Finding it difficult choosing between the TCL 6 Series vs. Sony X900H for your next Smart TV? This guide x-rays important features you need to consider before making a decision.
The TCL 6 Series and the Sony X900H are fantastic 4K TVs with very good performance chops. But which one has a faster response time, lower input lag, wider viewing angles, and more? Which is more suitable for streaming videos and/or gaming?
We’ve highlighted everything you need to know before choosing between the TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H.
Now, let’s dig into the specifics.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Design
From a design standpoint, the Sony X900H has a simple, clean, no nonsense design with thin aluminum bezels on all four sides. The 4K TV has two metal blade supports, one support each, near the far end of the set. The Sony X900H’s 55-inch model has a 48.5 x 28 x 2.88-inch footprint.
The X900H’s build is pretty good, however, the performance (more on that in a bit) is the star.
Like the Sony X900H, the TCL 6 Series has a sleek, simple and minimalist design. The build and design are solid enough. The TCL 6 Series comes in 55-inch (55R635), 65-inch (65R635) and 75-inch (75R635) models. You won’t find an 85-inch variant, unlike the Sony X900H which has 55-, 65-, 75- as well as 85-inch models.
One design aspect of the TCL 6 Series that won’t bother everybody, but still bears mentioning, is that the feet on the 65- and 75-inch variants only, can be moved toward the center.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Key Specs
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Connectivity
There’s a sufficient array of ports and connections on the TCL 6 Series and the Sony X900H Smart TVs.
The connections on the TCL 6 Series are typical of a contemporary Smart TV: four HDMI ports, one USB port, an optical audio output, an antenna/cable connector, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 3.5mm connector for composite video input, and an Ethernet port. These ports are located on the back right hand side of the TV.
So connecting your gaming consoles and other accessories won’t be a problem.
Similarly, connections on the Sony X900H are plentiful and well specified – especially when it comes to HDMIs. In fact, every port you could reasonably expect is on the X900H. The TV has four HDMI ports, three USB ports, a composite video input, an Ethernet port, one optical digital audio output, one headphone/subwoofer audio output, one RF (antenna) input, and an RS-232 port.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Performance
TCL’s 6-Series is a capable Smart TV that packs tons of performance at a relatively affordable price.
It has an impressive 4K HDR picture performance, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, as well as QLED colour for picture quality you can see and feel.
The 55-inch model of the TCL 6 Series has less backlighting zones than the 65-inch and 75-inch models. Of course, this is expected, given that the 55-inch model has a smaller screen size.
Pictures on the TCL 6 Series TV look pretty good. Colour performance is excellent. In fact, colours look lifelike and natural.
Contrast – the difference between the darkest blacks and brightest whites – is very good, thanks to the MiniLED technology which enhances contrast. Dark scenes are impressive, too. An A+ for the TCL 6 Series’ backlit performance.
With regard to viewing angles, the TCL 6-Series stacks up nicely to the competition. It has wide viewing angles overall. So, you’d get excellent image quality even when you view the TV from the sides.
A massive win for the Sony X900H is its display. Sony nailed it. Images look sharp and, overall, the panel’s picture quality is impressive. Much of that dazzling display is thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate, which smooths out the animations and motion.
Sadly, the X900H has narrow viewing angles. This means that images quickly lose accuracy when viewed from the side.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Gaming
Next, we highlight the gaming features of these outstanding 4K TVs.
The TCL 6 Series has decent gaming features worth highlighting, including variable refresh rate (VRR), auto low latency mode (ALLM), fast response time and low input lag.
At the time of writing, the Sony X900H now has VRR and auto low latency mode (ALLM) support. These features were not there from the get-go. Be sure to update your TV software to enjoy these features.
For some, the absence of VRR and ALLM when the X900H launched made the 4K TV a less attractive proposition for gaming. Thankfully, Sony has fixed this via an over-the-air update.
So the X900H is well-suited for streaming movies, and good for gaming. It works well with Xbox, PS4, PS5, and more gaming consoles. The HDMI 2.1 port on Sony’s X900H makes 4K gaming at 120Hz seamless.
Elsewhere, the X900H’s HDR performance is top-notch. Upscaling is good, as well.
In fact, both TVs work well with Xbox, PS4, PS5, and more.
There’s a sufficient collection of streaming apps and services on the TCL 6 Series, like Netflix, Apple TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Sling TV, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, and Prime Video. And if you’re hoping to find Twitch, you’re bang out of luck. Roku integration is spot-on.
Sony preloads the X900H with numerous apps you might like, including Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Audio
The TCL 6 Series’ largest downfall is likely going to come down to the speakers. The dual speakers on the TCL 6 Series aren’t the loudest, but the audio from these speakers is clear and loud enough to fill a room. Still, we recommend getting a soundbar, particularly if you’d like the best audio when streaming movies.
In contrast, the X900H’s integrated speakers are not your typical tin cans. Audio quality from the speakers is very good. Expect good audio quality when streaming videos or playing games. Every variant of the X900H (excluding the 55-inch model) has Sony’s impressive Acoustic Multi Audio system which enhances audio experience.
Overall, the Sony X900H has a better audio quality than the TCL 6 series.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Drawbacks
The TCL 6 Series and Sony X900H have all the bells and whistles of outstanding Smart TVs. They easily compete with top end blowers, like the LG CX OLED TV, Samsung Q80T, and Vizio P-Series.
Having said that, the TCL 6 Series and Sony X900H aren’t without faults (what Smart TV is?).
As mentioned previously, audio proves to be the TCL 6 Series’ Achilles’ heel.
The Sony X900H’s biggest drawback is its narrow viewing angles. Another qualm with the Sony X900H, and this remains minor, is mostly to do with the Android interface. The Sony X900H’s Android interface could use some improvements. Then, there’s the absence of HDR10+ feature.
The minor drawbacks aside, the TCL 6 Series and Sony X900H are impressive.
TCL 6 Series vs Sony X900H: Which should you buy?
The TCL 6 Series and Sony X900H are among the best TVs in the world. Now which should you buy? We’ve got another really close race here. For gaming, the two sets are perfect because they have low input lags, and fast response times.
That said, if money is no object, and you want the best HDR gaming experience with consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the Sony X900H is the way to go. For those on a limited budget, but still want the same level of performance, we recommend the TCL 6 Series.
Finally, if you’d like a TV mainly for watching movies and sports, the X900H is your best bet. However, the Sony X900H isn’t ideal for watching movies and sports with large groups given its narrow viewing angles. If that gives you pause, go for the TCL 6 Series, because it has wide viewing angles.