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Sony XBR-55X950G (USA version)

SCORE:
92
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Highlights

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

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Content

Overview

Sony XBR-55X950G was introduced in 2019. 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 1200 nits of peak brightness. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and IMAX Enhanced. Its powerful X1™ Ultimate picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-55X950G TV 92 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
93
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
85
OTHER FEATURES
83
CONNECTIVITY
96
FORMAT SUPPORT
80
OVERALL
92

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-55X950G.

PROS
  High Resolution
  High Refresh Rate: 100 Hz/120 Hz
  Direct LED
  Full Array Local Dimming
  Color Depth
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  HLG
  IMAX Enhanced
  2K HFR
  DSEE
  Clear Phase
  Dolby Atmos
  DTS Digital Surround
  Wi-Fi
  Wi-Fi Direct
  Bluetooth
  Works with Alexa
  New HDMI 2.1
  HDCP 2.3
CONS
  Limited Viewing Angle
  No HDR10+
  No AMD Freesync™
  No NVidia G-Sync
  No 4K HFR
  No VRR
  No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)

Predecessor

An indirect predecessor of 2019 X950G series can be considered a 2017 X930 series. In this section we show their comparison.

UPGRADES Sony XBR-55X950G vs Sony XBR-55X930E
LED Type Direct LED vs Edge LED (Slim Backlight Drive+)
Backlight Dimming Full Array Local Dimming vs Local Dimming
Higher Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage 70% vs 69%
Lower Input Lag 20 ms vs 26 ms
IMAX Enhanced vs
2K HFR vs
Object-based Super Resolution vs
Dolby Atmos vs
Dolby AC-4 vs
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 vs 4.1
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant vs
HDMI Version 2.1 vs 2.0
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC vs
HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-55X950G vs Sony XBR-55X930E
Lower Brightness 600 nits vs 750 nits
Lower Peak Brightness 1200 nits vs 1500 nits
Lower Contrast Ratio 5000∶1 vs 6000∶1
Loer Speaker Poer Rating 10 W + 10 W vs 5 W + 5 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W
Sound Processing vs ClearAudio+
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)
Content Bar vs
ASF vs
VC-1 vs
VP8 vs

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the predecessor - model XBR-55X930E. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55X950G vs Sony XBR-55X930E where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

Selected Features

VA Panel

Sony XBR-55X950G 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.

HDR10

Sony XBR-55X950G 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.

Dolby Vision

This TV also supports Dolby Vision which is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.

Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for Sony XBR-55X950G.

BASICS
BrandSony
SeriesX950G
ModelXBR-55X950G
Size55"
CountryUSA
Release Year2019
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
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage70%
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage95%
Brightness600 nits
Peak Brightness1200 nits
Contrast Ratio5000∶1
Minimum Response Time5 ms
Input Lag20 ms
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision IQ
HLG
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
High Dynamic RangeX-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorX1™ Ultimate
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR
Black Frame Insertion
Filmmaker Mode
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 Channels2
Speaker TypeFull Range Bass Reflex x2 + Tweeter x2
Speaker Poer Rating10 W + 10 W
DSEE
Sound Processing
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 Direct
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi Protocol802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version4.2
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Video & TV SideView (iOS/Android)
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.1
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI-CEC BRAVIA Sync
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Ports1
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) Inputs
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm input
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
DLNA
OTHER
SoCMediaTek MT5893
CPUARM Cortex-A73
CPU Cores4
CPU Frequency1500 MHz
GPUARM Mali-G71
RAM3 GB
Storage16 GB
Operating SystemAndroid
Internet BrowserVewd
Content Bar
Voice Command
Light Sensor
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
Application Store Google Play Store
Teletext
Auto Calibration with CalMAN
Picture-In-Picture
Closed Captions(Analog) Closed Caption
(Digital) Closed Caption
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 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)235 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)48 3/8 x 28 x 2 3/4"
1228x709x69 mm
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)48 3/8 x 30 5/8 x 10 7/8"
1228x776x274 mm
Stand SizeWidth: 40 1/8" (1018 mm)
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)52 5/8 x 32 3/4 x 7 1/2
1334 x 831 x 190 mm
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 Stand39.7 lbs (18 kg)
Weight With Stand42.1 lbs (19.1 kg)
Weight of Package (Gross)26 kg (57.3 lbs)
Warranty1 Year
ACCESSORIES
RemoteRMF-TX600U

Successor

The 2019 X950G series has a successor - 2020 X950H series. Let us now display the changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony XBR-55X950H vs Sony XBR-55X950G
Viewing Angle X-Wide Angle vs
4K HFR vs
VRR vs
Auto Low Latency Mode vs
More Speaker Channels 2.2 vs 2
Higher Speaker Poer Rating 10 W + 10 W + 5 W + 5 W vs 10 W + 10 W

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-55X950H vs Sony XBR-55X950G
Lower Brightness 550 nits vs 600 nits
Lower Peak Brightness 1000 nits vs 1200 nits
Lower Contrast Ratio 3000∶1 vs 5000∶1
2K HFR vs
Older Bluetooth Version 4.2 vs 4.2
Less USB Inputs 2 vs 3

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the successor - model XBR-55X950H. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55X950G vs Sony XBR-55X950H where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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