Sony X750H TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 29, 2020 at 08:23 am
Sony X750H Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
6.8
Movies
7.3
TV Shows
7.0
Sports
7.7
Video Games
6.6
HDR Movies
7.2
HDR Gaming
6.7
PC Monitor
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Sony X750H is a budget 4k TV that performs reasonably well for most uses. It's a significant shift from its predecessor, the Sony X750F, as it has a VA panel this time around to provide a significantly better dark room viewing experience. Response time is decent and it has low input lag; however, it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles make it less ideal for wide seating arrangements, and there are some screen uniformity issues that can be rather distracting. It gets reasonably bright to fight glare in well-lit environments, but not bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content. On the upside, its Android TV platform has plenty of apps available, which is great for those who get their content through streaming services.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Sony X750H is a decent TV for most uses. It has a high contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, making it a great choice for watching movies and gaming in the dark. Although it gets reasonably bright for watching daytime TV, it isn't bright enough to deliver a good HDR experience. It has decent response time, low input lag, but sadly, it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Sub-par gray uniformity.
6.8 Movies

The Sony X750H is okay for watching movies. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio that results in deep and inky blacks, which is great for dark room viewing. It upscales lower resolution content well and there's very little stutter in low frame rate content. Unfortunately, it doesn't have local dimming, it can only remove judder from 24p sources, and it has visible screen uniformity issues.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
Cons
  • Sub-par gray uniformity.
  • No local dimming.
7.3 TV Shows

The Sony X750H is decent for watching TV shows. It has an okay SDR peak brightness and it handles reflections decently well, but visibility can be an issue if you're watching in a very bright room with a lot of light sources. It upscales lower resolution content from cable TV well, but unfortunately, its VA panel has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best choice if you like watching TV while walking around doing chores.

Pros
  • No risk of permanent burn-in.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Sub-par gray uniformity.
7.0 Sports

The Sony X750H is decent for watching sports. It gets reasonably bright and it has decent reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues with visibility unless you're in a very bright room. However, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles, making it less ideal for watching with a large group of people. Response time is decent, but sadly, there's quite a bit of dirty screen effect, which can be distracting.

Pros
  • Decent response time.
  • No risk of permanent burn-in.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Sub-par gray uniformity.
7.7 Video Games

The Sony X750H is a good TV for gaming. It has decent response time, low input lag, and it can upscale lower resolution games well. Its high contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity make it a great choice for dark room gaming. Unfortunately, its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
6.6 HDR Movies

The Sony X750H is okay for watching HDR movies. Its VA panel has a high contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, making it a great option for dark room viewing. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature and it can't get bright enough to make highlights stand out in HDR content.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
Cons
  • Sub-par HDR peak brightness.
  • Sub-par gray uniformity.
  • No local dimming.
7.2 HDR Gaming

The Sony X750H is a decent TV for gaming in HDR. Its input lag is extremely low and its decent response time results in only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a high contrast ratio, but there's no local dimming and its sub-par HDR peak brightness isn't enough to make highlights pop. Additionally, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
  • Outstanding black uniformity.
Cons
  • No VRR support.
  • Sub-par HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
6.7 PC Monitor

The Sony X750H is an okay TV to use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag and decent response time. However, its VA panel has sub-par viewing angles, making the image look washed out on the sides if you sit too close. It can't display proper chroma 4:4:4 at this time due to a bug, but it should be fixed in a future firmware update.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
  • Decent response time.
  • No risk of permanent burn-in.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.7 Video Games
  • 6.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 6.7 PC Monitor
  1. Update 8/18/2020: We've replaced the low-resolution photos that were previously uploaded by mistake, and re-evaluated the gray and black uniformity.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony X750H replaces 2018's Sony X750F. It's Sony's entry-level 4k TV for 2020, sitting below the Sony X800H. Its competitors are likely to be the Samsung TU8000, the LG UN7300, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X750H has an excellent design. It looks clean and simple from the front, but the bezels aren't as thin as the higher-end models such as the Sony X950H, and they protrude a bit more from the screen. The stand is also simple and doesn't stand out in any way.

Design
Stand

The feet are set at a narrower position than the Sony X750F by a few inches, which is great for those with a smaller table. The stand supports the TV well and there's almost no wobble.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 35.6" x 13.3"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV looks a lot like the Sony X750F. The top portion is metal while the bottom portion is made of plastic. For cable management, there are two clips included in the box to tie the cables to the feet.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The Sony X750H has the same bezels as the Sony X800H. They're thicker than the higher-end 2020 Sony TVs and they protrude from the screen a bit.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.07" (7.8 cm)

The TV is of medium thickness and just slightly thinner than the Sony X750F. It won't stick out from the wall much unless you use the back-facing inputs. Our unit appears to lean back a bit; however, your experience may vary.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. There's a lot of flex in the bottom plastic portion on the back, but since it's a part of the TV that doesn't get handled a lot, it shouldn't be an issue. The whole TV feels well-built and there's almost no wobble at all.

Picture Quality
9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5726 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

Unlike the Sony X750F, the Sony X750H has a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look deep and inky in the dark.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Sony X750H doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
321 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
345 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
343 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
342 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
319 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
344 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
343 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
340 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.005

The Sony X750H's SDR peak brightness is okay. Visibility should be fine in most rooms except in very bright rooms. There's a bit of frame dimming in the 2% window, but it's very subtle and shouldn't be noticeable in real content.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration using the 'Custom' Picture mode, with the Gamma at '0', Brightness at maximum, and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 1'.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can make the image brighter by using the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with the Brightness at 'Max', Color at '50', and the Color Temperature set to 'Cool'. We were able to reach a brightness of 398 nits in the 10% window using these settings.

If you want a similar TV that can get brighter, take a look at the Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020.

5.7
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
328 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
371 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
370 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

Sub-par HDR peak brightness. Unlike the brightness in SDR, there's no dimming in the 2% window and is remarkably consistent across different content. It isn't really bright enough to make highlights stand out, though, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration using the 'HDR Cinema' Picture Mode, with the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 2", Brightness at max, and Color at '50'.

If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can make the image brighter by using the 'HDR Custom' Picture Mode, with the Color Temperature set to 'Cool', and all other image processing disabled. We were able to reach a brightness of 407 nits in the 10% window using these settings.

6.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.854 %
50% DSE
0.234 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.018 %
5% DSE
0.126 %

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed. We have also re-evaluated the gray uniformity and increased the score from 5.8 to 6.3.

Mediocre gray uniformity. There's visible vignetting at the corners and a fair amount of dirty screen effect throughout the screen. Uniformity is a little better in dark scenes, but the unevenness is still visible and is worse in person.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
31 °
Color Shift
29 °
Brightness Loss
37 °
Black Level Raise
13 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

The Sony KD55X750H has sub-par viewing angles. The black level rises almost as soon as you move off-center, followed by gamma and color shift, so it isn't ideal for wide seating arrangements. If you need wider viewing angles, check out the Sony X800H, as it has an IPS panel.

9.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.610 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

08/17/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed. We have also re-evaluated the black uniformity and determined that the scoring was too high. The score has been changed from 9.5 to 9.1.

Black uniformity is outstanding; however, it's a little worse in person than what is captured in the photo. The backlight bleed on the sides and uniformity issues aren't as bad as the 5% window in the gray uniformity test, but they're still visible.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
6.0 %
Indirect Reflections
0.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.1 %

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

Decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss finish handles indirect reflections pretty well, but not direct reflections, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite bright light sources.

If you need a TV with better reflection handling, check out the LG UN7300.

6.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.90
Color dE
2.35
Gamma
2.12
Color Temperature
6350 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

The Sony X750H's out-of-the-box color accuracy is okay. Most of the color inaccuracies are difficult to spot. However, white balance is quite off and the color temperature is on the warm side. Gamma is perfect in darker scenes, but brighter scenes are over-brightened.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.40
Color dE
1.19
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6541 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No
Auto-Calibration Function
No

The color accuracy is exceptional after calibration. Gamma and white balance are nearly perfect, and the color temperature is much closer to our 6500k target. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

480p content is upscaled well and without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

720p content looks good and there aren't any upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

The TV upscales 1080p content, such as from Blu-rays, well.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Sony X750H can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

The Sony KD55X750H has a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality, but it can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor, which you can read about here.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
87.13 %
DCI P3 uv
92.10 %
Rec 2020 xy
63.55 %
Rec 2020 uv
68.90 %

Good HDR color gamut. The DCI P3 numbers are much higher than what the chart indicates because we used the Rec 2020 exterior points to measure the color gamut. The EOTF follows the PQ curve almost perfectly until the roll-off, and it's the same when in 'Game' mode, which you can see here.

If you find HDR content too dim, you can make it brighter by using the 'HDR Custom' Picture Mode, with the Color Temperature set to 'Cool', Brightness set to maximum, and Color set to '50'. These settings result in this EOTF.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
72.3 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
31.1 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
61.1 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
26.2 %

The color volume is okay. It displays dark colors well due to its high contrast ratio, but it can't display very bright colors.

7.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.118 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.137 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.099 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.265 dE

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

Gradient handling is okay. There's visible banding in all colors, particularly in the grays. Unfortunately, there's no way to improve it.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

The Sony X750H doesn't exhibit any signs of temporary image retention.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Motion
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.4 ms
100% Response Time
18.8 ms

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

Decent response time. There's only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects, but there's significant overshoot in the 0-20% transition, resulting in some motion artifacts in dark scenes.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free. The small amount of flickering is just noise.

5.4
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
120 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
No
120 Hz for 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

There's an optional black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Unfortunately, it can only flicker at 120Hz, causing visible image duplication. To enable BFI, set MotionFlow to Custom and Clearness to max.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

08/18/2020: We previously uploaded a low-resolution photo by mistake. It has been fixed.

The Sony X750H is advertised as capable of interpolating lower frame rate content up to 60fps. However, it doesn't seem to be working at this time. We tried every combination of settings in different picture modes, but we couldn't spot any difference with it enabled, whether it was with our test pattern or in real content. It's likely a bug that can be fixed through a firmware update. We'll retest it once it's available.

8.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
22.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

Due to the TV's slower response time, there's only stutter in 24fps content.

5.6
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

The Sony X750H can only remove judder from 24p content, but not if it's from a 60p or 60i signal, or from native apps. Setting MotionFlow to 'Custom' and Clearness to maximum can help, but it won't remove the judder completely.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Sony X750H doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
12.1 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
145.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
11.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
11.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
11.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
146.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
146.4 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz