Rated 5 out of 5 by SilverPearl Excellent Top Tier 4k UHD TV
This is an excellent TV for those who truly care about picture quality. The up conversion works great without adding visible artifacts and if you can provide a true 1080p or 4k signal you will be blown away. I haven't noticed any light bleed from it only having edge dimming and if there is, I don't think it is worth the price difference compared to the X950B's. You will not find a flat screen TV with better sound either, period, which is a factor for me as I do not use my main 2 channel audio system for TV. If picture quality is your major purchasing factor, then look no further.
October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SFCgeF Leader of the Pack
My review of the Sony Bravia XBR65X900B: The television is an excellent and awesome product, 5 stars. It has an excellent picture ( Cinerama, vivid, plausible), grand sound quality, and the features in the operation of the said product are smooth and easy. The speakers are in the most optimal position. I strongly recommend the product and feel that Sony moves constructively toward improving performance and support, and excels in enhancing performance of their products. I have 2 other wide screen televisions and was leaning toward purchasing their (competitor) new model Big screen, Not!!! Thanks Sony, job well done.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by salman1025 Awesome picture and awesome sound (for a TV)!
I have this sitting all by itself in my family room and it looks beautiful and sleek. I have a single HDMI cable going into it from my dish receiver (which I've hidden away). The digital content through Netflix (including 4K), Hulu, Playstation Now and ton of other apps means I don't need any other devices. I've even used Pandora on it to just listen to music in the house. Running beautiful 4K slide shows with some background music is perfect for parties. The speakers provide excellent sound for a family room so I don't need a sound bar or any other equipment. The wireless sub-woofer would have been a nice addition.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by crunk BUY THIS! Don't look back! Simply an amazing TV!
Sony never disappoints! Bought this television as an upgrade from my other sony 55" 3D TV I bought 4 years ago. All I can say is WOW! 4k resolution is amazing! Netflix has some 4k programming in their lineup which really shows the capabilty of this television. Even my regular HD channels through direct tv look a ton better. Blu Ray discs even better! 3D blu rays are perfect for movie nights! The built in speakers along with the free subwoofer that was included with my purchase sounds amazing! No need for any additional sound system or anything like that. This televison is all in one just like it should be! If you've been debating on getting this televison, You will not regret it when you do! I love this thing!
I would suggest pairing a PS4 with this televison as I believe it is the perfect combo!
December 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DougReilly Awsome TV Sony does it again
Wow what a TV ! Been buying Sony TV's for the last 25 years and they have done it again. I thought I was going to buy Samsung this round because they had a brighter and more brilliant TV and sales people were pushing them as the leader but then I found the XBR 65X 900B and never looked back again! The TV is amazing and I could not be any happier in my investment. Way to stay in the game Sony!
October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by littleguy Terrific Picture!
The set up was very easy! Just turn on the set and it walks you through the whole set up. The picture setting needed to be tweaked, but I got on-line and followed suggestions from two sources and when I did this , there was a big improvement over the factory settings.
October 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Todd19383 TV was a dead within 2 months
I purchased my XBR65x900B on 10/4/14 and it was a $3800 brick by 11/30 following a Sony software update. I had done a number of software updates during this time all of which went smoothly. This time around, the update rebooted the TV after which the LED at the bottom of the TV started to blink red 8 times. A quick Google search found other people running into a similar situation. For me, the Sony documented power reset and factory reset processes didn't work. The TV constantly boot loops and is unresponsive to remote and back panel commands. After a number of boots, the TV returns to the black screen with the blinking red lights. I spent an hour on hold with Sony's TV support and never got someone to help me. Thankfully I purchased Best Buy's Geek Squad extended warranty. The GS rep that I spoke with said it sounded like it would require a mother board replacement. He had me try to manually execute the software update using a USB thumb drive, however, the TV failed to recognize the drive. When it worked, the picture and sound quality was great and it interfaced nicely with my U-verse box and Xbox One. The fact that it lasted less than 2 months makes me question my purchase. Buyers beware.
December 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandiegodom This TV Does Almost EVERYTHING Good!
4K presented an opportunity for Sony to make up some of the ground lost to Visio and Samsung over the past decade and the X900B series is a powerful salvo in that battle.
From a design perspective the X900B looks a bit like a huge XPERIA Z smartphone mounted on the wall. With the display turned off there is almost no visible seam between the speaker baffles and display panel.
The sides of the television are finished with a chrome veneer adding to the premium look. It also features a distinctive wedge shape when viewed from the side, which to my eye is adventuresome and forward thinking industrial design.
The television displays 3840x2160; this is also known as Quad Full High Definition or Ultra High Definition.
The monitor automatically detects and process 3D content in whatever formats it has been encoded. There is also a simulated 3D setting that adds some depth to native 2D content. The monitor supports connection to DLNA servers as well as video and audio streaming devices. I was able to stream audio from my Xperia Tablet Z without an issue. Screen mirroring where both audio and video are streamed to the television was less successful. Lot’s of dropped frames and video synchronization issues. When playing the same file on the tablet only there were no issues. So it could be that the processor on my tablet just doesn’t have the horsepower to support playback on both devices.
There have been a lot of article written discussing whether our eyes are able to resolve 4K resolution on a display smaller than about 80-inches. So I was mainly interested in seeing what HD material upscaled to 4K looked like. I used my Blu Ray reference movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” on my Sony BDP-S790. The results were excellent and very film-like. I did eventually turn off the monitor’s MotionFlow setting which eliminates motion blur, as I tend to prefer motion blur.
Upscaling standard definition SD to 4K didn’t produce quite as satisfactory results. But we’re talking about blowing up the image more than 5X so the lower quality is expected. What the monitor did do well with the SD material was eliminate the banding artifacts you commonly see in smoke, clouds or other gradients due to the MPEG-2 encoding used in DVDs. Sony calls this technology Super Bit Mapping and it works quite well.
The monitor my X900 replaced is a Panasonic plasma panel I’ve had and been very happy with for the past 6 years. Plasmas are legendary for their extended contrast ratios and specifically solid almost inky blacks. LED televisions have never quite been able to accomplish this. With both monitors side by side I was able to adjust the picture to look EXACTLY like the plasma display. Besides the typical picture adjustments, the X900B has an entire subset of professional controls that one can continue to tweak to total satisfaction.
The Triluminous technology using a technology called quantum dots and local dimming not only created a picture that equaled and at times rivaled the plasma’s it also revealed gradations in color that I had not seen before. For this part of the evaluation I used a cult favorite of mine – “The Island” – a surprisingly smart and beautifully photographed sci-fi feature directed by Michael Bay. Whereas on the plasma blue hues appeared as one color, on the X900B you could distinguish that it was blue graduating into a purplish blue. The local dimming though seemed to stumble when cutting quickly between very contrasty scenes.
When watching the Netflix service via the X900B if a film is available in 4K this is what you will see. It happened that “Star Trek Into Darkness” was also streaming on Netflix so this gave me an opportunity to actually compare native 4K with the upscaled Blu-Ray. Contrary to the discussions, I could very easily see the difference between the native 4K and upscaled Blu-Ray. It was a dramatic difference not even requiring an A/B comparison. Besides a noticeably sharper picture the ‘deep color’ was also a dramatic differences between 4K and HD. In the opening scene Kirk and McCoy are running through a field of red and yellow foliage. Red is a difficult color to reproduce in a saturated manner without it looking almost electric. The X900B reproduced these colors with ease and they literally popped off the screen. The saturation was so deep and lifelike I think my jaw actually dropped.
The X900B is built around a set of two-way drivers and two slightly larger than 3-inch subwoofers – now don’t laugh yet. The wedged shape of television allows for a larger enclosure that extends beyond the front baffles. The high end is a little bright but there is an onboard equalizer that allows you to tailor the speaker output to your room. All of this translates into a surprisingly balanced sound with satisfying bass response. Add the optional subwoofer and you have full range speaker system.
There is a simulated surround sound function that produces a wider sound field and even a voice setting that can be used to enhance the clarity of the dialogue. If you are thinking about buying a lower cost television an then adding a soundbar you would be better served allocating the soundbar funds to buying this TV – the speakers are that good!
The X900B includes social media integration so you can monitor Twitter feeds while watching television or use the built in camera to video chat with Skype. But what I found most impressive was the inclusion of the “PlayStation Now” game streaming service. It’s a pretty simple task to pair your controller to the monitor, launch the service, and browse through the available PS3 games until you find one you’d like to rent. Once the game is loaded the experience is identical to game play on an actual PS3 console. I did not experience any lag time between the controller and the action on-screen. Feedback to the controller worked and the visuals and audio were outstanding.
I’m not normally one to gush over electronics but in my opinion, this is an end-all-be-all television that performs great at everything a modern family needs in the entertainment space. The X900B is future proof. Expandable. Almost any video source looks good. If you have Netflix already (and who doesn’t) you’ve got access to 4K content that I believe anyone just casually viewing the television will be able to see the difference. The sound quality is immersive and well balanced whether you are streaming music, playing games or watching an action movie. And did I mention it’s also a PS3? Wrap all of this in a gorgeous future forward industrial design and the X900B is a formidable champion in the 4K market.
December 5, 2014