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Sony X93L/X93CL TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Jul 26, 2023 at 12:23 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 14, 2023 at 02:51 pm
Sony X93L/X93CL Picture
8.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED
8.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Sony A80L/A80CL OLED
8.8
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8H
8.6
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG B2 OLED

The Sony X93L is a 4k TV with a Mini LED backlight. Released in 2023, it occupies a strange place in Sony's 2023 lineup. It's almost an exact copy of the 2023 Sony X95K, but it's only available in North America in 65, 75, and 85-inch sizes. It sits above the Sony X90L/X90CL and below the Sony X95L, which is only available in an 85-inch size in North America but is available in other sizes in Europe and other regions. Like Sony's previous flagship X95K, it offers a great selection of extra features, including hands-free voice control, the S-Center speaker input, and an ATSC 3.0 tuner for up to 4k broadcast support. It's powered by Sony's Cognitive Processor XR, which is designed to improve overall image processing and upscaling. For gamers, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, so you can take full advantage of the latest consoles. Like past Sony TVs, it's powered by the Google TV smart platform, which is user-friendly and has a ton of apps available to download.

Our Verdict

8.5 Mixed Usage

The Sony X93L is an excellent TV overall. It's great for watching shows or sports in a bright room thanks to its high peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. Thanks to its high peak brightness and Mini LED backlight, it looks great in a dark room, resulting in deep blacks with minimal blooming around bright objects. Finally, it's an amazing gaming TV with low input lag, a quick response time, and many additional gaming features, including variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Mediocre off-angle viewing experience.
8.2 TV Shows

The Sony X93L is a great TV for watching shows in a bright room. It has excellent reflection handling and high peak brightness, so you don't have to worry about glare. It has a great selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite shows, and it upscales older content extremely well. The only downside to this TV when watching shows is that it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's best enjoyed directly in front. If you like to walk around with the TV on or have a wide seating arrangement, it doesn't look as good when viewed at an angle.

Pros
  • No upscaling issues.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Mediocre off-angle viewing experience.
8.3 Sports

The Sony X93L is a great TV for watching sports in a bright room. It gets extremely bright, and combined with its excellent reflection handling, glare isn't an issue in a bright room. It has a quick response time, so fast action is smooth and easy to make out, and it has very good gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect in the center. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not as good for watching the big game with a large group of friends or having a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed off-angle.

Pros
  • No upscaling issues.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • Great motion handling.
Cons
  • Mediocre off-angle viewing experience.
8.8 Video Games

The Sony X93L delivers an amazing gaming experience. It has superb low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience with little delay between your actions on the controller and what you see on the screen. Its fast response time makes motion smooth and fluid, and it supports advanced gaming features like a variable refresh rate. It's especially good for PS5 gamers thanks to a few extra Sony features, including Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

Pros
  • Local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Great motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Noticeable black smear.
8.5 HDR Movies

The Sony X93L is an excellent TV for watching movies. It has excellent contrast, so dark areas of the screen are deep and uniform, with very little blooming around bright highlights. It has a great HDR color gamut, ensuring your favorite movies look how the creator intended. Sony TVs are well-known for their processing features, and this one is no exception, as it has great gradient handling in HDR and impressive low-quality content smoothing, which is great if you prefer streaming movies.

Pros
  • Local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Removes 24p judder.
  • Displays a wide range of colors.
  • Makes highlights pop.
Cons
8.8 HDR Gaming

The Sony X93L is an amazing TV for gaming in HDR. It delivers an amazing gaming experience with low input lag and a quick response time, and it supports a wide array of gaming features like VRR. HDR looks incredible thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and superb peak brightness. Bright highlights in games are punchy and stand out well, with minimal blooming in darker areas of the scene. It also has a great color gamut in HDR, so games look vivid and lifelike.

Pros
  • Local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Great motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays a wide range of colors.
  • Makes highlights pop.
Cons
  • Noticeable black smear.
8.6 PC Monitor

The Sony X93L is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has low input for gaming, although it's a bit high for cursor movements, so you'll notice some slight delays when on the desktop. It has very good gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so the sides of the screen fade and look inaccurate compared to the center, especially if you're sitting very close to the screen.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Excellent reflection handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Mediocre off-angle viewing experience.
  • Noticeable black smear.
  • 8.5 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 TV Shows
  • 8.3 Sports
  • 8.8 Video Games
  • 8.5 HDR Movies
  • 8.8 HDR Gaming
  • 8.6 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 14, 2023: We bought and tested the Sony X95L and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  2. Updated Sep 12, 2023: We reevaluated the TV's blooming performance relative to other, more recent TVs on the market. We updated the Blooming score and text for consistency.
  3. Updated Sep 07, 2023: Added mention of the newly reviewed Hisense U8K in the Contrast section of this review.
  4. Updated Aug 22, 2023: We removed the 1440p input lag results, as we confirmed that this TV doesn't natively support 1440p resolutions and always scales them instead.
  5. Updated Aug 11, 2023: We bought and tested the Sony X90L/X90CL and added a few relevant comparisons below.
  6. Updated Jul 27, 2023: We added the model numbers for the Costco version to the Differences Between Sizes And Variants section of the review.
  7. Updated Jul 26, 2023: Review published.
  8. Updated Jul 19, 2023: Early access published.
  9. Updated Jun 21, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  10. Updated Jun 09, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  11. Updated Jun 02, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Sony X93L, and these results are also valid for the 75-inch and 85-inch models. The larger sizes are expected to have more dimming zones and slightly better local dimming, but unfortunately, no information is currently available on the number of zones on the larger sizes.

There's also a warehouse variant of this TV, the Sony X93CL, available in 65- and 75-inch sizes. It performs the same but comes with a more premium remote and a longer warranty.

Size Model Number Costco Model
65" XR-65X93L XR-65X93CL
75" XR-75X93L XR-75X93CL
85" XR-85X93L -

Our unit was manufactured in April 2023; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Sony TVs are usually a safe bet if you care about picture quality and accuracy, and the Sony X93L is no exception. It delivers fantastic picture quality and an excellent HDR experience, not to mention its wide selection of extra features. That said, some of its features are a bit outdated, like the fact that only two of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

See our recommendations for the best TVs for watching movies, the best smart TVs, and the best 65-inch TVs.

Sony X95L
65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95L is slightly better than the Sony X93L/X93CL. The biggest difference between them is the number of local dimming zones. The X95L has more local dimming zones and higher contrast, resulting in a better dark-room viewing experience, with deeper blacks and better black uniformity. The X95L is also slightly brighter.

Sony X95K
65" 75" 85"

The Sony X93L and the Sony X95K are extremely similar overall, but the newer X93L is slightly better. Sony has tweaked the local dimming algorithms, so there's less blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes on the X93L.

Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X93L and the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED are very similar overall. The Sony offers better processing, so it can smooth out low-quality content better, and upscaling looks better overall. The Sony also supports Dolby Vision, a better and more widely supported HDR format than the Samsung's HDR10+ format. The Samsung is a bit brighter overall, and small specular highlights stand out better.

Sony X90L/X90CL
55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

The Sony X93L/X93CL is much better than the Sony X90L/X90CL. The X93L has much better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for a bright living room. The biggest difference is the X93L's Mini LED backlight, which delivers much deeper blacks, significantly less blooming around bright objects, and significantly improved zone transitions with no flicker as bright objects move across the screen.

TCL QM8/QM850G QLED
65" 75" 85" 98"

The Sony X93L is better than the TCL QM8/QM850G QLED. The Sony offers significantly better processing features, resulting in much better upscaling and sharpness processing. The Sony is also more accurate in its overall color accuracy and white balance and HDR processing with tone mapping and the PQ EOTF, so HDR content looks closer to what the content creator intended. On the other hand, the TCL gets brighter and is punchier overall, so if you prefer bright vivid HDR content over accuracy, the TCL is the better choice.

Hisense U8K
55" 65" 75" 85" 100"

The Hisense U8K and Sony X93L/X93CL are closely matched, each having strengths. The Hisense is brighter, has better contrast, and is slightly more colorful; it pops more than the Sony. For its part, the Sony has better PQ EOTF tracking, a better viewing angle, and better image processing. The Sony also has a faster response time than the Hisense, with no quirky behavior when VRR is enabled. Ultimately, the Hisense does more than the Sony, but the Sony is more accurate and stable overall than the Hisense.

Sony X90K
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X93L is a significant step up over the Sony X90K. The X93L gets significantly brighter in HDR, so bright specular highlights stand out better. The X93L also has a better anti-reflective coating and a slightly wider viewing angle, but the off-angle viewing isn't good on either model. Finally, the local dimming feature on the X93L is more advanced, with more dimming zones that result in higher contrast, better dark scene performance overall, and significantly less blooming around bright highlights.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X93L has a premium design with a unique checkerboard pattern on the back and thin bezels. It's designed for a clean look, with adjustable feet and removable panels to help with cable management.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The Sony X93L has straight metal feet that hold the TV very well. Along with the narrow position shown, the feet can be attached in a wide position for better stability. There are multiple mounting points for the feet, allowing you to adjust the height of the TV to fit a soundbar in front without blocking the screen (highest position shown here). Footprint of the 65-inch model:

  • Narrow position (pictured above): 20.2" x 13.5"
  • Wide Position: 56.7" x 13.5"

The distance from the table to the display varies depending on the position of the feet:

  • Narrow position: 1.8"
  • Wide low position: 1.3"
  • Wide high position: 3.7"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV is entirely plastic and made of a checkerboard pattern similar to other recent Sony TVs like the Sony X95K. There are covers that can be attached to the back to hide the inputs and for basic cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.24" (0.6 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.13" (5.4 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony X93L has excellent build quality. It's very stable, with minimal wobble in any of the three stand positions. It has a premium look, with metal borders around the screen and metallic feet. The back panels are made of plastic but are well-built overall despite a bit of flex. The only noticeable issue is with the cable management panels, which don't quite clip into the back properly.

Picture Quality
8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
73,818 : 1
Native Contrast
2,159 : 1

The Sony X93L has excellent contrast, resulting in deep blacks and bright highlights in dark scenes. The native contrast with local dimming disabled is lower than usual for this type of TV due to the X-Wide Viewing Angle layer, which improves the viewing angle at the expense of some contrast. As long as you leave Auto Local Dimming enabled, though, dark areas of the screen look excellent. If you'd prefer a Mini LED TV with better contrast, look at the Hisense U8K or the step-up model from this one, the Sony X95L.

8.0
Picture Quality
Blooming

The Sony X93L has very good blooming performance. There's some noticeable blooming around bright areas of the screen in otherwise dark scenes, like if you have subtitles enabled, or bright lights in an alley.

7.0
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
420

The lighting zones have a decent response time to changing scenes. The algorithms can't quite keep up with fast-moving objects, causing the leading edge to appear darker than it should be. For the same reason, the trailing edge leaves a slight bright trail. On the other hand, there's no noticeable flicker as zones toggle on and off.

8.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

There's no difference in dark scene performance when in the 'Game' Picture Mode.

9.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
764 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
538 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
281 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,077 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,371 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,426 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
933 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
667 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,045 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,321 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,384 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
924 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
666 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.038

The Sony X93L has superb HDR peak brightness. Bright highlights stand out well, and real scenes are bright and vivid. Although bright highlights in test slides are brighter on the Sony X95K, real scenes are brighter on the X93L, and HDR is more vivid overall. The next model down in Sony's lineup, the Sony X90L/X90CL, is about as bright with some highlight details, but most real scenes are brighter on the X93L. On the other end, the step-up Sony X95L is slightly brighter, but it's not a significant difference.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
759 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
489 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
231 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,132 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,373 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,122 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
814 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
643 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,064 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,323 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,103 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
809 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
641 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.037

Switching to the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode results in a slightly dimmer image overall, but it's not a very noticeable difference with real content.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Gradation Preferred
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

9.1
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0050
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0057
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0063

Like most Sony TVs, the Sony X93L has fantastic PQ EOTF tracking in most HDR picture modes. Most content is slightly too dark, but the difference is minor. In the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode, near-blacks are raised, causing some shadow details to appear washed out.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
729 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,235 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,288 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,275 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
909 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
658 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,148 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,239 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,237 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
900 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
656 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.035

The Sony X93L has fantastic SDR peak brightness. It's bright enough to easily overcome glare in a bright room. Large bright scenes are considerably dimmer, but they're still bright enough for a well-lit room, so you won't notice this.

These measurements are after calibration, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 1
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
93.31%
DCI P3 uv
95.37%
Rec 2020 xy
69.45%
Rec 2020 uv
75.33%

The Sony X93L has a great HDR color gamut, so colors in HDR are vibrant and life-like. It has nearly perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, as well as decent coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space. Tone mapping is good in both color spaces, but saturated greens and blues are noticeably off in the Rec. 2020 color space.

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
87.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
41.6%
White Luminance
1,049 cd/m²
Red Luminance
187 cd/m²
Green Luminance
613 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
57 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
701 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
249 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
944 cd/m²

The color volume is excellent. Colors are bright and vibrant, and thanks to its high contrast ratio with local dimming, dark saturated colors are displayed well.

8.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.81
Color dE
1.76
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,883 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

Even without calibrating it, the Sony X93L has impressive accuracy in SDR. Gamma is very close to the 2.2 target for a moderately-lit room, and the white balance is very good. Colors are accurate for the most part, but pure blues are slightly off. The color temperature is a bit cool, giving the image a very slight blue tint.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.33
Color dE
1.26
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,488 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The Sony X93L is very easy to calibrate, and the results after calibration are fantastic. Blues are still off, but the color temperature is much closer to ideal, and the white balance and color accuracy are nearly perfect.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.199%
50% DSE
0.158%
5% Std. Dev.
0.483%
5% DSE
0.080%

The gray uniformity of this TV is very good. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, which is distracting if you want to use it as a PC monitor. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center, which is great for watching sports as the playing field looks clean and uniform. In near dark scenes, the uniformity is significantly improved, with no noticeable issues.

8.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
0.743%
Native Std. Dev.
1.193%

The black uniformity, especially with Auto Local Dimming enabled, is great. There's a bit of blooming around bright highlights on a dark background, but it's not very distracting. With local dimming turned off, the black uniformity is worse, but it's not terrible. There are no noticeable bright spots, but the entire screen looks blue due to the relatively low native contrast of the panel.

6.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
40°
Color Shift
33°
Brightness Loss
47°
Black Level Raise
29°
Gamma Shift
18°

Unfortunately, despite Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, the off-angle viewing of this TV is mediocre. As you move off-center, colors appear washed out, and there's a more pronounced red hue.

8.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.5%
Indirect Reflections
1.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.5%

The Sony X93L has excellent reflection handling. Direct reflections are significantly reduced in intensity, but there's a noticeable rainbow smear when any light source is visible on-screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
8.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
8.0
100% Black to 50% Green
8.0
50% Green to 100% Green
8.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The Sony X93L has great gradient handling in HDR. There's some light banding in bright shades of blue, but everything else looks great.

8.4
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
8.5
Detail Preservation
8.0

Like most Sony TVs, the Sony X93L does a great job smoothing out low-quality content. Macro-blocking and pixelization issues are smoothed out well, and there's very little loss of fine details.

9.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Sony X93L has superb sharpness processing capabilities. Low-resolution content is upscaled well, and lines are sharp with very little over-sharpening. Fine details in busy scenes are easy to make out, and hardcoded text looks great.

These results are with the following processing settings:

  • Sharpness: 60
  • Reality Creation: Auto

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality but can cause blurry text in some applications when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

Motion
8.7
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.8 ms
100% Response Time
7.9 ms

The Sony X93L has an excellent response time. There's very little blur behind fast-moving objects, so games and fast action in sports is clear and easy to make out. There's some distracting black smear behind fast-moving dark objects caused by the TV's slower 0-20% response time.

9.5
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
720 Hz

This TV uses pulse width modulation (PWM) at all backlight levels. It always flickers at 720Hz, which is high enough that it'll only bother you if you're extremely sensitive to flicker.

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

There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which can be enabled to improve the appearance of motion. This TV can only flicker at 120Hz, which causes image duplication with 60 fps content.

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

This TV can interpolate lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. Like most TVs, it works well with slower scenes, but there are noticeable artifacts with fast-moving scenes.

6.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
33.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
8.8 ms

Due to its relatively fast response time, there's some noticeable stutter when watching movies. It's especially noticeable in slow panning shots.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

This TV removes judder automatically from 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or an external streaming device with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature. For 60Hz sources, like a cable box, or the native apps, Motionflow has to be enabled, with both sliders at 'Min' and CineMotion set to 'High' to remove judder.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
Unknown
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The Sony X93L supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC compatibility work over the entire refresh rate range. The TV doesn't natively support 1440p, as it upscales it to 4k instead, so the VRR range is unknown.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
18.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
161.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
9.3 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
17.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
17.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
17.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
144.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
136.2 ms
4k @ 120Hz
9.4 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has superb low input lag when in the 'Game' Picture Mode, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It's a bit higher than competing models from LG and Samsung but still low enough for most gamers.

8.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

Most common signals are supported by this TV, up to 4k @ 120Hz with HDMI ports 3 and 4. Chroma 4:4:4 and RGB signals are displayed properly with 1080p and 4k signals, which is essential for clear text when using it as a PC monitor. HDMI ports 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, and they don't support 4k @120Hz inputs.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV can support almost everything the PS5 has to offer. Since this TV doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz signals, it doesn't work with that format from the PS5. The Sony X93L offers unique features when paired with a PS5, including Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Sony X93L can nearly take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X consoles. It only supports Dolby Vision gaming at 60Hz, not at 120Hz, though, and the TV doesn't support 1440p @ 120Hz.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

HDMI ports 3 and 4 support the full 48 Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1, while HDMI 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. However, because HDMI 3 is an HDMI 2.1 and eARC port, you lose an HDMI 2.1 slot if you connect a receiver, so you can't use HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on multiple devices simultaneously unless the receiver also supports it. Also, the tuner supports ATSC 3.0, allowing you to stream over-the-air channels at up to a 4k resolution.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
Yes

The Sony X93L supports eARC, which allows you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI cable. It supports all major audio formats, so you don't have to worry about compatibility with external sources.

Sound Quality
7.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.55 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.45 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.53 dB
Max
90.8 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.57 dB

The frequency response of this TV is good overall. It has a well-balanced sound profile, so dialogue sounds clear, but like most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass. It's loud enough for a fairly noisy environment.

7.9
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.042
Weighted THD @ Max
0.216
IMD @ 80
0.70%
IMD @ Max
3.10%

The Sony X93L has good distortion handling. There aren't too many distortion artifacts at moderate listening levels; even if there's more at the max volume, it isn't too bad.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 10
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
2 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Sony X93L has the same Google TV smart platform as past Sony models like the Sony X95K. Oddly, it runs the older Google TV 10 version instead of the newer version 11 release that's already been included on some older Sony models like the Sony X85K. The differences between versions 10 and 11 are minor, though.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like most TVs, there are ads throughout the interface. You can opt out of personalized ads, but this doesn't change the number of ads you'll see; they just won't be personalized to match your search and viewing history.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Google Play Store has tons of apps available to download, and they run very smoothly. It has Google Chromecast built-in, meaning you can cast content from your phone. You can also connect the Bravia webcam for video calls.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Android TV

The included remote is small, as it doesn't have a numpad. There are mics in the remote and built into the TV, and they allow you to ask it to search for content, change settings, and open apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button on the back left side to turn it On/Off, change channels, adjust the volume, or switch inputs. There's also a switch to turn off the mic on the TV if you're concerned about privacy. However, these controls are set into the TV and hard to access with it wall-mounted, especially if you have the wall-mounted, and the plastic covers block access to the buttons.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AAA Batteries
  • Manuals and user guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 96 W
Power Consumption (Max) 207 W
Firmware PKG6.7240.0826NAA