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
After using it for 3 weeks, I am just loving it! It is such a beauty!
Amazing picture quality, it is hard to go back to HD after long exposure. I just wish everything is in 4K resolution soon (not likely).
I can honestly say that I am having better experiences watching 3D BD movies on this TV than watching 3D movies in theater, it is so crisp and clear and the colors are so rich.
Speakers are nice, although they are still weak compare to high quality home theater speakers but they are not bad, even at high volume.
The Motion Flow setting is great, I find my self toggle between True Cinema and Smooth depending on the material that I am watching. In other words, movie still looks like movie on this TV.
Works great with Playstation 4. It automatically adjusts the video/audio settings.
Did I mention that it is gorgeous!
(mostly software issues, hopefully SONY can take care of them by software update)
The little door on the digital optical port fell off on the first day I try to plug in the cable, but a minor issue.
Since currently there aren't too many 4K materials so I downloaded some 4K samples thinking that I can put them on a USB drive and play as USB media. However to my shocking surprise the software only supports USB video resolution of 1080 (HD). Hopefully this can changed soon in the future with firmware update.
Playing picture file on USB is also tricky, unless your image resolution is "just right", otherwise it doesn't read it either.
The Facebook App is useless if you are trying to display anything other than English, but for me this isn't much of a problem since I don't see myself using it very often. One more thing, I can't seem to find a way to remove the account once entered, I can only log out, but anyone can simply hit Login to access my account.
The material and construction of the remote controls aren't very good. You would think SONY would have designed these remotes that's on par with the stunning look of the TV itself. Personally I feel these remotes belong to <$300 TV set, not a TV that cost $6000
November 16, 2013
I have been waiting for a very long time to get the latest and the best
from sony. My last sony has been perfect never a problem still going
strong I have had it since 2000.
With the New 4k tech! I had to jump in and get the very best from sony!
I am so happy with my new xbr-65x900a. It's been a long time coming
and with the quailty that comes from sony I know this one will take me
to my next jump in 10 plus yrs. Thank you Sony! Love it!
October 18, 2013
Window to the world is here
Okay... this is it. All my life I have imagined this kind of home connection to the world. The design of the TV with speakers is a work of art... even if you just put it near a wall and never plug it in. Every input is a case of ...best ever for me, from old standard def sources to 1080p broadcasts, to Blu-ray. The TV does upgrade everything to more satisfying levels. My replaced TV is the 55XBR8 which has been a magnificent device it’s ownself. I wanted a larger screen without loss of any quality. This TV accomplished that. The 4k experience is the bonus. A 100% 4k from start to finish recording is unbelievable. I feel like I must have an HDMI socket in the back of my head that has finally been connected.
Every detail is as described by Sony. I paid $180 extra for a Sony contracted install. I bought direct from Sony because I think it ensures full satisfaction without risk. I also have respect for Sony as a world citizen. Every detail of the TV, the 4K player, and the installation has been perfect. Even the carton that the TV comes in is a wonder of simple and perfect function.
I had zero interest in buying 3D, but that too is a shocking delight. The real pay off is the combined excellence of all features. Sony introduced me to the Berlin Philharmonic’s online theater via a free one month introduction. I had no idea. Full HD archives from Germany, along with live concerts. I have been lobbying for this kind of delivery of arts to the home for many years. No one told me it was here until Sony. I have every confidence that 4K will elevate TV viewing in years ahead. I am enjoying the previews that were supplied by Sony and I have found a few more. I will indeed buy 4K versions as they arrive. Yes, even most classic masterpiece movies that I bought in every media format... I will want one more time in 4K. But, I look forward to the Metropolitan Opera in 4K. I would like our national television, PBS in 4K. I love baseball and hockey and of course 4K would be a miracle. I have a large collection of Blu-ray opera and dance performance. Yes, 4K please. And, could we please get really really serious about travel and nature programming... 4K only from now on please.
September 17, 2013