Rated 5 out of 5
by erickd Changed my life!
This TV is too amazing for words! Picture quality and size makes me feel that I'm actually paying for actors to act in front of me at this point.
This TV will make you rethink your whole life. It will make you think about the choices you have made that lead you up to this point of being in it's presence.
I swear, sometimes I hear the TV calling out to me and whispering, "watch me," "look at my deep blacks" and stuff like that. Almost feels a little suggestive at this point.
Anyway, stop wasting your hard earned money on silly things like rent, utilities, food etc. This TV will provide everything you need to sustain your life!
December 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Defjamz Great 4K set
After reviewing available 4K sets, we decided to go with the 70X850B from Sony. Competing sets from Samsung were nice as well, but they offered no 70" options, and 75" was too expensive. The Sony is not perfect, but it does offer fantastic colors, good motion handling, and decent black levels (i'm used to plasmas). 4K resolution is awesome (what little content that is available anyways), and gaming is a joy on this set. My major gripes are a lack of full color management controls, and no 10 point white balance. I have performed a full calibration with my meter and calman 5, but I can only go so far without those controls. But, I am able to get a nice, saturated image with good 'pop'. Gamma curve is difficult to get flat, but 'cinema 1' does get fairly close. Panel uniformity can also be an issue for some, but I lucked out with mine having minimal clouding. It is certainly no plasma, but the image is generally very pleasing to watch, particularly with ambient light. Overall, highly recommended!
October 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Whatmeworry Sharpest picture of them all
Everything positive i have read on this set is true, it has the sharpest picture, easiest to setup and use all of the many features i have never seen so many apps on anything truly mind boggling, and best of all its 70" , doesn't sound like much over a 65" ,but after 3 weeks the 65" Samsung curved screen looks much smaller to me.
Having said all of this i may return this to Best Buy ,i have until the 15th of Jan.to do so.
The reason ,and i have not seen this on any review is that when the picture is viewed very little from center the color fades drastically especially skin tones, i have had Geek squad out to check it and they said although it is very noticeable ,it is normal for matte screens due to the texture of the screen. Might be right ,the gloss screened ,curved Samsung doesn't have this issue, but the glossy curved screen is a turn off to me. so not sure at this point .otherwise completely satisfied ,but my issue is why i kept a star back
December 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JTMD Excellent 4K HD TV
Extremely happy with Sony's new 70 inch 4K HD TV. Worth the extra price over their 65 inch model. Great colors, excellent blacks, outstanding upscaling. I prefer this model's active 3D versus passive 3D, VA screen versus IPS screen.
This 70 inch HD TV has approximately 35% more screen area than my previous 60 Inch Sony HD TV. I can sit a lot closer for a more immersive effect without seeing any pixelation.
September 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Yamaki Best Picture Ever?
First, let me say I am impressed with the clarity, color depth, black levels and overall presentation of the Sony XBR70X850B monitor. And it would have gotten a 5 Star rating except for the extremely frustrating difficulty in getting this TV to make the HDMI "handshake" with several audio visual receivers, and HT processors that have the required specifications to support higher level resolution signals. The problem persists so a word of warning to prospective buyers...be prepared to dump your HDMI switching scheme via AVR or processor in favor of individual HDMI connections to the monitor from each source with a corresponding parallel audio connection from each source to your AVR or processor. The last part only applies to those who eschew having the monitor process the audio.
Now, out with the bad and in with the good. I was not trying to "future proof" my viewing pleasure by selecting a 4K capable TV. Rather, I was looking for the best picture and, to my eye, the Sony XBR line of 4K TV's wins the best picture ever award when compared to standard resolution LED and plasma monitors.
With very little tweaking on the settings you can settle in and enjoy a fantastic result, even when viewing non-4K content. Regardless of whether you are viewing a 1080p BluRay, your standard 720p cable fare or other similar content, you will definitely see a difference in quality.
The "SMART" functions are very easy to access and use. If you have a streaming BluRay player in the home, you'll notice there are other streaming options open to you now and the access menu is extremely informative and well designed.
Even though you may not be interested in 4K content, if you are looking for the Best Picture Ever, you really should preview this TV and compare it side by side with the standard LED offerings out there. You'll be glad you did.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by kingkenwood Absolutely Stunning Picture!!
My 71" Samsung DLP crashed on me a year ago. I had been waiting for a suitable TV for my movie room to come along. Long story short,Samsung doesn't have any kind of customer loyalty program in place. I had my eye on their 75" UHD TV.As it turns out,I ended up choosing my Sony 70" 4K TV!! This baby doesn't disappoint either. Bought a PS4 and Xbox 1 along with Sony's BDP-S6200 3D Blu-ray player also. I can't say that I've ever seen a picture this crisp and sharp!! Gonna go back and look at some of my old movies now!!! Great Job Sony!!
August 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DChunter Awesome picture
Very good picture! Perfect for watching anything
December 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CharlesW Great TV, Highly Recommended
Overall, this TV is excellent.
Native 4K content is excellent. You can find some good examples on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix, but the best showcase videos I've found are on YouTube(mostly nature videos), which can be watched using the app via the TV. If you want to go in for one of the Sony 4K media players they have the most content in one place, but I don't have one myself.
The upscaling of 1080p content is beyond excellent. It isn't as good as native 4K, but it is obvious that it is significantly better, especially on the larger screen. The in store demos do justice to the real deal. I read extensively about 4k upscaling before the purchase of this TV. Don't be fooled by the Naysayers that say it's just pixel doubling or stretching. Not saying all upscaling will be equal(I saw Vizio 4k upscaling which made the upscaled stuff look worse), but Sony's is fantastic with this TV. Also note that not all 1080p content is equal, as I've noticed that some sources look better than others when upscaled. I also watch only Internet based sources so standard cable or satellite may vary.
The colors are awesome. The Trilumonous demos in store do a good job showing off the range, but it's harder to spot at home, I'd assume because of the source content. I didn't really notice till I put in a game I play regularly (Destiny on PS4) and then it was so obvious that I thought something was wrong at first, when I was really just seeing it right for the first time. It's so much better.
The black levels are awesome, so much better than my last TV (A Sony EX55723). Dark scenes have a lot more depth and lighting effects are a lot more pronounced against the deeper blacks. I'm sure there is better but it's more than adequate compared to anything I've owned before.
The panel is also a lot brighter than my last Sony TV. I was always annoyed by screen glare and reflection on the previous TV when it was well lit, and worried this would have the same trouble. It is way better than the last. You'll still get some reflections but it is much less noticeable.
Gaming is awesome. That's really what I use it most for. I play PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and other consoles on it. The TV has a dedicated game mode that it sets when it detects the game console. The upscaling is just as good and it adjust others settings to those best suited to gaming. After reading online I worried there would be noticeable lag due to the picture processing used to upscale, but my worries were baseless. This TV is a console gamers dream. (I don't really play on PC so I can't say how well it will work as a monitor for that purpose.)
There is still very limited native 4K content. It's rolling out steadily and what's there is awesome, but it's still limited. The quality upscaling also makes this much less of an issue. Even though there is a lack of content, this model supports the new 4K codecs and HDMI 2.0 standards so there shouldn't really be any hardware issues as far as new content goes. I'd be more worried about exclusivity deals on new 4k content even though its almost all but certain they will be temporary, it's still annoying.
The TV is slow during startup. It takes a quite bit longer for the TV to turn on than my last one. Navigating apps and settings is also slightly slower. Once the TV is on and warmed up its not really a problem, but it's not going to win any races. There is a standby mode that uses more power but will keep apps and things you use more frequently ready for a faster startup. It has a setup period where it evaluates your use in order to know what to keep ready. I have turned this setting on but am pretty sure it is still evaluating. The TV may get faster once this is done but I'm not sure.
Stuff not covered:
3D. I haven't tried any 3D content on the TV. It does have simulated 3D settings and it will play 3D content in 2K but I don't really have anything good to test it out with.
Most of the Apps on the TV. I've used a few like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, all of which work as expected, but there are a ton more. This has everything from dedicated TED, Redbull, and Billabong apps to all kinds of things I haven't even heard of. There are probably a couple hundred or more.
Skype. The TV has a Skype app and built in camera. It snaps the app to the side and shrinks whatever is playing down so you can video chat while watching or playing. I haven't actually used it and doubt I ever will.
Playstation Now. It's built into the TV. You can connect a PS3 controller to the TV and stream games directly from Playstation. I did participate in the closed beta test when it was free on PS3 and PS4 and it worked surprisingly well, but haven't tried it on the TV. It could be great for those that don't have a PS3 and have missed out on some good games, but I've played most of what I want out of what's available, and still have more games to play than the time to play them.
Conclusion: This TV is definitely the best I've had. The pros far out weigh the cons. It's upscaling(to me) definitely makes it worth buying 4K over 1080p if you are in for a new set anyways. It's future proof by being compatible with new content standards. The colors are great, blacks are black, brightness is improved, and gaming is awesome. If your considering getting a 4K set you won't go wrong with this one.
December 24, 2014