In 2020 the X750H Bravia is the cheapest model in the Sony lineup. The 4K Ultra HD TV of the japanese manufacturer comes in three sizes and is the follower of last year’s X750F which looks at first sight quite similar. But what does the new entry-level model by Sony offer? Are there really a lot of features from higher ranging models missing?
The X750H Bravia has a solid design for its price class. There are two simple feet, one is placed left and one right. They are quite stable so the TV does not wobble. The frame is slightly wider and thicker than on higher class Sony models but this does not distract that much. The backside ist half made of metal and half made of plastic. The cable management is rather simple with two extra clips that are attached to the feet.
Slightly thicker frame
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No HDR sufficient image quality
The 10 bitThe color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. VA-panel of the Sony X750H delivers quite typical a good black level and a relatively good contrast ratio of ~5730:1 although it does not have a local dimming feature to further improve this. Therefore the TV is best used in dark surroundings. The disadvantage of the VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD PanelpanelThe panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. is its problem with the viewing angle: When watching TV from side angles on the Sony X750H, the image appears washed out and therefore we recommend to place it directly in front of the couch. A layer to enlarge the viewing angle is only used on higher class Sony models. Similar to for example Samsung’s entry-level models, the peak brightness is with around 370 NitsSI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness not very high and therefore not suitable for HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content. Nevertheless the X750H offers wide color gamutThe complete subset of colors which can be displayed by the screen. HDR10HDR10 Media Profile – HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace and HLG are supported but HDR10+ and Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits are unfortunately not available.
10 (8+2 FRC) Bit VA-Panel
Contrast ratio: ~5730:1
No Local Dimming
Peak brightness: ~370 Nits
Wide Color Gamut
No Dolby Vision
X750H's Motion Handling
When it comes to Motion HandlingDisplaying fast moving objects, first of all the refresh rateHertz 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. is important which is only 60Hz here. Also the TV’s response timeTime it takes for a pixel to change color is not really outstanding, but quite good for an entry-level TV, as it takes a little bitThe color depth is measured in Bit. 8 Bit stands for 28 different values for each color channel, for TVs those are red, green and blue. By combining the 3 rgb channels 28*28*28=16.777.216 colors are possible. HDR10 or the dynamic HDR formats work with 10 or even 12 Bit. more than 4ms. The backlight of the X750H is completely free of flickering which means that all content with fast motion can be displayed very well. Moreover an optional black frame insertion feature is available that helps reduce motion blur.
Unfortunately the TV has a problem with judderInconsistent time frame due to the input frequency not mismatching the TV’s frequency (e.g. 24p via 60Hz) which it cannot reduce from most resources.
60 Hz Panel
Response Time: ~4ms
No flickering backlight
Black Frame Insertion Feature
Unable to remove Judder
Gaming on the X750H
In terms of gaming it is always interesting if the TV is useful in combination with consoles or as a PC monitor. Its input lagTime it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) is with 12ms quite short. For console gaming the Sony X750H has no real specials to offer, as an HDMI 2.1 input is missing as well as a Variable Refresh RateVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card, which would reduce screen tearing, and the Auto Low Latency Mode, which would shorten the Input LagTime it takes for the input signal to appear on the screen (delay) of the television when connected to a console even further. Because of the limited viewing angles gaming in a group will not be that much fun as single player games. But because the X750H is no OLED TV, the problem of a potential burn-in is not given and makes it useful as a computer monitor. For gaming fans the TV might not be the best option.
Low Input Lag: ~12ms
No HDMI 2.1
The sound quality of the X750H
The sound of the 2.0 bass reflex speakers with 20W is acceptable as it is relatively balanced. The TV can quite get loud but distortion is a problem. When it comes to sound formats the X750H only offer DTS but no Dolby Atmos as there is no HDMI eARC available. As usual it makes sense to add a soundbar to the setup for a better sound experience.
2.0 channels with 20W
No HDMI eARC
No Dolby Atmos
To improve the sound:
Yamaha sound bar
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Good Smart TV features
The X750H runs with the Android 9.0 Pie OS which works a lot better than its predecessor. The attached Play Store offers a large selection of apps, so that nothing should be missed. These run apart from that even really smooth. The corresponding Smart Remote is connected to the app Android TV and offers voice control via Google Assistant. For an entry-level device this is very satisfying.
Android 9.0 Pie
Large selection of apps
A solid TV without special strengths
As expected the Sony X750H is an entry-level model that has no surprising specs that make it a must have for a special use. Rather it is a solid device for usual TV and movie nights in smaller groups as it comes with a VA panel that delivers a good image in darker surroundings than in bright, sunlit rooms but a limited viewing angle. The design is modern and even above an entry-level, so the TV looks nice in nearly every living room.
Those who on the one hand do not consider buying a completely equipped home cinema device and on the other hand a new gaming television for upcoming consoles will be happy with X750H because it is suitable for a smaller budget and has a low input lag. The other missing gaming features such as an HDMI 2.1 input are rather relevant for the new generation of Xbox & co.
The competing model by Samsung is the Crystal UHD TV TU7000 which comes in a few more sizes ranging from 43 to 75 inches. It is also supposed to be the entry-level of the 2020 lineup, but in terms of image quality the TU7000 is a little weaker because its contrast ratio and peak brightness are below those of the X750H. That is why it delivers an even worse image in bright surroundings. Against the X750H it also has no wide color gamutThe complete subset of colors which can be displayed by the screen and is therefore not suitable for any HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content. Both are missing a local dimming feature which the two manufacturers only use for higher ranking models and both have a problem with watching from side angles because the VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD PanelpanelThe panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. only delivers a washed out image then.
But those who in terms of sound prefer HDMI eARC and Dolby Atmos instead of DTS, should rather go for the Samsung TU7000.
The Sony X800H Bravia is the above model to the X750H and therefore its “big sister”. Against the X750H it has an IPSIn-Plane Switching, type of LCD PanelpanelThe panel is the actual screen of a television. There is different types of panels like OLED, LCD or Micro LED and different sub-types of LCD like VA or IPS. (except in the two biggest sizes 75” and 85”) which has the consequence that its viewing angle is much bigger but its contrast ratio and black level are worse. In combination with its higher peak brightness the X800H is therefore the better choice for HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content as well as for bright rooms, i.e. watching TV in the afternoon. In terms of gaming it offers an analogue input and the Auto Low Latency Mode but still no HDMI 2.1.