Rated 4 out of 5 by Maritimer Smart TV ???
The problem I have with this TV is the advertised " Smart TV" this unit does not work well browsing the internet very few sites are accessible do to software missing money spent on picture quality, You also have to download software to your PC to stream pictures and videos from your PC to the TV.If you don't care about the internet side it's a great TV, great picture
September 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by balancedphoto my 50R550a is mind blowing!
So I recently purchased my Sony KDL-50R550a LED smart television and I have to say that this is one of the best 50" televisions I have ever seen. Or can I say that Sony have such beautiful picture quality! I used to be a Samsung owner but noticed that the Sony is able to produce more lifelike natural colors instead of having vivid unnatural colors on my previous Samsung set. For example, watching football on Sundays the grass doesn't look neon green and reds don't look bright vivid red. This television produces colors so natural that I think that I'm there! This set is also able to produce pitch black scenes while maintaining bright colors throughout the screen. Also, it has really good back lighting! See the picture that I uploaded! I enjoy playing my PS3 on this television and have HT-CT550 hooked up to get a full experience! Very straightforward and easy to use smart applications, premium metal stand that's low profile for an under $900 television (you wont find a tv at this price with a premium design), and the passive 3D gives me theater like experience! (comes with 4 sets of glasses)
If you're shopping for a 50" television, you came to the right place!
September 3, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by PatrickH LED backlight FAILED in 1 month
I purchased this TV online in August. LED backlight failed in less than a month. The backlight on the left hand side started blinking (going on and off in 2-second intervals) last week and has been like this since then.
I recorded a video to show this issue: http://youtu.be/sMRDZum8bSk
I'm a Sony lover (have a bunch of Sony laptops/cameras etc.) but I'm very disappointed at the Sony TV quality.
September 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dmkc93 Excellent Value
I am going from a 46" Sony Bravia LCD HDTV (4 yrs old) that I paid $2900.00 new to this 50" 50R550A. The new sony has a better picture, wireless features and 3D for $999. Great progress Sony. This TV has a great picture and the 3D works great. I am very impressed with the picture quality and easy set up. I went to the local electronics store (BB) to look at this TV after I purchased it online at Sony.com. However, the picture did not look that great in the store. I was nervous and had second thoughts about my purchase. I think this was due to the settings used at the local store (BB). Once it arrived and I had it set up and I was very impressed with the picture quality and the features. At home it looked absolutely great. In fact, I accessed Netflix on my old TV and the new TV at the same time to evaluate the picture. The picture was much better than my old Bravia and well worth the $999. Price tag. You simply cannot beat the value of this TV! My only regret is that I bought the 50" instead of the 60" or 70". This has to be the best value for the money of any TV on the market and its a Sony! I have multiple Sony electronics and have always had good luck with their products.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Weezie Very Impressive TV
I was able to locate this model locally and directly compare it to Samsung and LG. I liked the picture on the Sony better and the design was much more attractive.
Yes, it cost a little more but so worth it, just no comparison. I've had it about a month now and enjoy it so much, it was the perfect TV for me. With high definition content I sometimes feel like I'm looking out a window, it's just that good.
I'm not a techie person but can only tell you that the menus are very easy to use, secure wireless connection was easy to set, the apps work great, and picture and sound adjustments are simple.
A big plus for me was that I was able to ditch the sound bar I used with my previous set, a Panasonic 42", as the internal speakers are more than good enough for me. Speakers on competing brands were, in a word, terrible.
I highly recommend this set and believe Sony quality will insure years of enjoyment.
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mkachmar One of the the best 3D viewing experience
50" (diag) R550A Series LED Internet TV, model KDL50R550A, Nice 3d processing, overall excellent sound without additional sound bars, very good edge to edge saturation, excellent contrast control. I also like the mirror functions from my SONY tablet to TV or from my Cell phone. Excellent value for the price.
September 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by pq2u Not a great TV
Colour reproduction is good. Backlighting was good for the first few months but after that... wow; serious dark banding horizontally and "flashlights" in all four corners. Very disappointed.
Every day I see TV's in people's homes and this model has worse backlight issues than even the cheapo Insignias I connect.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CAUser Better Picture Quality and worth price
I had this for one month now and its very good in picture quality, brightness and everything. I don't have any negative points for now. I will update it if there are any. After looking at my unit 3 of my friends also ordered same units.
July 11, 2013