65" Class (64.5" diag) XBR 4K Ultra HD TV
Step up from 2K TV's
Had the 4K XBR65X900A LCD TV for about 2 weeks now. Replaced a 5-year-old Sony 52XBR3 that still performs beautifully. I am a retired Bio-Medical engineer so I am used to working with cutting edge technology. Have been in the Home video/theater hobby since my 21” CRT TV and Betamax about 35 years.
In one word superb, blacks are black and whites are white. All colors are vibrant and rich. Detail is unparallel to anything I have seen before in both the up-scaled image and the native 4K images. I have not seen any motion artifacts that are so prevalent to a LCD image. Viewing angle is improved, I have watched a variety of programs: live sports, network and cable shows. Premium channels and Blu-ray movies all have looked better then anything I have seen in a home theater setting. I just installed the Sony 4K Media player yesterday and now I believe I have seen the ultimate in home viewing. I will review that unit after I have some more “play time”. Screen is one large piece of glass and can be a little reflective. My viewing room is pretty average, neither real dark nor real light. You will want to keep direct light off the screen for best viewing.
Never been a big fan of 3D but I am now. The 3D image on this unit is very bright and the 3D effect is impressive, without being fatiguing or gimmicky. You get 4 pairs of glasses and extra ones are only $10 a pair. It is a passive 3D system that is the superior system. The 4K LCD’s can use passive because of the extra resolution to each eye that 4K provides and the added brightness produced. That is why your local Digital and film theaters use passive 3D. Believe me this TV produces the best home 3D I have ever witnessed.
The sound from the TV speakers is a major improvement in technology. It just sounds good and not like most tinny TV speakers.
TV set up was easy, as was interfacing to my existing equipment. There were some compatibility issues though.
First my older Pioneer Elite receiver would not pass the 3D or the 4K signals. I knew that before I bought and planned to upgrade my receiver. I upgraded to a Sony STR-DN1040 with HDMI 1.4a and those two problems were solved.
My PS3 worked with no problems. I don’t play games, so I can’t comment on that. MLB.TV looked great, as did all my Blu-rays.
All in all I believe this is a major step up from 2K systems and am very happy with my purchase. If you are considering purchasing a 4K LCD TV I would say go for it, you will like what you see. One last thing the unit itself even turned off is a beautiful piece of equipment.
July 14, 2013
Good Concept, but horrible execution
It's nice to be able to get a taste of 4K with a TV and media player with real watchable content (new movie releases and TV shows), and the picture quality is great: But then the trouble begins!
1. The documentation that comes with the player and TV is very vague about supported connections, resolutions, etc. For example, I could not get a 480i signal to work through HDMI, and can't confirm anywhere if it is because the TV does not accept this. (My receiver OSD is 480i, sadly).
2. Audio output connectivity is terribly limited - it seems the secondary HDMI output on the FMP-X1 is the only way to get surround sound? Again, no documentation from Sony to confirm whether the optical output on the TV itself supports 5.1 or just stereo (As some user reviews suggest, though I spoke to Sony tech support and said 5.1 will work). The omission of an optical output on the FMP-X1 is just cruel.
3. Zero direct control of the FMP-X1. It sometimes turns off, and has to be manually turned on again!
4. Limited settings. The TV and media player pair auto-detect and switch settings on the fly. I keep setting the TV to external speakers and it likes to switch back to TV speakers when it doesn't detect HDMI audio connectivity on the 2nd port of the FMP-X1 - and there's no way to disable this auto behavior that I can find. (I was trying to use an HDMI audio extractor to get audio out of the 2nd HDMI port and then convert it into SPDIF).
5. Sony Entertainment Network is the weakest link here. Credit card verification is problematic, with no way around it when it rejects legitimate credit cards. The wallet can't hold more than $150. At $35 a movie, this makes no sense at all. Also, the website still asks for a 5 digit code to link hardware to the account, but this is not necessary for these new 4K TVs. You just need to log in. Overall, 4K customers shouldn't be piggy-backing on a system made for gamers and mobile media customers - I'm sure they are very different target customers.
6. This seems like a real rush to market solution, that wasn't thought out well - especially when considering who a 4K customer in 2013 / 2014 would be. I wish Sony had created some type of 4K concierge team to go along with the entire lens to living room 4K product push!
January 27, 2014
Pictures very impressive and out of this world
The color and clarity of the pictures unbelievable. 3D is amazing even the simulated 3D is expectacular. A bit expensive, but the prices have been lowered, and it comes with free 4k ultra media player and free shipping. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for an upgrade. Truly exceptional. Can't asked for more.
January 3, 2014
The Picture Is Phenomenal. Upscaling to 4K is a Noticeable difference.
The Colors are Very Vibrant. You see colors on this T.V. that you don't notice on other LCD and LED HD T.V.'s. When I looked at the picture on display in the Sony store, I was hoping to get the same results at home. I did :). I wondered if the upscaling would look really good at home, it does, from the Sorry signal (about a True 720p to 1080i) that the cable providers send us. Could not be happier with the purchase.
December 31, 2013