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3391748-EtxfK.jpgSuperb colour from Triluminos display with 4K X-Reality Pro
Sony’s Triluminos screens display a full palette of colours in truly life-like form. Every hue and shade is richly and accurately recreated. Thanks to Sony's 4K X-Reality PRO technology, standard images from TV and other sources are taken as close to UHD 4K resolution as possible, for stunning clarity.

HDR support
HDR maximises picture quality, bringing detail to the darkest areas of the picture as well as making the overall image look more life-like than ever. With HDR10 and HLG formats covered, this Sony 55” TV is compatible with a wide range of HDR movies, games and TV.

The smoothest motion with Motionflow XR 400Hz
Fitted with Sony’s Motionflow XR 400Hz, the Sony KD-55XG8196 provides super-smooth motion, that's both crisp and steady. Whether you're watching a fast-moving action movie or sports event, this Sony 55 inch TV remains smooth and steady.

Android Oreo TV
Bringing together photos, music, movies, Internet and apps, the Sony Android system makes accessing a huge range of entertainment easy. The Oreo version makes searching for content easier as well as adding further customisation options and app editing.

Control your TV with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
Connect up your Amazon Alexia device and you get access to wide range of voice control options. Alter the volume, change the channel or input and more – all just by asking Alexa. Alternatively, connect a Google Home and use the Google Assistant to control the Android menu and find your favourites.

Make TV easy, with YouView
YouView is a popular innovation that brings together live and on demand TV in an effortless, intuitive way. The simple menu page lets you easily find live or catch-up programmes, without having to open separate apps.

Sleek design
Sporting a super-slim bezel and a smooth design, the KD55XG8196 looks every bit the quality product you’d expect from Sony. Neat details include the minimalist aluminium feet with built-in cable tidy – ensuring the Sony’s style is kept as clean as possible.
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ahenners20/01/2020 10:41

How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do …How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do like my current FHD Sony and it has been reliable.


I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.

The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.

Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.
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heat from me. was almost going to buy this at weekend for £649
dogsballs20/01/2020 10:30

heat from me. was almost going to buy this at weekend for £649


Thanks for the heat 🔥 mate
How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do like my current FHD Sony and it has been reliable.
Edited by: "ahenners" 20th Jan
ahenners20/01/2020 10:41

How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do …How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do like my current FHD Sony and it has been reliable.


@chancooluk may be able to answer, they are very clued up on TV's
MrSwitch20/01/2020 10:46

@chancooluk may be able to answer, they are very clued up on TV's


Wonder if he can help me out too what’s the best bang for buck 50 inch tv to get on the market at the min where you can get everything on it I’m talking Apple TV all the smart tv apps like Netflix/Amazon etc with best screen resolution etc even when a film is quite dark
This is a great TV not many Android Tv's out there but this one you can put most google play apps on the tv I bought mine just for the viki app, It was hard to find full android tv's but you can't beat them.
ahenners20/01/2020 10:41

How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do …How does this compare to the Samsung RU8000? Had that in my sights but do like my current FHD Sony and it has been reliable.


I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.

The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.

Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.
chancooluk20/01/2020 11:59

I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather …I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.


Legend.
chancooluk20/01/2020 11:59

I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather …I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.


Thank you, appreciate the comment. I also prefer VA and didn't realise the Sony was IPS
manu14057720/01/2020 11:04

Wonder if he can help me out too what’s the best bang for buck 50 inch tv t …Wonder if he can help me out too what’s the best bang for buck 50 inch tv to get on the market at the min where you can get everything on it I’m talking Apple TV all the smart tv apps like Netflix/Amazon etc with best screen resolution etc even when a film is quite dark


Only the higher-end Samsung TV's have all the apps, including Apple TV installed by default.

Look at their upper range QLED's, Q70R and up.
anyone know if it has a VA Panel?

Edit: just read chancooluk's comment about panels above. thank you
Edited by: "Atheos" 20th Jan
Atheos20/01/2020 12:00

anyone know if it has a VA Panel?Edit: just read chancooluk's comment …anyone know if it has a VA Panel?Edit: just read chancooluk's comment about panels above. thank you


IPS in the comments above, @chancooluk confirmed
chancooluk20/01/2020 11:59

I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather …I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.


@chancooluk Does the LED Edge vs LED Direct make a huge difference in the 2 TV's ?
aspn20/01/2020 13:51

@chancooluk Does the LED Edge vs LED Direct make a huge difference in the …@chancooluk Does the LED Edge vs LED Direct make a huge difference in the 2 TV's ?


In my opinion it isn't really noticeable between the two. Neither has zoned dimming, and both reach similar brightness levels across the panels.

Edge lighting problems are only really noticeable on lower end TV's, the big manufacturers are much better at diffusing and reflecting the light across the entire panel.
chancooluk20/01/2020 13:59

In my opinion it isn't really noticeable between the two. Neither has …In my opinion it isn't really noticeable between the two. Neither has zoned dimming, and both reach similar brightness levels across the panels.Edge lighting problems are only really noticeable on lower end TV's, the big manufacturers are much better at diffusing and reflecting the light across the entire panel.


Oh really, thanks for the info

Would you recommend KD55XG8796BU over the Samsung quoted above? Far to much choice for my liking.
Not sure if relevant on this model but on the XF9005 dolby vision on Netflix is unwatchable. Very dark. No way to disable dolby vision either etc.. Even Netflix on xbox one x it appears very dark etc.. Also Itv player does not work unless you tune in to youview.
.MUFC.20/01/2020 14:42

Not sure if relevant on this model but on the XF9005 dolby vision on …Not sure if relevant on this model but on the XF9005 dolby vision on Netflix is unwatchable. Very dark. No way to disable dolby vision either etc.. Even Netflix on xbox one x it appears very dark etc.. Also Itv player does not work unless you tune in to youview.


Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to go with the Sony 49XG9005 . Wonder why this hasn’t been flagged up on previous comments/reviews.

So I will now focus on the Samsung Q70.
Benny520/01/2020 14:57

Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set t … Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to go with the Sony 49XG9005 . Wonder why this hasn’t been flagged up on previous comments/reviews. So I will now focus on the Samsung Q70.


Yes, such a shame, seems like more and more stuff is Dolby Vision these days on Netflix too etc.. A way around it is using Ps4 or BT Youview box etc but shouldn't have too. I hope an update fixes it or they at least give you the option to disable it if they can't fix it. I advised him to buy the Sony, now he probably wished he'd gone for another one lol
chancooluk20/01/2020 11:59

I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather …I'd go for the Samsung if only for my preference for a VA panel rather than IPS. The Samsung also has a higher native refresh rate 120hz Vs 60hz in the Sony.The Sony will look better off angle thanks to the IPS panel, but it has poor black levels and contrast. The Samsung will look worse off Angle, but will look much better than the Sony when viewed straight on.Colour volume is better on the Sony, so HDR content may have more depth, but brightness is similar between the two sets.


I would consider the Hisense 55ub7 as well.
Benny520/01/2020 14:57

Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set t … Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to go with the Sony 49XG9005 . Wonder why this hasn’t been flagged up on previous comments/reviews. So I will now focus on the Samsung Q70.


Mines great I bought Samsung for In-laws for Christmas and Sony for myself, I think the sound and picture quality is excellent on the Sony, Ive had to adjust the picture on the Samsung twice for them as went watching sports it was awful, sound was good though and both played all the apps without going through you view or anything else.

I paid 579 for my Sony and 395 for the samsung.

I wanted the Sony as its Android and the app store had so much more to offer.
Rai_Devita20/01/2020 15:18

I would consider the Hisense 55ub7 as well.


I believe these are good but I didn't want to buy until I saw one in action
Benny520/01/2020 14:57

Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to g …Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to go with the Sony 49XG9005 . Wonder why this hasn’t been flagged up on previous comments/reviews. So I will now focus on the Samsung Q70.



Benny520/01/2020 14:57

Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to g …Well that’s a deal breaker for me as I use Netflix a lot. Was all set to go with the Sony 49XG9005 . Wonder why this hasn’t been flagged up on previous comments/reviews. So I will now focus on the Samsung Q70.


Just to butt in on this I tried my Sony F9005 on Netflix today and it's a great picture. Tried it on Jumanjii Welcome to the Jungle, Shrek and Top Gear. Certainly not dark or unwatchable although I have watched some dvd's on my LG which have been really dark. Not sure why that is. To add I have excellent fibre (200mbps) coming direct to the house at the back of the tv which is hard wired. Can only really describe it as picture perfect.
Matzi200020/01/2020 19:37

I believe these are good but I didn't want to buy until I saw one in action


The best 2 TVs in my opinion for under or aprox £600 are the Hisense 55ub8 or the Samsung nu8000..if you can find one in stock somewhere. Both have 120htz panels, are great for gaming & have good black levels & hdr for movies. M&s are doing the Hisense for £599, but with only 2 years warranty. I would also consider the Samsung ru8000. This is available for 519 online, and also has a 120htz panel.
I am still not sure of Hisense yet but they are getting some good reviews. I know ages ago some of the cheaper Panasonic's (made by Vestal) were getting knocked on here. I saw one of the vestal made Panasonic's in Currys next to a Samsung and to be fair to the " Panasonic" it had an extremely good picture. I did have a think about the Samsung 8000 and yes, it offers a decent specification for the price.
Smartguy121/01/2020 22:45

I am still not sure of Hisense yet but they are getting some good reviews. …I am still not sure of Hisense yet but they are getting some good reviews. I know ages ago some of the cheaper Panasonic's (made by Vestal) were getting knocked on here. I saw one of the vestal made Panasonic's in Currys next to a Samsung and to be fair to the " Panasonic" it had an extremely good picture. I did have a think about the Samsung 8000 and yes, it offers a decent specification for the price.


Your other option is an lg nano TV. Black's not as good as the other 2, but good viewing angles & the best smart system. A joy to use compared to the others. There's some good deals on the LG 55SM8600PLA including a decent soundbar at the minute.
chancooluk20/01/2020 12:00

Only the higher-end Samsung TV's have all the apps, including Apple TV …Only the higher-end Samsung TV's have all the apps, including Apple TV installed by default.Look at their upper range QLED's, Q70R and up.


All samsung smart tvs upwards of RU7020 have the same apps. Apple tv is also on the RU7020, the smart system on samsungs is the same, you dont have to buy high spec to get apps as it's the same platform and apps you lay more for picture quality.
Rai_Devita22/01/2020 09:59

Your other option is an lg nano TV. Black's not as good as the other 2, …Your other option is an lg nano TV. Black's not as good as the other 2, but good viewing angles & the best smart system. A joy to use compared to the others. There's some good deals on the LG 55SM8600PLA including a decent soundbar at the minute.


A little too late. I had the 55SM8600 on my shopping list and I very nearly bought it but went for the Sony XF9005 instead. I tend not really to use a TV as a smart TV as mainly watch sky but I have my son's log in for Netflix. My last TV was LG with webos1 which I didn't like much. Good TV and lasted 5 years and 4 days before it broke. Had extensive viewing though, up to 15 hours a day he failure just down to an led gone which Incan replace.
Edited by: "Smartguy1" 22nd Jan
Smartguy122/01/2020 13:42

A little too late. I had the 55SM8600 on my shopping list and I very …A little too late. I had the 55SM8600 on my shopping list and I very nearly bought it but went for the Sony XF9005 instead. I tend not really to use a TV as a smart TV as mainly watch sky but I have my son's log in for Netflix. My last TV was LG with webos1 which I didn't like much. Good TV and lasted 5 years and 4 days before it broke. Had extensive viewing though, up to 15 hours a day he failure just down to an led gone which Incan replace.


The Sony is an excellent choice, & Sony TV's in my opinion, with Panasonic tvs, are the most reliable & well built TVs you can buy. Others are catching up though. I have Sony LCD which is still going strong after 13 years. The Samsung plasma has just started having issues after 7 years of extensive use.
Smartguy122/01/2020 13:42

A little too late. I had the 55SM8600 on my shopping list and I very …A little too late. I had the 55SM8600 on my shopping list and I very nearly bought it but went for the Sony XF9005 instead. I tend not really to use a TV as a smart TV as mainly watch sky but I have my son's log in for Netflix. My last TV was LG with webos1 which I didn't like much. Good TV and lasted 5 years and 4 days before it broke. Had extensive viewing though, up to 15 hours a day he failure just down to an led gone which Incan replace.


I'm surprised you didn't like the webos system. I find it the easiest system to use with the mouse type controller.
AsimAzad22/01/2020 12:33

All samsung smart tvs upwards of RU7020 have the same apps. Apple tv is …All samsung smart tvs upwards of RU7020 have the same apps. Apple tv is also on the RU7020, the smart system on samsungs is the same, you dont have to buy high spec to get apps as it's the same platform and apps you lay more for picture quality.


Yes, you are correct. I meant to finish the first sentence with 'and the picture quality you are after', which is why I directed them to the Q70 and up.
Rai_Devita22/01/2020 15:51

I'm surprised you didn't like the webos system. I find it the easiest …I'm surprised you didn't like the webos system. I find it the easiest system to use with the mouse type controller.


Webos 1 I thought was a little disappointing. The operating system was really slow coming from the typical user interface of Samsung and LG and then I go and buy a Sony lol. I think being able to customise your menus is a great idea but Webos 1 was quite slow in my opinion. I haven't tried a later version but hopefully they have improved. TVs though are really about having the best picture for your budget and it wouldn't have put me off buying the 8600. I just thought I would give the Sony a try as I have never had a Sony TV.
Just updated my Sony to Oreo and wasn't keen at first but it's growing on me and actually prefer it to LG Webos 1. I am not sure what the latest Webos is like but I like the customisation of the Sony apps which you can put on the home screen. I particularly like the fact that you can customise the TV button on the remote to default to whichever input you like, which for me is sky. Makes it a lot easier than backing out of each of the menus.

Downloaded Kodi yesterday and now just got to figure out how to put modbro on it.
Ok so it's quite a while since I side loaded my fire TV with Kodi and mobdro so had to do all the research again and the first problem was not being able to download ES File Manager from the Play Store. I think when I did the fire TV I sent the file over via FTP but I struggled to get the TV to connect so here is what I did in case anyone else doesn't know and can't find a step by step guide on the internet.

Make sure you have a Google account for your android TV.
Turn off security settings to allow apps from unknown sources.
Download file commander from the play store on the TV.
On your laptop or PC download the mobdro apk from the mobdro website.
Sign in to the same Google account as your TV on your laptop.
Save the mobdro apk (without opening it) on your Google drive account on your laptop.
Open file commander on your tv
Find the modbro apk file in the Google drive folder and click on it
You should now have modbro icon in apps on your TV

Note that you do this at your own risk and it is always handy to have a saved copy of your TVs latest firmware to out on a usb drive should it ever decide not to boot up.
Edited by: "Smartguy1" 25th Jan
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