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Sony X95J – The new all-rounder with HDMI 2.1

Published 09/15/21

The Sony X95J Bravia XR is this year’s 4K LED flagship from the Japanese manufacturer. With the significantly faster XR processor and HDMI 2.1 ports, the X95J has what it takes to be more than just an all-rounder this year. The predecessor, the X950H, could already convince with its good picture quality, but a few small things were still missing. Has Sony upgraded in this respect this year?

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Minimalistic and modern

The design of the Sony X95J is minimalistic and modern. Thus, it fits seamlessly into any living room without attracting much attention. Still, it draws the eye with its flat design and there are virtually no distractions while watching due to the almost frameless design.

The stands are equally slim and minimalist, and there are up to three different positioning options: Standard position, a narrow position for smaller surfaces, and the soundbar position, where a soundbar can fit unnoticed underneath the unit. But wall mounting is also a possibility with the X95J, as the ports are directed to the side or downwards.

Small holders on the device provide for a clean cable management, through which all cables can be routed, resulting in a tidy overall setup.

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Design
  • Minimalist design
  • Almost frameless
  • Flexible installation options
  • Wall mounting
  • Cable management

Excellent picture quality for dark rooms

The X95J has a 10-bit VA panel and can convince with a contrast ratio of 4050:1 and a good black value. Thus, it is especially suitable for dark rooms. In combination with Full Array Local Dimming (FALD), details in dark scenes are displayed very well, even though blooming can occur.

With a peak brightness of 1240 nits, the X95J gets good brightness, which renders HDR content very nicely. Combined with the XR Triluminos Pro feature, colors are further optimized so that rich colors and precise details are visible. For dynamic picture optimization, the TV also supports Dolby Vision.

A highlight of this year’s Sony lineup is the XR processor, which has also been installed in the OLED models. It offers significantly more power, better color optimization and good upscaling, which makes even older series and movies look significantly better on the device than on other TVs. In addition, Sony’s devices use cognitive intelligence as a result, whereby pictures are displayed brighter without losing color variety or intensity. Sports fans will also notice the new processor, as fast movements like in soccer are displayed much more smoothly.

Despite the VA panel, the TV has a solid viewing angle, as an X-Wide Viewing Angle layer has been installed. Unfortunately, only the 75 and 85 models have a layer against reflections, but the 65-inch variant does not. The additional layer can significantly minimize reflections. Nevertheless, the 65-inch model should also be able to handle reflections well, even though the TV should not be exposed to direct light.

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Picture Quality
  • 10 bit VA panel
  • XR Processor
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • Dolby Vision
  • Trilumios Pro
  • Viewing Angle
  • Blooming
  • Layer against reflections only at 75 & 85 inch

Good motion handling on the X95J

The motion handling of the Sony X95J is quite impressive. With a low response time of 4ms, movements appear smooth and there is hardly any blurring. If motion blur does occur, the Black Frame Insertion feature can be activated, which further minimizes blur. Unfortunately, the brightness suffers, so you have to decide individually what is more annoying.

However, the low response time also has drawbacks, since it can cause stutters. Especially slow camera pans can cause these stutters, which can, however, be corrected by the intermediate image calculation. However, this results in the soap opera effect, which is not to everyone’s liking. Judder can be removed from all sources, though.

The backlight flickers permanently at 720Hz. Other TVs have better rates here, but the flickering is hardly or not at all noticed by the human eye.

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Motion Handling
  • 120 Hz
  • Response Time 4ms
  • Motion Interpolation
  • Judder can be removed

Great for gaming but without VRR

The X95J is a really good TV for gaming. Combining the good motion handling with an input lag of ~10ms, games run smoothly and without any delays. In addition, the two HDMI 2.1 ports offer everything you need for the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Thus, [email protected] is no longer a problem.

However, the X95J also lacks a few essential features to really call it an excellent gaming TV. First of all, you have to do without an Auto Low Latency Mode, which keeps the input lag permanently low and switches the TV into Game Mode as soon as a console is connected and turned on. Auto Picture Mode is available and pretty similar, but it only seems to work with the PlayStation 5 and not with the Xbox Series X. VRR is also still missing, even though it is stated in the specifications on Sony’s part. So far, it is only known that Sony has announced a corresponding update, but the timing is still completely unclear.

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Gaming
  • 120 Hz
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Auto Picture Mode
  • Input Lag ~10ms
  • No VRR
  • No FreeSync
  • No real ALLM

Surprisingly good sound with mediocre bass

The sound of the X95J is surprisingly good, as it has two separate tweeters as well as a subwoofer. With a total power of 50 watts, the sound is quite sufficient for everyday use, as dialogs are reproduced clearly and the TV also gets loud enough. Furthermore, the sound is individually adapted to the room via the Room Correction feature. The 3D Surround Upscaling feature also provides simulated surround sound, creating a solid soundscape in the living room.

Nevertheless, the sound does not come close to a real cinema atmosphere because it simply lacks bass. Those who want more should think about a soundbar or an external sound system. The audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS are also supported and can be passed on uncompressed via the HDMI eARC port.

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Sound
  • 2.2.1 channels with 50W (RMS)
  • Clear dialogs
  • 3D Surround Upscaling
  • Room Correction Feature
  • Dolby Atmos
  • DTS
  • HDMI eARC
  • Weak bass

Smart TV with Google TV

This year’s Sony TVs feature the advanced Google TV operating system. However, this is Android in a fancier disguise. The operation runs smoothly and intuitively, but you have to get used to advertisements on the home screen and in the store. Unfortunately, this has become the new standard.

The app selection in the Google Play Store is huge and the common streaming services are already preinstalled and can be accessed via the included remote control at the push of a button. Those who prefer a voice assistant can easily use the integrated Google Assistant or Alexa, but a third-party device is needed for that. Apple users can use Apple Airplay and Apple HomeKit.

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Smart TV
  • Google TV
  • Fluid and intuitive operation
  • Huge app selection
  • Voice control
  • Google Assistant integrated
  • Apple Airplay and HomeKit
  • Advertising

The home cinema all-rounder with HDMI 2.1

It is again noticeable this year that the Sony X95J Bravia is primarily aimed at home theater fans. The good picture quality that Sony is known for shows in combination with the solid sound that movie and series fans will not lack anything. Features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and DTS make the X95J a solid overall package and even the viewing angle is really good thanks to the built-in X-Wide Viewing Angle layer. Thus, even a family evening in front of the X95J is no longer a problem.

While gaming fans will also have their fun with the X95J, it still lacks VRR and it’s impossible to say exactly when and if Sony will still add this feature via an update. Nevertheless, two HDMI 2.1 ports, a low response time and a low input lag promise long gaming evenings on the new consoles.

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PROS
  • XR processor
  • Picture quality
  • Viewing Angle
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Google TV
CONS
  • No VRR
  • Not ad free
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Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
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Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
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SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
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HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
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Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
80%
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Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
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Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
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Data sheets Sony X95J

Sony 65X95J Bravia XR technical specifications

Sony X95J
Dimensions
Screen diagonal65 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1443 x 835 x 66 mm
Weight without stand27.5 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1443 x 848 x 338 mm
Weight with stand38 kg
Footprint (WxD)1442 x mm
VESA Norm300x300 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSony
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC10
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio4100 :1
Color space coverage78 %
REC 202068 %
Average brightness990 Nits
Maximum brightness1240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones118
CurvedN/A
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 18 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemGoogle TV
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
TimeshiftN/A
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2.2.1
Power (W)50 W
Dolby DigitalJA
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbarN/A
Connections
HDMI 2.02
HDMI 2.12
HDMI ARC
USB 2.03
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
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Sony 75X95J Bravia XR technical specifications

Sony X95J
Dimensions
Screen diagonal75 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1667 x 961 x 61 mm
Weight without stand36,8 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1667 x 974 x 390 mm
Weight with stand53 kg
Footprint (WxD)1666 x mm
VESA Norm300x300 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSony
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC10
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio4100 :1
Color space coverage78 %
REC 202068 %
Average brightness990 Nits
Maximum brightness1240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones118
CurvedN/A
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 18 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemGoogle TV
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
TimeshiftN/A
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
Audio Channels2.2.1
Power (W)50 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbarN/A
Connections
HDMI 2.02
HDMI 2.12
HDMI ARC
USB 2.03
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.41
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Sony 85X95J Bravia XR technical specifications

Sony X95J
Dimensions
Screen diagonal85 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1888 x 1086 x 61 mm
Weight without stand48,7 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1888 x 1098 x 450 mm
Weight with stand67 kg
Footprint (WxD)1887 x mm
VESA Norm400x400 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSony
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC10
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio4100 :1
Color space coverage78 %
REC 202068 %
Average brightness990 Nits
Maximum brightness1240 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones118
CurvedN/A
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 18 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemGoogle TV
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
TimeshiftN/A
Picture-in-pictureN/A
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
Audio Channels2.2.1
Power (W)50 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbarN/A
Connections
HDMI 2.02
HDMI 2.12
HDMI ARC
USB 2.03
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.41
All information without guarantee.

Frequently asked questions about Sony X95J

The Sony XR-65X95J has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs and 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs, an HDMI eARC, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a digital optical TOSLINK output, an analogue video input e.g. for older gaming consoles
The Sony X95J is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
  • 65 Inch: 1443 x 835 x 66 mm
  • 75 Inch: 1667 x 961 x 61 mm
  • 85 Inch: 1888 x 1086 x 61 mm
The Sony X95J is compatible with the following wall mounts:
  • 65 Inch: 300x300 mm
  • 75 Inch: 300x300 mm
  • 85 Inch: 400x400 mm
    Flat Pivotable
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