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Sony X95L TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Sep 14, 2023 at 01:01 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 08, 2023 at 11:41 am
Sony X95L Picture
8.6
Mixed Usage
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8.3
TV Shows
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8.4
Sports
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8.9
Video Games
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8.8
HDR Movies
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8.7
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This TV was replaced by the Sony BRAVIA 9 QLED

The Sony X95L is Sony's flagship 4k TV in 2023. It replaces the Sony X95K from 2022 and sits above the Sony X93L in the U.S. Strangely, it's only available in an 85" size in North America, but there are 65" and 75" models in other regions. It offers impressive 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. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for gamers, 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

8.6 Mixed Usage

The Sony X95L is an amazing TV for pretty much any usage. It's bright enough to overcome tons of glare in a bright room, making it an amazing choice for watching shows or sports during the day. It also has an okay viewing angle, so it's good for a wide seating arrangement. It has impressive gaming features, including low input lag and 4k @ 120Hz support for current-gen console or PC gamers. Its Mini LED backlight delivers one of the highest contrast ratios available, making it an amazing choice for HDR content in a dark room.

Pros
  • Impressive Mini LED local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Superb reflection handling.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
8.3 TV Shows

The Sony X95L is great for watching shows in a bright room. Its high peak brightness and superb reflection handling help it overcome glare in a bright room. It also has an okay viewing angle, so you can walk around with the TV on and still enjoy a consistent image. The built-in Google TV smart interface is easy to use and has a huge selection of apps, so you can easily find your favorite shows. With the hands-free voice control feature, you don't have to worry about finding the remote.

Pros
  • No upscaling issues.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Superb reflection handling.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
8.4 Sports

The Sony X95L is an impressive TV for watching sports. With its high peak brightness and superb reflection handling, you don't have to worry about glare in a bright room. It has an okay viewing angle, so you can comfortably sit a large group of people around the TV without fighting over the best spot. It also has a quick response time, so fast action in sports is clear and easy to make out. It has great gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect in the center of the screen where the action is, and it upscales lower-resolution cable sports channels well.

Pros
  • No upscaling issues.
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Superb reflection handling.
  • Excellent motion handling.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
8.9 Video Games

The Sony X95L is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has incredibly low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and it has a quick response time with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a slew of extra gaming features, including VRR support, and a few PS5-specific features help optimize the picture quality for PS5 gamers. It looks great in a bright room thanks to its high peak brightness and superb reflection handling, but it's also a fantastic choice for gaming in a dark room.

Pros
  • Impressive Mini LED local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming and desktop experience.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
  • Only two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
8.8 HDR Movies

The Sony X95L is an excellent TV for watching movies. Its incredibly high contrast ratio delivers deep, uniform blacks in dark scenes, with almost no blooming around bright highlights. It gets incredibly bright in HDR, so specular highlights stand out well, and HDR content looks vivid and lifelike in general, thanks to its wide color gamut. It's also very good at smoothing out low-quality content, which is especially important if you're watching a lot of movies on streaming services, and it upscales DVDs well.

Pros
  • Impressive Mini LED local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Removes 24p judder from all sources.
  • Displays a wide range of colors.
  • Bright specular highlights stand out incredibly well.
Cons
  • Noticeable stutter in low framerate content.
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
8.9 HDR Gaming

The Sony X95L is an amazing TV for gaming in HDR. It gets incredibly bright and combined with its incredible contrast, bright highlights in games stand out well. It delivers an incredibly smooth gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and quick response time, resulting in very little motion blur behind fast-moving objects. Finally, it supports a wide range of gaming features, including VRR and 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

Pros
  • Impressive Mini LED local dimming helps it display deep blacks.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming and desktop experience.
  • Displays a wide range of colors.
  • Bright specular highlights stand out incredibly well.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
  • Only two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
8.7 PC Monitor

The Sony X95L is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has incredibly low input lag, resulting in a responsive desktop experience, and it has a quick response time, so there's very little motion blur behind fast-moving objects. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has good uniformity and an okay viewing angle, but since it's only available in large sizes, it's important you sit at a comfortable viewing distance; otherwise, the sides of the screen appear non-uniform.

Pros
  • Bright enough to fight glare.
  • Superb reflection handling.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support.
  • Low input lag for a responsive gaming and desktop experience.
Cons
  • Only available in an 85-inch size in North America.
  • Only two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which is also the eARC port.
  • 8.6 Mixed Usage
  • 8.3 TV Shows
  • 8.4 Sports
  • 8.9 Video Games
  • 8.8 HDR Movies
  • 8.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.7 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Nov 08, 2023: Mentioned the newly reviewed Hisense UX in the Compared To Other TVs section of this review.
  2. Updated Sep 27, 2023: We rechecked the HDR Gradient performance of this TV, as it unexpectedly performs worse than other similar models, like the Sony X91J and the Sony X93L. In a side-by-side comparison with those two TVs, the difference is clear; no changes were made to this review.
  3. Updated Sep 14, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Sep 11, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Aug 23, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Aug 10, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Jul 31, 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 85-inch Sony X95L, which is the only size available in North America. It's available in a 65-inch and 75-inch size in other regions, and most of these results are also valid for those sizes. The smaller sizes have lower native contrast and fewer dimming zones, so they don't look as good in a dark room. Sony doesn't provide zone counts for different sizes, so we don't know how different they are.

Size Model Number
65" XR-65X95L
75" XR-75X95L
85" XR-85X95L

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

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony X95L is the absolute best 4k LCD TV on the market in 2023, but it comes at a hefty price premium, especially as it's only available in an 85-inch size in North America. Its Mini LED panel delivers superb contrast, high peak brightness, and exceptional blooming control, and it's a well-rounded TV that performs well no matter how you plan on using it. Its closest competition is the similarly priced Hisense UX, which is also only available in an 85-inch format in North America. The Sony is a bit better overall due to its stability, color accuracy, and superb image processing, although the Hisense is brighter and more colorful.

See our recommendations for the best TVs for watching movies, the best smart TVs, and the best 80-83-85 inch TVs.

Sony X93L/X93CL
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 A95L OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony A95L OLED is much better than the Sony X95L. The A95L delivers a much better dark room experience, with perfect inky blacks and no blooming at all around bright highlights. The A95L also has a much wider viewing angle, so if you're using it in a wide room, you can move around and still enjoy a consistent image from the sides. On the other hand, the X95L is significantly brighter, so if you only ever watch TV in a very bright room, the benefits of the A95L aren't as noticeable, so you can save some money and get the X95L instead.

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

The Sony X95L is better than the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED. The Sony X95L has amazingly deep contrast due to its truly excellent local dimming solution, with less blooming and less noticeable lighting zone transitions than the Samsung. The Sony is also a bit brighter than the Samsung, has much better image processing, and supports DTS audio formats as well as Dolby Vision HDR. One area where the Samsung has a slight edge over the Sony is in its gaming features; the Samsung has four HDMI 2.1 ports, each capable of up to 4k @ 120Hz, while the Sony is limited to two. The Samsung also has lower input lag than the Sony, which will be noticeable for competitive gamers. Finally, the Samsung TV has native support for 1440p, while the Sony instead upscales 1440p signals to 4k, which can cause issues with some devices, like gaming consoles.

Sony X95K
65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95L is better than its predecessor, the Sony X95K. The X95L features a much improved local dimming feature, resulting in deeper blacks, much better black uniformity, and less blooming around bright highlights. The X95L also has better reflection handling, but it's not a significant improvement.

Samsung QN95C QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X95L is better than the Samsung QN95C QLED. Both TVs feature Mini LED local dimming, but even though the Sony TV has fewer dimming zones, Sony's algorithms are better, leading to less blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. The Sony TV also has a wider color gamut, and Sony's image processing is superior, especially when watching low-resolution or low-quality content from streaming services or older physical media like DVDs.

LG G3 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG G3 OLED is better than the Sony X95L for most users. Although the Mini LED backlight on the Sony is getting close to OLED-level contrast, the LG still delivers a better dark-room experience, with better contrast between the deepest blacks and the brightest whites, with no blooming around bright areas. The Sony gets a lot brighter, though, so if you're not in a dark room, the benefits of the LG aren't as apparent, and the Sony is a better choice overall.

Hisense U8/U8K
55" 65" 75" 85" 100"

The Sony X95L and the Hisense U8/U8K deliver similar picture quality overall, but the Sony delivers a much smoother experience, with fewer bugs or glitches and a better user experience. The Sony TV also has much better processing, so upscaled or low-quality content from streaming services looks better.

Samsung S95C OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Samsung S95C OLED and the Sony X95L are both excellent TVs that serve different purposes. The Sony can overcome more glare due to its better SDR peak brightness, so it’s the better option for a bright room on a sunny afternoon. The Samsung is a great choice for a dark room due to its better contrast with no blooming around highlights, it has a wider color gamut for more vibrant and lifelike colors, and its wider viewing angle makes it the better option for watching TV as a group. The Samsung is also better for gamers due to its faster response time and 4k @ 144Hz support.

Hisense UX
85"

The Sony X95L and the Hisense UX are two extremely high-end TVs, with the Sony being a bit better overall. The Sony is the more accurate TV of the two, not requiring to be calibrated to look its best. It also has better image processing than the Hisense, especially regarding HDR gradient handling. Finally, the Sony is more predictable, with fewer quirks than the Hisense. Still, the Hisense is significantly brighter, with better local dimming, and is the slightly more colorful TV, so it certainly pops more when both TVs are side-by-side.

Sony A95K OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A95K OLED is much better than the Sony X95L. The A95K delivers a much better dark room experience, with perfect inky blacks and no blooming whatsoever around bright highlights. The A95K also has a much wider viewing angle, so if you're using it in a big room, you can move around and still enjoy a consistent image from the sides. The X95L is significantly brighter, so if you only ever watch TV in a very bright room, the benefits of the A95K aren't as noticeable, so you can save some money and get the X95L instead.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X95L has a very premium design that looks great in any setting.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The Sony X95L has metal feet that hold the TV very well, and there are multiple mounting positions depending on your needs. Along with the narrow position shown, the feet can be attached in a wide position (shown here) for better stability. The wide position also has a raised soundbar position (shown here) that lifts the screen so your soundbar doesn't block it.

Footprint of the 85-inch model:

  • Narrow position (pictured above): 29.8" x 17.7"
  • Wide Low Position: 74" x 17.7"

The height of the screen varies depending on where you mount the feet:

  • Narrow position: 1.9"
  • Wide low position: 1.3"
  • Wide high position: 3.8"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x400

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 you can attach to the back to hide the inputs and for basic cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.31" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.17" (5.5 cm)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony X95L has excellent build quality. Although it's mostly made of plastic, the stand is made of metal and there's a metal border around the screen that feels nice. There's some flex in the back panel, but this is common and won't cause any issues. The stand also wobbles easily, especially in the narrow position, but that's not surprising for a TV this size.

Picture Quality
9.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
202,000 : 1
Native Contrast
4,994 : 1

The Sony X95L has exceptional contrast. The native contrast of the 85-inch panel is very high despite the X-Wide Angle tech that usually reduces it. The Mini LED local dimming feature is also extremely effective at improving contrast and the dynamic range of the display, so bright highlights stand out well even very close to the deepest blacks.

8.5
Picture Quality
Blooming

The blooming control on this TV is amazing. The high zone count allows for very fine control of lighting zones, so light doesn't bleed across more zones than necessary. Bright highlights aren't sharp, either, and it looks amazing overall.

7.5
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
864

The zone algorithms do a good job of keeping up with fast objects. Thanks to the relatively small size of each zone, there's very little flicker as bright highlights move across zones. The algorithms can't always keep up, so there's some haloing behind bright objects, and the leading edge is a bit slow to turn on.

9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

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

9.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
889 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
553 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
359 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,478 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,717 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,784 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,090 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
735 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,376 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,651 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,729 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,080 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
729 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.045

The peak brightness in HDR is fantastic. Bright specular highlights stand out incredibly well, even if they cover most of the screen. It's a bit brighter than the lower-end Sony X93L, especially when displaying small, bright lights like the Hallway scene.

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

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
872 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
525 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
360 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,520 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,802 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,627 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,010 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
766 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,395 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,748 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,588 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,004 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
761 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.043

Most scenes are slightly dimmer when you switch to the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode, but it's not a noticeable difference.

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

8.7
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0087
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0086
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0086

Like most Sony TVs, the Sony X95L has excellent PQ EOTF tracking. Most content is slightly too dark, but the difference is minor.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
936 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,510 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,600 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,644 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
1,098 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
760 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,404 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,540 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,599 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
1,091 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
756 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.039

The peak brightness in SDR is fantastic. It's bright enough to easily overcome glare even in a room with lots of windows or bright lights. There's some variation in brightness with different scenes, but unless you're running the TV at max brightness in SDR, it's not noticeable.

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

8.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
96.32%
DCI P3 uv
96.63%
Rec 2020 xy
74.06%
Rec 2020 uv
80.68%

The Sony X95L has an excellent HDR color gamut, and it displays nearly the entire DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content. The tone mapping is excellent, but in Rec. 2020, especially pure greens and blues are a bit off.

8.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
90.1%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
45.7%
White Luminance
1,273 cd/m²
Red Luminance
225 cd/m²
Green Luminance
781 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
62 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
878 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
294 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
1,154 cd/m²

This TV's color volume is amazing. Colors are bright and vibrant, and dark saturated colors are displayed well thanks to its extremely high contrast ratio.

8.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.83
Color dE
2.16
Gamma
2.25
Color Temperature
6,056 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

With a few quick settings changes out of the box, this TV has impressive accuracy. The white balance is good, with no noticeable issues, and gamma is close to the 2.2 target. Saturated blues are a bit off, but there are no other noticeable issues with colors, although the overall color temperature is a bit warm.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.54
Color dE
1.31
Gamma
2.17
Color Temperature
6,515 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The Sony X95L is easy to calibrate, and the results after calibration are fantastic. Blues are still off and are difficult to calibrate, but everything else looks great. The color temperature is very close to the target, and the white balance is nearly perfect. Very bright scenes are a bit too bright, but it's not noticeable.

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

8.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.331%
50% DSE
0.172%
5% Std. Dev.
0.635%
5% DSE
0.110%

The Sony X95L has great gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect in the center and just a touch of vignetting in the corners. Dark scenes look even better, with almost no noticeable issues.

9.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
0.211%
Native Std. Dev.
0.750%

The black uniformity on this TV is superb. The screen is a bit cloudy and patchy with local dimming disabled, but once you enable it, dark scenes look fantastic. There's no cloudiness to the screen or backlight bleed at all.

6.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
26°
Color Shift
25°
Brightness Loss
45°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
20°

The Sony X95L has an okay viewing angle. The image fades and looks a bit washed out at a moderate angle, and blues fade, giving the screen a slightly yellow tint. It's better than most VA panels, though, thanks to the inclusion of Sony's X-Wide Angle technology.

9.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.9%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.1%

This TV has superb reflection handling. The glossy coating significantly reduces the intensity of bright lights, with minimal haloing. There's some rainbow smear, but you can always increase the screen's brightness to hide them.

7.5
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
4.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
10
50% Blue to 100% Blue
6.0

The Sony X95L has good gradient handling in HDR. There's some noticeable banding in dark shades of green, but it's still good overall.

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

The Sony X95L has great low-quality content processing. It's very effective at smoothing out macro-blocking and pixelization when streaming content, with very little loss of fine details.

9.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Sony X95L has superb sharpness processing and upscaling overall. Fine details in low-resolution content are upscaled well, and text is clear and easy to read.

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
8.6
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.6 ms
100% Response Time
9.1 ms

The Sony X95L has an excellent response time, and there's very little motion blur behind fast-moving objects. There's significant overshoot when coming out of dark shades, which causes some noticeable inverse ghosting, especially in shadow details, but it's not very noticeable with most content.

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
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

There's an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which can be enabled to improve the appearance of motion. Unlike the Sony X93L, it can flicker at both 60 and 120Hz, so the flicker matches the refresh rate the TV is running at, eliminating most image duplication at 60Hz. The flicker timing is a bit off at 120Hz, though, resulting in noticeable image crosstalk.

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, but it's not very good overall. There are significant artifacts in any moving content, and it struggles even in slow panning shots.

6.6
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
32.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
7.6 ms

Due to this TV's relatively fast response time, there's noticeable stutter in movie and TV content. 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 Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR + Local Dimming Yes

The Sony X95L 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
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
19.6 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
162.8 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
10.4 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
18.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
18.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
18.3 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
146.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
139.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
10.8 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The Sony X95L has superb low input lag in either the 'Game' or 'Graphics' Picture Mode, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It's slightly higher than competing models like the LG G3 OLED but still low enough for casual 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, essential for clear text when using it as a PC monitor. HDMI ports 1 and 2 are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth and 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. As part of Sony's 'Perfect for PS5' lineup, it supports a few 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 X95L 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 also the 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.

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 X95L supports eARC, allowing 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
6.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.01 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.01 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.94 dB
Max
86.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.28 dB

The Sony X95L's frequency response is just okay. Like most TVs, there's very little bass, but the frequency response is okay above the low-frequency extension (LFE), and dialogue is clear. It can't get very loud, though, and there's a lot of compression at max volume.

6.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.930
Weighted THD @ Max
0.928
IMD @ 80
1.90%
IMD @ Max
8.56%

The distortion performance of this TV is mediocre. There's noticeable distortion at moderate volume levels, but it doesn't increase much at max volume, mainly since it can't get very loud.

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 X95L has the same Google TV smart platform as past Sony models, like its predecessor, the Sony X95K.

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 a 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 and 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, 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 91 W
Power Consumption (Max) 273 W
Firmware PKG6.7073.0807NAA