Sony BRAVIA KD49XE9005 49 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED Android TV Freeview HD - £999 @ Richer Sounds
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Sony BRAVIA KD49XE9005 49 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED Android TV Freeview HD - £999 @ Richer Sounds

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Edited by:"scoobysi"Found 3rd Dec
4K picture quality is superb, there’s a range of streaming apps to keep us content, and it’s got good sound -What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017


6 year warranty if you join their free VIP club aka mailing list


vs £1199 in John Lewis

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I highly recommend this TV managed to snag it for a net cost of £919 couple of weeks ago from Richer Sounds and it’s bob on. Only negative thing is Sony don’t support freesat so there’s no program guide despite fining all the channels

I believe the £1199 is the 55” inch in John Lewis, I got it the other day waiting to get it delivered on Tuesday 😁got lucky and manage to get them to price match it for £1079

Original Poster

Yep the 49” and 55” are the same price in John Lewis @ £1199, must have a price match on with the 55, too big for my room though.
Edited by: "scoobysi" 3rd Dec

Got this for £975 a couple of months ago. Decent picture and uniform image. Very slight DSE on the set, however it is slight.

I have just got the 55 inch model of this price matched for 1079 from richer sounds. Check the audiovisual hottest tab for the link

HayatoYamazaki11 h, 7 m ago

I highly recommend this TV managed to snag it for a net cost of £919 …I highly recommend this TV managed to snag it for a net cost of £919 couple of weeks ago from Richer Sounds and it’s bob on. Only negative thing is Sony don’t support freesat so there’s no program guide despite fining all the channels


I actually put this TV on here for 950 pounds. It went cold to about -90.

PS. I got a free 30 pounds HDMI cable (I checked the price). Got slagged for stating that too. Good Luck!
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

mobily10 h, 20 m ago

Got this for £975 a couple of months ago. Decent picture and uniform …Got this for £975 a couple of months ago. Decent picture and uniform image. Very slight DSE on the set, however it is slight.


When set up properly the SDR picture is excellent. Even DVDs looked better than on my previous TV. HDR picture is just another level though. Wow! But it does take a little time getting all the best picture settings in. AVForums has settings which you can use as your baseline then tweak to your liking.
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

Enet35 m ago

When set up properly the SDR picture is excellent. Even DVDs looked better …When set up properly the SDR picture is excellent. Even DVDs looked better than on my previous TV. HDR picture is just another level though. Wow! But it does take a little time getting all the best picture settings in. AVForums has settings which you can use as your baseline then tweak to your liking.


I've used those settings and tweaked them. I haven't had much opportunity to try HDR purely because of the lack of content!

mobily4 m ago

I've used those settings and tweaked them. I haven't had much opportunity …I've used those settings and tweaked them. I haven't had much opportunity to try HDR purely because of the lack of content!


The ones I have had a look at are Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, John Wick 2 (I sense a pattern here) and Pacific Rim. I mean even "John Wick 2" looks amazing!

P.S. Make sure you have your HDMI set to Enhanced mode. I couldn't find this setting for ages but when I did it made a massive difference on HDR.
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

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Enet5 h, 10 m ago

I actually put this TV on here for 950 pounds. It went cold to about …I actually put this TV on here for 950 pounds. It went cold to about -90.PS. I got a free 30 pounds HDMI cable (I checked the price). Got slagged for stating that too. Good Luck!



Lol -69 degrees, is there an anti Sony faction on HUKD or is there a better deal for the 49 inch somewhere?

scoobysi19 m ago

Lol -69 degrees, is there an anti Sony faction on HUKD or is there a …Lol -69 degrees, is there an anti Sony faction on HUKD or is there a better deal for the 49 inch somewhere?


Up to a point there are valid reasons for this. What they say is that
1) The 55" is a bigger screen and not much more expensive or in some shops identical in price.
2) The price is too close to the discounted (if you can get it) OLED price which is 1350.

To the first point they are ignoring the fact that
- 950/999 is the cheapest this size of TV has been and
- that this is the first sub 50" sized TV with proper premium picture quality, proper HDR, and excellent upscaling.
- Also not everyone wants or can fit in a 55"+ screen. Retailers have recognised this and have priced accordingly.

The second point follows from the first in that the 55" is arguably the better value TV but is too close in price to the LG B7. You can pick up the 55" Sony for about 1097 now. I would still argue that the B7 is not 250 pounds better than the Sony.
- The black levels on the Sony with FALD are excellent. Obviously the OLED is still the class leader for this.
- the HDR peak is better. OLED has improved but is still at least 100nits less.
- and the upscaling is almost miraculous. Again OLED has improved but Sony is arguably the class leader in this depending on which Panasonic/Samsung TV you compare it with.
- Motion management again is class leading.
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

Enet7 h, 34 m ago

The ones I have had a look at are Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Amazing …The ones I have had a look at are Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, John Wick 2 (I sense a pattern here) and Pacific Rim. I mean even "John Wick 2" looks amazing!P.S. Make sure you have your HDMI set to Enhanced mode. I couldn't find this setting for ages but when I did it made a massive difference on HDR.


thanks for the tip i grabbed the 55 inch on black friday its a great tv

Has the menu speed / response time improved with the newer Bravia TV's?

GlanzaV21 m ago

Has the menu speed / response time improved with the newer Bravia TV's?


From what I have read it is faster but its still the slowest I have ever used LoL. I didn't want an Android TV to be honest but I have been pleasantly surprised by the Apps and flexibility which of course are inherent in using Android. This should also mean that its Apps are always updatable unlike in other TV OS's.
*edit*
Thinking about it, its not always slow, but it's unpredictable. When it works it's quick enough but another time you press a button and nothing happens for a bit. Luckily the Action Menu makes a sound so at least you know something "will" happen :).

It is not the easiest OS to navigate and I am a regular Android phone and tablet user. But I am getting used to the layout and the difference between using the Action Menu and the Discover menu which makes things a whole lot easier.

However saying that, once it has been set up "properly", just play a decent HDR Blu Ray disk then you will probably forget Android TV ever existed.....for a while anyway LoL.
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

Enet9 h, 13 m ago

The ones I have had a look at are Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Amazing …The ones I have had a look at are Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, John Wick 2 (I sense a pattern here) and Pacific Rim. I mean even "John Wick 2" looks amazing!P.S. Make sure you have your HDMI set to Enhanced mode. I couldn't find this setting for ages but when I did it made a massive difference on HDR.


I haven't got a 4k player yet. Does the YouTube app support HDR?

mobily10 m ago

I haven't got a 4k player yet. Does the YouTube app support HDR?


Not yet from what I have seen. The videos look great but still not HDR. But with XTended Pro set on Medium, its still pretty close in terms of brightness. You definitely get the eye popping brightness what you don't quite get is the realism. It just looks like a very beautiful bright video. HDR gives something extra again.
Edited by: "Enet" 4th Dec

yes mate my 2014 one was slow as hell this seems to have been adressed

One of the best things about this tv is the built in Chromecast. No one ever seems to mention it but if you use Chrome browser you can instantly and wirelessly cast whatever is in that tab/window to the tv upto 4K resolution as well! Great for if you want full screen stream from sites that aren’t supported by apps etc

Enet15 h, 40 m ago

Not yet from what I have seen. The videos look great but still not HDR. …Not yet from what I have seen. The videos look great but still not HDR. But with XTended Pro set on Medium, its still pretty close in terms of brightness. You definitely get the eye popping brightness what you don't quite get is the realism. It just looks like a very beautiful bright video. HDR gives something extra again.


Thanks, I had Amazon for a while and the HDR videos were pretty special

HayatoYamazaki9 h, 24 m ago

One of the best things about this tv is the built in Chromecast. No one …One of the best things about this tv is the built in Chromecast. No one ever seems to mention it but if you use Chrome browser you can instantly and wirelessly cast whatever is in that tab/window to the tv upto 4K resolution as well! Great for if you want full screen stream from sites that aren’t supported by apps etc


My experience of this is the quality is pretty poor and for videos it's unwatchable due to sound lag.

mobily4 h, 0 m ago

My experience of this is the quality is pretty poor and for videos it's … My experience of this is the quality is pretty poor and for videos it's unwatchable due to sound lag.


That’s a shame mines been working perfectly. And I use the optical pass through to my sound system which can cause sound lag. Only suggestion I’d have is if you don’t have an ac or n router then maybe plug your tv directly into the router with Ethernet to a gigabit port as it could be lag in the Wi-fi? I only use a BT home hub with an oldish laptop so nothing fancy.
Edited by: "HayatoYamazaki" 5th Dec

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HayatoYamazaki42 m ago

That’s a shame mines been working perfectly. And I use the optical pass t …That’s a shame mines been working perfectly. And I use the optical pass through to my sound system which can cause sound lag. Only suggestion I’d have is if you don’t have an ac or n router then maybe plug your tv directly into the router with Ethernet to a gigabit port as it could be lag in the Wi-fi? I only use a BT home hub with an oldish laptop so nothing fancy.


Do you know which dolby types are passed via optical out? I have Sonos which needs Dolby Digital 5.1 I think.

scoobysi8 m ago

Do you know which dolby types are passed via optical out? I have Sonos …Do you know which dolby types are passed via optical out? I have Sonos which needs Dolby Digital 5.1 I think.


Dolby Digital (AC3) along with DTS is supported through Optical.

scoobysi19 h, 5 m ago

Do you know which dolby types are passed via optical out? I have Sonos …Do you know which dolby types are passed via optical out? I have Sonos which needs Dolby Digital 5.1 I think.


The tv will auto encode to either DTS or Dolby as mentioned above. I have mine plugged into the sonos playbar and works perfectly. Just make sure you set the digital output to Dolby. No problems with PS4 or built in tv and apps. I must admit that there did seem to be a very small lag when using PS4 this way with hdmi pass through but if you change the PS4 to Dolby bitstream it is very close to lagless
Edited by: "HayatoYamazaki" 6th Dec

bought this last week cracking TV miles better than my old x8307c. What i did was uninstall Leancrap Launcher built myself a nice remote friendly homescreen. No lag no ads, no leancrap just pure sexyness
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HayatoYamazaki8 h, 32 m ago

That’s a shame mines been working perfectly. And I use the optical pass t …That’s a shame mines been working perfectly. And I use the optical pass through to my sound system which can cause sound lag. Only suggestion I’d have is if you don’t have an ac or n router then maybe plug your tv directly into the router with Ethernet to a gigabit port as it could be lag in the Wi-fi? I only use a BT home hub with an oldish laptop so nothing fancy.



I'll have to try it again and see if it works. The TV is connected via Ethernet on a 300mb pipe so should be plenty fast enough! It may well be the speed of the wifi card in the laptop, however it is showing as 40mb on speedtest

mobily wrote:
I’ll have to try it again and see if it works. The TV is connected via Ethernet on a 300mb pipe so should be plenty fast enough! It may well be the speed of the wifi card in the laptop, however it is showing as 40mb on speedtest

Is you’re laptop wireless n or ac? If it’s rated less than that then possibly it’s the laptop Wi-fi. Mines an N rated laptop on 5ghz as well. If you have an android phone you can cast from that or maybe the google home app on iPhone. That should show if it’s the laptop 😊 otherwise make sure your TV is updated to android 7 nougat 👌🏻
Edited by: "HayatoYamazaki" 6th Dec

D_Jay_M5th Dec

bought this last week cracking TV miles better than my old x8307c. What i …bought this last week cracking TV miles better than my old x8307c. What i did was uninstall Leancrap Launcher built myself a nice remote friendly homescreen. No lag no ads, no leancrap just pure sexyness [Image] [Image]


Hi can you share a link to a guide on how to do this please?
Are there any limitations? Are the catch up apps still available?

fryitup2 h, 10 m ago

Hi can you share a link to a guide on how to do this please?Are there any …Hi can you share a link to a guide on how to do this please?Are there any limitations? Are the catch up apps still available?


im not sure i dont use them but i know there no BBC iplayer app in my app drawer but i reckon its possible to start it somehow. Will try it next time i have the tv on but i think if you enable youview you have all that stuff on there anyways so thats 1 workaround.

fryitup3 h, 6 m ago

Hi can you share a link to a guide on how to do this please?Are there any …Hi can you share a link to a guide on how to do this please?Are there any limitations? Are the catch up apps still available?


Just google it. I have just had a look for the first time myself. If you are at familiar with Android phone hacking (installing new Roms or features) then it will make sense. If you are not comfortable with Android processes, ADB etc then you have a bit of reading to do

*edit* Also there seems to be issues with the later versions of Android TV and these launchers. Has anyone actually used HAL or TV launcher on this version of Android TV on a Sony TV?
Edited by: "Enet" 10th Dec

Turns out the catchup apps are still there there in the sony select app.

Enet2 h, 18 m ago

Just google it. I have just had a look for the first time myself. If you …Just google it. I have just had a look for the first time myself. If you are at familiar with Android phone hacking (installing new Roms or features) then it will make sense. If you are not comfortable with Android processes, ADB etc then you have a bit of reading to do *edit* Also there seems to be issues with the later versions of Android TV and these launchers. Has anyone actually used HAL or TV launcher on this version of Android TV on a Sony TV?


yeah its pretty easy especially if your familiar with ADB it use to be possible to just disable leancrap but Google blocked the command in 6.0+

what kinda issues? i dont use any TV launcher but i can test both if these just let me know what it is you want testing.

D_Jay_M15 m ago

yeah its pretty easy especially if your familiar with ADB it use to be …yeah its pretty easy especially if your familiar with ADB it use to be possible to just disable leancrap but Google blocked the command in 6.0+what kinda issues? i dont use any TV launcher but i can test both if these just let me know what it is you want testing.


I was reading the comments by the author of TV Launcher but if I remember correctly he said there was a work around by using ADB from your computer directly connected to the TV. There is of course the other issue which I noticed when looking in that you can no longer disable Apps but you have already mentioned that.

I would like to know
A. Is it that much faster than the current set up.
B. Is it that much more user friendly. I am beginning to get used to the difference between Home, Action and Discover so it is a little easier than it was day 1.
Edited by: "Enet" 10th Dec

P.S. Just to show you how arbitrary this vote thing can be? This TV was advertised be me at 950 pounds and it went to -90 just because I mentioned it came with a free HDMI cable. Yes you can get one for 2 quid and yes it should show exactly the same image. But it would not be the same build quality as the 30 pound version I got.

So to the original poster @scoobysi Don't worry. Be happy !
Edited by: "Enet" 10th Dec

Enet20 m ago

I was reading the comments by the author of TV Launcher but if I remember …I was reading the comments by the author of TV Launcher but if I remember correctly he said there was a work around by using ADB from your computer directly connected to the TV. There is of course the other issue which I noticed when looking in that you can no longer disable Apps but you have already mentioned that.I would like to knowA. Is it that much faster than the current set up.B. Is it that much more user friendly. I am beginning to get used to the difference between Home, Action and Discover so it is a little easier than it was day 1.


yeah when you disable/uninstall the default launcher pressing the home button pops up a dialog with options for which launcher you want to use you also have an option to set as default. This means everytime you press home button you go to that launcher.

A. A lot faster
B. You cant remap those buttons in any launcher or any standard app so they will always do the same thing regardless of the launcher. Theres more customization so you can make it more user friendly but it does use a leanback Activity and theres not many classes available for use with leanback so customization is usually quite basic. Leanback Activitys are focused on being remote friendly above anything else.

I say give it a go you can always just factory reset if you decide the defaults better for you.

D_Jay_M2 m ago

yeah when you disable/uninstall the default launcher pressing the home …yeah when you disable/uninstall the default launcher pressing the home button pops up a dialog with options for which launcher you want to use you also have an option to set as default. This means everytime you press home button you go to that launcher.A. A lot fasterB. You cant remap those buttons in any launcher or any standard app so they will always do the same thing regardless of the launcher. Theres more customization so you can make it more user friendly but it does use a leanback Activity and theres not many classes available for use with leanback so customization is usually quite basic. Leanback Activitys are focused on being remote friendly above anything else.I say give it a go you can always just factory reset if you decide the defaults better for you.


So the launcher install behaviour is identical to the phone so that's cool. I may have a go with TV launcher today.

Enet19 m ago

P.S. Just to show you how arbitrary this vote thing can be? This TV was …P.S. Just to show you how arbitrary this vote thing can be? This TV was advertised be me at 950 pounds and it went to -90 just because I mentioned it came with a free HDMI cable. Yes you can get one for 2 quid and yes it should show exactly the same image. But it would not be the same build quality as the 30 pound version I got.So to the original poster @scoobysi Don't worry. Be happy !


true that some people are just goons.

Enet12 m ago

So the launcher install behaviour is identical to the phone so that's …So the launcher install behaviour is identical to the phone so that's cool. I may have a go with TV launcher today.


yup sure is, have fun

@D_Jay_M It looks like it is not possible to make another launcher the default anymore. This goes back to my original comments about issues. It looks like the ADB command has been blocked by recent updates, even for older Android devices. Without the ADB shell command, you can install any launcher you want, but it doesn't start automatically.

its definitely possible because i did it the day i got and as far as im aware theres been no updates since so it must still work. You cant disable leanback nomore without root the ADB pm hide command wont work. Your only option is to completely uninstall the launcher Google seem to have forgot to block that command. Anyways after doing that you will get the option to set any other launcher as your default.
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