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A Review of The Impressive Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

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Overview

Sony’s first release of their soon to be extensive 2019 TV lineup is the X950G and if it broadly represents the quality we can expect from the rest of this brand’s 2019 premium 4K UHD TVs, then we are definitely impressed. The X950G is essentially the successor to the superb 2018 X900F but quite a bit better in several key regards (though not in all of them). Overall, this particular model is one excellent 4K HDR TV and performs exceptionally well in most of the major metrics of high TV performance quality. These include picture motion handling, HDR delivery (especially for HDR color), display brightness and the TV’s capacity for rendering deep black levels and high contrast. In all of these things, the X950G excels and its motion handling is particularly, surprisingly stunning. We are impressed.

That said, like any 4K UHD TV, the X950G isn’t without its flaws though in the case of this particular model they are definitely few, mostly minor and far between.

Also see:
Our complete guide to today’s best 4K HDR TVs for every budget and home size
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Positives

• Sturdy design
• Exceptional color rendering for normal and HDR content
• Amazingly good motion handling, especially for gaming
• Very robust contrast ratios and black levels
• Voice control features and very rich smart TV functionality

Negatives

• Local dimming has a few minor issues
• VA display technology deteriorates picture performance at sharp angles
• No HDR10+

 

Bottom Line

The bottom line for the X950G is that while it’s somewhat on the expensive side (it is after all a brand new high “mid-range” 4K TV release), we liked it very much in almost every regard. This television is going to get some stiff competition from similarly priced models by Samsung, LG and Vizio but we’re expecting it to hold its own very well. We recommend the X950G for almost any premium 4K HDR TV experience you might want to have. It’s definitely a worthy successor to Sony’s X900F and delivers good value for its price.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

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4.7 – 4 Reviews

What We Liked

There are many things to like about the X950G. It’s simply a great TV almost across the board and in certain particular aspects (quite a few of them actually), this model is outright excellent. On two particular fronts, the X950G is in fact simply exceptional at least from what we’ve seen so far in the 4K HDR TVs we’ve reviewed. Where the X950G excels particularly is in its color performance, peak brightness and motion handling specs. Since all three of these are so important for high-performance picture rendering, they combine to make this a truly strong television for nearly anything you’d want to throw at it. Let’s get down to our breakdown of the specific things we most liked.

Display Brightness

The Sony X950G 4K HDR TV comes with full-array LED backlighting and while this by itself isn’t an automatic guarantor of high display brightness, it does usually create exactly that. In the X950G it absolutely excels. For both sustained and peak brightness across several different areas of screen coverage, the X950G shines very brightly indeed. This applies to content viewing in both SDR and HDR modes though the HDR setting definitely creates stronger luminosity.

More importantly still, the X950G never really gets even close to dim no matter how you measure its display brightness. Even when tested in SDR mode with 100% of the screen being set to sustained brightness, the X950G does not deliver less than 700 nits. Many 4K HDR TVs can’t even reach 700 nits, let alone have that level of brightness sit just below their absolute dimmest peak performance. In other words, for HDR content that depends on strong luminosity, the X950G covers all the bases exceptionally well, and for viewing any other kind of content outside of HDR mode, it still creates a screen more than bright enough to clearly see what’s displayed even in a well lit room with sunlight filtering in.

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Motion handling and Gaming Excellence

The Sony X950G offers up what we would call excellent motion handling in almost every regard. This television definitely exceeds any comparably priced 2018 4K LCD TV we saw by a small margin in terms of how well it handles motion in any content you throw at it and its motion blur handling is particularly exceptional due to a pixel response time that creates almost imperceptible blur in onscreen movement of fast-paced content. OLED 4K HDR TVs tend to completely beat LCD TVs of any kind at response time in pixels but the gap is closing thanks to the sorts of improvements we see in TVs like the X950G. The motion interpolation of the X950G is also extremely good.

This TV comes with a TV display with a native refresh rate of 120Hz but it can play back any content with lower native frame rate with wonderful smoothness. This includes judder-free playback of 24p movie content sources in any format (streaming media, disc, broadcast, cable, etc). We are impressed. Motion interpolation of content with lower frame rates will have a slight soap opera effect and requires activating interpolation in the TV’s settings but it’s worth it and the soap opera aspect is minor, largely thanks to Sony’s exceptionally good motion handling engine technology. If you want to enable interpolation you’ll have to set Motionflow to ‘Custom,’ then adjust Smoothness to your preference and Clearness to its minimum setting (this disables black frame insertion, which isn’t excellent in this TV). Cinemotion should also be set to ‘Auto’ for 30p to interpolate.

Color Performance

The Sony X950G’s color performance is downright excellent in terms of one thing in particular: Right out of the box, this 4K HDR TV is fantastically calibrated for accurate, extremely vibrant and realistic color metrics for things like Gamma, delta E and so forth. The effect is impressive and definitely saves time for anyone who just wants to unpack and start watching their favorite movies without screwing around with the picture settings at all. The TV’s color performance can however be refined still further and becomes even more impressively great. Aside from this, the X950G is just a powerful TV for HDR color delivery. Sony has always excelled at this in its HDR TVs and here we see nothing less than the same quality. Wide Color Gamut (DCI-P3 color space) is very good (though not quite as good as we’ve seen in quite a few other 2018 4K TVs, oddly) and 10-bit color rendering is smooth as well. Both of these are essential to HDR color delivery for content sources mastered in Dolby Vision or HDR10. The X950G also delivers decent color volume when displaying extremely bright or very shadowy content. We’ve seen better in certain pricier 2018 4K HDR TVs but this capability is definitely improving in new high mid-range TV models like this Sony edition.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

Local Dimming

As a companion spec to the color performance we just described above, there is the local dimming of the Sony X950G. This particular 4K TV comes with full-array LED backlighting with multi-zone local dimming. In basic terms, this means that the whole back of the display is covered by illuminating LEDs and that they can be turned off in different compartmentalized zones to create stronger, deeper dark/black levels as needed for contrast in content. The local dimming itself in the X950G is very good, precise and creates only minor light bleed. More importantly though, it allows for HDR content to display very strongly and for colors to stand out more vibrantly on the screen.

Overall HDR delivery

The overall effect of the above-described color, brightness and local dimming specs in the X950G is that they work together to make one spectacularly powerful HDR TV that can absolutely impress with the way in which it renders high dynamic range content. Movies and TV shows from streaming or disc sources, whether they’ve been mastered in HDR10 or Dolby Vision, will play back on this Sony television model beautifully. You can essentially enjoy them to their fullest and without being left with the feeling that something of the intended HDR was lost in translation as it reached your display. In other words, as a full HDR 4K TV, we absolutely recommend the X950G for the quality it offers.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

Superb Gaming Responsiveness

On a final note, we really need to mention how well the XBR-X950G performs as a 4K TV for gaming. Sony’s televisions used to have some problems with their responsiveness to console game connectivity but this is definitely not the case any more. The X950G is excellent example and across the board at different color, resolution and frame rate modes, it offers consistently low input lag if connected to something like the Xbox One X or the PS4 and its Pro variant, or any number of other consoles. We’ll go into further details about these specs further down in our breakdown of TV performance but for now let’s just say that if you want a superbly powerful 4K HDR LCD TV that can deliver the best in your favorite console games with ultra HD resolution and high dynamic range integration, this model is a great choice.

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Also Read:
Our In-depth review of Samsung’s ultra-bright flagship 2018 Q9FN 4K HDR TV
Our detailed review of Samsung’s excellent 2018 Q8FN 4K HDR LCD TV

What We Didn’t Like

No 4K TV we’ve ever reviewed is perfect and the Sony X950G is no exception. It too has its defects. Fortunately, these are minor and nowhere close to being deal breakers in our opinion, but they are worth mentioning for the sake of completeness. The following are this model’s most notable defects and weaknesses. A couple of them are a bit surprising.

Unresolved Viewing Angle Problems

The most obviously visible defect that the Sony X950G suffers from is something we can’t entirely hold against its manufacturer even though it has to be mentioned. This television, like most LCD TVs made today, comes with a Vertical Alignment (VA for short) display panel built into it and as a result, color, contrast and overall picture quality all deteriorate rapidly when the screen is viewed from too far off from dead center (anywhere beyond 20 degrees to either side). This is unfortunate but with current commonly used LCD TV display technology it’s also mostly unavoidable because the alternative is IPS display, which is really weak on contrast and black levels. VA panels maintain excellent contrast and deep blacks as a trade-off for their bad viewing angles. Most otherwise fantastic 4K LCD TVs come with VA display panels so the X950G is hardly alone here. Only OLED offers both deep blacks, perfect contrast AND wide viewing angles but that’s en entirely different technology for a different type (and price range) of 4K HDR TV.

Also check out our in-depth review of the LG C8 OLED 4K HDR TV
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Contrast Delivery

We explained above that the Sony XBR-X950G offers up excellent display brightness and high quality local dimming. Both of these are true and this television’s black uniformity with local dimming activated is also great but, for some reason, the overall contrast ratio of the X950G is not as high as we would have expected it to be. In fact, even some of Samsung, TCL and Vizio’s mid-range 2018 4K HDR TVs deliver better maximum contrast, which is a bit unexpected. The Sony X950G does deliver very good contrast but it’s not as high caliber as we’d expected, meaning that its black levels could afford to be a bit deeper.

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Weak native audio

While Sony’s X950G delivers admirably great picture quality in almost all regards, its native speakers are predictably mediocre. Few 4K UHD TVs deliver seriously great audio power from their built-in sound system, so this is hardly a damning surprise, but it’s still worth noting. You can use the audio of the X950G for casual TV watching in a relatively quiet space but if you want some serious surround sound power, bass or heavy sound depth in general, spend a bit extra on an external sound bar or speaker platform.

Value for Price & Bottom Line

In our final overall analysis, we have to say that we really appreciate the quality of the Sony X950G and think it’s almost entirely an excellent 4K HDR TV for any normal use. Most buyers will probably love this television and especially because it’s just not that crazily expensive. Even at the time of this writing, right after its retail release, the X950G is fairly reasonably priced for a premium name brand 4K TV. Give it a few months, after some mid-year discounts knock off a few dollars and it will be a great mid-range choice with premium specs.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

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4.7 – 4 Reviews
Also Read:
Our detailed review of Sony’s fantastic X900F 4K HDR TV, the best affordable LCD TV of 2018 and early 2019
Our in-depth review of Sony’s stunningly innovative A9F 4K HDR OLED Master Series TV

Key Sony X950G Specs

• Screen sizes: 55 inch XBR55X950G, 65 inch XBR65X950G, 75 inch XBR75X950G, 85 inch XBR85X950G, (TV being reviewed is 55 inches)
• Smart TV: Android TV Oreo 8.0
• HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
• VP9 Included. Yes
• HD to UHD upscaling: Yes
• HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
• HDR Support: Yes, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz native refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: LCD Display with full-array backlighting & local dimming
• Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and Ethernet port
• Remotes: Sony smart remote, voice control
• Connectivity: 4 HDMI (all of them 2.0a and HDCP 2.2) ports, 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out, all also located in external OneConnect Mini box
• Contrast Ratio: 4430+:1 (native, real contrast), 4835+:1 (with local dimming)
• Maximum Peak Brightness: 1241 nits (cd/m2)
• 3D Technology: N/A
• Processor: X1-Ultimate processor

Display Performance Metrics

This is where we cover the meaty, specific details of the key TV performance specs of the Sony X950G 4K HDR LCD TV. They all revolve around color reproduction, brightness, black levels, contrast, local dimming and motion handling because these are the things that really dictate how well a TV displays the content you want to watch on it to the best of its ability. These specs may vary slightly from unit to unit so they should not be taken as absolutes. However, they should maintain a generally high level of similarity in all TV models of all sizes, making them good enough to be highly reliable indicators of quality.

We should however also note that different TV display sizes in a single model can make some of the specs detailed below vary slightly. There might also be minor variation from unit to unit, so what our review metrics showed us might not perfectly correspond to what another buyers TV delivers. That said, the variation will be very small most of the time and what you read below should be very reflective of the performance of any Sony X950G unit you might buy.

The following specs are basically what really decides if a 4K TV is worth buying or not. They’re its most important indicators of real performance and they disregard all the marketing and labeling fluff that manufacturers like to pile up around their 4K TVs for the sake of making them seem more exceptional than they really might be. Here we ignore marketing fluff labels, fake color brilliance branding and disingenuous terminology of the kind that you’ll often find on the manufacturers promotional materials. In other words, we measure what the X950G can actually deliver in a household setting with its own internal calibration capacity and explain how this affects real, practical performance.

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Black Level, uniformity, Local Dimming and Contrast:

Black Level, Local Dimming and Contrast are all crucial display specs for any television (and especially for any HDR 4K TV). Furthermore because they also interplay with each other as far as display performance goes, they need to be covered together.

As far as all of these specs go in the Sony X950G, what you get is some very good performance on black level and contrast combined with excellent performance on local dimming and superbly even black uniformity when local dimming is activated. The uniformity decreases with minor clouding visible if local dimming is turned off though. More specifically, the X950G offers a general black level that is excellent (with local dimming) and sits well within HDR10 standards at less than 0.019 nits, and this TV’s overall black uniformity is remarkably good and evenly dark if local dimming is on (it can be activated or deactivated in the X950G’s picture settings). There is however some clouding near the outer areas of the screen that becomes visible without local dimming in a darker room, and a halo “blooming” effect becomes even more notable if the X950G is being used to display bright content against a dark background. This is even more visible in a room with no lights on.

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Where the X950G also performs very well is on its maximum contrast ratio. Contrast sits well above 4000:1 with a maximum contrast ratio of 4432:1 if local dimming if shut off and a contrast ratio that rises to 4835:1 with local dimming active. These contrast ratios are very good, let us just keep that clear right away. However, what they aren’t is spectacular and strangely, they underperform contrast measurements we’ve seen in Sony’s 2018 X900F (the direct predecessor to the X950G) and some of Samsung’s mid-range 4K TVs from last year such as the Q7F, Q6F and even the NU8000. That said, the X950G is in many ways a better and brighter 4K TV than some of these rival models.

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Our in-depth review of Samsung’s stunning Q9F QLED 4K HDR TV 
Our in-depth review of Samsung’s Q7F QLED 4K HDR TV 
Our in-depth review of Samsung’s amazingly good, remarkably affordable Q6F QLED 4K HDR TV 

On the other hand, the X950G doesn’t hold a candle to Samsung’s flagship 2018 QLED, the Q9FN. whose far superior full-array LED backlight allows for much more precise local dimming that can create contrast ratios of nearly 19,000:1, some of the highest we’ve ever seen in any LCD 4K TV. That said, the X950G delivers generally great performance on the above specs by the standards of what most people would consider visually excellent in a 4K HDR TV that cost them over $1000.

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We should note again that the above specs for contrast, black level, uniformity and local dimming are crucial for high quality picture performance during playback of high contrast scenes in movies and shows.

Brightness:

Peak brightness is the maximum possible spot HDR or SDR luminosity of a complete 4K TV display or differently sized sections of its screen as measured in units of brightness called nits (or cd/m2, which is the same thing). Sustained brightness is the highest possible sustained HDR or SDR brightness that the TV screen can manage across its entire screen or parts of it for a prolonged period of time (a few minutes or more). In other words, Peak brightness consists of how luminous sudden bright spots can become and sustained brightness measures prolonged luminosity in content on the display.

Sony’s X950G is one very bright 4K HDR LCD TV by the standards of almost any mid-range or premium competitor among the 2018 and 2019 4K HDR TV models. We’ll see how it compares to other 2019 TV releases as the year progresses but if we compare this model’s performance to the average for most 4K HDR LCD TVs made during the last couple years, it stands out by a wide margin. This applies to both its peak brightness and its overall sustained brightness under a number of conditions. Most notably, the X950G has a high general level of overall brightness and high brightness uniformity. This means that while maximum brightness varies under different metrics and between different SDR and HDR settings, overall, it’s very high in all measurements and changes little between SDR and HDR modes (as our specific measurements below will show).

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The most essential brightness specs are as follows however: The X950G’S absolute peak luminance reaches up to over 1241 nits when the television is set for HDR display of content. Furthermore, in terms of absolute peak brightness when being used to play back content without HDR enabled, the TV still gets exceptionally bright at 1186 nits. Additionally, this televisions, overall general scene brightness is great in both SDR and HDR modes, with an HDR-oriented general brightness that sits at 1135 nits. This is excellent! In basic terms, this means that the X950G displays movie content of all types wonderfully, with excellent luminosity and vibrancy. In effect it’s a great TV for viewing even in brightly lit rooms without worrying about ambient light making content hard to see.

The display brightness numbers below as measured in nits for different areas of display space, under both HDR and SDR settings and under both peak and sustained conditions demonstrate the X950G’s overall capacity for screen luminosity:

Sony X950G SDR Brightness

  • Overall SDR peak brightness for normal content: 710 nits
  • Peak 2% display area display SDR brightness: 1090 nits
  • Peak 10% display area SDR brightness: 1186 nits
  • Peak 100% display area SDR brightness: 732 nits
  • Sustained 10% SDR brightness: 1166 nits
  • Sustained 100% SDR brightness: 729 nits

Sony X950G HDR Brightness

  • Overall HDR peak brightness for normal content: 1135 nits
  • Peak 2% display area display HDR brightness: 1200 nits
  • Peak 10% display area HDR brightness: 1241 nits
  • Peak 100% display area HDR brightness: 771 nits
  • Sustained 10% HDR brightness: 1202 nits
  • Sustained 100% HDR brightness: 770 nits

Color Delivery:

The color delivery that Sony’s XBR-X950G is capable of isn’t quite as high as we’d expected to see it measure up to with calibration tools but in terms of visual quality that the naked human eye is going to perceive, it’s incredibly vibrant and rich nonetheless. In fact, you’d only notice that it under performs certain other 4K HDR TVs such as Samsung’s QLED models or maybe LG’s latest OLED models if you were to put the X950G next to them in a side-by-side comparison. In terms of HDR color support however, the X950G delivers everything richly and powerfully: it offers high wide color gamut coverage of the DCI-P3 space, it’s 10-bit color support (for 1.07 billion colors) is smooth and finely gradated, and this TV just delivers excellent rich color for content in general even when it’s not being used to display HDR movies.

The WCG coverage of this TV is good, with 93.69% of the DCI-P3 spectrum covered. This is robust but not exceptional by the standards of premium HDR ultra HD televisions. The bottom line is that in terms of color vibrancy and realism for both HDR and SDR content, the X950G does a very good job even if it isn’t quite “perfect”.

Color volume delivery during both shadowy scenes and bright highlights is also reasonably good in this TV model and it’s definitely superior to what we saw in many of the 2017 and even some 2018 4K HDR TVs made by Sony or other brands. In shadowy content sequences in particular, very decent color volume is maintained across the entire wide color gamut DCI-P3 space and that’s pretty good considering just how tricky it used to be for a TV display to pull this off in older 4K models. On the other hand, the X950G has some trouble delivering strong color performance during very bright content sequences during playback and its ability to cover the highly advanced Rec. 2020 color space is fairly modest. All of these are however finer points of calibrated measurements. In fundamental terms of how good the colors on the screen look to an average viewer, they’re amazing right out of the box –which brings us to our next point on color:

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The Sony X950G offers truly excellent color calibration accuracy right out of the box, even before it’s in any way adjusted: White balance delta E, color delta E and Gamma in the X950G sit at very good levels of 0.95, 1.57 and 2.18 respectively before you do any color calibration refinements at all. We’ve almost never seen color accuracy this good in a 4K TV right after it’s been unpacked and turned on. On the other hand, after some fairly modest calibration, things can indeed be made even better, by a bit with these same levels being aligned even further to sit at 0.38, 0.89 and 2.17 respectively for the model we reviewed. Again, these are some great color accuracy settings by any measure.

Motion Handling & Upscaling:

Sony’s 4K TVs tend to be great or at least very good at handling motion by most measurements and for the X950G model, this applies way more than average. In essence, this TV is highly capable of rendering motion in content effectively and with minimal blur, flicker or distortion even if the content is being played back at frame rates that are lower than the native refresh rate of 120Hz that this TV’s screen is set to. Specifically, the X950G’s motion blur control is incredibly good at 3.2 milliseconds of pixel shift delay and this spec means that fast movement blurs minimally during playback, making the TV good for things like sportscasts or action movies and games.

The X950G also has some very good motion interpolation capacity in its screen for adding frames during slower content to further diminish blur, but this can produce a slight soap opera effect when used for movies that play at different frame rates, though Sony has made the effect less noticeable with each passing year in its newer TV models like this one

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As for the X950G’s upscaling of non-4K content (which will probably be most of what you watch on this TV, the X950G works well at sharpening almost any reasonably well formatted disc, streaming or TV broadcast and cable video source but is particularly good at improving the visual quality of 1080p HD video and 720p programming of any well-mastered kind (1080p HD Blu-rays and streamed 1080p entertainment in particular. 480p SD content will get more variable results but if a particular SD video source like a high quality DVD movie release is played back, it will still look great on the screen of the X950G.

As for motion interpolation of content at all typical frame rates (24p movies, 30fps TV content, high frame rate streamed video and games) the Sony X950G manages all of these very well on its native 120Hz display panel. 24p Blu-ray discs, DVDs, cable TV and broadcast TV sources as well as streaming media from both native apps and apps inside external streaming media devices can all be played judder-free as well.

Input Performance for Gaming and PC:

Sony’s 4K TVs used to be slightly weak performers when it came to gaming responsiveness but this has largely changed since 2017. The 2018 models were mostly excellent at connectivity with popular gaming consoles and the X950G continues this trend and possibly even refines it still further. It is excellent at handling gaming connectivity at assorted different resolution, frame rate and color/HDR settings. In fact, this model gives Samsung’s 4K HDR TVs, which are some of the best on the market at gaming responsiveness, a serious run for their money in terms of how low input lag can be kept for gaming in 4K, at higher frame rates, in HDR or with different color and other resolution settings. In the case of the X950G we do however notice something that it can’t do even though competitor TVs like Samsung’s QLED models can: this is the TV’s capacity to maintain low input lag even when motion interpolation is turned on. The X950G can’t pull this off but it’s also not exactly a big issue since plenty of other settings in this model offer extremely low input lag.

What the above means is that the X950G 2018 television delivers some really outstanding game handling performance across the board when used with popular game consoles. This television is easily among the best premium models we’ve seen from Sony as far as gaming connectivity for smooth gaming is concerned.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

Here are some of the key specific specs for its gaming performance in different console setups:

  • 4k @ 60Hz: 21.4 ms
  • 1080p @ 60Hz: 19.9 ms
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: 12.3 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz + HDR: 21.2 ms
  • 1080p @ 60Hz + HDR: 18.1 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode : 82 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: 19.9 ms
  • 4K @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR: 18.4 ms
  • 4K with interpolation activated: 80.4 ms

The X950G is also very strong in terms of performance if you want to use it as a giant PC monitor for computer gaming. It’s compatible with multiple resolution and color formats and offers smooth frame rate handling between PC GPUs and what the screen natively delivers. This TV offers up full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling support for 4K connectivity at 60Hz and includes 1080p resolution support at 120Hz. It doesn’t however allow for PC connectivity at 120Hz with 4K resolution or 1440p resolution.

Connectivity

The X950G includes all of its connectivity ports baked right into the TV body inside two recessed panels on the back right side. This allows for some reasonably flexible connectivity management and cable placement.

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In terms of ports, like virtually all newer 4K HDR TVs, the Sony X950G comes with today’s now standardized and essential advanced connectivity specs. No user should have connectivity problems with this model for hooking it up to pretty much any external media device or hard drive as long as all hardware is in working order. In other words, the X950G 2018 model comes equipped with multiple HDMI, USB ports and other crucial connectivity slots. Sony also gave the X950G full HDMI 2.0 HDR supported bandwidth in all four HDMI ports. This is a nice touch considering that some similarly priced older TVs from Sony only offer this through two of their HDMI ports. One thing we do note about this model is that it comes with USB 3.0 in one of its three USB ports, which is useful for fast charging and faster USB data transfer.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

The following are the X950G’s ports and their specifications:

  • HDMI : 4 (all with HDCP 2.2 and full HDMI 2.0a capacity)
  • USB : 3 (USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 1)
  • Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
  • Analog Audio Out 3.5 mm : 1
  • Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
  • Ethernet : 1
  • HDR10 support: Yes
  • Hybrid Log Gamma HDR support: Yes
  • Dolby Vision HDR: Yes

The Sony X950G TV models also offer audio connectivity in the following types.

  • 1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
  • 1 Passthrough ARC DTS
  • 1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
  • 1 Passthrough eARC support
  • 1 Passthrough Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC

Pricing

Sony has released the XBR-X950G 4K HDR LCD Smart TV models in several different sizes. Thus, you have the choice of a 55 inch model, a 65 inch model, a 75 inch edition and a huge 85 inch version that would be just awesome for gamers and hardcore movie fans. These four editions are otherwise identical in pretty much all essential specs except for very minor screen performance variations as we described in our visual specs intro section above.

The models all sell for the following prices, found in the links below at the time of this writing. Bear in mind that these are subject to sometimes frequent downward change and it’s a good idea to click the following Amazon links for real-time pricing and all available discounts on this model.

Sony 2019 X950G 4K HDR LCD TV REVIEW (XBR55X950G) (XBR65X950G) (XBR75X950G) (XBR85X950G)

Check the Sony XBR X950G 4K HDR LCD Smart TV (2019 Model) on Amazon

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