The Sony X900F was, up until a few weeks back, the best TV Sony made this year. The X900F was a great TV, even though it had a lower price. It also offered excellent picture quality. Then the new Master Series Sony Xbr49x900f Black Friday Deals 2021 TVs were announced and, for a moment, we worried that the X900F might be overshadowed. But once we saw the sticker price on new Z9F Master Series LED TV, it became clear that the X900F reviewed here would be the TV most folks would want to shoot for if top-tier picture quality at an attainable price was their priority.
The Z9F is only available in 65-inch and 75-inch versions at $4,500, $7,000, respectively. However, the X900F is available in screen sizes ranging between 49- and 85-inches and prices start at $1100. A 65-inch X900F, which costs $2,500 more than the Master Series Z9F, is a much more affordable option at $2,000
A 65-inch Samsung Q7F will cost you $2,200, while a LG C7 OLED costs $2,500. A TCL 6-Series is $1,040. This last is not a typo. The TCL 6-Series is known for its superior picture quality and half-off price. How does the X900F compare to the competition? Is it worth its keep? What is it like living with the TV? To find out if this model is right for you, we spent more time with the X900F than Sony would have liked.Out of the box
The Sony X900F’s beauty is perhaps what it doesn’t do. The TV’s sleek, simple and elegant design is what makes it so appealing. The TV is made from high-quality materials and has a tasteful design that draws attention to its features. The ideal TV will disappear when turned on and leave you with an image. Thanks to its thin aluminum, the X900F comes very close to this ideal.
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You can position the brushed-metal feet to support the TV stand-mounted with your toes in or out. Although we don’t like the look of the latter, those with limited entertainment stand space will appreciate the ability to reduce the TV’s footprint.The Sony X900F is beautiful because it doesn’t try too hard.There are channels at the back of these feet for some cable management. However, there aren’t any other ways to keep wires in control like with other TVs. Users will need to be creative to keep the TV’s connection bays clean, as they face outward to the sides without covers.
Sony’s voice remote comes with the X900F, but it is beginning to look a bit dated compared to other brands. LG allows you to use its remotes as a Wii controller and Samsung’s slim metallic remote has very few buttons. Sony, however, sticks with an older-school design that includes more buttons than you might need, except for the voice button for Google Assistant. Is it sexy? No. Functional? Functional?
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Four HDMI inputs are available on the X900F. They all support 4K HDR sources, HDCP 2.2 and HDCP 2.2. However, Sony says that HDMI 2 and 3 will be used for high-bandwidth sources such as a 4K UHD Bluray player, 4K HDR capable gaming console or HTPC/gaming computer. The X900F does not automatically detect the need to support enhanced bandwidth support like some competitors. You will need to activate that feature manually (instructions are below). Although the X900F does not support variable refresh rate (VRR), it is a feature that can be found on Samsung QLED TVs.
The X1 Extreme processor from Sony is under the hood. It is the heart of the TV and the main reason why you should be considering it. It’s not something you think about when looking at the X900F, but that processor is what produces its stunning picture. The X1 Extreme gives the X900F a Sony-like look, thanks to its excellent color management and clean motion resolution, which is great for games and 24-fps movies.
The X900F was the first TV to support HDR10 and HDR-Language for HDR processing. Since then, Sony has released a firmware update that endows eligible 2018 Sony TVs with Dolby Vision HDR processing – you’ll get it when the TV automatically updates during setup. Sony’s object-based HDR enhancement is a great addition to the X900F’s HDR handling. It works well in conjunction with the TV’s full-array LED backlighting system.
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Sony will continue to use Android TV as its streaming platform and operating system. While we have our issues, which will be discussed later, the main benefit of Android TV is its native Chromecast capability. This is great for anyone who enjoys watching content on their mobile devices, and then launching it on the big-screen.
Android TV is often criticized for being slow. It’s one of the few downsides to owning a Sony TV. We recommend that people purchase an Amazon Fire TV Cube or Roku Ultra for 4K HDR streaming. Android TV has some benefits. We appreciate the easy setup Sony’s system offers, besides the Chromecast feature. Although you will still need to enter your passwords, the setup process is very straightforward. This comprehensive guide will help you understand 4K Ultra HD and how it affects your next TV purchase.
Sony’s picture presets rank among the top, so more users won’t spend too much time in the settings section. Unless you’re a passionate videophile, the Sony X900F will deliver a sharp, color-controlled image with excellent contrast and appropriate brightness. Select gaming mode to reduce input lag and make subtle adjustments to get the picture exactly where you want.
We can’t give specific settings recommendations for every TV, as each TV is different. However, there are some useful tips that we believe all users should follow when setting up their TV.
Start with one of these picture presets. Next, go to the External Inputs section. Move down to HDMI signal type and then turn on enhanced format. Assuming that you are connecting high-end 4K HDR sources via HDMI ports 2 or 3.
Next, open Advanced Settings and scroll down to choose Motion. Turn Motionflow off and Cinemotion on high. This will eliminate soap opera effect and calm judder when watching movies.
Expert 1 is the best choice for color temperature. It is close to the preferred color standard used by calibrators. Expert 1 will also give you the closest professional setting without hiring a professional. You can adjust the settings to make it look warmer, but it will have an impact on the color accuracy.
For brightness, the majority of people won’t need more than 8 or 9 for most rooms. You can adjust HDR mode to maximum brightness. HDR mode can also benefit from Auto Local Dimming set at high. However, we recommend local dimming be reduced to medium or low to non-HDR viewing.
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The X900F TV is a beautiful and elegant TV. However, you can get more features and slightly better performance in some areas. But the X900F LCD TV is the best value. It’s not cheap, but it’s well worth it.
The X900F is a relaxing TV viewing experience.
Although Vizio’s P Series Quantum can produce excellent pictures, the user experience is not the same. You don’t get Sony’s level of picture-processing and you pay more. TCL’s 6-Series offers astonishing quality for the money, but they don’t possess the color accuracy or processing chops you’ll find in the X900F, Sony Xbr49x900f Black Friday Deals 2021 plus we found panel consistency to be an issue. The Samsung Q7F is quite compelling and it will be difficult to choose between it and X900F.