Sony Bravia X9000F 4K Android TV review: The best of Bravia

| Gadgets Now | Updated: Oct 18, 2018, 04:12PM IST
Sony Bravia X9000F 4K Android TV review: The best of Bravia
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Top Features

*Exceptional display quality

*Simple and attractive design

*Great performance

Sony recently launched its Bravia X9000F range of 4K Android televisions in India in the premium category. The new Bravia X9000F range comes in three sizes-- 55-inch (KD-55X9000F), 65-inch (KD-65X9000F) and 85-inch (KD-85X9000F) at MRPs of Rs 2,39,900, Rs 3,39,900 and Rs 12,99,900. This new range of Bravia televisions claim to offer the Sony's best experience in terms of picture quality and overall Android experience. Sony has built this TV to offer a well-blended experience of regular television content via set-top-box and also online streaming apps like Netflix. Interestingly, this television is tailor-made for 4K console gaming and targets serious gamers with money, of course! After using the 55-inch (KD-55X9000F) Bravia 4K Android TV for a while, here is what we think about it.

Design

The Sony Bravia X9000F range flaunts style all around. For the kind of the money you are spending, Sony has ensured that you will have no complaints regarding the overall build quality of the television. The TV flaunts a minimalistic design with a thin aluminium frame around and a classy L-shaped stand. Talking about the stand, the television can also be fixed on a wall-bracket but remember all the connectivity ports are at the back and accessing them would be difficult. Even if the the TV is placed on table, it is a bit difficult to access the ports at the back given the huge size of the TV. It would have been great if Sony would have provided a separate connectivity hub like Samsung does with its 'One Connect' hub to make life easier for people who need to constantly juggle with common ports like HDMI and USB. Having said that Sony has done a bit to ensure better cable management and you will be able to hide the ugly cables in front of your TV.



As far as the design of the remote controller is concerned, the new Bravia televisions still come with the traditional age-old remote control which seriously no one wants to use in 2018. Thankfully, Sony has added dedicated Netflix and Play Store buttons which makes it a bit handy but apart from that there is no change in the entire navigation experience with the remote controller. Not to forget, the remote can be used to control other devices include your set-top-box.

Display

The picture quality of Bravia televisions is something Sony boasts about and the new X9000F series comes power packed technology to deliver the best visual experience. The X9000F TVs comes with a TRILUMINOS display with resolution of 3,840x 2,160 pixels. It has a LCD panel with Direct LED backlight. The picture is processed by Sony's X1 extreme and is aided by 4K X-Reality Pro for enhanced picture clarity. Sony claims way more contrast than traditional LED TVs and with X-Motion clarity, the moving images appear vivid and more clear. This is good news for gamers using this TV. The TV supports HDR10, hybrid log-gamma and Dolby Vision. These are the display specifications for the nerdy which translates to an excellent overall picture quality for the layman.


The colours are vivid and you can change them according to the type of content you are playing which you should ideally do. Also blacks are natural and gives an immersive feel. If you have a Play Station or indeed to buy one, then this television will surely enhance the experience of HDR gaming.

As with any 4K television, the image quality depends a lot on the content that stream and the internet bandwidth. It is highly advisable that you get a high-speed fibre broadband connectivity to get a superior experience while streaming content. Also, this TV deserves way more than just the regular dish content.

Performance and audio

It's an Android TV with Google Play Store support. This means you can download apps, play native games, browse the internet and more. However, the most basic Android experience that you will fall in love is with the setup of the television. All you need is to connect your television to the home Wi-Fi and just sign-in with your Google Account that you use on your Android phone and you are all set. This TV supports Alexa and Google Home. This means you can pair an Amazon Echo or Google Home device to control your TV. You have access to all popular streaming apps like Prime Videos, Hotstar, Netflix, etc and with a proper internet connection, this TV will make you spoilt for choice in content.

The TV runs Android Nougat operating system with 16GB of internal storage. Talking about the interface of the television, it is, of course, not the easiest of the lot and will take some time to getting used to. The navigation can be a bit stubborn sometimes, especially when you connect external hard drive for accessing content.



Coming to the audio performance of the TV, Sony provides two 10 W Bass reflex speakers. The TV supports Dolby Digital, Pulse and Plus audio formats along with DTS Digital Surround. The in-built speakers are okay for regular content but if you truly wish to get an immersive experience connect a home theatre system.


Verdict

The Sony Bravia X9000F series aims to offer the best of both world -- internet content and set-top-box content -- in a unified interface. The display quality is exceptional while audio quality is just about okay given the price range. It's a feature-rich television offering everything that you need. Treat this TV as a work horse and you will be delighted as to what it can do.



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Faizan Shamsi

5.0 Rated as Excellent.

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Melroy Menezes

Superd television by Sony

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