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Sony 65″ X900F TV Now $998

Recently a number of high-performance 65 inch TVs have broken the thousand dollar barrier. One of the nicest is the Sony X900F, a 4K HDR TV loaded with all the features you need to have a great experience whether you're watching movies, TV, sports, or playing video games.

TVs are refreshed in a relatively rapid product cycle. When each model approaches the end the of its time in the limelight, the prices are often at their lowest. Right now, you can leverage this phenomenon to get your hands on a tremendous TV, the 65″ Sony X900F, a 2018 AVS Forum “Top Choice” selection that received highly favorable reviews, at a rather appealing price of $998.

The X900F is a FALD 4K HDR TV that supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Pragmatically speaking, that covers all the content out there at this time. Unless you want to be an 8K early adopter, you’ll get everything you need t o enjoy content at extremely high fidelity with this Sony X900F 4K TV.



The X900F does very well in objective testing, according to rtings.com. It scores above the and 8 (out of 10) in all key categories, with notably good performance when it comes to Movies, HDR movies, HDR gaming, and use as a PC monitor. This is thanks to a high native contrast as well as effective local dimming. This TV is problems with very accurate color right out of the box and can be calibrated to near perfection. Furthermore, it also very effective at limiting room reflections. This all adds up to a very satisfying viewing experience.

If you’re looking for stylish TV that is a proven performer but you missed out on Black Friday pricing, the X900F is a great choice at the current price point of $998.

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With so many TV's and options out there, it is hard to know what is the best one to get or how to differentiate between models. I am looking at a 65X950G right now. Can anyone tell me the differences between it and this X900F in simple, easy to understand terms?
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I'm debating between the same two for our rec room. To me the biggest difference seems the lack of Dolby Vision on the 900F. Otherwise... No 'object based super resolution' - I have no idea how important this is.
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I'm debating between the same two for our rec room. To me the biggest difference seems the lack of Dolby Vision on the 900F. Otherwise... No 'object based super resolution' - I have no idea how important this is.
Am I missing something here? In what sense does the X900F not have Dolby Vision? Sony lists it as a top feature for that model, and it worked for me when I reviewed it, plus rtings.com has Dolby Vision in the specs. I'm just curious where this notion that it doesn't have Dolby Vision comes from?
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Am I missing something here? In what sense does the X900F not have Dolby Vision? Sony lists it as a top feature for that model, and it worked for me when I reviewed it, plus rtings.com has Dolby Vision in the specs. I'm just curious where this notion that it doesn't have Dolby Vision comes from?
I got it from the Sony website. Great to know if it does have it.
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I got it from the Sony website. Great to know if it does have it.
Oh, that looks like an error on their part. This is also from the official Sony X900F page:

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I got it from the Sony website. Great to know if it does have it.
The 900f did not have DV when initially released it was added via a firmware upgrade. I'm willing to bet that the chart you showed was auto-generated using the initial specifications.
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I have a Yamaha 5.1 home theater system so the quality of sound from the TV is not important, I don't think. I am also looking at the X950G at about $400 more. What am I getting for the extra money?
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I have a Yamaha 5.1 home theater system so the quality of sound from the TV is not important, I don't think. I am also looking at the X950G at about $400 more. What am I getting for the extra money?

So, NO ONE here can answer this question? We can't be the only two that are wondering.
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So, NO ONE here can answer this question? We can't be the only two that are wondering.
I think an a/b comparison with spec sheets might help but that's an effort. Feeling lazy.
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I think an a/b comparison with spec sheets might help but that's an effort. Feeling lazy.

Yeah, well, I have looked at comparisons on places like rtings, but some of it I just don't really get entirely. I was hoping someone could put the differences in more clear and simply layman terms. I guess I will just go with the old way of thinking "well, it's newer and has a bigger number and one letter more, so it must be better".
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Yeah, well, I have looked at comparisons on places like rtings, but some of it I just don't really get entirely. I was hoping someone could put the differences in more clear and simply layman terms. I guess I will just go with the old way of thinking "well, it's newer and has a bigger number and one letter more, so it must be better".
About 3 months ago Best Buy people were recommending the 65" 950 over comparable Samsung or LG. The price fluctuates from $1400 to $1600- now at 1400. A step up from there is above $2k. I've been a Sony buyer for a long time and if I had $1k for the 900 I would rationlize spending extra for the 950 without even knowing what the difference really is. It's only money.
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So, NO ONE here can answer this question? We can't be the only two that are wondering.
You might try asking in a more appropriate thread, like maybe the "Help me choose an LCD" thread that is stickied to the top of the LCD forum.

Here maybe this might help: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/166-l...cd-thread.html

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With so many TV's and options out there, it is hard to know what is the best one to get or how to differentiate between models. I am looking at a 65X950G right now. Can anyone tell me the differences between it and this X900F in simple, easy to understand terms?
65X950G has Ultimate Processor, and better Dolby Vision operation.

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Can you say more about the motion issues? I wouldn't buy from that Amazon link. Seller is not identified. Legitimate price direct from Sony and Best Buy is $1800. If I understand correctly Sony sets the price and legitimate retailers follow.
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950G has X Wide angle on 75 and 85 inch sizes which provides better off axis viewing but lower contrast. On sizes below 75 inch, the main difference is the 950G is brighter (better for Dolby Vision), has a better processor and should have a smoother android experience. A very small number of people on this forum who are especially sensitive to motion have said Sony took a step back with motion handling for the 950G. For quite a while RTings was saying to get whichever one was cheaper as they are both quite similar according to their ratings.


Is the 950G worth the extra money? That's up to you. For most people I would say no. My theory is the number of people who are satisfied with the 950G who wouldn't be satisfied with the 900F is relatively small. But the 950G is brighter and if you are all about HDR, the G is probably the direction you should go.
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