Sony X850E vs X900E Review (XBR65X850E vs XBR65X900E, XBR75X850E vs XBR75X900E)
Sony X850E and X900E are part of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup. In the market, X900E is available on 4 screen sizes including 49 Inch (XBR49X900E), 55 Inch (XBR55X900E), 65 inch (XBR65X900E), and 75 Inch (XBR75X900E). Meanwhile, X850E is available on 2 screen sizes only including 65 inch (XBR65X850E) and 75 Inch (XBR75X850E). Because the sizes that available on both are 65 inch and 75 inch, this comparison certainly is only as true to 65 inch (XBR65X850E vs XBR65X900E) and 75 Inch (XBR75X850E vs XBR75X900E). So, what are the differences between them?
Short Review of Sony X850E (XBR65X850E, XBR75X850E)
Sony X850E is the mid-class of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR LED TV lineup and also the successor of X850D series. But unlike the predecessor X850D that comes with IPS panel, it comes with VA panel. As the impact that resulted, it offers darker black level and stronger contrast that makes its dark performance is better than the predecessor. But in other hand, its viewing angle is not as wide as what offered by the predecessor.
For producing good picture quality, Sony X850E series is powered new image processor called 4K HDR Processor X1 and where there are some features and most advanced technologies embedded. Not only that, there is also 4K X-Reality Pro engine that up-scale lower resolution content to 4K quality and improves the clarity of the images greatly. On its panel, it uses VA panel technology with Edge Lit Led backlight and frame dimming technology. This makes black level and contrast produced by it is deep and strong for its class. Meanwhile, for delivering wide color gamut, XBR X850E series is powered by TriLuminos Display technology that makes color of the picture looks very accurate. Additionally, there is also super bit mapping 4K HDR technology inside the image processor for delivering smooth color gradient. Sony X850E is also equipped with Object-based HDR Remaster technology inside the X1 engine that designed for improving the color and brightness range of the video source, so this allows you to enjoy HDR contents with the quality close to HDR contents.
The other most advanced technology is MotionFlow XR 960 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This allows you to enjoy fast moving images like sport or fast movies smoothly and clearly with virtually no motion blur on the screen of X850E. And as the smart TV platform, Sony X850E comes with newer version of Google Android TV where apps provided become the main advantage of it. And unlike the predecessor X850D, there is no 3D behind it. And unlike the predecessor X850D, there is no 3D behind it that course is a bit disappointing for 3D fans.
Short Review of Sony X900E (XBR49X900E, XBR55X900E, XBR65X900E, XBR75X900E)
One level above X850E series, Sony X900E series comes with some additional technologies and features that makes its performance is better. But of course, in other hand, it is also sold more expensive than the X850E series.
For producing superior picture quality in SDR or HDR, Sony X900E is also powered by the same picture engine named “4K HDR Processor X1. Meanwhile, for maximizing black level and contrast produced, X900E uses direct LED backlight with full array local dimming technology and powered by the number of Sony’s most advanced technology like Contrast Enhancer and others. This makes black level produced by X900E is very deep and black uniformity is very good. Since it has deep black level and good black uniformity, this makes its dark room performance is great. Additionally, for delivering wide color gamut, X900E series is also powered by TriLuminos technology. The result, color of the picture displayed on its screen looks very accurate even when displaying HDR. Like the lower series X850E, it is also equipped with 4K X-Reality Pro engine that allows you to enjoy lower resolution with the quality close t 4K. And with Object-based HDR Remaster technology inside the X1 engine, this allows you to enjoy SDR contents with the quality close to HDR.
For handling motion blur, Sony X900E is powered by MotionFlow XR960 technology based on native 120 HZ refresh rate panel. The result is great particularly when it used for watching fast moving images like sports program or fast movies. Additionally, Sony X900E also has low input lag that makes it is very comfortable when used for playing any kind of games. And like X850E, it features Google Android TV as its smart TV platform that provides tons of interesting and useful apps. The drawback, X900E series is also not equipped with 3D technology.
Sony X850E vs X900E Key Specification
|Specs and Features||XBR X850E||XBR X900E|
|Size Available||65 Inch (XBR65X850E), 75 Inch (XBR65X850E)||49” (XBR49X900E), 55” (XBR55X930E), 65” (XBR65X930E), 75” (XBR75X930E)|
|Panel Type||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|LED Backlight||Edge LED||Direct LED|
|Dimming Technology||Frame Dimming||Full Array Local Dimming|
|Extended Dynamic Range Pro||No||Yes (5X)|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||Yes (HDR 10, HLG)||Yes (HDR 10, HLG)|
|Image Processor||4K HDR Processor X1||4K HDR Processor X1|
|Picture Engine||4K X Reality Pro||4K X Reality Pro|
|Advanced Contrast Enhancer||Yes||Yes|
|Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR||Yes||Yes|
|Object-based HDR Remaster technology||Yes||Yes|
|Motion Control||Motion Flow XR960 (native 120 Hz)||Motion Flow XR960 (native 120 Hz)|
|Smart TV Platform||Android TV||Android TV|
|Speaker Type||Bass Reflex Speaker||Bass Reflex Speaker|
|Audio Output||10 W + 10 Watt||10 W + 10 Watt|
|HDMI Ports||4 (3 side/1 rear)||4 (3 Side, Rear)|
|USB Ports||3 (side)||3 (side)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
The differences between Sony X900E and X850E
As we see on comparison table above, the major difference between Sony X900E and X850E is about their backlighting and dimming technology. Sony X850E uses edge Lit backlight with frame dimming technology while X900E uses direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. But unfortunately, Sony doesn’t reveal the number of dimming zones of FALD behind X900E. The result, black level reached by X900E is deeper than X850E that also makes its native contrast ratio is stronger. As the impact, this makes Sony X900E offers slight better picture quality when used in a dark room. The other difference between them is about X-Tended Dynamic Range technology where X900E is powered by X-tended Dynamic Range Pro (5X) while X850E is not equipped with this technology. The result, peak brightness reached by X900E is far brighter than X850E and this certainly makes HDR performance of X900E is greater than X850E.
Sony X850E vs X900E Performance
As we have mentioned above, Sony X900E and Sony X850E has a difference in backlight technology and X-tended Dynamic Range Pro that makes brightness range and native contrast ratio produced XBR X900E is better than X850E. As we know, the darker black level reached, the native contrast ratio is stronger that makes detail of images in dark scenes will look clearer, especially in a dark room. For this case, native contrast ratio of X900E is stronger than X850E and even stronger when local dimming is turned on. This certainly makes detail images in dark scenes looks clearer on the screen of X900E than X850E. This will be more noticeable particularly when displaying HDR contents in a dark room. Nevertheless, although not as strong as what produced by X900E series, black level and contrast produced by X850E is also deep and strong. It even is still darker than 0.05 nits as the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 videos. And this course makes its dark room performance is also great, far better than the predecessor X850D series that only has contrast ratio about 1500:1.
Moving on their color performance, since both of them are equally powered by TriLuminos Display technology, both of them equally can cover wide color gamut that makes the color of the picture displayed on their screen looks very accurate. As we know, for displaying HDR 10 contents fully, one of the requirements is color gamut that covered must more than 90% of DCI P3 color space. Meanwhile, with TriLuminos Display behind them, they can cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space. This certainly makes color of the picture displayed on their screen looks saturated even when displaying HDR contents that be mastered with wide color gamut. Still about color performance, with Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR technology inside the 4K HDR Processor X1, both of them can deliver excellent color gradient even when displaying HDR 10 videos that mastered in 10 depth of color.
Meanwhile, come with X-tended Dynamic Range Pro (5X) make Sony X900E can reach far brighter peak brightness than X850E. As the note, X900E can reach about 900 nits of peak brightness while peak brightness reached by Sony X850E is around 425 nits. As we know, the brighter peak brightness reached by a TV, the glare can be fought better that certainly also makes the picture displayed looks better in a bright room. This certainly makes the picture displayed on the screen of X900E looks better than X850E especially when used in a bright room. Additionally, since peak brightness is one of the most important aspect of HDR, this certainly also makes HDR performance of X900E is also better than X850E. Nevertheless, although not as bright as what reached by X900E, peak brightness of X850E is bright enough to fight the glare when used in a moderately bright room and also makes its HDR performance is above average. But even so, to be used in an extremely bright room or for displaying HDR10 content fully like what intended, this certainly is not bright enough even for what reached by X900E. As we know, the minimum recommendation for displaying HDR 10 is 1000 nits of peak brightness while what reached by them are still below 1000 nits.
But unfortunately, since side viewing angle of both is poor, you can enjoy amazing picture quality displayed on their screen only if you view TV from center and in front of the screen. Started at 20 degrees off center and front, color will shift and blacks will look tend to grey. And the wider viewing angle you are view TV, the picture will look worse. Nevertheless, because it is native characteristic of VA panel and as long as you don’t often watch TV from side viewing angle, this should not be a big issue.
Meanwhile, the combination of X1 Engine and 4K X-Reality pro behind them makes both of them have a great UHD Up-scaling engine. This means no matter the resolution of your video sources, you can enjoy them sharply and clearly in 4K quality. Even when the source is 480p video like movies from DVDs player, the small detail is still preserved well. And the higher resolution of the source, the final image that produced certainly will look sharper and clearer. Still talking about up-converter, with Object-based HDR Remaster Technology inside the X1 engine, both of Sony X900E and X850E also have an ability to improve the color and brightness range of the video source. This allows you to enjoy SDR contents with the quality close to HDR.
With MotionFlowXR960 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel behind them, both of Sony X850E and X900E do a good job when handling motion blur. Pixel response time of both is very low that is about 10 ms and this certainly is very good. The result, the picture looks very smooth with almost no motion blur noticeable when you are watching fast moving images like sport program or fast movies. Following the fast moving object, there is only a short trail that looks faintly and not too disturbing. Additionally, both of them also do a good job when playing 24p movies from Blur Ray where the picture produced looks very smooth with judder-free. Nevertheless, when displaying 24p via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV or 24p movies via 60p signals like movies from streaming media, Sony X900E and X850E do a different performance. Sony X900E still offers judder-free while X850E cannot remove the judder. Nevertheless, because most of people don’t notice about judder, we can ignore this difference.
Both of Sony X900E and X850E are equipped with the same connectivity. There are 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. Their HDMI ports already support most of formats that available in the market liked HDCP 2.2, CEC, Audio Return Channel, and more. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, both of them are also equipped with 2 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, RF (Terrestrial), Ethernet, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). While both of them are equipped with the same connectivity, the input lag of their HDMI is also identical. This might not as low as the input lag of Samsung Lineup, but the input lag of X900E and X850E is good enough most of the games, regardless the resolution of the game. Nevertheless, for gaming with interpolation enabled, both of them are not suitable due their input lag under Outside Game Mode is still too high.
Both of Sony X850E and X900E features the same smart TV platform that is Google Android TV 2017 version. The layout and user interface is designed very attractively. But unlike other competitors like WebOS by LG or Tizen by Samsung, the navigation between different menus tends to be more difficult. Fortunately, there is “Action Menu” button on the remote that provides a quick list of popular settings so to access an app wanted, the users don’t need to navigate to the main setting menu, so this will helps a bit to solve the problem. While the navigation of Android TV is not as easy as other smart TV platform, apps provided by Google Android TV are a lot and very diverse. In addition to default Sony and Google apps like PlayStation Now, Google Voice Search, Chrome Cast, and more, you can also download of tons apps from Google Play Store. As we know, Google Play Store is one of the most complete apps store with a lot of developers.
As the controller, both of them are also equipped with the same remote control. This remote is also similar to what used by 2016 model like X930D or X850D. One of the interesting points that offered is about voice navigation functionality. With built-in microphone installed in the remote, it offers you to control some TV functions with your Sony Remote. Additionally, both of Sony X850E and X900E are also equipped with IR Blaster that allows you to control other devices connected on your Sony TV with a single Sony Remote.
|Performance||XBR X850E||XBR X900E|
As we have discussion a lot above, the main difference between them is about their backlighting technology and X-Tended Dynamic Range that has impact on contrast and brightness range produced by them. Sony X900E that uses direct led backlighting with Full Array Local Dimming and X-tended Dynamic Range Pro (5x) offer a bit deeper black level and stronger contrast than Sony X850E that uses Edge Lit backlight with frame dimming, particularly when local dimming on X900E is enabled. Additionally, this also makes peak brightness reached by X900E is far brighter than X850E. A major impact is when they are used in a bright room where the quality of picture displayed on the screen of X900E will look more consistent amazing than X850E. Additionally, this also makes HDR performance of X900 is also better than X850E. Nevertheless, for its price range, what offered by X850E whether it is picture quality or HDR performance is good enough. Meanwhile, the excepting of picture quality, what offered by X900E and X850E is similar. Both of the equally offer good UHD Up-scaling Engine, great Motion Handling, Low input lag, and attractive Google Android TV. Additionally, both of them also have a drawback about their poor side viewing angle.
So, which is a better choice between them? You need to know, in the market Sony X900E is sold about hundreds dollar more expensive than X850E, no matter it is for 65 inch or 75 Inch. Considering the different price is in accordance to the different performance offered, the decision certainly comes back to your preferences and budgets. But even so, before you decide to choose one of them, there are a lot of user opinions by each of their real customers where you can make as your further consideration.