Sony Bravia KD-55XE9005 - Power Direct - £999 John Lewis will Price Match!
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Sony Bravia KD-55XE9005 - Power Direct - £999 John Lewis will Price Match!

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Found 6th Mar
John Lewis will price match PowerDirect. I matched mine after Christmas with them for £1049. I know this went up recently with the co-operative but for anyone who wanted to purchase this with John Lewis’ guarantee and customer service, this might be a good alternative.

Note: Power Direct change their prices on an almost hourly basis so I expect this to be changed again by tomorrow or certainly the next few days.
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Thanks for sharing @likeshampoo - heat from me
for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?
AdamWesleyWhittle11 m ago

for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung …for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?


I keep reading on AVForums and elsewhere that the xe9005 is the cheapest decent series that has genuinely decent HDR.
AdamWesleyWhittle11 m ago

for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung …for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?


Excellent HDR performance. In my opinion yes, worth the extra. The Samsung pales in comparison.
Dam ... literally just bought from coop. Oh well, hopefully cashback pays out
Thanks for the opinions.. please add further anyone.. tbh i did go currys yesterday to look at the mu7070 and the picture was great BUT i did notice the demo that they have on loop was only bright colourful day footage and not darks or black at all unlike some of the sory demo's
AdamWesleyWhittle16 m ago

Thanks for the opinions.. please add further anyone.. tbh i did go currys …Thanks for the opinions.. please add further anyone.. tbh i did go currys yesterday to look at the mu7070 and the picture was great BUT i did notice the demo that they have on loop was only bright colourful day footage and not darks or black at all unlike some of the sory demo's


Sounds like you secretly want the Sony despite the price difference and are hoping we vindicate your decision.
Go for it IMO.
AdamWesleyWhittle46 m ago

for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung …for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?


It's a much better TV on paper, but it depends how what that £250 is worth to you.

The Sony has much better local dimming.
This tv is amazing. I'm in the market for a 49" tv as 55 is too big for my living room. I had my eye on oled but smallest they do is 55".

I went to compare the EX80 against the EX90 to see if its worth the extra 300 squid and I'm afraid it is.

I'm going to wait till the 49" drops below 850 before I bite the bullet as the 49" is still the same price as the 55"./

Honestly its an amazing tv, the picture is bright and v. smooth.
Bestard24 m ago

Sounds like you secretly want the Sony despite the price difference and …Sounds like you secretly want the Sony despite the price difference and are hoping we vindicate your decision.Go for it IMO.


haha well yes i may be talking myself into it.. its just so difficult to choose as there are sooo many options out there.. is this the best tv for the money then?
PaulCoops14 m ago

This tv is amazing. I'm in the market for a 49" tv as 55 is too big for …This tv is amazing. I'm in the market for a 49" tv as 55 is too big for my living room. I had my eye on oled but smallest they do is 55".I went to compare the EX80 against the EX90 to see if its worth the extra 300 squid and I'm afraid it is. I'm going to wait till the 49" drops below 850 before I bite the bullet as the 49" is still the same price as the 55"./Honestly its an amazing tv, the picture is bright and v. smooth.


Yes 49" would be more suitable for me but it seems or at least as i understand that the 55" panels are better or at least 10 bit.. what ever that is
This 49" is 10 bit. The only thing is it wont be Dolby Vision, the ex93 does but again 55 is the minimum size for that and if you're going that big and that price you may as well get an oled.

This the review I found but I've spent ages looking at different ones and if 49" is the size you want, I do think this is the best tv on the market at this price range.

whathifi.com/son…iew
PaulCoops36 m ago

This tv is amazing. I'm in the market for a 49" tv as 55 is too big for …This tv is amazing. I'm in the market for a 49" tv as 55 is too big for my living room. I had my eye on oled but smallest they do is 55".I went to compare the EX80 against the EX90 to see if its worth the extra 300 squid and I'm afraid it is. I'm going to wait till the 49" drops below 850 before I bite the bullet as the 49" is still the same price as the 55"./Honestly its an amazing tv, the picture is bright and v. smooth.

I got the 49" in a John Lewis price match for £874 in the January sales - the lowest it reached then was £829 briefly
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HutchAW1 h, 47 m ago

Thanks for sharing @likeshampoo - heat from me


You’re very welcome
PaulCoops23 m ago

This 49" is 10 bit. The only thing is it wont be Dolby Vision, the ex93 …This 49" is 10 bit. The only thing is it wont be Dolby Vision, the ex93 does but again 55 is the minimum size for that and if you're going that big and that price you may as well get an oled.This the review I found but I've spent ages looking at different ones and if 49" is the size you want, I do think this is the best tv on the market at this price range.https://www.whathifi.com/sony/kd-49xe9005/review


Disagree. I was going that size and that kind of budget and I took the xe9305 over an OLED. Any possibility of image burn is a possibility too much.
The XE9305 is a fantastic TV, but appreciate it is a £400 premium over this.
BrianM11 m ago

I got the 49" in a John Lewis price match for £874 in the January sales - …I got the 49" in a John Lewis price match for £874 in the January sales - the lowest it reached then was £829 briefly



Brian, whats it like now that you've had it since January ?

Just wish Samsung built tvs like Sony. I really like Samsung, but the backlight bleed issues and clouding issues keeps stopping me from biting the bullet with them.
Edited by: "PaulCoops" 6th Mar
Stoofa5 m ago

Disagree. I was going that size and that kind of budget and I took the …Disagree. I was going that size and that kind of budget and I took the xe9305 over an OLED. Any possibility of image burn is a possibility too much.The XE9305 is a fantastic TV, but appreciate it is a £400 premium over this.


I agree.. i was going to splash out on an OLED but the screen burn was enough go put me off at such a high price. would this be considered one of the best 55" tv's sub £1000??
AdamWesleyWhittle9 m ago

I agree.. i was going to splash out on an OLED but the screen burn was …I agree.. i was going to splash out on an OLED but the screen burn was enough go put me off at such a high price. would this be considered one of the best 55" tv's sub £1000??


It's considered to be the best non OLED TV from what reviews say.
Vomit8 m ago

It's considered to be the best non OLED TV from what reviews say.


Thanks Vomit.. my trigger finger is quivvering ha
This or to wait for the Easter sales when I 'reckon the B7 oled will go down from it current selling price.....decisions
I've been eyeing up this tv since November lol
The new models are out soon so may be some clearance deals to be had soon.
AdamWesleyWhittle6th Mar

I agree.. i was going to splash out on an OLED but the screen burn was …I agree.. i was going to splash out on an OLED but the screen burn was enough go put me off at such a high price. would this be considered one of the best 55" tv's sub £1000??


You needn’t have worried. Paid 2k for a B6V a while back and zero issues. I’m thinking of getting a Sony for my Xbox X though
Is this TV likely to go any lower than this before they're phased out?
AdamWesleyWhittle4 h, 0 m ago

for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung …for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?


It's a much better TV. It has a significantly higher peak brightness (important for HDR) and full-array local dimming, which is good for both specular highlights in HDR and producing far better black levels (as the TV can simply turn off the LEDs behind bits of the picture that are black). Sony's motion handling is also the best in the business bar none. The 49" model of this TV is also a 10-bit panel. It's only Samsung who reserve 10-bit panels for 55" and above.

The XE90 is by no means perfect - the amount of local dimming zones is fairly low resulting in some haloing, the weak SoC means Android TV is a little choppy and it has no Dolby Vision support - but it's certainly the best TV you can get for under £1000, and second only to the XE93 when it comes to anything cheaper than an OLED.

stringsonfire39 m ago

Is this TV likely to go any lower than this before they're phased out?


That's always the balancing act and it's impossible to say. Stock is likely to go very quickly if it's ever reduced much more than this, since it's a very desirable TV. A few places have now sold out of them already. There's not really any way of knowing how many the likes of John Lewis have left to shift.
Edited by: "Aretak" 7th Mar
AdamWesleyWhittle4 h, 24 m ago

for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung …for the tv boffins out there.. how does this compare with the samsung 55MU7000/MU7070 which is ovbiously £250 less. Is this really worth the difference? I was reallt looking for a 49" tv for gaming and tv but hear you wont get a 10bit panel less than 55". Is this correct?


As I have said many times on here - 10 bit is not really important. What is important is accepting 10 bit which most of the 2017 onward TV's will do ...

This TV has Full Array Local Dimming which means 2 things - it has far better blacks and it is capable of producing ALL HDR content without looking washed out. This model only has a limited amount of dimming zones so the panel is usually one of the best for uniformity.

If any of those are important to you then fill your boots ... if not go for something cheaper.
John Lewis won't price match unless it's in stock, which is isn't
pheonixwright233 m ago

John Lewis won't price match unless it's in stock, which is isn't


says in stock on both sites for me?
Has to be saying "In Stock" not "In Stock - Limited Availability" - John Lewis already rejected a price match because stock is not available immediately
Android really isn't great on this TV and ruins an otherwise decent well built set. Sony are fools for using such a crap Mediatek SOC. The Amazon Firestick destroys it which only cost me £24.99!
pheonixwright211 m ago

Android really isn't great on this TV and ruins an otherwise decent well …Android really isn't great on this TV and ruins an otherwise decent well built set. Sony are fools for using such a crap Mediatek SOC. The Amazon Firestick destroys it which only cost me £24.99!


confused! so are you saying to improve this tv buy a firestick also?
AdamWesleyWhittle5 h, 40 m ago

confused! so are you saying to improve this tv buy a firestick also?


Yes, I'd recommend it. On this TV Android feels really sluggish, and it's due to the SOC being low end. I just don't like it at all. You should try it in the shop and see what you think.
PaulCoops9 h, 44 m ago

Brian, whats it like now that you've had it since January ?Just wish …Brian, whats it like now that you've had it since January ?Just wish Samsung built tvs like Sony. I really like Samsung, but the backlight bleed issues and clouding issues keeps stopping me from biting the bullet with them.


I am still immensely pleased that I chose it! The picture is simply stunning (it matches OLEDs in almost all areas and wins in peak brightness). Android TV could be faster but it gets there and the Netflix, Amazon, YouTube etc. apps all work well!
pheonixwright26 h, 29 m ago

Android really isn't great on this TV and ruins an otherwise decent well …Android really isn't great on this TV and ruins an otherwise decent well built set. Sony are fools for using such a crap Mediatek SOC. The Amazon Firestick destroys it which only cost me £24.99!


Here, here. Had this TV for 24hrs before returning it. Couldn't put up with the clunky, slow and unresponsive UI. Android TV gives the Android name a bad reputation and makes this otherwise great telly, useless.
I have this TV and the image is spectacular once calibrated. I too looked at the 49 v 55 and the xe93 v the xe90.

Agreed as above re screen burn on OLED. No one will say it is a problem, but they are not covered under guarantee, so suggests a known issue.

I went for this TV in the end o we the xe93. The 93 has a slightly better processor, but is oled money.

Also the XF range is due imminently and the 93 range is being dropped as the 90 range will have the improved processor. So this will be the standard high end Sony from then on in...

Go for it, you will not regret it...
If you have another source to bypass the UI (sky+, vbox, firestick etc) then you won't care for the android issues. It's just I expect better, especially when Samsung and LG have a fast and responsive UI.

The X900F is also now available to buy so it's a given that the price of this TV will dip. At the moment retailers haven't caught up with reductions so I'd expect £999 and under everywhere soon.
Edited by: "pheonixwright2" 7th Mar
Now 1099.00
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dandubi15 m ago

Now 1099.00


Thanks for the heads up, expired the offer. It’s crazy how quickly their prices fluctuate
Just so people who want to pick this up are aware, I looked at this TV on richer sounds & instead of a 10 bit panel, it's listed as 8bit+frc.
Edited by: "davidpaulalexander" 7th Mar
pheonixwright21 h, 12 m ago

If you have another source to bypass the UI (sky+, vbox, firestick etc) …If you have another source to bypass the UI (sky+, vbox, firestick etc) then you won't care for the android issues. It's just I expect better, especially when Samsung and LG have a fast and responsive UI. .


I find Android TV "fast enough" and it should keep getting app updates for longer than some of the other makes. As the Netflix and other data intensive apps seem fine it seems strange it is just the UI which is slow!
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