Review: Sony X950G TV
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Unlock a world of colors and contrast with the X950G 4K HDR TV from Sony. Featuring a TRILUMINOS™ Display and Full Array Local Dimming & Boosting, the X950G offers brighter, more vivid colors. And, Sony's Picture Processor X1 Ultimate powers an incredibly clear 4K HDR picture quality.
The X950G also takes viewing angle into consideration with the addition of X-Wide Angle technology. This allows you to enjoy your display from any seat in your house, without sacrificing contrast and color. (Please note, X-Wide Angle is only available on the 75" and 85" models.)
A World Wide Stereo pick in our Best TVs of 2019 Gear Guide.
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"Hi, everyone. It's Adam with World Wide Stereo. Today, we're going to talk about the XBR950G Sony LED TV. So this is the Sony 950G LED TV. It's 4K UHD. Now, this TV is a direct backlit LED TV, not an edge lit, okay? The lights aren't around the edge, they're directly behind the panel.
And that's going to help you get better black levels and better color out of your TV. This model, the 950G, is available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and an enormous 85" TV. You're looking at, behind me, a 65-inch version of this TV. As part of this line of TVs, this has the new Sony X1 Ultimate chip in it, and it's done a tremendous job of making things look smoother, adding more colors and better clarity to all your TV watching.
As you can see here, when you look at the edge detail of this TV, it's nice and smooth. It's not rough at all. So let's talk about the LED backlighting. What they're able to do is actually group the LEDs together in zones, okay? And when the processor sees an image that's supposed to be bright in one area and darker in another area, it's able to take those groups of LEDs and brighten them or dim them down to help you get better contrast out of your TV.
So one of the challenges of LED TVs is that although they usually look great when you're standing right in front of them, as you start to get off to the side, that side-angle viewing, the picture starts to get a little dull. Now, what Sony has done this year is put in an X-Wide angle viewing lens basically inside the TV, which helps while you're on an angle, that the image will still look true, and clean, and clear, have nice brightness and good color, even from that bad off access angle.
So if you're not right in front of it, you're still going to enjoy a really nice picture. Some other special features that they put in here is to deal with things like motion things running across the screen and also giving you better dynamic range or more colors. So this TV will make sure when you're watching sports, fast action movies, anything moving across the screen is going to be nice, and clean, and clear on here. Also, with the enhanced dynamic range of this TV, your blacks are going to be blacker, and your whites are going to be whiter.
So this Sony TV is also a Smart TV, and you can connect it to your internet with either a Wi-Fi connection or a direct LAN connection. The remote control has been updated this year, it gives you a nice smoother feel to it. And the back of it has a nice textured finish to it, so it kind of sits real nice in your hand. So along with the new X1 Ultimate chip, they have an upgraded menu system, and you can see you can access these things now faster than you ever did before.
Up top, you have all of your favorite streaming services, and you can organize them any way that you want. But with that new chip, everything moves much faster now, and you can fly in and out of anything that you want. Up top here you'll see the Google Assistant icon, so this is a Google Assistant-enabled product. This also does work with Alexa. You do need an external Echo device, or Dot, or something to talk to it, and you can control your TV that way by enabling the skill.
Another nice feature for this TV, it has a mode in it called Netflix Calibrated Mode. So when you're watching Netflix, you can enable this special picture mode to give you a perfect picture coming from Netflix. Behind the TV on the back, you'll find a really nice cable management system. So you can take things like your power cords and your HDMI wires and put them through that cable management system through the legs of this TV to keep all your cords untangled, not all caught up like a leash.
So along with the cable management system on the back, let's talk about the input. So you're going to get four HDMI inputs, one on the side and then three in the bottom. One of those is going to be enabled for what's called eARC or Enhanced Audio Return Channel. And that will support things like Dolby Atmos and all those upgraded surround sound formats, so you can connect that to your soundbar or your stereo system or surround sound system.
You'll also find some analog connections. Now, if you have an analog video input or composite video, you have to purchase an external dongle to make that happen. On the other side, you'll get an analog audio output, which is actually a headphone output, which is great for just plugging headphones directly into it, or you can send that signal to a wireless transmitter for wireless headphones. And you will also get a digital audio optical output.
So, overall, this is a great middle-of-the-road TV from Sony, it's certainly not their top-of-the-line OLED TVs. But if you happen to be sniffing around for a new TV, this is certainly a good TV to consider. So this is the Sony X950G TV. If you'd like to get your paws on one of these, so you can get it online at worldwidestereo.com. Or, if you happen to be in the area, you can stop by our Ardmore or Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania showrooms.
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