Sony XBR65X950G review & specs

Sony XBR65X950G: High-Quality 65-Inch UHD/HDR TV for a Home Theater

Sony XBR65X950G

If you’re looking for a premium OLED-like picture for movie- and TV-watching, the XBR65X950G is worth its rather a high price. This TV provides quality HDR with accurate mapping of colors and backlight, and the IMAX-enhancing option further boosts the cinematic effect. Meanwhile, its angled view quickly loses in saturation; so, the colors look washed out and inaccurate.

The X950G by Sony is represented in four display sizes: 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches. They are based on the VA matrix providing high blacks and greys uniformity, and backlit with the FALD technology. The X1 Ultimate processor is very powerful optimizing the image instantaneously and providing a balanced picture in any mode. These TVs have low input lag and high refresh rate; still, they aren’t equipped with the FreeSync VRR and other gaming technologies.

Image quality in the Sony XBR65X950G is high in UHD, FullHD, and lesser formats. The Triluminos technology brings wide color gamut with the slightest hues being distinct. Contrasts are deep, with solid whites, blacks and greys, and highly accurate reds and greens. The upscaling is highly efficient, with a crisp and well-balanced image without stretching pixels and color merging effects. In the SDR, the highlights are very bright and precisely mapped.

The TV supports several HDR formats including the Dolby Vision. It highlights pop, and the overall image is highly contrast and colorful. The XDR technology boosts the contrasts even further increasing the darkness of shades and the popping effect of bright spots, preserving the overall crispness of the picture.

Mentioning the motion handling in this Sony XBR65X950G review, the former provides no trail or blur even in the dynamic scenes. The refresh rate of 120Hz helps preserve the transitions and lines solid and sharp. The input lag is low making about 19ms.

The connections panel is quite rich, with four HDMI eARC-enabled with 4K passthrough at 60Hz, three USB ports, component and composite ports, optical and analog audio outs, VGA, Ethernet. Wireless is also ample, with capable Bluetooth, two-band Wi-Fi, and built-in Chromecast. The TV also supports Siri and Alexa providing full voice control.

The following XBR65X950G review must reflect the OS as well. The Android TV version 9.0 implemented on this TV, is diverse, with lots of apps including YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Video, and many others. However, the navigation is somewhat sluggish, due to the high content load and average operating processor used.

The TV has an attractive minimalist look, with thin bezels and minimal for FALD TV depth of 2.71 inches. The remote goes in the metal case and has convenient buttons offset and ergonomics.

Sony XBR65X950G pros and cons

Pros

  • Netflix calibrated mode optimizes the image to make it true-to-source for Netflix streamed content.
  • Full Airplay 2 support for iPhone and iPad immediate streaming.
  • Detailed settings menu lets tweak the performance to the individual taste.

Cons

  • No HDMI 2.1 support.
  • In a lit room, some glare might be present.

Common features

Product

Sony XBR65X950G

Model

XBR65X950G

Brand

Sony

Rating

4.6 of 5

Reviews

16

General

Series

X950G

Screen sizes in series

55, 65, 75, 82

Display

Screen size, inch

65

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160

Display type

VA

Screen design

flat

Display width, cm/in

142.85/56.24

Display height, cm/in

80.35/31.63

Display area, %

95.35

Display colors

1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

120

Aspect ratio

16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

MKV, ASF, VOB

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

Flash Video, VC-1, VP7, VP8, VP9

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178

Vertical, degrees

178

Audio

Speakers

surround

Speakers power, W

20

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

APE, AIFF, ALAC, MIDI

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black

Width, cm/in

144.7/56.96

Height, cm/in

83.2/32.75

Depth, cm/in

6.9/2.71

Weight, kg/lbs

23.5/51.81

Width with stand, cm/in

144.7/56.96

Height with stand, cm/in

90.2/35.51

Depth with stand, cm/in

23.3/9.1

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

24.9/54.9

Connections

HDMI

4

USB

3

Component video input

1

Composite video input

1

VGA input

1

Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF)

1

Analog audio output (3.5 mm)

1

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

300 x 300

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

Vudu, YouTube

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Motionflow XR

Backlight technology

Direct LED

Manufacturer

Native refresh rate, Hz

120

Panel bit depth, bits

10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.0372/0.0146

Pixel density, ppi

68

Processor

Model

ARM Cortex-A73

Operating system

Operating system

Android 9.0

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

Maximum power consumption, W

292

Standby power consumption, W

0.5

User manual

Manual

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