Sony KD-65ZD9 review - Sony’s 2016 flagship TV sets new standards

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Screen sizes available: 65-inch, 75-inch, 100-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | 4K: Yes | HDR: Yes (HDR 10) | Panel technology: LCD with direct LED lighting and local dimming | Smart TV: Yes, YouView and Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1462 x 847 x 78mm (W x H x D) | 3D: Yes | Inputs: Four HDMIs, three USBs, tuner input, Ethernet port, optical digital audio output, analogue audio inputs, subwoofer line out, headphone output, PCMCIA slot

Design TL;DR: While the 65ZD9’s gold edging and patterned, cable-hiding rear are both neat touches, from most viewing angles the 65ZD9 just looks like a well-built but otherwise straightforward dark rectangle.


  • Blisteringly brilliant HDR picture quality
  • Great SDR pictures too
  • Outstanding upscaling of HD


  • Android TV isn't my favourite smart platform
  • Limited viewing angles before haloing kicks in
  • Sound is a little thin

Key Features

  • 65-inch LCD TV
  • Full array direct LED
  • Discrete LED control
  • Native 4K UHD resolution
  • HDR 10 support
  • Android 6.0 operating system
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £4,000.00


Quick Glance
Size 65
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 3840 x 2160
Freeview HD Yes
Size 65
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 3840 x 2160
Full HD 1080p Yes (actually 4K)
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
3D Ready Yes (two free pairs of glasses included)
Physical Specifications
Height 847
Width 1462
Depth 78
Weight 32000
Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1 (RGB)
Digital Audio Out Yes (optical)
Ethernet Yes
WiFi Yes (built in)

 Benchmark Test Results

Dead pixels None
Screen uniformity Very good
Overscanning on HDMI 0% if [Screen Format] “Full” & [Display Area] “Full Pixel” or “+1
Blacker than black Passed
Calibrated black level (black screen) LEDs dim down/ shut off
Calibrated black level (4×4 ANSI) 0.029 cd/m2 with optimised [Auto Local Dimming]
Black level retention Auto-dimming with full black screen
Primary chromaticity (Rec.709) Slightly oversaturated
Scaling Best we’ve seen on a consumer TV
Video mode deinterlacing Decent for SD; excellent for HD
Film mode deinterlacing Passed 3:2/480i & 2:2/1080i with [Film Mode] engaged, though flickered with 3:2/1080i & 2:2/1080i
Viewing angle (cone) 65°
Motion resolution 1080 with [MotionFlow] “Clear” & “Custom
Digital noise reduction Optional; effective when engaged
Sharpness Defeatable edge enhancement
Luma/Chroma bandwidth (2D Blu-ray) Full luma; chroma horizontally blurred except in [Game] & [Graphics] modes
1080p/24 capability No judder in 2D or 3D
2160p/24 capability No judder
Measured panel refresh rate 120Hz
Measured peak brightness 1870 cd/m2 (after calibration to D65)
Measured DCI-P3 coverage 95%
Input lag (Leo Bodnar tester) 42ms in [Game] & [Graphics] modes; 45ms in HDR
Full 4:4:4 reproduction (PC) Yes for 3840×2160@60Hz with [HDMI Enhanced Signal] on

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