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Sony Bravia KD55XD8599 Richer Sounds £999 but price beat £919.99
Sony Bravia KD55XD8599 Richer Sounds £999 but price beat £919.99

Sony Bravia KD55XD8599 Richer Sounds £999 but price beat £919.99

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Been looking for a decent Sony 4K HDR tv for a while and decided on this model. Kept an eye on the price over the last couple of weeks (was £1149 original RRP £1499.99) and decided to pull the trigger on this deal at £999 from Richer Sounds with 6 year warranty.

After I bought the tv, I noticed that powerdirect.co.uk had a better deal for £929.99. As Richer Sounds are well known for their customer service I called the Birmingham branch where I had it from, and they honoured their price beat as it was within 7 days of the original sale. They refunded me the difference over the phone so I got it for £919.99.

Link for tv from power direct:

powerdirect.co.uk/cat…FDQ

Richer Sounds price beat:

richersounds.com/inf…eat

Can also get 3% (£27.60) Quidco with in-store cash back, so will need to activate the card your going to pay with.

quidco.com/ric…re/

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just bought some kit from richer sounds Manchester great service

May I ask your thoughts on the TV with regards to picture/Motion and also the Android os? Thanks.

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kevinc6784

May I ask your thoughts on the TV with regards to picture/Motion and also … May I ask your thoughts on the TV with regards to picture/Motion and also the Android os? Thanks.



I have been very happy with the picture / motion but at the moment I have only watched a few demos in 4K but I was really impressed with them. I've watched various football matches in hd with the TV set to football mode, and again it looked brilliant. I've been playing a lot of Battlefield 1 on the PS4 in game mode, and this is where I think the TV excels, it really looks good and I haven't noticed any input lag. I've got the PS4 pro arriving next month so hopefully it will look even better when upscaled. SD channels don't look the best but I didn't think they would, and it's probably the same for most TVs of this size.

So far I've been happy with the OS mainly due to having access to google play store. Its very easy to use and there are so many things you can do with it. I've installed Kodi and haven't come across any issues with it yet.

So far I have no regrets and I would highly recommend.

acoopermufc

I have been very happy with the picture / motion but at the moment I have … I have been very happy with the picture / motion but at the moment I have only watched a few demos in 4K but I was really impressed with them. I've watched various football matches in hd with the TV set to football mode, and again it looked brilliant. I've been playing a lot of Battlefield 1 on the PS4 in game mode, and this is where I think the TV excels, it really looks good and I haven't noticed any input lag. I've got the PS4 pro arriving next month so hopefully it will look even better when upscaled. SD channels don't look the best but I didn't think they would, and it's probably the same for most TVs of this size.So far I've been happy with the OS mainly due to having access to google play store. Its very easy to use and there are so many things you can do with it. I've installed Kodi and haven't come across any issues with it yet. So far I have no regrets and I would highly recommend.



Bought the 65" version yesterday from John Lewis. Got them to price match Richer Sounds at 1549.00. RS has 50 off code currently active. Just seen Power Direct have it for 1499.00. Hoping John Lewis will match to that (can request a match up to 28 days after purchase).

In store, Tv looked awesome. Read an HDTV test review which said black levels not good as a consequence of IPS panel: trade off between viewing angle and black levels. Have to admit it looked fine in store, maybe it will be more of an issue in low light room. Was really impressed with how it handle fast moving scenes, that was noticeably (to my eye) better than Samsung KS7000 which was close contender. Though Ks is 10 bit vs this 8bit. And the Samsung has local dimming. So on paper, better panel. In the flesh I preferred the Sony.

Should add mine will arrive Weds

Good find OP. Christmas is not far now , will the prices come down more ? Any ideas ?

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jrah1

Should add mine will arrive Weds



Hi, where did you find out if the panel is 8 bit or 10 bit? I struggled to find this information. All I could find was American reviews which say it's 10 bit, but couldn't find any reviews for UK model which said it was 8 or 10. I was like you anyway, once I saw the screen in the flesh I preferred it, especially for playing PS4.

This was the best UK review I could find:

s21.com/son…htm
Edited by: "acoopermufc" 30th Oct 2016

Hmm mixed reviews on RS seems still problem with ALL edge lit screens - light bleed and poor quality on anything but 4K demos and bluray. Let's face it-its good to have future proofing but when will 4K actually be mainstream? Lots of good stuff is only on SD and from what I've read most upscalling to 4K is worse than to 1080p. Still not convinced enough yet to upgrade from my (tiny) 40" Sony. Good price though!
Edited by: "Jaybeam" 30th Oct 2016

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acoopermufc

Hi, where did you find out if the panel is 8 bit or 10 bit? I struggled … Hi, where did you find out if the panel is 8 bit or 10 bit? I struggled to find this information. All I could find was American reviews which say it's 10 bit, but couldn't find any reviews for UK model which said it was 8 or 10. I was like you anyway, once I saw the screen in the flesh I preferred it, especially for playing PS4.This was the best UK review I could find:http://www.s21.com/sony-kd-55xd8599.htm



Managed to find a uk review saying it's 8 a bit panel but that its brilliant for gaming (which is the main reason I bought it).

http://www.blog.richersounds.com/product-review-sony-kd65xd8599/

Very good review to help decide if this tv is for you.
Edited by: "acoopermufc" 30th Oct 2016

4k fix coming for this tv mid november. Currently 4k 10 bit stutters eg all sky q content and pc

jrah1

Bought the 65" version yesterday from John Lewis. Got them to price match … Bought the 65" version yesterday from John Lewis. Got them to price match Richer Sounds at 1549.00. RS has 50 off code currently active. Just seen Power Direct have it for 1499.00. Hoping John Lewis will match to that (can request a match up to 28 days after purchase). In store, Tv looked awesome. Read an HDTV test review which said black levels not good as a consequence of IPS panel: trade off between viewing angle and black levels. Have to admit it looked fine in store, maybe it will be more of an issue in low light room. Was really impressed with how it handle fast moving scenes, that was noticeably (to my eye) better than Samsung KS7000 which was close contender. Though Ks is 10 bit vs this 8bit. And the Samsung has local dimming. So on paper, better panel. In the flesh I preferred the Sony.



KS7000 Series is also 8 bit so it's a like for like comparison

How's the light bleed? Is it def 8 bit panel?

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tom6195

How's the light bleed? Is it def 8 bit panel?



You should find this review helpful, says it better than I can

blog.richersounds.com/pro…99/
Edited by: "acoopermufc" 30th Oct 2016

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gazman090970

KS7000 Series is also 8 bit so it's a like for like comparison



Found this review that's states this Sony is 8 bit and to look at the KS7000 if looking for a 10 bit?

http://www.blog.richersounds.com/product-review-sony-kd65xd8599/

4K all gets a bit confusing to be honest.

acoopermufc

Managed to find a uk review saying it's 8 a bit panel but that its … Managed to find a uk review saying it's 8 a bit panel but that its brilliant for gaming (which is the main reason I bought it). http://www.blog.richersounds.com/product-review-sony-kd65xd8599/Very good review to help decide if this tv is for you.



Yep -- that was my source too.

This was the other review, from the US I think: flatpanelshd.com/rev…905 Real pixel peeper this one, one for the serious aficionado. If you check the other reviews from these folks, they're all pretty brutal on everything bar flagship models. I guess at some point you have to make a choice between looking at a picture and actually 'watching' it.

gazman090970

KS7000 Series is also 8 bit so it's a like for like comparison



So much contradictory information, it's hard to know what believe. The Richer Sounds blog was where I got that idea from. Even then, there's apparently a big difference between being able to receive 10 bit signals and being able to actually process them. Where I've got to now is that there are a load of tricks and gizmos (e.g. Backlight whistles and bells, extended color gamut, etc) that are used on high end regular LCDs to get them to approximate OLED. Some get closer than others. OLED is a big step up, but just a bit too pricey right now. Richer Sounds are flogging a 65" LG OLED set for around 2600 this week. And even that one is an early generation OLED no doubt soon to be superseded. I can't really justify forking out another grand or more for a (albeit considerably) better picture. This set is going to be way better than the 10 year old Samsung it's replacing, and it will do nicely until OLED is more affordable and widespread. That could take 2-3 years, particularly with prices increasing in the foreseeable future on the back of the Brexit-fueled sterling demise. Tough call right now on the best move if you're in the market to buy a new TV.

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jrah1

This was the other review, from the US I think: … This was the other review, from the US I think: http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1462946905 Real pixel peeper this one, one for the serious aficionado. If you check the other reviews from these folks, they're all pretty brutal on everything bar flagship models. I guess at some point you have to make a choice between looking at a picture and actually 'watching' it.



Thanks for posting this review, very informative.

jrah1

So much contradictory information, it's hard to know what believe. The … So much contradictory information, it's hard to know what believe. The Richer Sounds blog was where I got that idea from. Even then, there's apparently a big difference between being able to receive 10 bit signals and being able to actually process them. Where I've got to now is that there are a load of tricks and gizmos (e.g. Backlight whistles and bells, extended color gamut, etc) that are used on high end regular LCDs to get them to approximate OLED. Some get closer than others. OLED is a big step up, but just a bit too pricey right now. Richer Sounds are flogging a 65" LG OLED set for around 2600 this week. And even that one is an early generation OLED no doubt soon to be superseded. I can't really justify forking out another grand or more for a (albeit considerably) better picture. This set is going to be way better than the 10 year old Samsung it's replacing, and it will do nicely until OLED is more affordable and widespread. That could take 2-3 years, particularly with prices increasing in the foreseeable future on the back of the Brexit-fueled sterling demise. Tough call right now on the best move if you're in the market to buy a new TV.




KS7000 is definately 8 bit the KS8000 series are the 10 bit screens,i use this site to check screen specs,I personally think the manufacturers are fully to blame the waters in tv land have been very mucky since 4k arrived now there is a clamour for HDR which is no more than a clever marketing tool as far as 8 bit is concerned as there is no real benefit to HDR unless you have a 10 bit screeen.

Ive just taken delivery of the Samsung KS7000 and it looked great in store but a different story at home SD content is rubbish, i read all the reviews and this was meant to be a excellent TV that won the Whathifi 2016 award the best is i got it to replace a LG 770V which was also appalling which replaced a 2015 860V and the best of it is the 860V the picture was excellent no matter what you were watching and all because i had to have a HDR TV right now. If id waited and kept the 860V id be £1300 richer and happy but instead im gutted worried sick incase i cant live with it and need to return a second TV to Richersounds because of rubbish picture quality. Is it to much to ask to be able to buy a TV and it be great first time, my only option now is OLED as ive had everything else as the Samsung 8000,9000 are the same tv with more advanced dimming and i wont be having another LG and that's for sure.
Edited by: "polly69" 30th Oct 2016

gazman090970

KS7000 Series is also 8 bit so it's a like for like comparison



KS7000 is definitely a 10bit panel its all over the internet that it is and its on Samsung's website and on the box, i doubt very much they would be able to get away with it

polly69

KS7000 is definitely a 10bit panel its all over the internet that it is … KS7000 is definitely a 10bit panel its all over the internet that it is and its on Samsung's website and on the box, i doubt very much they would be able to get away with it



8 bit and a clever bit of tech(FRC)that simulates the colour pallete of a 10 bit panel.

It has been confirmed in av forums that ks7000 is 10 bit
Displayspecification website has been wrong before as well

docma

It has been confirmed in av forums that ks7000 is 10 … It has been confirmed in av forums that ks7000 is 10 bitDisplayspecification website has been wrong before as well



I have been keeping an eye on that particular thread and there are mixed reports many are saying 8 bit and one member insisting it's a 10 Samsung do not appear to actually know what panel it has for me the price point tells you all you need to know with an entry level samsung 10 bit panel coming in at around £1250 for a 40 inch.

I hope it's 10 bit
I would be gutted if it isn't as I have ordered it anyways

docma

I hope it's 10 bit I would be gutted if it isn't as I have ordered it … I hope it's 10 bit I would be gutted if it isn't as I have ordered it anyways



Either way it gets very good reviews it looks a very good tv.

polly69

Ive just taken delivery of the Samsung KS7000 and it looked great in … Ive just taken delivery of the Samsung KS7000 and it looked great in store but a different story at home SD content is rubbish, i read all the reviews and this was meant to be a excellent TV that won the Whathifi 2016 award the best is i got it to replace a LG 770V which was also appalling which replaced a 2015 860V and the best of it is the 860V the picture was excellent no matter what you were watching and all because i had to have a HDR TV right now. If id waited and kept the 860V id be £1300 richer and happy but instead im gutted worried sick incase i cant live with it and need to return a second TV to Richersounds because of rubbish picture quality. Is it to much to ask to be able to buy a TV and it be great first time, my only option now is OLED as ive had everything else as the Samsung 8000,9000 are the same tv with more advanced dimming and i wont be having another LG and that's for sure.


Hi can you tell me the full number of the 860v as I'm after a good non-4k TV. Tks.

KS7000 is definitely 10 bit and the picture quality is fantastic. I actually prefer the ks7000 over the xd9 series from Sony, which is about an extra £300.

polly69

Ive just taken delivery of the Samsung KS7000 and it looked great in … Ive just taken delivery of the Samsung KS7000 and it looked great in store but a different story at home SD content is rubbish, i read all the reviews and this was meant to be a excellent TV that won the Whathifi 2016 award the best is i got it to replace a LG 770V which was also appalling which replaced a 2015 860V and the best of it is the 860V the picture was excellent no matter what you were watching and all because i had to have a HDR TV right now. If id waited and kept the 860V id be £1300 richer and happy but instead im gutted worried sick incase i cant live with it and need to return a second TV to Richersounds because of rubbish picture quality. Is it to much to ask to be able to buy a TV and it be great first time, my only option now is OLED as ive had everything else as the Samsung 8000,9000 are the same tv with more advanced dimming and i wont be having another LG and that's for sure.


SD content isn't great on most 4K TVs, you're feeding a 8 million pixel screen with about 500,000 pixels, so the TV is having to do a lot of work to upscale that.
You need to put at least HD into a 4K TV to get a good quality image.
If you want a HDR TV then you'll need to feed HDR into it and at the moment, there isn't a great deal of HDR content. Sounds like you should just stick to a 720/1080 TV. Or if ask to see SD content when you're in a shop, Richer Sounds offer that but not so sure currys do as they run demos on every TV and not Sky.

Ks7000 is definitely 8 Bit not 10

docma

I hope it's 10 bit I would be gutted if it isn't as I have ordered it … I hope it's 10 bit I would be gutted if it isn't as I have ordered it anyways



If reviewers at establishments such as AV Forums etc. are reviewing the TV for public advice, and they are the trained professionals where this stands, trust them - not the keyboard geniuses over at HUKD mate.

KS7000 looks sick and has amazing input lag, I want it badly!

Just buy OLED, far superior.

I saw this telly in person and it was genuinely very good... easily better than my current Panasonic plasma which is saying something.
SD content also looked good
viewing angles were also very good without much brightness or colour change upon past 45 degrees each way which will serve most people.
I also saw a hukd for this telly just now - Samsung 55” UE55KS7000
so which one would be a. better pick? I am interested if anyone has any experience of both.
cheers.

p.s. don't need smart features as it will be connected to a nvidia shield anyway.

I got a dilemma ,this or hisense m5500. any advice,please?

acoopermufc

I have been very happy with the picture / motion but at the moment I have … I have been very happy with the picture / motion but at the moment I have only watched a few demos in 4K but I was really impressed with them. I've watched various football matches in hd with the TV set to football mode, and again it looked brilliant. I've been playing a lot of Battlefield 1 on the PS4 in game mode, and this is where I think the TV excels, it really looks good and I haven't noticed any input lag. I've got the PS4 pro arriving next month so hopefully it will look even better when upscaled. SD channels don't look the best but I didn't think they would, and it's probably the same for most TVs of this size.So far I've been happy with the OS mainly due to having access to google play store. Its very easy to use and there are so many things you can do with it. I've installed Kodi and haven't come across any issues with it yet. So far I have no regrets and I would highly recommend.



Hi mate , how you finding the tv? I'm looking to get in Black Friday sales . So confused with this set and the Samsung ks7000
A lot are saying Samsung all the way but I don't know why I'm being drawn to the Sony .
Your review as you have had it a while would be excellent

jrah1

Should add mine will arrive Weds



Hi mate , how you finding the tv? I'm looking to get in Black Friday sales . So confused with this set and the Samsung ks7000
A lot are saying Samsung all the way but I don't know why I'm being drawn to the Sony .
Your review as you have had it a while would be excellent
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