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Sony XBR-65Z9F (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
  • X-Wide Angle
  • X1™ Ultimate Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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Overview

Sony XBR-65Z9F was introduced in 2018. 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 1700 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-65Z9F 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
84
OTHER FEATURES
88
CONNECTIVITY
96
FORMAT SUPPORT
80
OVERALL
92

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-65Z9F.

PROS
  High Resolution
  High Refresh Rate: 100 Hz/120 Hz
  Direct LED
  Full Array Local Dimming
  High Number of Local Dimming Zones: 104
  X-Wide Angle
  Color Depth
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  HLG
  IMAX Enhanced
  DSEE
  Clear Phase
  DTS Digital Surround
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  Works with Alexa
  HDCP 2.3
CONS
  No HDR10+
  No AMD Freesync™
  No NVidia G-Sync
  No 4K HFR
  No 2K HFR
  No VRR
  No Dolby Atmos
  No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)

Predecessor

A predecessor of 2018 Z9F series is 2016 Z9D series. In this section we show their comparison.

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 predecessor - model XBR-65Z9D. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-65Z9F vs Sony XBR-65Z9D where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

Selected Features

VA Panel

Sony XBR-65Z9F 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 104 zones.

HDR10

Sony XBR-65Z9F 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-65Z9F.

BASICS
BrandSony
SeriesZ9F
ModelXBR-65Z9F
Size65"
CountryUSA
Release Year2018
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
Number of Local Dimming Zones104
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing AngleX-Wide Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
Rec.2020 Color Space Coverage75%
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage95%
Brightness700 nits
Peak Brightness1700 nits
Contrast Ratio3500∶1
Minimum Response Time5 ms
Input Lag12 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 12x XDR Contrast
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture ProcessorX1™ Ultimate
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR
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 Version4.2
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Video & TV SideView (iOS/Android)
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant
Works with Alexa
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0b
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
RAM4 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
Energy EfficiencyA
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)280 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1453 mm x 837 mm x 67 mm
57-1/4" x 33" x 2-3/4"
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1453 mm x 906 mm x 314 mm
57-1/4" x 35-3/4" x 12-3/8"
Stand SizeWidth: 1192 mm (47")
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1565 mm x 984 mm x 196 mm<61.61" x 38.74" x 7.72"
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 Stand28.2 kg (62.2 lbs)
Weight With Stand29.5 kg (65 lbs)
Weight of Package (Gross)38 kg (83.8 lbs)
Warranty1 Year

Successor

The 2018 Z9F series has a successor - 2019 Z9G series. Let us now display the changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Sony KD-85Z9G vs Sony XBR-65Z9F
Higher Resolution 8K UHD (7680 x 4320) vs 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Higher DCI P3 Color Space Coverage 100% vs 95%
High Dynamic Range 8K X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 20x XDR Contrast vs X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO 12x XDR Contrast
4K HFR vs
2K HFR vs
Higher Speaker Poer Rating 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W vs 10 W + 10 W
TV Center Speaker Mode vs
Dolby Atmos vs
HDMI Version 2.1 vs 2.0b
ASF vs
VC-1 vs
VP8 vs

DOWNGRADES Sony KD-85Z9G vs Sony XBR-65Z9F
Sound Processing vs ClearAudio+
Content Bar vs

For this comparison we chose 85" version of the successor - model KD-85Z9G. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-65Z9F vs Sony KD-85Z9G where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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