Hi, I’m Daniel from RTINGS.com. We’ve now tested all of Sony’s 2018 models, so in this video we’ll go over their lineup and show you how they compare. Note that these are all the models currently available in the USA, however in international markets models are often named differently and some different models may be available.
Even different retailers can sometimes have small variations to prevent price matching. Check out the differences between sizes and variants sections of our reviews to identify popular international models which we expect to be equivalent, or see the description below to identify equivalent models in your region.
We’ll start from the budget models and work our way up. The X750F is Sony’s entry level model of 2018. The design is very similar to the higher end models in the lineup and it has cable management which is something other budget models lack.
It is a decent 4k TV with an IPS panel, which results in blacks that appear gray when viewed in the dark. This comes with improved viewing angles though, so it may be a decent choice for those with wide seating.
It lacks more advanced features like local dimming, which otherwise helps to improve the dark scene performance. While this TV supports the HDR10 format, it can’t really benefit from it as it can’t get very bright or produce more vivid colors.
Unlike previous year’s 7 series, it runs the Android smart platform which works well but feels a bit slow. The step up to the 8 series comes in two different variants with different performance. The X830F has a VA type panel which can produce deep blacks, that may be a good choice for those in a dark room.
The image degrades when viewed at an angle though. The X850F has an IPS type panel similar to the X750F. The X850F has worse dark room performance than the X830F but provides a more accurate image at an angle that may be a better choice for those with wide seating.
It also has better reflection handling, so may be a better choice for those with bright rooms. Both TVs offer a bit brighter image than the X750F which can help to overcome glare. They both also offer a wide color gamut, which is useful for those who plan to watch HDR content.
Unfortunately, neither model supports local dimming, and they also have the same smart platform which can feel quite slow. Moving up, the X900F is a more premium TV with better picture quality. It gets much brighter and also supports a wide color gamut, so is a better choice for those who want to watch HDR content with bright and vivid highlights.
It is also the first model in this lineup to support full-array local dimming, which helps to produce deep and detailed dark scenes. The next step up on the lineup is Sony’s highest end LCD TV of 2018 – the Z9F.
It is a very interesting TV, with unique performance somewhere between IPS-type TVs and VA-type TVs due to Sony’s X-Wide Viewing Angle layer. It is one of the brightest TVs we’ve tested. This is excellent for those in a bright room or those who want the brightest highlights in HDR.
It has improved viewing angles over other VA-type TVs, which is good for those with wide seating. Reflection handling is interesting though, as bright lights diffuse horizontally across the whole screen.
The total amount of reflections is quite low though, which is great for a bright room. Unfortunately, the TV has a low native contrast ratio so blooming can be noticed in the dark despite the local dimming feature.
Platform wise, the TV has a few improvements over the X900F including two additional high bandwidth HDMI ports and a much faster and newer Android platform. Overall, the dark room performance is worse than the Z9D of last year, but this may be because Sony intends for it to be a better bright room TV than their OLED models.
So that’s it for Sony’s LCD models of 2018, but they have also released two OLED TVs. The A8F is an excellent TV. It can produce perfectly deep blacks, which is excellent for those who watch movies in the dark.
The image also remains fairly accurate when viewed at an angle which is great for those with wide seating. While it has excellent reflection handling, it is best suited to a dark or average lit room as it can’t get as bright as high-end LCD TVs.
The sound of the A8F is also better than most TVs and the screen itself actually vibrates to produce some sound. It isn’t as good as dedicated speakers though. On any OLED TV there is also the risk of permanent burn-in, however we don’t expect most people do experience this.
You can check out our video linked below to learn more about this. The A9F is another OLED TV which offers similar overall performance to the A8F, but with a few refinements. It has a fairly unique design, sitting back on a central stand which looks great but causes the whole TV to lean back.
Like the A8F, it offers excellent picture quality when viewed in the dark. It has a bit lower input lag with 1080p signals which is great for gamers, and also has faster smart features with a newer version of the Android platform.
Overall, Sony’s lineup provides quite a range of models to suit most usages. The X750F, X850F, and Z9F are best suited for those who watch at an angle or with bright rooms, with each step up providing better picture quality, more advanced features, and better bright room performance.
For those with dark rooms, the X830F, X900F, A8F and A9F offer incremental performance upgrades depending on your budget. So that’s it! Let us know in the comments below what you go with. You can check out our reviews which are linked below.
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