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Steve May  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments
The AF9 OLED has been hailed (admittedly by Sony) as a landmark TV – as significant a development as the legendary Trinitron. Does it live up to the hype?
John Archer  |  Dec 06, 2014  |  0 comments

While Sony’s flagship 4K TVs for 2014, the X9005B series, are magnificent performers, they represent a considerable challenge for your average UK living room. Firstly, they’re not cheap, and secondly – not to put too fine a point on it – they’re absolutely massive. Don’t get me wrong – I still find the X9005B series highly attractive, with spectacular front-firing magnetic fluid speakers etched into their huge frames. But they really do eat up your real estate.

Steve May  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments

The 55in KD-55X8505C is the honey trap for Sony’s 2015 4K UHD models. Priced considerably below the ultra-slim X90C and the hi-res audio-capable X93C/X94C behemoths, this is UHD for the brand-buying mainstream.

John Archer  |  Oct 18, 2021  |  0 comments
The annual grumbles from certain quarters about OLED TVs only making relatively small technological steps forward every year do not apply to Sony’s new KD-65A90J.

This 65-incher delivers two substantial new chapters in Sony’s OLED story: a new panel sporting a laminated aluminium heat sink, so that it can be run more brightly, and a new Bravia XR ‘Cognitive’ video processor. The result is a premium picture performance...

Steve May  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  0 comments
In 2017, Sony reimagined the humble telly with its A1 OLED debut, marrying a chic lean-back design to a state-of-the-art speaker implementation. With the AF8 it’s reined in the bravado in favour of a more conventional form factor. Does it still impress?
John Archer  |  Dec 17, 2015  |  0 comments

While some love the look of curved TVs, others worry about the impact curved screens can have on the viewing experience in the form of issues like viewing angles, onscreen reflections and distorted geometry. Cue the Sony KD-65S8505C: a 65in TV that tries to balance curved aesthetics with less controversial picture characteristics by using a markedly shallower curve than rival screens.

John Archer  |  Sep 04, 2013  |  0 comments

I’ve heard a startling amount of rubbish spouted about 4K/Ultra HD TVs in recent months. ‘Nobody cares about more pixels’. ‘The human eye can’t perceive the difference between normal HD and 4K resolutions’. ‘Forget UHD – what we need is OLED.’ ‘4K is just another marketing tool for selling more TVs.’ ‘Native sources won’t be available for at least five years’. And so on.

Steve May  |  Sep 05, 2014  |  0 comments

Whatever angle you take, Sony's KD-65X9005B is a formidable 4K proposition. With its mould-breaking design, pixel-pushing picture processing and audiophile pretensions, it sees Sony’s TV division at its most confident in years.

John Archer  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer enjoys the all-around appeal of Sony's range-topping 4K LED telly

Unless Sony springs a replacement for 2019's ZF9 series on us later in the year, the KD-65XH9505 is the Japanese brand's flagship 65in 4K TV for 2020. And at first glance you might wonder if that's a status that it will be able to live up to. Even the £2,000 ticket, while not inconsiderable, doesn't exactly scream 'flagship'.

John Archer  |  Oct 04, 2015  |  0 comments

If the current trend is to try and minimise the space the new generation of TVs take up by giving them incredibly slim frames, Sony’s KD-75X9405C is the untrendiest TV of the year. It's not just content with assaulting your living room space with a vast 75in screen; this monolithic beast adds sidebars down each side of that screen, making it look more like an 85in set.

John Archer  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendJohn Archer explains why Sony's latest mid-range LED LCD TV is arguably better for next-gen console gamers than its flagship models

While the original PS4 and Xbox One consoles trailed behind TV technology when they first came out, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are running ahead of most 2020 TVs. Graphics features such as 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switching have caught the vast majority of this year's displays on the hop, including many of Sony's own models. Oddly, the only game-friendly exception in its range isn't some high-flying, megabucks flagship, but the mid-range XH9005 series.

Steve May  |  Jan 22, 2020  |  0 comments

Sony's debut 8K display – the Master Series ZG9 – is the best reason yet to make an early jump into 4,320p...

Ed Selley  |  Dec 29, 2010  |  0 comments
Enter the can-do TV multi-tasker It bundles Blu-ray, networked AV and off-air HDTV into a pleasantly presented package. But is this enough to impress Martin Pipe?

We’ve certainly seen some interesting combos in the past: VCRs with onboard surround hard disk recorders, TVs with built-in DVD players, and iPod-ready melons. Okay, we might have made the last one up. Taking us back to into the solid realms of reality, though, is Sony’s KDL-40EX43B, which updates the DVD/TV concept by combining a smart-looking 40in LCD TV with a Blu-ray player.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Sony's revamp is truly IPTV-tastic If net connectivity is this year’s hot TV ticket, Sony's affordable EX-range is smokin', says Steve May

Sony was an early exponent of net-connected TV. While its rivals were fumbling through the adolescent stages of internet connectivity, the Japanese major already had a mature IPTV portal on the go in the shape of its BRAVIA Internet Video (BIV) service.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  0 comments
Mid-range marvel Sony continues its 3D resurrection with its latest 40in TV, says John Archer

Sony’s EX723 series turned out to be some of the worst 3D performers we’ve seen, but subsequent 3D models have upped the brand’s game. On paper at least, this set looks equipped to do the business. It carries MotionFlow XR 400 processing; a system that combines the detail boosting, noise-reducing qualities of Sony’s new X-Reality picture engine with a 400Hz effect to hopefully kick crosstalk into touch.

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