The Sony X90J and Sony A90J OLED are two top-of-the-line 4K TVs for 2021, but which one should you really carry with you? Having had the pleasure of testing both TVs, we can say with certainty that either is a good fit for a new TV upgrade, although there are a few key differences to keep in mind.”

While both are impressive displays, only the A90J fits in an OLED panel, while the X90J makes do with an LCD solution. Overall the above set will deliver a more premium experience, though the trade-offs may be worth getting the X90J for a much lower price.

And since Sony TVs finally started catching up to HDMI 2.1 specs and moved to a new smart TV platform from Google, our usual complaints about Sony displays just don't apply to these two sets.

For a detailed description of the price, size, panel, processing, and audio differences between the Sony A90J and the Sony X90J, read on below.

Sony A90J vs Sony X90J: prices and sizes

First: Sony televisions are not the cheapest on the market.

You typically pay a 10-20% premium over an equivalent LG OLED TV, for example, which doesn't mean Sony TVs are too expensive, but the overall picture quality and overall sound package they offer makes them more expensive than a television. some other models. The downstream Sony A80J OLED costs the same as LG's 2021 flagship, the G1 OLED, for example.

The Sony A90J OLED starts at €2,799 / €2,699, going up to €3,799 / €3,499 / AU€4,999 for a 65-inch size and €7,999 / €6,999 for an 83-inch model. It completely jumps over a 77-inch model, so anyone in that area will have to opt for the X90J.

Speaking of which, the X90J starts at a much more affordable price of €1,299 / €1,149 / AU$1,895 for its smaller 50-inch size. This goes up to €1,499 / €1,249 / AU$2,195 for a 55-inch waist, €1,799 / €1,499 / AU$2,695 for a 65-inch waist, or €2,499 / €2,599 / AU$4,299 for your largest size. 75 inches. Then you pay about half the amount for the X90J in an equivalent size.

Sony A90J OLED on a black meter

Sony A90J OLED (Image credit: Sony)

This 83-inch OLED TV size is also new for 2021, it currently only applies to the A90J and LG C1, although we expected to see it on more screens in the future.

Sony A90J vs Sony X90J: OLED or LCD?

The biggest disparity between the A90J and the X90J it is the OLED panel used by the former. Sony is launching a combination of OLED and LCD screens, the former uses an "A" at the beginning of the product name (as in "A90J"), while those with an LCD panel use "X" (as in "X90J"). ) .

These are completely different types of panels. LCD-LED displays are more common because it is a cheaper technology that mixes an LCD panel with an LED backlight that illuminates it from behind. (Very inexpensive models can use 'edge lighting', where images are lit on the sides, but that's not a problem here).

OLED panels, on the other hand, are self-emitting, meaning they produce their own light. Each pixel can be individually controlled or turned off entirely, creating a stark (or even "infinite") contrast between the light and dark areas of the screen and more cinematic images in general. Without the need for a backlight, OLED TVs also tend to be much thinner, which is why the A90J is just 41mm deep, while the X90J is 70mm thicker.

Sony X90J LCD TV with red pen on screen

Sony X90J (Image credit: Sony)

You'll get a better picture with the A90J, there's no question about that. Although there are other things to consider before launching into the purchase of high-end OLED televisions.

Sony A90J vs Sony X90J: design and specifications

So what else is there to know? The X90J comes with pretty standard TV mounts, while the A90J has adjustable feet that can be raised (to accommodate a soundbar) or rested against the counter.

They both come with a new Google TV platform, rather than the usual Android TV support we've seen on Sony 2020 TVs. Google TV is a bit more eye-catching, with content recommendations drawn from the main ones. Streaming apps and a watchlist to report. content for later.

You'll even get a Sony-exclusive movie app called Bravia Core, which can be found in most Sony Picture Entertainment catalogs, including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Jumanji: The Next Level. This is something that no other TV has at the moment and since it is essentially free to try, it is worth a look, although this is a small advantage among everything the platform offers.

Both displays also use Cognitive Processor XR, a high-end chipset with exceptional scaling and contrast control, regardless of which panel it's running on. Either way, you get 4K resolution, a 120Hz panel, and two HDMI 2.1 inputs (with eARC, VRR, and ALLM) to maximize the performance of next-gen gaming consoles.

You will only get Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio + feature on the A90J, where the sound is output from the panel itself. Our reviewer praised its "robust sound […] supported by two rear-driven low-frequency speakers," and the ability to use the screen as the center channel in a surround sound setup.

The X90J is content with a more traditional TV sound, thanks to its X-Balanced speaker, which we believe offers "solid sound with good mids but weak lows."

Neither package produces Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision HDR audio, and those behind the latter format will likely want an OLED TV from LG or Panasonic.

Sony A90J vs Sony X90J: conclusion

Choosing a new TV is always difficult, but the stark differences in price and picture quality should make it relatively easy.

If you're on the budget for the Sony A90J OLED, that's a no-brainer, with an OLED panel and improved sound along with all the connectivity specs and processing intelligence found on the X90J.

That said, if you're primarily looking for a good gaming TV or don't need an impressive OLED screen to keep yourself happy, the X90J is around half the price, while offering more flexible size options (75-inches). inch) which is not found in its premium sibling.

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