Sony once again presents new Bravia TVs this year, which can convince especially with their very good picture quality. The Sony X90J is one of the high-end models of the so-called XR series due to the installed XR processor, which stands out with a completely new processing method. Of course, you don’t have to do without features like Dolby Vision, Triluminos Pro or HDMI 2.1 ports, which makes the X90J a very good TV for all situations, but especially for movie and series fans. We take a closer look at the new Bravia candidate and tell you whether it is worth buying.
The design of the Sony X90J is elegant and minimalistic. The thin, black frame is hardly noticeable when watching TV, so you can concentrate on the essentials and the TV thus fits into every living room without attracting attention. The narrow feet can be positioned either very wide or closer together. This means that the X90J can also fit on a smaller surface. With the wide positioning, there is also enough room for a soundbar. Of course, the LED TV can also be mounted on the wall with an appropriate wall mount.
On the black backside, the ports are found on the sides, but there are no cutouts to neatly accommodate the cables. However, the ports are aligned to the side, which is a clear advantage if you want to mount the TV on the wall. The only thing that makes cable management easier are small holders on the TV’s feet that move the cables out of sight.
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Perfect LED TV for movie night
The X90J can convince with a high contrast of 6220:1 and a good black level, so watching in a dark environment is a great experience. In addition, Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) with 24 individual large dimming zones improves the black level even more. Unfortunately, this can cause blooming, which is especially noticeable at an oblique angle. However, Sony manages to eliminate blooming quite well on its own here.
With a peak brightness of 700 nitsSI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness , the X90J is very bright, so HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is displayed very well. The TV does not lose any color, but ensures rich colors and precise details thanks to Triluminos Pro technology. Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits is also present so that movies and series can be watched as intended by the creators.
A highlight of the X90J is the built-in XR processor, which is also found in Sony’s high-end OLED TVs. Besides great colors, it also ensures good upscaling so that even older movies and series as well as normal TV look much better. It also uses cognitive intelligence to display images brighter, without any color loss at all. It also makes movements clearer and smoother, which is why even soccer night is saved.
Due to the VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel, the viewing angle is as small as usual, which makes watching with several people problematic. The picture quality drops drastically and the image quickly looks washed out and pale. The X90J can handle reflections of any kind all the better, even though the LED TV should not be exposed to direct light.
Full Array Local Dimming
Solid motion handling on the X90J
The motion handling of the new Bravia series is quite impressive. With a response time of just 4 ms, movements appear smooth and blur hardly occurs. These are further reduced by motion interpolationArtificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer, which makes movements look even better. Stutters can thus be successfully eliminated. However, the so-called soap opera effect can occur, which is not to everyone’s taste.
In very fast scenes or camera pans, artifacts can occur. JudderInconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV’s frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz) can be removed from everything sources, though. The backlight flickers permanently at 720 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second., but this is hardly or not at all noticed by the human eye.
Response Time 4ms
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Expandable gaming features
As far as gaming on the X90J is concerned, the Bravia TV seems to have everything you need for a good gaming evening at first glance. The two HDMI 2.1 ports provide [email protected] and the response time of 4ms and an input lag of ~11 ms make games run smoothly and look very good thanks to Sony’s picture quality. However, if you go into detail, there still seem to be a few things missing, which would really allow you to get everything out of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
The first shortcoming is that Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits is no longer supported at [email protected] An Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) has to be dispensed with and even though the Auto Picture Mode recognizes a PlayStation 5 immediately when it is connected, this feature only seems to work with Sony devices and not with the Xbox Series X. Furthermore, VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card has to be waived, even though Sony states that in its specifications. It is quite possible here that it will still be added in a future firmware update.
Compared to the predecessor, the X900H, a few features are missing, which are essential for the new consoles. Nevertheless, gaming on the X90J is fun and the TV is definitely expandable in terms of certain features with a view to the future.
The stereo speakers of the X90J deliver a solid and balanced sound with a total of 20 watts. As in most cases, the bass cannot keep up because it simply cannot get deep enough. This can be especially noticeable in action-packed movies, which is why you should think about buying a soundbar. However, dialogs are clearly understandable and the sound is also otherwise sufficient for everyday use.
The Digital Room Correction feature adjusts the sound to the environment as well as possible, so you always get the best possible sound depending on where the Bravia TV is placed. On a positive note, Dolby Atmos and DTS are also available, and an HDMI eARC port is also at hand. However, this is on an HDMI 2.1 port, which could be problematic if you have more devices that need such a connection.
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Smarter X90J thanks to Google TV
All new Sony TVs now have Google TV as their operating system, making Android a thing of the past. Google TV runs smoothly and intuitively, but unfortunately you have to get used to ads on the home screen and in the Google Play Store. Otherwise, the X90J has a huge selection of apps and the most common streaming services are already preloaded. Additional apps and games can be downloaded very easily via the Google Play Store.
The remote is still quite large and very similar to last year’s model. Buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and Disney+ help to launch the respective apps with a single touch. If you prefer using the microphone and the voice assistant, that also works without problems. Google Assistant is already integrated, but a third-party device is required for Alexa. Apple user do not have to do without anything thanks to Apple Airplay and Apple Homekit. In addition, the X90J has a TwinTuner, which makes USB recordings possible.
Smooth and intuitive operation
Huge selection of apps
Google Assistant integrated
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PVR and TimeShift
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Sony Bravia TV for the perfect movie night
The Sony Bravia X90J belongs to the high-end XR series of this year’s lineup of the Japanese manufacturer for good reasons. Once again, the very good picture quality is convincing, which is especially noticeable during movie or series marathons. Among other things, the XR processor is responsible for this, which gets the best out of the device for every user thanks to cognitive intelligence. Added to that are exciting features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and DTS, which means you get a well-rounded and solid overall package. The only issue here is the viewing angle, which is especially disruptive for family evenings since it turns out very small.
The X90J also has a lot to offer in the gaming area, but it is still expandable. With two HDMI 2.1 interfaces, the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles can be exploited without any problems, although you have to do without certain features here. So far, the X90J does not have a Variable Refresh Rate or FreeSync, which is why the Xbox is treated a bit step-motherly in this respect. Nevertheless, gaming on the X90J is fun and [email protected] is absolutely no problem. Furthermore, the Bravia TV benefits from Google TV, which makes it a smart TV. Operation is easy and the app selection is huge, so you do not have to do without anything.