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Sony X90K TV Review

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The Sony X90K TV provides deep blacks, high brightness, vivid colors, and smooth motion. It’s a worthy mid-range option, great for casual movie viewing. It performs well for the price, though it has potential issues like blooming and reflections.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2022, the Sony X90K TV was one of the best TVs in Sony’s line of 4k LED TVs. From a marker perspective, it was an upper-midrange TV, as it sports an effective mini LED backlight that delivers quality brightness and a good contrast ratio, especially with its full-array local dimming.

Overall, it offers many features commonly found among the best 4k TVs. The TV operates on Sony’s Google Smart TV OS, which offers a wide range of games and streaming services. It also comes with an effective, built-in Google Voice assistant, which is accessible via remote and the simple and intuitive.

For gaming, the TV has 1080 VRR and two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, along with 9.3 input lag. It has great build quality and is made of sturdy plastic. It also has an additional two HDMI 2.0 inputs and two for USB.

Consensus

our Verdict

The value-centric Sony X90K TV provides impressive visual quality, deep blacks, a bright display, and plenty of gaming features, making it great for casual viewing, HDR, and gaming.

SDR peak brightness of 579 cd/m² and boasts an excellent contrast ratio of 34,557: 1 for deep blacks, enhancing both movie and sports experiences. It also has a wide 95.08% color gamut, with vivid colors.

This TV also boasts the Google TV smart platform. Gamers will appreciate the quick 3.5 ms response time, low 9.3 ms input lag, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but it lacks FreeSync.

However, the TV’s narrow 12° viewing angle and reflective anti-glare coating present challenges in wide seating areas. It excels in handling motion and peak brightness but has occasional blooming around bright objects and some inverse ghosting in fast-moving dark scenes.

The remote has a great built-in voice function for easy commands.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great picture quality
  • Superb motion handling
  • Fast refresh rate

Reason to Avoid

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Succumbs to slight blooming

Sony X90K TV Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeFull-Array
Display TypeLCD
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI TypeHDMI TypeHDMI 2.1
HDR FormatDolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
HomeKit CompatibleHomeKit CompatibleYes
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels7.1
Panel TypePanel TypeLED
Refresh Rate120 Hz
Screen size55", 65", 75", 85"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformGoogle TV
Speaker OutputSpeaker Output10W + 10W + 5W + 5W
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyNo
VRRVRRNo

All Specs

Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)92.615
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)95.08
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)71.88
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)79.75
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)98.93
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)34,557
SDR Brightness (nits)705
HDR Brightness (nits)915
Input Lag (ms)16.2
Response Time (ms)11.9
Color Washout (Degrees)27
Color Shift (Degrees)40
Brightness Loss (Degrees)35
Reflections (%)5.6
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)84.76
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db2.71
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db2.96
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.043
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.36
EOTF (600 nit delta)0.0065
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0.0067
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0.0065

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Market Context

Released in 2022, the Sony X90K TV was one of the best TVs in Sony’s line of 4k LED TVs. From a marker perspective, it…

Released in 2022, the Sony X90K TV was one of the best TVs in Sony’s line of 4k LED TVs. From a marker perspective, it was an upper-midrange TV, as it sports an effective mini LED backlight that delivers quality brightness and a good contrast ratio, especially with its full-array local dimming.

Overall, it offers many features commonly found among the best 4k TVs. The TV operates on Sony’s Google Smart TV OS, which offers a wide range of games and streaming services. It also comes with an effective, built-in Google Voice assistant, which is accessible via remote and the simple and intuitive.

For gaming, the TV has 1080 VRR and two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, along with 9.3 input lag. It has great build quality and is made of sturdy plastic. It also has an additional two HDMI 2.0 inputs and two for USB.

The Sony X85K is the model right below the Sony X90K. The main difference is that the X90K includes a local dimming feature and a…

The Sony X85K is the model right below the Sony X90K. The main difference is that the X90K includes a local dimming feature and a far greater contrast ratio, which creates deeper blacks and more vibrant brights. Overall, it’s a feature that makes the most difference when watching HDR content. The X90K also has a superior processor, which enhances speed performance, and includes a center speaker input. However, the X85K does have a better pre-calibration color gamut, which is about the only advantage there is other than the price. We also have a great Sony X80K review, which is the model right before the X85K.

The Samsung QN90B outshines the Sony X90K in almost all aspects. The Samsung TV is both brighter and displays deeper blacks. It also has a…

The Samsung QN90B outshines the Sony X90K in almost all aspects. The Samsung TV is both brighter and displays deeper blacks. It also has a superior local dimming feature. In short, you’ll get better quality both in dark and bright rooms with the QN90B. Gamers will also be drawn to the Samsung, as it has additional features, like VRR support and FreeSync. However, the Sony X90K holds an advantage over its competitor in local content smoothing, as it performs better when removing banding from SDR content.

The Hisense U8H clearly outperforms the Sony X90K. The brightness levels of the HIsense are far greater, both for viewing HDR content and in overall…

The Hisense U8H clearly outperforms the Sony X90K. The brightness levels of the HIsense are far greater, both for viewing HDR content and in overall peak brightness. The U8H also has a much higher contrast ratio, outperforming Sony in producing deep blacks. Furthermore, the Hisense experiences less blooming and handles reflections better. The only advantage had by the Sony X90K is its incredibly low content smoothing, and it blows the Hisense out of the water in this regard. However, both share the flaw of having poor viewing angles.

The Sony X90K is the successor to the Sony X90J. There are a few major differences, the foremost being that the X90J offers superior local…

The Sony X90K is the successor to the Sony X90J. There are a few major differences, the foremost being that the X90J offers superior local dimming, which means the TV suffers less blooming. The contrast ratios are nearly identical, but the X90K is slightly better. However, gamers might be drawn to the X90K because it offers a VRR range that, at 1080p, is wider than its predecessor. For more, read our full Sony X90J review to see the full list of specs and features. Or, if you want to see the model right above it, we have another Sony X95J review.

Backlight Type

Full-Array

Direct Lit

Full-Array

Full-Array

Full-Array

Display Type

LCD

LED

LED

LED

LED

HDMI Inputs

4

4

4

4

4

HDMI Type

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDMI 2.1

HDR Format

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HDR10, HDR10+, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10 Pro, HLG

Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG

HomeKit Compatible

Yes

No

Yes

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Number of Audio Channels

7.1

4.2.2

2.0

7.1

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  • Rtings
    101.4

    Category Trust Rating

    80
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    By:

    Alexander Tozzi
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    77.8

    Category Trust Rating

    80
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    By:

    Matthew Murray
  • Techradar
    56.6

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    As Sony’s next-to-flagship LCD TV, the X90K series delivers impressive performance for the price. Its… Read More

    By:

    Al Griffin
  • T3
    33

    Category Trust Rating

    100
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