With the Sony Bravia X90C we find ourselves in the presence of a masterpiece of design, and more. Sony has pushed definitely the accelerator pedal in this area, with an aesthetic that earns so surprisingly positive by ultra-slim approach: indeed, the Bravia X90C in proof boasts an incredible result of 4.9 mm for the Panel (the thinnest point is less than the iPhone 6S).
The feeling of lightness and elegance is not penalized by the screen width of review sample: the diagonal is 65, but also themselves range from “only” 55 inches, next to a “Monster” by 75 “.
To contribute substantially to a minimal base of this magnitude also result in metal, for placing on the floor or furniture. If you would like to mount it on a wall would not remain still disappointed: the anchorage is integrated into the structure of TV and uses an optimized air flow to keep your tv even closer to the wall without taking any risk of overheating. A worthy complement, especially for lovers of quality home entertainment, wireless subwoofer the Soundbar.
The Sony Bravia X90C’s not just design, but it’s also the latest generation TVs for video quality: the resolution is Ultra HD also features extended Triluminos color space for maximum realism of the images displayed. The icing on the cake is the increasingly mature content management platform Android TV streaming and beyond.
Installation is easy and painless. The evidence has opted for placing on the floor. For that on a mobile, you can mount the two side supports in two places – more or less in the Middle – depending on the size of the base. Even the cable routing is simplified, contributing to the exceptional clean design.
Sony has included – as usual – two remotes: the traditional IR and Bluetooth with touchpad. In contrast to the very high quality of the materials and finishes of mid-level plastics are noted here. In any case, you can check the Bravia X90C in every area and at any time, by digital TV media content streamed through searches on Google or YouTube, through the effective and accurate speech recognition.
Dulcis in fundo, right in the middle of the main remote control button dedicated to Netflix, the platform for on-demand content, recently arrived in Italy.
As mentioned, Sony Bravia X90C uses the platform Android TV, and does so with a standard user interface, already proven itself extensively on Bravia X85C. Overall user experience is absolutely comparable, with some updates concerning the number of installed apps, both streaming video and music, both for gaming (provided you have a Bluetooth gamepad for the best possible experience).
The integration between the traditional and the Smart TV platform is still not perfect, but overall the experience was satisfactory, both for operating speed both in terms of breadth of the offer. Only with the last firmware update of the tv, however, operational stability has been reached on Bravia X90C, solving the problems of casting of HD video from computers connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The video quality is comparable to that of the Bravia X85C, being equipped with the same image processor x 1, obviously a broader Panel climbing (65 “against 55”).
The compilation of various video sources – digital terrestrial HD, BluRay, streaming – is done with precision and fidelity, especially natural colour reproduction, exceptionally, the lighter areas darker ones. Only standard upscaled content quality is not as effective, with artifacts that detract from your vision.
The best results are also using preset profiles Cinema Home and Pro Cinema, with some minor changes for backlight, ambient-light sensor is on or off and Motionflow, the latter to avoid the unwelcome effect “telenovela” in the presence of action scenes and/or video playback of action sports. Obviously, you have to know what you are doing and, as noted above with the X85C, some presets are poorly effective, with unnatural scenes.
Another area where this Bravia X90C has convinced entirely is the depth of white because intrinsic limits of Edge LED IPS Panel. Working on backlight and ambient light sensor – as mentioned above – you can achieve a result pleasing, especially in bright environments where shallow Blacks are not a problem.
Another limitation comes from the exceptionally thin Panel, which made mandatory the use of an Edge LED backlight: the corners tend to be brighter, especially the lower ones, worsening an already weak black level. In a darkened room, the defect immediately jumps to the eye, and it is possible to reach an acceptable compromise just working on the menu of the image (in particular by disabling dynamic backlight), while in the middle of the day and/or with lights on the effect is naturally reduced.
The IPS Panel, instead, fully convincing for wide viewing angle, with the overall quality that does not degrade up to extremes.
Where the Bravia X recovers so decided is in sound quality, with a deep sound, full and faithful, although only two speakers in the back. Obviously, a Soundbar wireless is a worthy addition to a true cinematic experience within the home.
The Sony Bravia X90C excels especially for design, able to enhance any home environment in which it is placed. Image processing is simply excellent, especially for color fidelity and to the sense of realism in the action scenes more perturbed. To make the most of the experience 4 k on a panel so big, though, unless you have a Netflix subscription Premium, you should at least HD sources to avoid the unwelcome loss of quality, perceptible with the standard resolution of digital cable, for example.