Sony XBR75X940E vs XBR75X900E Review (X940E vs X900E) – What are their differences?
Sony XBR75X940E and XBR75X900E are part of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV X Series. One of the advantage of both, they offer stunning picture quality on big screen 75 Inch. Still focus on HDR, both of them already support HDR and powered by the number technologies that makes its HDR performance is great. So, what are their differences and which one is a better choice?
Short Review about Sony XBR75X900E
Sony XBR75X930E is part of X900E series, the second top series if Sony’s 2017 4K HDRTV lineup X series. The mainstay technologies behind it are new 4K HDR Processor X1 as its picture engine, Full array Local Dimming, X-tended Dynamic Range Pro, TriLuminos Display, and many more. As a mid-end TV, picture quality and performance that offered is great for its class. Nevertheless, like other Sony TVs with VA panel, Side Viewing angle is a major downside of XBR75X900E. Additionally, there is also no 3D technology behind it.
Overall, picture quality of Sony XBR75X900E is very good. Black level is very deep and contrast is very strong that makes its dark room performance is great. In other hand, although peak brightness is not as bright as X930E series, but it is still above average that makes its HDR performance is also above average. Additionally, with TriLuminos Display behind it, color delivered by XBR75X900E looks very accurate, even when displaying HDR contents which require wide color gamut. In addition to stunning picture quality for its class, XBR75X900E also has good motion handling that makes its offers smooth picture quality when used for watching sports or fast movies. Additionally, it is also equipped with great UHD Up-scaling engine called 4K X-Reality Pro that allow you to enjoy lower resolution contents in near 4K quality sharply and clearly. For games mania, XBR75X900E also has low input lag that make it is comfortable to use for playing games. And as smart TV platform, Sony XBR75X900E comes with Google Android TV 2017.
Short Review of Sony XBR75X940E
One level above XBR75X900E, Sony XBR75X940E comes with some additional features and higher level of technology that makes its performance better. Comes with HDR technology, it is already supports both of HDR formats, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision even HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). For producing stunning picture quality on big screen 75 Inch, it is powered by the number of Sony’s most advanced technologies such as 4K HDR processor X1 Extreme as its processor, Direct Led backlight with Full Array Local Dimming technology, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro, and more. Nevertheless, like XBR75X900E, 3D technology and poor side viewing angle also become its major downside.
Overall, picture quality of Sony XBR75X940E is good even better than XBR75X900E. No matter the light condition of a room where it is used, picture looks consistently amazing with deep level, strong contrast, and saturated color. Peak brightness is very bright even exceeds than 1000 nits that makes its HDR performance is great. Essentially, it offers better picture quality and HDR performance than lower series XBR75X900E. In addition to stunning picture quality on a big screen 75 Inch, Sony XBR75X940E also offers great performance on some features like good motion handling for sports or fast movies, great UHD Up-scaling engine that allows you to enjoy video contents with any resolution in 4K quality, low input lags for any kind of games, and more. No matter you use it for watching Movies, Sports, TV shows, or playing Games, XBR75X940E offer very satisfactory performance. And for completing your home entertainment with Smart Experience, Sony XBR75X940E also comes with Google Android TV as its smart TV platform.
Sony XBR75X940E vs XBR75X900E Key Specs
|Specs and Features||XBR75X900E||XBR75X940E|
|Panel Type||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|LED Backlight||Direct Led||Direct Led|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Full Array Local Dimming)||Yes (Full Array Local Dimming)|
|Extended Dynamic Range Pro||Yes (5X)||Yes (10X)|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||Yes (HDR 10, HLG)||Yes (HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG)|
|Image Processor||4K HDR Processor X1||4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme|
|Picture Engine||4K X Reality Pro||4K X Reality Pro|
|Motion Control||Motion Flow XR960 (native 120 Hz)||Motion Flow XR960 (native 120 Hz)|
|Smart TV Platform||Android TV||Android TV|
|Speaker Type||Bass Reflex Speaker||Front-face 3-way speaker (tweeter/mid-range/woofer)|
|Audio Output||10 W + 10 Watt||10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W|
|HDMI Ports||4 (3 Side, 1Rear)||4 (1 side/3 bottom)|
|USB Ports||3 (side)||3 (2 side, 1 bottom)|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
The differences between Sony XBR75X900E and XBR75X940E
One of the major differences between Sony XBR75X940E and XBR75X900E is about its picture engine. Although essentially both of them use X1 Engine as their picture engine, but there is a difference on the technologies that embedded inside X1 Extreme and New X1 engine. You need to know, inside new 4K HDR Processor X1 behind XBR75X900E, there are Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR , and Object-based HDR Remaster. Meanwhile, inside the X1 Extreme, in addition to technologies that embedded inside X1, there are also Precision Color Mapping and Dual Data Base Processing. The result, Precision color mapping make the color of the picture looks more accurate while Dual Data Base Processing makes the detailed images looks more realistic.
|Technology Embeded||4K HDR Processor X1 (New)||4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme|
|Dynamic Contrast Enhancer||Yes||Yes|
|Precision Color Mapping||No||Yes|
|Dual Data Base Processing||No||Yes|
|Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR||Yes||Yes|
|Object-based HDR Remaster technology||Yes||Yes|
Local Dimming Technology
Both of them equally use direct LED backlight with Full array local dimming. The difference between them is about the number of dimming zones of the local dimming technology behind it. Although, Sony didn’t reveal clearly how many dimming zones for each, but certainly, Sony XBR75X940E has more dimming zones than XBR75X900E. And we all know, the more dimming zones of local dimming, the black level produced is deeper and peak brightness is brighter and also black uniformity and gray uniformity is better.
The Level of X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro
As we see on comparison table above, the other difference between them is about the level of X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro behind them. Sony XBR75X900E is powered by X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 5X while XBR75X940E is powered by X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 10X. The multiplication in here just illustrates how many times the brightness range can be improved compared to conventional TV. This means brightness range of XBR75X940E is wider than XBR75X900E. Nevertheless, this technology also depends on other technologies like local dimming and backlight technology.
Although both of them already support HDR but HDR formats that supported by them is different. Sony XBR75X900D support HDR 10 only while XBR75X940D already support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. This means you can enjoy both of HDR 10 and Dolby Vision Contents on the screen of XBR75X940E while on the XBR75X900E, you can enjoy HDR 10 contents only. Actually, both of them also ready to support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma, a HDR format for broadcasting. But because the standardization of HDL is not yet confirmed, for a while, the firmware of both didn’t support HLG yet. But once HLG is confirmed, there is a firmware update for each that already supports HLG.
The other difference between them is about the audio system behind them. As we see on comparison table above, Sony XBR75X940E is equipped with a Front-face 3-way speaker (tweeter/mid-range/woofer) with 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W. Meanwhile, XBR75X900E is equipped with 2 channels Bass Reflex Speaker with 10 W + 10 Watt sound output. From here we can see, XBR75X940 offers more impressive sound quality than XBR75X900E. But for you who care about sound quality, the addition external sound bar is still recommended, even for XBR75X940E that has more impressive sound quality than XBR75X900E.
Performance of Sony XBR75X940E and XBR75X900E
Overall, Sony XBR75X940E offer better picture quality than XBR75X900E. This is due the advantages of technologies behind it like X1 Extreme and the number of zones of their local dimming technologies. Black level is deeper and peak brightness is brighter that makes it offers greater HDR performance. Additionally, Dual Data Base processing also makes the picture that displayed on the screen of XBR75X940E looks sharper and more realistic than what produced by XBR75X900E.
But even so, separated from their differences about picture quality, overall both of them offer good picture quality for each of their class. Black level and native contrast ratio produced by them is very deep and strong. Even when used in a dark room, blacks of images still look absolute black on each of their screen. Let alone when they are inputted by HDR signals, detail images in a dark scene will look very clearly. This is understandable considering black level reached by them is lower than 0.05 nits as the recommendation for displaying HDR 10 contents fully, or even lower than 0.02 nits. However, compare between them, black level and contrast of XBR75X940E is a bit deeper and stronger than XBR75X900E.
A significant difference between them precisely is about peak brightness reached by them. Despite peak brightness reached by Sony XBR75X900E is still above average but it is not as bright as what reached by XBR75X940E. This difference will be more noticeable when they are used in a very bright room where sunlight coming in through the window or when they are displaying HDR contents. HDR performance of XBR75X900E might be greater than average, but it is not as great as XBR75X940E.
Moving on color performance, color of the picture that displayed on each of their screen looks very accurate. This cannot be separated from great performance of TriLuminos Display behind them. Even when inputted by HDR signals that require wider color gamut, the color still looks very accurate. As we know, for displaying HDR10 contents, it requires at least 90% of DCI P3 color space while what delivered by them is wider than 90% of DCI P3 color space. And when displaying SDR contents where it is mastered with Rec.709 that has narrower color coverage than DCI P3, color produced by them certainly also looks very accurate. Still about color performance, with Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR behind them, Color gradient of the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth, without color banding, even when inputted by HDR signals. You need to know, this technology is developed for processing 8 bit or 10 bit signals in 14 bit processing that course produce far richer shades of color.
One again the advantage of Sony XBR75X900E and XBR75X900E is about Object-based HDR Remaster technology embedded inside their picture engine. By enhancing brightness range and color of the source, this allows you to enjoy any contents with the quality close to HDR quality. This means, no matter the source is SDR signal, you can enjoy them as close as possible to HDR quality. In other hand, Sony XBR75X900E and XBR75X940E are also equipped with great performance UHD Up-scaling engine. Combination of 4K X-Reality Pro and X1 engine allows you to enjoy contents with any resolution near 4K quality sharply and clearly. Even when the source is 480p like DVD movies, you will enjoy them in 4K resolution sharply and clearly with small details still preserved well. And the higher resolution of the source like cable TV with 720p or Blu Ray Player with 1080p, the result certainly is sharper and clearer, even not far different to native 4K source.
The only bad point of Sony XBR75X940E and XBR75X900E in term of picture performance is about side viewing angle. Because both of them use VA Panel where poor side viewing angle become its native characteristic, this makes side viewing angle of XBR75X900E and XBR75X940E is very limited. Started at 20 degrees off center, contrast will degraded and blacks of images will looks tend to grey. Meanwhile, the accuracy of color is also reduced. But even so, as long as you watch TV from center and front, this should not be a big problem.
Motion Handling and 24p Movies Playback
Although both of them have big screen 75 inch, watching fast moving like sport program or fast movies feel comfortable on their screen. This cannot be separated from their great performance when minimizing motion blur. Their pixel response time is very low that makes there is only short trail following fast moving objects. This makes the picture that produced looks smoothly with almost no motion blur noticeable when displaying fast moving images. In other hand, both of them also do a good job when playing 24p movies. No matter the source of the movies, whether it is 24p movies from Blu Ray, 24p via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, or even 24p movies from 60p signals, both of them offer smooth and clear picture quality with judder-free. And because both of them have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they also already support 30/60fps interpolation.
Both of them are equipped with 4 HDMI Ports and 3 USB Ports as the major connectivity where their HDMI already supports the most of the formats which required for HDMI connection such as HDCP 2.2, Audi Return Channel, CEC, and more. The difference is about where these ports are located. On XBR75X900E, 3 HDMI and all USB ports are located at the side while 1 HDMI ports is located at the rear. Meanwhile, on XBR75X940E, 1 HDMI and 2 USB Ports are located at the side while 3 HDMI and 1 USB ports are located at the bottom. Talking about input lag, overall, XBR75X900E has low input lag and lower than XBR75X940E at 1080p and 4k signals. This means, it is a great TV when used for playing any kind of games with any resolution, even for fast paced games. Meanwhile, although not as low as the input lag is XBR75X900E, input lag of Sony XBR75X940E is also low at 4K signals that makes it is also great for playing any kinds of 4K games. But at 1080p signals, its input lag is still too high. It is only comfortable when used for playing casual games, while for playing fast paced games, it might be a bit disappointing.
Both of them equally feature Google Android TV 6.0 version or 2017 version as their Smart TV platform. One of the advantages of Android TV is about apps provided where there are tons of apps available developed by tons of developer where you can download them via Google Play Store. In addition to apps, contents, and games which you can download from Google Play Store, there are also a lot of interesting default apps provided like ChromeCast, Google Voice Search, Play Station Now, VoD Service like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon prime, and more, Web Browser, and many more. Talking about its performance, it is very fast and responsive. Once an app is launched, its loading in time is very fast. Additionally, selecting between apps also feels responsively. Additionally, user interface and layout is also designed attractively. But unfortunately, navigation is a bit confusing and not as simple as other platforms like Tizen OS or WebOS. But if you are already familiar with this OS, this should not be a problem.
And as the controller, both of Sony XBR75X900E and XBR75X940E use basic remote that also used by most of other models of Sony’s 2017 4K HDR TV lineup. The remote is fairly large with a lot of soft buttons. This remote is also equipped with built-in microphone for voice navigation and voice search functionality. In addition to remote control, both of them also equipped with IR blaster that allow you to control other device connected on your TV with a single Sony remote.
Overall, picture quality of Sony XBR75X940E is better than XBR75X900E, especially when displaying HDR contents. This due its peak brightness is far brighter and black level is deeper which caused by its advantages on the technology that support it. Nevertheless, XBR75X900E precisely has lower input lag that makes it is better when used for playing games, especially for fast paced 1080p games. But separated from the advantage of XBR75X940E on picture quality or the advantage of XBR75X900E on input lag, overall, both of them offer good picture quality for each of their class. No matter the light condition of the room, their picture quality looks consistently amazing, whether it is displaying SDR or HDR contents. Additionally, the excepting of poor side viewing angle and 3D technology, performance that offered by each of them is really great whether when they are used for watching TV shows, Movies, Sports, and or playing games.
So which is a better choice between them? Consider performance that offered by each, of course Sony XBR75X940E is a better choice than XBR75X900E. But of course we must remember, it is also sold much more expensive. Now the decision comes back to you according to your need and budget. I just try to describe the difference between them. But even so, as the further consideration before you decide to choose one of them, you can read what the people who have bought one of them talk about each.