Blinding with a flawless picture
outstanding image quality
incredibly high brightness
excellent equipment with Android-TV
relatively high energy consumption
Sony KD-65ZD9 test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Value for money: 49
- Image quality (50%): 94.2
- Sound quality (5%): 89.5
- Equipment (25%): 92.8
- Ergonomics (15%): 100
- Energy efficiency (5%):
Thanks to the expanded color space, the HDR image is excellent, with rich colors and outstanding contrast. In addition, the so-called noise reduction function (Object Based HDR Remastering) reduces the blurring of the contours of objects such as trees or mountains.
However, the real “highlight” of the new KD-65ZD9 is still the modular arrangement of LEDs built into the panel. While other manufacturers build only a few hundred LEDs, Sony uses several thousand here.
The result is also impressive in the test lab: The KD-65ZD9 literally shines with its maximum brightness of an incredible 1804 cd/m2, thus outperforming the previous brightness leader Samsung UE65KS9590 by about 50%.
Added to this are the characteristics that one can only dream of: a maximum contrast ratio of 15,653:1 and a checkerboard contrast ratio of 250:1. Is that the viewing angles are somewhat limited on the sides. However, even this fact cannot prevent Sony from setting a new record in the Picture Quality test category with its current UHD-TV.
The sound of the Japanese turned out, although not the most successful, but both 10 W speakers sound clean and clear. Here, in the absence of a subwoofer, one cannot count on any audio miracles, but for a simple movie viewing in the evening, the built-in speakers will be quite enough.
Rich equipment and Android TV 6.0
“Never touch a running system” is probably what Sony thought, and therefore continued to use the reliable Android TV operating system in version 6.0. Thanks to this, you will have access to all known video-on-demand services, YouTube and other social media platforms. In addition, you can install thousands of apps and games on your TV from the integrated AppStore. Whoever and all this will not be enough, he can connect a hard drive to one of the three USB ports, from which he will view photos and videos, as well as listen to music. With the integrated triple tuner, even USB recording is possible.
All this is complemented by the presence of four HDMI ports and a Scart connector. However, such a rich equipment and a progressive LED-panel take up some space. Which is why it’s no surprise that the Sony Bravia, at 80mm deep and weighing in at over 30kg, is currently one of the thickest and heaviest UHD TVs out there. Fortunately, thanks to the angular design and the bulging plastic cover on the back, this is almost invisible.
Superior control, high energy consumption
As with previous models, you too can control the Sony KD-65ZD9 in an innovative way with your smartphone via an Android or iOS app. Alternatively, Androd TV can be operated with the included remote control without any problems. Here, Sony remains true to itself and continues to use rubber buttons and a classic d‑pad.
As you would expect with such an extremely high maximum brightness, the power consumption of a 65-inch TV is enormous. In normal operation, it is at the level of 171 watts, but this can be reduced slightly using the eco mode. In standby mode, the TV consumes about 0.2 W more. With these parameters, the device received the EU energy label “B”.
Strong middle class:
recommend Sony KD-65XD9305
A sister model from the same manufacturer (Sony KD-65XD9305) demonstrated convincing picture quality and good sound during testing. Although this 65-inch TV doesn’t come close to the KD-65ZD9 in terms of brightness, 480 cd/m2 will be enough for normal use in the living room. Positive side effect: energy consumption is much lower. And although this Sony TV, estimated at about 260,000 rubles, i.e. almost 100 thousand rubles. less than a related model of the Hi-End class, if you look at the equipment, Smart-TV functionality and ergonomics, there are almost no significant differences.
Panasonic TX-65CZW954 OLED TV
Thanks to OLED technology known from smartphones, the Panasonic TX-65CZW954 achieves performance comparable to the Sony model. At the same time, the stability of viewing angles is even better than that of a competitor. In addition, there are six 10 W speakers, excellent equipment and many smart-TV functions. In terms of ergonomics and energy efficiency, there are practically no differences from the Sony TV. The situation is different with the price: as much as 560,000 rubles. worth the OLED miracle, thereby limiting its audience to only the most ardent UHD lovers.
Specifications and test results Sony KD-65ZD9
|Screen and backlight type|
|Image quality: HD TV|
|Image quality: Blu-ray|
|3D: glasses included|
|Horizontal viewing angle (1/2 max contrast)|
|Vertical Viewing Angle (1/2 Max Contrast)|
|Power consumption during operation|
|Standby Power Consumption|
|Power saving mode|
|Stand: swivel joint|
|Digital Cable TV Tuner|
|Digital satellite TV tuner|
|Connectors: Composite (FBAS)|
|Smart TV: Facebook|
|Smart TV: Amazon Instant Video|
|Smart TV: Netflix|
|Smart TV: Maxdome|
|Smart TV: Erweiterbar|
|Smart TV: Installing additional software|
|Smart TV: Browser|
|USB: TV recording|
|Network: DLNA support|
|Digital audio output|
|Dimensions (with stand)|
|Width (without stand)|
|screen inch price|
Image quality (50%)
Sound quality (5%)
Energy efficiency (5%)
With an incredible maximum brightness of 1804 cd/m2, Sony’s KD-65ZD9 TV literally outshines its competitors. At the same time, this 65-inch device has nothing to be ashamed of by its results, demonstrated in other test categories: the picture and sound quality are the same top as equipment and ergonomics. Only the level of energy consumption (for obvious reasons) is very high.
A photo: manufacturing companies