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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 TV 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, mounting my new TV on my living room wall, which I absolutely love.
When wall mounted, the size of this TV is huge at first, but after a couple weeks you get used to it. If you're upgrading from a small screen size, like I did, the 75-inch screen makes a huge difference.
The Sony X900F is an awesome TV if you can afford it, but I'll explain what I like and dislike about it so you can decide if it's worth your money or not.
The picture isn't as good as OLED, but as of this writing, the price for an OLED TV is more expensive than the Sony Bravia series, even in the smaller size. If you aren't willing to spend the extra money on an OLED, the Sony 900 series is probably the next best option, or wait for OLED prices to drop. In my case, I needed to replace my broken TV sooner than later.
The picture quality of the X900F is awesome, even outside of 4K viewing, but it's best when viewed at its full potential. After my TV was mounted and set up, I viewed some 4K nature videos on Youtube and was impressed with the clarity. Bright colors look amazing. Sony says their Triluminos display makes colors more vibrant. I won't argue with that. The picture quality is way better than my TV from 2009.
Another observation I've made, when comparing this TV with my old Samsung LCD, is there isn't any motion blur, or fogginess, around fast moving objects. This was actually one of the reasons I bought this model, because my old TV had terrible motion blur.
The X900F does upscale non-4K content pretty well, but you'll notice some grain, depending on what you're watching of course. I haven't watched an older DVD yet, but standard Blu-Ray and streaming non-4k content on Netflix, or Youtube, looks good. This all depends on your Internet speed though.
Watching 4K (ultra HD) content, especially Blu-Ray, is where this TV really shines. This TV is 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, and you need to make sure your Internet speed is fast enough if you're streaming. After setting up my Sony 4K player, I watched both The Martian and It, and the picture quality is impressive.
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 is even missing from the selection of on screen apps, so I have to use the voice command button to go to Youtube. This isn't a big deal, but for the price of this model, I would expect the remote to be much better.
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 lightening fast compared to my Roku.
Like most tv's, the sound from the built-in speakers is pretty bad, and even worse than my Samsung LCD. Buying a good sound bar is a must for the best audio visual experience. For the price you're going to pay for this model, it's foolish not to buy a decent sound system.
I bought the Sony Z9-F sound bar with the matching surround sound speakers. Pairing this sound system with the TV made a huge difference, but even a cheap sound bar will likely sound better than the built-in speakers. A sound bar will also give you more control over the sound.
The Bravia X900F is a smart TV (Android), loaded with a rather large selection of apps on the main screen. As I mentioned earlier in this article, scrolling through the apps and selecting one can sometimes be difficult. Sometimes I have to push the button two to three times before the app will load. For the price I paid, this is a little disappointing, but not at all a deal breaker. Very little time is spent scrolling through apps anyway. Once the app is selected, you're done with it, so it's not a big deal, but worth noting.
The selection of apps is good, except on mine, the Youtube app isn't displayed for some reason. I have to use the voice command button to open the app. There are too many on-screen apps to list here, but the two most popular ones, Netflix and Amazon Prime, are included.
Unless you go with a Vizio, or TCL flat screen, buying a big flat screen from Sony isn't cheap, unless you downsize to 55-inches. I upgraded the screen size because I watched a 55-inch for ten years and wanted something bigger for my large living room wall. I don't plan on buying another one for a long time, hopefully.
Typically, the cost increases by around $1,500 for every additional ten inches of screen size. The price for the Sony (X900F) 75-inch , as of this writing, is $3,500. Compared to OLED, this price is more affordable, and you do get what you pay for. My only complaint is the oversized remote, which has no illumination, or even a Youtube button, and the menu buttons are too close to the arrow buttons.
Scrolling through and selecting apps does stall sometimes, which can be annoying, but with high dynamic range (HDR), the picture doesn't disappoint if you're set up correctly with the right HDMI cables and Internet speed for streaming. There is no motion blur at all when watching action scenes in a movie. Streaming and watching 4K Blu-Ray looks great. The upscale quality for non-4k content is good too. I give it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Four stars for the great picture and one star off for the remote.
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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.