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Sony Z9J Master Series – What features does the 8K Master Series have?

Published 10/15/21
Update 10/15/21

The Sony Z9J is a truly exclusive TV from Sony. The Japanese manufacturer promises bright and detailed pictures with the flatscreen TV with an 8K resolution. The picture quality is also further optimized by the cognitive intelligence of the Bravia XR processor. But is this all just marketing to sell the admittedly very expensive TV, or can the Z9J convince us?

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Sony Z9J - Elegant with thoughtful design

There’s no other way to put it, the Z9J comes at a hefty price, but it also looks simply classy. While the Z9J isn’t quite as flat as most high-end TVs, it makes up for it with its slim frame and the materials used. The frame and back are made of metal and make a high-quality impression and don’t distract from the picture content, allowing for an immersive TV experience.

When wall-mounted, the Z9J cuts a really fine figure, even though it’s not the thinnest TV on the market. In addition, neat cable management is also taken care of when wall-mounted. The cables can be hidden by the rear panel and are only visible on the bottom of the TV. Many of the Z9J’s interfaces face the left edge of the screen, with all three HDMI 2.1 interfaces facing down. There is one HDMI interface facing the left edge of the screen, but this is not HDMI 2.1.

If you prefer to set up the TV with the feet, you’ll be pleased to know that the feet can be mounted in three variable positions. Thus, the Sony TV is prepared for all eventualities, such as small TV furniture or a soundbar positioned in front of it.

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Design
  • Noble design
  • Narrow frame
  • 3-way multi-position stand
  • Metal frame
  • 3x HDMI 2.1
  • Cable management
  • Remote control with backlight
  • Accessibility of the interfaces
Sony Z9J 3-way multi-position stand © SONY EUROPE B.V.
Sony Z9J 3-way multi-position stand © SONY EUROPE B.V.

Sony Z9J - The crowning achievement of LED-LCD technology?

No OLED, no mini LED backlight – so what can you expect from this flagship model? Quite a lot!

The 10-bit VA panel has deep and even blacks and a contrast ratio of around 5000:1, which is achieved by the excellent Full Array Local Dimming feature that manages with comparatively few zones. Even though other manufacturers, such as Samsung, have considerably more zones with mini LED backlighting, the Z9J performs better and shows fewer annoying effects like blooming. This quickly shows that it is not only the number of zones that matters, but at least as much the dimming algorithm used. Blooming is not really noticeable in normal content, only in subtitles on a white background you can see bright halos around the letters, which should really be tolerable.

The Z9J can get incredibly bright with a peak brightness of ~3000Nits, which really benefits High Dynamic Range content in particular. This allows even delicate highlights in very bright content to be rendered accurately. In combination with the wide color gamut, this results in an excellent HDR performance that leaves hardly anything to be desired. Not only very bright content is rendered well, but also gloomy settings are staged well. Black crush, i.e. the loss of details in very dark content, is not really noticeable on the Z9J.

In addition, the Z9J handles reflections exceptionally well and the viewing angle has been greatly extended by Sony’s X-Wide Angle layer, so colors don’t wash out as much from oblique viewing angles and black levels remain consistent.

What really sets the Sony TV apart, however, are Sony’s picture enhancement algorithms. The Bravia XR processor does an excellent job of optimizing color and brightness, producing a natural-looking image that lives up to filmmakers’ intentions.

For HDR optimization, the TV has Dolby Vision available in addition to HDR10, HLG and HGIG. However, you have to do without HDR10+.

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Picture Quality
  • 10 bit VA panel
  • Contrast Ratio 5000:1
  • Peak brightness ~3000Nits
  • Bravia XR processor
  • Excellent local dimming
  • No Black Crush
  • Picture processing
  • Viewing Angle
  • Dolby Vision
  • No HDR10+

8K - Innovation or Marketing?

Currently, an 8K resolution does not really bring an advantage. On the one hand, there is hardly any 8K content and on the other hand, most users cannot even see the difference in their setup. A 4K vs. 8K double-blind study was conducted on this, which came to the conclusion that 8K probably brings less of an advantage for most users. The situation is different when you sit very close in front of a large TV. Here, 8K naturally has the advantage that the picture looks better, but you would have to sit very close to it, which is probably an exception.

Thus, the Z9J is less purchased for the 8K resolution than for the innovative features that Sony has saved for their absolute flagship model.

Clear movements with little motion blur

Motion handling is on par with other high-quality LED LCD TVs. The Z9J has a 120Hz panel with a response time of about 4ms, which only leads to a slight motion blur in fast movements. The XR processor does a good job here as well and minimizes this blur even further, making it less pronounced than on TVs with a comparable response time. And if that is still too much, you can use the Black Frame Insertion feature. This removes the motion blur as far as possible, but the brightness suffers a bit.

The downside of the low response time is the occurrence of stutter during slow camera pans. This phenomenon can be eliminated by activating the motion interpolation feature. However, this can lead to the so-called Soap Opera Effect, which is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Judder can of course be removed from all sources.

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

Everything for the Playstation 5 - But not for the Xbox Series X

As far as gaming is concerned, the Z9J is a really great TV, even if you can’t really call it a gaming TV. It has a total of three HDMI 2.1 interfaces that make [email protected] possible. At [email protected], the input lag is ~10ms, allowing for responsive gaming. It also has an Auto Picture Mode, which is an Auto Low Latency Mode for the Playstation 5, unfortunately Xbox Series X users are still left empty-handed.

Besides the full ALLM, the Z9J also lacks a Variable Refresh Rate so that screen tearing during gaming is finally a thing of the past. However, this only affects those who own an Xbox Series X, because the PS5 does not yet support a Variable Refresh Rate. These features are supposed to be added via an update, but the question is when that will happen. After all, the 2020 X900H will probably get the update soon.

Dolby Gaming can also be used with the Xbox Series X, since the Z9J supports Dolby Vision as well as Dolby Atmos. However, Dolby Vision does not work at [email protected] but only at [email protected] – whether that will be changed by an update is unfortunately highly questionable.

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Surprisingly good sound for a flatscreen TV

In terms of sound, the Z9J is also well positioned. The 2.2.2 channel sound system with a total of 85W (RMS) produces a well-balanced sound, which is quite sufficient for normal everyday TV watching. A majority of the speakers are located in the bottom of the TV and are supported by the two rear-facing subwoofers. To lift the sound upwards and make it more spatial, treble speakers are integrated into the frame. These are enough to make it seem as if the sound is coming out of the picture and involves the user in what is happening.

The Z9J also has a Room Correction feature, which allows it to adjust the sound to the acoustics of the room.

These features are all implemented quite well, so the Z9J performs much better than most other TVs, but it’s also a lot more expensive, so you probably won’t be satisfied with the integrated sound system.

A hi-fi system would match the sound to the great picture of the Sony TV. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS are available via the HDMI eARC interface for a real home theater atmosphere with immersive surround sound from all directions.

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Sound
  • 2.2.2 channels with 85W (RMS)
  • Clear dialogs
  • Spatial sound
  • Room Correction feature
  • HDMI eARC
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS

Google TV - Android in a new guise

The Sony Z9J does not reinvent the wheel in terms of smart features. It uses Google TV as its smart operating system, but you could also call it a polished Android OS. The operation runs smoothly and intuitively, but it is unfortunately not completely free of ads – but that is normal for almost all manufacturers nowadays.

Thanks to the Google Play Store, the selection of apps is enormous and all common streaming services are already preinstalled, so you can immediately browse through your libraries at will. If navigating with the illuminated remote control is too cumbersome, you can also use Google Assistant as a voice assistant. Amazon Alexa requires a third-party device like the Echo Dot.

Apple users will be happy about Apple Homekit and the easy data exchange via Airplay. There is also a twin tuner that enables the USB recording function. But unfortunately, the Z9J does not have a timeshift function – as always with Sony.

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Smart TV
  • Google TV
  • Smooth and intuitive operation
  • Huge app selection
  • Voice control
  • Google Assistant integrated
  • Apple Airplay and HomeKit
  • Twin tuner
  • Apple Airplay 2
  • Not Ad free

Sony Z9J - An 8K flagship that is supposed to set standards

Actually, it was to be expected that the Sony Z9J Master Series TV will be a really outstanding TV. Sony wants to show what they are capable of with this model. With the dazzlingly bright peak brightness of about 3000Nits and the huge color gamut, the HDR performance is simply terrific and can really keep up with the mini LED and OLED competitors.

But the real unique selling point of the Sony TV is the excellent image processing, which is only available from Sony in this quality. This factor is unfortunately a bit difficult to capture for our chart, so the Z9J would have earned a few more plus points here.Sony shows with this TV what is possible with an LED LCD VA panel and thus also declares war on OLED picture quality. Negative effects of local dimming are also minimized to a large extent and are not really noticeable in real content.

This makes the Z9J an excellent TV in the home theater, which has a precise and natural picture thanks to Sony’s picture optimization – even without calibration.

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PROS
  • XR Processor
  • Best picture processing
  • Picture quality
  • Viewing Angle
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Google TV
CONS
  • No VRR & ALLM
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Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
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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.
80%
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Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
88%
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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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    Data sheets Sony Z9J Master Series

    Sony 75Z9J technical specifications

    Sony Z9J Master Series
    Dimensions
    Screen diagonal75 Inch
    Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1681 x 982 x 81 mm
    Weight without stand46.4 kg
    Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1711 x 993 x 42.8 mm
    Weight with stand kg
    Footprint (WxD) x mm
    VESA Norm400x400 mm
    Removable standN/A
    Image properties
    Panel typeVA Panel
    Panel ManufacturerSony
    Colour depth10 Bit
    FRC
    Resolution8K
    Contrast ratio5000 :1
    Color space coverage88 %
    REC 202069 %
    Average brightness2000 Nits
    Maximum brightness3000 Nits
    BacklightingDirect LED
    Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
    Dimming Zones360
    Curved
    Improved viewing angle
    Motion Handling
    Response Time< 4 ms
    Input Lag< 16 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-picture
    TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
    Twin Tuner
    Audio
    Audio Channels2.2.2
    Power (W)85 W
    Dolby Digital
    DTS
    Dolby Atmos
    Integrated soundbarN/A
    Connections
    HDMI 2.02
    HDMI 2.12
    HDMI ARC
    USB 2.02
    USB 3.01
    Ethernet RJ451
    3.5mm jack1
    Digital optical1
    Satellite1
    Antenna1
    Ci+ 1.41
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    Sony 85Z9J technical specifications

    Sony Z9J Master Series
    Dimensions
    Screen diagonal85 Inch
    Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1907 x 1112 x 81 mm
    Weight without stand61.7 kg
    Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1937 x 1123 x 484 mm
    Weight with stand kg
    Footprint (WxD) x mm
    VESA Norm400x400 mm
    Removable standN/A
    Image properties
    Panel typeVA Panel
    Panel ManufacturerSony
    Colour depth10 Bit
    FRC
    Resolution8K
    Contrast ratio5000 :1
    Color space coverage88 %
    REC 202069 %
    Average brightness2000 Nits
    Maximum brightness3000 Nits
    BacklightingDirect LED
    Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
    Dimming Zones360
    Curved
    Improved viewing angle
    Motion Handling
    Response Time< 4 ms
    Input Lag< 21 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-picture
    TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
    Twin Tuner
    Audio
    Audio Channels2.2.2
    Power (W)90 W
    Dolby Digital
    DTS
    Dolby Atmos
    Integrated soundbarN/A
    Connections
    HDMI 2.02
    HDMI 2.12
    HDMI ARC
    USB 2.02
    USB 3.01
    Ethernet RJ451
    3.5mm jack1
    Digital optical1
    Satellite1
    Antenna1
    Ci+ 1.41
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    Frequently asked questions about Sony Z9J Master Series

    The Sony XR-75Z9j has 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs and 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs, an HDMI eARC, one USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a digital optical TOSLINK output and a Twin Tuner. and just a Single Tuner.
    The Sony Z9J Master Series is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
    • 75 Inch: 1681 x 982 x 81 mm
    • 85 Inch: 1907 x 1112 x 81 mm
    The Sony Z9J Master Series is compatible with the following wall mounts:
    • 75 Inch: 400x400 mm
      Flat Pivotable
    • 85 Inch: 400x400 mm
      Flat Pivotable
    The Sony Z9J Master Series costs as follows:
    The Sony Z9J Master Series needed for 1,000 hours of use with SDR image 333 kWh and 410 kWh for HDR image.
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