Sony X90L (LCD)

Sony X90L (65" LCD)

Sony X90L (LCD)

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BEST RATING
News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.7
PICTURE QUALITY: Good7.8/10
MOVIES & TV: Good7.6/10
GAMING: Very Good8.1/10
SPORTS: Good7.2/10
CARTOONS & ANIMATION: Very Good8.6/10
NEWS & TALK: Excellent9.0/10
BRIGHT ROOM: Very Good8.6/10

The Sony X90L is an LED LCD TV that is priced in the upper midrange and excels in various usage scenarios. Its picture quality is generally good for movies and series, and excellent for watching news, talk shows, and animations, with a very good performance in bright rooms. For gaming, the response is very good, providing a satisfying experience with low input lag. This model also supports upscaling and has robust build quality with a unique feature that allows you to adjust the leg stands to fit a soundbar underneath the TV. However, its viewing angle is not ideal, so the picture may appear less accurate when viewed from the side, and you can expect poor performance in reflecting light, meaning it might struggle with glare in sunny rooms. The TV has a satisfactory sound system, supports popular HDR formats such as Dolby Vision and HLG, and because of its low chroma subsampling, it could be a good choice as a monitor. Overall, the Sony X90L is versatile for mixed usage, but you should consider the room conditions and seating arrangements for the best viewing experience. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Very good overall picture quality
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Great speakers included
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HLG
  • Voice commands for accessibility
Cons
  • Poor viewing angle performance
  • Local dimming feature rated average
  • Mediocre black uniformity
  • Not the best for very bright rooms

Ratings by Category

News, Talk & Reality TV:
4.7
The Sony X90L excels at watching news and other TV programs due to its excellent SDR brightness, ensuring clear images even in well-lit rooms, and its high-quality upscaling, which enhances lower-resolution content from standard broadcasts. Its good performance in color reproduction out of the box, along with a capable color gamut and volume, results in vibrant and accurate colors for a varied content viewing experience.
Cartoons & Animaton:
4.6
The Sony X90L (LCD) provides very good colors right out of the box, which means that cartoons and animation will appear vibrant and accurate without the need for extensive calibrations. Additionally, its good color gamut ensures a wide range of colors, essential for the varied and often vivid palettes used in such content.
Bright Room:
4.6
The Sony X90L is well-suited for bright rooms because of its excellent SDR brightness, meaning it can produce bright images that stand out even in well-lit environments. However, its reflections handling is considered poor, which could be problematic in a room with direct light on the screen, as it may not effectively reduce glare.
Gaming:
4.4
PerfectRec’s gaming score measures a TV's performance when it comes to playing video games. It is based on several factors that can significantly impact the quality of the gaming experience, including screen response time, input lag, and refresh rate. Screen response time is a critical factor that determines how quickly the TV can transition from one color to the next, while input lag measures the delay between the gaming console output and the TV display. Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second that the TV displays a new frame, which can impact the smoothness of the gaming experience. The gaming score also takes into account two other features: local dimming in gaming mode, which can enhance contrast and picture quality, and black frame insertion, which can reduce screen brightness and create a smoother gaming experience.
Movies & TV shows:
4.3
The Sony X90L is superb for watching movies and cinematic TV thanks to its high contrast, which delivers deep blacks and a strong sense of depth in darker scenes. Its effective local dimming feature further enhances the contrast, while the TV's commendable black uniformity ensures a consistent and immersive viewing experience without distracting inconsistencies in dark areas.
Overall Picture:
4.3
The Sony X90L's high contrast ratio and effective local dimming feature result in deep blacks and strong contrast, making for a good viewing experience in darker rooms. Additionally, with its very good HDR peak brightness, accurate colors right out of the box, and a wide color gamut and volume, it can produce vibrant, detailed images that pop, which is great for watching movies and HDR content.
Sports:
4.1
PerfectRec’s sports score prioritizes response time and refresh rate as the most important factors to ensure clear images of fast-moving scenes. In addition, we consider gray uniformity, which ensures that the turf looks the same across the whole screen, reflections, to avoid distracting ambient light from the action, and viewing angles and brightness, to avoid color distortion and washed-out images, especially when not seated directly in front of the TV.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,098
Brand
Sony
Release Date
August 1, 2023
Full name
XR-65X90L
Screen Size
65"
Screen Resolution
4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Google TV
Sound Quality Score
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8.3/10
NextGen Ready
Yes
HDMI Ports
4
Coax Ports
1

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
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7.8/10
Bright Room Score
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8.6/10
Gaming Score
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8.2/10
Movies & TV Score
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7.6/10
Sports Score
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7.2/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
32.7" x 57" x 2.2"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
34" x 57"
Weight without Stand
53.4 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 300

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
Yes
Auto Low Latency Mode
Yes
Contrast
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7.1/10
Local Dimming
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6.8/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.2
Speaker Power
30 W
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Up to DTS Digital Surround, Bypass only

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