As a brand, Sony has experienced many ups and downs in its TV portfolio over the past decade, but in the last two years, the company has started streamlining the launched models, leaping on the OLED bandwagon and improving its image processing game. X1 Ultimate Chip. Needless to say, Sony TVs come with premium price and premium quality However, in the last 2 years of TV review, there have been a lot of budget offers in the market that offer 4K HDR and some smart capabilities that have made it difficult to recommend premium TVs. With a budget of around 60 to 80k one can get a fantastic LED LCD TV. So what does it take to draw attention to the Sony X95G? Find out.
Glasses at a glance
Panel size: 55-inch (also available in 75 and 85-inch)
Panel type: VA LED
Panel resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K
Panel refresh rate: 120Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
Dolby Vision Support: Yes
Weight (including stand): 19.1 kg
HDMI port: 4
USB port: 3
Speaker: 2 x 10W
Built-in storage: 16GB
Price: MRP: 2,49,900
Display and image quality
Let’s dive into the most important thing – display and image quality The Sony X95G has a VA panel with Dolby Vision support with 4K resolution and HDR 10. It also has a Netflix mode, which was first introduced with Sony’s Master Series line-up. It has two settings for Dolby Vision content – Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark. We’ll run through all of this in the section below but let’s find some burning points along the way. The TV has a VA panel. This means a good representation of blacks but the viewing angles are damaged. One thing to keep in mind here. Sony has a technology called ‘X-Wide Angle’, which helps the viewing angle of a VA panel. It is present in the X95G but not in the 55-inch variant that we have here for review. It is available in 75- and 85-inch variants of the TV, which is a bummer. We’ve played content and moved around the house, and you won’t have any problems watching TV up to about 50 degrees. Other than that, it’s about lighting your home. More light means more reflection in sharp corners and in a dark room, blacks start to look a little gray. It’s not a problem that somehow breaks the TV viewing experience, but we’d love to see Sony’s wide-angle technology in the 55-inch variant as well.
4K and HDR performance
I said at the beginning of the review that I find it difficult to recommend expensive TVs because mid-range TVs are standard. Yes, I would like to take it back, please. I was engrossed in firing our experimental sequences of modified carbon using the built-in Netflix app and the first frame. Season 1 Episode 7 features a fight sequence that shifts between slow-moving and fast-paced action into a warehouse filled with dark corners and sunlight coming through the roof. In this situation the dynamic range and maximum brightness make the content look desirable. The protagonist is wearing armor with a webbing design on it and it looks as clear and detailed as all day, especially when the protagonist walks through dark areas of the house.
Other HDR content, including Daredevil, Love Death + Robot, and more, showed the same amount of detail in each scene they presented. The description of each frame of content captures my attention. The Panasonic TH-55FX800D (read our review here) is a TV of 2018 that I really liked and surpassed Panasonic in terms of Sony X95G 4K HDR performance.
In Netflix mode, Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark, I personally prefer Dolby Vision Bright mode for our game content. In Dolby Vision Dark and Netflix mode, some content looks darker than I like and Dolby Vision Bright makes things a little brighter by name.
We’ve played a lot of FHD content from TV like Wonder Woman, Young Sheldon and many more and the FHD content has been beautifully presented. Young Sheldon’s scenes look bright and the characters’ facial features are visible with lots of details. Even Wonder Woman, a movie whose performance I thoroughly enjoyed on 2018 Panasonic TV was miles ahead of Sony. The sharp, slightly darker tone is well presented, even Wonder Woman’s costume is seen in detail, and the order in which she walks through the battlefield, protected from bullets, is worth watching.
We even watched a lot of World Cup matches on this TV and the fast moving sports content from the Hotstar app was enjoyable without any artificial smoothing.
We had the Xbox One X console of choice and we played the following games: Forza Horizon 4, Doom and Gears of War 4. Here’s the thing. In Gears of War, which is a 4K HDR game, we see blurred gears icons on the title screen and loading screen, which we didn’t see on budget HDR TVs that highlight the ability to render TV details in the dark. The HDR Brightness slider that looks deceptive on most budget TVs actually works in the game on TV. The brick details of the walls in Gears 4, the character model and the overall environment were worth seeing.
In Doom, which is a game in 4K but SDR, the surface of Mars looked dusty orange as expected. Sometimes when Doom loads a new area, you can see the texture pops in. The pop-in was so obvious in some sections that it was proof of the TV’s ability to render close to sharp details.
Now for some bad news – HDMI 2.1
HDMI 2.1 will help a lot as a new standard. It will support variable refresh rate, support for 8K 60Hz, support for BT2020 and eARC. Sony X95G only supports eARC. It can display content at 120Hz but does not support variable refresh rates, a feature available on PCs and is expected to be standardized across future generation gaming consoles.
The presence of eARC is nice though it ensures that you can connect it to audio systems that support the feature. With eARC, customers will be able to get DTS-X and Dolby Atmos audio from TV in compatible audio gear.
Not supporting all the features of HDMI 2.1 at this stage is still something that can be considered acceptable as most of the features will be a few years before it is applied to the content. But considering the price of the TV, consumers will use it for a decade before upgrading, and the lack of certain features does not make it 100 percent futuristic.
Sony has applied its acoustic surface technology to its flagship OLED TVs, and considering them TV speakers, the sound from them is actually quite good. But I wanted a little more from the X85G. The dialogue is clear, the music is enjoyable, but the overall punch is missing. The sound of the shotgun, though present, feels somewhat lacking. For everyday use, the speakers are quite good, especially if you change the news, TV show or channels. Priced at around Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 1,50,000, these sound much better than what we saw on Point TV. To get a immersive movie or gaming experience you need to resort to a soundbar or a home theater.
Sony has been running Android TV OS since the inception of Smart TV and the experience was weak and backward until the launch of Android TV 8. We have Android 8 with Sony X95G and the experience is butter smooth. There has never been a time when gaming on a console, streaming using native apps, logging into the Play Store without a UI response. It works very smoothly.
There are some subtle changes to the UI that work well. If you want to change the source, image or audio settings, you do not have to drag the bar on the right side to block the viewing experience. For basic setting changes like picture mode, audio, source and much more, a small strip comes at the bottom of the display and it’s easy to navigate. At the bottom you can add some settings that you want to access from this bar, so that it is easy to change your most used settings.
In addition to the new settings menu, the rest of the Android TV UI is the same as we saw on previous Sony TVs. You have everything neatly laid out in rows. The top row contains all the apps you use frequently, and the next row highlights the content of other apps and streaming services based on your usage and preferences. It is a clean UI that gives key visibility to the content.
What is it? A new remote control? A new design! Has Sony finally heard our prayers? Although the layout of the remote control has changed slightly, it is the build and buttons themselves that have gone through the much-needed upgrade. The remote control now has a textured back that gives it a good grip. The buttons are well spaced and have a nice rubber click. If you hold the remote in the center, you can access most of the functions at your fingertips. Unlike the LG TV UI, Sony’s TV Remote still doesn’t have a mouse feature and typing still manually navigates the on-screen keyboard, but you can use the Android TV app on your smartphone to simplify the typing process. Since the passwords for apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and more can be stored in your Google Account, logging in to TV once ensures that all your streaming service apps are running and running without the need to log in repeatedly.
Construction and design
Finally, let’s talk about the construction and design of the TV. The TV isn’t the thinnest out there, and considering the amount of technology to backlight it without external power bricks, that’s fine. The placement of the port is quite standard. They are all on the right side of the TV. On the back, we have a USB port, with three HDMI ports, an optical audio port, a LAN port, and a good old antenna. On the right panel, we have an HDMI port, two USB ports, headphones out and a video-in port.
The thickness of the TV makes it convenient to reach the side ports when the TV is mounted on the wall.
In the case of bezels, the TV has a really thin bezel that does not interfere with the viewing experience. There is a small white LED on the bottom of the TV but you can control its intensity in the UI of the TV. This is not a hindrance while watching TV.
If you decide to put a TV on a tabletop, know that the legs are really wide, which means you will need a large table for this TV. The legs are wide enough to comfortably place a soundbar under the TV without any problems. If you want, there is enough space under the TV to fit a gaming console
The last row
The Sony X95G is a fantastic premium LED LCD TV and a worthy consideration for those who do not want to go for OLED bandwagon. It has a bright rich display for content and gaming. The UI is fluid, has lots of features and is acceptable for watching audio TV. Where it is lacking, its older siblings lack the ‘X-Wide Angle’ technology and limited HDMI 2.1 functionality. We haven’t tested other TVs in this price range so it’s hard to say how it compares to the 2019 offers from LG, Samsung, etc. But if you are looking for the latest premium LED TV, you must consider it You will not be disappointed. Other brands’ 2018 flagships are available at cheaper price points, which makes a good price offer, but since this is a 2019 TV, we will preserve our comparison of this TV with other 2019 TVs, not the 2018 model.