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Sony XBR55X900F 55 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Last Updated: 4 Feb 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.3
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
202
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4K
RESOLUTION
55 meters
SIZE
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HDMI

Review Summary - 144 recent, verified reviews

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Picture Quality
 62
quality, 4k, tv, stunning, sound
+98%
-2%
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" ...  Also the picture is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  The video panned smoothly, the contrast and blacks were really nice and I was pleased with the uniformity of the brightness given the size of the TV. ... Picture of TV is completely satisfying. ... That may be more of a function of my eyes than the picture itself. ... Overall I am still happy with the picture and have really only found the blooming to be distracting one time, while watching some scenes in the first Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine.  ...  "
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" ...  I followed the recommended picture settings I found in Consumer reports and am quite pleased with the results.  ...  "
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" ...  Picture quality is phenomenal despite not being OLED and the TV itsekf looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  LG worked best at the 8000 level for a much lower price point, but the dual database processing, superior contrast (look at this model side by side with the 800E model and you really see the difference), the Sony won the 900/9000 comparison.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent HDR picture quality from 4K Blu rays via an oppo udp 203.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture quality is awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  It handles fast moving images great.  ...  "
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Resolution
 47
tv, content, 1080p, television, hdr
+94%
-6%
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" ...  Watched the opening scene of John Wick 2 in 4K HDR last night and the picture was great.  ...  "
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" ...  Once completed I hooked the set to our HD cable box, an external Roku 2 media device and of course the internet via our 5G cable modem. ... I use the internal Android streaming apps for Amazon and Netflix to gain access to the 4K content they offer. ... I’ll soon replace my external Roku with a 4K capable device as my wife and I both prefer their user interface. ... We’ve viewed 4K content on Netflix and it is quite amazing. ... It’s easy to get spoiled watching it, kind of like when we first purchased a HD tv. ... It make you wish everything was in 4K but having said that regular HD looks great on this set also. ... Overall I’m very happy with this set and would recommend it for anyone looking to purchase a 4K smart TV.  ...  "
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" ...  I use my AppleTV 4K for all videos and movies.  ...  "
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" ...  Great 4K tv for gaming  ...  "
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" ...  Picture looks fantastic on DirecTV 1080 signal, but put Netflix on and feed it 4K and wow, amazing!  ...  "
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" ...  I've watched a couple of movies, one in hd and one in 1080p, and upscaling seems to work really well, as does motion processing. ... When I watch video reviews of tvs showing demo video on those tvs, it looks quite good to me second-hand on mine.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased the 49 inch Bravia TV. ... The Bravia found all available local channels with no problem.  ...  "
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" ...  When I went from SD to HD 10 years ago, I noticed the difference in quality. ... Nothing on my BluRay on 1080p ever felt like this. ... Watching 4K content with Dolby Vision is just so striking.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 36
android, alexa, use, smart, one
+78%
-22%
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" ...  The best operating "smart tv" I have come across.  ...  "
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" ...  Love this TV.  ...  "
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" ...  I love every single thing about this TV.  ...  "
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" ...  love this tv  ...  "
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" ...  I bypassed the android setup and skipped all the smart tv bits.  ...  "
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" ...  Goes well with my Sonos entertainment system, Alexa device, and Xbox one X.  ...  "
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" ...  - It automatically senses when you plug in an external receiver and switches the TV's sound on and off accordingly. ... I use an NVIDIA Shield TV as my main streaming device, and that still has a number of advantages over the version on the TV so I plan to continue using it even though I could technically just use the TV by itself now.  ...  "
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" ...  We are a Windows, iOS household and there’s been no problem for us at all getting used to Android.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 28
panel, screen, lcd, oled, brightness
+82%
-18%
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" ...  The tv is great.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchased the 49 inch Bravia TV.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV is nothing less than pure awesome. ... The screen is killer huge and well lit when a bright scene appears. ... Oh and why I picked this TV over Samsung Offerings with 82 inch screens you ask?  ...  "
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" ...  It came down to OLED or LED. ... LED is a well established technology and it shows in this set.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  In all, this is a great TV.  ...  "
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" ...  This TV is amazing!  ...  "
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" ...  Coming from only ever owning edge-lit, it's extremely bright.  ...  "
Software Platform
 27
android, apps, alexa, google, netflix
+74%
-26%
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" ...  This TV is probably my last for a long time, I replaced a Mits 71" DLP which is still great, but a lot of updates happen in TVs in 10 years.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't use any of the apps, I have an Amazon Firestick that I use if I want to stream anything.  ...  "
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" ...  Sony software upgrade made a difference.  ...  "
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" ...  - Android TV works SO MUCH better than every other TV interface I've come in contact with. ... I use an NVIDIA Shield TV as my main streaming device, and that still has a number of advantages over the version on the TV so I plan to continue using it even though I could technically just use the TV by itself now.  ...  "
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" ...  The Android OS is way cool.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe the software update performed during the initial setup helped things 5G wise, who knows! ... (FYI, you must configure the settings individually for each HDMI port and for the Smart TV Streaming applications) The settings are designed to produce lifelike color which we prefer. ... I use the internal Android streaming apps for Amazon and Netflix to gain access to the 4K content they offer. ... We use Roku devices on all our sets and having a common interface keeps things simple.  ...  "
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" ...  I naturally looked for the TV’s setup menu.  ...  "
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" ...  I bypassed the android setup and skipped all the smart tv bits. ... Everything is run through my AVR, with switching to ROKU my preferred "smart mode".  ...  "
Color
 24
black, color, brightness, blacks, vivid
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Colors are clear and vibrant.  ...  "
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" ...  Blacks are deep and all other colors true.  ...  "
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" ...  Colors are so bright and sharp.  ...  "
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" ...  Blacks are black and definition is very good. ... Color is vivid. ... There is NO loss of definition or color.  ...  "
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" ...  Colors and contrast, right out of the box, were well within what I normally prefer.  ...  "
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" ...  Darks are amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  The video panned smoothly, the contrast and blacks were really nice and I was pleased with the uniformity of the brightness given the size of the TV. ... Noticed some improvement in color accuracy but honestly that is about it so far.  ...  "
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" ...  The blacks are JET Black. ... The screen is killer huge and well lit when a bright scene appears. ... The colors are intensely vivid.  ...  "
Marketplace
 23
amazon, delivery, way, tv, review
+96%
-4%
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" ...  The picture I posted with my review don't even do justice as it looks way better in person.  ...  "
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" ...  The Amazon team and XPO delivery is GREAT!!  ...  "
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" ...  simply a fantastic picture!!  ...  "
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" ...  Such a beautiful picture. ... Thank you Sony!  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon has been great, immediately replacing the first.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon has the best customer service is the only positive from this purchase.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is great.  ...  "
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" ...  Also the picture is amazing.  ...  "
Apps
 21
android, tv, google, content, app
+67%
-33%
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" ...  I use the internal Android streaming apps for Amazon and Netflix to gain access to the 4K content they offer.  ...  "
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" ...  YouTube has effective visits to help here.  ...  "
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" ...  Google Assistant integration is awesome. ... We are a Windows, iOS household and there’s been no problem for us at all getting used to Android.  ...  "
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" ...  Extremely easy set up, absolutely great picture and all the apps you could ever want.  ...  "
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" ...  Prime video, Play Music and all of the other apps works efficiently.  ...  "
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" ...  I will update after I load software the way I want. ... It is app driven, and really built for streaming services and gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  The OS is Android TV and works pretty much like other android systems, with a lot of the settings and customization missing. ... All of the built in apps work great, as well as downloaded apps like KODI.  ...  "
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" ...  The Android OS is way cool.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 20
tv, speakers, quality, sound bar, system
+100%
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" ...  Also bought the sound bar.  ...  "
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" ...  Quality picture and sound.  ...  "
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" ...  I just use tv sound and it sounds good and gets loud enough to not need a sound bar. ... Although 5 speaker surround sound would be nice!  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is good.  ...  "
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" ...  This sound enhancement system makes you feel as if you were in a movie theater.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound quality is great, and probably better than any LCD TV I've used.  ...  "
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" ...  Couldn’t comment on sound quality as I use some bi-amped Tannoy studio monitors (Reveal active) from say, 2001 which I love.  ...  "
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" ...  Watching movies is a real pleasure also and the sound quality is quite good even with the internal speakers. ... We watched the Bruce Springsteen on Broadway special on Netflix and it was great but I did use external speakers for that.  ...  "
Setup
 19
set, easy, went, well, tv
+79%
-21%
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" ...  Have to be computer savvy to set up correctly even following the instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up was pretty easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe the software update performed during the initial setup helped things 5G wise, who knows!  ...  "
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" ...  During initial setup I was given a choice of setting up TV channels or other inputs. ... I naturally looked for the TV’s setup menu.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought the installation package.  ...  "
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" ...  YouTube has effective visits to help here.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up for the Sony XBR49X900F is easy, straight forward and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivery team treated my new television like it was their own. ... As for television, set up and programming went well  ...  "
Price
 17
tv, worth, money, would, spent
+100%
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" ...  I would pay good money to have no ads or promotions. ... I didn't want the cheapest price and if I did, I would not have bought the XBR 900F. ... What I demand is best in class quality, outstanding reliability, elegance and I'll pay whatever price is needed to obtain it.  ...  "
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" ...  A pretty good TV for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  And 2) I chose the more expensive 900 model over the similar 850, which was about $1,000 cheaper.  ...  "
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" ...  These wont last long at that price.  ...  "
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" ...  Awesome picture on this TV - worth the extra money!!!  ...  "
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" ...  In my opinion it is worth every penny I spent.  ...  "
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" ...  Worth every penny!  ...  "
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" ...  Definitely worth another 500 for the 900E.  ...  "
Video Playback
 15
video, movies, hdr, 4k, youtube
+93%
-7%
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" ...  I do watch movies and TV every now and then, and again, it's really good.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great with Apple TV and watching movies in HDR.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon Prime Videos has a lot of free 4K movies.  ...  "
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" ...  That said I've found myself using an Apple TV for 100% of my TV and movie viewing. ... It's significantly larger than the last TV but at same distance with same HD video sources it seems to be processing the video quite a bit better.  ...  "
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" ...  Finally, video quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Video games play well on this TV and look good.  ...  "
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" ...  Watching movies is a real pleasure also and the sound quality is quite good even with the internal speakers.  ...  "
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" ...  Watching movies is awesome and there doesn't seem to be any motion blur while watching football (only watch a portion of one preseason game so far).  ...  "
Product Reliability
 14
months, later, weeks, sony, repaired
+64%
-36%
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" ...  We’ve been watching the set for several weeks now and I’m quite pleased overall.  ...  "
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" ...  in the past 6 years I've bought a similarly priced Panasonic, and 2 Samsungs.  ...  "
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" ...  *I bought this TV a couple months ago.  ...  "
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" ...  Trusted brand for tivi so many years!  ...  "
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" ...  I love this TV and wish I had bought it months ago when I first saw it.  ...  "
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" ...  Sony is just better than Samsung - which has circuit board issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm enjoying this 49" 900F even if it's only been a little over 30 days.  ...  "
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" ...  Will probably get it professionally calibrated after break-in period and will update review after both.  ...  "
Product As Described
 14
review, looks, x900f, wonderful, one
+100%
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" ...  The x900e is to the left in the comparison picture(the one with two tvs)the X900f is to the right.  ...  "
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" ...  That may be more of a function of my eyes than the picture itself.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the picture.  ...  "
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" ...  GENERAL REVIEW OF PICTURE/ETC: Looks OK.  ...  "
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" ...  simply a fantastic picture!!  ...  "
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" ...  Also the picture is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  Just right for my needs and a wonderful picture.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture is great.  ...  "
Remote
 12
tv, control, sony, sensor, frame
+50%
-50%
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" ...  Then you must install the batteries in the remote with no easy explaintion on how to open it. ... Even the (ugly) remote is an a billboard for Netflix with a huge bright red button. ... Nothing about all those remote buttons (why so many remote buttons?) ... The remote needs improvement! ... Yes, the remote is that bad. ... A metal remote? ... Range is ok, and the voice remote is nice, but is too slow to respond, and has limited capability to control the TV.  ...  "
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" ...  My only negative would be the remote. ... It boggles my mind they wouldn't include a simple Settings button on the remote.  ...  "
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" ...  Remote control is the worst i ever used.  ...  "
Delivery
 12
amazon, time, delivered, arrived, undamaged
+100%
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" ...  The delivery man Amazon contracted stole a $100 pen in his way out.  ...  "
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" ...  The Amazon team and XPO delivery is GREAT!! ... Delivery was on time, television was well protected. ... Delivery team treated my new television like it was their own.  ...  "
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" ...  It arrived from Amazon well packaged (Thank you, Sony) and undamaged.  ...  "
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" ...  The TV set was delivered by UPS this time, and it came perfectly (It is worth paying the additional 2 day shipping so that we know the exact time frame when the TV will come).  ...  "
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" ...  Item arrived quickly and in good condition.  ...  "
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" ...  Packed very well for delivery.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivery was without issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Hope the next one arrives undamaged.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 11
set, setup, roku, apps
+100%
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" ...  It's simple and easy to navigate.  ...  "
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" ...  Current setup is much easier than the various setup guides.  ...  "
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" ...  Takes a few minutes to come to grips w/ the settings but the menus are easy enough.  ...  "
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" ...  The Roku was easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  It can be setup that way.  ...  "
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" ...  Extremely easy set up, absolutely great picture and all the apps you could ever want.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up was pretty easy.  ...  "
Features
 10
like, sony, sets, set, really
+60%
-40%
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" ...  The quality far outways the features.  ...  "
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" ...  Like all such sets, forget the preset modes.  ...  "
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" ...  LED is a well established technology and it shows in this set.  ...  "
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" ...  Turns out you can disable this feature in several ways and ever tweak it down if you like somewhere in between.  ...  "
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" ...  At 1st it was really great as default settings.  ...  "
Ports
 10
hdmi, port, cable, component, 2
+70%
-30%
comment
" ...  HDMI is easy from the cable box, but from a Roku or wireless Sony hub, sound only from the TV speakers until I realized I needed an optical audio cable, now all is good.  ...  "
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" ...  The enhanced setting for HDMI ports is available only for ports 2 and 3.  ...  "
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" ...  Once completed I hooked the set to our HD cable box, an external Roku 2 media device and of course the internet via our 5G cable modem. ... (FYI, you must configure the settings individually for each HDMI port and for the Smart TV Streaming applications) The settings are designed to produce lifelike color which we prefer.  ...  "
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" ...  I learned while researching my purchase that TVs no longer come with component connectors.  ...  "
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" ...  I did manage to screw on the feet, locate the HDMI ports and "audio out" port so that I could hook up my cable Tivo box, Apple TV box, Amazon Fire TV box, Blu-ray DVD player, and my external speakers.  ...  "
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" ...  i can't find any info on how fast the ethernet actually is, but I'm guessing it's a 10/100 based on it's performance.  ...  "
Gaming
 9
gaming, game, video, play, games
+100%
comment
" ...  It is app driven, and really built for streaming services and gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  Grass while watching a football game looked candy green.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this TV for gaming, and I couldn't be happier.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the best set for games I have used personally.  ...  "
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" ...  Video games play well on this TV and look good.  ...  "
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" ...  Unlike some of my previous TVs, when I'm gaming I don't notice any latency at all.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m not a huge sports fan but NFL games look great on this set.  ...  "
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" ...  I game on the xbox one x. ... The response times on game mode are fantastic.  ...  "
Returns
 8
returned, one, replace, refund, ordered
-100%
comment
" ...  I almost returned it just for that defect.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe your luck will be better, but my luck was terrible.  ...  "
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" ...  Returned and ordered another one, EXACT same problem on the replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Thus I had to return the TV.  ...  "
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" ...  Returned 2 already.  ...  "
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" ...  Forced to return the item for a refund and reorder it.  ...  "
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" ...  i returned it same day I received it.  ...  "
Build Quality
 8
price, nice, plastic, metal, dark
+63%
-38%
comment
" ...  Great quality, and superb build.  ...  "
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" ...  Well, for me, it is all that and a bag of chips.  ...  "
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" ...  You should never buy cheap.  ...  "
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" ...  The built in speakers are actually decent and so are the legs.  ...  "
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" ...  Hate the foot stands but the rest is wonderful!  ...  "
Controls
 6
menu, button, way, setup, settings
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  One that has less buttons, and no ad buttons (like Netflix). ... Something besides a candy bar stick with a rubber membrane buttons.  ...  "
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" ...  It will take you a while to get used to the placement of the arrow buttons as it has another layer of buttons outside of it that you'll always instinctively click instead. ... Also, there is NO button for SETTINGS. ... You have to click a different button, scroll all the way down past ads and apps to click on the settings buttons.  ...  "
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" ...  Instead of being gullible I tried "button mashing" method.  ...  "
Design
 6
weeks, sure, plastic, look, dark
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  There just isn't the detail. ... The glowing front "Sony" logo led is poorly executed and looks cheap.  ...  "
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" ...  That looks more like two weeks to me.  ...  "
Capacity
 5
seems, living, feet, dark
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  I have a limited space in my living room wall unit so 49 inch is the largest I can accommodate.  ...  "
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" ...  and hung it on the wall in our living room which definitely requires 2 people as the set weighs 50+ lbs.  ...  "
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" ...  Fortunately I found 4 appropriate screws in my basement.  ...  "
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" ...  Will buy another for the game room.  ...  "
Cables
 5
cord, tv, sony, get, 4k
+60%
-40%
comment
" ...  Already had a Sony Receiver for my sound system, so this integrated well once I figured out how to hook up all the wires.  ...  "
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" ...  I learned while researching my purchase that TVs no longer come with component connectors.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd done my homework and upgraded everything in my system to 4k including the Xfinity cable box and a new Denon receiver.  ...  "
Wash Programs
 4
default, shows, sets, really, like
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Like all such sets, forget the preset modes.  ...  "
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" ...  Still playing with the settings.  ...  "
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" ...  At 1st it was really great as default settings.  ...  "
Device Stand
 4
mount, able, tv
+100%
comment
" ...  - It looks great and has the smallest bezels of any TV I've had (to the point that the lip on my Kinect mount actually covered a tiny part of the screen until I modified it).  ...  "
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" ...  Tv was received in very good packaging and was then easily mounted on the aeon wall mount.  ...  "
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" ...  It's super heavy, but manageable for a careful single person, I was able to unbox and mount it to the wall alone.  ...  "
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" ...  I was able to use the old fully articulated wall mount as the 55" 900F actually weighed ½ pound less.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 4
one, dust, dead pixels, coating
-100%
comment
" ...  Yes, albeit very hard to notice thankfully (bottom part of the screen has several dead pixels).  ...  "
comment
" ...  Arrived with shattered screen.  ...  "
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" ...  2nd one had even more dust particles and a large scratch on the coating that went under the border of the screen, so it was from the manufacturer for sure.  ...  "
Network
 4
antenna, signal, feet, channels, wireless
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Wifi performance, and network connectivity is very good. ... I had no issues connecting to my high end Netgear nighthawk 2018 router that was about 4 feet from the TV.  ...  "
comment
" ...  My old TV had lost the ability to tune in two of my local channels even though I use a large attic mounted antenna with an amplifier.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Wireless is close to 15 mbs.  ...  "
Overall performance
 3
far, excellent
+100%
comment
" ...  Based on my experience so far it does an excellent job.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I was impressed with the deliver and handling back then and only trusted them to get the job done.  ...  "
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" ...  It handles fast moving images great.  ...  "
Viewing Angles
 3
viewing, tv
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  We have two coaches at an angle to any tv we would get and I have to say the angle viewing is very good on this. ... I sit at a 25 degree angle and no problem.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Easy you can't see the pictures for a side viewing angle very well if at all.  ...  "
ISP
 3
ethernet
+100%
comment
" ...  It can be setup that way.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Wireless is close to 15 mbs.  ...  "
comment
" ...  i can't find any info on how fast the ethernet actually is, but I'm guessing it's a 10/100 based on it's performance.  ...  "
Cleaning
 3
clean, tv, one, dust, coating
-100%
comment
" ...  Just removing the Styrofoam and sticky plastic from the dusty TV caused frustration, and a big clean up. ... Out of the box, the TV had dirt on it (looked like desert dust you'd find in the Mojave desert).  ...  "
comment
" ...  First one had hairs/dust under antiglare coating and bright pixels. ... 2nd one had even more dust particles and a large scratch on the coating that went under the border of the screen, so it was from the manufacturer for sure.  ...  "
Camera
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  I know because it makes my security camera go crazy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  You need to take all that you have learned from photography and real cinema, and spend a lot of time setting the TV up, so that it looks natural.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It handles fast moving images great.  ...  "
Fit
 3
sony, seemed, fit, best
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  This Sony product seemed to be the best fit for my needs.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This one fit those requirements.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Sound quality is so-so to good to my aging ears.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Looking forward to college football this fall.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  55 meters
Connectivity
HDMI:  Yes 
Display
Resolution:  4K