Review: Sony Bravia X93D
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Sony has updated the Bravia TV line-up, keeping the focus on slimmer designs and a new feature known as high-dynamic-range (HDR), which allows for richer and more vivid visuals.
What immediately stands out is how slim the Bravia X93D is. This has been possible because Sony has shifted to the dual-layer edge backlighting structure (Slim Backlight Drive), which removes the LED array layer, allowing the TV to be thinner. The table-top stand has also been redesigned, it now has a premium aluminium cover and, instead of the stand that attaches itself closer to the edges of the panel, this one sits in the middle.
The Sony Bravia X93D 4K TV is available in screen sizes of 55 inches and 65 inches (3,840x2,160 resolution). The picture quality for standard definition content is very good, without any issues of stutter or picture distortion, and High Definition content looks excellent. But as expected, this big panel really shows its strengths with native 4K content. The colours look great throughout, and the display panel is quite bright and exhibits a lot of sharpness, which improves the overall detailing. The new backlight structure controls the screen lighting evenly, and we did not notice any uneven light-bleeding phenomenon that is common around the edges of the display in a lot of TVs.
The X93D has future-proofing with 4K HDR. The concept of HDR has been essentially picked up from the world of photography, where a camera captures multiple exposures of the same shot and combines them to make the final photo with better contrast and richness. In case of televisions, the scope of HDR includes contrast and detailing, and also for expanding the range of colours beyond what we have seen in standard HD TVs. But not every content that you will see is HDR-ready yet—Netflix has some content, but you will pretty much be relying on an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and movie discs that specifically mention HDR capabilities. To make HDR work on the Bravia X93D, you need to change the HDMI setting to expanded HDR mode and then connect a compatible 4K content player which can output a 10-bit signal in Perceptual Quantizer Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) format.
The Bravia X93D runs Google’s Android TV software, just like the 2015 line-up. There’s not much to report on the software front, except that updates have made apps and games more stable.
You should buy the Bravia X93D because it is a solid package in terms of picture quality. Avid movie buffs will appreciate the future-proofing with the HDR feature, which will be big in TVs over the next couple of years.