Rated 3 out of 5 by JPDX 5 stars for Sony. Zero for Opera browser
Impressive visual experience as expected of Sony. Easy set up and linking with Sony AV receiver for enhanced audio.
Opera web browser is a huge let down which ruins Sony's reputation. Opera is very clunky, not user friendly, frequently unresponsive to the remote, overly slow with frequent freezing, limited to only 3 tabs, incompatible with some websites and crashing constantly (such as Bloomberg TV). Bloomberg TV has replied to my emails but still have to hear back from Sony. This is a web connected smart TV thus issues like these need to be fixed and it would be helpful to have a native app.
Also was looking forward to try wifi mirroring with Apple products for this model since previous ones specifically were labeled NFC and AV receiver is capable of Airplay (audio only) but realized this was still not possible. Apple TV is an option but counterintuitive and redundant.
Lastly, there is no way to organize USB flash drive files on the Media Server.
If you want a 4K TV and not really use the other features, this is for you.
August 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TomgInKy Sony XBRx55x850B $K HD TV
I bought this new 4 K Sony XBR, to replace what was then a top of the line 2001 TV.. A -XBR 36 " Wega...I thought it played great, .I did not really see just how bad my old TV was, until I plugged in this new XBR 4K XBR...Its like being in the same room, the people look so life like..the colors are so bright, clear, and you see so many little things that you never notice in the back gounds of other TV's..I mean minute little things so tiny...Right down to the threads of the buttons on the persons closes they are wearing..Thats how sharp the picture is...I could say a lot more..but don't just take my word for it...just buy one, you will not be disappointed one bit...and I have not even said anything about all the TV extras,,The WiFi, and that good stuff that goes with that...All the HDMI hook up's, and streaming from PC's...the list goes on and on....
November 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Truelygr8 Best XBR yet and I have owned 10 so far
I bought two at the same time one XBR 850A and one XBR850B and the B, is the one I am reviewing. I own and have owned ONLY SONY ,since they were introduced in the mid 80's. Once you get the setting down to your taste, everything is perfection. My only issue is light distribution, edge lite TV's in general aren't the best. Full array TV's are. OLED will solve all those issues. For now, everything seems life like, brilliant, precise and perfect. You couldn't ask for anything better. Anyone that even tries to tell you that LG, or Samsung or another brand, is better, just cant afford the a Sony. I wish I had waited a few months and could have save 1k per TV but that is how the market works. For me, if you cant the finest, wait don't settle and try and convince everyone that you as good a TV as a SONY. Your just trying to compare a Mercedes to a Cadillac.
October 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by i165964 4k TV+ Digital Optical Audio + Netflix - FAILED
I bought this TV from Best Buy - exchanged it in 2 days & returned in 10 days. In between had geek squad at my place 3 times & called to sony support. No luck :(
The only source of 4k content on the TV for now is Netflix (4-5 movies) limited content. Else you need to buy a very slow player FMPX10 from Sony (DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THAT PLS).
If you hook up this TV to your sounds system with an optical audio cable + run netflix, expect to hear loud distortion every time you pause or forward digital content. That sounds can damage your sounds system. BE WARNED.
Turns out the applications on this great TV are simply not fully tested. For now - not a good buy.
In the future when they clean things up, may be a good deal.
August 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by NormW Thanks to Best Buy
Best Buy replaced my 1st XBR55X850A because it died the 2nd day of use. The XBR55X850A again was replaced by Best Buy because it did not perform as advertised; replaced by XBR55X850B. Best Buy lives up to their reputation of having happy customers. This 3rd TV after 2 months and 2 days needed service because of a malfunction: 8 blinking Indicator lights and set died. Sony wanted me to send in the TV for repair: you got to be kidding. How do you box up a TV? I would have to hire a person to do it for me. I called Best Buy and the next day they were here at my home, diagnosed the problem, ordered the part and 3 days later Geek Squad was here to replace a board and had my set up and running. Will I have more problems? I hope not. My opinion of Sony has been diminished. To be sure I still like Sony. My other Sony products have performed will.
September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jfuel90 Amazing picture
We bought this tv about a month ago and are still In awe at how crisp and detailed the picture is, very lifelike. Built in Wifi and netflix, Hulu are a plus, but you may find yourself limited as most of the other apps are what Sony provides and you cannot download other apps. Sound is good and 3D looks good also. The preloaded netflix does have a 4k content section, but it is limited and the Sony 4k player is on the expensive side. So it may be a while before you can really appreciate the full potential of this tv.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by stairstars Went to buy the Sammy...but
The Sammy really looked good in their 4K model and we were just about to write it up, when I glanced and saw the SONY display. Oh, well, already here. My 9 year old SONY LCOS was on the blink after 4 years good service, which was a feat, as it was the ones that had the green glob and lots of problems and had two gut replacements to get us this far. I was not warm to SONY, but the 950B blew us away with an image no one else has - but also a price tag to match. We then spent lots of time with the 850B, had them hook it up to a Blu Ray player and let us toy with it. I was pleased with the ability to turn off the 4K upscaler, as I saw it could do too much for some inputs, including a Blu Ray disc. The Sammy does not have that feature. I have a lot of old films and thought best to be able to control that task. After getting it home, and seeing what it does to broadcast 1080 we were amazed. Football game images put you right there; best I have ever seen and our old SONY was pretty good too - but this is better. Using the 4K feeds from YOUTUBE are nothing short of awe inspiring, especially the nature and the travel videos. Whoever said (FORBES?) that the human eye cannot tell the difference between 1080 and 4K must need glasses! I await new 4K content, like everyone else, but while waiting I am seeing a picture and COLORS that are beyond belief. Also, got the SONY HT-X1 sound bar and am also quite pleased with it. We live in a condo and have a large surround sound system that is now in storage. This does great for something with so few speakers, and it does have a sub that will shake a bit. Got everything hooked to it and only one HDMI out to the TV.
September 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by armc1 Good but no cigar
Color is wonderful , sound is better then most. The one thing that should be upgraded is frame dimming too the much better local dimming. Samsung and LG both offer less expensive 4K sets with local dimming.
August 8, 2014