PROS / The Sony Triluminous display is one of the best on the market.
CONS / The built-in speakers are 10W instead of the more powerful 15W.
VERDICT / The Sony W950B is one of the best smart TVs because it has an amazing display quality and one of the most extensive smart app lists on the market.
The Sony W950B is one of the best smart TVs on the market. It combines the impressive Triluminous display with plenty of modern features and a large collection of web apps. This feature-rich smart TV has high-quality hardware that translates to brilliant picture quality, which is why it receives our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Sony’s smart TV features are some of the best we’ve seen. You can connect this internet TV either wirelessly with the built-in Wi-Fi feature or to a hard line with an Ethernet cable. After connecting to the internet, this smart TV can really take off. The Sony W950B has one of the most extensive collections of preloaded apps we've seen in a smart TV. Once you connect this TV to the internet, you can access popular streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. You can stay connected with friends and family using the Facebook and Twitter apps. This Sony TV also features Pandora, Spotify and iHeart Radio for music streaming options. You will be hard pressed to find another TV that includes so many high-quality preloaded apps.
With the Sony Entertainment Network, you can download and access other types of premium content. You can share content across different Sony products like the Sony PlayStation gaming systems or connect with different Sony devices like Blu-ray players. The built-in wireless connection also lets you mirror your phone or tablet screen to this TV.
Besides smart apps, this flat-panel TV has other features that we find on our high-end smart TVs. It features passive 3D technology so you can play any 3D content you may have. It can also convert some 2D content to 3D content. Passive 3D requires less expensive polarized glasses, as opposed to active 3D TVs that use battery-powered glasses. This TV is PlayStation Now ready. All you have to do is pair a PlayStation controller to this TV and you can stream PlayStation games from the Sony network on this TV. There's no need to have an actual PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 handy.
Display & Audio
This Sony smart TV has an attractive design to match its vibrant display. It features one of the best displays on smart TVs partly because of Sony’s unique Triluminous screen. The quantum dot technology emits lights at specific wavelengths, and this adds a wide range of colors not seen on all TVs. The display reaches excellent color and deep black levels. Sony prides itself on delivering high picture quality, and it is easy to see why. This TV displays some of the most dazzling colors we've seen in our comparison. The darkest blacks and brightest whites are separated very well, showing stark contrast.
The physical design features are impressive as well. This TV has a slim bezel around the edge of the screen. Some big screen TVs clash with a room's décor and draw attention to themselves, but even at the 70-inch size, this TV will beautifully mesh with most home theater systems because it blends well with a room without being obtrusive.
This TV's specs aren't anything special, though that hardly matters since the display is so impressive. It only sports a 120Hz refresh rate, while some smart TVs have a 240Hz refresh rate. Most native content you can watch runs at 120Hz regardless, so you’re not missing out on much. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the screen displays sports and intense action scenes without any problems. The W950B only has 10-watt speakers, while some smart TVs have more powerful 15-watt speakers. Any built-in speakers will sound weak compared to separate sound systems anyway.
Being able to connect other devices like Blu-ray players, video game systems and cable boxes is important for TVs. After all, what good is a big screen TV without devices connected? This TV only has three HDMI ports for high-definition devices; some smart TVs we reviewed have four. However, since the Sony W950B has integrated smart apps as well as downloadable PlayStation games, you may not need as many HDMI ports.
Help & Support
The Sony brand is one of the industry leaders for a reason. For one, its products hold up well over time, retaining solid picture quality with many years of use. This TV has a standard one-year warranty. If you have questions about your Sony product, you can reach the company using live chat or a toll-free number 24/7. If you want, you can email Sony or connect through one of its social media outlets as well.
The Sony W950B is one of the best smart TVs you can buy. It has a beautiful picture and industry-leading smart TV features. The Triluminous display helps content really pop off the screen and this Sony TV can be connected to the Sony Entertainment Network for apps like Netflix, Pandora or to the Sony PlayStation Network for downloading games without a PS3 or PS4.