The Sony X900C 4k LED TV is very thin and has good color accuracy at an angle. However, the blacks are poor and not uniform, which means it is not a great choice in a dark room.
- Good color accuracy at an angle
- Great design and very thin
- Wider color gamut
- Poor blacks
- Poor uniformity
The top half of the Sony X900C is extremely thin (only 0.5 cm / 0.20"). The bottom half is thicker, but still relatively thin compared to other TVs. It will look great in any room.
The 55" version (XBR-55X900C) almost didn't fit on our testing table. It is the widest stand that we have tested this year so far. If you don't have a wide table, and you don't want to mount the TV on your wall, you might consider buying a third party stand (VESA compatible) like this one to replace the original TV stand. The stand on the 65" can be placed in the middle, solving this issue.
- 11% Contrast
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 2% Gradient
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
This Sony TV isn't really great for watching movies. While it has really good motion control and 3D, it has poor contrast ratio and non-uniform blacks, so the dark movie scenes won't look great.
If you plan on mainly watching movies, the Sony X850C is a better TV for this usage.
It has an IPS panel, so the blacks aren't good. It also suffers from IPS glow, which makes the blacks 'move' when you change position.
The uniformity is also sub par. The edges bleed a little bit of light. The extreme thinness of this TV means that kind of uniformity issue is to be expected.
The amount of DSE is average for an LED. The overall uniformity is very poor though, especially the corners.
Due to its IPS panel, the colors retain their saturation even off-axis. The screen only gets darker.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
Set 'Color Space' to 'BT.2020' if you want a wider range of colors.
The semi-gloss screen reflects more light than normal. Also, there is a rainbow effect around direct reflections.
It does get very bright though, when you set 'Brightness' to the max.
The Sony X900C has passive 3D, which is great if you don't like the flickering of shutter 3D. Also, contrary to passive 1080p TVs, it can display the full 1080 lines of 3D Blu-rays. Note that if you sit too close, you will see a little bit of crosstalk on the sides of the screen.
It is a good TV for watching sports, but not exceptional.
The motion handling is great, and there is very little blur. However, the darker corners and a few darker spots are noticeable when watching sports with uniform fields.
The 14.8ms reponse time is good for motion. By default, the screen is flicker free at all luminosities, but you can add the flickering if you want via the 'Motionflow' setting.
Sony TVs have excellent motion control. Set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' and 'CineMotion' to 'High' to remove all the judder without introducing the soap opera effect.
It is a great gaming TV. It has little motion blur and the screen is responsive. You won't notice any delay between your action and seeing it onscreen (as long as you are under game or graphics mode).
In game or graphics mode, the 1080p input lag of the Sony X900C is 35.1ms, which is about the same as other 2015 Sony TVs. It is playable when using the motion interpolation feature.
Update 09/14/2016: When sending an HDR signal at an 1080p resolution, the input lag is 70.2ms.
Unfortunately, when an HDR signal is detected, the picture mode is automatically set to 'HDR Video' mode and cannot be change to game mode to have a lower input lag.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
It is good for an overall PC monitor. Use game or graphics mode if you want chroma 4:4:4 or 1080p@120Hz.
As with other Sony TVs, little artifacts (flashing lines) are seen when a 1080p @ 120Hz signal is being displayed.
Update: With the new firmware update PKG2.463.0010NAB, This TV now supports 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4. To enable this, go to Settings - External Inputs - HDMI Signal Format - Enhanced (new).
Overall, the sound is surprisingly good for a TV. It doesn't have much bass, but it can get pretty loud without too much distortion.
The TV gets plenty loud and has a decent low-end extension. The frequency response is OK up to moderate volumes. At maximum loudness the frequency response suffers a little bit, but it's still relatively consistent with lower volumes.
Minimal distortion at lower volumes, with a significant increase in distortion under maximum load, which seems to be characteristic of Sony TVs.
The Android TV OS is good overall, and it is constantly improving.
It loses a few points, though, because the included smart remote isn't very good (at least not as good as Samsung's or LG's), so browsing apps or the web is a bit harder.
Conclusion CHECK PRICE
If you can get past its poor blacks and uniformity, the Sony X900C is a good 4k TV that will look great in your living room. It maintains good color accuracy at an angle, has decent sound, and handles motion well.
Questions & Answers
The reason why the Sony X900B is more expensive is that it was the top of the line TV in 2014 and have more features like a local dimming option and a special design with a full set of front facing speaker that the X900C don't have.
After much debate between the Samsung JS8500 and the Sony X900C, I decided to go with the Sony. I really do like the TV so far. It's been about two weeks, but I'm seeing noticeable "light bleed" from both bottom corners and even up the sides of the panel.
It isn't as terrible as some customers have been posting about online, but when you're talking about a TV in this price range, there should be ZERO issues. Should I exchange my 900C for a new one and hope to get a better set, or should I swap it out for a Samsung JS8500?
1. Does the X850C have the same light bleed issue?
2. Does Sony X850C have the same engine too?
3. How does the new X1 Engine work? Is it really good?
4. The 900C is $500 more than the X850C. I would like to go with the Samsung JS8500, not the X900C. Any advice for choosing between the JS8500 and the X850C?
2. Yes, it does.
3. The X1's upscaling does work well, but it's not head and shoulders above mid-range and high-end TVs from other brands.
4. The JS8500 is a bit better overall, as it has less blur on fast movement, and also support for HDR. If you want those features, get the JS8500. If not, the Sony X850C will work well for you, as it has great overall picture and performance, for cheaper.