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Sony X90J vs X900H Review (XR55X90J vs XBR55X900H, XR65X90J vs XBR65X900H, XR75X90J vs XBR75X900H, XR55X91J vs XBR55X900H)

by on May 28, 2021
 



Sony X90J vs X950H Review

Sony X9J is high-end model of Sony’s 021 LED TV lineup. Meanwhile, the Sony X900H is the high-end model of Sony’s 2020 LED TV lineup and at the same is also the predecessor. As the successor, the X90J has largely the same features as the X900H. Both of them use VA panel, making them have great native contrast ratio. Supported by great local dimming feature, they both can produce deep dark. In addition can produce deep black they both also have great brightness. Overall, almost all aspects of picture quality produced by them are great. But even so, unlike X950H, the top model of Sony’s 2020 LED TV lineup that has X-Wide Angle optical layer for improving its side viewing angle coverage, both of them doesn’t have X-Ultra Viewing Angle. So, just other TVs with VA panel, their side viewing angle is poor. Overall, the Sony X900H and X90J are great TV for mixed usage.

In the market, both of them are available on some screen size variant, allowing you to suite with the large of your room.  The X900H comes in 4 screen sizes variant including 55 inches (XBR55X900H), 65 inches (XBR55X900H), 75 inches (XBR75X900H), and 85 inches (XBR85X900H).  Meanwhile, the X90J comes in two variant more. In addition 55 inches (XR55X90J), 65 inches (XR65X90J), 55 inches (XR55X90J), and 85 inches (XR55X91J), it also comes in 50 inches (XR50X90J) and 100 inches (XR100X92J). Meanwhile, with the same screen size (XR55X90J vs XBR55X900H, XR65X90J vs XBR65X900H, XR75X90J vs XBR75X900H, XR55X91J vs XBR55X900H), as the newer model the X90J is sold more expensive than the X900H. So, what improvements are brought by the XR90H over the predecessor? Is its picture quality and performance is better than X900H its predecessor?

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50 inches XR50X90J on Amazon
55 inches XR55X90J on Amazon XBR55X900H on Amazon
65 inches XR65X90J on Amazon XBR65X900H on Amazon
75 inches XR75X90J on Amazon XBR75X900H on Amazon
85 inches KD85X91J on Amazon XBR85X900H on Amazon
100 inches XR100X92 on Amazon

Sony X90J vs X900H Side by Side Comparison

Sony X900H vs X90J Specification

Specs and Features Sony X90J Sony X900H
Screen sizes available 50 inches (XR50X90J), 55 inches (XR55X90J), 65 inches (XR65X90J), 75 inches (XR75X90J), 85 inches (XR50X91J), 100 inches (XR100X92J) 55 Inch (XBR55X900H), 65 inch (XBR65 X900H), 75 inch (XBR75X900H), 85 inch (XBR85X900H)
Panel Technology VA panel VA Panel
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
X Wide Angle No No
Picture Processor Cognitive XR 4K processor 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate
HDR Support Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10 Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10
Clarity Enhancement 4K X Reality Pro, Dual Database Processing 4K X Reality Pro, Dual Database Processing
Contrast Enhancement Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster, X-Tended Dynamic Range
Color Enhancement Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping HDR, TriLuminos Display Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, TriLuminos Display
Native Refresh Rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Motion Enhancement XR Motion Clarity X Motion Clarity
Smart TV Platform Google TV Version 10 Android TV 9.0 Pie
Remote Sony’s 2021 Voice Remote Control Sony’s 2020 Voice Remote Control
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 2 2
Audio Channel 2 2
Audio Power Output 10 Watt + 10 Watt 10 Watt + 10 Watt
Speaker Type Acoustic Multi Audio, Sound Positioning Tweeter, X-Balanced Speaker;
XBR49X950H: Bass Reflex
Acoustic Multi Audio, Sound Positioning Tweeter, X-Balanced Speaker
XBR55X900H: Bass Reflex Speaker, X-Balanced Speaker
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Contrast Ratio

High vs Low Contrast

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The Sony X90J brings an improvement in contrast ratio than its predecessor where it has around 5600:1 while the X900H has around 4200:1. Although not much, they both also have full array local dimming that can improve their contrast ratio to around 6200:1 for the X90J and around 4800:1 for the X900H. Although not deepest among LED TVs, their contrast ratio is strong enough to produce deep black, dark enough to make black looks really black in a dark room. Additionally, black produced by them is also deep enough to reveal details in dark scene of HDR images, allowing them to show shadow details excellently the way they should be. Overall, they are equally a good TVs for dark room viewing.  But even so, since the X90J can have a bit higher contrast ratio, black produced is deeper than the X900H. And of course, it is a bit better in a dark room.

Winner: X90J

Local Dimming Performance

X-tended Dynamic Range

Both of the Sony X90J and X900H have good local dimming feature. Although not too significant, their local dimming can still improve their contrast ratio. With local dimming is enabled, black produced look deeper than when their local dimming is disabled. Additionally, their local dimming is also can do a great job in minimizing blooming. In a dark scene, there may be still blooming around small bright object and it cannot be removed completely, but at least, blooming looks much better when their local dimming enabled. Additionally, there is not much black crush and lighter areas still retain a good amount of details, making highlights in the background pop without being overly distracting, which mean it is good. Overall, their local dimming is equally great, but for this case, the X90J is a bit better than X90H, especially in minimizing blooming.

Winner: X90J

SDR Peak Brightness

There is not much improvement brought by the X90J over the X900H in their SDR Peak brightness. With real content, they both can show highlight at around 500 nits. It is not great for LED TVs, but also not so bad. Although with real scene, there is no significant improvement offered by the newer model, with white window test, the X90J can get much brighter than the X900H. They hit their brightest peak windows at difference windows sizes. The X90J hits its brightest peak brightness at 10% white window where it hits brighter than 700 nits. Meanwhile on 2% white window, it hits around 550 nits. At 25%, 50%, and 100% white window, it hits around 625 nits, 550 nits and 500 nits. While the X90J hits its peak brightness at 10% white window, the X900H hits its peak brightness at 25% white window, which is around 625 nits. At 2% and 10% white window, it hits around 360 nits and 460 nits while at 50% and 100% white window, it hits around 560 nits and 500 nits.

Overall, the Sony X90J can get a bit brighter than the X900H, but overall, their SDR peak brightness is equally bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms. As long as there not set in very bright rooms, their brightness is easily to fight the glare. And combine to their excellent reflection handling, you will enjoy obvious picture without distracted by the glare.

Winner: X90J

HDR Peak Brightness

While there is no much improvement offered by the X90J in SDR peak brightness, with HDR Content, the X90J can get much brighter than the X900H. On real scene, the X900H gets around 525 nits while the X90H hits around 780 nits. Meanwhile with white window test, although the highest peak brightness reached by them is not much different, but HDR brightness of the X90J is more consistent at any window sizes than the X900H. For the X950J, it hits its brightest peak brightness on 10% window, which is a bit brighter than 750 nits. On 2% white window, it hits around 530 nits, while on 25%, 50%, and 100% white window, it hits around 650 nits, 550 nits, and 560 nits. On the other hand, the X900H hits its brightest peak brightness on 25% white window, is around 740 nits, not much different to X90J. Meanwhile, on 2% and 10% white window, it gets much dimmer, even than larger bright area, which is around 450 nits and 300 nits. On 50% and 100% white window, it hits around 690 nits and 560 nits.

As we have discussed above, the X90J can bring out small highlight in HDR. It is able to make small highlight pop, the way they should be. But even so, it is not still able to show HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like the intended. On the other hand, for the X900H, HDR images may be a able to show fairly bright on their screen, but small highlight looks dimmer.  Overall, although their HDR peak brightness is bright enough to deliver great HDR experience, but it is only on dark or moderately lit room and not in a very bright room.

Winner: X90J

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both of the Sony X900H and X90J have good color gamut and their color gamut is not much different. In DCI P3 xy, the X90J is a bit better when it cover around 88% while the X900H cover around 86%. Meanwhile, on the DCI P3 uv, the X900H is precisely better where it cover around 92% while the X90J cover around 92%. With color gamut produced by them, they both can accurately show most colors of HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10.With other words, color of HDR10 images displayed on their screen looks very accurate and vibrant. Meanwhile, their color coverage in Rec.2020 is equally adequate. In Rec.2020 xy, they both can cover around 63% of color space. But even so, In Rec.2020 uv, the X900H is a bit better, which is around 70% while the X900H cover around 70%. It is not great. Some certain colors may be shown accurately, but at least, colors of HDR images mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision content still look accurate.

Triluminos Display

Color gamut of the X90J may be not as good as the X900H, but it has better color volume. This is due to it has better contrast ratio that allows it can produce deeper dark colors. On the other hand, its brighter peak brightness also allows it can produce very bright colors better than the X900H. However, although not as good as the X90J, the X900H can still produce deep dark colors and bright saturated colors very well. Overall, their color volume is equally good. But just like most LED TVS, they both struggle to produce bright blues.

Winner: The X900H has wider color gamut, the X90J has better color volume. 

Color Gradient

As we have known, Sony TVs usually have great color gradient, better than most TVs. And for this case, both of the Sony X90J and X900H also have color gradient, much better than TVs form other company. When they are showing 10 bit HDR content, on the screen of the X900H, there is only little bit banding in the darker shades of each colors. Meanwhile, on the screen of the X90J, its color gradient is even better especially in dark blues. Although there is still little bit banding in each colors, as we have mentioned, it is still better than TVs from other companies and most people should not notice it. The both actually have a feature called “Smooth Gradation” to fix this issue. Enabling this feature may be able to completely remove banding but on the other hand, this will cause some loss of fine details.

Winner: X90J

Black and Gray Uniformity

The Sony X90J and X900H have good black uniformity. But for this case, black uniformity of the X900H is a bit better than X90J. In dark scene, with white cross line at the center and without local dimming enabled, on the screen of the X90J, the screen tend to look dark blue than black and there is ca bit of clouding at everywhere. Meanwhile, on the screen of the X900H is better where its screen look a bit grayish and clouding is in top and bottom edges only. Meanwhile, with local dimming enabled, their black uniformity is much better. Most of the screen is black and looks much more uniform. But even so, on the screen of X90J, around white cross line at the center, there is noticeably blooming. On the other hand, although there is still blooming around white cross line, on the screen of the X900H, blooming is less noticeable.

In addition have better black uniformity, the Sony X900H also has better gray uniformity than its successor.  At the corner of their screen may be equally darker than the rest. Additionally, at the center of the screen, there is also a bit dirty screen effect. In a dark scene, their uniformity looks much better. But even so, on the screen of the X90J, the side edges of the screen look a bit brighter than the rest. On the other hand, on the screen of the X900H, the screen looks very uniform.

Winner: X900H

Side Viewing Angle

The use of VA panel may make they have good contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this causes its side viewing angle is poor. Actually, the top model of Sony’s TV in last year already has an anti glare optical layer called “X-Viewing Angle” that can improve its side viewing angle coverage. But unfortunately, they both don’t have this technology. The result, their side viewing angle is equally poor. Black will rise quickly started at around 16 degrees off center and front. So, although they can produce deep black, from the side, black of images will tend to look grayer.  Not much different to the black, colors also shift and looks washed out started at around 25 degrees off center and front. The good point is that they can maintain its brightness level up to 40 degrees and this is not much different to IPS TV and OLED TV. And since their viewing angle coverage is very narrow, it is not suitable for you who have large room with wide seating arrangement for watching TV.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

Although not the best, both of the Sony X900H and X90J have great pixel response time and their pixel response time is almost same, which is around 11 ms. This is low enough to make fast motion images looks very smooth on their screen with minimal blur. Following fast moving object, there may be still a short ghosting trail, but this should not noticeable in normal content. There may be still overshoot in dark scene transition that can cause some motion artifact in a dark scene, but in general, their motion handling is equally great. Additionally, although the low pixel response time can cause motion appears to stutter, especially when they are playing low frame rate content, but on their screen, it is not so bad. Nevertheless, if you still feel bothered with stuttering, you can enable their motion interpolation or BFI mode to remove it.

XR Motion FLow

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The Sony X90J and X900H both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system to dim their backlight.  Unlike Samsung TVs where its dimming frequency is depending on picture mode, their dimming frequency is relatively constant in all picture modes, which is 720 Hz. Since their backlight flicker at very high frequency, most people may not notice their flicker, which means it is great.  But even so, in certain condition, lower dimming frequency is require to match it to the frame rate of content in order to improve their motion appearance. And for this case, they both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to improve their motion appearance. To enable their BFI, you must set “MotionFlow” to “Custom” and “Clearness” slider to your preference. This will cause their backlight flicker at 120 Hz, making motion looks smoother, especially when they are playing 120 fps content. But unfortunately, they both cannot flicker at 60 Hz. Even when they are playing 60 fps content, they still flicker at 120 Hz and this can result in some image duplication. But even so, this can be solved by enabling their 120 Hz motion interpolation.

As we see on comparison table above, the Sony X900H and X90J have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, in their advertising, this should also support VRR (Variable Refresh rate) panel. But unfortunately, in current firmware, it is not available on both. Expected, with a firmware update, they will support VRR technology like what advertised by Sony.

Winner: Draw

Inputs

Both of the Sony X90J and X900H have 4 HDMI ports. Just like newest TVs in 2021, their all of their HDMI ports support most of HDMI feature like HDMI 2.0, CEC, HDCP 2.3, etc. They both also already support HDMI 2.1, but not full bandwidth and there are only two ports that support HDMI 2.1 (HDMI3 and 4). Although they are not support HDMI 2.1 full bandwidth, but at least, their HDMI is able to cover the bandwidth of HFR content like 4K @ 120 Hz. Additionally, they both also have 1 HDMI port that support ARC and eARC, which is on HDMI 3. This allows them can pass high quality audio format like Dolby Atmos via True HD and DTS:X via DTS-HD MA.  Their HDMI ports also support most of resolution including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K at both 60 Hz and 120 Hz, with HDR or not. And talking about HDR format supported, they support HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. They don’t support HDR10+ like Samsung TVs. Additionally, since they support HDMI 2.1, although not all, they both also work with most of resolution supported by new gaming consoles like PS 5 or Xbox X Series.

X90J vs X900H Inputs

As a newer model, the input lags of the Sony X90J are precisely worse than the X900H predecessor. In Game mode, with 60 fps content, the input lags of the X90J are around 18 ms at all resolution. Meanwhile, input lag of the X900H is a bit lower, which are around 15 ms at all resolutions. With 120 fps games, input lags of the X900H are also a bit lower, which are around 7 ms at all resolution while input lags of the X90J is depending on resolution, which is around 10 ms at 1080p and 11 ms at 4K resolution. Although the input lags of the X900H are lower, but their difference is actually not too significant and doesn’t have significant effect for playing games. And overall, their input lags are low enough to please most gamers.

Winner: X900H

Smart TV Platform

Google TV vs Android 9.0

As their smart TV platform, the Sony X90J runs Google TV version 10 while the X900H runs Android TV 9.0 or Android Pie. But even so, basically, Google TV has same core to Android TV, but it is more specifically designed for TV. The result, Google TV can run smoother on the X90J than Android TV on X900H. Additionally, its user interface is also easier. But even so, in term of apps, they are similar. Both of them have excellent selection of pre-installed apps. Most of Streaming apps are available like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.  Additionally, there are also Web browsers, Live TVs, etc. Since Google TV is based on Android TV, they both have the same apps store, which is Google Play Store. As we have known, since it is supported by tons of developer, it also has great selection of apps. You can download tons of Games, Apps, Books, etc. They both also have Chrome Cast Built-in, allowing you to cast any content from your smart phone. And to support voice navigation, they both have built-in Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

As their controller, they have similar remote. Their remote is large and have a lot of buttons. They also have built in microphone for voice navigation. Additionally, they both also have Google Assistant button that allows you to ask most of voice command such as searching contents in apps, changing input, setting volume, changing some of TV’s setting, etc. They also support CEC, allowing them to control other devices that support HDMI CEC. A bit improvement offered by the newer model is that it has more shortcut buttons. If on the remote of the X900H, there are two shortcut buttons for Google Play and Netflix, on the remote of the X90J, there are four shortcut buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video.

Winner: X90J

Sound Performance

The Sony X900H and X90H both come with standard sound system, which is 2.0 speaker channel with 20 watts of total sound output. But even so, the X900H can get bit louder where at maximal volume, it can get around 94 dB SPL while the X90J get around 91dB SPL.  Ignoring their difference, sound produced by them is fairly loud to fill wide room or crowded room. The X900H may be able to get louder, but the X90J has better frequency response, making sound produced heard clearer. Overall, they both have well balanced sound profile, which is good for dialogue. But even so, since they don’t have built-in sub-woofer, they lack bass, so they can produce deep, rumbling sound. Additionally, the X90J also has better distortion performance than X900H. At moderate volume, there may be still distortion on the sound produced by them, but not much. Additionally, at higher volume, distortion increases significantly near max volume on both. And compare among them, distortion is worse on the sound produced by the X900H than X90J.

Winner: X90J

Image Processor

Another improvement offered by the X90J as a newer model over the X900H predecessor is on its processor. As we see on comparison table above, the X90J is powered by Cognitive XR Processor while the X900H is powered by 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate. One of the improvements offered by the newer image processor over the X1 Ultimate is about their AI algorithm. As we have known, the X1 Ultimate more is focuses on HDR mages processing, so it even doesn’t have AI algorithm. Meanwhile, the XR processor is focused on both HDR images processing and AI Algorithm and it has great AI Algorithm. Like Sony’s say “While conventional Artificial Intelligence (AI) can only detect and analyze picture elements like color, contrast and detail individually, the new processor can cross-analyze an array of elements at once, just as our brains do,”, the XR processor utilizes a completely new processing method designed to replicate the ways humans see and hear, detecting a so-called “focal point” in the TV’s picture to focus processing around the more important parts of the image.

Sony X900H vs X90J Performance

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50 inches XR50X90J on Amazon
55 inches XR55X90J on Amazon XBR55X900H on Amazon
65 inches XR65X90J on Amazon XBR65X900H on Amazon
75 inches XR75X90J on Amazon XBR75X900H on Amazon
85 inches KD85X91J on Amazon XBR85X900H on Amazon
100 inches XR100X92 on Amazon

Sony X900H vs X90J Performance

For Watching Movies

Since they have great native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black, when used for watching movies in a dark room, their performance is great. Combine to their good black uniformity, dark scene of movies looks excellent on their screen. Additionally, they also have good local dimming that can improve their contrast ratio and minimizing blooming, allowing you to read subtitle of the movies easily. That is not only that, their great performance in handling 24p judder also allowing you to watch movies from any source without judder. And of course, their good performance in processing images allows you to watch movies with excellent picture quality. Even if the movies has low resolution, you can watch them in higher resolution with details are still preserved well. And their goo motion handling allows you to watch fast action movies with smooth picture quality. Overall, both of them are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. But even so, since the X90J has better contrast ratio, local dimming performance, wider color gamut, and brighter SDR and HDR peak brightness, this makes it is better than the X900H when used for watching movies.

Winner: X90J

For Watching Sports

When used for watching sports on bright room, their performance is also equally great. Combination of their pixel response time and Motion Flow XR technology allow you to watch fast sports with smooth picture quality. Additionally, combination of their excellent SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling allow you to watch sports with obvious picture quality without distracted by the glare. That is not only that, they both also have good gray uniformity, allowing you to watch sports with large field likes football or hockey with less dirty screen effect. But a bit unfortunately, they have poor side viewing angle. So, when you are watching a big game with a group of your friend, some of you may get worse picture quality. But overall, they are great TVs for watching sports. And since the X90H has better gray uniformity and reflection handling, overall, it is a bit better than X90J when used for watching sports.

Winner: X900H

Video Games

Both of the Sony X900H and X90J are also great TVs for gaming. They may not have VRR technology and also don’t support any Gaming features like FreeSync or GSync, but they have low input lags that makes them very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Additionally, they both also have two HDMI ports that supports HDMI 2.1, allowing them can supports most advanced features and most resolution of new game console. When you are playing fast paced games, their motion handling is also great. This allows you to play fast paced games without minimal blur. And compare among them, since it has better contrast ratio and better local dimming, dark games will looks a bit better on the screen of the X90J than X900H. On the other hand, the X900H has lower input lags, making it is a bit more responsive than X90J. With other words, picture quality of games displayed on the screen of the X90J is better, but the X90J is more responsive.

Winner: Draw

HDR Performance

Like that expected, as a newer model, the Sony X90J ha better HDR performance than the X90H predecessor. As we have discussed above, the X90J has better contrast ratio and better local dimming performance. This make it can display shadow details of HDR images better. Additionally, it also has brighter HDR peak brightness, allowing it can deliver better HDR experience than its predecessor, especially in brighter room. That is not only that, although its color gamut is a bit worse than the X900H, but it has better color volume. Additionally, it also has a bit better color gradient than its predecessor. All of them certainly makes its HDR performance is better. But on the other hand, although it is not as good as the successor, HDR performance of the X900H can be also said great. In dark to moderately light room, it can bring out highlight in HDR the way they should be. Additionally, it contrast ratio also strong enough to produce deep black, making shadow details of HDR images can be shown as details as what expected.

Winner: X90J

Conclusion

As the successor of the X900H, although not all, it is proper if the X90J offer better performance and picture quality than its predecessor. Nevertheless, in certain aspects, its performance is precisely worse likes color gamut and input lags. Fortunately, this doesn’t have significant effect on real content. As we have discussed above, the X90J has better HDR performance and better performance for movies. On the contrary, the X900H is a bit better when used for watching sports. But even so, overall, they both are equally great TVs for mixed usage. So, which is a better choice among them? As a newer model that has better performance for mixed usage, the Sony X90J is certainly better. But you need to know, with the same screen sizes, it is sold hundreds dollar more expensive then the X900H predecessor. On the other hand, although not as good as the X90J, the Sony X900H is also good TV for any usage. It is one of the best alternatives for the X90J if you want cheaper model. Now, the decision comes back to your budget and own preferences.

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Sony X90J Sony X900H
50 inches XR50X90J on Amazon
55 inches XR55X90J on Amazon XBR55X900H on Amazon
65 inches XR65X90J on Amazon XBR65X900H on Amazon
75 inches XR75X90J on Amazon XBR75X900H on Amazon
85 inches KD85X91J on Amazon XBR85X900H on Amazon
100 inches XR100X92 on Amazon

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