Reviewed on May 19, 2017

Sony X940E TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
8.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
9.0
Movies
8.5
TV Shows
7.6
Sports
7.8
Video Games
8.9
HDR Movies
8.1
HDR Gaming
7.9
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Sub-Type
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The X940E is a great large 4k HDR smart TV. It produces some of the best blacks found on LED TVs, and it can get quite bright. The excellent local dimming and ability to display a wide range of colors results in a great HDR experience. The X940E has some motion blur though, which makes it less of a good choice for sports or video games but doesn't impact the excellent movie performance.

Test Results
Design 8.5
Picture Quality 8.4
Motion 6.7
Inputs 8.6
Sound Quality 7.2
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Very deep and uniform blacks
  • Very bright
  • Exceptional local dimming
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle
  • Fast moving objects often have visible trails
  1. Update 6/12/2018: A note for Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners: 1080p @ 120 Hz from the Xbox is only supported on this TV when the Xbox's connection type is changed from Auto-detect (Recommended) to HDMI, but unfortunately in this mode 4k and HDR aren't supported.
  2. Update 3/12/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
  3. Update 1/23/2018: High-end Sony TVs have now been updated with Dolby Vision through a firmware update (PKG6.2818.0075NAA). The input section has been updated.
  4. Update 12/11/2017: Google Assistant has now been added to Android TV on Sony TVs, and it brings a lot of new features to the voice control. The remote score has been increased to reflect the new fuctionality.
  5. Update 11/10/2017: Retested input lag with the latest firmware (PKG6.2669.0070NAA); there was no significant change.
  6. Update 10/17/2017: With the latest firmware (PKG6.2669.0070NAA) the judder over 60Hz signals has been fixed.
  7. Update 9/20/2017: Tested 1080p @ 120 Hz input lag using our new input lag tool.
  8. Update 9/12/2017: The Remote App box has been updated, replacing Google's app with Sony's better one.
  9. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
  10. Update 7/19/2017: Updated with newest firmware (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The input lag and 24p playback have been retested and are unchanged.

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8.5

Design

Curved : No

The design of the X940E is familiar to any Sony fans due to the minimalist and industrial look. It has a small, central stand which supports the TV well and can still fit on most table tops. The TV provides excellent cable management with guidance out the back of the stand, and has excellent build quality. 

Stand

The X940E has a central stand, similar to most Sony TVs such as the X930E. Despite the small footprint, it still supports the large TV well.

Footprint of the 75" TV stand: 20.1" x 12.8"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 400x300

The back looks similar to the X930E. It has many panels which reveal a great cable management system. Due to the design of the plastic back the panels aren't noticeable when attached.

Borders
Borders : 0.55" (1.4 cm)

The borders have an average thickness, but look and feel good with a metal edge.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.56" (6.5 cm)

The TV is quite thick when viewed from the side. Due to the size of the TV, this isn't really noticeable if wall-mounted though.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
97 °F (36 °C)
Average Temperature
:
90 °F (32 °C)

The X940E never gets more than a little warm, and the heat is well distributed across its surface.

9.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the X940E is excellent. The rear of the TV is all plastic but feels high-end and all of the parts fit together very well.

8.4

Picture Quality

The Sony XBR75X940E LED TV has an impressive picture quality. Dark scenes look amazing due to the high contrast ratio and the excellent black uniformity, especially when the TV is in a dark room. When set in a bright room, the picture quality remains good, since the TV can get very bright to fight any glare from a bright lamp or window and it can also deal very well with reflections. The overall gray uniformity is average, but luckily not too much dirty screen effect is visible. The viewing angle is disappointing though, so the X940E is better suited for people who have a living room with a narrow seating arrangement, as the picture quality is best only when sitting in front of the TV. The X940E has excellent local dimming and a high HDR peak brightness, so highlights really stand out when compared to normal SDR content. The Sony X940E is really a top performer when it comes to HDR.

8.9 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4941 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
11634 : 1

The Sony X940E has a great native contrast ratio. Hovering near 5000:1, the X940E can display dark scenes very well with deep blacks. This high contrast ratio is especially good when the TV is set in a dark environment.

When the Local dimming is activated, the contrast ratio goes up to an outstanding 11634:1, which is one of the highest contrast ratios we have measured for an LED TV.

8.5 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Full-Array

The local dimming feature on the X940E works extremely well and looks about as good as the Sony Z9D when compared side-by-side. The X940E can display our moving highlight very bright while keeping the rest of the screen really dark and with limited blooming. The time reaction is also very fast and the turning on and off of the dimming zones is not really noticeable.

8.8 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
650 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
975 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
1087 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
1096 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
725 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
537 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
949 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
1073 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
1087 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
724 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
536 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.040

Outstanding SDR peak brightness. The TV's local dimming helps to make highlights in dark scenes incredibly bright, but even the TV's worst case brightness, the 100% white window where local dimming can't be used, is still pretty bright. The TV's brightness does decrease a little as it warms up; our measurements were done after the TV had warmed up. Overall the TV is a bit less bright than its cousins, the X930E and Z9D. A plot of brightness over time is shown here.

9.0 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
1184 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
1030 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
1177 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
1158 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
762 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
545 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
1017 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
1150 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
1147 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
761 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
543 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.042

Outstanding HDR peak brightness. The TV's brightness in the real scene test is close to its best case brightness, indicating that the TV's local dimming is effective even in more realistic scenes. However the TV isn't as bright during extremely bright scenes like our 50% and 100% white window tests, because local dimming isn't as effective here, but even in these worst case scenes the TV is still pretty bright. The TV did decrease its brightness a little as it warmed up; our measurements were taken after the TV was warmed up. Overall the TV is a bit less bright than the X930E and Z9D. A plot of brightness over time is shown here.

7.1 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.610 %
50% DSE
:
0.179 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
2.068 %
5% DSE
:
0.130 %

The gray uniformity of the X940E is ordinary and it is situated in the same ballpark as the X930E and the 2016 Z9D. It suffers from the same problems with darker edges and corners. The middle of the screen is fairly free of imperfections, which is a good since dirty screen effect is kept to a minimum.

Looking at our test picture of the 5% gray, the X940E is a bit worse looking than on the X930E. The bottom edge of the screen is a lot brighter than the rest of the screen and we confirmed this by measuring the luminosity of the screen in that region and it was clearly brighter than the middle or top of the screen. There are also large horizontal bands that seem darker than the rest of the screen. Both of those issues could be noticed during dark scenes and especially when the TV is set in a dim lit room.

Surprisingly, the local dimming strongly influences the gray uniformity. When the local dimming is set to 'High', the uniformity looks much more better as you can see here, but if set to 'Low' then the large bands that are visible on our 5% gray picture (local dimming set to 'Off') are much more visible, as you can see here. We recommend not to use the 'Low' setting of the local dimming as it can introduce some banding in dark scenes.

5.7 Viewing Angle
Color Shift
:
18 °
Brightness
:
48 °
Black Level
:
40 °

Disappointing viewing angle. Colors shift when viewed from a small angle, while brightness decreases and blacks become grey at moderate angles. This is a better viewing angle than many other TVs with VA panels, but still not as good as IPS or OLED panel TVs.

9.3 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.547 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
0.600 %

The X940E has an excellent native black uniformity with some minimal clouding in the upper right side of the screen, but this is not really visible while looking at normal TV content.

With local dimming turned on, the black uniformity becomes almost perfect and no issues can be seen. This is a very good example of how effective the local dimming is on this TV.

9.2 Reflections
Screen Finish
:
Glossy
Total Reflections
:
2.0 %
Indirect Reflections
:
0.2 %

The X940E is great at handling reflections. Unlike the X930E, it has a glossy finish which works well to reduce the intensity of direct reflections. Unlike the glossy A1E, it doesn't have much of a purple tint so reflections appear natural. This is a good result even for a bright room.

8.1 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
White Balance dE
:
3.11
Color dE
:
1.96
Gamma
:
2.21
Color Temperature
:
6563 K

The XBR75X940E is pretty accurate out of the box. There is a bit too much red and blue toward the higher end in the white balance, but even then we are still hovering close to a dE of 3, which it still very acceptable for home use. The gamma is almost spot on and the Color dE is very acceptable. This is in line with other Sony TVs tested before, as they tend to be very accurate out of the box.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
White Balance dE
:
0.30
Color dE
:
1.28
Gamma
:
2.20
Color Temperature
:
6499 K

After calibration, which was pretty easy and fast to do, the X940E performed extremely well. The white balance was easily corrected via the 2 point and 10 point calibration setting and as a result, the gamma was flattened to track almost perfectly to our 2.2 target. As with other Sony TVs, there is no color management system to further correct the color accuracy even though the color dE was brought down via the corrections applied to the white balance. In the end, the Sony X940E is really accurate.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0 480p Input

Low quality content such as DVDs are upscaled well. Details are preserved and the image isn't too soft, although some halo artifacts are noticeable along edges.

8.0 720p Input

720p content such as cable is upscaled well. There is no loss of details.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look great and the image remains clear.

10 4k Input

No issues can be seen with native 4k content.

7.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
86.20 %
DCI P3 uv
:
91.56 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
64.59 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
73.67 %

Wide color gamut, though not as wide as on some other high end TVs like the Samsung Q7F, KS8000 or Sony's A1E. The TV is fairly accurate for most of its color range, but like many other TVs it struggles with reproducing deep greens in HDR content, which also ends up hurting its cyan performance.

The TV's EOTF almost flawlessly follows the HDR PQ curve up to where it clips at its peak brightness. This EOTF was measured in the Custom picture mode, the EOTFs for the Cinema Pro and Game modes are shown here and here.

7.4 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
82.0 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
:
49.4 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
65.6 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
:
39.4 %

Decent color volume. The TV shows its wide color gamut remarkably well for both extremely bright and dark colors, though dark P3 greens and reds become a little undersaturated. Its color volume is only really limited by its gamut.

8.9 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
:
0.093 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
:
0.087 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
:
0.085 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
:
0.054 dE

The Sony X940E can display our gradient test image without any problems, as you can see on our test picture. From the light to the dark shades, everything is smooth, even the grayscale. Note that this test what was done with the 'Smooth gradation' feature turned off.

9.9 Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.06 %
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 %

The Sony X940E does present some image retention right after the 10-minute burn-in scene of our test clip, but the retention looks very dim and it fades really fast. After 2 minutes of recovery, nothing could be picked up by our analysis process, which is a good result. Even though it has some very minor image retention, this isn't a problem.

10 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.

Pixels
6.7

Motion

The X940E has a mediocre handling of motion. It has a long response time, so motion blur may be seen depending on the content. For movies this isn't an issue, but for PC use or some games a long trail can be seen. The TV uses PWM to dim the backlight, but the frequency is high enough to not be noticeable. It is possible to reduce the frequency to clear up motion significantly. Some minor judder is present when watching movies from a PC or cable, but most people won't notice this. Fans of motion interpolation can introduce a strong soap opera effect on the 120Hz panel.

5.0 Response Time
80% Response Time
:
6.4 ms
100% Response Time
:
37.4 ms

The response time of the 75" X940E is bad, resulting in a long (but faint) trail following moving objects. This isn't noticeable in all content, and isn't an issue for watching movies but does cause visible blur behind 60 fps games or sports.

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

The Sony X940E uses PWM at 720Hz to dim the backlight, starting at 13/50 backlight setting, but at that frequency it is not noticeable. Lowering the setting reduces the amplitude, while duty cycle remains constant.

9.3 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
:
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
:
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
:
60 Hz

It is possible to decrease the X940E's flicker frequency to 60Hz and clear up motion, for those who don't mind visible flicker. To do so, set 'MotionFlow' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Clearness' slider.

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

The X940E can interpolate lower frame rate content up to the panel's native refresh rate of 120Hz. To do so, set 'MotionFlow' to 'Custom' and increase the 'Smoothness' slider. For 30fps content it is also necessary to set 'CineMotion' to 'Medium' or 'High'.

9.8 Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
:
4.3 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
:
0.0 ms

The Sony X940E provides extremely smooth motion, even when watching low frame rate content such as 24 fps movies. Even when watching movies the image doesn't remain static for long periods of time due to the slow response time. Higher frame rate content such as sports also appears extremely smooth.

10 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

The Sony XBR75X940E can only display 24p movies playing via 24p sources like DVDs and Blu-rays player smoothly. 24p movie playing via 60p/60i sources like cable or satellite boxes play at the correct cadence with 'Motionflow' set to 'True Cinema' and 'Cinemotion' set to 'High'.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV has been tested with the newest firmware update (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The 24p playback remains the same.

Update 10/17/2017: With the latest firmware (PKG6.2669.0070NAA) the judder over 60Hz signals has been fixed.

0 Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
4k VRR Maximum
:
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Maximum
:
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors
:
N/A

The X940E has a 120Hz panel, and doesn't support any variable refresh rate features.

8.6

Inputs

The Sony X940E supports all the common input signals, including HDR, and should be able to properly display any content. It has good 4k input lag, but its 1080p input lag may disappoint competitive gamers. Note: Only HDMI ports 2 & 3 support full bandwidth, but HDMI port 3 is also the audio return channel. If you have a receiver which supports ARC and more than 1 device which requires the full bandwidth of HDMI then you might have some issues connecting all of your devices. In this case it may be best to connect your receiver using an optical (Toslink) cable.

8.4 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
40.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR
:
40.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
103.4 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
:
14.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
24.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
23.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
24.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
23.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
86.7 ms
4k With Interpolation
:
79.7 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
:
N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A

Low input lag for a 4k input, which should please all but the most competitive gamers; but higher input lag for a 1080p input. This should be good enough for most people but may disappoint competitive gamers. Both the Game and Graphics picture modes have low input lag, and can show 4:4:4 color properly. Overall the input lag is very similar to the X930E and Z9D, which also use the Sony x1 Extreme processing engine.

Update 07/18/2017: The TV has been tested with the newest firmware update (PKG6.2648.0065NAA). The input lag remains the same.

Update 09/20/2017: Tested 1080p @ 120 Hz input lag using our new input lag tool. It is much faster than the 1080p @ 60 Hz input lag, likely due to the TV bypassing some processing when it detects such an unusual signal.

Update 11/10/2017: Retested input lag with the latest firmware (PKG6.2669.0070NAA); there was no significant change.

10 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
:
No

All the common input resolutions are supported. 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 color is only supported on HDMI inputs 2 and 3, and only when 'HDMI Enhanced Format' is enabled. 4:4:4 color is only properly displayed in the Game or Graphics picture modes.

When using the TV as a PC monitor, 1080p is listed as the default resolution. 1080p @ 120 Hz is properly supported but must be added as a custom resolution, because it isn't listed by default.

Update 06/12/2018: A note for Xbox One X and Xbox One S owners: 1080p @ 120 Hz from the Xbox is only supported on this TV when the Xbox's connection type is changed from Auto-detect (Recommended) to HDMI: (Xbox > Settings > Display & sound > Video fidelity & overscan > Display > Connection > HDMI). Unfortunately in this mode 4k, HDR, 50 Hz and 24 Hz aren't possible, so this mode is only recommended when the higher refresh rate of 120 Hz is more important to you than these other features.

Update 06/18/2018: Correction, 24 Hz and 50 Hz are in fact possible with the Xbox's connection type set to HDMI.

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

Similar to other Sony TVs such as the X930E, the TV has one component input on the side which is also shared with a composite input. There is another composite input on the side, but an adapter such as this is required.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
Yes
HLG
:
Yes
3D
:
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)
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth
:
No
ARC
:
Yes (HDMI 3)
USB 3.0
:
Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth is only possible on HDMI inputs 2 and 3, and only when 'HDMI Enhanced Format' is enabled.

Dolby Vision support will be added in a future update.

Update 01/23/2018: The update enabling Dolby Vision compatibility is now available.

7.2

Sound Quality

The X940E produces a slightly better than average sound, but like almost any TV, it will greatly benefit from being combined to an external sound system such as a soundbar.

7.3 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
:
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
3.72 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
3.56 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
3.95 dB
Max
:
91.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
:
4.37 dB

Decent Frequency response. The X940E produces a response relatively close to target, but it like most Sony TVs has some amounts of pumping and compression at higher volumes. Aliasing of higher frequencies is also present.

7.1 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
:
0.182
Weighted THD @ Max
:
2.496
IMD @ 80
:
0.55 %
IMD @ Max
:
4.83 %

Below average distortion performance. The X940E has reasonable THD at a lower volume, but it steeply rises as levels are raised.

8.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Android TV
Version : 7.0

The Sony X940E ships with Android TV 6.0 Marshmallow, but received an update to Android TV 7.0 Nougat prior to testing. Nougat brings a few new features to Android TV, such as a picture in picture mode and multitasking menu, but it fails to address the main problems with the Android TV platform, namely ease of navigation, lag and frame drops, and a lack of smart features in the remote. 

Other smart features of Android TV remain unchanged. The Google Play Store still has a larger selection of apps than many other smart platforms. Content can be cast to the TV from a smartphone or tablet using the TV's "Chromecast built-in" functionality, or played from a USB drive connected to one of the TV's three USB ports. The remote has a built in microphone for voice search, which works well.

7.0 Interface
Ease of Use
:
Average
Smoothness
:
Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
:
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
:
7 s
Advanced Options
:
Many
10 Ad-Free
Ads
:
No
Opt-out
:
N/A
Suggested Content in Home
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
:
Yes

The TV has no ads in its main interface, but third party apps can have ads. There is an option in the TV's settings to opt-out of personalized advertising for these ads.

The first row of the home page is filled with suggested content. In the 'Home' section of the TV's settings you can opt out of all sources of suggested content until all that's shown is a line saying 'No recommendations available at this time'. After the TV has been restarted more sources may appear but can also be disabled.

9.0 Apps and Features
App Selection
:
Very Many
App Smoothness
:
Average
Cast Capable
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
:
Yes
HDR in Netflix
:
Yes
HDR in Amazon Video
:
Yes
HDR in YouTube
:
No

Many popular apps come preinstalled, such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Video. Other apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, which has more apps than many other smart platforms.

8.0 Remote
Size
:
Large
Voice Control
:
Search, Some Other Features
CEC Menu Control
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
:
No

The remote is rather large with a lot of buttons. Fortunately most of the commonly used buttons are clustered within easy reach around the navigation pad in the center, except the power and input buttons at the top which are hard to reach. The remote has a built in remote for Android's voice search, which only searches for content and lacks the advanced voice command features found on other smart platforms such as Samsung's Tizen. The remote is identical to those of the X930E and X900E (same model number).

Update 12/11/2017: Google Assistant has now been added to Android TV on Sony TVs, and it brings a lot of new features to the voice control: commands like 'open Netflix', 'switch to HDMI 1', 'pause video', 'how's the weather' and 'turn off TV' all work well, though commands to change picture settings like 'set the brightness to 20' and 'switch to Game mode' don't work. The remote score has been increased to reflect the new fuctionality.

7.0 Remote App
Acts as the Remote
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
:
Both
Inputs Text in YouTube
:
No
Inputs Text in Netflix
:
No
Streams Device Files
:
Yes
Controls TV Settings
:
No
Voice Control
:
Yes

Update 09/12/2017: Sony has a remote app called 'Video & TV SideView' that's better than the Android TV app in most ways. The score and data fields have been updated to reflect the Sony app.

Update 07/11/2018: Sony's Video & TV SideView remote app has been retested on version 5.5.0. The remote app can now stream video files and can only directly launch apps. The data fields have been updated.

Update 10/12/2018: The remote app can directly launch both apps and inputs, even on version 5.5.0; "Apps Only" was a mistake. The value has been corrected to "Both".

TV Controls

The TV has three buttons. The center button switches between volume, channel and input, while the (+) and (-) buttons increment the setting. The center button also serves as the TV's power button.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote
  • IR Blaster

Misc
Power Consumption : 137 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 395 W
Firmware : PKG6.2414.0040NAA

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 75" (XBR75X940E), the only size available at the moment. 

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony XBR-75X940E doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model Alternative Name UK Model
75" XBR75X940E XBR-75X940E KD-75XE9405

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Sony A1E (XBR55A1E). Bottom left: LG C7 (OLED55C7P). Middle: Sony X940E (XBR75X940E). Top right: Sony Z9D (XBR65Z9D). Bottom right: Samsung Q7F (QN55Q7F).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The X940E is a great LED TV, but it faces steep competition in its price range from OLED TVs. It does have the advantage of being larger than average though. See our recommendations for the best flatscreen TVs and the best LED TVs.

Sony X900F
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"
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The Sony X900F is marginally better than the Sony X940E. The X900F has a much faster pixel response time, so motion looks much smoother with very little motion blur. The Sony X940E has a poor response time, but it has a better black frame insertion feature that improves motion blur. The X940E has better dark room performance, with a better local dimming feature and better black uniformity.

Sony X930E
55" 65"
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The Sony X930E is a bit better than the Sony X940E. The X940E has a more advanced full array local dimming feature and better black uniformity, so it performs better in a dark room. The X940E has a better black frame insertion feature to help clear up motion, but the X930E has a much better response time, so motion is smoother overall and has much less blur trail. The X930E is brighter with SDR and HDR content.

Sony Z9D
65" 75" 100"
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The Sony Z9D is marginally better than the Sony X940E. Overall performance is very similar, but the Z9D is a bit brighter and supports 3D. The Z9D handles fast moving scenes better than the X940E, since it has a faster response time and less motion blur. The Sony X940E is more consistent in its ability to remove judder from 24p sources.

Sony X900E
49" 55" 65" 75"
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Amazon.com

The Sony X940E and X900E are very similar and offer nearly identical performance. The X940E has better dark room performance due to the improved local dimming feature and better black uniformity. The X900E has a much better response time and motion looks much smoother with very little motion blur. The X940E has been updated with support for Dolby Vision.

8.2 Mixed Usage

Great TV for mixed usage, the X940E has excellent picture quality in most environments. It has some motion blur that might bother people more sensitive to it though.

9.0 Movies

Excellent TV for watching movies. The X940E has some of the best local dimming available, bringing it close to OLED for most scenes. It's also able to turn off black bars found in movies completely which is great.

8.5 TV Shows