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Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV - XBR-55X900B

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Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV - XBR-55X900B

The Sony 55X900B's unmatched 4K resolution combined with its built-in superior sound system makes it the best combination of audio and video available.

Features:

  • Four times clearer than HD
    The 4K Ultra HD screen contains over 8 million individual pixels1 that transform everything you watch into a life-like experience. Advanced picture processing also ensures that every single pixel displays images with superb brightness and authentic detail
  • Upscale everything you watch to 4K Ultra HD
    Suddenly, everything looks better. All of your existing HD sports, TV shows and movies are upscaled to super clear 4K quality. Even YouTube® clips and smartphone videos are enhanced with stunning results. The 4K X-Reality™ PRO picture engine analyzes and processes every image to refine color, clarity and detail for a beautifully natural picture
  • Up to 2x brightness means contrast beyond comparison
    Sony’s exclusive X-tended Dynamic Range technology produces contrast beyond comparison. You’ll get the peak brightness that LED TVs are known for as well as deeper blacks previously only associated with Plasma TVs. Keeping the light areas bright while keeping blacks truly black is called widening dynamic range. In the image shown, notice the difference in detail of the dark buildings combined with the brightness of the city lights. The difference certainly is dynamic
  • More brilliant expanded color
    Spoil yourself with the widest color spectrum we’ve ever offered on a television. Unique to Sony, TRILUMINOS Display technology creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors—just the way you want them. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better, too, with natural skin tones. It’s all thanks to a TRILUMINOS display that uses more colors to produce a more vibrant picture
  • Wedge Sound worthy of the picture
    It begins with the physical shape of the TV. The Wedge creates extra space at the bottom of the TV for larger speakers and built-in subwoofers. And larger speakers mean richer sound, deeper bass, and louder volume, so you’ll hear every hit in a football game and feel the pounding music in a chase scene
  • The most feature films in 4K
    Add a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10, sold separately) for exclusive access to the Video Unlimited 4K service, which hosts the largest selection of feature films and TV episodes in 4K Ultra HD for the home6. Choose to download new releases and classic films for rental or purchase. Or choose from a vast library of included 4K videos
  • The future of 4K Entertainment is here
    Sony's 2014 4K Ultra HD TVs are optimized to support new codecs that are needed for a variety of current and forthcoming 4K video services including Netflix and Video Unlimited 4K. There's also 500px for viewing breathtaking professional photos in 4K and PlayMemories Online to share your personal photos. Lastly, they also support the latest HDMI to connect external media players (sold separately), and 4K/60p playback for viewing 4K sports in the future
  • Stream PS3® games directly to your TV
    Bring the immersive world of PlayStation® directly to your TV with PlayStation™ Now. For the first time discover and play PlayStation® 3 games – all streamed directly to your TV and played by connecting a DUALSHOCK® 3 controller to your TV. Choose from individual game rentals or subscribe to a variety channel of games and let epic adventures begin
  • Find everything faster
    An even faster way to find what you want. With ‘One-Flick’ on the remote you can instantly pull up a short cut menu that lets you navigate to your favorite TV channels, networked photos, and online videos from YouTube™, Crackle™, and Video Unlimited
  • Watch together, even while apart.
    With Social Viewing you can watch TV, follow tweets and Skype, all at the same time. You can enjoy sports, TV shows, or movies with your friends and family even if you are not together. Add your Skype® video chat to the TV screen and cheer together when your favorite team scores. To add tweets on screen, choose a hashtag, and see comments relating to your show flow across the screen
  • Lifelike motion
    Tired of the watching TV that can’t keep up with real life movements? Sony’s Refresh Rate Technology allows fast moving action sequences in movies and sports to be lifelike and smooth. Every movement—like seeing the football flip end to end on a kickoff—appears with true, fluid motion and minimal judder
  • Your smartphone, now on TV
    Movies, music and apps from your smartphone can now be viewed big on your TV. With three ways to connect Android phones and tablets to the TV, Sony is helping you add value to the entertainment you already own
  • Control your TV with your smartphone or tablet
    Watch TV the fast and fun way with TV SideView. Control the TV or browse the channel guide with your smartphone or tablet device (Android or iOS), all without interfering with what you’re watching on the TV. Learn more about the show you’re watching right now, like cast and episode details, or search other channels, internet videos and even Netflix. There’s even an easy way to live-tweet during your favorite shows

Specifications:

3D

  • 3D: Active
  • 3D Format Support: Yes (2K only)
  • 3D Super-resolution: Yes
  • 3D Sync Transmitter Integrated: Yes
  • Auto 3D Depth Adjustment: Yes
  • Simulated 3D: Yes (2K only)

Audio

  • Audio Power Output: 12.5W + 12.5W + 20W + 20W
  • Speaker Configuration: 2.2ch, Two way speaker [Tweeter (18 mm) x 2, Woofer (Magnetic Fluid Speaker, 80 mm) x 2]
  • Speaker Configuration: Subwoofer (80 mm) x 2
  • Speaker Position: Side
  • 5.1 Channel Audio Out: Yes
  • Advanced Auto Volume: Yes
  • Alternate Audio (Digital): Yes
  • Audio Out: Fixed / Variable
  • Auto Mute (on no signal): Yes
  • Clear Phase Speaker: Yes
  • Digital Out Format: Dolby Digital, PCM
  • Dolby®: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
  • Headphone/Speaker Link: Yes
  • Magnetic Fluid Speaker: Yes
  • S-Master: Yes
  • Signal-to-Sound Architecture: Yes
  • Sony Original Surround: S-Force PRO Front Surround
  • Sound Booster: Yes
  • Sound Mode
    • Standard
    • Cinema
    • Sports
    • Music
    • Game
    • Compressed Audio
  • Stereo System: MTS (AUTO SAP)

Convenience

  • Auto Photo Mode: Yes
  • Auto Shut-off: Yes
  • BRAVIA® Sync™: Yes
  • Channel Block (with password): Analog & Digital
  • Channel Jump: Yes
  • Channel Surf: Yes
  • Edit Channel Labels: Yes
  • Info Banner: Yes
  • Input Skip: Auto
  • Label Inputs: Yes
  • Multiple Language Display
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
  • On-Screen Clock: Yes
  • On-Screen Display for External Input: Yes
  • On/Off Timer: Yes
  • Panorama: Yes (2K only)
  • Parental Control: Yes
  • Photo Frame Mode: Yes
  • Picture Adjustments Lock: Yes
  • Scene Select
    • Photo
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game
    • Graphics
    • Sports
    • Animation
  • Show/Hide Channels: Yes
  • Skin Naturalizer: Yes (2K only)
  • Sleep Timer: Yes
  • Twin Picture: PAP (Variable)
  • USB Play: Yes (USB viewer supports FAT16, FAT32, exFAT and NTFS file systems.)
  • USB Play (Contents): MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotionJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / WAV / JPEG / MPO / RAW(ARW)
  • USB Super Multi-Format Play: Yes

Customizing Capability

  • RS-232C Control: Yes for SonySTD

Design

  • Illumination LED: Yes
  • Stand Design: Chrome Mirror

Display

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Display Resolution: QFHD
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Over 1 million
  • Screen Size (cm): 138.8 cm
  • Screen Size (measured diagonally): 55" (54.6")
  • Viewing Angle (Right/Left): 89/89 degree
  • Viewing Angle (Up/Down): 89/89 degree
  • Backlight Type: LED
  • Deep Black Panel: Yes
  • Dimming Type: Local Dimming
  • Display Device: LCD
  • OptiContrast Panel: Yes
  • Triluminos Display: Yes

Energy Saving & Efficiency

  • Backlight Off Mode: Yes
  • Dynamic Backlight Control: Yes
  • Power Saving Modes: Yes

General

  • Audio Return Channel: Yes
  • Closed Captions (CC): Analog
  • Closed Captions (CC): Digital
  • Demo Mode: Yes
  • Finish (Surface Color): Black
  • HDMI™ InstaPort: Yes
  • Hotel Mode Menu: Yes
  • Start Up Sony Logo Display: Yes

Inputs and Outputs

  • AC Power Input: 1 (Rear)
  • Analog Audio Input(s) (Total): 2 (Rear)
  • Audio Out: 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s): 1 (Rear / Hybrid)
  • Composite Video Input(s): 2 (1 Rear / 1 Rear Hybrid w/ Component)
  • Digital Audio Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Ethernet Connection(s): 1 (Rear)
  • HDMI PC Input Format
    • 640x480@60Hz
    • 800x600@60Hz
    • 1280x768@60Hz
    • 1280x768Hz
    • 1360x768Hz
    • 1024x768@60Hz
    • 1280x1024@60Hz
    • 1920x1080@60Hz
  • HDMI™ Connection(s) (Total): 4 (Side)
  • HDMI™ PC Input: Yes
  • Headphone Output(s): 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ Audio Out)
  • MHL: Yes
  • RF Connection Input(s): 1 (Side)
  • RS-232C Input(s): 1 (Side / Stereo Mini Jack)
  • Subwoofer Out: 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP and Audio Out)
  • USB 2.0: 3 (Side)

Network

  • DLNA Content: MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotionJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / LPCM / JPEG / MPO
  • Guide and Search: Yes
  • Internet Browser: Yes (Opera)
  • Net AD: Yes (depends on ad provider)
  • One-Flick entertainment: Yes
  • One-touch mirroring: Yes
  • Opera Apps (System): Yes
  • Photo Share: Yes
  • Related Search: Yes
  • Screen mirroring: Yes
  • Seamless Streaming: Yes
  • Search: Yes
  • Skype™: Integrated
  • Social Viewing: Yes (Skype & Tweet)
  • Sony Entertainment Network: Yes
  • TV SideView™: Yes
  • TV Tweet: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Certified: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Frequency: 2.4Ghz/5Ghz (for Wi-Fi Direct / Screen mirroring: 2.4Ghz Only)
  • Wi-Fi Standard: a/b/g/n
  • Wireless LAN: Integrated
  • X2 Widget (System): Yes

Power

  • Power Consumption (in Operation) max.: 260W
  • Power Consumption (in Standby): 120V : 0.2W / 240V : 0.3W
  • Power Requirements (frequency): 60Hz for UL cUL 50/60Hz for other
  • Power Requirements (voltage): AC 120V for UL cUL AC 110-240V for other

Regulation and Standards Compliance

  • VESA® Hole Spacing Compatible: Yes

Sensing

  • LightSensor™ Technology: Yes

TV System

  • Channel Coverage (Analog): VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69 / CATV: 1-135
  • Channel Coverage (Digital Cable): CATV: 1-135
  • Channel Coverage (Digital Terrestrial): VHF: 2-13 / UHF: 14-69
  • Color System: NTSC
  • Number of Tuners (Terrestrial/Cable): 1 (Digital / Analog)
  • TV System (Analog): M
  • TV System (Digital Cable): Clear QAM
  • TV System (Digital Terrestrial): ATSC

Video

  • Video Signal
    • 3840x2160/24p
    • 3840x2160/25p
    • 3840x2160/30p
    • 4096x2160/24p
    • 3840x2160/60p (YCbCr4:2:0 8bit)
    • 1080/24p (HDMI only)
    • 1080/60i
    • 1080/60p (HDMI / Component)
    • 480/60i
    • 480/60p
    • 720/60p
    • 1080/30p (HDMI only)
    • 720/30p (HDMI only)
    • 720/24p (HDMI only)
  • 24p True Cinema™ Technology: Yes
  • 3D Comb Filter: Yes
  • 4:3 Default: Yes
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): Yes
  • Auto Wide: Yes
  • Blinking Type: Line Blinking
  • CineMotion® Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology: Yes
  • Clear Mode: Yes
  • Deep Color: Yes
  • Face Area Detection: Yes (2K only)
  • Impulse Mode: Yes
  • Intelligent MPEG Noise Reduction: Yes (2K only)
  • Intelligent Picture Optimizer: Yes
  • Live Color™ Technology: Yes
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: Yes
  • Motionflow™ Technology: Motionflow XR 960
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes
  • Picture Mode
    • Vivid
    • Standard
    • Custom
    • Photo-Vivid
    • Photo-Standard
    • Photo-Original
    • Photo-Custom
    • Cinema1
    • Cinema2
    • Game-Standard
    • Game-Original
    • Graphics
    • Sports
    • Animation
  • Portable Game Mode
    • Fine Full
    • Fine Normal
    • Portable Game1
    • Portable Game2
  • Scene Optimized Energy Saving: Yes
  • SimulView™: Yes
  • Super-resolution for Game Mode: Yes
  • Video Processing: 4K X-Reality PRO
  • Wide Mode
    • Full
    • Normal
    • Wide Zoom
    • Zoom
    • Caption
    • Normal / Full1 / Full2 for PC

In The Box:

  • Touchpad Remote Control (RMF-YD003)
  • Remote Control (RM-YD102)
  • 3D Glasses x 2 (TDG-BT400A)
  • Table Top Stand (separate, assembly required)
  • Port Replicator
  • Batteries x 2 (R03)
  • AC Power Cord (Pigtail)
  • IR Blaster
  • Screws
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Without Stand (W x H x D): 58-7/8 x 29-5/8 x 4" (1-1/16")
  • With Stand (W x H x D): 58-7/8" x 31-1/4" x 12-5/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Without Stand: 82.4 lbs
  • With Stand: 84 lbs
  • Shipping: 102 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

Footnotes:

  1. 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  2. Simulated 4K image will vary based on source content
  3. Compared to standard LED HDTVs
  4. Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended for SD services, 10 Mbps for HD streaming or 4K downloads, 20 Mbps for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Content subject to change and may require fees. Wireless connectivity requires 802.11 home network (802.11n recommended). Skype service subject to Skype's terms and conditions
  5. Anticipated service availability Fall 2014. Broadband internet connection required. Additional purchase and registration required; service not available in all areas. See us.playstation.com/PlayStationNow for details
  6. The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player with Video Unlimited 4K service is exclusively compatible with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs. Fees may apply for Video Unlimited 4K service. Largest collection for home distribution as of 2/15/14. Download times will vary and may require several hours for completion
  7. Requires 3D content, 3D player and HDMI® cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) sold sep
  8. Requires devices connected to the same wireless home network
  9. Requires compatible Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled Xperia™ smartphone. Certain formats are not supported. The video quality may be degraded due to environmental interference
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Television TypeLED
Screen Size55
Aspect Ratio16:09
Resolution4K
Curved PanelNo
3DYes
Refresh Rate120Hz
Number of Speakers2.2
Speaker Power Per Channel20 Watts
LEDYes
Built-In WiFiYes
Internet Movie StreamingYes
Number of HDMI Inputs4
USB PortYes
Built-in-TunerYes
Input ConnectorsHDMI, Analog Audio, Component Video, Composite Video, Ethernet, MHL, RF, RS-232C, USB
Output ConnectorsAnalog Audio, Digital Audio, Headphone, Subwoofer
Wall-MountableYes
Width (inches)58.88
Height (inches)29.63
Panel Depth (inches)4
  

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Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

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Plasma picture quality plus great sound

I have been a plasma owner for nearly 10 years, and I initially planned to replace an old Panasonic plasma with Samsung's excellent PNF 8500 plasma. However, when I saw the Sony XBR...Read complete review

I have been a plasma owner for nearly 10 years, and I initially planned to replace an old Panasonic plasma with Samsung's excellent PNF 8500 plasma. However, when I saw the Sony XBR 900B, I was floored by the picure quality. The colors were vibrant without the oversaturation you see on a lot of LEDs, but it was also clear (even in the showroom) that it had fantastic black levels. I went back and forth between this and the Samsung 8500 and felt this had an edge in picture quality, and the 4k ability was another plus.

It was even better when I got it home and tweaked using the Digital Video Essentials disc. There are a lot of picture options, and I found that using the True Cinema setting provided that plasma-quality picture for movies that I love. I've watched sports on it too, and it keeps up with the action without any blurring. Not surprisingly, 4k looks incredible, even with compression from streaming. I have been able to get 4k streaming on Netflix with a 25M connection over wireless. "House of Cards" in 4k looked so lifelike, as if Kevin Spacy was sitting inside the set iteself. I also shot some 1080 and 4k video with my Galaxy S5 phone, and while the differences were subtle, the detail and overall realism of the 4k picture was evident when I played it on the Sony.

The inclusion of the speakers will throw a lot of people and add a lot of bulk to the set, but they are very good speakers. While they can't match a full surround system, they sound much better than many soundbars I've heard, including Sony's. The speakers provide clear sound with a surprising amount of punch. I threw in a couple concert Blu-rays and was surprised at the sound quality, with good bass representation and a lot of separtion in the instruments. I liked the sound so much that I decided to not add my surround system to this, keeping it with my other plasma instead. I am thinking about adding the optional subwoofer, too.

If you're planning to add it to a system with surround, it's not as easy of a choice, as you are paying for speakers you won't use. In terms of picture quality, though, I think it is hard to top with other LEDs. Looking at it side by side with Samsungs LEDs as well as the plasma, I liked the Sony's picture the best, and I also thought it was a step up in color and black levels from the Sony 850B models. Overall I am really happy with it and look forward to enjoying ths set for a long time.

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Run away fast as you can!

Summary: Overall terrible experience. First TV was delivered and was DoA, only had vertical lines (pic attached). Second TV was delivered and has issue with pixels on top left side of...Read complete review

Summary: Overall terrible experience. First TV was delivered and was DoA, only had vertical lines (pic attached). Second TV was delivered and has issue with pixels on top left side of screen. Lots of fading and shadowing effects. I currently own a XBR 52" that was purchased about 7 1/2 years ago. It still performs flawlessly. This 4k HD TV was to replace it as our main TV. After this experience I think I'll look at Samsung.

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5.0

Really Nice TV

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Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

I have had this TV for about two weeks now and am very pleased. I was concerned about the looks as some of the reviews I read mentioned it being a negative. However, it looks great above my fireplace. In regards to picture quality, I have been impressed with everything viewed to date. House of Cards in 4K has been my favorite, though.

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5.0

We love it!

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from Poway, CA 92064, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

This is by far the best TV we have every owned. The picture and colors are amazing!

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5.0

Simply Amazing!

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from Wakefield RI

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

I have a latest generation HD tv and this set puts it to shame. The lack of 4k content is almost not important in that more is coming on line all the time and this unit upscales my blue ray to simply amazing clarity. I would grab this unit again in a heart beat. I purchased the 55" inch unit and would go bigger, space permitting, as the detail is simply amazing. I still have Sony products that are 20 years old and working perfectly. They are worth price.

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5.0

Most amazing picture

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from San Antonio, TX 78251, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

Just amazing to look at. Whether from the 4k player or the up-converted cable signal, an unbelievable picture. Definitely worth the upgrade for the external speakers; amazing sound from a TV, and am not using an external wireless subwoofer. My wife loves how the TV will switch to the DVD or 4k player and back when turned on or off; she no longer has to tell the TV to change input sources.

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5.0

Best picture ...

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from Phillips Ranch, Pomona, CA 91766, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

Images never freeze specially during changing thru the apps .

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5.0

Love the features and the sound!

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from Chattanooga, TN 37412, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

Love the TV, the features and the sound that's built into it. However I received the TV and the picture has 4-5 very prominent lines going through it and the whole right side is very dark. I am currently in the process of filing a claim with Sony. Just submitted my email with pictures and everything that they require! Now it's up to them. If they send me a new one without making me pay to ship the TV off then I will be very pleased even though I have had the misfortune of receiving a damaged product. I can't wait to have a fully functioning X900B!!!!

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5.0

Great TV

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from San Diego, CA 92129, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

Sound and picture are the best I have ever seen. Nice looking TV. Setup was fast and intuitive.

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5.0

Very Good 4K TV, but ....

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from Nashville, TN 37221, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

For the money, brand and expectation I give 4 starts. In general is a very good 4K TV but with some flows, and here are the bad ones: A. Mounting: The TV frame is large (55 & 65â€�) and the wall holding screws are small than the needed ones. You fill that will don’t hold the whole TV on the wall, BUT they will. B. Setup: Sony has a problem in the past with preview version of this TV due the software. Finally, they decide to revamp the whole software, and “Voilàâ€�! 1. Not so great settings setups after all. 2. Despite the excellent sound hardware, the setups are not so great. 3. Sound do not process all the feeds push by cable companies on different channels very well. Most of the blame will fold in the providers and cable companies lap. So, let give a break to Sony in this one. In DVD, CD and 4K stream â€" everything is almost perfect. 4. You need some time to play with all the sound settings to come-up with some satisfactory resolution. For the good and great ones, I have to let the owners to find out, they will be very happy overall with this purchase.

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2.0

Just Purchased XBR-55X900B

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from Provo, UT 84606, USA

Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

I expected this Sony to blow away our Samsung F8000 television, but while I think my new XBR-55X900B beats my Samsung UNF8000, it didn't come close to blowing it away. I wouldn't recommend the X900B as an upgrade at this price and I'll do my best to relay why below. I don't usually review things I buy, but this one disappointed me and I wasn't expecting that. Pro's: I placed the Sony 900B on the wall mount and put my Samsung F8000 on its stand beneath it and went to netflix so I could play the exact same things at the same time on each television. The 900B was connected via ethernet and I was forced to use wifi on the Samsung F8000. The first and most obvious thing I and my wife noticed is that faces appear more realistically colored on the Sony 900B than my Samsung F8000. We had never noticed how off the face was on the Samsung in the past because it has a great picture, but the Sony really looked nice on facial complexion. Also, blacks are blacker on the Sony 900B, which I also liked. Aside from those two "wins", there was nothing remarkable to either my wife or I from a picture standpoint. At roughly $3,000, we were expecting this new XBR55X900B to crush our Samsung F8000 and it didn't. It just edges it out in the two mentioned ways. Cons: I'm going to mention the two most offensive cons first. The remote controls that come with the Sony X900B we purchased are very poor quality and probably the most offensive things about the $3,000 purchase. They have the feel of extremely light weight cheap plastic. Super disappointing. I've had harmony remotes in the past, but when we purchased our Samsung F8000 last August, it came with a very nice high end remote that allowed us to get rid of the harmony. Where Samsung's upscale remote felt premium in my hand, the Sony remote feels like a cheap toy. Because of this, I'm really regretting not holding onto the harmony. TOTAL LACK of 4K content. When we connected this television, the first thing we did was to go to Netflix and attempt to stream House of Cards just to see what the 4K would look like in home. After all, that was the point of our purchasing this television, we wanted something to hold up for the next several years. We were surprised to see the program offered in HD, but not in UHD or 4K. A quick internet search revealed that you have to pay extra for Netflix to stream in 4k. As a result of no access to anything 4K out of the box, we turned to our BluRay and played Oblivion with Tom Cruise. (I selected Oblivion because I thought it would offer some really good visuals.) The picture was unexpectedly granular up close, something I quickly noticed while attempting to adjust the speaker settings. It also looked blurry on motion. I was able to get the grainy look a little less obvious at 3-4ft by adjusting some picture settings as given on CNET and I believe I've limited the blur on motion as well. The only thing that impressed me on the visual of the Bluray I played were the good black levels. Nothing else impressed me at all, and that was really disappointing. Smart Hub was unexpectedly choppy. It's not fluid at all. There is noticeable lag from pressing the remote and seeing the screen selection move. My internet can't be at fault because nothing was streaming, I used ethernet, and my speed is on average 125mbps. All in all, after picking this thing up on Friday night and having it through positing this review on Sunday evening, I'm unlikely to keep it. I want it to be what I expected, and maybe had some 4K content been included to impress a little out of the box, maybe it would have been worth keeping. I really can't justify the $3,000 ($2,799.99 plus tax) on such a minor step up in visuals. At the same time, I really liked the built in speakers. They didn't really disappoint me at all. Between the poor remote controls, lack of 4K content out of the box, and the less then expected upgrade over the F8000 we also have, I'd advise waiting on something better at this price point. This should have been an impressive 5 star purchase, not a 2 star eh....

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Comments about Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV:

I've had this TV for over three months to replace my old Sony Bravia 32" HDTV. First, I was hesitant to get it because of the price tag compared to 4K TVs made by other manufacturer. I've been reading and exploring about 4K since its inception and some reviewers suggested that it's too early to own one due to the lack of 4K content. BUT I tend to disagree with those reviewers for couple of reasons: First , purchasing a TV is like an investment and you'll keep the TV for at least four years and 4K contents are increasing. Second, there are 4K contents! Most of the new shows and movies have been shot in 4K. Even if the content is not 4K, it'll be clearer in a 4K TV as the TV upscale it. Now what makes this TV different from the competitors' are the superb picture quality, the front speakers, and the beautiful wedge premium design. While there's no argue that Sony's been known for making the best looking products, I haven't seen another TV that catches attention like it or come even close to it. Also, the picture quality feels vivid and real especially with the new dynamic range.

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Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV

Sony 55" Black Ultra HD 4K LED 3D HDTV

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