In review: Sony Bravia XR-65X95J

In review: Sony Bravia XR-65X95J

 

With a wingspan of 65 inches, or the equivalent of 164 cm, Sony’s current 4K TV with the name Bravia XR-65X95J wants to ensure success in the mainstream segment. PCtipp tested the LCD TV. […]

The current LCD TV Bravia XR-65X95J with Triluminos Pro panel and a huge wingspan of 65 inches (=164 cm) costs a proud 2199 euros. What users get in return can be seen, although the manufacturer does not use OLED as a high-end panel technology in the model. In turn: with the Ultra HD model with Google’s Android TV operating system in version 10, the manufacturer addresses the mainstream segment. However, the upscale.

The TV is once again based on Sony’s proprietary “Cognitive” processor-XR, which is based on cognitive intelligence. The IC module takes care of the important sub-areas of a television image, including contrast, color, depth of field, saturation, shades and HDR elements. To this “intelligent” image reproduction, the Japanese manufacturer adds its “local dimming” technology to the model

What does this mean, or even better brings in practice? With the help of such light zones, Sony manages to further reduce the brightness of dark to deep black image areas. In the test, contrast and black values gained significantly in depth and precision. The bottom line is a plus point that addresses one of the Achilles’ heels over OLED TVs and allows this LCD TV to get at least a little closer to the corresponding values of an OLED.

In turn, the luminance measured at 1089 candelas per square meter is higher than that of an OLED TV. This high brightness is positively noticeable in practice, when it is also bright in the apartment. Then images remain high-contrast and homogeneous, so they are evenly illuminated. In terms of image quality, we give the LCD TV a good testimony in practice anyway: fast camera panning does not cause any problems for the image of the 65-inch device, and even action-packed scenes with fast image changes run smoothly and without block formation. The colors shown are neither matte nor overdrawn. Especially faces look natural.

Sound

In addition to the smooth image reproduction, the Sony TV also has a lot to offer in terms of sound. For this purpose, the TV professional gives his TV car five sound boxes, integrated into the TV: two sound-positioning tweeters, two front-facing speakers and an integrated subwoofer for more booms.

But power is also needed when building the almost 30 kg, almost frameless and thin 65 incher. The construction should therefore be done in pairs. After all, the whole thing, if you follow the illustrated attached instructions, takes place within 5 to a maximum of 10 minutes. First, the feet are screwed on, whereby the TV allows them to be locked in three different positions at the bottom of the TV with two screws each.

After that, the power line, USB and SATELLITE cables are laid to the labeled connectors. In the last step, the formwork is latched to the rear of the chassis. The subsequent device commissioning is done just as quickly: country and language are defined one after the other, then the channel search is started. This found about 850 audio and video stations after 6 minutes. In order to personalize the device, the Bravia model can now be provided with its own Google account.

I really liked the included, backlit remote control. On the joystick there are shortcut buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.

Try

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The device can be operated quickly: After pressing the power button, a short 6 seconds pass until the device is ready for use. And also the change – transmitter to transmitter – goes fast enough with a “good” second. On the equipment side, pretty much everything is up-to-date, and a sufficient number is available: In addition to two HDMI 2.0 and 2.1 (max. 120 fps), three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth or LAN / WLAN. Gamers should be pleased that the device also supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate).

As for the menu navigation of the Android TV operating system: Compared to the previous versions, the system software is no longer quite as stubbornly laid out in tabular form, but leaves users more room for choice. For example, there is a constantly present “settings menu” on the right edge of the screen to adjust the TV according to your taste regarding connections, light sensor, brightness, clarity, color. This makes the user interface good in terms of design and elevates the whole operation. This runs smoothly, without jerks and thus leaves a mature impression. In practice, the power consumption is between 150 and 230 watts – not exactly a little. The energy efficiency class of the device is specified by the manufacturer with “G”.

Conclusion

Admittedly, at just under 2200 euros, the 65 incher is anything but cheap. But buyers also get a modern TV with an attractive picture quality, modern equipment and great operation.

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