Sony X95J TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Sep 09, 2021 at 10:45 am
Sony X95J Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.1
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.4
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG CX OLED
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Sony X95J is a 4k TV with an LED backlight and full-array local dimming feature. Released as part of Sony's 2021 BRAVIA XR lineup, it's Sony's flagship 4k LED model and replaces the Sony X950H. It delivers an impressive experience, with excellent peak brightness in HDR, an amazing local dimming feature, and amazing gradient handling. Like many flagship LED-backlit models from different brands, it has an additional filter layer that improves viewing angles, but this comes at the expense of contrast, which is a bit low for a VA TV. Like the Sony X90J, it can't quite display a wide color gamut, but we don't expect most people to notice this.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The Sony X95J is a great TV for most uses. It's a great TV for watching movies in both SDR and HDR, as it's bright and has good contrast. It's bright enough to overcome glare, and it has surprisingly fair viewing angles, making it a very good choice for watching sports. Gamers will appreciate its low input lag, great response time, and HDMI 2.1 support, but unfortunately, it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology at the moment.

Pros
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Huge selection of streaming apps.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
8.2 Movies

The Sony X95J is a great TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has a good contrast ratio, and the amazing local dimming feature helps to improve dark room performance. It upscales lower resolution content well and has a huge selection of apps if you like to stream movies. It can remove judder from any source, but there's some noticeable stutter when watching movies.

Pros
  • Amazing local dimming feature.
  • Can remove judder from any source.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Some noticeable stutter in low frame rate content.
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
8.4 TV Shows

The Sony X95J is an impressive TV for watching TV shows during the day. It has excellent reflection handling and gets bright enough to easily overcome glare in a bright room. There's a huge selection of streaming apps, so you're sure to find your favorite shows, and it upscales older content well. Although it has surprisingly fair viewing angles, it's not the best choice if you like to move around the house with the TV on.

Pros
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Huge selection of streaming apps.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
Cons
  • Image degrades at a moderate angle.
8.1 Sports

The Sony X95J is a very good TV for watching sports in a bright room. It gets plenty bright enough to overcome glare, and it has excellent reflection handling. It has a great response time, so you can see what's going and not just a blurry mess in fast-paced sports. Although the viewing angle is fair, it's not the best choice for a wide seating area. Unfortunately, it has just decent gray uniformity, and there are some uniformity issues on our unit.

Pros
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Upscales lower resolution content well.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Image degrades at a moderate angle.
8.4 Video Games

The Sony X95J is an impressive TV for playing video games. It has a great response time, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has outstanding low input lag. It's also future-proof, with two HDMI 2.1 inputs for next-gen consoles or a PC. Unfortunately, it doesn't support variable refresh rates at the moment, but this has been promised for a future firmware update.

Pros
  • Amazing local dimming feature.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • HDMI 2.1 support.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Variable refresh rate support not yet available.
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
8.1 HDR Movies

The Sony X95J is a very good TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has good contrast and an amazing local dimming feature. It has excellent peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out. Unfortunately, there are some uniformity issues in dark scenes, and it can't display a wide color gamut, but this likely isn't very noticeable for most people.

Pros
  • Amazing local dimming feature.
  • Can remove judder from any source.
  • Excellent peak brightness in HDR.
Cons
  • Some noticeable stutter in low frame rate content.
  • Can't quite display a wide color gamut.
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
8.4 HDR Gaming

The Sony X95J delivers a great gaming experience in HDR. It has a great response time, resulting in clear motion. It also has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It has excellent peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out. Although it has good contrast, it has just okay black uniformity, and there are some noticeable uniformity issues in dark scenes. Unfortunately, it doesn't currently support any variable refresh rate technologies, but it should receive an update that adds it.

Pros
  • Amazing local dimming feature.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • HDMI 2.1 support.
  • Excellent peak brightness in HDR.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Variable refresh rate support not yet available.
  • Can't quite display a wide color gamut.
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Sony X95J is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has excellent reflection handling and amazing peak brightness, so it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. It supports most common resolutions and can display chroma 4:4:4 properly in most of them, which is important for clear text. Unfortunately, although it has fair viewing angles, the edges of the screen might appear non-uniform if you're sitting too close.

Pros
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • HDMI 2.1 support.
  • Great response time.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues in dark scenes.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Movies
  • 8.4 TV Shows
  • 8.1 Sports
  • 8.4 Video Games
  • 8.1 HDR Movies
  • 8.4 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 09, 2021: There was a mistake in the motion interpolation results. This TV can interpolate from 60 to 120 FPS.
  2. Updated Sep 09, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Sep 07, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Sony X95J is the flagship model in Sony's 2021 4k LED-backlit lineup, and it replaces the Sony X950H. It sits above the Sony X90J and below the Sony Z9J, which is an 8k LED-backlit model. Its main competitors are flagship models from other brands, including the Samsung QN90A QLED and the LG QNED90.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X95J has a very nice design, with a flat metal border that goes around the screen, delivering a more premium feel than the Sony X90J. It has a very clean look, with panels that cover the inputs on the back, but there's no real cable management.

Design
Stand

The feet are very small but support the TV well, with just a bit of wobble. You can attach the feet in three different positions on the 75 inch and 85 inch models. The photo shown here is in the narrow position, but there's also a wide position that offers better support (but requires a larger table), and a soundbar position that leaves enough room to place a soundbar in front of the TV without blocking the picture. Note that the narrow position shown here isn't available on the 65 inch model.

The footprint of the 75 inch model we bought varies depending on the position the feet are installed in. The height listed here is from the top surface of the table to the bottom of the screen and represents the tallest soundbar you can place in front without blocking the screen.

PositionWidthDepthHeight
Narrow 24.1" 15.4" 1.7"
Wide 65.5" 15.4" 1.3"
Soundbar 65.5" 15.4" 3.6"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The back of the TV has a nice textured panel that looks great. There are plastic covers that hide the inputs and attachment points for the feet, but no real cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.40" (6.1 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony X95J has excellent build quality. The stand supports the display well but still wobbles. The plastic used in the back panel seems well-built, but there's some flex to them. The metal border around the display seems well-built, with no noticeable issues.

Picture Quality
7.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,290 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
4,049 : 1

The Sony X95J has good contrast. Native contrast with local dimming disabled is lower than usual for a VA panel, likely due to the X-Wide Angle filter, but this can also vary between individual units. The local dimming feature is extremely effective at boosting contrast but struggles with the checkerboard pattern used. With a half white/half black screen, we measured a contrast ratio with local dimming of 8916:1. With alternating full white/full black screens, we measured a contrast ratio of 22489:1 with local dimming enabled. Although the posted measurements are good, in practice with real content, this TV looks much better than these numbers suggest.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
662 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
927 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,046 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,082 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
669 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
603 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
890 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,014 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,057 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
668 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
601 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.034

The Sony X95J has amazing peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in almost any room. Unfortunately, there's quite a bit of variation in peak brightness between different scenes, but this shouldn't be very noticeable with regular content.

We measured the SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Custom' Picture Mode, with Brightness at max, Contrast at '90', Color Tone set to 'Expert 1', Auto Local Dimming set to 'High', and Peak Luminance set to 'High'.

If you want a brighter image and don't mind losing image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid', Contrast to max, and Color Temperature to 'Cool'. We reached 1095 cd/m² in the 25% window with these settings.

We also tested the SDR brightness with Peak Luminance disabled. Turning it off makes the real scene brightness drop to 442 cd/m². It's more consistent, with most windows measuring between 470 cd/m² and 536 cd/m², but there's some frame dimming in the 2% windows, with both peak and sustained measuring around 410 cd/m².

8.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The Sony X95J has an amazing local dimming feature, the best we've seen on an LED-backlit display. Although there's some blooming with regular content, especially if there are black bars or subtitles, it's really subtle and not very noticeable. There's almost no black crush, and the TV does a really good job preserving fine details in dark scenes. It's still not perfect, though, as zone transitions can be noticeable, although we rarely saw anything with regular content. This is partly due to the relatively limited number of zones on this TV (84, in a 6 x 14 array).

In a side-by-side comparison with the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the Hisense U8G, playing the same content, the Sony X95J has a noticeably better local dimming feature.

8.5
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The local dimming feature performs identically in Game Mode. There's no difference in blooming or zone transitions, and there's still almost no black crush and very little noticeable blooming with real content.

8.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
1,257 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
866 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,007 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,141 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
692 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
625 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
834 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
970 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,116 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
690 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
623 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.032

The Sony X95J has excellent peak brightness in HDR. Small specular highlights in some scenes really stand out, and it's bright enough to deliver an impactful HDR experience, close to the content creator's intent in most scenes. It tracks the EOTF perfectly, so content is displayed at the correct brightness level. As the TV approaches its peak brightness, there's a sharp cutoff and actually a slight dip in peak brightness, so there can be a small loss of fine details in really bright scenes. Near-black scenes are displayed properly, with no noticeable black crush.

We measured the HDR brightness in the 'Custom' Picture Mode with Brightness at max, Contrast at '90', Color Tone set to 'Expert 2', HDR Tone Mapping set to 'Gradation Preferred', and Auto Local Dimming and Peak Luminance set to 'High'.

If you want to make HDR content brighter and don't mind losing image accuracy, set Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'High', Contrast to max, and HDR Tone Mapping to 'Brightness Preferred'. These settings result in a much brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF plot, but the overall peak brightness of the TV remains the same.

With Peak Luminance disabled, the brightness drops considerably, with all windows measuring between 562 cd/m² and 649 cd/m², except the 2% peak and sustained windows, which are around 497 cd/m² and 491 cd/m², respectively.

8.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
1,236 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
869 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
992 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,120 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
685 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
621 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
838 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
955 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,099 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
683 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
618 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.031

There's a slight decrease in peak brightness in HDR with Game Mode enabled. With test slides, Game Mode appears to be slightly less bright, so it's not just a margin of error difference, but it's not a significant difference.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.002%
50% DSE
0.200%
5% Std. Dev.
0.365%
5% DSE
0.087%

The Sony X95J has decent overall gray uniformity, but this can vary between individual units. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, and there's some noticeable dirty screen effect, which can be distracting when watching sports or browsing the web. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, with no noticeable issues.

6.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.222%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.898%

Unfortunately, the Sony X95J has just okay black uniformity. The screen is a bit cloudy with local dimming disabled, which is disappointing from a VA panel, but this can vary between units. Enabling local dimming removes all of the cloudiness, but there's still a bit of blooming around the test cross due to the relatively large size of the dimming zones.

6.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
41°
Color Shift
38°
Brightness Loss
50°
Black Level Raise
41°
Gamma Shift
17°

The Sony X95J has surprisingly fair viewing angles for a TV with a VA panel, thanks to Sony's X-Wide Viewing Angle layer. At moderate angles, the screen looks washed out a bit, as brightness fades and colors wash out, but most people shouldn't have any issues with it.

8.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
2.6%
Indirect Reflections
1.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.9%

The Sony X95J we bought has excellent reflection handling. The anti-reflective coating on the 75 inch model disperses bright lights across the screen, significantly reducing their intensity but creating a rainbow pattern that can be distracting in some cases. The 85 inch model has the same reflective coating, so we expect it to perform about the same, but the 65 inch model doesn't, so we expect it to have worse reflection handling.

8.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.48
Color dE
1.72
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,677 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

Before calibration, the Sony X95J we bought has impressive accuracy. Gamma follows our target almost perfectly, and the color temperature is very close to our target. The white balance is great overall, but some brighter scenes are a bit off. Colors are excellent, but all colors are undersaturated a bit. This can vary between units, but Sony TVs are generally pretty accurate out of the box.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.28
Color dE
1.06
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,508 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the Sony X95J has nearly perfect accuracy. Any remaining issues with the white balance aren't noticeable without a colorimeter, gamma is still almost perfect, and the color temperature is nearly perfect. We couldn't improve color accuracy very much, but most colors aren't undersaturated anymore and any remaining issues aren't noticeable.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled well, with no noticeable issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including from a cable box, is upscaled well with no noticeable issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly, with no subpixel dithering or other noticeable issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV, it can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Sony X95J uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality, but it can cause blurry text in some applications when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
87.31%
DCI P3 uv
88.78%
Rec 2020 xy
62.98%
Rec 2020 uv
65.10%

The Sony X95J has a good color gamut, but like the Sony X90J, it can't quite display a wide color gamut. We're not sure why these two TVs behave this way, but in a side-by-side comparison with a TV with a wider color gamut, the difference is noticeable with test slides. In real content the different isn't that noticeable, though. We also did a check with a 50% stimulus instead of our usual 75% slide:

With a 50% stimulus the X95J can display a wide color gamut, but the difference isn't significant. For consistency with our other TV reviews, the official results are with the 75% stimulus. Even though it falls short of what we consider to be a wide color gamut, unless you're comparing two displays side-by-side, most people won't notice the difference.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
79.4%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
44.8%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
60.4%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
34.0%

The Sony X95J has decent color volume. It's limited by the incomplete color gamut, as it can't display the full range of colors in either DCI P3 or Rec. 2020.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.067
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.089
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.055
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.120

The Sony X95J has amazing gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in darker shades of gray and green, but it's not very noticeable. There's a smooth gradation feature that can significantly reduce banding on the 'Medium' or 'High' setting; we don't recommend leaving it enabled, as it causes a loss of fine details.

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%

There's are no signs of temporary image retention on our Sony X95J, but this may vary between individual units.

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
8.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.5 ms
100% Response Time
11.7 ms

The Sony X95J has a great response time. Like most VA panels on the market, it's significantly slower to transition out of dark scenes, so some black smearing is noticeable in certain content. There's very little blur behind fast-moving objects in most scenes.

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

Unfortunately, like most Sony TVs on the market, the backlight isn't quite flicker-free. It flickers at a high frequency in all picture modes and at all backlight settings, so it shouldn't bother most people.

6.0
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

The Sony X95J has an optional backlight strobing feature that can improve the appearance of motion at the expense of peak brightness. Unfortunately, it can only flicker at 120Hz, even when playing 60Hz content, which can cause noticeable duplications in motion. Our scoring is based only on the flicker frequencies supported and doesn't indicate how well the backlight strobing feature works.

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

Update 09/09/2021: There was a mistake in the motion interpolation results. This TV can interpolate from 60 to 120 FPS.

The Sony X95J has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. It works well in slower scenes, but there are significant artifacts around fast-moving objects. Like the Sony X90J, we noticed glitches and issues in some content.

7.1
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
29.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
4.9 ms

Due to the relatively fast response time of the Sony X95J, there's some stutter when watching low frame rate content like movies. This is 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

The Sony X95J can remove judder from all sources. For native 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or some external video players, no additional settings are required. For sources that can only send a 60p/60i signal and for the native apps, additional settings are required.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 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 X95J has a fast 120Hz refresh rate, great for gaming. Unfortunately, like the Sony X90J and the Sony X900H, it doesn't currently support a variable refresh rate. This feature has been promised for a while on some models, but Sony still hasn't added it, so we don't know if/when this TV will get it.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
17.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
161.1 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
17.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz
17.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
17.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
17.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
144.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
137.0 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
9.8 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
9.6 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Sony X95J has outstanding low input lag, as long as you're in the 'Game' Picture Mode. Outside of Game Mode, or with motion interpolation enabled, the input lag is too high for most gamers.

9.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Sony X95J supports most common resolutions natively. 1440p requires a forced resolution for 60Hz, but even then, it can't display chroma 4:4:4 properly, so text looks blurry from a PC. It displays 4:4:4 properly in all of the other formats we tested, which is important for clear text.

Some recent Sony TVs, including the Sony X85J, haven't been able to display a 4k @ 120Hz signal properly, even from an HDMI 2.1 source. We tried to reproduce the issue on the X95J, but as far as we can tell, there's no blur when displaying 4k @ 120Hz on this TV. We tested this from an RTX 3080 and double-checked with a PS5 and Xbox Series X, both on the home screen and in a few games that support 4k @ 120Hz.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Sony X95J supports most features of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz with Dolby Vision at the moment, but this isn't a big deal, as there are no games that support it. The supported formats from an Xbox vary depending on the HDMI Signal Format selected. Setting it to 'Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision)' limits the supported features, and blocks the TV from accepting a 4k @ 120Hz signal.

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)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The Sony X95J has two HDMI 2.1 ports, but one of them is also the eARC port, so if you're planning on connecting a receiver or soundbar over eARC, you'll only be able to take full advantage of one next-gen console.

Inputs
Input Photos
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 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The Sony X95J supports most of the high-end audio formats, but surprisingly, DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC doesn't work at the moment. This is unexpected, as it does work with the Sony X90J, but other owners have confirmed this as well.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
95.14 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.46 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.78 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.72 dB
Max
91.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.07 dB

The Sony X95J has a decent frequency response. Like most TVs, it lacks thump or rumble in its bass response. The frequency response is balanced above the low-frequency extension, resulting in clear dialogue. It can get very loud, which is good for large or noisy environments, although there's some compression when playing at max volume. There's a digital room correction feature that tunes the frequency response to best suit your rooms' acoustics.

7.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.196
Weighted THD @ Max
3.117
IMD @ 80
3.73%
IMD @ Max
1.43%

The Sony X95J has decent distortion performance. The amount of total harmonic distortion is low at moderate volume levels but increases significantly near max volume. Note that the amount of distortion present varies depending on the content, and some people may not hear it.

Note: Our distortion measurements show that there's less intermodular distortion at max volume. This is unexpected and doesn't match what we hear from the TV. We checked these results three times, and they were consistent. We're not sure why this is, but it's most likely an issue with our testing or room setup. We're looking into it, and we'll update the review if we can identify the issue.

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

Like other 2021 Sony TVs, the Sony X95J runs on Google TV, which is mainly a cosmetic upgrade over the previous Android TV interface. It's fairly easy to use and runs very smoothly. We didn't notice any issues or bugs with the interface during testing.

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

Unfortunately, there are ads throughout the main page and in the app store, and they can't be disabled.

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 built-in Google Play Store has a massive selection of apps, so you're sure to find your favorite streaming service. It also has built-in Chromecast and Apple AirPlay support, so you can cast from pretty much any mobile device.

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

The included remote is sleek and easy to use. There are quick-access buttons for a few streaming services and a built-in mic for voice control. The TV also has its own built-in mic. Voice control can be used to change inputs, open apps, search for basic information online, and even change some of the TV's settings.

Smart Features
TV Controls

Unlike most recent Sony TVs, the power button is no longer located under the center bezel. Instead, it's on the back of the TV near the inputs. Below the inputs on the same panel, there's also a switch that disables the built-in mic.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • Cable tie
  • Manuals

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 95 W
Power Consumption (Max) 164 W
Firmware PKG6.3641.0455NAA

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 75 inch Sony X95J Bravia XR TV (XB75X95J), and it's also available in a 65 inch and 85 inch size. We expect most of our results to be valid for the other sizes, but there are some slight differences in the 65 inch model.

Size US Model Reflective Layer Stand Positions
65" XR-65X95J N/A Standard & Soundbar
75" XR-75X95J X-Anti Reflection layer  Standard, Narrow, & Soundbar
85" XR-85X95J X-Anti Reflection layer Standard, Narrow, & Soundbar

If you come across a different type of panel or your Sony X95J doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in July 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony X95J is a great TV with an amazing local dimming feature. It delivers an impressive overall experience, but there are a few oddities that stand out as potential deal-breakers for some buyers.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k gaming TVs, and the best movie TVs.

Samsung QN90A QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90A QLED is better than the Sony X95J, but if you really care about an accurate movie experience, some people might prefer the Sony. The Samsung has much better black uniformity and better contrast, but the Sony has a better local dimming feature, despite the Mini LED backlight on the Samsung. On the other hand, some people might prefer the Sony for watching HDR movies, as it tracks the EOTF more accurately, and many people prefer the processing on Sony TVs, although this isn't something we test.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X95J is slightly better than the Sony X90J. The X95J has much better reflection handling, better viewing angles, and a better local dimming feature. The X95J is also much brighter, and small highlights stand out better in HDR. The X90J, on the other hand, has better native contrast and better black uniformity, with less cloudiness in dark scenes.

Sony X950H
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95J is a bit of a downgrade from the Sony X950H in some ways. The X95J has a much better local dimming feature, but the X950H has better black uniformity and better contrast. The X95J is a bit better for gaming, though, with two HDMI 2.1 ports, and it's supposed to receive an update for variable refresh rate support later in the year.

Sony A90J OLED
55" 65" 83"

The Sony A90J OLED and the Sony X95J use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses. The A90J uses an OLED panel, which delivers true inky blacks with perfect black uniformity, whereas the X95J uses an LED backlight. The X95J is a lot brighter, but the A90J has better dark room performance, better uniformity, and better viewing angles. The A90J also has a nearly instantaneous response time, so it's a better choice for gamers.

Sony A80J OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A80J OLED and the Sony X95J use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The A80J uses an OLED panel, which delivers true inky blacks with perfect black uniformity, whereas the X95J uses an LED backlight. The X95J is a lot brighter, but the A80J has better dark room performance, better uniformity, and better viewing angles. The A80J also has a nearly instantaneous response time, so it's a better choice for gamers.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED and the Sony X95J use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The LG delivers a much better dark room viewing experience, as it has perfect uniformity with inky blacks. The LG is better for gaming, with a good selection of additional gaming features. On the other hand, some people might prefer the Sony for watching HDR movies, as it's much brighter, and many people prefer the processing on Sony TVs, although this isn't something we can test for at the moment.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95J is slightly better than the Sony X900H. The X95J has better reflection handling, a significantly improved local dimming feature, and better viewing angles. The X900H we tested has better uniformity, but this can vary between units. The X95J is also significantly brighter, especially in HDR, and delivers a more impactful HDR experience.

Hisense U8G
55" 65"

The Hisense U8G is a bit better than the Sony X95J. The Hisense has better contrast and much better black uniformity. The Hisense is also much better for gaming, as it already supports variable refresh rate technology, although this has also been promised for the Sony. On the other hand, the Sony has higher peak brightness, a better local dimming feature, and better viewing angles.

Samsung QN85A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85A QLED and the Sony X95J use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung has better viewing angles and higher peak brightness, so it's a better choice for a bright room or a wide seating area. The Sony looks much better in a dark room, as it has a much better local dimming feature and better contrast.

Sony X950G
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95J is a bit better than the Sony X950G. The X95J has a much better local dimming feature and better viewing angles. It's also a bit better for gaming, as it supports HDMI 2.1 and is supposed to receive an update for variable refresh rate support. The X950G, on the other hand, has better contrast and better black uniformity.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95J is much better than the Sony X85J. The X95J has an excellent full array local dimming feature, whereas the X85J has no local dimming. The X95J also has much better reflection handling, wider viewing angles, and much higher peak brightness. Finally, the X95J is better for gaming, as it supports HDMI 2.1 and is supposed to receive an update for variable refresh rate support.

LG QNED90
65" 75" 86"

The LG QNED90 and the Sony X95J use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The LG uses an IPS panel and is better suited for a bright room with a wide seating area. The Sony's VA panel is better for a dark room, as it has much better contrast, better black uniformity, and a much better local dimming feature.

Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is better than the Sony X95J. The Samsung has better contrast, better reflection handling, and better viewing angles. The Samsung is better for gaming as it already supports many advanced gaming features, including variable refresh rates, but this has been promised for the Sony too. The Sony has a better local dimming feature, and many people prefer Sony's picture processing system, but we don't currently test this.

Sony X900F
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95J is better than the Sony X900F. The X95J has a much better local dimming feature, better viewing angles, and slightly better reflection handling. The X95J is also much better for gaming, as it has significantly lower input lag, it supports HDMI 2.1, and it's supposed to receive an update for variable refresh rate support.

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