Sony - 55" Class - LED - X900E Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR

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Immerse yourself in full-array contrast and full 4K HDMI with this Sony HDR Ultra TV. Five times dynamic range brings every bit of the action into sharp relief, whether you're gaming or streaming live events. This Sony HDR Ultra TV is compatible with PlayStation Vue for live streaming, and Google Play apps are available for even more fun.

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What's Included


  • AC power adapter (ACDP-200D02)
  • AC power cord
  • Batteries (R03)
  • IR Blaster (1-849-161-12)
  • Owner's manual
  • Sony 55" Class - LED - X900E Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR
  • Table top stand (separate, assembly required)
  • Voice remote control (RMF-TX200U)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2949 out of 3052)

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Features


Smart Enabled

Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Hulu
  • YouTube

X-tended Dynamic Range PRO 5x

Provides five times the contrast range of a conventional LED-edge lit TV by accurately balancing the light output across the screen.

Full-array local boosting and dimming technology

Provides enhanced contrast and incredible brightness in a stunningly slim design.

4K HDR Processor X1

High Dynamic Range video content delivers exceptional detail, color and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness.

TRILUMINOS Display

Colors are as rich and vivid as nature's own with more shades of red, green and blue.

4K X-Reality Pro

Provides lifelike detail and clarity. See the details appear in buildings and trees as scenes become clearer, smoother and more natural.

Android TV

From movies and TV shows to thousands of apps, Android TV brings you everything in an instant. Cast your favorite apps with Google Cast, and Voice Search helps you find the entertainment you want.

54.6" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

Large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room.

2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images

Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to the gorgeous Ultra HD-level picture quality.

Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV

With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content.

Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options

Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV's built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps.

Chromecast Built-in

In order to cast your favorite shows, movies, music and more, you must download the Google Cast app and use your compatible mobile device along with Chromecast-enabled apps to send content right to your TV.

Google Assistant Built-in

Find what you want quickly, simply by talking. Ask your Google Assistant to help you play TV shows, movies, and more. Dim the lights and control your connected devices while you watch a movie for a better experience.

LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions

They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.

Advanced TV sound

Two built-in Bass Reflex speakers, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse and DTS Digital Surround.

Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Pulse

Optimizes the sound for TV from sources, such as the Internet, connected PCs, smartphones and tablets.

4 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection

High-speed HDMI delivers a full 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included.

Enjoy the picture from multiple angles

The wide 178° viewing angle provides a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen.

Motionflow keeps the action smooth

Sony's Motionflow XR 960 refresh rate technology builds upon the native 120Hz panel to allow fast moving action sequences in sports and movies to be seen with lifelike clarity.

3 USB inputs

Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or other USB device.

Manage the viewing experience for your kids

The parental control functionality lets you block channels with the unwanted content.

Web-based services and content require a high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


Customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The BEST TV I’ve Ever Had…PERIOD

    Posted
    Panther6834
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    To start off, I’m not going to beat around the bush. The 55” Sony XBR55X900E is, quite simply, the best TV I’ve ever had. All I can say is, read on………. UNBOXING: There’s really not much to say here. The packaging by Sony typical for large flat-screen (and even Samsung’s curved-screen) TVs. Open the top of box to access the “quick set-up & install guide”, then remove the 4 plastic clips along the bottom of the box (there’s 2 on each side), and finally slide the upper box piece off of the lower piece. SETUP: Setup is almost as simple as unboxing. Start by putting the 3-piece stand together using the 4 small screws (it’s so simple, you shouldn’t even need to look at the directions), and flip the stand to its upright position. Next, slide the TV down onto the stand, and secure the TV to the stand using the 4 large screws. Once the TV is in position (TV stand, wall-mounted, etc), plug in the power cord, & connect the HDMI cables (like most people, if you’re using a home theater receiver for switching, you’ll only be using one HDMI cable between the receiver & TV). While you can connect the TV to the internet via your choice of either Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi, I always recommend a physical (ie. Ethernet cable) connection, for more reliability AND security. Besides, connecting the TV to the internet is required for all “smart” functionality, as well as for the TV’s firmware updates, and updates/installation of Smart apps. OVERALL IMPRESSIONS: The initial image quality was quite good. To put it another way, where color, contrast, & brightness are concerned, it was somewhat close to that of my (professionally calibrated) 55” Samsung UN55H8000 (2014 model). Even so, I decided to adjust the settings to improve the image even further. This was both a great idea…and an idiotic one. While I was quite familiar with the settings menu of the Samsung (which, if I’m correct, runs a version of Samsung’s own Tizen OS), the Sony, which runs Android, has a menu (and, by “menu”, I’m only referring to the picture adjustment menu, as the rest of the menu is even more extensive) that could be considered requiring someone with a science degree. To put it another way, the settings are extremely extensive (for color, alone, there are over 30 settings). The “bad” of this is that the settings menu could lead someone to the ‘nut house’…but the “good” is that it allows extremely fine control over image quality, and, to me, that’s more important. For the following testing/comparing, no professional analyzing equipment was used…everything is based on my non-professional eye. Once I had everything dialed in (or, should I say, as dialed in as I’m going to get without professional calibration), I finally got to comparing the Sony against my 4-year old Samsung. Before I continue, I’ll mention the other equipment being used for testing/comparing: Sony STR-DN1080 Home Theater Receiver, and Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. To compare “new” against “old”, I played several scenes from various Blu-ray movies (The Fifth Element, Life of Pi, Deadpool, & The Revenant, all of which (see below) I also have the 4K UHD versions). I ran these first tests/comparisons simultaneously through both TVs, by connecting the receiver’s HDMI output to a 2-way HDMI splitter. The results were virtually equal, with the exception that the blacks truly looked black. Colors, contrast, and brightness on the Sony were all quite good (again, the Sony is new & uncalibrated, and the Samsung is professionally calibrated), essentially equal to the Samsung. Next, I disconnected the TVs from the splitter, connected the Sony directly to the receiver’s HDMI output, enabled the 4K UHD player’s 4K “upscaling”, and repeated the same scenes. While contrast & brightness appeared identical, color was slightly lessened (possibly due to the “up-conversion” process)…but image quality appeared to have slightly improved. Again, these were all viewed using the Blu-ray…not 4K UHD Blu-ray…so I didn’t expect image quality to equal that of an actual 4K UHD disc. After viewing my selected scenes using Blu-ray discs, it was time using the 4K UHD discs…and talk about the “WOW” factor. “The Fifth Element”, being the oldest of the four movies, had the least improvement, as film grain (remember, it was shot using 35mm film) was more noticeable. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing…having been shot on film, I considered the additional grain a good thing. With HDR, the colors were vibrant, and “popped” off the screen. With “Life of Pi” had similar. The early India-based scenes were better, but it was the water-based scenes that the movie is known for that really stood out. They just didn’t just “pop” off the screen…they were the most vibrant, most incredible, images I’ve ever seen on a TV. Next up was “Deadpool”. While the Blu-ray already presented mostly accurate colors, brightness, contrast, and detail, the 4K UHD version presented everything as the director & studio intended. Last came “The Revenant”…and, talk about a surprise. On the Blu-ray, the sky looked mostly ‘washed out’, and the massive number of trees (I can’t recall ever having seen so many trees in a single movie) looked “ok”. However, once I watched the same scenes using the 4K UHD disc for, I finally understood what 4K & HDR was all about. Let’s just say that, when it comes to 4K TVs with HDR, The Revenant showcases what this technology is all about. With that said, I can’t wait for Apocalypse Now (preferably the Redux Edition) to be remastered, and released on 4K UHD (again, preferably with HDR). When that happens, 4K TVs w/ HDR will have a new “showcase” movie. THE GOOD: 4K resolution HDR Great initial color, brightness & contrast settings Android OS Voice-control remote Built-in Google Assistant Extensive number of available apps Access to the Google Play store Very good-sounding built-in speakers Can control other devices, including those from other manufacturers THE BAD: NONE THE UGLY: If I couldn’t come up with any “Bad”, how can there be any “Ugly”??? FINAL VERDICT: From the review’s title, alone, you should have gotten the immediate impression that this is an incredible TV. Heck, you didn’t even need to read the review, as the title said it all. Sure, there are better TV’s…Sony has several above this model, including an OLED model…but they all cost more (considerably more in several cases). Sony places the X900E as a “top-tier mid-range model”, and its price reflects that. but, when one considers the image quality, features, functions, etc, I’d be more likely to consider it a “bottom-tier high-end model”. It’s an incredible TV, and one that Sony, and retailers, could have easily placed a higher price on. On a 1-10 scale, I’d give this TV an 11.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The True Value

    Posted
    MBTV
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    So let me start out by saying that I started out on the hunt for a large smart TV for under $550. I bought a Philips 4K tv from Walmart, was disappointed in the smart features (or lack thereof) AND the picture quality was incredibly poor. I returned the Philips and purchased the highly acclaimed TCL "bang for your buck" 4K Roku TV. The Roku platform was very impressive, but unfortunately the picture was not. Needless to say, I returned the TCL. After that experiment with the ultimate budget-friendly TVs, I decided to shell it a bit more money for a highly recommended big brand name TV. I purchased the Sony XBR55X700D from Best Buy based on the stellar reviews it had on this site, the brand name, the BRAVIA line, and the sale price was right below $850. I thought it was the perfect compromise...until a couple of days later when I was disgusted by the fact that I had paid a nice chunk of change for a TV that could not handle SD quality material, could not adjust the volume without freezing or stuttering, had horrendous blacks and dark scene performance, and had worse motion handling than the first two (much cheaper) TVs that I had purchased. I returned it within a week. I went back to the drawing board and did my homework this time. I researched for countless hours and learned about all of the different technologies available, what those technologies do, read more professional AND personal reviews, watched hours of videos online, and I had it narrowed down to three before entering Best Buy: the Samsung KS8000, Vizio P55-E1, and the Sony XBR55X900E. From a spec aspect, the Vizio P55-E1 should've been the perfect TV and the answer to all of my needs. I was not sold on the SmartCast capabilities, but I figured it had to be better than the buggy performance of the 700D. The KS8000 had insane, eye-popping colors (as Samsungs tend to have), but I didn't like the fact that it was edge-lit and not FALD. The 900E was lagging behind in 3rd place due to my negative experience with the 700D. That all changed when I got into the store and finally got to look at the TVs. I spent a good 2 hours watching, comparing, and analyzing screens/performance. I had even thrown some OLED TVs into the running. What I found was that nothing but the higher end ($5,000+) OLED TVs (and maybe the 930E) could compete with the 900E's picture quality and performance. My God was it stunning. I ordered the 900E, picked it up the next day, hooked it up, and I have FINALLY found what I have been hunting for - true quality and value. The VA panel coupled with FALD, 120Hz native refresh rate, Sony's X1 processor, and HDR make this TV the absolute best performance purchase. The picture is PHENOMENAL. Motion is smooth across all material - whether it be SD, 720p, 1080p, or 4K (but of course 4K still reigns supreme here). The colors are magnificent and spot on. The contrast is unbelievable. The Android UI is actually fast and pleasant to use. The 900E is just the perfect TV. No buyer's remorse or return this time! TIPS for your search: 1.) Be willing to spend a bit of money. You really are paying for quality and will get what you pay for. If you watch a lot of TV and care about what you're seeing, the price is more than worth it. It's a true value. 2.) Always, and I mean ALWAYS, go and look for yourself before making your purchase. At the end of the day, it will be your eyes watching the TV, not Random Reviewer #5 or Cedric from Rtings. 3.) Specs, technology, and user interface do matter. There is a difference between FALD and edge-lit displays. There is a difference between IPS and VA panels. There is a difference between 60Hz native and 120Hz native refresh rates. And in addition to specs, technology matters just as much. The P55-E1 checks off all of the boxes that the 900E does and then some (P55-E1 supports Dolby Vision), but there is a stark difference between Vizio's interface and technology compared to Sony's or Samsung's. Play around with the menus and see what you like. Do not purchase a TV purely based on specs. Make sure your decision is well-rounded so that you're satisfied with your purchase. Happy hunting, everyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony's midrange 4K UltraHD HDR TV for 2017

    Posted
    CaptainMidnight
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Happy Best Buy customer. For those looking for an economical 4K UltraHD HDR LCD TV that is built to stream 4K content, this is it. I'm not an Android mobile phone devotee, but I am an Android TV OS devotee. The Android integration into the XBR55X900E is superb. I can't imagine buying a TV without it. I've read what others have said about the WiFi capabilities of this 2017 model and all I can say is that this TV rocks even with a mediocre WiFi signal (~ 15 Mbps) from my Xfinity gateway on the other side of the house. I've not seen any buffering or delays streaming 4K content from YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon. I even plugged the TV into the 1GB LAN and frankly I didn't see any improvement in the performance of the UltraHD content being streamed. Personally, I think Sony used the best WiFi hardware available for this TV and it shows. Cons: - Excellent contrast with X-tended Dynamic Range Pro XDR Contrast 5x Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture. - Excellent brightness @ 1100 nits - Very good direct LED full-array local dimming and boosting - Black level is suitably pronounced, near OLED, with minimal blooming - The Triluminos panel does a terrific job conveying deep reds, they’re more intense than you might expect from a mid-range LED. - While a UHD Blu-ray player, specifically the Sony UBP-X800, is the best image partner for the X900E, OTT streaming can look similarly impressive. - Expect to see the fine weave in an actor's costume exquisitely detailed. - X1 HDR imaging engine provides Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Object Based HDR Remastering to remove color banding sometimes seen in low bitrate content. - Easy TV assembly and set-up. The TV is near calibrated out of the box using the standard settings. However, Sony gives you a wide range of adjustments to calibrate the picture should you need them. - The home menu is the Android TV OS organized in tiers with rows of apps, games, inputs and settings similar to Apple TV and Netflix. - Excellent support for Google Play, Wuaki, PlayStation Video, Spotify and other stuff. - Four HDMI inputs (one back facing, the others side-mounted), all of which are 4K HDCP 2.2 compliant. - Three USBs (one of which is a fast blue 3.0 variant) - A speech enabled remote control for quick navigation through the Android TV OS - Excellent motion handling - Surprisingly good audio - Lightweight, unfussy but elegant design - Thin matt black bezel, offset with aluminum trim - Crafty cable management Cons: - No 3D capability - No Bluetooth - Power brick can be inconvenient which could complicate wall mounting. - Rubber-keyed remote picks up fluff non-stop. - No support for Dolby Vision (requires Sony X1 Extreme processor) TIP: This 4K Ultra HD HDR inhales content at a dizzying rate. Make sure you upgrade your HDMI cables to the latest specification (HDMI 2.0b) which supports 18 Gbps, 4K, HDR10, Audio Return Channel (ARC), DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby among other things. The economical Monoprice Ultra Slim High-Speed 18Gbps Active HDMI Cable is lightweight and ultra slim and works well with this TV. The newer Monster HDMI cables sold at Best Buy will also work well, although they are thicker and not as flexible as the Monoprice Ultra Slim cables using 36AWG conductors. Feel confident that you are buying a truly great economical 4K UltraHD HDR TV. The picture clarity will leap out at you, even from across the room, day or night.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice TV for PC Monitor

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

    The X900E is a good all-around TV. I chose it primarily to use as a PC monitor. The input lag is great in game mode, particularly when running 1080p @ 120hz (you'll have to set a customer resolution on your PC to utilize it). I was also able to get it to run 1440p @ 120hz as well. The input lag is a little higher gaming in 4k mode, though it's not bad at all. There is some noticeable lag outside of of game mode, however it should be acceptable for many applications/games. If you do plan to use this as a monitor, make sure you go to Home>Settings>External Inputs>HDMI Signal Format and choose Enhanced Format to enable Chroma 4:4:4 (It will make text much sharper in Windows). Now as for the picture quality, it is excellent overall. Content streamed from Prime, Play Movies, Netflix and Youtube look fantastic - particularly when watching something in 4K/UHD, or HDR (I prefer HLG over the other HDR setting). Despite the claims that this TV produces a strong Soap Opera Effect, I haven't noticed it, even on the strongest settings. I don't notice any flicker, and movement is good. There is a little judder with wide slow-moving panning shots in 4k/UHD, but it's not too bad. I haven't noticed any judder with 24p content. This TV does a fantastic job of up-scaling 1080p content (with one exception - see the next paragraph). If Comcast is your TV provider, be aware that it is currently going to look pretty bad on this TV @ 1080p (the highest resolution for the X1 boxes at the moment). The picture quality for watching Comcast went from a 9 on my old 1080p TV, to a 5 or 6 on the X900E. This is not a fault of the TV, but rather of Comcast's compressed signal. Sports in particular look terrible - a pixelated mess. Supposedly, Comcast will be rolling out updated boxes sometime this year to address this issue (it effects all 4k TVs from what I've read), but be aware as of today, 85% of what you watch on this TV from Comcast is going to look pretty awful. Many people have complained that the UI (user interface) is laggy and unresponsive and I have to agree with them overall. There are a few things I have noticed in regards to this issue. If you are streaming something in 4k via the TV - forget about trying to make any adjustments to settings. You'll need to pause your show, or deal with extreme unresponsiveness from the remote/UI. Also, like any Android device, the more tabs/apps you have open, the snappiness of the UI decreases. It's a good habit to close tabs/apps as you are finished with them, to free up RAM and keep the delay in the UI to a minimum. This delay is directly related to using apps/streaming anything via the TV itself. The UI is plenty responsive while making adjustments watching live TV, a Blu-Ray, or something via PC (anything that isn't being streamed by the TV itself). The built in Wi-Fi works great - I have had no issues with it whatsoever, contrary to other reviewers. I suppose it helps that my router is about 6 feet from the TV. The viewing angles aren't as bad as many reviews stated. The color does drop off a bit from the sides, but it's really not that terrible in comparison to some TVs. It handles reflections pretty decently and gets plenty bright. The blacks are great for all content I have tried, with the exception of Comcast. Overall I would give this TV a 4.5/5, however that is not an option, so I have given it four stars. I knocked off half a star for the laggy user interface/delay when using the remote. Other than that and the issue with Comcast (that is on Comcast), I have found no serious flaws with this TV and I have been satisfied with my purchase. *One other thing to note, they offered a free month of Sling TV with the purchase of this TV, I went with an email receipt and there was no redemption code in the section where it should have been. Not a big deal, but I was interested in trying it out as a possible alternative to the overpriced and terrible looking Comcast picture I get on this TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good 55" LED Sony TV for the price

    Posted
    HDisthewaytogo25
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After reviewing the many reviews and many websites for the Sony XBR55x900E TV being one of the best mid-range TV's for 2017.... I purchased mine a little over a week ago and find the Sony TV so excellent and with such a bright and clear picture with such great blacks and motion so good that watching NHL hockey games and seeing the puck all the time is so much more enjoyable. I had read some of the reviews that complained about the remote being slow. I do not find that at all. The remote is good and it allows me to control my Comcast X1. I do feel the remotes button's would be better suited if the channel numbers were on the bottom of the remote and Volume and Pause, Play, FF, FR were on the top since they are the most frequently used buttons it would make the experience better this way. As for sound, I think the sound is good, but as always, I use a Receiver/Amp with four speakers as my choice. I use the PCM Optical port of the Sony TV to an Insignia Optical to RCA converter to an older Sony Receiver/Amp. The sound is very good with this arrangement and I am very pleased. Note: you can only Mute the sound of this arrangement with the remote. You can set up the TV to use both speakers and the PCM optical output and control the speaker volume with the remote but not the Optical sound level. The remotes Mute will mute the sound of both TV and Optical output volume. Love being able to, via this Sony TV, watch movies directly via WiFi from Amazon Prime and with great color and clarity and perfect streaming with no hickups or sound issues. I have not explored all the other apps like Netflix or Hulu or others. The voice remote feature is very nice and like the newer Comcast X1. An advantage to shopping TVs and other technical products at Best Buy say vs online discounters and other big box dept stores is you can ask questions of the sales people at Best Buy and get good technical answers and the differences of the different model types and technologies. My sales person was so helpful with me finding the best TV for my experience and price point I was willing to spend. They also pointed me to the Insignia Optical to RCA audio converter. Since Sony does Fair Market Pricing and all of the dealers must sell at their Prices they update frequently you have no reason to shop around and since you can get great technical answers and info from Best Buy sales people its the place to go. I am very happy with the experience overall with the purchase and the Sony product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great all around 4K TV. Not so great game mode.

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

    I bought the XBR55X900E as a step up into the 4K arena after owning the Sony KDLW55950B. The 950B was 3D capable and had a amazing HD 1080p picture which I was more than happy with. Although as a gamer i recently bought the new Xbox One X which is 4K capable so i figured the time was now to make the 4K plunge. After a lot of research i landed on the Sony 900E. My first impression was its build and appearance was sturdy, strong and sleek. The initial setup was easy and quick. The sound quality is more than adequate. I did notice my old Sony controller responded immediately while the new one was laggy and still is. The old controller does everything the new controller does except the voice commands so i use that one. Although the voice commands do work nicely. I've read some reviews complaining of the TV homepage and apps having lag. I believe this to be a problem with the new controller because i have no issues with my older Sony controller working quickly. On to the picture quality. It was not what i was expecting at first. After some research I found that only HDMI ports 2 and 3 have full 4K HDR capability. It's important to note this. Since i swapped my HDMI ports around the picture has taken a noticeable step up in quality. All content looks 1080p quality or better, often much better. The 4K upscaling works great especially with any CGI, newer or remastered movies but it is only available in 2 settings, Cinema Pro and Cinema Home. The latter being the brighter picture. I found much of the HDR talk is based around how bright the picture and colors can get. The 900E is capable of amazing colors and great contrasts. While this looks stunning and is great for a bright room. I personally find a slightly darker picture to look better and cause less eye strain. The 900E settings had no problem toning this down without loosing detail. I have played 4K HDR movies off of Netflix and it really looks perfect. i can't ask for more from it. The viewing angle is not the greatest with the picture graying out the farther off center you move, but is to be expected with a FALD screen. My biggest gripe with the TV is the Game mode. As a gamer you want low input lag and low motion blur most of all. The input lag is ok for a 4K HDR picture. The problem is with the motion settings. There simply aren't any. You have either off which is much more blurry than my 950B was or custom which allows you to to change "clearness" which does't change any blurring at all but just makes the picture darker or lighter. As counter intuitive as it was as a gamer i tried the Cinema Home setting because it has plenty of motion settings and the 4K upscaling feature, presumably to upscale 1080 games i hope. I have no idea what the input lag differences are but i don't notice them. The picture looks incredible and setting motion to the smooth setting, there is absolutely zero motion blur. The background objects are perfectly clear. The big problem is this now adds judder artifacts around some things. Most games i see nothing. AC Origins is really bad around the character as it moves. I have spent a full week trying different settings to get around this with no luck. Sony needs to address this problem in some way! I currently use cinema mode and am getting used to the occasional artifacts so i can get perfect motion blur with a amazing 4K HDR picture. Hopefully there will be some updates for game mode for the gamer's considering this is on most all of the top 4K gaming TV lists i read. In summary the TV is built well. It handles cable with its 4K upscaling great. I am disapointed by the game mode and lack of settings for motion but the Cinema mode is making up for it but at the cost of the artifacts. While i am satisfied with the gaming i am not sure if i would recommend this TV for gaming. After a few trips to best buy there does not seem to be a much better option that i can find or am told of switching to. The controller it comes with needs a fix as well i believe.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best TV among mid range models

    Posted
    gansha
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was contemplating between Samsung MU8000 series (price $879.99) and Sony 900 series (price $999.99) and I went with buying Sony TV because of my own perception that Sony TV has better quality control and they don't fail easily. I just bought the Sony TV XBR-55X900E and very happy to see crystal clear picture on 55" screen. Samsung was very little bit bright (about 3% to 5%) in showing images with good contrast, while Sony is dark and the contrast sounded better. For night vision, I felt Sony would look to soothe the eyes with less bright. Both TVs have Auto Color mode, based on external lighting. The Sony TV sound quality is OK but have to be kept on a higher level in living room. Samsung offered twice the audio volume but again I did not feel much difference between 40watts sound and 20 watts sound. Regarding smartness of TV: Samsung has its own operating system called Tizen and Sony adopted Android (Google). Sony ended up using Chromecast Ultra as part of its internal applications and many apps are available. However Sony misses the simple word guess intelligence for filling in, despite backed by Google, while Samsung's Tizen does the word guess work and is simple and faster compared to Google Android TV, in terms of navigation. They also maintain unique and popular apps, but not many and options as in Google Store. Though Sony TV has advertised 4 HDMIs, only 3 are usable. Samsung design of HDMIs is much better and stylish compared to Sony. Samsung Navigation is very easy and very much user friendly, while Sony TV is not. Samsung TV follows you what you are watching and it brings back the show ASAP, while Sony misses those kind of smartness. Samsung TV can also be used as a computer with Internet browser to do many things, Sony TV does not have a Internet Browser. Instead of cable connection for viewing TV channels, I bought a Roku Ultra player which has all the applications (including DirectV Now) and it suffices my needs. My aged parents bought a Sony TV in 1997 (bulky one) as Black Friday deal and it is still going strong after 20 years. My Samsung phones have been breaking exactly every 30 months, I had a Samsung HT system which failed exactly after few months of warranty expiry. These were all played in my mind while trying to select one of the two. The present price $999.99 is a great deal and the Sony TV is very much worth for that price, though Samsung is cheaper and has many eye catching options and facilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent! I also own the 930D

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    Bambler
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Excellent TV! I had to purchase this on a whim due to a broken bedroom TV. While I admit I didn't research TVs prior to this purchase due to my necessary haste in needing a replacement, having a 930D, (which is also excellent), I knew I wanted something similar for the bedroom. As great as the 930D is, this is even better imo. The picture just feels much more alive and the colors really "pop." While I don't personally like the cluttered "Home" menu (same as the 930D), that doesn't distract from the great picture this TV provides. Like the 930D, it offers a wealth of calibration settings, in fact it offers a few more settings the 930D does not possess, although I think the firmware versions are different. The blacks are great and backlighting is definitely brighter than the 930D. The colors are also much more vibrant. I don't watch too much 4k, as there's really not much out there, but I can assuredly say that this thing makes typical DirecTV 1080i content look so much better than my old bedroom 1080P TV. I have no clouding or other issues normally associated with LED TVs. The frame wasn't bent or anything else for that matter. There are also no bright/dark spots from what I can tell so far, it's very uniform and very bright! All-in-all very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend






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