Sony x900h vs x950h: In-depth Review

Sony has launched the X950H and X900H as 4K LED TV models with Full Array LED local dimming backlights. The Sony X950H is readily distinguished as the one that ranks higher than the Sony X900H. Today we’re going to get in deep about Sony x900h vs x950h.

It is pretty obvious getting confused among the two most amazing models which are why we have done a review as well as comparison among Sony x900h vs x950h in depth. So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Difference Between Sony X900H and X950H

Features
Sony X900H
Sony X950H
Type
LED
LED
Resolution
4k
4k
Curved
No
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
Yes
ARC
Yes
Yes
eARC support
Yes
Yes
Version
9.0
9.0
Wi-Fi Support
Yes
Yes
Smart OS
Android TV
Android TV
Time taken to select YouTube
2s
2s
HDMI 
4
4
Remote App
Android TV
Android TV
CFC Menu Control
Yes
Yes
Voice Control
Many features
Many features
HDMI 2.1
Yes
No
HDMI 2.2
Yes
Yes
Features
Sony X900H
Type
LED
Resolution
4k
Curved
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
ARC
Yes
eARC support
Yes
Version
9.0
Wi-Fi Support
Yes
Smart OS
Android TV
Time taken to select YouTube
2s
HDMI 
4
Remote App
Android TV
CFC Menu Control
Yes
Voice Control
Many features
HDMI 2.1
Yes
HDMI 2.2
Yes
Features
Sony X950H
Type
LED
Resolution
4k
Curved
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
ARC
Yes
eARC support
Yes
Version
9.0
Wi-Fi Support
Yes
Smart OS
Android TV
Time taken to select YouTube
2s
HDMI 
4
Remote App
Android TV
CFC Menu Control
Yes
Voice Control
Many features
HDMI 2.1
No
HDMI 2.2
Yes

SONY X950H

The Sony X950H is an incredible 4k TV that is known for delivering a stunning HDR experience with its impressive color gamut and high peak brightness. It consists of a local dimming feature of full-array in order to enhance the contrast ratio further. This feature, especially makes this TV a great choice for dark room viewing.

This TV has good color accuracy like its predecessor. Moreover, due to a fast response time along with a feature which is an optional Black Frame Insertion, the motion handling of Sony X950H is also very impressive. You can also know about Sony X950H, Samsung Q80T, and Samsung Q90T.

What is in the box?

Let’s have a look at the stuff present in the box of the two models.

  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • Wall-mount spacers
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Cable management clips
  • User guide

SONY X900H

Sony X900H is an excellent 4k TV for almost any kind of content. It is also sold and known as X90CH at Costco.

The Sony X900H has a VA panel that has a great contrast ratio as well as a full-array local dimming feature. This dimming feature is superb! It makes the black color look even better in the dark. Here are 2 other Sony TVs you should look out.

Moreover, this TV is well-suited for any bigger and bright rooms, because to overcome the glare it easily gets bright enough. Plus, it also displays the scenes which are fast-moving with absolutely minimal blur. Further, the viewing angles of Sony X900H are a bit narrow for which at the time of viewing from the side the images look very washed out.

What is in the box?

Let’s take a peek at the contents of the two designes’ boxes.

  • User guide
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Wall-mount spacers

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Difference Between Variants & Size

SONY X900H:

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SONY X950H:

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IN Depth Comparison Between Sony X950H vs X900H 

Style

The Sony X900H has a similar sophisticated appearance, which is very similar to the Sony X950H.

Sony X950H has is equally very fashionable and simple. It has an outstanding design which is made of some thin bezels and subtle branding. At the first look, you might dislike the feet of Sony X950H as it looks thin, however no need to worry. The feet are fully made of metal which supports the TV graciously. 

On the other hand, Sony X900H owns a sleek design. Particularly, it has a very similar design to the previously discussed model Sony X950H. Besides, the metal feet of this model are also simple and it has the same capacity to hold the TV nicely. However, there is a problem that if you have smaller tables, you will find it difficult to adjust the position. Also, another ‘Not So Nice’ thing about the style of Sony X950H is its back part which has some screws in the corners. As the screws are visible so I didn’t like it much. But overall, in between Sony X950H vs 900H, Sony X950H is nice in terms of style and it will look nice in any sort of living room.

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Winner: Tie

Stand

Both the TV’s stand is entirely made of metal and provides excellent support for the TV, with very little wobble.

The stand or the metal feet of Sony X900H instead of being screwed on it slides into the TV itself which is why it becomes easy and simple to make the setup. The footprint of the 55 inch Sony X900H TV is 41.8″ x 13.2″.

Moreover, the stand has a footprint that is wide in size. But despite being wide there is a good amount of space in front for a soundbar and it also does not create any obstacle on the screen.

Moving on, the stand of Sony X950H is made of metal and there are 2 possible positions available for the stand. You can set a wide positive as I did, or even if want you can set it in a narrow position.

Moreover, the feet of the TV are also interchangeable. So don’t worry if you put them in the wrong size. Further, the stand or the feet on the 49-inch variant is different which is similar to the Sony X950G. Otherwise, the footprint of the 55-inch stand is 47.8″ x 12.3″-at the wide position, and the footprint of the 55″ stand is 32.1″ x 12.3″ -at the narrow position.

Winner: Tie

Back

The X900H TV’s back looks remarkably similar to the Sony X950H, with its plain plastic structure.

The back of the Sony X950H is plastic-made and has a basic plain look. It bears a horizontal brushed texture as well as sideways facing inputs which makes it easy for them to access while wall-mounted. 

Moreover, there are 2 clips inside the box, which helps the cables to tie with the feet. Note that, the 49″ variant of Sony X950H has few downward-facing HDMI ports.

Whereas, the back of the Sony X900H TV looks identical to its opponent Sony X950H. This model has also a similar horizontal brushed texture. Moreover, in the box, there are few clips included in order to tie the cables with the feet for cable management. So in short, in terms of the back of the TV, both the models are similar.

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Winner: Tie

Borders and Thickness

The Sony X900H has a much thicker design than the X950H, although both of them have same borders.

Firstly the borders of both the models are very thin which is why they won’t distract you at all.

Coming to the thickness, the Sony X950H has a moderate thickness. Also, when wall-mounted it does not protrude that much. And comparatively the Sony X900H is a little thicker than most well-known premium TVs.

Further, the inputs of Sony X950H are also side-facing, which in compared Sony X900F makes it easier in accessing while wall-mounted. 

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Winner: X950H

Build Quality

Both of the TVs have an exceptional build quality.

The Sony X950H has a nice build quality. The Plastic built device looks well-built, where no flex is present on the back panel, except in the region where the inputs are located. The metal stand of this TV supports the whole structure really well, where there is just a very little wobble.

On the other side, Sony X900H TV also has a good build quality almost as same as Sony X950H. So, like the previously mentioned model, the X900H feels well-built and it doesn’t wobble as well because the metal stand supports it well. But the problem that lies here is the plastic near the inputs that flexes a little.

Moreover, there are some visible screws on the Sony X900H where the back panel attached with the borders. However, this thing is not much noticeable, so it won’t create any issue.

Overall, both the Sony models, that is Sony X950H vs Sony X900H have similar sorts of built. So in this regard, it is a tie.

Winner: Tie

Contrast

The native contrast ratio of the Sony X900H is excellent, and it is better than that of the Sony X950H.

In terms of picture quality, Sony X900H has a great native contrast ratio, however, its contrast may vary between units. Also, this ratio is higher than Sony X950H, due to not having Sony’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer. Note that, this layer has the side effect of minimizing the contrast ratio.

Moreover, the local dimming feature enhances the contrast a little. Having that said, blacks nevertheless look deep, which makes it a great choice for dark as well as gloomy room viewing. But I must say that X900H is not the one that has the best picture quality available in the market. Therefore, if you desire a TV with an even better contrast ratio then check out some other devices such as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, the Hisense H9G, etc.

On another side, the Sony X950H has a similar native contrast ratio, but I felt it gets a bit better when you enable the local dimming. However, the gained value of the ratio is lower than what we had expected due to Sony’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer. This layer improves the viewing angles at very lower contrast.

So overall, the 49-inch variant of Sony X950H does not have the ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer but has a better contrast ratio which is why I will prefer this model more.

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WInner: X900H

SDR brightness

The Sony X900H’s SDR peak brightness is excellent indeed, but not as good as the X950H’s.

SDR actually means how bright your TV screen can get. Similar to Sony X950G the SDR peak brightness of Sony X950H is excellent. It’s the brightness changes depending on the scene. However, this feature is enough to overcome the glare even in the brightest lighting conditions. Also, some of the users sometimes feel X950H is not enough bright for outdoor use, in that case, you can check out Samsung Terrace as it is bright enough for outdoor use.

Moving on, the SDR peak brightness of Sony X900H is also great and almost similar to its opponent X950H. Moreover, the brightness here varies depending on the content. In spite of having many similarities if you ask me to choose one between Sony X900H X950H in terms of SDR brightness, I will go for X950H as I found it to be brighter.

Winner: X950H

Local Dimming

The X900H has decent full-array local dimming which looks remarkably close to the Sony X950H.

Local Dimming means the lights behind the LCD layer that adapt to the picture displayed. This improves the contrast ratio of the mp4.

 In Sony X950H the local dimming is quite okay. I felt it ‘Okay’ because around bright objects there is more dimming than the amount of blooming which I didn’t like that much. However, this does not crush the small highlights or the detailing. Having that said, here highlights do not stand out perfectly, instead, they are handled a little evenly. 

So if you are looking for perfection Sony X950H might disappoint you. But I must say the blooming of X950H is better than some other models–say in between Sony X950H vs Sony Z9F, X950H handled the blooming in a much better way.

Coming to Sony Bravia X900H, its local dimming which is full-array is better than its opponent. Like most other features, here too other the opponents are quite similar. However, in terms of blooming, Sony X950H lags behind. Also, it’s over dimming, crushes the small details in darker areas.

I felt X900H Sony good at making highlights at the background pop except being overly distracting. So if asked Sony X900H or X950H? Then I must say X950H is good at dimming and its highlight handling capacity is ‘okay’ and on the other, in the foreground, X900H does not handle the highlights that well in comparison with its opponent. So both are equal for me

Winner: Tie

HDR Brightness

Sony X950H has a way better HDR Brightness than X900H. 

The HDR brightness of the Sony X900H modest. To deliver a vivid HDR experience this TV gets bright enough which I think is super cool; especially at the time of watching any movie or video in a dark to moderately lit room. However, Sony X900H is not enough punchy in a bright room setting; this might disappoint you.

Overall, the brightness this TV provides is good. The scenes look lively and vivid. And due to the EOTF following the target near perfectly, people expect it to be more accurate in terms of the HDR brightness but it turns out highlights does not appear quite as bright as it was expected to be. However, it is not worst either.

On the contrary, Sony X950H contains an excellent HDR brightness. Although, like X900H its brightness varies depending on the content but in terms of delivering a fantastic HDR experience X950H is better as its overall brightness is totally great.

Winner: X950H

Gray Uniformity

Gray uniformity is good on our unit of the Sony X950H; however, X900H has a little better uniformity.

This means the Evenness of colors onscreen. Sony X950H’s gray uniformity is good, but it can vary depending on the units. There is a very slight dirty screen effect, which is a plus point. As it is good for sports fans. However, at the corners the vignetting is totally visible; which can sometimes be distracting or disturbing for some. So I think uniformity better in dark scenes as it will make it more lively.

On the other hand, the gray uniformity of X900H is better, but this also varies between the units. The corners here are a little darker but this won’t distract or bother you in normal content. In addition to that, in Sony X900H there is no dirty screen effect at all (almost) and the best thing is the result that comes out in dark scenes! It actually feels good. Thus, in short, the uniformity of the Sony X900H is excellent.

Winner: X900H

Black Uniformity

Both of TVs have outstanding black uniformity

Black uniformity means the evenness of blacks on your TV. The Sony X900H has great black uniformity, which varies between the units. The entire screen looks a little grayish without local dimming. Also, around the bottom and top edges of the screen, there is only a few faint clouding. When the local dimming is enabled, uniformity feels much better throughout the whole screen, and interestingly, there is a very little amount of blooming around the test cross, which I think is a plus point.

Sony X950H also has an excellent black uniformity similar to X900H. Here, the entire image looks a bit grayish without local dimming. Also, around the test cross, there is a little bit of blooming. Again, same as its opponent when the local dimming is enabled, uniformity feels much better, where the blooming is more noticeable. See Samsung 6 and 7 Series which have better Black Uniformity. 

Winner: Tie

Viewing angle

Both of the TVs have mediocre viewing angles.

This feature denotes the color accuracy when it is viewed from the side of the TV. 

Sony X950H has mediocre viewing angles. Its gamma shift still fells fairly quick when moving off-center in spite of having Sony’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer. Note that, these layers are responsible for improving the viewing angles. Sadly, the 49-inch variant of X950H TV does not have the ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer, which is why it is expected to have worse or ‘not so good viewing angles.

Its viewing angle might be okay for small and medium-sized rooms. However, it is not okay for the large rooms to have wide seating arrangements.

Moving on, similar to most VA panels, Sony X900H has narrow viewing angles. The sad part is, it does not contain Sony’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer to improve it, which is a big ‘minus’ point. 

As a result, the image loses accuracy very quickly while moving off-center. Therefore, I will not recommend it for rooms that have larger or wide seating arrangements. Take a peek at these Philips Smart LED TVs also that have great viewing angle.

Winner: Tie

Reflections

Both of the TVs, X950H and x900H have outstanding reflection handling.

Sony X900H has an average reflection handling capacity because direct reflection it struggles a lot. Therefore, it is better to avoid setting the TV opposite bright lights.

On the opposite side, X950H a far better reflection handling. Here, visibility is not a problem at all even in rooms that are very brightly filled with sunlight. But, few people might have a problem with this as Sony X950H’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer causes a rainbow effect which they may find distracting; also some people might enjoy it as well.

Winner: Tie

Color Accuracy

Both of the speakers have excellent color accuracy.

The color accuracy of X900H is great out-of-the-box, which may vary between units. There are minor inaccuracies with the white balance and blue and red colors. Actually, the white balance is slightly off here.

Its color temperature is close to our target of 6500K. However, most of the scenes are too dark, and also the bright scenes seem over-brightened in spite of having a Gamma close to a target of 2.2.

The Sony X950H also has an outstanding out-of-the-box color accuracy. Here, the white balance is great along with the color temperature which is very close to the 6500K target.

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After calibration, the color accuracy of both models is also outstanding. In Sony X900H the gamma, white balance, as well as color temperature, are almost perfect. But, you may find some inaccuracies with the blues and reds, however, it is slightly noticeable in many contents.

Again, as stated earlier Sony X950H’s color accuracy is awesome. Its white balance and gamma are almost perfect. In between X900H vs X950H, X950H will be my choice because its brightness is more settled and there is only inaccuracy(slight) with the color blue.

Winner: Tie

Inputs

Sony X900H

Let’s have a look at the inputs of Sony X900H:

  • 480p Input –  In Sony X900H the 480p content is upscaled nicely,  for example, in DVDs  there are lack of any visible artifacts
  • 720p Input –  In Sony X900H the 720p content is upscaled perfectly,  for example, cable TV
  • 1080p Input-   In Sony X900H the 1080p content is upscaled smoothly,  for example, Blu-rays looks great that have no issues with the upscaling.
  • 4k Input- In Sony X900H the 4k content is displayed nicely.
  • 8k Input-  In Sony X900H fails to display an 8k signal.

Sony X950H

Let’s have a look at the inputs of Sony X950H:

  • 480p Input- The  Sony X950H displays 480p content perfectly, for example, the DVDs.
  • 720p Input- The  Sony X950H displays 720p content without any issues. Like, cable TV
  • 1080 Input- The  Sony X950H displays 1080p content where there are no noticeable upscaling artifacts.
  • 4k Input – The TV displays the native 4k content outstandingly
  • 8k Input- The Sony X950H also fails to display an 8k signal.

Pixels

Both of the TVs got an average pixel performance.

Sony X950H’s pixels are slightly blurry due to the TV’s ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer. Also, this ‘X-Wide Angle’ layer affects the green and red sub-pixels more which is why they appear doubled when the blue sub-pixel remains clear.

In Sony X900H a BGR subpixel layout is present. While using the TV as a PC monitor, it sometimes affects the text clarity, however, it does not affect the picture quality at all.

Winner: Tie

Color Gamut and Volume

The Sony X950H has a somewhat greater color gamut and volume than the X900H.

The X900H has a nice color gamut that is enough wide for HDR content. It has great coverage of the DCI P3 color space that is used in much HDR content. But coverage of the wider Rec.2020 is not that much attractive. And I won’t tell that it has the best color gamut either. So if you want an almost similar sort of TV with a better color gamut, then have a look at Vizio P Series Quantum 2020.

Moreover, the color volume of the Sony X900H is moderate. Due to the high contrast ratio, it displays the dark colors very nicely. Yet, like most LED TVs, it also has trouble displaying the bright blues. Otherwise, everything is okay.

Moving on, the Sony X950H’s HDR color gamut is also great. It has great coverage of DCI P3 color space which is used in most of the HDR contents. But, I felt the coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is So-so.

Moreover, the EOTF follows the input of the stimulus nicely using the option, I.e ‘Custom’ picture mode. However, despite a slow roll-off towards x950H’s peak brightness, it is totally flat, which results in a few clippings in the bright scenes.

Furthermore, if the user finds the HDR content too vague and dim, he/she can make it brighter with the help of ‘Custom’ Picture Mode, by setting the Local Dimming as well as the X-tended Dynamic Range to ‘High’. As a result of these settings, you can see a brighter image in the EOTF.

Other than that, the color volume of the Sony X950H is great, where the TV can easily display saturated and dark colors nicely due to the high contrast ratio. Yet, like most other LED TVs and Sony X900H, it faces difficulty in producing bright blues.

Winner: X950H

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Gradient

There are not many complaints regarding the gradients in both models.

In order to tell specifically, Sony X900H has excellent gradient handling. It has no issues exempt one which I found out while scrolling through the TV’s reviews on Amazon, that is a little bit of banding is present in the TV in the darker shades of each of the colors which is not noticeable with most content. Yet very few users had issues with it, though I found it okay.

Moving on, the gradient performance of Sony X950H is outstanding. Similar to X900H, there is a little banding in all colors, but this time it is noticeable in grays and greens. No worries regarding this, as you can partially (at least) remove it by enabling smooth gradation, but as a consequence, you have to lose of some fine details. Now the choice is yours.

Winner: Tie

Response Time

The response time of both of the TVs are quite remarkable, and don’t have any complaints.

The response time of Sony X900H is quite impressive, which is why you will get a very little motion blur in very fast-moving scenes.

Again in Sony X950H response time is as same as its opponent as a result you will also get less blur here. 

Moreover, in both Sony X950H and X900H as well as the Sony X950G, there is an overshoot in the 0 to 20% transition, which results in some artifacts in the dark scenes.

Winner: Tie

Flicker-free

There are some flicker errors throughout both Sony X900H and Sony X950H.

In Sony X950H there is some error in the flicker. Here, the “Vivid”, “Standard”, and “Cinema” modes by default flicker at 120Hz, due to enabling Motionflow in those modes by default. When you disable the Motionflow then it resets the flicker to 720Hz.

Moreover, this model uses Pulse Width Modulation in order to dim the backlight, and there is also 720Hz flicker in all picture modes until you enable the Motionflow. Thus, Sony X950H delivers a very high frequency.

Besides, to dim its backlight the Sony X900H also uses the Pulse-Width Modulation. Similar to X950H, because of having a higher flicker it won’t be noticed by maximum users.

Winner: Tie

Black Frame Insertion

Both the Sony X950H and X900H have a Black Frame Insertion feature, which you can allow by setting Motionflow to ‘Custom’ and adjusting the Clearness slider to your liking.

There is an optional Black Frame Insertion feature in Sony X950H which helps to reduce motion blur. In order to enable this feature, set Motionflow to ‘Custom’ and set the Smoothness and Clearness sliders to ‘2’.

 Note that, you must set the Clearness slider higher than the minimum, and while setting it higher, the brightness of the backlight is decreased and it also changes its amplitude.

Moving on, the Sony X900H also TV has a similar feature with the same motive. But unfortunately, here even while playing 60Hz content the minimum flicker frequency of backlight is 120Hz, which causes some image duplication.

So in order to enable, set Motionflow to ‘Custom’ along with adjusting the Clearness slider to your preference.

Further, in order to activate Sony’s X-Motion Clarity Plus feature, which results in making the image look clearer as well as brighter in fast-moving scenes, set Motionflow to ‘Custom’, after that adjust the clearness slider to ‘1’, and finally the smoothness slider to ‘2’.

Winner: Tie

Motion Interpolation

Motion interpolation is available on both TVs.

The Sony X900H has ‘Soap Opera Effect’ that can interpolate up to 120fps the lower frame rate content in order to make the motion look sleeker and smoother. 

In this TV the motion looks good while it is enabled. I did not find any issues here at the time of testing. 

Again in Sony X950H, when you will test the motion interpolation with various content, you will notice a big amount of artifacts in the scenes which have a lot of movement. This is because of the continuous interpolation of this TV during the intense scenes, but the other TVs try to stop.

Moreover, the Sony X950H has a motion interpolation feature similar to Sony X900H that can as well interpolate up to 120fps lower frame rate content. Other than this, this TV also performs great in this sector.

Winner: Tie

Supported Resolutions

The Sony X900H and Sony X50H both support most common resolutions

The Sony X950H can achieve 120Hz at 1080p resolution, in spite of having a refresh rate of 120Hz. For this reason, the 1440p and 4k content are limited to only 60Hz.

Besides, for PC users it can display chroma of ratio 4:4:4 properly, and in order to work it needs to be either in ‘Graphics’ mode or in ‘Game’ mode. Also, for a better performance set the HDMI Signal Format to ‘Enhanced format’ for the high bandwidth signals such as 4k @ 60Hz + 10-bit HDR.

In Sony X900H, the ability to display proper chroma 4:4:4 is unfortunately below average. As mentioned earlier, the chroma 4:4:4 is only possible in ‘Game’ or ‘Graphics’ mode, after this the chroma supports all resolutions.

Moreover, except for 1440p @ 120Hz, the Sony X900H supports some very common resolutions. Such as, it nicely displays 4k @ 120Hz which does not skip frames. 

Overall, I felt the text looks a little blurry in Sony X900H with chroma 4:4:4 at 4k @ 120Hz. Again, for a better performance set the HDMI Signal Format to ‘Enhanced format’ for the full-bandwidth signals like 4k @ 60 + 10-bit HDR.

Winner: Tie

Sound Quality

The Sony X950H has excellent sound quality, which is well-balanced and bright, as well as the X900H has similar sound quality.

Here comes one of the important sections of any device, that is the sound quality. In Sony X900H, the frequency response is quite decent. You won’t have much to complain about it as the sound profile nicely well-balanced where the dialogue sounds completely clear.

The bass of this TV is punchy, however, it does not produce any deep rumbling sound. Interestingly, the sound gets very loud without even causing too many compression artifacts, which is why I would suggest this TV to the ones those who live in noisy and large environments.

Further, the Sony X900H 65-inch TV, 75-inch TV, and 85-inch TVs’ sizes of X900H have various speaker configurations which are expected to have awesome performance.

On the other size, the distortion performance of this TV is really disappointing as it fails to distort well at moderate volume levels. Yet there is a lot of distortion while playing near the max volume. 

Moving on the Sony X950H has a great frequency response. It is also well-balanced as well as it gets loud enough, however, you will find a little compression while playing near max volume.

Unfortunately, this TV does not have much bass extension, which is why it can not produce any rumbling, thumping sound. 

One of the great things about this TV is that in order to tune the sound according to the user’s room’s acoustics there is a room correction feature. Isn’t it great? 

Also, this room correction feature performs using the built-in microphone that is on the remote control.

Rather than that, X950’s sound is clean at moderate volume levels, but there is a little amount of distortion which occurs a playing near max volume. That said, this distortion actually depends on the content and some people might not even hear it.

Winner: Tie

Smart Features

Both have the TVs have exactly similar kind of smart features.

These smart features help to customize the settings through the apps, in order to show the settings list and the menu quickly. These features undoubtedly reduce the amount of time that is required to access them.

Going to the main point, the Sony X950H TV runs on the latest version of Android TV which runs smoothly and it is super easy to use.

While exploring the TV, I didn’t find any annoying ads, however, there was some suggested content on the home screen. That said, if you do not want to see the suggested content on your home screen, you can disable it in the settings menu.

Moreover, the interface of this TV is clean, and there is a big selection of apps that runs very smoothly. Plus, casting is supported here, and also most common file types can be played by the built-in media. 

Moving on to the opponent, the Sony X900H also runs on Android TV. Besides, it smooth, and its interface is very clean and fairly, which is why it is easy to navigate.

Moreover, the Google Play Store offers the user a good amount of apps to download. And once you download them they work ‘alright’.

Winner: Tie

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Remote and controls

The Sony X900H comes with the same large and stylish remote as the Sony 950H.

Similar to Sony X850G, X950H comes with a stylish and large remote that has shortcut buttons to the Google Play Store and my favorite ‘ Netflix’. Also, there is a Google Assistant button that allows you to search or ask for some common demands, like to change inputs or to search for content, but using this you can not change the TV’s settings (I wasn’t able to do so).

Talking about the remote of Sony X900H, it is almost identical to the one that comes with the Sony X950G, except that the color of the remote is now black instead of silver. Otherwise, I found everything similar.

In Sony X950H as well as X900H there is only a single button which is located below the Sony branding and in the middle of the TV. It is mainly three-button controls. You can use the middle button to turn the TV Off & On, adjust the volume, change the channel and input source. Plus, just a short press of the button allows you to navigate the on-screen menu, and a long press lets you select the highlighted option.

Winner: Tie

Things that are good and things that need to  improve

Good At:

Sony X900H:

  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Excellent peak brightness.
  • Fast and quick response time.

Sony X950H

  • Good SDR & HDR peak brightness.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.

Needs to improve: 

Sony X900H

  • The narrow viewing angles
  • VRR support is not yet active

Sony X950H

The mediocre viewing angles

How to choose the best TV based on the criteria

However, most of the time people get confused while making a choice. Especially when you have to choose between different models of the same brands_ say among Sony X900H vs X950H. In order to help you, I have short-listed few points which you should consider before buying. Let’s have a look at the checklist below:

  • Budget
  • Purpose of buying the product
  • Sound and picture quality (if it is important for you)
  • Room size

Overall

Lastly, in between Sony X900H vs Sony X950H, the Sony X950H is a little better according to me as it has better reflection handling, excellent viewing angles, and due to having a better HDR color gamut, it delivers an HDR experience. Whereas, Sony X900H is also good for its contrast ratio and peak brightness. 

Editor’s peak: Sony X950H

However, at the end of the day, the choice will only be yours. In case of having any confusion, just go through the checklist, which I believe will help you a lot. Check out these TCL TVs also, if you’re still confused. 

FAQ

Which one is better between XBR65X900H vs XBR65X950H?

 I think XBR65X950H, as it has better reflection handling, excellent viewing angles, and due to having better HDR color gamut it delivers an HDR experience.

Note that, XBR65X950H is the model number of Sony X950H and XBR55X900H is Sony X900H.

Does Sony X950H have HDMI 2.1?

No, it doesn’t.

How many HDMI ports in XBR55X900H?

It contains 4 HDMI ports.