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Sony BRAVIA KD55XF9005 55-inch Android TV™ 4K HDR Ultra HD with voice remote YouView and Freeview HD @ Appliances Direct
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Sony BRAVIA KD55XF9005 55-inch Android TV™ 4K HDR Ultra HD with voice remote YouView and Freeview HD @ Appliances Direct

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May want to add £19.99 delivery....

Good price though, considering this as a replacement for my Samsung MU6400 which has gone wrong a few too many times.
creepyg16/01/2020 10:22

May want to add £19.99 delivery....Good price though, considering this as …May want to add £19.99 delivery....Good price though, considering this as a replacement for my Samsung MU6400 which has gone wrong a few too many times.


It had free delivery for me.
MrSwitch16/01/2020 10:23

It had free delivery for me.


Odd. Maybe they just like you better!
Hmmmm, this or the Q70r, decisions decisions...
creepyg16/01/2020 10:24

Odd. Maybe they just like you better!


Haha, maybe, where do you live area wise?
MrSwitch16/01/2020 10:29

Haha, maybe, where do you live area wise?


Up in (not so...) sunny Scotland.

Funnily enough, the Samsung Q70R (my other option) would be delivered free. Bizarre.
creepyg16/01/2020 10:38

Up in (not so...) sunny Scotland. Funnily enough, the Samsung Q70R (my …Up in (not so...) sunny Scotland. Funnily enough, the Samsung Q70R (my other option) would be delivered free. Bizarre.


It may be because I'm only in Newcastle. Not far from their Leeds base.
SammyNib16/01/2020 10:27

Hmmmm, this or the Q70r, decisions decisions...


In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. There was an offer of a free soundbar with the TV for £719 via the Samsung employee portal. It's OOS atm but if it comes back before the promo ends (22 Jan) that could swing it for me.
creepyg16/01/2020 10:44

In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. …In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. There was an offer of a free soundbar with the TV for £719 via the Samsung employee portal. It's OOS atm but if it comes back before the promo ends (22 Jan) that could swing it for me.


Don't forget that would mean having to accept a 1 year warranty from Samsung though. Always a trade-off somewhere along the line I suppose.
Good TV.

One that's been on my list for a while.

Just waiting for the inevitable further drop on this and the Samsung QLEDs
creepyg16/01/2020 10:22

May want to add £19.99 delivery....Good price though, considering this as …May want to add £19.99 delivery....Good price though, considering this as a replacement for my Samsung MU6400 which has gone wrong a few too many times.


Added delivery in, I was being think and didn't continue all the way through
creepyg16/01/2020 10:44

In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. …In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. There was an offer of a free soundbar with the TV for £719 via the Samsung employee portal. It's OOS atm but if it comes back before the promo ends (22 Jan) that could swing it for me.


Prices are fluctuating a LOT on the Employee portal, a few weeks ago the Q80R was £799, now it's £899. Occasionally they add the soundbar and occasionally add 5yrs warranty. It's worth checking regularly
If you watch sports and know a little about setting the TV up then go for the Sony. It has the best viewing tech for watching fast sports. That same tech is now in thier more recent TVs.
Edited by: "Enet" 16th Jan
You get Dolby Vision with Sony, especially useful if you watch Netflix
SammyNib16/01/2020 10:27

Hmmmm, this or the Q70r, decisions decisions...


Go for the xf9005 got mine last year for 720 at Costco, excellent picture quality, colours are natural, this has the x1 extreme processor, so better picture procceessor then the Q70, this also has full array led panel, with local dimming. The android OS has been updated to oreo, and lot faster performance with no lag
Plus 5 year warranty
For those that are interested (rough guide)

KD55XF9005

XF - HDR Model, 2018 year (2019 is XG)
9000 - Base model spec (the next model up is the 9500)

The final number is just cosmetics / regional diferences. This panel uses the X1 Extreme SoC I believe, so WONT get the update to Android 9.0 that is currently on the AG9 (and will be coming to the 9500 series, as it uses the X1 Ultimate)
Edited by: "sniperpenguin" 17th Jan
thekitkatshuffler16/01/2020 10:48

Don't forget that would mean having to accept a 1 year warranty from …Don't forget that would mean having to accept a 1 year warranty from Samsung though. Always a trade-off somewhere along the line I suppose.


That's a very good point which I'd overlooked as I was sure Samsung offered 5yr warranties. But no sign of that anywhere on the listing. JL are actually replacing my MU6400 after 2 and a half years so a good long warranty is important.
Says £727 on screen when I’ve clicked on to get deal
"Delivery up to 6th Feb - £59.99" ouch
bagiebax16/01/2020 11:51

Says £727 on screen when I’ve clicked on to get deal


Cheers, edited
Close to buying the 65inch version for £999. Only thing putting me of is the numerous reports of light bleed, particularly in HDR. Also I really want good black levels and not so sure this has them.
hermano216/01/2020 11:55

"Delivery up to 6th Feb - £59.99" ouch


£69.99 for me lol
creepyg16/01/2020 10:44

In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. …In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. There was an offer of a free soundbar with the TV for £719 via the Samsung employee portal. It's OOS atm but if it comes back before the promo ends (22 Jan) that could swing it for me.


Have you been and looked at QLED I noticed when I was choosing between OLED or QLED the QLED couldn’t produce the red properly they looks blemished and blended a lot of the time.

I know this tv isn’t OLED but I preferred the reds on a standard 4K tv over QLED
Barophobia16/01/2020 12:56

Have you been and looked at QLED I noticed when I was choosing between …Have you been and looked at QLED I noticed when I was choosing between OLED or QLED the QLED couldn’t produce the red properly they looks blemished and blended a lot of the time.I know this tv isn’t OLED but I preferred the reds on a standard 4K tv over QLED


I have looked at the QLED but to be honest couldn't see what you describe using my test material and settings. Generally speaking Samsung seems to default to more saturated colours over some other makes. I can't say I really prefer one over the other as I currently have a Samsung LCD and Panasonic plasma, so I'm used to switching between 'saturated and natural' so to speak.
creepyg16/01/2020 13:16

I have looked at the QLED but to be honest couldn't see what you describe …I have looked at the QLED but to be honest couldn't see what you describe using my test material and settings. Generally speaking Samsung seems to default to more saturated colours over some other makes. I can't say I really prefer one over the other as I currently have a Samsung LCD and Panasonic plasma, so I'm used to switching between 'saturated and natural' so to speak.


It may have been because it was the shop floor unit and it doesn’t have remotely good picture settings or they may have fixed it as this was early 2019 but yeah thought I’d just put that out there just in case. Personally I prefer the Sony experience but like with most things it’s all down to the viewers taste and opinion
Barophobia16/01/2020 13:20

It may have been because it was the shop floor unit and it doesn’t have r …It may have been because it was the shop floor unit and it doesn’t have remotely good picture settings or they may have fixed it as this was early 2019 but yeah thought I’d just put that out there just in case. Personally I prefer the Sony experience but like with most things it’s all down to the viewers taste and opinion


Thanks for the input nonetheless. I did like what i saw of the Sony, PQ was excellent (under the less than ideal circumstances) and the unit felt very solid. The interface was nowhere near as bad as some make out. Granted it's not Tizen-fast but it certainly wasn't as slow or cumbersome as I was expecting.
creepyg16/01/2020 13:26

Thanks for the input nonetheless. I did like what i saw of the Sony, PQ …Thanks for the input nonetheless. I did like what i saw of the Sony, PQ was excellent (under the less than ideal circumstances) and the unit felt very solid. The interface was nowhere near as bad as some make out. Granted it's not Tizen-fast but it certainly wasn't as slow or cumbersome as I was expecting.


It might have got one of the recent updates. The UI was pretty terrible before. It was so slow you didn't know if you pressed a key or not. It would crash as well. It didn't bother me because I don't use the Smart TV functionality but it was pretty bad. The later updates make it more than useable now.
Edited by: "Enet" 16th Jan
Went for the Sony, JL agreed to price match. Excited
You may as well buy the 65inch version for a little over £100 more.
creepyg16/01/2020 10:44

In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. …In the same boat. They just seem so evenly matched it's a tricky choice. There was an offer of a free soundbar with the TV for £719 via the Samsung employee portal. It's OOS atm but if it comes back before the promo ends (22 Jan) that could swing it for me.


This was £599 last week I would wait for it to come back down in price.

Edit: just seen you bought the sony but hope this helps anyone else looking
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Edited by: "Cullen1992" 16th Jan
Cullen199216/01/2020 18:03

This was £599 last week I would wait for it to come back down in …This was £599 last week I would wait for it to come back down in price.Edit: just seen you bought the sony but hope this helps anyone else looking[Image]


Cheers, appreciate the heads up and that's certainly a cracking price. The Sony's only gonna cost me less than £200 though, as JL are crediting the cost of my MU6400 against the matched price. Also a brand new 5yr warranty.
MrSwitch16/01/2020 17:35

OK. Bought


Remember to update the tv android 8 lot off these are stuck on 7, I had to manually update via USB using from Sony support, its seems it doesn't update automatically on the xf9005
Bavy16/01/2020 18:50

Remember to update the tv android 8 lot off these are stuck on 7, I had to …Remember to update the tv android 8 lot off these are stuck on 7, I had to manually update via USB using from Sony support, its seems it doesn't update automatically on the xf9005


Already got the update file on a usb in anticipation ....
wilburscoville919116/01/2020 17:31

You may as well buy the 65inch version for a little over £100 more.


Have you got a link? Can't see it for that price. Thanks
I got this TV on 6th January from Very at £646.19. I had a personal 20% discount voucher so made sense to use it and if I thought the TV was going to fail before it was 5 years old I wouldn't be buying it so I don't have an issue with just a 12 months warranty. Most of the times TVs fail as they have an led blown which are easily replaced and is something I can do.

I did mountains of research before I bought this and my other choices were Samsung Q60 and LG 8600. Both less money and the Samsung had a 5 year warranty. I bought the TV purely on ratings.com review and waterboy from here. I ended up ignoring the Which review which rated the LG 9% higher and a best buy. I was put off the LG by complaints of light bleed when watching movies in 16:9:format, low level blacks and HDR quality. I am sure I would have been happy though with the LG if I had bought it.

The TV is really nice and I am glad I chose it. The first thing I liked was the ability to fit the feet without having to place the TV on its front. You just lift up one side, screw the foot on and then the other.

I haven't altered any settings on mine yet and picture is extremely good out of the box. Which criticised this TV for having a yellowish tinge on SD channels and a little better on HD channels. The guy who tested it must have been wearing night vision goggles because that comment is rubbish. The picture whilst watching DVD's is just amazing. Who needs Blu-ray and 4k lol. Very impressed with the picture quality. The sound is pretty good too although perhaps just a little too much base but it does have an equaliser on it which I haven't played with yet. I like the fact that you can adjust volume levels between sky and TV mode so they are at the same level.

So far picture and sound tick all the boxes. A couple of niggles, not for me but maybe for some.

It comes with Youview and has PVR function. You cannot record Youview so if you don't have sky or cable you really need a setup box which if you choose some of the best they have Youview anyway and catch up which means the Sony with Youview is a bit pointless. You can disable Youview and revert to Sony's tuner and you can then use PVR. It doesn't have timeshift facility so you can't pause or rewind.

The user interface around the menus isn't perhaps as nice as Samsung or LG and took me ages to find how to change inputs as a short cut. Easy to remember as it's the top left button. I am used to a large remote and the Sony one is a bit on the small side and is perhaps a little busy. Again if you have sky it's not a problem. It does have some easy shortcuts though for Netflix and Google play.

My only other criticism is I can't get hdmi-cec to work properly for my Blu-ray player which is LG and sometimes doesn't work for sky although with sky it only appears not to work first thing in a morning. Both have been enabled in device inputs. The TV also doesn't recognise my Xbox but I bet it would recognise a PS4 if I bought one. To be fair the hdmi-cec was a bit hit and miss with my old TV which was LG.

A quick shortcut if you can't find your TV remote and need to change the TV input. On sky remote, press TV and then help button and it brings up the list of inputs.

Oh and did I mention if you are an android user you can use your phone as a remote.

To summarize then should you buy this TV.......Damn right you should.
Edited by: "Smartguy1" 16th Jan
AJbargains16/01/2020 19:11

Have you got a link? Can't see it for that price. Thanks


Was that price at PCR direct yesterday so put in a price match with John Lewis. Still waiting on it! Will do back soon
wilburscoville919116/01/2020 19:35

Was that price at PCR direct yesterday so put in a price match with John …Was that price at PCR direct yesterday so put in a price match with John Lewis. Still waiting on it! Will do back soon


Ahh ok. How much was it yesterday? Been trying to work out the best time to buy. Thanks
£999
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