Test Sony KD-75XG95: a quality image and a successful ergonomics

The latest generation of LCD TV shows that the Japanese manufacturer is determined to maintain this technology to the best of its form. The Sony KD-75XG95 (75 inches) is a beast for several reasons. Let's go over them.

Do not go the distance, the Sony XG95 series is not among the most affordable LCD TVs on the market. Available in versions 55, 65 and 75 inches these TVs are sold respectively 1799, 2600 and 4300 euros … all the same. And we will see throughout the test that these dry can be explained by many strengths, at least in our version 75 inches. Yes, beware, the manufacturer has delivered a 75 inch version, the largest size currently available. A beautiful baby who gives himself the weapons to fight in front with the best products on the market … and we think necessarily the QLED of Samsung.
Technical sheet
Available screen sizes: 55, 65 or 75 inches (140, 165 or 190 cm)
Screen type: LCD, Direct LED backlight in local dimming
Definition: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Software: Android TV (8.0)
HDR: Yes (HDR10, HLG, DolbyVision)
Connectors: 4xHDMI (4K, 60Hz, HDR), 3xUSB, IEC75 antenna, 2x satellite, Ethernet RJ45, optical output, headphone output, L / R audio input
WiFi: 5 GHz (802.11ac)
Bluetooth: 4.2
Speaker: 2.0 x 10W (Techno Acoustic Multi-Audio)
Tuner: 2 digital, 1 analogue, 2 satellites (DVB-T / T2, DVB-C, DVB-S / S2)
Annual consumption: 225 kWh (65 ") or 326 kWh (75")
Dimensions: 1228 x 776 x 274 mm (55 ") // 1447 x 902 x 333 mm // (65") or 1674 x 1036 x 376 mm (75 ")
Weight: 26 kg (55 "), 32 kg (65") or 49 kg (75 ")
This test was performed with a 75 "television loaned by Sony.
Aesthetic improvements …
It is beautiful to cross TVs of this size in some consumer electronics stores, have it at home, it's still something else. Attention, the slab of this TV measures certainly 190 cm of diagonal, but in spite of thin edges, let's specify that the beast is also close to 170 cm wide. Let's add a fairly deep piece of furniture is expected since this XG75 is about forty centimeters deep at the feet.

But one thing is certain: during the week during which we tested this monster, we never got tired of this wow effect caused by such an imposing surface. A real happiness reinforced by a lot of small details welcome … and that even in the new remote control. A renewal that was really expected as the Japanese manufacturer was left behind by his Korean rivals on this topic.
We still do not find here a gyroscopic system to control the menus "in the air" as can the solutions of Samsung and LG, but this zappette there represents a qualitative leap at Sony. The brushed metal front and soft touches are pleasant. We also like the fact that the Bluetooth connection is no longer reserved only for voice recognition, but also for controlling the menus. Thus, even if the infrared module is still there, thanks to Bluetooth it is no longer necessary to point to the TV to interact with it.

… and software too
Now let's get to the heart of the subject: the quality of the image. As a reader of FrAndroid, you know how good a hardware platform needs software processing up to full expression. This is good, one of the great strengths of Sony is precisely to master all that. An expertise that manifests itself when the TV is turned on with an Android TV interface that responds well to our requests. And that, whether you are a fan of webOS or Tizen OS, it is clear that the V8 of the Google TV system behaves very well here.
Also welcome the work done by Sony on this new generation of TV. Pressing the "Settings" button on the remote control will now open a new shortcut bar with direct access to several features.
Shortcuts that it is also possible to configure according to his habits and needs. It was time that Sony brings such a little extra that makes the use of the TV more enjoyable everyday. Especially since here the super engine of this XG95, aka the X1 Ultimate processor, really makes the difference by the responsiveness it provides the interface, but also by its video processing capabilities.
Ready to take a slap?
The definition of an ultra HD slab being 3840 x 2160 pixels, it is 8.3 million pixels (approximately) that divide the space of the slab. And the bigger the screen, the lower the dot-per-inch density. Obviously on a 75 inches, one could fear that some unpleasant effects pollute the image.
Rest assured, it is not so. Really. With ultra HD content, whether it's through a Blu-ray Disc or a simple Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content, the rendering is strikingly sharp. And yet, the bit rate of the image here is only about 15 Mbps on Netflix.
The slab is never really faulted
This is all the more impressive with a series, this time in Full HD, where even fast scenes, rich in explosions and large contrast variations, are managed without apparent flaws. The processor X1 Ultimate realizes there video treatments of a formidable efficiency the slab is never really taken in default. In addition to the quality of upscalling that achieves a good image quality even when watching TNT, what impressed us the most here is the treatment of solid colors.

At Sony, the technology that manages this is called "Super Bit Mapping" (SBM) and it has visibly progressed a notch yet on this LCD TV. Sony explains that even if the video source is 8-bit, it is processed by the processor to improve it up to 14 bits and then display it on the native 10-bit panel. The result is amazing, a beautiful blue sky does not show an unpleasant effect of graduation of colors that sometimes materialize by arcs of the circle to the image – it is granted to you, these defects are now generally well controlled by the TVs top of the line.
Excellent image quality, whatever the program, even if it should be said that it is still a step back from the QLED equivalent range in terms of light output.For even in a room bathed in light, everything is fine, everything is going really well if we make the necessary to feed this TV with quality content. Indeed, remember that the XG95 is compatible with sources HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. These modes are automatically activated as soon as the source is identified as compatible. The theory then is that the rendering of the image is the most faithful of the requirements of the director of a film or a series. Remember that Sony offers in these menus a "Netflix calibrate mode" which, too, was created in partnership with some developers to get a closer look at the original post-production.

For content where everything goes faster, here too Sony has an answer to bring. When it comes to sports, without you knowing it, X-Motion Clarity Technology comes into play. It is responsible for working on the fluidity of the image so that the eye is always pampered . And it works! During a sports match broadcast on TNT, we were able to appreciate the fluidity and accuracy of the image … at least as much as this video rendering flow allows.
Immersed in video games
You will not be surprised to learn that this TV behaves very well with a video game console. Connected to a PS4 Pro running God Of War, it is really impossible to sulk his pleasure – unless hating the game.

However, on this topic specifically, we are also eager to test the new generation of QLED that incorporates the "Real Game Enhancer". This is a technology capable of unclogging some very dark areas of the games. To have had a demonstration, this treatment can clearly be assimilated to cheating as it favors the player (especially for the online game) that has.
Measures that reinforce the feeling
After a multitude of measurements, our probe confirms our feeling: this Sony KD-75XG95 is really well calibrated. We will not dwell on the "standard" mode which, if it is very suitable for watching TV shows, displays a dominance of the blue that makes the image a little too cold. In any case, this is what we see when switching to cinema mode.

In this mode, the gray fidelity is excellent (1.79) and the Delta E only 2.31 shows that your eyes should not be the difference between what the slab displays and what the source sends (this which is generally considered below 3). In short, in terms of color fidelity, it's really very good.
The other good surprise revealed by our probe concerns the restitution of the space DCI-P3 which is really very good, in spite of a slight weakness on the hues of green. Overall, this Sony slab has the same trends as other slabs calibrated by the Japanese manufacturer. Thus, the color temperature is beyond the reference 6500 K, with a white at around 6900 K.
The most demanding – and the most patient – can seriously fine-tune the rendering of the image through the expert mode and lowering a little this dominance of blue. But very honestly, the quality of the slab is such that it would be a little "quibble for not much". Up to you.
We measured a very good contrast ratio in cinema mode as it reaches 3750: 1 with the DCI color space activated in the TV options. But we recommend that you leave this setting automatically. The TV will make the right choices. In any case, automatically, our probe shows that the contrast ratio goes down to 3260: 1, but it is in favor of a softer and more accurate color.
Side brightness Sony does not plan to break records or sink into the marketing rivalry. According to our measurements this XG95 is limited to a brightness of 1075 cd / m² when it shows a white test pattern occupying 10% of the slab. We are far from the results obtained with the latest Samsung TVs, for example, which exceeds 2000 cd / m². However, in use, everything is fine on this Sony.

On the occasion of our measurements, we have also been able to notice that the backlight Full LED of the slab (Sony does not communicate the number of luminous zones) lack some uniformity. Fortunately it only concerns the corners of the screen and it does not feel like the image of a movie, for example.
Finally, note that our probe dedicated to the measurement of lag input (which measures the offset between the moment when the HDMI jack receives the signal and the moment when the slab displays it) has a latency of only 15 ms. An excellent value that places it among the best in the market.
An audio system that puts a little atmosphere
At Sony we knew the Acoustic Surface on the OLED TVs, we must now rely on the Acoustic Multi-Audio on this XG95 series. Unlike Acoustic Surface, which vibrates the OLED panel to deliver sound, the Acoustic Multi-Audio uses four speakers on the back of the chassis: two twitter at the top and two midrange at the bottom. A kind of technical pirouette that does its little effect when listening carefully. The sound is not only broadcast from the bottom of the TV, but "from everywhere".

For all the sound is not exceptional. It is generally suitable when watching a movie, a series, or a TV show. For concerts, it's something else. Sony obviously provides several modes of settings, but some sometimes push the presets a little too far.
For example, the music mode abuses the spatialization effect which is not always very pleasant. The cinema mode also brings its effect of reverb that does not stick to all types of content. Last mode, Dolby Audio is probably the most "happening everywhere". In short, it is possible to find his account, but we would have appreciated that Sony cares a little more this part of his high-end TV.

Fortunately, Sony gives the hand on all possible settings options to try to optimize a little bit of it. What will come out of it will not be frankly magical, but by playing the EQ and the surround effect, we can expect custom settings more flattering to everyone's ear.
Google Assistant, Alexa and soon AirPlay 2
Since last year, Sony has integrated microphones in the bottom of the slab to use Google Assistant without having recourse to the microphone housed in the remote control. The latter is still there, but the comfort afforded by this "hands-free kit" is such that we only use that.
Notice to those who would feel (even more) spied, it is possible to disable them. If you have nothing against, then this TV Sony can partly control the voice (turn up the volume, change channels, launch a series on Netflix, know the weather, traffic info, etc.), but also interact with your connected connected devices. In our test setup, we used the TV to turn on and off our connected bulbs of different brands.
The novelty is the arrival of Alexa in the world of Android TV. Be careful, however, interactions with the Amazon wizard only work if you already have an Alexa-compatible connected speaker.
It is indeed to her that you will address to control some functions of the television. After configuring the Sony Android TV skill in the Alexa mobile application (the operation is very simple to perform) it is possible to raise, lower or choose a volume level, turn off or on, or start playback. a multimedia file viewed on the TV. Minimalistic features compared to Google Assistant.
And the power consumption then?
Anyway, in the same way that a connected speaker consumes electricity permanently, leaving the microphones of the TV in standby, impacts the power consumption of the TV. In this case, we measured 27.7 watts when the slab is off, but microphones ready to react to the slightest "OK Google". This is huge compared to the consumption of a classic connected speaker. For example, our Echo Spot (including a small LCD screen) consumes only 2.5 watts permanently. On the other hand, once voice recognition is disabled in the TV options, standby power consumption drops to 0.3 watts.

Finally, when looking at a program, the electricity consumption can vary from single to double. 150 watts (about) when watching a TV program over 300 watts under certain movies. No surprise, such a large slab and as bright, it consumes. If you are sensitive to this economy – it's also a gesture for the planet – remember to let the ambient light sensor activated. He will be in charge of adjusting the backlighting without really compromising on the quality. It's also a good way to avoid eyestrain when watching a movie in the dark.
Price and availability
The Sony XG95 is already available at retailers from 1799 euros for the 55-inch model. It is found for example at this price at Boulanger and Fnac. The 65 and 75 inch models are not available yet. But count 4300 euros for the latter.
                    No doubt, the Sony KD-75XG95 is a very good LCD TV. And at the same time, at 4300 euros the machine, the opposite would not have been acceptable. Moreover, crack for this TV is sure to get a beautiful image, bright and contrasted whatever the use, but not only. The quality of manufacture, the performance of the X1 Ultimate processor or the presence of microphones on the front are indisputable assets. Still, the note is salty. Recall however that one of its competitors, the Samsung QLED75Q85R is displayed at 4500 euros. An excellent challenger that we look forward to also test to compare it to this Sony.
                            Good points
                            Image quality (fidelity and brightness)
                                                                    The processing power of the X1 Ultimate Processor
                                                                    The new direct access menus
                                                                    Built-in microphones
                                                                    The new remote
                            Negative points
                            The high price
                                                                    Standby power consumption (with Google Assistant)
                                                                    The Acoustic Multi-Audio below our expectations

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