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Sony XBR-55X900E (USA version)

SCORE:
90
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Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Display
  • HDR10, HLG support
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display
  • X1™ Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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Overview

Sony XBR-55X900E was introduced in 2017. It has a LED screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 Hz/120 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible and can reach 900 nits of peak brightness. It supports HDR10 and HLG. Its powerful X1™ picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-55X900E TV 90 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
91
VIDEO FEATURES
90
AUDIO FEATURES
80
OTHER FEATURES
85
CONNECTIVITY
97
FORMAT SUPPORT
80
OVERALL
90

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-55X900E.

PROS
  High Resolution
  High Refresh Rate: 100 Hz/120 Hz
  Direct LED
  Full Array Local Dimming
  Color Depth
  HDR10
  HLG
  DSEE
  Clear Phase
  DTS Digital Surround
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Works with Alexa
CONS
  Low Number of Local Dimming Zones: 35
  Limited Viewing Angle
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No AMD Freesync™
  No NVidia G-Sync
  No 4K HFR
  No 2K HFR
  No VRR
  No Dolby Atmos
  No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)

Selected Features

VA Panel

Sony XBR-55X900E has a vertical alignment (VA) panel which is most commonly used in LCD TVs as it provides deeper blacks compared to the IPS panel. However, it is still limited with the viewing angle compared to the IPS panel or OLED display.

Full-Array Local Dimming

The TV has Full-Array Local Dimming technology with multiple zones throughout the display. Individual zones of LEDs can light up independently which enhances black levels, shadow details and decreases level of light bleed in dark parts of the image. This gives higher contrast with increased picture quality which is very important for HDR reproduction. Higher number of zones gives better control over local dimming and less blooming around the bright objects and subtitles. This particular model has 35 zones.

HDR10

Sony XBR-55X900E supports HDR10 which was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It is not backward compatible with SDR. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits of brightness and uses 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.

Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for Sony XBR-55X900E.

BASICS
BrandSony
SeriesX900E
ModelXBR-55X900E
Size55"
CountryUSA
Release Year2017
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Display TypeLED
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6" (138.8 cm)
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Panel TypeVA
LED TypeDirect LED
Backlight DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Number of Local Dimming Zones35
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage72%
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage97%
Brightness550 nits
Peak Brightness900 nits
Contrast Ratio5500∶1
Input Lag31 ms
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
HLG
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
High Dynamic RangeX-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 5x XDR Contrast
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorX1™
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR 960
Frame Interpolation Frequency960 Hz
Black Frame Insertion
Filmmaker Mode
Dynamic Backlight Control
X-Reality™ PRO 4K
Dual database processing
Object-based Super Resolution
Live Color™ Tech0logy
Precision Color Mapping
Super bit mapping™ 4K HDR
Contrast Enhancement Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Object-based HDR remaster
Auto Low Latency Mode
AUDIO
Speaker TypeBass Reflex Speaker
Speaker Poer Rating10 W + 10 W
DSEE
Sound ProcessingClearAudio+
Clear Phase
Simulated Surround SoundS-Force Front Surround
TV Center Speaker Mode
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Pulse
Dolby AC-4
DTS Digital Surround
WiSA Ready
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Input
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version4.1
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Screen mirroring (Miracast™)
Video & TV SideView (iOS/Android)
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CEC BRAVIA Sync
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Ports1
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs1 (hybrid with Composite)
Composite Inputs2 (1 via A/V 3.5mm input/1 hybrid with Component)
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote1
DLNA
OTHER
SoCMediaTek MT5891
CPUARM Cortex-A53
CPU Cores4
CPU Frequency1100 MHz
GPUARM Mali-T860 MP2
GPU Cores2
GPU Frequency700 MHz
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB
Operating SystemAndroid
Internet BrowserOpera
Content Bar
Voice Command
Light Sensor
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
Application Store Google Play Store
Teletext
Picture-In-Picture
Closed Captions(Analog) Closed Caption
(Digital) Closed Caption
PVR Function
USB HDD Recording
USB Drive Format SupportFAT16 / FAT32 / exFAT / NTFS
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER
Digital Tuner 1
SAT Tuner
Analog TunerNTSC-M
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC3.58 / NTSC4.43
FM Radio
GENERAL
Power SupplyAC 110 -240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)171 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1228 mm x 707 mm x 60 mm
48-3/8" x 27-7/8" x 2-3/8"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1228 mm x 772 mm x 259 mm
48-3/8" x 30-1/2" x 10-1/4"
Stand SizeWidth: 500 mm (19-3/4")
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1334 mm x 831 mm x 196 mm
52-5/8" x 32-3/4" x 7-3/4"
One Connect Box
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)300 mm x 300 mm
11-7/8" x 11-7/8"
Weight Without Stand16.9 kg (37.3 lbs)
Weight With Stand18.1 kg (39.9 lbs)
Weight of Package (Gross)27 kg (59.5 lbs)
Warranty1 Year

Successor

The 2017 X900E series has a successor - 2018 X900F series. Let us now display the changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony XBR-55X900F vs Sony XBR-55X900E
More Local Dimming Zones 48 vs 35
Higher Brightness 600 nits vs 550 nits
Higher Peak Brightness 1000 nits vs 900 nits
Higher Contrast Ratio 6000∶1 vs 5500∶1
Lower Input Lag 25 ms vs 31 ms
Dolby Vision vs
IMAX Enhanced vs
High Dynamic Range X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 6x XDR Contrast vs X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 5x XDR Contrast
More Powerful Picture Processor X1™ Extreme vs X1™
Dual database processing vs
Precision Color Mapping vs
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant vs
HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-55X900F vs Sony XBR-55X900E
Lower Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage 70% vs 72%
Lower DCI P3 Color Space Coverage 95% vs 97%
Component Inputs vs 1 (hybrid with Composite)
Composite Inputs 1 via A/V 3.5mm input vs 2 (1 via A/V 3.5mm input/1 hybrid with Component)

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the successor - model XBR-55X900F. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55X900E vs Sony XBR-55X900F where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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