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Sony XBR-65Z9D (USA version)

SCORE:
91
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Highlights

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

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Content

Overview

Sony XBR-65Z9D was introduced in 2016. 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 1800 nits of peak brightness. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Its powerful X1™ Extreme picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-65Z9D TV 91 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
92
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
80
OTHER FEATURES
85
CONNECTIVITY
97
FORMAT SUPPORT
80
OVERALL
91

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-65Z9D.

PROS
  High Resolution
  High Refresh Rate: 100 Hz/120 Hz
  Direct LED
  Full Array Local Dimming
  High Number of Local Dimming Zones: 646
  Color Depth
  3D Capable
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  HLG
  DSEE
  Clear Phase
  DTS Digital Surround
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Works with Alexa
CONS
  Limited Viewing Angle
  No HDR10+
  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-65Z9D 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 646 zones.

HDR10

Sony XBR-65Z9D 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-65Z9D.

BASICS
BrandSony
SeriesZ9D
ModelXBR-65Z9D
Size65"
CountryUSA
Release Year2016
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Display TypeLED
Actual Size (Diagonal)64.5" (163.9 cm)
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Panel TypeVA
LED TypeDirect LED
Backlight DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Backlight NameBacklight Master Drive™
Number of Local Dimming Zones646
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage66%
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage96%
Brightness650 nits
Peak Brightness1800 nits
Contrast Ratio3500∶1
Input Lag40 ms
VIDEO
3D Capability Active
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision IQ
HLG
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
High Dynamic RangeX-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 16x XDR Contrast
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorX1™ Extreme
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR 1440
Frame Interpolation Frequency1440 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
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 Frequency700 MHz
RAM2 GB
Storage16 GB
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat
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
Energy EfficiencyB
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)322 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1462 mm x 847 mm x 78 mm
57-5/8" x 33-3/8" x 3-1/8"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1462 mm x 920 mm x 268 mm
57-5/8" x 36-1/4" x 10-5/8"
Stand SizeWidth: 437 mm / 17.25"
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1700 mm x 970 mm x 237 mm
67" x 38.25" x 9.38"
One Connect Box
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)400 mm x 300 mm
15-3/4" x 11-7/8"
Weight Without Stand32.0 kg (70.5 lbs)
Weight With Stand35.7 kg (78.7 lbs)
Weight of Package (Gross)47 kg (103.6 lbs)
Warranty1 Year
ACCESSORIES
Optional AccessoriesWireless Subwoofer: SWF-BR100
3D Glasses: TDG-BT500A

Successor

The 2016 Z9D series has a successor - 2018 Z9F series. Let us now display the changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony XBR-65Z9F vs Sony XBR-65Z9D
Viewing Angle X-Wide Angle vs
Higher Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage 75% vs 66%
Higher Brightness 700 nits vs 650 nits
Lower Input Lag 12 ms vs 40 ms
IMAX Enhanced vs
Object-based Super Resolution vs
Dolby AC-4 vs
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 vs 4.1
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC vs
HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
More RAM 4 GB vs 2 GB
Higher Energy Efficiency Class A vs B

DOWNGRADES Sony XBR-65Z9F vs Sony XBR-65Z9D
Less Local Dimming Zones 104 vs 646
Lower DCI P3 Color Space Coverage 95% vs 96%
Lower Peak Brightness 1700 nits vs 1800 nits
3D Capability vs Active
High Dynamic Range X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 12x XDR Contrast vs X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 16x XDR Contrast
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 65" version of the successor - model XBR-65Z9F. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-65Z9D vs Sony XBR-65Z9F where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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