The best Android TV 2016 – Sony Bravia XD93 (X93D) Review !

The Sony Bravia XD93 is really a top notch Android TV Flagship in 2016: All in all the best android smart tv i have tested so far. Nvidia shield is still for me a better alternative. Nvidia shield review coming soon.
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In more ways than not XD93 (X93D) resemble last year’s X85C. It is not very similar to last year’s X93C that it on paper replaces. This has to do with Sony’s choice of panel but also because Sony has chosen to remove the big elephant ear speakers. However, XD93 also offers some neat hardware upgrades over X85C in the form of semi local dimming. The introduction price is almost on par with last year’s X85C.

The most obvious improvement that XD93 brings to the table is HDR support. Besides that Sony has managed to eliminate the bright edges that we saw on last year’s X85C. On the other hand, clouding is back, which is not surprising given Sony’s choice of edge LED. The adaptive backlight control will to some extent eliminate these issues and it is required for reproducing HDR content but it is not a perfect solution, and it struggles with subtitles.

On the feature side XD93 has a thinner profile but significantly worse speakers. It also has a new remote, which – in our eyes – is another step back from an already poor remote.

When it comes to Android TV we have little new to report. After several software updates, the operating system is more stable than when we reviewing last year’s TV, and Sony has added missing features such as recording but besides that it is basically the same. Sony has even chosen to use the same hardware in the 2016 TVs so all improvements come from software optimization. The best part about Android TV is probably that it has full Google Cast support baked in. Android TV is still not what we had hoped for.

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Hhemenistan says:

Love Sony TVs want to buy this model.

galger GL says:

Whats up with the 3d? Do you used it? Its active or pasive?

GeekDroide says:

The 4 HDMI ports are compatible with HDR?

Mahvel Fan says:

This goes out to PS4 Neo and Xbox Scorpio

Colin Long says:

I have a Nvidia Shield as what I meant

Hush Hush says:

expensive as an OLED yet with old CPU. waiting to see what cpu is in the new 2016 ones

Malik Shahid Farooq aWaN says:

sony is the best

s bari says:

Does anyone know if this android tv is able to download kodi app?thanks

Kovačević Dobrina says:

Who paid you to talk up this piece of trash. Sony TVs are nothing but trouble.

Edgar Daniel says:

my Sony XBR65X809C 4K Android 2015 has an issue. every time it connects and disconnects. it’s not compatible only to my wifi Arris brand router. i don’t know why it has this problem. i restored to fabric, it worked but later, the issue appeared again. i think my tv has a problem with this WiFi standards 802.11a/b/g/n vs. 802.11ac. how do i know which wifi standard has my tv?

Smoker129 says:

Fuck Sony I have a 2015 model that has yet to be updated!!!

3DM Gaming says:

I mean I got a 40″ 4K smart tv for £350 so im good but thx for the review anyway

mayiandjay says:

I bought the exact same tv in 65″! Its truly amazing especially with the built in android os.

Ahmad Isa says:

I have the x85d and regret buying it, too bad there wasn’t any other choice

printoutjgk fast says:

What is the price for this

uchiha suske says:

yeah sony king of HD tvs amazing 4k smart tv i wonder if this new smart tvs avilble in the middile east markets

Vikas says:

Hi… Nice review… I am considering to purchase XD93 as well…. Could you please comment on the Black Levels in the darker room conditions for this TV?… Are they really black or looks grey?…

Naveen Udhay says:

does it has nfc???

Saqab Rashid says:

how can I get the shield remote

devershee pandit says:

had a glare issue with this tv and therefore had to buy a lg tv uf770t…though lg picture is ok…there is no glare and webos is the best…shifted this tv to my bedroom..

Ankit Sen says:

Sony rules everywhere

Aindriu Mac Giolla Eoin says:

very good review. I have a 1080p Sony Bravia (about 5 years old) and I have the same remote as the above. To be nice about the remote, its sh1t. Direct pointing at the screen is last century technology and the buttons are horrible. I might get the new model

dAN3x ™ says:

dont buy it! Sony tvs have DSE and Banding like shit

king diamond says:

sony is one world best tv with panasonic, i dont accept others, been honestly

TechMagnet says:

sorry made a little mistake. as you can see in the video it comed with 1.5gb ram.

Karmu - says:

Did u test 3D on Sony android tv, it sucks. Any one who is willing to watch 3D on Sony android tv. Think and test lg 3D and compare. Sony android active 3D have bug. It’s in watchable. Lots of ghost images and cross talk on 3D . Except that its super.

Gustavo C. says:

Solid review. Does anyone have any idea what the input lag on this set is, in terms of milliseconds?

Psychogenicscc says:

Web OS it is than

Richard Crump says:

Can this TV upscale 720p and 1080p content it 4k resolution? Basically can it upscale?


Sony Bravia

Hhemenistan says:

I had the 55xd8005 it was a great tv with outstanding picture quality, but for a dark room or dark movies was not really good.

Tito Caceres says:

gosh you are so handsome – wow. And i love your broken english – it sounds GREAT! :p

James Wilkinson says:

The edges of the picture looked pretty dark!? Not great.

Fernando Scheps Serra says:

Looks nice, but still not perfect. I think you would be better spending less money for a “Non so smart” TV and just connect an Intel NUC to it to have a full fleged media center basically without restrictions. The Logitech K400 keyboard with touchpad is a great partner for the NUC 😉

hinduspl says:

+TechMagnet Content has to be recorded in HDR to see the magic happen with this hdr feature? or will it worn on normal media as well ?

j0nnyism says:

Great screen low lag for games. But the smart functionality is really slow. Use it as a dumb tv attached to say a ps4 and you’ll be happy

Ma Re says:

hallo, ich habe den 50sd8005,
und dazu den dualshock4 controller,
wenn ich den controller über usb anschließe funktioniert er einwandfrei, wenn ich ihn mit bluetooth verbinde, dann reagiert der controller nicht wie er soll, man muss auf den tasten drauf bleiben, dann fühlt sichs eher nach “scrollen” an,
haben sie da tipps für mich wie ich den fehler beheben kann?irgendwie ein einstellungsmenü für zb tastenbelegung kann ich nicht finden

Fahad Al Othman says:

Thank you for your review, somehow I could notice the same light bleed in my 850d ..
and yes, totally agreed on the remote and android performance

Colin Long says:

my parents have one and it does suck so bad I haven’t Nvidia shield and a 4K television and it’s so much better

kalunda says:

Did you calibrate this tv or is this out of the box

2cool0 says:

you should try plex man. since you have a nvidia shield that would be perfect because you can use your shield as the server. it would make it so easy. Also do the android tv get updates? or are they like every other smart tv out there that is pretty much stuck with the same version.

Ange Alexiel says:

i’m planning on buying this but the KD-65XD9305B , mainly for the xbox one S, and PS4 pro , can u confirm me that the android TV have plex on it ? even if i have an apple tv 4th gen ? is it still a good choice in late september 2016 ? thx a lot

Ken Wong says:

Pretty good… nice design

Rakesh Roy says:

the king of tvs….SONY

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