Sony XBR-65Z9F LCD Ultra HDTV Review Specs

Dimensions: (W x H x D, inches): 57.2 x 33 x 2.6 (without stand); 57.2 x 35.7 x 12.4 (with stand)
Weight: (pounds): 62.2 (without stand); 65.0 (with stand)
Video Inputs: HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 (4), eARC on HDMI 3, video A/V, RF Antenna
Audio Outputs: Optical digital, headphones
Other: USB (3), LAN, Remote (RSC-232C on mini-jack for wired control), IR Blaster, remote IR in
Price: $3,500

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utopianemo's picture

I'm SO glad flat panel reviews are to the point where only a sentence needs to be spent on describing a display's dimensional depth. For a product that is meant to be viewed from the front pretty much 100% of the time, panel thickness has always been a meaningless sales gimmick to me.....much like 3D(KIDDING, Tom!).

utopianemo's picture

Tom, I noticed in your review that you spent some time getting lost in the settings, trying to figure out what some of the controls actually did. This is common with most display reviews from most display reviewers.

What if you were to ask the manufacturer to explain certain controls and when they might be useful? I understand the need for you as a reviewer to dive in unassisted, to get an idea of what questions or problems the consumer may encounter. That said, some of these functions may be useful in certain circumstances. It may be instructive for everyone if after you've spent some time figuring out the controls, you were able to ask the manufacturer about certain things. You'd then have more information to decide a) whether a feature is actually useful, and b) whether the manufacturer is just blowing sales smoke(I'm sure you'd put it more diplomatically, of course).

drny's picture

Sony Z9D was indeed a great LCD TV. By all qualifiers it set the standard in 2016 (it was the last top of the line 4k LCD with 3D by the way).
The new Z9F is probably in third place (at Best) in Top of the line LCDs.
I won't drudge through its short comings.It seems that Sony has put their best engineering efforts in maximizing their OLED panels from LG.
I'm hoping that Samsung's new upscaling AI processing technology from their fabulous new 85"Q900R trickles down to next model year 4k QLED line up.
Maybe then Sony will feel the heat and put forth a better effort on their top of the line LCD.
Better yet, Samsung might decide to go all in on MicroLed displays.
Imagine Microled displays with upscaling to 8K and native 8k with HDMI 2.1, all by model year 2021.
Sony, you need to up your game. Otherwise LG and Samsung and probably even VIZIO and Hisense will leave you in the dust. You will become Panasonic, afraid of competition, hiding in the Japanese and European markets.