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Sony Bravia 75-Inch TV (X900F Series)
I took the plunge and bought the Sony (XBR75X900F) 4K TV when my old Samsung LCD suddenly stopped working. The Samsung TV lasted me ten years, but this time I ended up going the Sony route. My old TV was 55 inches, but I decided to spend a little more and upgrade to 75 inches. I also mounted my new TV on my living room wall, which I absolutely love.
If you're upgrading from a small screen size, like I did, the 75-inch screen makes a huge difference. I stared at a 55-inch screen for so long. If I could do it again, I probably would have bought the 85-inch, but the 75-inch is plenty.
This review is based on the Sony X900F I bought in 2018. As of this 2021 update, I still use the TV all the time, and it still performs great without any issues. I keep the software updated. If you can afford the Sony Bravia series, it's well worth it, but I'll explain what I like and dislike about mine so you can decide if it's worth your hard-earned money or not.
The picture isn't as good as OLED, but as of this writing, OLED is still more expensive than the Sony Bravia series, even the smaller screen size. If you aren't willing to spend the extra money for OLED, the Sony 900 series, or the most recent Sony model in this series, provides a stunning picture that is more than enough for me. In my case, I wanted to replace my broken Samsung TV sooner than later.
The picture quality of the X900F is awesome, even outside of 4K viewing, but 4K is where it really shines. After my TV was wall mounted and set up, I viewed some 4K nature videos on Youtube and was really impressed with the clarity and color definition. Sony says their Triluminos display makes colors more vibrant. I won't argue with that. The picture quality is way better than my previous Samsung TV.
Another observation I've made when comparing this TV with my old Samsung LCD is there isn't any motion blur from fast movement. That was one of the reasons I bought this model. My old TV had terrible motion blur.
The X900F does upscale non-4K content pretty well. I haven't watched an older DVD yet, but standard Blu-Ray and streaming non-4K content on Netflix, or Youtube, looks good. Your Internet speed plays a role too.
Watching 4K (ultra HD) content is where this TV looks the best. This TV has high dynamic range (HDR) for enhanced picture quality. You won't see its full potential unless your HDMI cables, player, and content, are all 4K compatible. After setting up my Sony 4K player, I watched both The Martian and It, and the picture quality was impressive. I have since watched the 4K versions of Rambo, all of the John Wick movies, and Alien, all of which look amazing on this TV.
The Sony X900F has full-array local dimming for a brighter picture. It is to my understanding that the Sony 800 series is edge lit, making colors less bright and dark scenes darker. Having never viewed the 800 series, I have nothing to compare it to, other than my old Samsung.
The remote isn't horrible, but it can be annoying sometimes. I've experienced lag at times when trying to select an app from the home screen, and sometimes it takes five or ten seconds for the TV to power on. The best button on the remote is the Google voice command feature, which is a huge time saver when searching videos on Youtube. Press the button, speak into the microphone on the remote, and your content appears moments later.
The button configuration on this remote is poorly laid out, in my opinion. The circular menu buttons are too close to the arrow buttons, making it very easy to accidentally press the wrong button. Surprisingly, the remote also lacks a YouTube button. There are buttons for Netflix and Google Play, but not YouTube. The YouTube app was previously missing from the apps on-screen menu, but Sony has since added it.
On the plus side, the pause, play, and rewind/fast forward buttons on the remote work really well for Youtube and Netflix, without any delay. This might also be dependent on your Internet speed, though, but it's lightning fast compared to my Roku.
The sound from the built-in speakers on this TV is worse than my previous Samsung LCD. I noticed the horrible sound quality right away, so I bought a nice Sony sound bar. You definitely need to buy a good soundbar if you're buying a high-quality TV like this and want to watch amazing 4K movies with Dolby Atmos.
I bought the Sony Z9-F soundbar with the matching surround sound speakers. Pairing the Sony sound system with the TV made a huge difference, but even a cheap sound bar would probably sound better than the built-in speakers.
The Bravia X900F is a smart TV (Android), loaded with a rather large selection of apps on the main screen. Sony has added quite a few apps since I bought this TV. As I mentioned earlier in this article, there was originally some lag scrolling through the menu apps and selecting one, but that problem no longer exists after I updated the software.
The selection of apps is good. You get all of the popular apps, including YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle, Tubi, and a lot more. The menu previously excluded YouTube, but now the app is included.
Unless you go with an inexpensive Vizio, or TCL flat screen, buying a Sony Bravia TV wider than 55-inches isn't going to be cheap unless you downsize or buy an older model, but you definitely get what you pay for. I went with the 75-inch because I stared at a 55-inch for ten years, and I wanted something bigger for my large living room wall. I have zero regrets about buying this particular model. I don't plan on buying another TV for a long time.
Typically, the cost for a Sony increases by around $1,500 for every additional ten inches of screen width. The Sony (X900F) 75-inch from 2018, which this review is based on, now costs a little under $2,000 used, or you can spend more and buy the newer model that replaced it. It is my understanding that the performance of both the new and old models I own are very similar, with the newer model being slightly better for video game performance. I don't know because I'm not a gamer. I definitely recommend going with a Sony Bravia if you want high-quality viewing but don't want to fork over the extra money for OLED.
My only complaint is the oversized remote, which isn't back-lit, or equipped with a convenient Youtube button. You can still access Youtube from the screen menu, but a button on the remote would be better. The menu buttons are also too close to the arrow buttons. The remote isn't horrible, but it could be better.
The high dynamic range (HDR) picture doesn't disappoint with the right setup. There is no motion blur at all when watching fast-moving scenes in a movie. Streaming and watching 4K movies looks great, even the upscale quality for non-4K content.
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Questions & Answers
Question: What HDMI cables would you recommend?
Answer: You need a 4k HDMI cable for this tv. I don't recall the brand I chose for mine, but you don't need to spend a lot on a fancy cable. Just make sure the cable is 4k.