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Reviewed on Aug 19, 2016

Sony X750D
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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6.5
Movies
8.0
TV Shows
8.0
Sports
8.0
Video Games
7.1
HDR Movies
7.5
HDR Gaming
7.7
PC Monitor
This tv was replaced by the Sony X750F

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz

The Sony XBR65X750D is a mid-range 4k TV with slightly above average picture quality. Even when viewed at an angle, the picture quality remains the same. It is very good at handling motion, with very little blur following fast moving objects. Unfortunately the low contrast ratio results in a less defined image in a dark room.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 7.1
Motion 9.2
Inputs 8.1
Sound Quality 4.6
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Picture quality remains when viewed from an angle
  • Handles motion very well
Cons
  • Blacks aren't very deep
  • Doesn't get very bright

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65" XBR65X750D
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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The design of the X750D is similar to the Sony TVs from 2015, such as the X850C. It looks good, with a thin bezel and metallic stand. The TV has an average thickness, and so will stick out from the wall a bit if mounted.

Stand

The stand is made of metal, and although it looks small and thin it does support the TV quite well.

Footprint of the 65" TV stand: 26.1" x 11.7"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 300x300

Like most other Sony TVs, the back is minimal and designed for function, rather than appearance. There is a zip-tie for cable management. If wall mounted, some of the inputs will be harder to access.

Borders
Borders : 0.67" (1.7 cm)

The borders are quite thin, and look good. There is some space between the end of the bezel and the beginning of the screen.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 3.00" (7.6 cm)

The TV has an average thickness, but will stick out a little bit if wall mounted.

7.1

Picture Quality

The Sony XBR65X750D has an average picture quality. The contrast ratio is bad and the black uniformity is average resulting in a poor performance for any dark room. Peak brightness and gray uniformity are also average and it offers no local dimming option. It has a good 10 bit panel, and the colors are good for SDR content. Upscaling performs well and the picture quality remains when viewed at an angle.

5.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
860 : 1

The contrast ratio of the Sony XBR65X750D is very low and is a bit disappointing, even for an IPS panel TV. This results in poor blacks that appear more like gray than really black.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

The video has been taken for reference, but the X750D does not support local dimming. It has a direct backlight, unlike the edge-lit X800D.

7.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
294 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
339 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
339 cd/m2

Peak brightness is average, sitting at around 340cd/m² for all of our test window sizes. The brightness does stay the same over time and does not vary depending on the size of the test windows, which is good.

7.7 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
392 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
432 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
427 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
425 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
430 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
429 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
432 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
427 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
425 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
430 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
429 cd/m2

Peak brightness is average, sitting at around 340cd/m² for all of our test window sizes. The brightness does stay the same over time and does not vary depending of the size of the test windows, which is good.

Update 10/21/2016: We have retested with the newest firmware update and a HDR10 signal, and found the peak brightness to increase across all window sizes.

7.4 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.812 %
50% DSE
:
0.185 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.597 %
5% DSE
:
0.094 %

The gray uniformity is average for the Sony XBR65X750D. We can clearly see that the 4 corners are more dark, but the rest of the picture is a bit more uniform. Due to this, the dirty screen effect should not be too much a problem for sport fans, where panning shots over a uniform surface are more common than normal TV content or movies.

7.7 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
IPS
Color Shift
:
44 °
Brightness
:
53 °
Black Level
:
75 °

The viewing angle of the Sony X750D is very good. The contrast is maintained at an angle far beyond most other TVs we have tested, making this TV a very good option to anyone who watches TV from wide seating positions.

6.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.510 %

The black uniformity is below average but it is not the worst, when compared with other IPS TVs. There is some clouding visible on our test picture but luckily, it is not too visible when watching normal content.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

The X750D uses an 10 bit panel. It displays the gradient quite well, when sending a 10 bit signal the 10 bit gradations look smooth overhaul with some little imperfection in the dark green and the light red. But it is nothing really dramatic and should not cause problem when watching a normal movie.

Update 09/15/2016: Our original test was showing an incorrect color depth of 8 bit due to some incorrect drivers on our system, but after some correction to our test apparatus, we tested again the color depth and we can confirm that the Sony X750D does in fact have an 10 bit panel.

8.0 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
2.89
Color dE
:
4.28
Gamma
:
2.11

Prior to calibration, the white balance is quite good, but the colors are a bit off. For most people a calibration is not necessary to get good results.

8.9 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.3
Color dE
:
3.67
Gamma
:
2.2

The 11 point calibration works well to fix issues with the white balance. After calibration the colors still had some issues. You can find our calibration settings here.

8.0 480p Input

Good upscaling of lower resolution content like DVDs and SD TV channels. Details are well kept and image does not look too soft.

8.0 720p Input

720p content like cable TV channels look good once upscaled. Picture quality is good and upscaled images keep a lot of details.

9.0 1080p Input

Blu-rays and other 1080p content look good and no problems can be seen when viewing our test picture.

10 4k Input

4k content looks sharp and crisp.

6.6 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
72.70 %
DCI P3 uv
:
82.28 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
50.94 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
56.90 %

The XBR65X750D doesn't support a wide color gamut. Colors are good enough to display SDR content well, but are missing the increased saturation to enhance HDR content.

4.4 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
45.036 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
28.152 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
34.795 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
21.658 %

4.6 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
2.934 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.114 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.005 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

The Sony X750D present some image retention, but unlike the X700D, the retention is less strong and look totally different. Here the image that get retain look more like a negative image of the burn-in scene. The image retention is also less strong and last a bit less longer than what we had on the X700D. After 6 minutes of recovery, the retention was not noticeable anymore.

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Has a semi gloss finish, which diffuses reflections. For an average room, this should not be a problem. This will only be an issue if there are a few bright lights directly on the TV.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

3D is not supported on the 750D.

Pixels
9.2

Motion

The XBR65X750D handles motion well. It has a quick response time which results in very little motion blur. It is able to play movies smoothly from any source, and has motion interpolation options for those that like the soap opera effect.

8.8 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
12.2 ms
Overshoot
:
0.5 ms

The X750D has a quick response time, which works well to produce little motion blur. There is a small amount of overshoot but this is a great result, and the TV has no issues with fast motion.

10 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

By default the backlight does not flicker, but it is possible to achieve this by adjusting 'MotionFlow'. This helps to clear up motion.

10 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
Yes

The XBR65X750D is judder free when watching movies from 24p or 60i/60p sources without any problem. For a judder-free experience when watching movies with 60i or 60p sources like a cable/satellite box, you need to set the 'Motionflow' option to 'True Cinema' in the 'Advanced Settings' of the 'Picture Adjustments'. 24p signals do not require any setting adjustments to play smoothly.

10 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
Yes

The TV can interpolate content from 30fps or 60fps up to the native refresh rate of 120fps.

8.1

Inputs

The Sony X750D has good input lag that should please any casual gamers out there. Those looking to use the XBR65X750D as a computer monitor will be pleased with the clear text due to chroma subsampling support. There are a wide range of inputs to connect old and new devices.

8.1 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
31.4 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
52.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
56.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
31.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
32.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
32.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
32.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
30.5 ms

1080p input lag is good and should be enough for any casual gamer. To achieve the lowest input lag, set the picture mode to 'Game' or 'Graphics'.

Update 10/21/2016: We have retested with the newest firmware update and a HDR10 signal.

8.0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes

To display Chroma 4:4:4 set the scene to 'Graphics' or 'Game'. HDMI ports 2 and 3 accept a 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 signal, but only when 'Enhanced HDMI' is enabled in the input settings. The XBR65X750D does accept a 1080p @ 120Hz resolution, but can only display half of the frames, even though it is a 120Hz TV.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 2 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 1
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : Yes (HDMI 2, 3)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

The X750D does not support HDR10 at the moment, but is planned to with a future firmware update.

Update 10/21/2016: With the newest firmware update, HDR10 is now supported.

4.6

Sound Quality

As with most other large TVs, the sound of the X750D is poor. It suffers from significant distortion at all volumes and poor frequency response. Even a cheap sound bar would be a significant improvement.

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

5.4 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.37 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.89 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
7.29 dB SPL
Max
:
91.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
190 Hz

Poor performance. The frequency response and low-end cutoff are poor regardless of volume, and there is compression and pumping present under heavier loads. On the other hand, the maximum loudness is good for a TV.

3.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.023
Distortion @ 80
:
0.978
Distortion @ Max
:
3.909

Poor distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion at 75dB and 85dB are low. There was audible aliasing present even at 85dB. at 100dB there's a dramatic jump in the harmonic distortion, which is typical of most Sony TVs. However, these artifacts will be less audible in real-life situations.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android

The Sony XBR65X750D features the Android TV platform with its latest iteration (Marshmallow 6.0.1). When compared to other smart platforms, the latest Android TV offers some of the widest variety of content, apps and games available. Even if the TV is slow to boot, once it is up and running, it is one of the fastest and most stable platforms out there. You can easily switch between all your connected devices and also view your personal photos and videos simply by connecting a USB flash drive.

Apps

All of the major apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, HBO Now and Showtime are available and should cover all your media appetite. Sony's own PlayStation Now is also available, giving you access to more games and other media that would normally not be offered in Google Play.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

TV Controls

Controls are located at the left side of the TV, on the back. They provide basic functionality and are easily accessed, even when wall mounted.

Remote
Remote : Basic

The Sony X750D has a similar remote as most other Sony TVs, such as the X800D, but lacks the voice control button. It is possible to purchase the voice control remote separately, and this works with the TV. The provided remote is easy to use and provides quick access to most features.

In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Remote
  • IR blaster
  • Batteries

Misc
Power Consumption : 59 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 161 W
Firmware : PKG6.0306.0001NAA

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 65" (XBR65X750D). This is the only size available at the moment.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony XBR65X750D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
65" XBR65X750D

Compared to other TVs

Top left: LG UH7700 (55UH7700). Bottom left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Middle: Sony X750D (XBR65X750D). Top right: Vizio M Series 2016 (M70-D3). Bottom right: Sony X850D (XBR55X850D).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sony X750D is only available in 65", a very competitive size for TVs. It is a mid-range TV, lacking some of the features found in higher end models.

Conclusion
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7.6 Mixed Usage
Good TV for mixed usage. Picture quality is slightly above average, and only degrades when viewed quite far off axis. Performs better in a bright room, as blacks can't get very deep. Motion handling is great.
6.5 Movies
Below average for watching movies in a dark room. Picture quality is slightly above average, but blacks can't get very deep. Black uniformity is below average.
8.0 TV Shows
Good for watching TV in a bright room. Picture quality is slightly above average and performs well with wide seating. Low quality content is upscaled well. Smart platform is easy to use and provides lots of features. Good at dealing with reflections and glare.
8.0 Sports
Great for watching sports. Fast motion is handled very well. Picture quality is slightly above average and remains even when viewed at an angle.
8.0 Video Games
Great for video games. Combination of low input lag and very good motion handling results in responsive TV. Picture quality is slightly above average.
7.1 HDR Movies
Supports HDR10. Picture quality for SDR content is slightly above average, but can't show a wider range of colors or get very bright. When watching in a dark room, blacks appear gray.

Update 10/21/2016: HDR10 is now supported.

7.5 HDR Gaming
Picture quality is slightly above average. Doesn't support a wide color gamut or features to improve dark scene performance, such as local dimming. Blacks can't get very deep. HDR input lag is low which is good.
7.7 PC Monitor
Good as a PC monitor. Feels very responsive with low input lag and very little motion blur. Supports chroma subsampling at 4k @ 60Hz, so text appears very clear on all backgrounds.

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