Sony X750D TV Review

Reviewed Aug 19, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Sony X750D Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
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.

Our Verdict

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.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
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.

See our Movies recommendations
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.

See our TV Shows recommendations
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.

See our Sports recommendations
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.

See our Video Games recommendations
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.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
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.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
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.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 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
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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Test Results

Design
8.5
Design
Style
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.

Design
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"

Design
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.

Design
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.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.00" (7.6 cm)

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

Picture Quality
5.7
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content looks sharp and crisp.

6.6
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
3D
3D
No
3D Type
No
2D to 3D
No

3D is not supported on the 750D.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
8.8
Motion
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
Motion
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
Motion
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
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.

Inputs
8.1
Inputs
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
Inputs
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.

Inputs
Side Inputs
Inputs
Rear Inputs
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
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.

Sound Quality
5.4
Sound Quality
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
Sound Quality
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.

Smart Features
Smart Features
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.

8.0
Smart Features
Interface
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.

10
Smart Features
Ads
Ad-free
Yes
Opt-out
N/A

Smart Features
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.

Smart Features
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.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Manuals
  • Remote
  • IR blaster
  • Batteries

Smart Features
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

Comparison picture

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.

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