Sony Bravia KD49XE8005 LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart Android TV, 49" with Freeview HD & Youview, Black - £499 @ John Lewis
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Sony Bravia KD49XE8005 LED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart Android TV, 49" with Freeview HD & Youview, Black - £499 @ John Lewis

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Found 16th May
Sony’s XE80 brings the breath-taking realism of the 4K HDR picture into the modern home. Exceptionally detailed 4K UHD resolution combines with the latest HDR technology to render a superbly lifelike picture. The brand’s TRILUMINOS display achieves a stunningly wide array of gorgeous colour, with beautifully smooth shading. Driven by the 4K X-Reality PRO engine, every pixel is upscaled for remarkable clarity, while MotionFlow XR ensures even the fastest action is pin sharp. Sony’s suite of Smart features on the Android platform opens up a wealth of extraordinary online content, and the set’s slim aluminium bezel edging completes the look of a supremely sophisticated home entertainment hub.


Seems to previously have hovered between the £625-£750 mark, from around £1000 at launch.
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Have a similar model and frankly would never go Sony / Android ever again, the sheer quantity of annoyances the combination provide has been such a disappointment. Still a great price so certainly a deal, but I'd really recommend people do some lengthy research.
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The picture is breathtaking...so beautiful
This is cheaper than the 7003 model?!
What is the difference between this and 8077 version on AO at same price?
Probably because the Quadluxinial sets are due in the shops, with Y-Realism to enhance HDR midtones
Very good price.
cmpaterson11 m ago

What is the difference between this and 8077 version on AO at same price?


The 8077 has Motionflow™ XR 400Hz (Native 50Hz) and is a silver bezel.

The 8005 has Motionflow™ XR 200Hz (Native 50Hz) and is a black bezel.

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What's this like with motion? I struggle to find a decent TV with natural motion for under £500. Bought the Philips Ambilight 6272 which has a great picture but the motion kills me.
I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but it’s painfully slow when switching channels it does my head in!
jona775 m ago

I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but …I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but it’s painfully slow when switching channels it does my head in!


Yep. It lags on swapping channels or inputs.. Or doing anything android app based. I'm really disappointed with mine 😩
Good price it's been £649 for ages almost bought one when the price dropped to £429 a few month back. Keep seeing reviews of slow android os and WiFi dropping.
jona7724 m ago

I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but …I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but it’s painfully slow when switching channels it does my head in!


Yep if you are someone that turns the plugs off at night this tv takes ages to boot and is quite laggy for a few minutes after booting. The guide is slow too. Even though it has a satellite tuner built in it has no freesat program guide or info about the current channel so you are still better off with a freesat box. The chromecast feature is buggy, sometime takes three attempts to connect and can sometimes repeat the same youtube video twice. An actual separate chromecast works much better. I wish I had gone for an Lg or Samsung now.
CraftyCanary50 m ago

What's this like with motion? I struggle to find a decent TV with natural …What's this like with motion? I struggle to find a decent TV with natural motion for under £500. Bought the Philips Ambilight 6272 which has a great picture but the motion kills me.


Assuming you use interpolation, Sony's is the best around (although this obviously won't quite match up to the X1 Extreme sets). It's still ultimately a 60Hz panel though, so it'll never have amazing motion handling and will always require interpolation to clear up judder in 24fps movies for example. You need to step up to the XE85 range to get a 120Hz panel with Sony.

It's also worth noting that this model has an IPS panel, which is a complete dealbreaker for me. Fine if you mainly watch brighter content in a well-lit room though.

jona7748 m ago

I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but …I have this exact tv as others have pointed out the picture is superb but it’s painfully slow when switching channels it does my head in!


Sony's highest end models are no better, sadly. YouView is a sluggish mess. You can turn YouView off though, which results in it being much more responsive. It falls back to Sony's own EPG when you do that, which is much faster. The only issue is that you lose all the UK catchup services, as they're built into YouView.
Have a similar model and frankly would never go Sony / Android ever again, the sheer quantity of annoyances the combination provide has been such a disappointment. Still a great price so certainly a deal, but I'd really recommend people do some lengthy research.
Got this for my dad when Argos/ Amazon we’re doing it for £429. He tends to go in the room and turn it on 5 mins before he wants to watch something. ( slow to start up)

He also says the picture of the HD and SD broadcasts look better on the old tv it replaced. I went on rtings and adjusted to the recommended settings but he’s still not happy. Could he need a new Ariel, need to disable the youview or is it just the step up from 37” to 49”?
My main TV is a Sony and will always be
Ordered today
I might cancel the order in the morning
Aretak46 m ago

Assuming you use interpolation, Sony's is the best around (although this …Assuming you use interpolation, Sony's is the best around (although this obviously won't quite match up to the X1 Extreme sets). It's still ultimately a 60Hz panel though, so it'll never have amazing motion handling and will always require interpolation to clear up judder in 24fps movies for example. You need to step up to the XE85 range to get a 120Hz panel with Sony.It's also worth noting that this model has an IPS panel, which is a complete dealbreaker for me. Fine if you mainly watch brighter content in a well-lit room though.Sony's highest end models are no better, sadly. YouView is a sluggish mess. You can turn YouView off though, which results in it being much more responsive. It falls back to Sony's own EPG when you do that, which is much faster. The only issue is that you lose all the UK catchup services, as they're built into YouView.


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The.Biff.Man1 h, 7 m ago

Got this for my dad when Argos/ Amazon we’re doing it for £429. He tends to …Got this for my dad when Argos/ Amazon we’re doing it for £429. He tends to go in the room and turn it on 5 mins before he wants to watch something. ( slow to start up)He also says the picture of the HD and SD broadcasts look better on the old tv it replaced. I went on rtings and adjusted to the recommended settings but he’s still not happy. Could he need a new Ariel, need to disable the youview or is it just the step up from 37” to 49”?


Sd channels are best on crt so unless you want to get one of those not much you can do.
Sony was once the TV brand leader, hardly have any models out these days.
I'm going against the general feeling here re: the inbuilt Android.

I have a 43" (2016) set & the Android is now quite slick, so much so that removed the Android box I had connected to it.

The remote is atrocious so i use a logitech keyboard
A great deal. Android TV OS is known to be buggy and slow. But Google promise they will fix the performance issue with android p update.
Edited by: "mrbone77" 17th May
How does this handle 4K gaming with HDR? Looking for a new TV for my sons room, it’s pretty much going to be used by him probably 80% gaming rest misc stuff.
paul.jacobs4 h, 22 m ago

Sony was once the TV brand leader, hardly have any models out these days.


Stick with the current market leader and innovator... Samsung
It says 599 now.....
barneyonion7 h, 29 m ago

Yep if you are someone that turns the plugs off at night this tv takes …Yep if you are someone that turns the plugs off at night this tv takes ages to boot and is quite laggy for a few minutes after booting. The guide is slow too. Even though it has a satellite tuner built in it has no freesat program guide or info about the current channel so you are still better off with a freesat box. The chromecast feature is buggy, sometime takes three attempts to connect and can sometimes repeat the same youtube video twice. An actual separate chromecast works much better. I wish I had gone for an Lg or Samsung now.


Re chromecast - I also use my old plug in chromecast as the built in chrome cast cannot play bt sport without jumpy/jerky missed frames the plug in hdmi version is aperfect stream. Do you use bt sport also?
paul.jacobs4 h, 55 m ago

Sony was once the TV brand leader, hardly have any models out these days.


Odd comment. They have plenty.
The.Biff.Man7 h, 5 m ago

Got this for my dad when Argos/ Amazon we’re doing it for £429. He tends to …Got this for my dad when Argos/ Amazon we’re doing it for £429. He tends to go in the room and turn it on 5 mins before he wants to watch something. ( slow to start up)He also says the picture of the HD and SD broadcasts look better on the old tv it replaced. I went on rtings and adjusted to the recommended settings but he’s still not happy. Could he need a new Ariel, need to disable the youview or is it just the step up from 37” to 49”?


Get him sky q, he will be happy then
i have this TV and would not recommend it. Slow unresponsive. Just been updated to Android 7 and its made it even slower. AVOID
TVs are trying to get too clever aren't they? It takes 5 mins to turn on from a power off?!

I have a Sony TV from 2009 and it comes on instantly. I have a Fire Stick and don't need a Smart TV. I would like to get a 4K tv eventually but negative comments are off putting...I don't understand how my 2009 TV has 100mhz motion flow and this has 50mhz...have the standards changed? Maybe 100mhz in 2009 isn't as good as 50mhz in 2018?
mrbone773 h, 30 m ago

A great deal. Android TV OS is known to be buggy and slow. But Google …A great deal. Android TV OS is known to be buggy and slow. But Google promise they will fix the performance issue with android p update.


Android TV OS is not amazing but its not completely Androids fault. I have a shield tv and quite enjoy android and it flies. Sony have really cheaped out with a poor and old Chipset which causes most of the issues. The software doesn't stand a chance
I have this Sony tv.
It’s nice and slim on the outside.
But!
It’s crap on the inside.
Like the cpu struggles to play YouTube/Netflix in 4K.
It suffers badly from light bleed... especially when in 4K mode as the brightness increases the light bleed to light sabre levels. Very sore on eyes + annoying!!

Android UI seems to get laggier with each update.
That’s cause of the weak cpu inside.

The remote control is utter shite.

On the plus side +++ it hasn’t broken down after 2 years use +++
I bought this two weeks ago and I'm really pleased with it. The picture is absolutely brilliant. I have to say that the OS is not laggy in the slightest either, like some have mentioned in this thread.
batmanluke8 h, 57 m ago

Re chromecast - I also use my old plug in chromecast as the built in …Re chromecast - I also use my old plug in chromecast as the built in chrome cast cannot play bt sport without jumpy/jerky missed frames the plug in hdmi version is aperfect stream. Do you use bt sport also?


No it's mainly youtube and some catch-up tv services that I run through it. The youtube video queue gets confused and repeats the videos sometimes.
I bought this exact model from RS 5 months ago for £567....very pleased with it...bargain at £499
fiestasteve4418 h, 56 m ago

Odd comment. They have plenty.


Hardly any Sony TV's compared to 10 years ago, and probably don't make LCD panels anymore either
Space_Invader17th May

I have this Sony tv. It’s nice and slim on the outside. But!It’s crap on th …I have this Sony tv. It’s nice and slim on the outside. But!It’s crap on the inside. Like the cpu struggles to play YouTube/Netflix in 4K. It suffers badly from light bleed... especially when in 4K mode as the brightness increases the light bleed to light sabre levels. Very sore on eyes + annoying!!Android UI seems to get laggier with each update.That’s cause of the weak cpu inside. The remote control is utter shite. On the plus side +++ it hasn’t broken down after 2 years use +++


Give it time. My 65" (different model) has just died after 2 years 9 months. I hated every second of Android TV. Never again.
Jonathan_Mickiewicz17th May

Android TV OS is not amazing but its not completely Androids fault. I have …Android TV OS is not amazing but its not completely Androids fault. I have a shield tv and quite enjoy android and it flies. Sony have really cheaped out with a poor and old Chipset which causes most of the issues. The software doesn't stand a chance


Think they use MTK chipset which are used in budget phones well known for dropping wifi too.
I noted that it drops wifi frequently..it was driving me mad. I was lucky that the router was located next to it so I used ethernet connection and never had a problem since then
Edited by: "sam1970" 20th May
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