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Sony X900H Bravia – Can Sony's mid-range 4K LED TV stand up to the tough competition?

Published 07/17/20
Update 05/27/21

Also the Japanese manufacturer Sony will of course release a new lineup in 2020. The X900H is the successor of the X900F, which was released in 2018. This new edition also has Full Array Local Dimming and is additionally equipped with an HDMI 2.1 interface. It doesn’t sound so bad at first glance, but we”ll take a closer look at the X900H and see if the mid-range TV from Sony’s Bravia series is worth its money, or if you should rather keep your hands off it.

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Modern and robust design

The design of the X900H is outstanding and very well done by Sony, the Japanese manufacturer. The frame and feet are made of aluminium and make a noble and robust impression. The feet can be mounted in two different positions. Due to the middle position of the feet, it is possible to use the TV on smaller footprints. However, the stability of the TV suffers and the TV stands a little wobbly. If the feet are mounted on the side, the X900H stands very stable and hardly wobbles at all – and there is also plenty of room for a sound bar to round off the setup.

The back is made of plastic and the interfaces are oriented towards the left edge of the screen, making them easy to reach even when using a wall mount. On the wall, the TV makes a good impression, which is underlined by its impressively narrow frame and moderate depth. Unfortunately, Sony has given little thought to cable management. Only clips for the feet are included, which is not really sufficient for a tidy setup – and on the wall, clips for the feet do not really help at all.

verarbeitung Sony X900H Bravia
Design
  • Elegant, Robust Design
  • Narrow Frame
  • Aluminium Feet and Front
  • 2 Position Stand
  • Cable Management
Possible positioning of the feet
Possible positioning of the feet

Great picture quality with some weaknesses

The X900H has a 10-bit VA panel that produces a deep and even black. The contrast ratio is very high at around 4800:1 and, in conjunction with Full Array Local Dimming, results in a beautiful display of HDR content. Unfortunately, the Local Dimming feature is only equipped with 32 dimming zones, which can lead to blooming around bright objects in a dark picture – especially the larger versions of the X900H are affected by this, as the division into 32 zones is not sufficient for a large area. For example, subtitles in dark scenes often have a bright glow to the outside, which can be quite annoying.

The Sony TV’s peak brightness of ~740 nits is sufficient to display small bright highlights well, but not really high enough to make the TV work well in bright rooms, even though it has a fairly solid reflection behavior. Since Sony only uses the X-Wide Angle layer on the X950H, the viewing angle of the X900H of the is quite narrow and colors look washed out even at a slightly oblique viewing angle. But if you sit in a dark or dimmed room, right in front of the TV, it has a good picture quality with vivid colors – thanks to the wide color gamut.

As a dynamic HDR format, the X900H supports Dolby Vision, which allows HDR content to be optimized even better.

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Picture Quality
  • 10 Bit VA-Panel
  • Deep, Even Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio 4800:1
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • 32 Dimming Zones
  • Blooming might occur
  • Max. Brightness ~740 Nits
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Dolby Vision
  • Viewing Angle

Decent motion handling

The display has a native refresh rate of 120 Hz and a fast response time of ~4 ms. This means that only very little motion blur is visible even with fast movements. To further reduce motion blur, the Black Frame Insertion feature can be used optionally. However, this feature has not been implemented very well, which can lead to some picture errors. Judder can be removed from the X900H, but content with a low refresh rate may cause stuttering.

The backlight flickers at a frequency of 720 Hz. Because of this high frequency, most people perceive it as continuous illumination and therefore it does not disturb.

motionhandling Sony X900H Bravia
Motion Handling
  • 120 Hz
  • Response Time ~4 ms
  • 720 Hz Backlight
  • Stutter
  • No Judder

Everything for a great gaming experience

With the X900H you have everything you need for good gaming. Due to the great motion handling,. Even fast games are no problem for the X900H, as the motion blur is not really noticeable. Due to the low input lag of ~15 ms, the TV feels very responsive to external inputs, such as the press of a button on the console’s gamepad. To keep the input lag as low as possible the Auto Low Latency Mode is supported. This means that a switched-on console is immediately detected and the X900H automatically switches to game mode. Screen tearing is prevented by a variable refresh rate. Either FreeSync or HDMI Forum’s VRR is available for this.

With the HDMI 2.1 interface, the Sony is also prepared for the future. The Playstation 5 and the Xbox Series X can thus display their content with a 4K resolution with 120 fps on the LED TV, which could really be worth a look for gamers. Interestingly, the 2020 successor model, the X950H, does not have an HDMI 2.1 interface, which is a somewhat questionable decision by Sony.

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Gaming
  • Input Lag ~15 ms
  • Firmware Update
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Ready for PlayStation 5

Reasonable sound, but definitely improvable...

The sound quality of the X900H is okay, but nothing too fancy. The 2-channel 10W speakers can reproduce dialogues clearly and the sound is generally quite balanced. As with most televisions, there is definitely a lack of bass. This is especially noticeable in action movies or while gaming, as much of the atmosphere is lost. However, this point can easily be corrected by an external sound system or soundbar, so that sound enthusiasts can also be satisfied. Both Dolby sound formats as well as DTS:X are supported and through the HDMI eARC even uncompressed Dolby Atmos via Dolby True-HD is possible!

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Sound
  • 2.0 Channels with 20W (RMS)
  • Understandable Sound
  • Hardly Any Bass
  • HDMI eARC
  • DTS:X
  • Dolby Atmos via Dolby True-HD

Modern smart TV features with Android 9.0 Pie

Like the other 2020 TVs from Sony, the X900H also has the smart Android 9.0 Pie operating system. The current version runs much smoother than the previous versions and some bugs have also been removed so that it now runs almost flawlessly – which wasn’t always the case with previous versions from Sony. The Google Assistant is available as a language assistant and there is also the possibility to connect the TV to Google Home or Amazon Echo. Apple Airplay 2 makes it easy to exchange data between Apple devices and the TV, so you can easily display photos, videos and music.

The design of the interface appears tidy and clear and all popular streaming services are available. All in all, the selection of apps is very large so you will hardly miss anything. A twin tuner was also integrated and enables the USB recording function. Unfortunately, time-shifted television is still not possible with Sony televisions.

smarttv Sony X900H Bravia
Smart TV
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple Airplay 2
  • Large Selection of Apps
  • Twin Tuner
  • PVR (USB Recording)
  • No Timeshift

Great 4K LED TV with HDMI 2.1 and straight viewing angle

The Sony X900H Bravia is a quite decent television that is well suited for most content. Thanks to the VA panel, the picture quality is convincing in dark rooms and it is therefore well equipped for an occasional movie night. In contrast to its next larger sister model, the X950H, it can be used well for gaming, as it has all the necessary features and also good motion handling. An HDMI 2.1 port is also available on the less expensive model. Unfortunately, the VA panel is not quite as suitable for bright environments or an oblique viewing angle. The picture quality decreases drastically under these conditions, so you should rather consider the X950H or a QLED from from the Q80T upwards.

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PROS
  • Good Picture Quality
  • Motion Handling
  • Gaming Performance
  • HDMI 2.1
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  • Viewing Angle
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  • Ready for PlayStation 5
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Alternatives to the Sony X900H Bravia

Sony X950H
Sony's 4K LED flagship

The XH95 Bravia is the flagship of Sony’s 4K LED TV range, so in direct comparison, the X900H simply can not keep up in most categories. The XH95 has a wider viewing angle and can produce a much better picture quality due to its much higher peak brightness and superior reflection handling in bright surroundings. It is also clearly ahead when it comes to displaying HDR content, due to its better local dimming, wider color gamut and brightness. However, the flagship is not superior in every respect. On the one hand, due to the good contrast ratio, the X900H’s picture quality can definitely keep up in dark rooms and on the other hand, the underdog has a considerably better performance in the gaming category. It convinces with its VRR, a lower input lag and an HDMI 2.1 interface. Why Sony did not provide the X950H with such an interface is a mystery to us – especially when you consider that the Playstation 5 is also supposed to be released in 2020.

Samsung QLED Q70T
The QLED competitor

The X900H does considerably better than Samsung’s competitor. The Q70T has a better contrast ratio and a better input lag, but these are the only characteristics where the Q70T does better. The Q70T doe not have Full Array Local Dimming and its peak brightness is much lower. Therefore it is not able to illustrate HDR content as well as the X900H. The response time of Samsung’s QLED is also higher and thus fast movements result in more motion blur. In terms of gaming performance, both devices are on a comparably good level and have everything you need for a good gaming experience including VRR and HDMI 2.1.

LG NANO90
For oblique viewing angles

At first glance, LG’s NANO90 can easily keep up with the XH90. But there are some factors that are not quite taken into account by our comparison chart. The NANO90’s black uniformity is quite bad. Its corners are darker and the dirty screen effect is clearly visible in the centre of the screen. This is particularly annoying when watching sports shows, as large areas that should actually have the same colour can look uneven and dirty.

Because the NANO90 uses an IPS panel, its viewing angle is considerably larger than that of its Japanese competitor. This makes it much more versatile – even if several people want to look at the TV, or the couch is at an oblique angle to the TV. Although the viewing angle is smaller than that of other TVs with IPS panels, it is far superior to the XH90. However, this panel has the disadvantage of having a much lower contrast ratio and a lower peak brightness. As a result, the XH90’s picture quality is better in dark rooms and HDR content is definitely displayed more beautifully.

In the gaming category, both TVs show a similarly good performance – due to an equal input lag, HDMI 2.1 and a similar response time. Nevertheless, the NANO90’s IPS panel allows several people to play together at the same time. Therefore the NANO90 is definitely the better choice for a FIFA-tournament with friends. Nonetheless, the XH90 has the better overall package, especially when it comes to HDR performance and picture quality.

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Frequently asked questions about Sony X900H Bravia

The Sony has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs and 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs, an HDMI eARC, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a digital optical TOSLINK output, an analogue video input e.g. for older gaming consoles and a Twin Tuner. and just a Single Tuner.
The Sony X900H Bravia is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
    The Sony X900H Bravia is compatible with the following wall mounts:
      The Sony X900H Bravia costs as follows:
        The Sony X900H Bravia needed for 1,000 hours of use with SDR image 97 kWh and 153 kWh for HDR image.
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