Sony is a great brand when it comes to TVs, but which is the better option between the X900F vs X950G? It’s hard to know without testing the units for yourself, so our experts have done the hard part for you and assessed both TVs for this in-depth review.
X900F or X950G
Features of X900F and X950G
X950G vs X900F: Object-Based Resolution
A proprietary feature from Sony, Object-based Super Resolution technology works by identifying different objects on-screen and enhancing their resolution individually. As such, you’re able to get great detail from single elements instead of the picture as a whole.
Unfortunately, only the X950G has the Object-Based Super Resolution feature. This technology is absent in the X900F, and the difference shows in our tests. The Sony 950F was able to generate highly accurate and detailed images compared to the 900F, making movies and games have a more vivid representation.
However, both TVs do have 4K X-Reality Pro and Dual Database Processing. As for the X900F, it still provides great clarity. The lack of the object-based resolution feature may not be a problem with some users, so if you’re on a budget, it’s still a great choice.
But objectively, this round is won by the Sony X950G due to its resolution technology.
Picture Engine & Processor
The processor of the X950G is also of a higher caliber than the X900F. To be more specific, the X950G has the 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate while the X900F is equipped with the 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme.
The difference can be seen in relation to the Object-Based Resolution technology we previously discussed, since this feature is the new addition to the HDR X1 Ultimate processor. In our Sony 950G reviews, the pictures are more precise, and the contrast is more evident as well.
However, the X900F’s 4K HDR X1 Extreme is a decent processor on its own. The images are clear and the color is excellent, and any normal user will find it enough for most purposes. It’s just that compared to the HDR X1 Ultimate, the HDR X1 Extreme has its shortcomings.
Overall, with higher clarity and detail, we find that the HDR X1 Ultimate on the X950G can deliver a more enjoyable viewing experience than the X900F.
Having a wider viewing angle makes watching movies and TV shows more immersive. Sony has picked up on this and has equipped the Sony X950G with X-Wide Angle tech. This applies only to the 75-inch and 85-inch models, though, which is understandable.
With X-Wide Angle, you can get an accurate view of the screen even when you’re watching from the side. This is useful if you have movie nights with family and friends. Due to the wider viewing angle, everyone can clearly see the picture even if they’re sitting on the side of the couch.
There is a slight downside to this, however. While the X-Wide Angle technology does improve the coverage of a VA panel, it also reduces the native contrast ratio. But for the average viewer, this might not be a big deal. We’ll further discuss the contrast ratio later.
For the sake of this comparison, the X950G still wins against the X900F since the wide-angle feature isn’t available in the latter. The only catch is that smaller models such as the XBR65X950G don’t have this, so you do need to buy the bigger screen sizes to get the X-Wide Angle.
Speaker Systems of X950G & X900F
Of course, visuals are nothing without good sound. In our tests, both the X900F and the X950G deliver great audio, but their speaker systems’ difference produces a noticeable discrepancy.
While both TVs have a 20W speaker power output, the type of speaker they use is different. The Sony X950G has an Acoustic Multi-Audio speaker system, while a Bass Reflex Speaker powers the X900F.
From that alone, it’s evident that the X950G can produce a more immersive and well-detailed sound. Plus, this TV is compatible with Dolby Atmos as well, which again, is absent in the 900F.
In addition to that, the Sony X950G has two sound-positioning tweeters at the back of the TV. This further improves the sound quality in any type of content, especially in the high-frequency range.
With that in mind, you will get a more immersive sound experience with the X950G. Our experts’ tests reflect a well-balanced audio performance, which completes the overall viewing experience too.
X950G vs X900F: Brightness and Color Performance
When it comes to brightness, the Sony X950G is the more solid performer between the two. The peak brightness of the X950G is higher, but the local dimming can still vary depending on what’s onscreen and the window size as well.
However, that doesn’t mean that the X900F sucks despite its local dimming being darker. In fact, it has a better contrast ratio, especially when compared to the 75-inch and 85-inch models of the Sony X950G.
With a higher contrast ratio, the TV can produce blacker blacks. The picture quality would also be better in a dark room. Both models have a good performance in dark rooms, but they’re only the same compared to smaller screen sizes like the XBR65X950G.
We mentioned that the 75-inch and 85-inch models of the Sony X950G have the X-Wide angle technology, and this makes the contrast ratio of Sony X950G vs X900F lower. As such, the blacks won’t be as deep.
Still, it’s important to note that their local dimming features boost the contrast ratio nicely. In our tests, the two models are pretty similar, although the local dimming performance might not wholly eradicate some blooming.
Nevertheless, compared to TVs with an edge-lit backlight, the local dimming of either Sony model is much better.
Meanwhile, when it comes to color reproduction, both Sony TVs have TriLuminos display support. However, we find that the color gamut of the Sony X950G lacks compared to the Sony X900F, despite being the newer model between the two.
This is mainly due to the panel variance, but both models are still great for Dolby Vision and HDR content — which we’ll discuss more later.
The color volume on both models is good, but we find the Sony X900F better in this aspect. The difference might not be too distinct for the average viewer, though, since both units can deliver a wide color gamut at its full brightness range.
When it comes to the color gradient, both TVs can deliver a smooth 10-bit color. There are some flaws in colors such as gray and dark green, but overall, there is no visible color banding on either model and the colors are produced well.
Going back to our comparison, the Sony X900F wins this round due to its high contrast ratio and better color volume — making it perform better with HDR images .
The remote control in both models has pretty much the same functionalities, including the volume button, navigation button, common button, buttons for Netflix and Google Play, and the Google Voice Assistant Button.
Their difference lies in the design, with the Sony X900F having a larger remote and tactile rubber buttons. In comparison, the X950G’s remote is sleeker. It also has a metallic look, which is a better fit for such a modern TV.
Nevertheless, both devices are equipped with Sony’s Voice Remote. Voice navigation is possible via the built-in microphone, and you can also link both remotes to the TV by using Bluetooth.
In relation to control, both the Sony X900F and the Sony X950G also have 4 HDMI ports. They also support HDCP 2.3, CEC, and HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth as well.
Circling back to our remote comparison, we tip our hats to the X950G because of its design.
Better Motion Handling: X950G or X900F?
Motion handling refers to how smooth the TV can manage fast-paced pictures. In our X900F and Sony X950G review, both are capable of handling motion blur nicely. Truth be told, their performances are almost similar to each other due to their superb pixel response time.
If there are fast-moving objects on the screen, like cars racing, for instance, the slight ghosting trail is barely noticeable. Visible blurs are likely caused by 60fps persistence, but there’s an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) to solve that as well.
Unfortunately, the BFI mode can make the backlight flicker at 120 Hz despite reducing the blur due to the 60 fps persistence. Then again, this BFI is still optional, so the decision is up to you depending on what setting you’re comfortable with.
On the other hand, the native refresh rate on the two models is at 120 Hz. This refresh rate allows them to interpolate content with a lower frame rate and a higher frame rate nicely.
Overall, regardless of the frame rate of the content, the 120Hz refresh rate makes the viewing experience smoother. Whether you’re watching 24p Blu-Ray movies, 24p satellite box movies, or 60p signal movies from Netflix, both the X950G and the X900F have excellent motion handling.
The ability to deliver high dynamic range (HDR) content is a must for modern TVs, and fortunately, these two Sony models provide an excellent HDR experience.
It has been mentioned that these TVs have a wide color gamut and a superb contrast ratio. With this, high dynamic range images are more accurate and detailed compared to lower-end TVs. The blacks are also deep, making the shadows pop more as well.
The peak brightness on both units is also good, although we must say that the Sony X900F is at a slight disadvantage since its peak is less than 1000 nits. Essentially, that means that high dynamic range images don’t appear as bright as intended.
In comparison, the Sony X950G reaches a peak brightness that’s higher than 1000 nits, making the highlights shine through. To make the long story short, the shadows are darker in the Sony X900F, but the highlights are brighter with the X950G.
In terms of color reproduction, both models cover more than 93% of DCI P3 color space. This allows HDR content to be displayed accurately as well. And to reiterate a previous point, both TVs also produce an excellent color gradient. This further improves the detail and smoothness you get in high dynamic range images as well.
Smart TV Experience between X950G & X900F
Another similarity between the Sony X950G and the Sony X900F is that they both run on the Android TV platform. However, being the older model, the X900F runs on Android 7.0 Nougat while the newer X950G runs Android 8.0 Oreo — but more on this in a bit.
If you’re not new to the smart TV scene, you’ll know that Android TV remains one of the best platforms out there. This is primarily because of apps like YouTube, Web Browser, Amazon Videos, and Netflix. There’s a whole array of pre-installed apps, but these are the most common ones.
Additionally, you can access thousands of games, apps, and other content from the Google Play Store. With the Android TV platform, you can download these content to your TV as well, so you can get the most out of it other than watching movies and shows.
Other than that, Android TV also has Google Voice Assistant support. As such, you can control and change your Sony TV settings with a single voice command or a series of instructions.
Now, let’s go back to the difference in Android versions between the X950G and the X900F. Compared to the older Nougat in the Sony X900F, Android 8.0 Oreo provides a smoother operation in our experience. It’s more user-friendly as well, so beginners wouldn’t have a hard time navigating this Android TV platform. And of course, Android 8 is faster, too.
However, our experts agree that Android TV may still not be the easiest platform to use out there. Still, just comparing to its previous versions, the Android 8.0 has a much friendlier interface.
Generally speaking, the Android 8.0 has a faster, smoother, and more consistent performance compared to the Android 7.0. This makes the Sony X950G the winner in terms of the smart TV experience.
Price Difference between X900F & X950G
In most products we buy, whether online or in person, we always look at the price. TVs are no exception, especially since they don’t exactly come with a cheap price tag.
At this point, you’ve probably already guessed that the Sony X950G is more expensive than the X900F. It’s the newer model with upgraded features, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
If you’re on a budget, however, the X900F is a good smart TV option in itself. It might not have the 4K HDR X1 Ultimate processor or the best peak brightness, but it still provides excellent HDR content, superb Dolby Vision capability, and similar functions.
So, if you want the unit with a lower price offer, go with the Sony X900F.
X900F vs X950G: Overall Performance
To sum things up, we’ve compared the overall performance of the Sony X900F vs X950G depending on the content you’re watching.
For Watching Sports
Sports would generally have fast-paced moments, which means the TV must have good motion handling. As we’ve discussed, the motion handling on both TVs is equally superior compared to other models, so either TV is an ideal choice for smooth fast-moving pictures.
We must also take into consideration the environment when we’re watching sports. Usually, this type of content is watched in a bright room, together with family and friends. Peak brightness is a factor in this.
With a higher peak brightness, the X950G would be able to handle the glare in a bright room. And if you decide to buy the larger smart TV models (not the XBR65X950G and smaller), you will also enjoy a wider viewing angle — perfect if you’re watching sports with a lot of friends.
Overall, since the Sony X950G is brighter and has a wide angle, we deem it as the ideal choice in this case.
For Watching Movies
Contrary to how we watch sports content, movies are preferably watching in dark rooms. A good contrast ratio is needed in this regard. Of course, while both Sony TVs have good contrast, local dimming performance, HDR support, and motion handling, we prefer the Sony X900F because it can produce deeper blacks.
That being said, the black uniformity in the Sony X950G is actually a bit better. However, because the black colors in the Sony X900F are blacker, the shadows in movies have more depth.
When it comes to gaming, the performance of the Sony X900F and X950G are on par with each other. The colors are great and the picture quality is excellent.
However, we found that the input lags on the X950G are slightly lower. In reality, though, the difference isn’t that noticeable when you’re playing 4K games.
If you’re going to play 1080p games, on the other hand, the difference is more distinct. With the low input lag in the X950G, 1080p games are more responsive compared to the X900F.
We played 1080p games on the Sony X900F and the lag was evident in fast-paced games. The input lags are quite upsetting. But if you’re just playing casual 1080p games on the X900F, you’ll find the performance pretty decent.
Is Sony X950G better than X900F?
Yes, the Sony X950G is better than X900F. It has a better processor, Object-Based Resolution, higher peak brightness, more reliable motion handling, higher-quality speakers, and a wider viewing angle in its 75 and 85-inch models.
Overall Winner: Sony X950G
The Sony X950G vs X900F brings more improvements to the table.
The X950G offers 4K HDR X1 Ultimate processor, Object-Based Super Resolution technology, X-Wide Viewing Angle in larger screen models, better local dimming, a higher peak brightness, low input lags, and superb HDR quality content.