Sony Z9F 4K VA Android Smart TV

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Sony Z9F TV Review and Expectations

The overall picture quality is amazing on the Sony Z9F. This is due to its wonderful local dimming features, wide color gamut and quite good input upscaling. The Z9F (both XBR65Z9F and XBR75Z9F) also has an amazing handle over motion as most Sony smart TVs do. The inputs and smart features are also just great. Not only does the Z9F have a very low input lag, but its smart features offer an immersive experience since it has no built-in advertisements. Though, there is a small hiccup. The most pressing issue with the Sony Z9F is its lacking contrast ratio. This is normally a strong point for most smart TVs in the category of the Z9F, but it does not seem to be the case. Though, in its sacrifice the viewing angle has been largely improved. So the trade-off will up to you depending on your ideal viewing situation. Despite this issue, I believe the Sony Z9F to be one on the best smart TVs I’ve recently reviewed.

Preferred Usage

There does not to be an truly outstanding feature for the Sony Z9F, but it rather seems everything it does is done very well meaning this smart TV works for a mixed range of usages.

Video Games
PC Monitor
Movies
Sports
TV Shows

Available Sizes

Sony has developed two sized for the Z9F model. The 65 inch (XBR65Z9F) and the 75 inch (XBR75Z9F) versions.

Picture Value

My Sony Z9F TV review started by looking at its picture quality top to bottom. My initial findings were a bit mixed. The Z9F is exceptionally bright. The brightest I’v ever reviewed to be exact but I was worried that the lacking contrast ratio might adversely affect its overall score, but thankfully I was wrong. The local dimming features enhanced the contrast ratio just enough to meet an average metric. Then things got better. The input upscaling is very good and the wide color gamut produces are great picture.

Contrast Ratio

  • Contrast Ratio: ~2000 : 1
  • Bottom Line: Below Average

Despite the Z9F having a below average contrast ratio, the local dimming features enhanced it quite well leaving it in a nice place for quality standards.

Local Dimming

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  • Local Dimming: Yes
  • Backlight: Full-Array
  • Bottom Line: Good

There was no considerable blooming in the local dimming zones of the Sony Z9F. Fortunately, this helped improve the contrast ratio nicely and proved that local dimming features are not dead among smart TVs.

Viewing Angle

  • Viewing Angle: ~40 °
  • Bottom Line: Good, All Things Considered

When speaking about the full-range of features available to the Z9D sizes, the viewing angle is quite good. I would recommend this to medium to even larger living spaces where sharing is essential.

Input Upscaling

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  • 480p: No serious issues or artifacts from excessive upscaling.
  • 720p: No issues.
  • 1080p:.Same as above with most content types.
  • 4K: Ideal.
  • Bottom Line: Good

Content of all types looks good on the Sony Z9F.

Color Gamut

DCI P3 Color Space

  • DCI P3 xy: ~90%
  • DCI P3 uv: ~95%

Rec 2020 Color Space

  • Rec 2020 xy: ~66%
  • Rec 2020 uv: ~75%
  • Wide Color Gamut: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Good

HDR looks wonderful on the Sony Z9F thanks to its intense brightness. Additionally, the wide color gamut translates well to both video games and for use as a PC monitor. I’d recommend that Brightness be set to Max and Contrast to Max for the best results.

Motion Handling

The next section of my Sony Z9F TV review had to do with its ability to control or handle motion in different scenes. The low response time made most of the work quite easy for the Z9F. It also comes loaded with a 120 Hz refresh rate which allows proper motion interpolation and 24p playback support. Despite all of this and the overwhelming demand, the Sony did not take it upon themselves to include FreeSync or variable refresh rates with inside of the Z9F. Though, that is a smaller issue that I believe will be handled with time.

Motion Blur

  • Response Time: ~9 ms
  • Bottom Line: Very Fast

Compared to most other smart TVs, the Z9F makes a strong case for itself as one of the best when it comes to motion blur. The low response time helps further the already immersive experience without much a worry at all.

Refresh Rate

  • Hertz Rating120 Hz
  • Bottom Line: Ideal

Not only does it help allow for better control and support for 24p playback or motion interpolation, the refresh rate of the Sony Z9D offers a lower input lag to boot.

Motion Interpolation

  • 30 FPS: Yes
  • 60 FPS: Yes
  • Soap Opera Effect: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Great

I don’t recommend you enable the motion interpolation features of the Z9F smart TV, but if you prefer a smooth picture the features work quite well. The techniques used are common, but are tried and true for quality.

24p Playback

  • 24p: Yes
  • 24p via 60pYes
  • 24p via 60i: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Perfection

Compared to motion interpolation, I do recommend that you enable 24p playback features if you experience and judder. Simply set the Z9F Motionflow to ‘Custom‘, Smoothness set to ‘Min‘ and CineMotion set to ‘Auto‘ for the best results. This works for native applications, cable boxes or dish satellite, and even DVDs or Blu-ray movies.

Inputs

Overall, the Sony Z9F smart TV truly shines with its inputs. The common inputs are natively supported as well as 1080p @ 120 Hz resolutions. Additionally, HDR10 and Dolby Vision are both supported.

All Inputs

  • HDMI : 4
  • USB : 3
  • Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
  • Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
  • Composite In : 1
  • Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
  • Ethernet : 1
  • IR In : 1

Despite the worrying trend, the sony Z9F has 4 HDMI and 3 USB ports.

Supported Resolutions

  • 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz: Yes
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: Yes
  • Bottom Line: Great

Any one with a PlayStation or Xbox will rejoice as 1080p @ 120 Hz is inherently supported by the Z9F.

VESA Pattern

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  • XBR65Z9F: 300 x 300 mm
  • XBR75Z9F: 400 x 300 mm

The available sizes of the Z9F are quite large, but their VESA patterns are very common. Finding the appropriate wall mount should be very easy.

Input Lag

  • Best Input Lag: ~20 ms
  • Bottom Line: Very Good

In combination with the chroma subsampling the input lag of the Z9F will make each and every game a pleasure to play.

Input Features

  • HDR10: Yes
  • Dolby Vision: Yes
  • 5.1 ARC Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS: No
  • 5.1 Optical Dolby Digital: Yes
  • 5.1 Optical DTS: No
  • ARC: Yes (HDMI 3)

USB 1 is actually a USB 3.0 port which is excellent for transferring files very quickly. The Z9F also support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision for the more advanced users.

Smart Features

The last leg of my Sony Z9F TV review came by way of its smart features. The Android platform is my favored operating system because it does the most well and suffered the least compared to other platforms on the TV market today. The interface is smooth and well-detailed to allow its users to find exactly what they need when they want it. Furthermore, the support inherent to the operating system on the Z9F is just insane. You can cast video, movies, TV shows, sports and music from all types of devices or simply find an application to do the same thing. Some things may seem redundant, but it’s because the Z9F offers options to all of its users to experience the television the way they see fit. Though, the learning curve is slightly steeper than easier to use smart features of other brands. So take that with a grain of salt when you first get your Sony Z9F home.

Operating System

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  • Operating System: Android TV 2018
  • Bottom Line: The Ideal OS

Top to bottom the Android TV smart platform rocks. It it not as speedy with some of its animations, but its utility is unrivaled on the Z9F.

Built-In Ads

  • Ads: No
  • Third Party Ads: Maybe
  • Opt-Out: No

There are no advertisements built into the Android TV operating system, but do not be surprised if a third party applications has a couple or one banner ad here or there.

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8.8 Total Score
Review Summary

My Sony Z9F TV review opened with its X-Wide viewing angle system and truthfully it does have a better viewing window than most other televisions. The Z9F is also the brightest TV I've ever reviewed. This is a nice plus and makes HDR content looks quite good. Additionally it has support for a wide color gamut that offers a further improved HDR experience. The Sony Z9F continues with its wonderful results thanks to its low response time for a great handle over motion that translates well to all types of entertainment options. I also found its inputs to be nearly perfect with the low input lag and superior chroma subsampling. Lastly, the smart features are just great. There are no inherent ads to the Z9F and the interface is much more smooth than previous Sony smart TVs.

Picture Value
8.5
Motion Handling
8.5
Inputs
9.5
Smart Features
8.5
PROS
  • Amazing brightness and a wide color gamut.
  • Incredible input lag and chroma subsampling for all input levels.
  • Android TV is fluid-like in its execution.
CONS
  • Contrast is partly sacrificed for its wider viewing angle.
  • The glossy finish can slightly produce reflections, but is easily over looked.
User Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Key Features

Type of Usage
Mixed Usage
Panel Type
LED
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
VESA Pattern
300 x 300 mm | 400 x 300 mm

Picture Information

Contrast Ratio
~2000 : 1
Local Dimming
Yes
Viewing Angle
~40 °
Input Upscaling
Good
Resolution
4K
Wide Color Gamut
Yes

Motion Handling

Response Time
~9 ms
Motion Interpolation
Yes
24p Playback
Fully Supported

Input Performance

Chroma Subsampling
Good
Input Lag
~20 ms

Smart Features

Operating System
Android TV
Ease of Use
Intermediate
Built-in Ads
No

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