Sony X950G vs Sony X900F Review (XBR55X950G vs XBR55X900F, XBR65X950G vs XBR65X900F, XBR75X950G vs XBR75X900F, XBR85X950G vs XBR85X900F)
Sony X950G is the mid-class of Sony’s 2019 LED TV lineup and also the successor of Sony X900F. You need to know, Sony X900F is a mid-class TV in 2018 with excellent peak brightness and native contrast ratio. It also has good performance in other aspects. In this year, X950G is launched to replace the X900F in the market. And of course, with some improvements that expected makes it is better than X900F the predecessor. In the market, X900F comes in 5 screen sizes options including 49 Inch (XBR49X900F), 55 Inch (XBR55X900F), 65 Inch (XBR65X900F), 75 Inch (XBR75X900F), and 85 Inch (XBR85X900F). Like the predecessor, Sony X950G also comes with the screen sizes we found in X900F except 49 inch those are 55 Inch (XBR55X950G), 65 Inch (XBR65X950G), 75 Inch (XBR75X950G), and 85 Inch (XBR85X950G).
In here, there is a difference in technology between the smaller screen sizes and the bigger screen sizes of X950G. The 75 inch (XBR75X950G) and 85 inch (XBR85X950G) is already supported by X-Wide Viewing Angle technology. This makes them can provides wider viewing angle coverage than conventional VA TV. Meanwhile, the 55 inch (XBR55X950G) and 65 Inch (XBR65X950G) are not supported by this technology. And since the difference in this technology has impact on their performance, particularly in native contrast ratio and side viewing angle coverage, this comparison refers to the smaller screen (55 inch and 65 Inch) that is not yet supported by the X-Wide Viewing Angle technology. So, what improvements offered by X950G over the X900F predecessor?
Sony X950G vs X900F Key Specs
|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-tended Dynamic Range Pro||Yes (6X)||Yes (6x)|
|X Wide Angle||55 Inch and 65 Inch : No, 75 inch and 85 Inch : Yes||No|
|Picture Processor||4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate||4K HDR Processor 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||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster|
|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|
|Native Refresh Rate||120 Hz||120 Hz|
|Motion Enhancement||X Motion Clarity||X Motion Clarity|
|Smart TV Platform||Android TV 8.0 Oreo||Android TV 7.0 Nougat|
|Remote||Sony’s 2019 Voice Remote Control||Sony’s 2018 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|
The Difference between Sony X900F and X950G
One of the major improvements offered by Sony X950G over the predecessor is its picture engine where it is already powered by a new 4K HDR processor X1 Ultimate instead X1 Extreme. This new processor is claimed can perform better performance than the older processor, particularly in handling motion, improving fine details and processing HFR (High Frame Rate) content. This processor is the same as we found on Z9F, the Master Series of Sony’s 2018 LED TV. There are some additional technologies embedded on the X1 Ultimate where one of them is Object Based Super Resolution Technology. The table below explain the differences in technology embedded in X1 Ultimate and X1 Extreme.
|Technology Embedded||X1 Ultimate||X1 Extreme|
|Dynamic Contrast Enhancer||Yes||Yes|
|Precision Color Mapping||Yes||Yes|
|Super Bit Mapping HDR||Yes||Yes|
|Object Based HDR Remaster||Yes||Yes|
|Object Based Super Resolution||Yes||No|
The difference in X-Wide Angle Technology is not for all models of Sony X950G and X900F. But this is only for their 75 inch and 85 inch models. Meanwhile, for 55 inch and 65 inch, they are not yet supported by this technology. The use of X-Wide angle makes Sony X950G (XBR75X950G and XBR85X950G) has better side viewing angle coverage than X900. But on the other hand, this makes its native contrast ratio is lower than standard VA panel. Actually, this technology has been used by Sony’s Master Series Z9F in last year. But once again, this difference is just only for 75 inch and 85 inch while their 65 Inch and 55 inch still have poor viewing angle coverage as is typical of a TV with VA panel.
Smart TV Platform
Sony X900F and X950G both use Android TV as their smart TV platform. But for this case, X950G as a newer model comes with newer version of Android TV that is Android 8.0 Oreo while X900F comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. There are some improvements offered by Android 8.0 over Android 7.0, particularly in user interface and performance. In 8.0 version, its interface has been overhauled that makes it is not as difficult and confusing as in previous version.
Unlike in last year where the design of Sony’s 2018 Voice remote is almost the same the previous years, in 2019, Sony’s Voice Remote comes with new design. For a 2019 model, it is still large and has a lot of buttons, but it is longer and thinner than 2018 model. Additionally, the 2019 model also has metallic tint while 2018 model has black tint. There is a slight change in the layout of the buttons but in general, they have almost same functionalities.
Type of Speaker
As we have see on the comparison table above, Sony X900F and X950G may be equipped with the same audio system that is 2 Ch Speaker system with 20 watts of total sound output, but they use different type of speaker. If Sony X900F uses bass reflex speaker, Sony X950G uses Acoustic Multi Audio Speaker. Acoustic Multi Audio actually still uses bass reflex speaker. But there is additional two sound-positioning tweeters in the rear of the TV that improves quality of the sound produced, particularly in high frequency.
The superiority of Sony X950G
One of the major improvements offered by X950G over the X900F predecessor is its peak brightness. Sony X900F may already have good peak brightness, but X950G even offers better. With real SDR content, X950G can reach a bit less than 600 nits. This means, it is bright enough to fight the glare when it is used in a bright room. But even so, since it has local dimming technology, their peak brightness is depending on the scene. The darker scene that means the smaller bright scene, its peak brightness is brighter. When showing bright small windows like highlights in a dark scene, it is even able to show it brighter than 900 nits. The performance of Sony X950G is even more impressive. With real HDR scene, its peak brightness is around 700 nits, bright enough to maintain the picture quality when used in bright room. Like X900F, peak brightness of X950G is also depending on the scene. The excellence, it is able to show bright small windows sizes brighter than 1200 nits.
With HDR content, their peak brightness is even brighter. Sony X900F can reach around 900 nits while X950G even can reach brighter than 1100 nits. Meanwhile, when showing a highlight in a dark scene, X900F can show it a bit less than 1000 nits while X950G can show it at around 1200 nits. With peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits, this certainly makes Sony X950G can shows bright scene or highlight of HDR images at 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness like the intended where HDR content is usually mastered. On the other hand, although not as bright as X950G and its peak brightness is still less than 1000 nits that means it cannot show HDR content at the intended, peak brightness of X900F is actually bright enough to show highlight of HDR images excellently.
Side Viewing Angle (Only for 75 inch and 85 Inch)
This only applies on their big screen sizes 75 inch and 85 inch. For their 55 inch and 65 inch, their side viewing angle coverage is almost the same. The superiority of X950G in viewing angle coverage is more caused the use of the new X-Wide Angle optical panel. As is typical of LED TV with VA panel, black level of Sony X900F will look degraded started at about 15 degree off the front and center. Additionally, the color will also look washed out started at 25 degrees. Meanwhile, Sony X950G can maintain their picture quality at wider angle. Black level will start to degrade at about 35 degrees. Additionally, color also starts to look washed out at around 40 degrees off center and front. This certainly make the picture displayed on the screen of X950G will look more consistent than X900F when viewed from the side. But even so, although what offered by X950G is better than standard VA TV, but it is still worse than IPS TV or OLED TV. Meanwhile, for the 55 inch and 65 inch model, performance of X950G is almost similar to Sony X900F.
The use of the new X1 Ultimate makes Sony X950G offers improvements in its input lags over the predecessor X900F. Sony X900Fmay already have good input lags in Game mode and PC mode at 4K resolution, but its input lags in 1080p resolution is too high and may be disappointing for most gamers. Meanwhile, with X1 Ultimate as its picture engine, Sony X950G has good input lags in PC and Game mode at both 4K and 1080p resolution. In 4K resolution, its input lags is a bit lower than X900F, This makes X950G is a bit more responsive when used for playing 4K games. While in 1080p resolution, the input lags of X950G is much lower than X900F. And of curse, this makes X950G is much more responsive than X900G. This will be more noticeable especially when used for playing fast paced games.
Smart TV Platform
As we have discussed above, Sony X950G is featuring Android TV 8.0 Oreo as its smart TV platform while X900F is featuring Android 7.0 Nougat. As we have discussed above, Android 8.0 Oreo comes with a significant improvement over previous versions of Android TVs. If in Android 7.0 Nougat, many options that used are located at the bottom of the page, in 8.0 version, they are moved at the top. Additionally, If in android 7.0 version, its interface is quite crowded, in android 8.0, its interface is also organized better, make find content is easier. Overall, although the interface of Android 8.0 is not still as easy to use as other smart TVs, but it is easier than the older versions. Meanwhile, the upgrade of the MediaTek as its processor also makes it runs smoother than previous version.
The superiority of Sony X900F
Black Level and Contrast
Actually, Sony X900F and X950G both have good native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black that certainly also makes their performance in a dark room is also good. But compare between them, Sony X900F as the older model precisely has a bit higher native contrast ratio than X950G that certainly also makes it can produce deeper black level. With local dimming disable, the naïve contrast ratio of is around 5000:1 while X950G is less than 4500:1. Meanwhile, with local dimming enable, their native contrast ratio is slightly boosted, but X900F still has higher native contrast ratio than X950G. But even so, the superiority actually is not too significant and doesn’t have significant impact on most usage. Their black level is deep enough to reveal details of images in a dark scene, allow them can produce shadow details of HDR images excellently like the intended.
The superiority of X900F to X950G may be more due by the panel variance. Meanwhile, on their 75 inch and 85 inch model, X900F has much better contrast ratio than X950G.
The other superiority of Sony X900F is also in color reproduction. Both of them may be powered by the same technologies including TriLuminos Display, Precision Color Mapping, Live Color Technology, and others, but for this case, Sony X900F can produce a bit wider color gamut and a bit better color volume than X950G. This certainly makes some certain color can be shown more accurate on the screen of X900F than X950G. Nevertheless, basically, they both already support wide color gamut. Their color gamut can cover more than 93% of DCI P3 color space and more than 70% of REC.2020 color space. This means, their color gamut is good enough to produce colorful HDR images.
Additionally, although X900F also has better color volume than X950G, but basically, they both have decent color gamut. Their local dimming can extend their wide color gamut down at their brightness range. This makes them can produce darker colors saturated as bright colors. But even so since their color gamut is not as wide as the competitor like Samsung Q7FN or others, of course this makes them cannot fill out the entire gamut as good as the competitors.
Just like on their native contrast ratio, the superiority of X900F to X950G in producing color gamut and color volume is also not too significant and more due by panel variance.
The Similar Performance
Local Dimming Performance
Coming with Full Array Local Dimming, the local dimming performance of Sony 900F and X950G is almost similar. Their local dimming is able to boost their native contrast ratio and to extend the color gamut produced by them. Additionally, their local dimming is also able to make small windows size is brighter than larger windows sizes. But a bit unfortunately, when they are showing small bright object in a dark scene like subtitles in movies or others, some unwanted adjacent light around bright object or called “blooming” is still visible, particularly in HDR.
Both Sony X900F and X900G have excellent color gradient, even among the best that ever. During normal usage, particularly when playing 10 bit content like HDR content, color gradient of images produced looks very smooth with almost no color banding visible. Some little banding that may be visible in certain color should not be noticed by most people. Meanwhile, when they are playing 8 bit content such as SDR movies, some banding may be still visible in certain colors. But even so, the visible banding can be reduced by enabling “Smooth Gradation” feature. But on the other hand, enabling this feature will expense some fine details of images.
Performance of Sony X950G and X900F of handling motion blur is almost similar. They both have excellent pixel response time This makes the picture produced when they are playing fast moving images like fast movies or sports looks very smooth. Following fast moving object, there is only a very short ghosting trail where most people may not notice this much. Meanwhile, most of the blur that may visible is more caused by 60 fps persistence. Nevertheless, both of Sony X950G and X900F actually has an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) mode for minimizing persistence blur when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But a bit unfortunately, the lowest possible frequency of their flickering pattern is 120 Hz. This means, although blur that caused by 60 fps persistence can be minimized, but the result is not as good as a TV that has 60 Hz flickering pattern.
By enabling their BFI mode, this may be able to reduce blur that caused by 60 fps persistence. But on the other hand, this will makes their backlight will flicker at 120 Hz. You need to know, by default, to dim their backlight, both Sony X900F and X950G use PWM Dimming system with 720 Hz of flickering pattern. Since they have very high dimming frequency, this certainly makes backlight flicker is almost no visible. By enabling a BFI mode, this will bring down their frequency dimming to 120 Hz. This certainly makes their backlight flicker is more visible. To enabling their BFI mode, this is depending on your preference. For you who are not comfort with backlight flicker, you can disable this mode. Otherwise, for you who are not comfort with persistence blur, you can enable this mode.
Sony X950G vs X900F Performance
For Watching Movies
Usually, most of people prefer watch movies in a dark room. For this case, this requires a TV that has deep black. And for this case, both Sony X900F and X950G have good contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black. Additionally, they also have good black uniformity and local dimming performance. Not only that, they are also able to play 24p movies with judder-free, no matter the frame rate of the source. Combination between all makes picture displayed on their screen looks excellent in a dark room. Black looks really black, darker colors also looks fairly accurate, makes dark scene of images looks excellent on their screen. Meanwhile, compare between them, actually Sony X900F has a bit deeper black level than X950G. But on the other hand, the black uniformity of Sony X950G is slight better than X900F. In General, both Sony X950G and X900F are good TV for watching movies in a dark room.
For Watching Sport
If when watching movies, most people usually prefer in a dark room, when watching sports, most people usually prefer in bright room with a group of family or friend. And since most sports have a lot of fast moving scene, this certainly needs a TV with good motion handling. And for this case, Sony X900F and X950G both have good peak brightness and reflection handling for overcoming the glare in a bright room. The both also have good motion handling for delivering smooth fast scene. But keep in mind, since their side viewing angle coverage is poor, these TVs are not suitable when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from the multiple angles.
For Playing Games
When used for playing 4K Games, performance of Sony X900F and X950G is almost similar and their performance is good. In addition to good picture quality, they also have good motion handling and low input lags in 4K resolution. X950G may have a bit lower input lags than X900F, but their difference is not too significant. In general, no matter you are playing causal or fast paced games, playing 4K games with them will feel responsively. Meanwhile, when used for playing 1080p games, Sony X950G is better than X900F. This is due X950G has much lower input lags than X900F in 1080p resolution. The input lags of X9650G are low enough to play any 1080p games responsively. Meanwhile, the input lags of X900F in 1080p are not as low as X900F. Its input lags may be still acceptable for casual games, but for fast paced games, its input lags may be disappointing you.
Both Sony X950G and X900F are great TV for HDR experience. They both have deep black that allow them can show shadow details of HDR images excellently. Additionally, both of them also have wide color gamut. This makes color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks accurate. Not only that, both of them also have good peak brightness that allows them to create bright and vivid highlight for HDR images. Special for X900F, since its peak brightness is still less than 1000 nits, it cannot show HDR images at brightness level intended by content creator. Sony X950G can do better. Although not always, but in certain scenes, it can show very bright highlight for HDR at the brightness level intended by content creator. In general, when showing shadow details dark scene, X900F can do better. Otherwise, when showing highlights or bright scene, X950G can get brighter.
Winner: X900F wins in dark scene, wins in bright scene
Smart TV Experience
As we have discussed above, as their smart TV platform, Sony X950G runs Android 8.0 Oreo while X900F runs Android 7.0 Nougat. In Android 8.0, its interface has been overhauled. Although still not as easy to use as other smart TV platform like WebOS or Tizen, at least, in Android 8.0, navigation is easier than previous version. Its interface is organized better than Android other version. Additionally, there is also the new customizable menu as the additional features. In addition to interface, its processor also has been upgraded. This makes its performance is faster and more consistent than Android 7.0. In term of navigation and performance, Android 8.0 is better than 7.0. Meanwhile, in term of apps and features provided, in general, Android 8.0 is similar to Android 8.0. They both have a lot of useful apps and features as their preinstalled apps. Additionally, they both have been also integrated with Google Voice Assistant that makes their voice navigation is more powerful. This allows you to do a lot voice commands. And finally, their excellent apps store called Google Play Store is supported by tons of developer that certainly makes apps, games, and contents provided are very complete.
|Performance||Sony X900F||Sony X950G|
|Smart TV Experience|
As we have discussed a lot above, as the newer model that comes with new X1 ultimate picture engine, Sony X950G offers some improvements over the X900F predecessor. But even so, on the other hand, on some certain aspect like contrast ratio and color gamut, its performance precisely is not as good as the predecessor. But we guess that this is just about panel variance. Meanwhile, X950G brings improvement in peak brightness. Now, although not always, in certain scene, X950G can show HDR images at brightness level intended by content creator. Additionally, X950G also offers an improvement over X900F in input lags particularly in 4K resolution. Globally, X950G also offers better smart TV experience than X900F. In general, Sony X950G is better than X900F. But keep in mind, this comparison applies to their 55 inch and 65 inch model. While for 75 inch and 85 inch, the result may be different, particularly in side viewing angle coverage and contrast ratio.
So, which is better choice between them? As a newer model, Sony X950G certainly is better choice than The Sony X900F predecessor. But keep in mind, when we were writing this comparison, X950G is just launched. So it certainly still has a full price and its price is still more expensive than X900F. Waiting for a few months until its price drops may be better. On the other hand, X900F actually is also not a bad choice. In addition to its price is cheaper, its performance is also not much behind 950G. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your preferences and budget.