Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Last updated date: December 19, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Sony 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV placed 16th when we looked at the top 27 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Smart TV for a detailed review of all the top smart tvs.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
671 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Sony XBR-X900F Series has the latest 4K standards including 4K HDR. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This technology will give you a great picture with colors that pop, and brighter whites, and deeper blacks. Sony’s HDR is compatible with the latest HDR10 standard.
- Smart Review
January 10, 2019 | Full review
The X900F comes with Sony's lower-cost remote with rubber chunk buttons, unlike the better remote that came with last year's X900E. The remote is still very usable, and has more buttons than most remotes, at the cost of being larger than most remotes. The remote can connect to the TV by Bluetooth so that its microphone can be used with the TV's Google Assistant voice control feature.
- RTINGS.com
This LED TV is one of the brightest LCDs we've seen yet, with excellent color performance.
- PC Magazine
May 11, 2018 | Full review
The X900F delivers some superb viewing performance for a very broad variety of content, from native 4K HDR movies or shows, which let it deliver its best possible performance, to regular upscaled non-4K content display, for which it also does a great job.
- 4K
May 22, 2018 | Full review
It has smooth operating system by Android for a fully immersive experience.
- Top Rated TVs
This TV has an accurate color distribution even in the lower-quality video content and responsive Google voice controls.
- Help To Choose
This LED TV features an X-motion clarity for smooth and non-blurred on-screen action and has a powerful 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor for improved brightness and contrast.
- Merch Dope
It has wider range of brightness and contrast, better motion scenes with more color clarity and voice command enabled and Dolby Vision included.
- The 10 Pro
February 14, 2019 | Full review
Boasts a generous 75-inch screen and 4K UHD resolution. Lifelike images have vibrant color. Sony's X-Motion Clarity produces impressive action, especially for gaming. Sound is rich and balanced. Compatible with Alexa. TV has ample inputs for your equipment.
- BestReviews
The picture quality here is simply outstanding, with truly vibrant colors, high contrast, vivid brightness, and Sony’s “X-Motion” technology to keep fast-moving action clean and clear. It’s voice compatible, too, with Amazon Alexa and Google Home integration for hands-free operation and smart home connectivity. It even projects impressive sound from its built-in speakers—a rarity for most new televisions—so even if your team loses the game, with this TV, you’ll still be a winner.
- Chicago Tribune
What experts didn't like
The Android TV interface isn't as easy to use as some other smart platforms. The home screen is very long, requiring a lot of scrolling in order to see everything. The performance is also quite inconsistent; sometimes the TV will open menus quickly and have smooth animations, but other times menus will lag for a second or two before opening, and their animations will be choppy.
- RTINGS.com
For all the software flexibility, the X900F's processing hardware doesn't seem quite up to the task. Navigating the Android TV interface sometimes felt jerky in testing, and some apps occasionally crashed. Add the fact that the remote, while wirelessly connected to the TV for the microphone, still requires infrared line of sight for the buttons to work, and interacting with the X900F simply feels a little sluggish.
- PC Magazine
May 11, 2018 | Full review
The single most notable complaint we could claim to have with the X900F, and even this if we stretch our definition of a defect, is that it delivers surprisingly inferior peak brightness to that of some 2017 Sony and Samsung premium HDR 4K TVs which don’t even offer full-array LED backlighting.
- 4K
May 22, 2018 | Full review
Viewing angle is good, but slightly narrower than you'd want.
- Top Rated TVs
The settings menu is hard to find and there's no component inputs for additional tuners.
- Help To Choose
Price is high. A few owners gripe about lag during software downloads and app streaming.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

BEYOND HIGH DEFINITIONThe Sony X900F model television offers the best in 4K HD TV picture quality. With stunning clarity plus high dynamic range color, contrast and detail, and full-array local dimming technology, enjoy a lifelike picture, enhanced contrast and remarkable brightness packed inside an incredibly slim design. ENHANCED QUALITYFeaturing the X1 Extreme Processor, 4K X-Reality PRO and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO 6X, this tv offers superior brightness and a wide contrast range for a premium 4K television experience. Enjoy detailed and powerful real-time image processing whether you are surfing channels, watching a movie or playing a video game.PREMIUM DISPLAYThe Sony X900F includes X-Motion Clarity technology and a TRILUMINOS display. X-Motion offers the best in fast action clarity to control blurriness and maintain smooth, clear and bright images whether you are watching a high-speed chase in an action movie or speed skating. TRILUMINOS combined with 4K HDR Super Bit Mapping provides the widest, brightest and most vivid color palette seen on a tv.VOICE CONTROLThis tv offers voice control compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Ask your tv to do things like cast and control videos from YouTube with Google Home or change the channel or volume with Amazon Alexa. And, with built-in Google Assistant, talk into your remote to play your favorite movie, check the score of your favorite team, and control your TV and even your home.MULTIPLE INPUTSCurrently supporting HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, this tv features 4 HDMI, 2 USB2.0, 1 USB3.0 and 1 Composite port for a variety of input/output options for easy switching between your favorite devices, gaming consoles and more.BOX INCLUDESVoice Remote Control, Batteries, AC Power Cord Spec (US, 2pin, flat blades, Polarity), IR Blaster, Operating Instructions, Quick Setup Guide / Supplement CUE, Table Top Stand (Assembly required).

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Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 2
2. TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
3. Samsung Flat 65-Inch 4K Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Insignia 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
5. Sony 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Toshiba 55LF711U20 55-in Ultra Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
7. LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Toshiba 55-Inch Ultra Smart TV, 55LF711U20
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
10. TCL 40-Inch Smart LED Roku TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
13. LG 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
15. Samsung Flat QLED 4K UHD 9 Series
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
16. Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 13
17. Vizio P Series
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
18. LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
19. TCL 32″ HD 720P Roku
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
20. Vizio M-Series
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
21. TCL 5 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
22. TCL 6 Series (2018)
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
23. TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
24. Sony Ultra HD Bravia
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 2
25. LG Smart 65-Inch OLED
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3
26. Samsung 6-Series
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
27. Toshiba 720p HD Smart LED TV
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Smart TVs

Smart TVs are a type of streaming device that gives you all the great features of a high-definition TV with the added bonus of connecting to the internet to run a variety of media apps and other on-demand services. They are made by every major TV brand and range from very affordable to luxurious. There is not one type of operating system so each smart TV will have a slightly different interface and apps available. Get to know more of the basics so you can choose the right smart TV for your home.

You may already be familiar with other streaming devices sometimes called digital media players (DMPs), streaming sticks and media streamers. These devices from companies like Roku, Apple, Amazon and Google are separate units that usually plug into an HDMI output in your TV. They connect to Wi-Fi, or ethernet in some cases, to run apps and other media.

Some people prefer them to smart TVs because you can easily move the media player to a different TV or take them wherever you want. Many apps may be updated or added more regularly with a digital media player than with a smart TV. The menus on streaming devices may also be easier to navigate because they’re made specifically for streaming content, whereas with some smart TVs, it’s just an add-on.

If you just want to stream and don’t really need a new TV, a streaming device is a much more cost-effective option. However, if you’re in the market for a new TV anyway, you will probably be looking at getting a smart TV.  It is very convenient having everything you need to watch TV however you please in one device — and most smart TVs do just that!

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and other major media apps should all be available on most, if not all, smart TVs. Still, it’s a good idea to check what apps are available for the TV before you buy to make sure it has what you want right now. Popular apps will likely be added at some point, but smart TVs may be slower to add new apps. 

Each smart TV has a different start screen or interface. Some use a bar or other proprietary system that houses all of your apps at the bottom of the screen. Others use an interface from another major platform like Roku. If you’re already familiar with a particular platform, it may be a good idea to go with a smart TV that uses the same one for ease of use.

Some smart TV remotes may be a little different than you’re used to. Some use remotes that work with their native platforms like Roku and Amazon Fire. They might be a little smaller and have fewer buttons and controls. You will be able to do the same things, but many of the controls will appear on screen instead of on the remote itself. They also feature voice search, which allows you to bring up apps or even specific video content just with the sound of your voice. If you’ve already used Roku or an Amazon Fire Stick, you will be very familiar with the setup.

Certain company’s offer TV series that have their own versions of smaller remotes. Samsung uses its own built-in voice search option called Bixby voice. To use voice controls with most Vizio TVs, you need to have a separate Alexa or Google Assitant device. With any of these TVs, you also have other remote options, such as your phone or tablet, that may give you more enhanced options.

Because smart TVs are, well, smart, they usually have connections to other smart devices or platforms you have in your home. If you already use the Amazon Echo, you may want to go with a smart TV that has a built-in Fire TV because it allows you to easily control your other smart home devices with Alexa voice commands. Some Samsung TVs work with the Samsung Smart Things app to allow you to control your TV and other connected devices from one screen.

Perhaps the most important consideration for many is picture quality. The good news is that many smart TVs offer a 4K resolution with some kind of HD support because it’s becoming the standard technology and expectation. But picture quality is also affected by the screen type, which can be LCD, LED, OLED and QLED. So what do all of those letters mean when it comes to how you see your favorite movies and TV shows? All of these screen types support 4K resolution. However, they differ in cost, type of technology and the quality of lights, darks, and colors.

LED and LCD are the most cost-effective and very similar, but LCD is more outmoded technology and you likely won’t see smart TVs using it.  LED screens are backlit, which makes them a little thicker than screens that use OLED or QLED. They still get good, dark blacks and bright lights but may not be quite as crisp and rich. OLED and QLED are made by LG and Samsung, respectively, and while they cost significantly more, you will get a much slimmer TV and stunning light and colors. The difference is that OLED is lit from within and QLED is lit from the edges. Some TVs from Samsung use something called quantum dot color filter, which makes colors really pop and look brighter than OLED. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to get picture quality that is significantly better than older TVs.

Finally, it should almost go without saying, but you will need to make sure it has the correct inputs and that you have the right cords to connect your existing devices to your new TV. Make sure you check where the inputs are and what type and how many are included. The new gold standard of inputs for 4K TVs is the HDMI 2.0, and smart TVs can have anywhere from three to six ports. You can optionally use an AV receiver if you require more for a large sound system. You’ll also want to make sure you have a stable, fast internet connection so you can take advantage of all your smart TV has to offer.

DYWM Fun Fact

So, you’re getting a beautiful new 4K HD smart TV with all of the latest streaming apps for enjoying your favorite shows? Not so fast. First, you have to make sure you have a fast enough internet speed to actually enjoy all of those great features.

Internet speed refers to the speed with which content travels from the World Wide Web to your smart TV (or other devices). Speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps or Mb/s). The type of internet connection and the device receiving the connection can also play a part in the speed.

It’s generally recommended that you have between 1.5 and 3 Mbps internet speed to stream standard definition video. If you have an HD or 4K TV, you will need a much higher speed. If you want to stream HD video and get great sound quality, between 4 and 5 Mbps is recommended. To take full advantage of a new 4K TV, you need at least 15 Mbps but 25 Mbps is better.

Some services, like Netflix, will automatically adjust your streaming quality based on the internet speed detected. Others will let you test speeds before you try to stream higher quality video, saving you from sitting through buffering. There are a number of sites on the internet where you can check your speed, and you can also reach out to your provider to check or determine what speed you’re supposed to have. If you have a very old modem or router, you may also need to get them replaced.

The Smart TV Buying Guide

  • Before buying, it’s a great idea to measure your entertainment area to make sure your desired TV will fit nicely. Screen size is measured diagonally, so you’ll want to check the full dimensions of the smart TV you’re interested in. The good news is, most new 4K smart TVs are very thin so they are not as intrusive as older large TVs.
  • Because new TVs are so thin and in many cases can now be mounted flush to the wall, you may want to think about mounting needs when you’re buying. The Samsung QLED TV even has an ambient mode that lets you display imagery on the screen, so when mounted on a wall, it has the seamless look of a piece of artwork. Just make sure to check where you plan to mount to make sure the wall can hold the TV and that there are outlets nearby. Also, check the placement of the inputs on the TV you plan to buy. If they’re on the back, you’ll need to get a telescoping mount so you can get to them more easily.
  • While your new 4K UHD smart TV may look stunning, its sound may be less than theater quality. To get the sound to match that beautiful picture, you may want to consider upgrading your sound system. Just make sure you have enough inputs or opt for a wireless soundbar.
  • Make sure your smart TV  has enough ports for all of your other devices. At least three to four HDMI ports are recommended because many devices, including video game consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players, soundbars, media players and cable boxes need that type of port. Some TVs have as many as five HDMI inputs while many other models have only one or two. Also check to see if your chosen TV has at least one USB port.
  • If you end up not being in love with the smart TV interface you have or certain apps are missing or not working well, you can always add a separate streaming device as long as you have an open input available.
  • You do have other remote options if you want to consolidate all your devices on one remote or your small smart TV remote isn’t cutting it. There are universal remotes now available that are not only compatible with your smart TV but will also connect with many other devices in your household. Some also have voice controls and can even connect with a compatible smartphone app.