BEST SONY X90J 55INCH 4K FULL REVIEW

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SONY X90J 55INCH 4K: The TV delivers a great performance. The TV has the best color calibration of any TV we have seen this year. The new XR processor makes the TV immersive and pops colors. It is ideal for rooms with good lighting and it has very little bloomed in extreme darkness. We also get excellent black levels thanks to the VA panel.

This TV will be a great choice for anyone who watches set-top boxes or OTT content. Although Google TV UI is still in its infancy, it’s a good step forward for Smart TVs. Although the TV’s audio output is good and clear, it lacks bass. Gaming enthusiasts will be disappointed by the lack of VRR at launch.

 SONY X90J
SONY X90J

However, this will not affect those who own an Xbox Series X. The PS5 doesn’t support VRR as of this review. For those who have next-generation consoles and a home theatre, the PS5 lacks two HDMI 2.1 ports. The TV’s gaming performance is excellent. It is capable of reproducing high-quality content and has low input lag. The LG CX is still the TV we recommend for gaming. However, it can be used if there’s enough light in your room to play video games.

SONYX90J 55-INCH FULL ARRAY LED TV REVIEW

The X90H, a ready-for-use PS5 TV from Sony, was launched in 2020 (review). It was one of the most affordable LED TVs, with excellent picture quality and great gaming performance when we reviewed it in 2020. It was tested with an Xbox One X (review), and a PS4 Pro at the time, as Indian next-generation consoles weren’t yet available.

Sony’s ready-for-PS5 TV received some criticism for its 4K at 120Hz performance and has yet to receive its promised VRR update. We have the X90H’s successor with us today. It has a lot of new tricks. The X90J, unlike the X90H, runs on Sony’s new Cognitive XR processor. It comes with Google TV and only two HDMI 2.1 ports. Sony has confirmed VRR support for both the X90H & X90J by the end of 2021. So there’s something to look forward to. Is the X90J really worth it? Let’s find the answer.

SONYX90J PICTURE QUALITY AND DISPLAY

Let’s start with the performance. You get deep blacks without sacrificing your viewing angles with the VA panel. Sony’s X Wide Angle technology is not available on the TV. This TV’s viewing angles are excellent and you shouldn’t need to go to extreme angles. The TV has a 4K resolution and supports HDR 10 or Dolby Vision.

It can reach a peak brightness of 700 nits but has a steady brightness of 550 to 600 nits. The panel is vibrant in color, but the real question is what the new XR Processor makes to this TV. Let’s get started.

SONYX90J 4K & HDR PERFORMANCE

When you first start to watch content on this TV, Sublime will be the first thing that comes to your mind. This TV is an excellent high-end LED LCD product in India, considering the competition. The TV’s HDR content was flawless in all of our HDR content. Calman-ready TVs like the Sony X90J are Calman-ready.

This means that when our hardware is connected to the TV, Calman software can adjust the settings to reach the D65 white point. There are no Delta errors below 1. It is very impressive. The Sony calibration for Calman uses Rec 709 to calibrate HDR. There are still errors in the Rec 2020 space but they are lower than those we have seen on budget TVs. This TV looks amazing in HDR and DolbyVision content, it’s no surprise. The TV’s vibrant colors make everything pop, from shows like Our Plant to Grand Tour to Cyberpunk Future in Altered Carbon.

The TV supports DolbyVision content and has DolbyVision Bright and DolbyVision Dark. It also features an ambient mode that recognizes the light in the room. It is a bit puzzling that Sony did not include Dolby VisionIQ on this TV. We have yet to see a DolbyVision IQ TV, so we will continue to think about that technology.

The Apple TV app in DolbyVision even showed punchy movies. Ready Player One’s 11-minute race is definitely worth watching. Wonder Woman’s fight sequence in Wonder Woman 2017 is another example of the TV’s HDR performance. It is comparable in price to OLED TVs with similar punchiness, but it has bright highlights and impressive picture performance.

The TV’s out-of-box calibration is excellent, as you can see by the above reading. The average Delta error in ColorChecker analysis was 1.3 after calibration. The performance of the ColorChecker analysis was excellent, with an average delta error (1.8) even out of the box.

SONYX90J FHD PERFORMANCE

This TV can handle even FHD content. FHD content like Spider-Man Homecoming and Young Sheldon were enjoyed a lot on the TV. FHD content is also beautifully presented. There are many pictures presets on the TV, but Cinema makes the best content. Standard can be used for most TV programs, but it is better for news programs and Friends.

Cinema preset has the advantage of adding warmth to the color temperature, but it’s not as prominent as what we have seen on budget TVs. This is a good thing. Environments look real and skin tones look natural. The suit Spider-Man wears in Homecoming is the right color.

Both the Standard and Cinema preset show the correct hues of red and blue. Environments and skin tones change according to the preset’s color temperature. You can’t see the jagged edges in 1080p or 720p, especially 1080p content.

SONYX90J GAMING PROPERTIES

Let’s get to the bottom of the matter. The TV has only two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which can be eARC enabled. This means that if you have a soundbar or home theatre, there is only one port available for your PS5 (review), or Xbox Series X(review). It is a disappointment. Second, the TV does not support VRR. However, the TV will enable VRR via an update. Sony stated that both the X90H (and X90J) will receive the VRR update before the end of 2021.

However, the TV isn’t a disappointment for anyone looking for a top-end gaming TV. A review of Spider-Man Miles Morales on the PS5 looked amazing. And when you activate your Venom powers, HDR capabilities make the TV pop. Ratchet and Clank’s Rift Apart (review) is a great example of HDR.

There are so many particle effects that you can see the entire screen at once, it is overwhelming. This TV also allowed us to play Dirt 5. This TV has the blinding sunlight effect, which makes the races feel engulfing.

The LG CX (review), a gaming TV that supports VRR and GSync, is available at this price. The Sony X90J is no slouch. The Sony X90J vs LG CX debate can be left for another day. However, if you’re gaming in a well-lit area, an LED is better than an OLED. For darkroom experiences, an OLED is more suitable.

SONY X90J AUDIO PERFORMANCE

The X90H came with two full-range (Bass Reflex) tweeters and two drivers (for the 65-inch variant), but the X90J has an Acoustic Multi-Audio sound positioning tweeter and Xbalanced speaker. The Acoustic Multi-Audio Sound Positioning Twitterer works in a similar way to the OLED TVs from Sony like the A8H, but there is a significant difference.

The OLED TV’s entire screen vibrates to produce sound. The two positional speakers reproduce the surround sound and channel shifting experience. They sound great for vocals, have a good dynamic range, and are very loud. However, they lack bass. The opening bank heist sequence of Dark Knight was seen, and the speakers’ sound quality was not as good as a subwoofer. The background music and conversation between thieves were clear and crisp.

The orchestral score of Ratchet & Clank, or the swishes from Spider-Man’s web were clear even when it came down to gaming. You can use the TV in a bedroom or study that is 12x14ft or 12x16ft. An external audio device will be necessary to provide room-filling sound.

SONYX90J UI

Since the inception of Smart TVs, Android TV OS has been managed by Sony. Now the brand is moving to Google TV. Google TV’s UI is a mix of many things. It’s easy to set up your TV from any device, even an iPhone. This is a major advantage over previous Android TV versions. The UI now displays all your apps horizontally in a row, with subsequent rows highlighting content from different services.

This is similar to Android TV’s previous versions but with sufficient visual differences. A tab called “Library” is also available. This shows me only movies that I have on Google Play Movies (which now forms part of YouTube). You won’t find the “For You” section that you saw in the Google TV videos or online photos.

The apps tab will replace the Play Store, allowing you to search for apps. However, it is not a place where you can quickly check if an application needs to be updated. To navigate to the section that allows me to check for updates, I had to use Google Assistant. It’s possible that it’s a learning curve. However, the Google TV UI is still a bit incomplete at the moment. Google may need to refine it a little.

It is easy to access the rest of these settings. Sony made it easy to find picture presets and commonly used settings. To get 4K HDR (RGB), performance from your PS5 gaming console, simply go to the settings and change the HDMI input to enhanced.

 SONY X90J
SONY X90J

Go to Settings – Channel and Inputs- External Inputs- HDMI Signal Format. Select the HDMI input format you prefer. HDMI 2.1 is not available in HDMI 3 or 4.

A second addition is the use of far-field microphones. Just like the Mi QLED TV (review), and the 43-inch 4K Realme TV, you can also control the TV simply by saying “OK Google”. This works just as well as the Mi QLED TV.

The only difference was that the Sony TV’s response time was much faster, but the accuracy of voice recognition was the same. The Sony TV has the same physical toggle that can mute the microphone on the board. There is also a small indicator light to indicate that the mic is muted. This LED indicator can be turned off by going into the TV’s settings. We wish it was available on the Realme and Mi TVs. Unfortunately, it is only available on Sony TV.

SONYX90J REMOTE CONTROL

It is identical to the X90H’s remote control, and we believe it is an ergonomically designed remote control. The remote control has a simple candy-bar form factor and a textured back for added grip. The playback controls are located at the bottom, with the OTT hotkeys higher up. I think that placing the OTT hotkeys closer together with the playback controls would make the TV more ergonomic. However, this is a personal preference. The remote is functional, well-built, and works well.

SONYX90J BUILDING AND DESIGN

The X90J’s build is very similar to the X90H, both from the front and as far as the tabletop feet go. There are 2 feet that hold the TV in place, and you don’t have to attach screws. Simply insert the feet. You can use the external clips to manage cables.

The feet are very thin. This time, the back isn’t as flush as it used to be. However, there’s a little design. If you look at the side’s edges, you’ll see the side-firing speakers of the TV. All connectivity options are on the same side.

SONYX90J BOTTOMLINE

The TV delivers a great performance. The TV has the best color calibration of any TV we have seen this year. The new XR processor makes the TV immersive and vibrant. It is ideal for rooms with good lighting and it has very little bloomed in extreme darkness. We also get excellent black levels thanks to the VA panel.

This TV will be a great choice for anyone who watches set-top boxes or OTT content. Although Google TV UI is still in its infancy, it’s a good step forward for Smart TVs. Although the TV’s audio output is good and clear, it lacks bass. Gaming enthusiasts will be disappointed by the lack of VRR at launch.

However, this will not affect those who own an Xbox Series X. The PS5 doesn’t support VRR as of this review. For those who have next-generation consoles and a home theatre, the PS5 lacks two HDMI 2.1 ports. The TV’s gaming performance is excellent. It is capable of reproducing high-quality content and has low input lag. The LG CX is still the TV we recommend for gaming. However, it can be used if there’s enough light in your room to play video games.

PROS

  • Exact color reproduction, both for HDR and SDR content right out of the box.
  • Bright panel for HDR content
  • Gaming TV that is great
  • Remote control that is functional and well-built.
  • Excellent sound quality.
  • Excellent build quality and design.

CONS

  • Only two ports support HDMI 2.0
  • RR support will be available as an update in the latter part of this year.
  • Google TV UI requires some improvements

Also Read: Best Sony 65-Inch 4K Ultra Hd Smart Tv Review

SONY X90J 55INCH 4K KEY

  • Panel Size: 55 inches (also available in 65-inch and 75-inch).Panel Type : VA LED
  • Panel Resolution: 3840×2160 – 4K
  • Panel Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • HDR 10 support
  • Dolby Vision Support
  • Weight with stand: 17.4kgs
  • HDMI ports 4
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Wi-Fi is available
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Speakers: 20W (Acoustic Multi Audio Sound Positioning Tweeter, Balanced Speaker)
  • 16GB built-in storage
  • Price: MRP 1,59,990 Best price: Rs 1,39,000.
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