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Sony - 49" Class - LED - X900F Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 380 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another great Sony!

    Posted
    Twiddles42

    Been a long-time Sony customer and wanted to babble about the latest set I'd purchased, to replace a nearly 20 year old model that's still in good condition but not useful beyond 720P anymore and the CCFL bulb has amazingly lasted this long to begin with... I was surprised to see the striking quality of the color on the demo unit at the store. When setting it up, I was happy to see no dead or stuck pixels. Nor blemishes on the LCD panel from handling during the manufacturing process. Those things I'd expect on $500 models, not models costing 2x, 3x, or more. Since my home's furniture cannot accommodate more than 50", I was happy to go with 49". Hearing that it is true array backlit LCD instead of edge-lit means there's far more control over backlighting and contrast. Sony has always been the go-to brand for native contrast ratio, but combining screen quality with a full array of lighting LEDs makes a HUGE difference in picture quality. I don't have any 4K titles yet, but the TV does an impeccable job at upscaling 1080P. I've not really noticed the difference. Upscaling 480i is easily above-average as well. Another Sony hallmark. Black levels are fairly uniform throughout. Great for the price point. There is some mild clouding at the corners, but nothing to get concerned over. Local dimming is also quite good - the 65" model does a better job as it has more controlled lighting zones, but the 49" model is no slouch. Experiment with dimming settings since the defaults can cause light blooming on occasion. It didn't bother me, but it might for some. The panel technology is PVA, meaning contrast will degrade at wider angles. At the same time, VA panels allow much higher native contrast ratio and that's important for dark rooms and vibrancy of colors. And banding - or the lack of it. Being an LCD panel that's LED backlit, there is no risk of burn-in. The image processing chip, in tandem with the full array backlighting, for which 60 zones on the 65" model but there will be far fewer on a 49" model because of its smaller size,. Using my computer on it, 4K and 1920x1080 work without a hitch, but for 4K on a computer I'd recommend a 60" or higher set because everything otherwise looks too small at standard DPI... but at 4k or even 1920x1080 upscaled, the TV excels at doubling as a computer monitor. This rocks! Color tone - on so many models I set the hue to "warm". This is the first set where the default "neutral" had the most pleasing, and accurate, picture. I did not expect phone compatibility. I didn't set it up yet, but I bought the TV primarily as a TV and not a peripheral for my phone. Still, there are benefits in having the functionality. For those who need it. Audio is passable, but HDMI routes everything to a receiver. No problems with 5.1 audio. The TV's electrical power cord is directly attached - I was hoping for a detachable one or one with a brick, since having to get through the stand furniture is a pain but I found a second way to hook up everything without problems. Was hoping the RF connector would have been on the left side. But color has never looked so good on a $1100 set.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent mid line Sony

    Posted
    VideoPhile
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've lived with this set for about 2 months. My rating would be more like 4.5 stars. There are a few minor flaws that prevent it from being a 5 star but most of these issues do not really subtract from the overall visual and day to day usage experience. The rating up to this point is based only on modest cable TV images and upconverted DVD and Blu-ray. Sony units are usually among the best upconverting sets and this one is no exception. It's one of the main reasons I choose it. Compared to my former state of the art at the time 10 year old XBR8 the cable images are smoother, more detailed and with better color processing. DVD and Blu-ray upconverted images look clearly superior. Even on these older sources the HDR technology really pops the contrast and creates a much more 3D presentation. Colors are much richer and the blacks are deeper with less crush and more gradients of grey present. Clearly, technology has moved on in the last decade. I would whole heartedly recommend this mid line set as a reasonably priced replacement to your much older higher end TVs. Even if your sources right now are not Ultra HD you'll see clear improvements on your video performance. There are some minor blooming issues. Static white lettering or other bright objects against a total black background do show some slight blooming but is not noticeable on normal moving images. And, if the sources are less the pristine, you may notice some noise and crawly distortion on the HDR upconverting of bright light sources against darker areas such as daytime skies against a building, etc. I'd imagine that on full native UHD sources this would not be present so might not be the TV. Just less than optimum sources trying to be upconverted. You'll need a good sound bar or surround system. The speakers, as with most modern flat screens are minimal at best. Ok for news and casual listening. But, tinny and thin for movies, etc. I'm very pleased with this 900F. It's a clear upgrade from my well worn XBR8 and I cant' wait to dive into UHD streaming to see what the full technology can do. Easy to set up and use. A solid home run for a mid line Sony. If it lasts 10 years like the last XBR did I'll consider it a bargain!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid for gaming & mixed usage, Android TV decent

    Posted
    happydemon
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I primarily game with this wonderful TV using my PS4 Pro. You can find more details about its strengths for gaming on rtings.com. I can attest to their verdict on low input lag; I cannot notice any at all. Colors out of the box are pretty good so you don't need to do calibration magic to make your picture bearable, although it's always recommended. The Pro looks great with out of the box settings. You may need to double check you have an HDMI 2.0+ cable; cables are NOT all created equal so if you run into unusual issues (black screens or artifacts) definitely try new and/or certified cables before anything else. I've played quite a few games that are boosted for 4K and they all looked phenomenal. Dark Souls is surreal with this TV. Android TV is...OK. It's slow, it's confusing, but it's quite functional. I don't knock off a star because I prefer it over the alternatives. I don't mind functionality over usability. It's also known to be far more secure than Tizen, although Samsung is rapidly catching up in that regard. It's a matter of preference here. BB tends to have a good return policy on TVs so if you find you can't do something on Android TV you probably don't need to worry. I've tested the Netflix, Hulu and Crunchyroll apps and they've all been fine. I was quick to disable automatic software updates though. I think with all smart TVs you'll want to control or monitor updates so as to know right away if an update causes issues with your favorite app. So in terms of software, your mileage may vary. In terms of hardware, this is a fantastic product. The fact that it works well for gaming just knocks it out of the park. The 4K picture is great, the HDR is solid. I think this is a real winner if you have mixed usage. If you are just looking to watch movies then you are paying for hardware benefits that you don't really need. If you are both gaming and ingesting content I'd say this lineup is the way to go. But don't take my word for it, always read up on rtings.com as their due diligence is way above what you'll find in reviews like this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best in class at this size

    Posted
    Cgars
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased the 49" version of this Sony and have no regrets. It was a substantial upgrade from my 12 year old Samsung which was near the top of the line in its day. While their are even better technologies available starting at a 55", if you have limitations on how large you can go and need stay = <50", you won't find a better TV. My intention was to buy a TV for around $500 on Superbowl weekend and had done some serious research on 50" TVs starting about 19 months ago. The X900F kept coming up as the top 49-50" TV and every time I visited Best Buy, I would browse new TVs and consistently was drawn to this model. While BB had several great deals on low and mid level 4k TVs, I quickly realized you get what you pay for and decided to up my budget after seeing a higher quality Samsung in the $600-$700 range which then lead me to the $700-$800 Samsung. Both were impressive in picture quality and features, but the more expensive Samsung was definitely worth the extra money. But when now looking to spend at least $800, it was time to make the jump to $999 and get the TV with the highest quality in this class and I am so happy with the purchase. Of course, with this upgrade, within a week I was back to purchase an new AV receiver to start upgrading my home theatre system so that I can fully experience the new world of 4k this TV as opened up. Why only 4k? The fact is while I am totally stoked about this model, the technology available starting at 55" is better and because I do not have the space for a 55"+ TV I am a little frustrated that it isn't available in a 49" model

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised by color

    Posted
    Bill
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Here's my situation, as I owned a 6 year old Samsung (1080P) TV. It had great color for outdoor scenes like Football/baseball and good quality for well lit scenes on CNN/Fox News. However the dark scenes (ie. Blacks were terrible). One more background point: I utilize Directv and Netflix) I did my homework on the web and I'm a Consumer Reports subscriber. I wanted a solid long term performing TV and know OLED has the best blacks ..... but for how long? I read about consumer complaints but what really resonated was Rtings. They have been testing OLEGs for a few months and these set already have burn in. So before buying I looked at my viewing habits ... lots of news with the constant CNN/Fox logo. Also watched a football game for 3 hours ..... ditto, the same constant logo. So my needs were good "blacks", but also wanted dolby vision, solid HDR and an ACR port for my new Sony 5.1 sound bar system which has Dolby Atmos, The results are amazing. The daytime colors without 4K are significantly better than my old Samsung (probably because of upscaling) and the picture quality of dark scenes is wonderful without bleaching. Would Oled be better, probably, but to me it wasn't worth the risk. There are 8 picture settings, I use Vivid for Sports and Standard for News. Finally the 4K quality from Directv is phenomenal. Finally set up was easy. (Purchased at Best Buy on January 2, 2019)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Early Adopter

    Posted
    OhNy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So far, so good. I typically don't make purchases on products that have just hit the market. I decided to give it a try with Sony, because hey its a Sony. I have always purchased Sony products, preferably their televisions, and I have never been disappointed. Sony is definitely a name you can trust. I took a star off because if you have Spectrum cable, you won't be able to get their app on the TV. For whatever reason its not available on Sony Android televisions. I did some research on it and it seems to be an issue between Time Warner and Sony....anyway I digress. More about the TV...Excellent picture, great upscaling of SD content, very vivid. I have not made any changes in the settings. Personally I think the settings out of the box look great. I'm sure it can be better once I take the time to mess around with the settings. Initial setup gives you the opportunity to use the IR blaster, which I thought made setting up the remote to control all my other devices much easier than I have ever experienced setting up other products. Overall I am a very happy customer. If you are like me and want to have the latest and greatest, then you cant go wrong with making this purchase. I definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stunning picture

    Posted
    sgreg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The picture on this tv has beat my expectations and they were high. There were quite a few reviews that claimed the blacks were not as good as OLED, I find that hard to believe and can’t see how anything could be more black.The clarity of the panel when watching some programs it is like you are right there with them, it is taking some time to get use to. My source is direct tv and I have not had the 4K turned on yet. I can’t wait to see what that will look like. Another down grade from reviewers was the sound. While it is adequate I don’t understand why anyone would by a screen like this and not have an av receiver for sound just makes the experience that much better. I was a little concerned in making this purchase as I am a plasma diehard, I have only been watching on a plasma screen for 14 years and always like them better than lcd, but the more I watch on the Sony it is starting to win me over. I am glad that I went with the 900 and not the 800 series for the true 120 refresh rate. I have watched other 60 rate lcd and find it difficult to watch any sports. The only reason I an not giving the tv a 5 star rating is because of the high gloss on the screen. I have this tv in a room that receives direct sun light in the am and the glare for the window is bad. I have to tilt the tv in an upward angle that takes away from the picture until the sun moves to the other side of my house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice tv

    Posted
    Stephanie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is our second Sony 4k tv. We use own Samsung tvs, but after the last Samsung died less than 5 years old, it was time to go a different direction. The first Sony 4k tv was purchased in June 2014 and is still our living room tv. This 4k replaced the bedroom tv (a 2-3 year old LG. The LG was a Samsung replacement). When the LG lost its picture I knew I would replace it with a new Sony 4k. The set up was easy out of the box and the picture is beautiful. It has a new pairing method using IR. For Dish Network subscribers, it finds the guide easily enough, but you cannot control the channel changing with the Sony remote. I spent several hours on the phone with tech support with no resolution. The Dish software won't completely pair so you can use the Sony remote. I can use the Dish remote to control the Sony TV, but I like the Sony remote better. I think the technology is a little further along on the Sony than with Dish. This wasn't deal breaker, but it would have been nice. For4K Firestick users, this tv has several HDMI inputs, however I had to move the Dish HDMI from the primary #1 slot to another available spot, as the 4k fire stick is rather large and can only fit in the #1 HDMI slot. Its annoying but again, not a deal breaker. These are not inexpensive tvs and they really don't go on black friday sales like Samsungs. I have replaced 4 Samsung tvs over the course of 9 years, 1 LG and 1 Toshiba, I have replaced zero Sony Tvs in 4 years. Only 4 rooms have tvs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet!!

    Posted
    Cdogg274

    an amazing tv with the best UI I've seen. i first got a samsung Qled, I hate Samsung's very bright white menus and awful layout, disliked its skinny featurless remote, and most of all, unable to opt out of pushed content ads on menu(ALL SAMSUMG TVS)... this tv went beyond my expectations!! amazing picture, fabulous UI/menus/remote and features, a little extra coin but SO worth it. Oled still the king in picture (except for burn in!!), but to much money and for my space i cldnt do bigger than 49/50inch,(which no oleds come smaller than 55" at present)...if shopping for 55"+, sum reviews put Sony's 2017 930e model above this one so do sum research. great body with metal edging, a great tv for years to come as u need to look for when spending big bucks. awesome gaming tv, looks amazing wit low lag. seriously doubt you wld b unhappy wit this tv n any way!!, if u have the means, i wld recommend Sony's oled over this and anything..(though burn in a threat for gamers and pc'ers)... move over Samsung, your days are done!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent TV

    Posted
    Waldo
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've always been a Samsung person, but lately their picture quality has taken a turn for the worse except in their QLed series TV's. This TV blows Samsung out of the water in this price range. The picture quality is just plain amazing. Bright, vivid colors, and superb clarity right out of the box. It makes even OTA TV channels look like 4K. As with a good majority of flat screen TV's, the sound isn't great, but it's easy to connect a sound bar or connect to a stereo system. I loved that it recognized there was a stereo connected to it during setup and automatically set the sound to use it. Great move Sony! The only issue I've run into is with the Amazon Prime Movie app. It's choppy and stalls every now and then, but that's a problem with Amazon's app, not the TV itself. If you're looking for an excellent mid-range TV, this is the one to buy. You'll be amazed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tv

    Posted
    Visualeffect
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I really like this tv ,but for me to give 5 stars . It has to blow my socks off. I’ll start with the picture it is superb .the apps and android are slow that was a knock I read when I was looking at the reviews ,and I have great internet speed ,so that wasn’t and issue .watching football or sports period it is near 4K quality up scaling 1080 is very good .. Netflix streaming of 4K is excellent again you need enough speed ,but if you have ityou’ll get the 4K everybody wants whenbuy one of these .video games look amazing as well.. now why I gave it 4stars is because I have a LG as well and I’m able to use the optical sound as well as the tv speakers . This tv you have to turn to external speakers only . So you have to keep the remote on hand to switch back to tv speakers.and the Dolby vision is a little dark and tainted 4K on standard setting looks better and sharper ..picture settings overall need work .. other than that this is a great tv . It’s a little expensive but time will tell if it gives years of enjoyment ..hope this review helps enjoy this Sony if you grab it .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing 4k Performance!

    Posted
    Wilassasin
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this Sony X900F 49" for the bedroom. This is an amazing set with an absolutely stunning picture. The motion handling on this set is the best I've experienced, and this includes being better than the motion handling on my current LG Oled C7. The colors and contrast is excellent, with true deep blacks, No issues with ghosting or banding/screen uniformity. The X1 Extreme chip definitely is a beast as the picture quality shows. This TV does not out perform my current oled, but for an LCD it definitely takes the cake! The apps interface is horrible, to compensate I purchased a Roku Ultra and now my TV loves Streaming media!!!! If you are on the fence on deciding on an LCD, I suggest that you buy this set and you will not regret it. Pros: Picture quality, colors, motion handling, contrast (deep blacks), anti-burn in, anti reflective screen. Cons: Apps/Interface (horrible), viewing angle quality (ok but no Oled).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 49 Inch

    Posted
    SegaSaturnSNK
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    If you need any settings, visit my YouTube channel. It's SegaSaturnSNK, I have it all laid there for movies and games. The colors are super vibrant, the brightness and contrast is fantastic, and the blacks are excellent and deep. I do recommend when viewing this 4K, view it straight ahead, at a good distance, and not at an angle. Angle you'll notice white wash but it isn't the TV, it's just the angle. If you own a 930E, no need to upgrade, I believe the 930E is slightly better but this is as close to it though and much better than the 900E itself. The X1 Extreme processor is the way to go. I have not had any issues with this TV so far and I'm loving it. So glad they made a 49 inch model for this. PS4 Pro games and 4K movies running on my X800 4K player is awesome. Can't complain, Sony is the way to go for 4K TVs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful backlighting, terrible remote

    Posted
    Seanessey
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Bought this Sony hoping for a premium 49” 4K experience, and initially things looked okay. Not great, but okay. Then I started to notice the lower right hand corner looked a bit brighter and washed out...after that I noticed a slightly darker upper right corner. Also distracting were the miserable viewing angles. Unable to ignore the problems at this price, I put the TV through its paces under a variety of dark background scenarios and discovered just how bad the problem really is: this is absolutely the worst backlighting I’ve ever seen on a tv, it’s cloudy and very patchy. Absolutely unacceptable at this price, I can’t believe they put this on the market. As if that weren’t enough, the remote is absolutely terrible, festooned with countless confusing buttons, some of which are unpleasant to touch, it is a counterintuitive mess and it’s big and bulky to boot. Avoid this TV, you’ve been advised. The attached photos should show a black background with a PlayStation logo.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy This TV Now

    Posted
    R2D2
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I only buy Sony TV’s because I believe they have the best picture quality. This purchase verified that fact again for me. I did research the 4K market quite a bit before buying and concluded that this model was the best value at the time. What ultimately sold me on the X900F was the backlighting. It has backlighting throughout the screen, not just from the sides. This makes a brilliant image on the screen. Once again, the Sony picture quality and brightness are the best. The set up was very easy. I purchased the 49 inch and would have gone with the 55 inch but I could not accommodate the stand on my current furniture. The stand for the 49 inch TV is very sturdy, but it is about 40 inches between the two legs. If you don’t wall mount, you need to make sure you have enough space on a table top. The bottom line: Buy This 4K TV. It is one of the best values on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best. BEST. BEST.

    Posted
    moDeeS
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Good Grief, I don't have a way to put this into words. This is hands down the best TV in its class. It's better than the Q6, better than anything LG offers, nothing beats what you get here. A full array back light with local dimming, Dolby vision compatibility (looks AMAZING), Triluminos Display (also known as quantum dots lol) and the best motion I've ever seen on a television. You will never see motion blur on this TV. It's amazing for gaming, if you have input lag, put it into game mode and it will be super responsive. I can't stress enough how much bang for your buck there is in this television, Sony could be selling this much higher if they did not make OLED models. I highly recommend this television.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It could have been excellent

    Posted
    Robatron
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The picture quality on this TV is the best you can get before going OLED. It looks very pretty on my wall and it is quite the upgrade over my older TV. What is not an upgrade is Android TV. Android TV is hot garbage. So many preinstalled apps that you cannot uninstall. You have to jump through hoops to "hide" them. My BT device sometimes doesn't connect and I have to go to quit whatever app is open and go to the settings to connect it. Why it isn't available in the "action menu" is beyond me. Android is supposed to be customizable but Sony has turned it into the Apple of operating systems. I'll take the Tizen OS on my mom's MU8000 any day. Anyway, the picture quality still eons better than the MU8000 so it won my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent color, clarity, contrast, easy to use

    Posted
    Paul
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After extensive research, I selected the Sony 49” X900F over much cheaper Samsung and LG equivalent models. Powering on the Sony goes to cable TV rather than a screen filled with useless Apps. The installed Sony Apps, that I subscribe to, include Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO Now. All the Apps are easy to access by selecting the App button on the remote. Color, contrast, clarity and the picture in general are excellent. Viewing angle is not as wide as my 2013 Panasonic 55” Viera plasma TV, but new plasma TVs are no longer available. The viewing angle seems better than Samsung TVs when compared in a Best Buy store. I am currently using the built in speakers until I buy a digital to analog converter to connect to an existing Denon audio receiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall Satisfied for now

    Posted
    Robert

    I was excited for this TV. I liked the features and picture to this TV. Fairly easy to use once you figure do a little research on how to close apps once the apps start to malfunction. BUT here lately after watching tv via apps I've noticed it is starting to lag and freeze a bit. Ive had the TV for about 3 months give or take. Eventually the TV turns itself off after freezing or so much lag that it basically sort of reset itself. Once it's back on everything is back to normal. So far it's done it 2 times. So I am growing concerned. I have verified the software is up to date and rad self diagnose option on the TV and it doesnt seem to encounter any issues. Only Regret NOT buying the extended warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    ClutchNixon
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought 2 and put them side by side in my game room. The HDR and 4K from the Xbox 1 X looks fantastic. The 120 refresh I can tell a difference from when hooked up to my 7 series samsung when gaming. The blacks are so deep that I cannot tell where the tv borders end and room begins in the dark. Movies also looks exceptional. Killer tv for the price. I'm glad I picked up 2 and put them side by side. Couldn't let the girlfriend game on an inferior tv.

    I would recommend this to a friend