SONY BRAVIA KD55XE8396 55" Smart 4K UHD HDR LED TV + 5YR Warranty at Currys for £899
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SONY BRAVIA KD55XE8396 55" Smart 4K UHD HDR LED TV + 5YR Warranty at Currys for £899

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Found 1st Oct 2017
Use code 'LSTV5DD100' (valid until Tuesday, in-store or online) to get £100 off. Was £999 - £899 with promo cod). Best price i've seen this model:


Product features
  • 4K Ultra HD HDR
  • Catch-up & 4K Streaming with Android
  • Picture quality: Motionflow XR 400 Hz
  • Tuner: Twin Freeview HD with YouView
  • Connectivity: HDMI 2.0 x 4
  • 10 bit (8 bit + FRC)
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35 Comments
How does this compare to Samsung UE55MU7000?
Where are these comments! I’m still waiting for the ‘not true hdr’ and not ‘cheap model’!

All serious though, is this 10-bit hdr? Good for gaming?
I'd wait for the XE85 to come down in price personally, I'm sure that'll be £900 within a month, or two at most. The XE8 models seem oddly overpriced right now given the deals we've seen on the XE70 and XE90 lately.
strong11 h, 0 m ago

All serious though, is this 10-bit hdr?


It is, but it's not a not a TV to buy if HDR is a priority as there's no local dimming system at all. You need to go two models up to the XE90 before you start to see the beginning of that.
8 bit + FRC does not equal 10 bit
jayjayuk123420 m ago

8 bit + FRC does not equal 10 bit


Prove it.

All practical tests seem to show otherwise. For example rtings banding tests have them mixed together:
rtings.com/tv/…ent

Obviously on an OLED where the brightness is expressed directly by the panel then you'll want lots of brightness steps, but on an LCD much of the brightness range isn't even handled by the panel!
Careful people buying anything from curry/CPW

The guarantee won't cover you for an abandoned building, when you have a fault and go and return
These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.
NomiKaay21 m ago

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.

Pmsl
NomiKaay1 h, 19 m ago

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.

I can't tell if this is serious or not....
Was in Currys a few days ago looking at TVs. Just off a subjective look at the picture, this one seemed way ahead of anything else in the £800-1200 range.
Obviously not as good as the £1500+ oled/qled ones but I was surprised how close it was.
Not generally a Sony fan boy as my current TV is a Sony and picture quality is terrible
CaiGuy15 m ago

I can't tell if this is serious or not....

Well, I'm serious. Rather than a snarky remark, please enlighten me with a counterargument.
Considering getting the 49” version of this to replace my 2013 Samsung. Saw it in the shop and it’s a really nice tv. This one is 400hz motion refresh rate as well compared to the xe80 which is 100hz
NomiKaay1 h, 1 m ago

Well, I'm serious. Rather than a snarky remark, please enlighten me with a …Well, I'm serious. Rather than a snarky remark, please enlighten me with a counterargument.

Well Samsung fair enough but at this price point the majority of LG TV's have RGBW panels... So not better than Sony bravia
NomiKaay3 h, 27 m ago

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.

Top trolling! Had me going for a moment there.
NomiKaay5 h, 36 m ago

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.


That's a disappointingly ignorant comment
NomiKaay7 h, 35 m ago

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.


Ever seen the local dimming on dear Samsung's sets? Choose any set, no matter what the price.
I'm considering getting a replacement for my 2004 "HD ready" (no hdmi ports!!!) 40" Philips plasma screen. I'm going to wait until January next year. Just doing some preliminary research now so I can track prices.

Any recommendations for a 50 - 55inch for under 800 gratefully received. (Gotta buy surround soundand a PS4 pro too)
Reading the comments here and in other threads there seems to be real debate (confusion..?) around who is the best manufacturer.

Is it it right to say there is no one "best" manufacturer and it depend solely on models etc?

I would think think there would be one best at each price point, but I mean finding it difficult to establish who that actually might be...

samsung / LG debate above seems to illustrate this poin
Only buy if you enjoy having the TV for 6 months at a time and sony having it in for repair the 2 months after.
like the X D models, XE fails 6-12 down the line.
EndlessWaves9 h, 43 m ago

Prove it.All practical tests seem to show otherwise. For example rtings …Prove it.All practical tests seem to show otherwise. For example rtings banding tests have them mixed together:http://www.rtings.com/tv/tests/picture-quality/gradientObviously on an OLED where the brightness is expressed directly by the panel then you'll want lots of brightness steps, but on an LCD much of the brightness range isn't even handled by the panel!


Regardless of any tests.....or panel technology differences. 8 bit plus FRC doesn't equal 10 bit.... never ever ever will, so should not be advertised as such.
Edited by: "jayjayuk1234" 1st Oct 2017
Not proper HDR then.
DeafCassette1 h, 34 m ago

Is it it right to say there is no one "best" manufacturer and it depend …Is it it right to say there is no one "best" manufacturer and it depend solely on models etc?


Absolutely.
DeafCassette1 h, 34 m ago

I would think think there would be one best at each price point, but I …I would think think there would be one best at each price point, but I mean finding it difficult to establish who that actually might be...


TV prices drop throughout the year and the entire range is replaced yearly, so any lists for a given price point aren't valid for long, and it often takes most of the year for a sufficient quantity of reviews to come out to make a rounded picture.
jayjayuk12341 h, 18 m ago

Regardless of any tests.....or panel technology differences. 8 bit plus …Regardless of any tests.....or panel technology differences. 8 bit plus FRC doesn't equal 10 bit.... never ever ever will, so should not be advertised as such.


Which definition of 'equal' do you feel is more important to most TV buyers - the same technical gubbins or the same image output?

The minor distinctions are an engineering discussion. For shopping advice it's the bits of hardware with significant influence on the resulting picture that we want to be discussing, and trivial differences should be glossed over.
I'd pay the extra £100 and buy from richer sounds if this is the model you want. At least If you have a problem the guarantee will be worth having and you won't have to deal with Currys god awful customer service
Currys are an abysmal company.
Buy elsewhere
I wouldn't buy a television from any current manufacturer without Freeview Play if you watch terrestrial broadcasts.
DeafCassette15 h, 11 m ago

I'm considering getting a replacement for my 2004 "HD ready" (no hdmi …I'm considering getting a replacement for my 2004 "HD ready" (no hdmi ports!!!) 40" Philips plasma screen. I'm going to wait until January next year. Just doing some preliminary research now so I can track prices. Any recommendations for a 50 - 55inch for under 800 gratefully received. (Gotta buy surround soundand a PS4 pro too)


Your best bet is a 55" Samsung MU7000 which meets all the requirements for HDR (wide colour gamut, true 10-bit) etc. Slightly outside of your budget at £1000 though. The 49" is on offer for £850.
Edited by: "Amarjit1" 2nd Oct 2017
Uridium10 h, 36 m ago

I'd pay the extra £100 and buy from richer sounds if this is the model you …I'd pay the extra £100 and buy from richer sounds if this is the model you want. At least If you have a problem the guarantee will be worth having and you won't have to deal with Currys god awful customer service


The 55" XE80/XE83 is a Currys exclusive, at least outside of the more expensive FW business variant designed for continuous operation.

I guess you're talking about the XE85 which is the next model up and notably different in several respects. Most of them are improvements, but it is likely to have narrower viewing angles.
musical4 m ago

I wouldn't buy a television from any current manufacturer without Freeview …I wouldn't buy a television from any current manufacturer without Freeview Play if you watch terrestrial broadcasts.


Sony have Youview which is very similar.
DeafCassette15 h, 14 m ago

Reading the comments here and in other threads there seems to be real …Reading the comments here and in other threads there seems to be real debate (confusion..?) around who is the best manufacturer. Is it it right to say there is no one "best" manufacturer and it depend solely on models etc? I would think think there would be one best at each price point, but I mean finding it difficult to establish who that actually might be... samsung / LG debate above seems to illustrate this poin



I would say, only believe what is most important to you, (i.e. your own eyes.)

Spend a ton of time in store having a look at a real variety of material with all the processing settings turned off. Don't just focus on the Demo 4K material as in reality you may also be watching really poor quality channels like ITV4.

If the salesman isn't prepared to let you do this, buy from somewhere that will.
EndlessWaves37 m ago

Sony have Youview which is very similar.



Apart from the fact that the YouView programme guide is completely swamped with NowTV, etc. and there is no way to avoid it, unless things have changed.

I just checked and it hasn't changed. You're forced to wade through pay movies, etc. in the guide and in the last few months YouView has even taken away the ability to hide channels in the guide.

People have been asking for an ability to filter out pay tv and other channels for years but YouView doesn't really care about user experience but rather its commercial paymasters at TalkTalk, BT and NowTV. Which is why it will fail.
NomiKaay1st Oct

These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go …These are subpar TVs. If you really want to experience the best 4K, go with anything from Samsung or LG.



LG then, because I much prefer WebOS. And Samsung is a shady company. Wish Sony used WebOS too.
marshaal54 h, 52 m ago

Currys are an abysmal company.Buy elsewhere


Can't agree with this comment more. I could try, but I would fail. They cocked up my previous two purchases and they behaved terribly afterwards. 10+ phone calls to resolve Never again.
EndlessWaves16 h, 8 m ago

Absolutely.TV prices drop throughout the year and the entire range is …Absolutely.TV prices drop throughout the year and the entire range is replaced yearly, so any lists for a given price point aren't valid for long, and it often takes most of the year for a sufficient quantity of reviews to come out to make a rounded picture. Which definition of 'equal' do you feel is more important to most TV buyers - the same technical gubbins or the same image output?The minor distinctions are an engineering discussion. For shopping advice it's the bits of hardware with significant influence on the resulting picture that we want to be discussing, and trivial differences should be glossed over.


Your whole point is moot.

Customers think they're buying a true 10bit TV, when it isn't, and none of your comments will change this fact

If due to LCD these differences are negligible or not isn't the point at all, 8bit TV should not be advertised as being 10 bit. end of story.

Arguments about who can see differences between the two, or which panel can accurately display 10 bit are irrelevant, i am merely pointing out that the specs are misleading

I have not gone into any engineering discussion here as i have done so on numerous previous threads,
Edited by: "jayjayuk1234" 2nd Oct 2017
jayjayuk12341 h, 33 m ago

8bit TV should not be advertised as being 10 bit


I suppose I agree with you in principle, in practice though how do you assign a bit depth to a TV? You can't use the bit depth of the LCD panel as that's dealing with a different range to HDR content's bit depth.

It's easier just to smile and nod, and those few who have a reason for specifically wanting a 10-bit LCD panel will have sufficient technical knowledge to make their requirements known.
Amarjit19 h, 9 m ago

Your best bet is a 55" Samsung MU7000 which meets all the requirements for …Your best bet is a 55" Samsung MU7000 which meets all the requirements for HDR (wide colour gamut, true 10-bit) etc. Slightly outside of your budget at £1000 though. The 49" is on offer for £850.


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