In this comparison we are going to talk to you about two very interesting Sony TVs of medium-high range: the Sony XH8096 and the Sony XH9505. If you want to know which of them is better, keep reading. We are going to face its main characteristics, explaining the differences that we can see between the two, as well as the advantages that one model offers over the other.
Before starting, it should be clarified that these two Sony televisions are available in different sizes: the Sony XH8096 in 43, 49, 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches, and the Sony XH9505 in 49, 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches.
At the panel level, we have to say that Although both have 4K resolution with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, there are substantial differences between these two Sony screens. On the one hand, the Sony XH8096 uses an IPS panel. Instead the Sony XH9505 bets on a VA screen. The main asset of the IPS panels (In-Plane Switching) with respect to VA, is that significantly improve viewing angles (up to 178º). So it doesn’t matter where you sit. You will always see well, and its response time is less than that of VAs.
But on the contrary, VA (Vertical Alignment) panels have other types of advantages, among which we can mention their high vertical refresh rate, so they are recommended for screens focused on entertainment. On the other hand, the contrast levels of any IPS panel will always be lower than those offered by a VA panel. Therefore, blacks will tend to look more of a kind of dark gray than a pure black color. When it comes to visualizing dark tones, it is likely that we find it difficult to distinguish the difference between one and the other. Hence IPS TVs are not the best option if you want to watch a good movie in the dark. It must also be said that the brightness is normally lower and in many cases they have more reflections compared to VA.
Direct LED or FALD
Now we are going to explain the difference between Direct LED backlighting which is the system used by the Sony XH8096, regarding technology Full Array Local Dimming of the Sony XH9505. He Direct LED It “forces” the TV to be thicker, given the way the LEDs are positioned. Furthermore, the reproduction of the images does not achieve a very high image quality. On the other hand the Lighting system FALD (present especially in high-end TVs), it has a greater number of LED bulbs in the back, so it gains in precision when compared to the Direct LED. The LED areas light up independently, providing a much more realistic contrast, making the light areas sharper and the dark areas darker.
When comparing these two Sony TVs and review their respective specification tables, we find that The XH8096 comes equipped with an 8-bit panel that, through FRC (Frame Rate Control), allows a quality “similar” to that of a 10-bit one. Although this really is not so. Another thing is the XH9505, which mounts a panel with native 10 bits. When we speak of “bits” we are referring to the screen color depth. An 8-bit panel is capable of reproducing up to 16.7 million different colors, while the 10-bit panel can reproduce more than 1073 different tones. Therefore the difference is more than remarkable. Hence, the realism of the images and the color diversity is much higher in the 10-bit panels.
As you already know, the human eye can see a slight slowdown in the images, the result of small differences in position between successive frames. This effect is more marked when the objects displayed on the screen move faster.
To avoid this, Sony has specially implanted two technologies in its televisions. Sony XH8096 uses Motionflow XR (400Hz), which combines the panel’s native frequency with other tools, to make images more fluid and natural. It does this by creating additional images between frames in each scene, thus reducing blurring and making everything appear sharper.
For its part, the Sony XH9505 has opted for X-Motion Clarity, which is an evolution of the Motionflow XR. This technology manages to keep images smooth, bright and clear. Each “blink” will be controlled individually, adjusting its duration, while the brightness is increased when necessary. As a result, you will be able to watch any sport or action movie without any blur.
In audio matters, it should be made clear that These two Sony televisions are compatible with formats like DTS Digital Surround and Dolby Atmos, which will allow us to enjoy the excitement of home theater with surround sound. But the power of the audio equipment is not the same, since While the XH8096 model has two speakers considered full-range of 10 W each, the XH9505 version also includes the Acoustic Multi-Audio system that uses a pair of tweeters (5W + 5W) Conveniently inserted into the back of this TV, giving the impression that the sound is “chasing” the action, for a stunningly realistic sound experience flowing all around you.
The key to maximum image quality is in the processors. That is why Sony has “put the batteries” in this regard, “coupling” different engines depending on the model and range. For the Sony XH8096 a 4K HDR X1 processor has been chosen with which you will view incredible images in UHD, with a great wealth of details. In addition, this “brain” is capable of improving images recorded in 2K or even in FHD, bringing them as close to 4K quality as possible.
The equipment of the Sony XH8096 is more advanced, since it has the X1 Ultimate, which is the fastest processor that Sony has: up to almost three times faster than the X1. This video processing system detects individual objects at every moment, regulating the sharpness in each pixel, which improves the definition and colors of the images, making them more realistic than ever.