Sony A9G vs A90J TV comparison 2021/04

Although the Sony AG9 is a 2019 model and thus no longer the most up-to-date TV, it is part of Sony’s Master Series. This is Sony’s high-end OLED series, which did not grow last year. However, this changes with the Sony A90J, which is supposed to satisfy even the most demanding cineastes, i.e. movie and TV lovers. Although there was the Sony A8H in 2020, it was not part of the high-end series and would therefore not be quite as suitable for this comparison. Now the question naturally arises, what has actually happened in the two years? To answer this, we should take a closer look at the Sony A9G vs A90J comparison!

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Sony A9G and A90J compared – Which TV is better?

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Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
75%
Sony A90J 55"
73%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
92%
Sony A90J 55"
89%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
95%
Sony A90J 55"
95%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
89%
Sony A90J 55"
88%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
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Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
93%
Sony A90J 55"
79%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
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Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
73%
Sony A90J 55"
73%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
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Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
81%
Sony A90J 55"
81%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
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Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
87%
Sony A90J 55"
77%
Sony A9G OLED 55"
Sony A90J 55"
Sony A9G OLED 55"
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Sony A90J 2021

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
The fact that the Sony A90J will be one of the 3 best high-end TVs has already become apparent in advance. With its optimized OLED panel, it can be brighter than other OLED TVs, which really brings an immense added value, especially with regard to the display of HDR content. It also has a great sound thanks to the Acoustic Surface Audio feature, which is created by actuators directly in the center of the image.
Of course, the A90J also has the outstanding motion handling, the perfect blacks and the theoretically infinitely high contrast ratio - just like all other OLED TVs.
55" (139cm)
XR-55A90JAEP
65" (164cm)
XR-65A90JAEP

Sony A9G OLED 2019

OLED Panel
OLED Panel
The Sony AG9 OLED is also part of the Master Series and the flagship model from 2019. It has an outstanding picture quality and can put HDR content with the support of Dolby Vision great in scene. The way it displays motion is also exemplary, as it has a near-instant response time just like the other OLED TVs.
Like its successors, it also already uses the Acoustic Surface Audio feature and can thus also generate the sound directly in the center of the picture. So it's a great choice for home cinema! Only without HDMI 2.1, it is not quite ready for gaming.
55" (138,8cm)
XBR55A9G
65" (163,9cm)
XBR65A9G
77" (194,7cm)
XBR77A9G

Detailed comparison: Sony A9G or A90J

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Reflections Comparison

Can also be used well in brighter rooms

It is generally known that the picture quality of an OLED TV really comes into its own in dark surroundings. However, these two candidates also produce a decent picture in brighter rooms. Reflections are satisfactorily dispersed by both OLEDs. However, the A90J can score a bit better in this area, since its average brightness is higher and it can thus outshine any reflections better.

75%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
Video technologies
73%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
690 Nits
Video technologies
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Viewing Angle Comparison

No fading colors even from oblique angles

Although the rating of the Sony A9G vs A90J comparison indicates that the A90J has the edge here, this is actually only theoretically the case. Both are also usable under extremely oblique viewing angles without any major noticeable flaws.

The difference is only really noticeable when you look directly at the OLED TV from the side, which does not come close to normal use.

92%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
89%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
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SDR image Comparison

Similar good SDR performance

When displaying common SDR content, i.e. content with normal dynamic range, both TVs show an almost identical performance. This is because both TVs perform so well that the picture quality of the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) is almost maxed out. If you want more intense pictures with a larger dynamic range and the higher contrast ratios that come with it, you should switch to HDR material.

95%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
95%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
690 Nits
DCI-P3
76.7%
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HDR image Comparison

Improved panel for an even better HDR

The optimized OLED panel allows the Sony A90J to be brighter than its predecessor, the A9G. This is especially reflected in the display of HDR content. In combination with the larger DCI-P3 and the REC 2020 color space, an even more impressive HDR experience can be created.But keep in mind that both TVs really shine in this category.

Both TVs also support Dolby Vision to dynamically optimize compatible content.

89%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
REC 2020
67%
Video technologies
88%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
690 Nits
DCI-P3
76.7%
REC 2020
64.7%
Video technologies
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Movies & Series Comparison

A9G vs A90J - Both almost perfect for your home cinema

Since the excellent picture quality has already been highlighted in the HDR and SDR categories, it is hardly surprising that both TVs can also be used perfectly for movies and series or in home cinemas.

The A90J performs slightly better in terms of sound, even though both support DTS and Dolby Atmos sound formats and can also use the Acoustic Surface Audio feature. However, the A90J sounds slightly more balanced and can produce a bit more bass – even if this is still expandable overall.

93%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 60 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
79%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.2 Channels with 60 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
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Gaming performance Comparison

HDMI 2.1 is included, but features are still missing

OLEDs with a HDMI 2.1 interface were only available before 2o21 with the LG BX, the C9 and its successor the CX. All other OLEDs on the German market had to make do without [email protected], which is a real drawback for most gamers.

Things look different with the 2021 models. The Sony A90J has an HDMI interface with a large enough data transfer rate of 40Gbit/s to display content with a resolution of 4K and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Unfortunately, it still lacks the ALLM and the VRR, which will be delivered later, though. Hopefully, this time it will be more reliable than the Sony X900H.

73%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 16ms
ca. 12ms
73%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 27ms
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Sports performance Comparison

Smooth movements and a wide viewing angle

Since we are talking about two OLED TVs in this comparison of Sony A9G vs A90J, the motion reproduction is naturally outstanding in both models. This adds a lot of value, especially when playing sports content, since not everything is lost in a noise of motion blur.

In addition, the picture quality is really good on both TVs and the viewing angle is very wide, so everyone in the room can see a similarly brilliant picture and is not disturbed by fading colors. So the next super bowl party can come!

81%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
81%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
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Equipment Comparison

Google TV & HDMI 2.1 crown the winner

In principle, the features of both TVs are impressive. However, the 2019 A9G does not have an HDMI 2.1 interface and has a somewhat outdated operating system that is no longer up to date in terms of intuitive use and smooth animations. However, you still have access to a giant selection of apps and all common streaming services.

Otherwise, both TVs are quite similar in this category, although the A90J still has an automatic room calibration, which adjusts its sound to the acoustics of the respective room.

87%
Operating System
Google TV
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 60 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
Ja
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
77%
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.2 Channels with 60 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
4
HDMI 2.1
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
Sony A9G vs A90J - The Master Series clearly shows its qualities

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It should be clear that both OLED TVs from the Japanese manufacturer Samsung are absolute high-end devices. The “Master Series” really lives up to its name. However, the 2021 A90J is even more convincing because it can be brighter with the improved OLED panel and highlights in HDR content are better accentuated. But the performance in bright environments also benefits from the higher average brightness, as it can fight reflections and specularity more effectively.

It does have an HDMI 2.1 interface, but unfortunately it does not meet all specifications. An Auto Low Latency Mode and a Variable Refresh Rate are still missing on the A90J – but they are supposed to be delivered via update. When will this happen? Sony probably also doesn’t know yet. However, the A90J can already display content at [email protected], which naturally makes it more interesting for gamers.

On the whole, both are excellent TVs for home cinema, whereby the A90J scores slightly better in most categories.

Sony A90J 2021
Sony A90J
  • Perfect black
  • Contrast ∞:1
  • Brighter OLED panel
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Clear movements
  • Viewing angle
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • Image processing
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
  • No VRR yet
  • No ALLM yet
55" (139cm)
XR-55A90JAEP
65" (164cm)
XR-65A90JAEP
Sony A9G OLED 2019
Sony A9G OLED
  • Perfect black
  • Contrast: ∞:1
  • Clear movements
  • Viewing angle
  • Dolby Vision & Atmos
  • Sound from Screen
  • Android 8.0
  • X1 Ultimate Processor
  • HDMI eARC
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
  • No HDMI 2.1
55" (138,8cm)
XBR55A9G
65" (163,9cm)
XBR65A9G
77" (194,7cm)
XBR77A9G
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