Sony TV Lineup 2023 Comparison
|Image||Series||Panel Panel Type||Sizes Available sizes||Resolution|
| A80L |
55", 65", 77", 83"
| A95L |
55", 65", 77"
|LED Lineup (Full Array)|
| X85L |
55", 65", 75"
| X90L |
Upper Midrange TV
55", 65", 75", 85", 98"
| X95L |
65", 75", 85"
| X75WL |
Entry Level TV
| IPS (43", 55", 65", 75")|
43", 50", 55", 65", 75"
| X80L |
Entry Level TV
| IPS (43", 55", 65", 75", 85")|
43", 50", 55", 65", 75", 85"
What characterises this product line? In general, Sony TVs are known for their high colour fidelity and are thus designed for buyers who seek the best possible picture quality in their home cinema. The result looks all the better on the high-contrast OLED screens from the Japanese manufacturer. Different High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) formats and IMAX support are also mandatory on the equipment sheet.
OLED newcomers can enter the world of self-luminous pixels in 2023 with the A80L. The model is armed with Sony’s typically good picture optimisation based on the new BRAVIA XR processor. In contrast to the A95L top model, however, Sony has dispensed with the QD OLED technology introduced last year. You also still won’t find an OLED.EX panel here.
The TV’s metal frame fits seamlessly with the screen and the Dark Silver aluminium stand can be mounted in various positions. In addition to the regular Smart TV functions and a comprehensive range of apps, the TV offers extensive gaming features, including a variable refresh rate, ALLM and its own game menu.
The acoustic background is provided by a 3.2-channel system with features such as Acoustic Centre Sync for using the device as a center speaker. Depending on the desired immersion or room space, sizes from 55 to 83 inches are available. Either way, the A80L is a great choice for cinema lovers and once again comes with the IMAX Enhanced format that is standard for Sony TVs nowadays.
Sony once again buys from Samsung and installs a QD panel made by Samsung Display in its own OLED flagship. Of course, not without having worked diligently on the image optimisation based on the fresh MediaTek Pentonic 1000 image processor.
The Japanese electronics company uses all the sizes that are offered by the South Korean display manufacturer this year. So in addition to a 55″ and 65″ version, you will also be able to put a 77″ screen diagonal in your home cinema room.
As with its predecessor, the Bravia Cam is included in the scope of delivery and provides additional functions for the TV. As before, the stand offers a choice of two mounting options and can be positioned further inwards if required, so that the TV can also be placed on narrow sideboards.
In addition to the complete Dolby package, gamers will also find all the necessary features to easily realize next-gen gaming on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
LED Lineup (Full Array)
What characterises this product line? Backlit TVs based on FALD or Full Array Local Dimming technology ensure more precise reproduction of bright picture areas and objects. In the top shelf of these models, Sony additionally installs mini-LEDs to increase the reproduction accuracy even further.
The Sony X85L is a mid-range TV and represents the basis for backlit models using Full Array Local Dimming in 2023. So-called Triluminos Pro provides an extended colour space where you can expect vibrant colours and high contrasts.
With two HDMI 2.1 ports and Dolby Atmos, it’s well equipped for gaming, especially for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S owners, as the TV can handle 4K at 120 Hertz with HDR and also supports VRR and ALLM. Optionally, you can also control the X85L with a Bravia Cam. However, the cam is not included and has to be purchased separately.
Adjustable feet provide the necessary storage flexibility. The integrated sound system offers a basic 2-channel sound and should therefore at least be replaced by a good soundbar solution. The app options within the Google TV interface are extensive and include Apple AirPlay 2, voice assistants and Bravia Core streaming for 12 months.
|HDMI||2 x HDMI 2.0|
|2 x HDMI 2.1|
With a thin frame construction, an aluminium finish and the variably mountable feet, the visual appearance of the X90L also adopts the design of the 2023 line-up, bringing useful features to the table.
On the other hand, Sony has gone the extra mile in terms of size and offers this TV with a huge 98-inch panel. Converted into centimetres, this corresponds to a screen diagonal of almost 2.5 metres and is therefore also suitable for really large rooms in which seating distances of 4 meters and more are to be bridged.
Calculation tasks and AI functions are handled by the X1 4K High Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) image processor. For gamers, the two HDMI 2.1 connections with 4K@120 Hertz, HDR10 format, dynamic frame rate adjustment to prevent screen tearing and Auto Low Latency Mode – Automatically detects connected consoles and keeps input lag as low as possible. are interesting features.
But beware: As with all Sony TVs in the 2023 line-up, one port is lost as soon as you want to use a soundbar or home cinema system via eARC.
As with the classification of the 80 and 90 series within the OLED range, Sony seems to be pursuing its own path and surprisingly positioning the flagship on a mini-LED basis ahead of the A80L. This is supposed to be ensured by numerous features from the XR camp, such as the XR Backlight Master Drive or the XR Upscaling technology for upscaling content.
The stand of this model can also be placed in different positions and adjusted in terms of height to create enough space for a soundbar below the panel.
The audio features of the X95L are based on the OLED flagship, with the exception of the Frame Tweeter and Acoustic Multi-Audio+. The Bravia Cam is not included as standard, but can be fitted to the X95L as an option.
You can buy the TV in 75- and 85-inch versions, which are strongly inspired by the design of the A80L. In terms of gaming, the latest standards are also available, including a genre picture mode, 120 frames per second and a dedicated game mode for reduced lag.
What characterises this product line? The foundation of the Sony line-up is made up of models with comparatively basic backlighting. Although these TVs are comparatively inexpensive, they do not have the quality potential of the premium segment and are rather simply built.
The portfolio is rounded off at the bottom by the X75WL. In contrast to the premium models in the line-up, this TV only has a comparatively simple edge-lit backlight and is therefore positioned worse in terms of black level, illumination precision and contrast range.
Essential features for next-gen gaming such as VRR support, ALLM or a 120 Hertz 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. fit panel are also completely missing, but are replaced by certain basic features for home theater such as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. If you like, there is the possibility to use a Bravia Cam as an option.
The Google TV-based model comes in the sizes 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″ and is thus generally also an option for larger rooms.
Special feature: Starting at a screen diagonal of 55 inches, you have the option of attaching the stand – just like with the other TV models in the 2023 range – further towards the centre or alternatively on the outer edges.
|Panel Type|| IPS (43", 55", 65", 75")|
|HDMI||4 x HDMI 2.0|
As for the entry-level segment, Sony also offers the X80L in 2023. This TV model is a comparatively affordable solution also at the expense of picture quality.
Unlike the X75WL, an LED matrix-based lighting system, known as Direct-Lit, does the job. This has disadvantages in terms of contrast and – especially with bright objects in dark scenes – results in a grey haze instead of deep black.
If you use modern gaming peripherals such as an Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5, you can safely give this TV a wide berth. If you still have older consoles, this TV with a refresh rate of 60 hertz could still be an interesting alternative or possibly even serve as a second device.
Features such as HLG, HDR10 Media Profile – HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos or Apple Airplay 2 are on board and thus offer at least some more weighty arguments for buying it. If you’re looking out to buy a screen that doesn’t have to meet particularly high standards in terms of quality, the X80L could be an option.
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