit lower native contrast ratio than X900F that certainly makes it cannot produce black level as deeper as X900F. Nevertheless, although the native contrast ratio of X950G is not as strong as X900F, but their differences is not significant and doesn’t has significant impact on most usage. Additionally, they both have full array local dimming that well performs in improving their contrast ratio. Although in certain scene, their local dimming cannot reduce some blooming that may be visible, overall, their local dimming performance is good and similar, much better than the local dimming of a TV that use edge lit backlight.
Winner: Sony X900F
With SDR content, Sony X950G has brighter peak brightness than X900F. Its local dimming makes its peak brightness varies depending on the scene and in small windows sizes, it even can show highlight brighter than 1000 nits. While with the same windows sizes, the peak brightness of X900F is dimmer. Overall, X950G has excellent peak brightness with HDR content, better than X900F but still not as good as the top model Z9F in last year.
Meanwhile, with HDR content, both Sony X900F and X950G even can reach brighter peak brightness than when they are playing SDR content. But for this case, X950G also can deliver brighter peak brightness than X900F. With HDR real scene, it can reach brighter than 1000 nits, even when showing highlight in a dark scene, it can show up brightness. This certainly makes Sony X950G can show bright scene or highlight of HDR images excellently like the movies creator’s intended. But just like with SDR content, its local dimming makes its peak brightness varies depending on scenes that may bother some people. Meanwhile, although not as bright as Sony X900F, peak brightness of Sony X900F is fairly bright. It may be not able to show highlight of HDR content brighter than 1000 nits, but at least, its peak brightness can still be said very good and better than most TVs in the market. Overall, Sony X950G has brighter peak brightness than X900F, whether it is with SDR or HDR content.
Winner: Sony X950G
The support of TriLuminos display and some other technologies make both Sony X950G and X900F support wide color gamut. Nevertheless, although they are powered by the same technology, but color gamut of X950G as a newer model is a bit worse than X900F. We expect this is due panel variance. But at least, both of them can cover more than 93% of DCI P3 color space that means it is good for HDR content. Meanwhile, their color gamut coverage in Rec.2020 is also more than 70% that means it is still good for Dolby Vision Content. The result, color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate even though in some certain colors, they are shown less saturated. Additionally, Sony X900F also has a bit better color volume than X950G. But overall, their color volume is fairly good. Both of them are able to show their wide color gamut at entire their brightness range. This means, dark colors can be shown as saturated as bright colors. But even so, since they cannot show some certain color fairly saturated, this certainly makes they cannot fill the entire color gamut well. Meanwhile, although X900F has a bit better color gamut and volume than X950G, but its superiority doesn’t have a significant impact on the color of the picture displayed on their screen.
On the other hand, both Sony X950G and X900F also has excellent color gradient. Both of them can show 10 bit color fairly smooth that means good for HDR content. Some little imperfections may be still visible in certain color like dark green or medium grey, but overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly smooth without major color banding visible.
Winner: Sony X900F
Side Viewing Angle
Since both Sony X950G and X900F use VA panel technology, can be ascertained that they have poor side viewing angle coverage. Color will be washed out started at around 25 degrees off center and front. Meanwhile, black level is even worse. Started at around 15 degrees of center and front, blacks produced will look degraded. And from the wider angle you watch TV, black will tend to look more grayish than really black. And of course, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. But as we have mentioned above, since the 75 inch (XBR75X950G) and 85 inch models (XBR85X950G) of X950G is already powered by X-Wide Angle technology, this condition doesn’t apply to them. Both of them have better viewing angle coverage than most VA TVs but still worse than IPS panel.
Winner: Sony X950G (Special for XBR75X950G and XBR85X950G)
Both Sony X950G and X900F have similar response time and their response time is excellent. Their pixel response time may be not as low as OLED TV that has exceptional response time, but at least, for LED TV, their pixel response time is including the bests. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies, the picture looks very smooth with almost no motion blur visible. Behind fast moving object, there is only small trail blur where most people may not notice this much.
Additionally, both of them also have an optional Black Frame Insertion mode for reducing blur that caused by persistence. But unfortunately, their lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern is 120 Hz, so this is just very effective to reduce the persistence blur that caused by 120 fps. Meanwhile, in reducing persistence blur that caused by 60 fps content like video games or sports, its performance is not as good as a TV with 60 Hz BFI mode. But keep in mind, this is just optional, this means you can disable this feature if you feel their backlight flicker bother you. By disabling this mode, to dim their screen, both Sony X900F and X950G use 720 Hz of flickering frequency. And since they use very high flickering frequency, the most people should not notice that.
Both Sony X900F and X950G also has similar native refresh rate frequency that is 120 Hz. This means, both of them are able to interpolate lower frame rate content to higher frame rate fairly well. When you interpolate lower frame rate content at 120 Hz, some small artifacts may be still noticed. But overall, their motion interpolation is including the best. Additionally, X950G and X900F are also equally good TVs for watching movies. No matter the frame rate of the sources, whether it is native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p via 60i signal like movies from satellite box, via 60p signal like movies streaming devices or via native apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos and others, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free on their screen.
Both Sony X950G and X900F are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports as their major connectivity. All of their HDMI supports already support HDCP 2.3, HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth and also CEC. But a bit unfortunate, they don’t yet support HDMI 2.1 But even so, with their ability, this allows both Sony X900F and X950G can handle most of what required by HDMI connection for this now. In addition to HDMI ports, they both are also equipped with 3 USB ports where 1 port is USB 3.0 and 2 ports is USB 2.0. Additionally, there are also 1 RF In, 1 Composite IN (AV), 1 Digital Audio out (Optical), 1 analog audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm), 1 Ethernet Port and 1 IR In for IR Blaster. And as their wireless connectivity, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
As a newer model, Sony X950G brings an improvement in input lags over X900F, particularly in 1080p resolution. As we have known, most models of Sony’s 2018 LED TV lineup including X900F have a bit issue in input lag at 1080p resolution. Its input lags in 1080p resolution are too high and only comfortable when used for playing causal games, while when for playing fast paced games, this may be a bit disappointing. Meanwhile, Sony X950G has much lower input lags in 1080p resolution that certainly makes it very responsive when used for any games, whether it is fast paced or casual games. On the other hand, although not as low as the competitors, the input lags of Sony X900F in 4K resolution are lower than 25 ms that means this is already low enough for playing any games. Sony X950G even has a bit lower input lags than X900F in 4K resolution. Overall, their input lags in 4K resolution are almost similar while in 1080p resolution, X950G is much better than X900F.
Winner: Sony X950G
Smart TV Platforms
Sony X900F and X950G both runs Android TV as their smart TV platform. But the difference, Sony X900F runs Android 7.0 Nougat while X950G runs Android 8.0 Oreo. There are some improvements offered by7 Android 8.0 version over 7.0 version. In the newer version, the interface is designed more user friendly and smoother, allow you easier to find anything. Additionally, performance of Android 8.0 is also faster than the previous version. The excepting of its interface and performance, there are not many changes offered by Android Oreo. And as we know, Android TV is one of the most attractive smart TV platforms. There are a lot of pre-installed apps provided like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Videos, Web Browser, Games, and a lot of more. Additionally, Android TV has been also integrated with Google Voice Assistant, allow you to control your Sony TV or other connected devices with your voice command. And the most attractive is its apps store called “Google Play Store” where it provides tons of apps, games, contents and others where you can directly download from your TV.
As their controller, both Sony X950G and X900F comes with Sony’s Voice Remote. Nevertheless, their remote has different design. The remote of Sony X900F is black tint and large with a lot of rubber chunk buttons. In addition to standard buttons like number button, navigation button, common button, volume button, and other, this remote has two dedicated button to Netflix and Google Play. Additionally, it also has direct access button to Google Voice Assistant. For voice navigation, this remote is also equipped with built-in microphone and can be connected to the TV via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the remote of Sony X950G is metallic tint and thinner than the remote of X900F. There are some changes in button layout but overall, functionally, the remote of X950G is almost similar to the remote of X900F.
Winner: Sony X950G
|Performance||Sony X950G||Sony X900F|
As we have discussed a lot above, in general, Sony X950G brings some improvements over X900F the predecessor. Although in some aspects, performance of X950G precisely is a bit worse, but this doesn’t give a significant impact in any usage. On the other hand, Sony X950G offer big improvement in peak brightness that allows it to offer better HDR experience than X900F. The other major improvement offered by Sony X950G is its input lag, particularly in 1080p resolution. This certainly makes it is more responsive when used for playing 1080p games. Comes with X1 Ultimate engine also makes fine details of picture produced by X950G is better than X900F. Overall, Sony X950G is better than X900F the predecessor, particularly for HDR experience of playing games. But ignoring their difference in performance, Sony X950G and X900F are equally good TVs for any usage whether for watching movies in a dark room, sports, TV shows, or playing games. But keep in mind, their viewing angle coverage is not so good, so if you are searching TV for a wide room with a lot viewers watch TV from multiple angles, both of them may be not for you.
So, which is a better choice between them? Considering their performance, Sony X950G is a better. In addition to it is a newer model that certainly offers some new features, it also offers better HDR experience and low input lags. But even so, at this time, when I was writing this comparison, it has just been launched. So, it certainly still has a full price and waiting a couple of months until the price drops may be better. Nevertheless, if you have limited budget, Sony X900F is also not a bad choice. Now the decision comes back to you according to your preferences.