|Item Weight||77.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||35.3 x 57 x 10.3 inches|
|Item model number||XBR65X900E|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
Sony XBR65X900E-Series 65-Class HDR UHD Smart LED TV
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- Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 57" x 32.8" x 2.4", TV with stand: 57" x 35.3" x 10.3"
- Smart functionality gives you access to your favorite apps and content using Sony’s Android TV.
- Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture.
- Full-array local dimming technology, you get enhanced controlled contrast and incredible brightness in a stunningly slim design.
- 120Hz native refresh rate plus Motionflow XR gives you fast moving action scenes with virtually no motion blur
- Inputs: 4 – HDMI, 2 - USB2.0, 1 – USB3.0, 1 – Component/Composite Hybrid, 1 – Composite
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|Connectivity Technology||Wi-Fi||Bluetooth||Wireless||Built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, Ethernet|
|Screen Size||65 inches||65 inches||65 inches||55 inches|
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|Item Weight||77.16 lbs||52.91 lbs||—||40.00 lbs|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz||120 hertz||120 hertz||120|
|Total HDMI Ports||4||4||4||4|
4K HDR PROCESSOR X1 Powered by the 4K HDR Processor ZX1, the Sony X900E pairs the brilliance of 4K clarity with the brightness, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range. Combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR delivers exceptional detail, color and contrast, with a wide range of brightness, brilliant highlights and fine detail. SMART FUNCTIONALITY From movies and TV shows to thousands of apps, Sony’s Google Home-compatible Android TV brings you everything in an instant. Enjoy a huge range of apps from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Pandora, and contract-free PlayStation Vue. STUNNING COLORS The Sony TRILUMINOS Display showcases vivid colors, faithfully reproduces reds, greens, blues, and skin tones with precise gradation. 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping optimizes colors individually for satisfyingly rich and natural results. 4K X-Reality PRO upscales images to near 4K clarity, bringing details into clear, smooth focus. INCREDIBLE CONTRAST Sony X-tended Dynamic Range PRO 5x projects five times the contrast range of a conventional LED-edge lit TV.Balanced light output across the screen produces even greater brilliance in every scene. Motionflow XR technology maintains an ideal refresh rate to allow fast moving action sequences in sports and movies. BEAUTIFUL DESIGN Delivering incredible viewing experiences, the Slice of Living concept for home product design reimagines the aesthetic style of the entire living space. The X900E’s narrow, exquisitely designed aluminum frame keeps you focused on the screen, while cables stay cleverly hidden at the back and the front. -Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model XBR-65X900E) -4K HDR Processor X1 -Dimensions without stand: 57" x 32.8" x 2.4" | with stand: 57" x 35.3" x 10.3" -Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 USB2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 Component/Composite Hybrid, 1 Composite -Compatible with Amazon Alexa
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A quick tip on comparing TVs: when you go to a store, each brand's display models are PURPOSELY setup so the more expensive one has an obviously better picture. Yet that doesn't mean the cheaper TVs can't approach the same image quality, or sometimes beat it. With proper adjustment just about any TV these days can look pretty amazing. Plus, they won't input the same image to different brand TVs, so you can't really compare. It's a bit of a guessing game, and the best you can do is ask to adjust the settings, get a model to look as good as you can, and do the same for another model. But frankly, without the same image on both, it's a bit of a guessing game. I found the testing on RTings to be quite thorough, and that was my primary research method.
On the OS, I don't know what the negative reviews about the Android OS are about, mine works well, very little lag or waiting. The first thing I did was update the firmware, so maybe that's been fixed in the update. Sure, when there's more network traffic it's a little slower than normal, but that's to be expected, and is a function of your bandwidth, not the TV. Also make sure you connect an actual ethernet cable, don't rely on Wifi, it's typically much slower, even on 5G, and prone to signal dropouts.
First and foremost, the image quality is stunning. That's the main reason I got it, and I planned to bypass the potentially problematic Smart Tv functions and use my Roku. And compared to my previous Samsung 1080 HD TV, this Sony 4K unit is pretty impressive. After setting it up (get a SMPTE Color Bars video on YTube and learn how to use it), everything was richer, even regular HD content was better than my old Samsung. But HDR is supposed to be even more of a difference than 4K...
So then I dug deeper, and found that while 4K (Ultra HD) is passed through from my Roku 4 to the TV, HDR is NOT passed through (newer Roku "Ultra" models apparently do). So I just connected a LAN line to the TV, and I now have both the Roku and the Smart TV functions working. Although I can't do an instant A/B comparison, in about 15 seconds I can switch between Smart TV with HDR and the Roku without HDR... on the same show, same scene... and yes, the HDR on this set seems a tiny bit better, a little more contrast and detail than non-HDR. But frankly, it's not as big a difference as I expected... maybe as I watch more ocntent I'll find a bigger difference. But above all, either way gives a pretty stunning picture.
You also have to remember that a lot of the advances in image quality are true for ALL brands... 4K gives a big improvement, and HDR a little more. It has nothing to do with brands, it's the technology. So many TV's in the same price range can give you a pretty similar image... but the Sony seemed jsut a bit more rich, with a bit more contrast, and contrast/ range is a key determinant in image quality.
I have just two gripes, but they aren't deal breakers for me:
1. The menu options are pretty extensive, but on occasion the menu gets "stuck", when you hit the "home" menu button... hitting the menu button a 2nd time doesn't make the menu go away as it should, and the only way to get it off the screen is to re-select the input. Other times it works as it supposed to.
2. I wish the picture adjustments I made could be translated among different inputs. In other words, you get it set for, say, Amazon in the Smart Tv app. Then you go to another source, say Netflix through Roku, and the picture is darker. Or sometimes you find differences even between different movies on the same source. And the "Auto Adjust" function on the TV should fix that in theory, but in practice I didn't like the Auto function at all. So I'm constantly adjusting the brightness manually. But that's not necessarily the TV's fault... as the Auto sensing technology gets better, I expect they'll have better code that will automatically keep the contrast ratios and color balance you've set across all input sources.
The sound isnt' bad for TV speakers, but after all, they're tiny, lightweight speakers, so you shouldn't expect much... get an AV Receiver or a sound bar.
It took a while, but I got all my external devices to play nice with the Sony remote, so that's pretty cool that I can do the typical functions on Roku and my Yamaha AV Receiver with just the Sony remote. And it has all the necessary inputs and outputs, and tons of menu functions to control them. It took me a while to get ARC working, but that was more on my Receiver end (both the TV and the Receiver need to have HDMI control turned on, and turn on ARC on the Receiver).
Regarding Sony service, I've bought tons of gear from Sony over the years, including top end broadcast cameras, sound systems, car stereo, and Vaio computers. And I've also seen the quality and engineering go downhill over the years, too. In fact, my recent experiences with Sony Customer Service on some top end Vaio laptops was so frustrating I vowed never to buy another Sony product again. So I had to have a really good reason to get this unit, and the picture quality was so compelling I took the plunge... I can only hope I don't regret this Sony purchase.
Would I be just as happy with the Samsung? Maybe. Probably. But be sure to research the ads that you can't turn off... Samsung has built ads into their smart TV menus that you apparently can't disable at all... you can only disable some ads. That's a big turnoff for me, especially considering how much you pay for a Samsung.
Here are steps for this TV to activate HDR. (When you go back to the Xbox 4K menu afterwards all the check boxes will be a statisfying green!)
1. Press the home button
2. Scroll all the way to the bottom, past the apps and games and click on settings cog icon
3. Select 'External Inputs' under the TV subsection
4. Choose 'HDMI signal format'
5. Switch your signal format to 'Enhanced' format
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I did not have any technical problems with the software. Sometimes the interface is slow to respond when the TV is first powered but there is no general issue. I personally feel that Android TV interface response time is very bad but I think nearly all TVs suffer from the same problem.
One nice thing about this TV is you can use the TV remote to control your set top box by using the IR blaster feature. Since your remote also has Google Assistant functionality it is very fun and easy to use all the functions of your entertainment system with the remote.
I ended up sending my 55” X900E back due to a very obvious and distracting dead pixel, and a problem with two of the ports; details are below.
I just happened to get a dud; that occasionally happens. But otherwise this is a nice TV so I thought I’d give my impressions.
First of all this TV has great color. Purely from that perspective, the X900E does an outstanding job. Even without an HDR source it’s excellent; with an HDR source and HDR enabled, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Playing Planet Earth II at 2160p HDR BluRay is incredible. Use the Cinema Home or Cinema Pro setting, tweaking other settings to your own liking. Colors are nothing short of spectacular on HDR.
Brightness and contrast on the X900E are excellent. It won’t beat OLED, but it is still outstanding. I loved the detail in the blacks and saw no banding, except on some low quality 480p or < source content.
The menu on this TV is not what I’d call user friendly. You will be able to customize to your own taste - it’s just that the layout of the Settings menu is really not that great. Something as simple as the lack of an Escape button means backing through the menu layers, or using a second inputted command to over-ride the first. Why that simple oversight is beyond me.
The menu layout becomes more of a problem when you consider that this is not a TV that you can just setup once and leave. If you are using this TV from multiple sources (PC, cable box, Blu Ray player, Android device, etc) it will require that you are constantly tweaking in the Settings menus, not just the input source selection. Some have complained about lag in the menu. Once I turned off all the unnecessary apps and stuff like Sambia it’s not so much the lag as it is the poor interface. It may not sound like a big deal, but if you are in the menu a lot it starts to make the poor layout and lack of Escape button really annoying. You can eventually get to where you want, and get what you want, it’s just made unnecessarily inconvenient.
Regarding the Motionflow on the X900E:
I didn’t expect much from the Motionflow and it was about what I expected. Motionflow that attempts predictive interpolation (frame prediction) is heavily processor dependent. If you’ve ever done any video editing and used Twixtor for example then you know how much processing power it requires to do simple ‘Cut A’ predictive frame insertion even if you’re not adding slow motion (just doing x 2 predictive frame insertion). Some people describe the Smooth Motionflow setting on the X900E as having some blurring, or having trails, or artifacts. It is actually more akin to the kind of motion ‘warping’ that you see in the rendered results of Twixtored edits, where the source content hasn’t been key-framed properly. If you are watching content on the X900E that has very little motion or lower motion, the result is almost passable. But the simple act of a hand waving on screen produces the warping effect. Sports are impossible to watch with the Motionflow on. The True Cinema Motionflow setting was actually OK for movie content, as it appears to use something more like motion-vector-nearest frame duplication. Better yet, turn off Motionflow altogether for best overall results. I love true 60 fps content; the more realism the better. But the ‘soap opera effect’ that many TV’s try to accomplish just isn’t there yet. To accomplish that in real time requires some very significant horsepower that current TV’s don’t have – let alone powerful editing PC’s. Simple frame duplication upscaling is easier and this TV can do that.
With the above caveats I still would have kept my X900E. The above mentioned things weren’t enough to dissuade me off of the very good picture – and that’s really what I wanted the TV for, mainly as a monitor. I’d say in general this TV is very good, but still could be much better.
I returned mine because of a very obvious dead pixel (dead center, lower third) and a flickering problem on Ports 2 & 3 that couldn’t be solved through trying new cables (bought and tried different ones), switching sources, or troubleshooting with Sony (I found Sony phone support to be excellent). Those two problems combined are not acceptable for a TV where I am paying $1400+ CAD.
I just got a dud. I was within the 30 day window and Amazon was excellent about the return and promptly refunded my money.
A NOTE ABOUT DELIVERY:
TV deliveries for Amazon.ca in Canada are handled by CEVA who require at home ‘white glove’ delivery appointments. In my area (interior BC) CEVA contracts with Overland who delivered the TV. It would be hard for Overland to have provided worse service. Overland lost the TV for two days. When they found it (they said it was misplaced on their shipping dock) they asked if I’d like to come get it. They are in a neighboring city 45 km away. I said no and we made a delivery arrangement as per CEVA’s contracted delivery arrangement. They didn’t keep the appointment. They phoned me 3 hours before the appt saying they were downstairs and asked if I could meet them in the parking lot to take it. I called Overland Calgary who said the delivery agent had to deliver it to the door and that I could inspect it. The driver was rude and angry that he had to bring it to me despite my apt building having wheelchair accessible paved ramps and wide pneumatic wheelchair accessible doors and elevators. When I went to inspect the TV, the driver told me it wasn’t necessary to do that. I signed the delivery and he turned and left without a word.
After delivery the bldg manager contacted me to ask if the delivery was OK, as she said she watched the driver slam it around downstairs – enough that it alerted her to come out of her office and then contact me.
When Overland came to pick up the return they didn’t phone as they were supposed to. It was just the same rude Overland driver just showing up at my door – zero phone call, zero appt. Unbelievable but true, he said he didn’t have his dolly. I watched him drag the TV down the hallway, bang it into the elevator, drag it out through the lobby and across the parking lot pavement to his van.
Amazon if you are wondering how I may have gotten a defective TV your answer may be right there. CEVA were helpful and courteous; Overland was rude, unreliable and mishandled the TV.
Based on my overall experience with this order I would never purchase a large TV from Amazon again. This isn't necessarily a reflection on Amazon or this Sony TV, but the reality of living in a smaller community in BC where larger delivery agencies like CEVA need to contract out to smaller shippers who may not care about delivery standards.
Minus one star because the android system is a bit slow. Also the corners of the tv seem a bit darker than the rest of the tv, but I hear that's normal with most led tvs.
I watch mostly sports including hockey, soccer, basketball and baseball and it does tremendously well both with 4K signal and HD.
At the moment of this quick review, it's an even better value now compared to the 2018 model.
4K works with Samsung UBD-7500 DVD player just fine.