Sony 55-inch X-series Bravia 4K

Sony's lounge room-friendly 55-inch 4K TV is now in stores, offering a more affordable Ultra HD experience for the home.


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While many manufacturers have been threatening to launch smaller-sized Ultra HD TVs, Sony is the first in Australia to bite the bullet, with the 55-inch and 65-inch Bravia 4K TVs on sale now.

We got one of the 55-inch versions in yesterday, so while we've not had time for a full review test, these are some early first impressions.

First and foremost, this TV is the widest and heaviest we've encountered for the 55-inch screen size. The width comes from the forward-facing side speakers — 2.2 channels of sound, complete with 70mm subwoofers. The weight is an impressive 33.1kg without the stand, and the width is just under 1.5m.

This reviewer has made it a point of meaningless machismo pride to have never required help on getting TV review units out of their boxes and set up. The 55-inch Bravia almost defeated us. Almost. (We can't image getting attempting the 65-inch model — at 45kg — on our own without causing some potential internal injuries.)

Actually, the surprisingly slimline circular stand adds just 1.4kg. It attached with just four screws, and almost feels like it shouldn't be able to handle the weight of the TV. It does, of course — easily — and the small footprint is most welcome.

The automatic set-up was the usual step-by-step arrangement — all very easily done with one small issue: the width of the TV and placement of the aerial jack meant our short TV antenna cable couldn't actually reach, so we couldn't tune in any of the free-to-air channels. We'll be getting a longer one today.

The interface seems broadly similar to many other Sony products and we'd hazard that even a PS3 owner wouldn't find it too unfamiliar. Navigating feels a little sluggish, but nothing intolerable — we may just need a little more time with the UI.

The rear of the TV has the usual array of ports, with the four HDMI ports clearly marked for ARC, MHL, etc, and actually spread around the TV rather than grouped together. The same goes with USB, and we appreciated that the HDD USB port is easily accessible from the side.

In what seems to be a growing trend, Sony included two remotes with the Bravia: a more traditional-looking model and a slim-line, smart-style one. While we like the form factor of the slim remote, it's not as immediately intuitive as the LG or Samsung ones.

But what about the picture? Well, we quickly tested one of the eight "mastered in 4K" Blu-rays that shipped with the TV. While the selection isn't quite to our tastes, we decided that Battle: Los Angeles might be a good test.

The film might have disappointed as an artistic effort and cultural phenomenon, but the images on the 4K Bravia certainly didn't. It's a remarkable feat of upscaling, with the action smooth and clear, and the picture generally looking incredible.

The sound didn't disappoint, either; there's good depth even at high volumes, and a killer bass.

We'll be putting the Bravia through more extensive testing in the coming days and have a full review soon.



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THE Cat posted a comment   
Australia

You said in July:
"We'll be putting the Bravia through more extensive testing in the coming days and have a full review soon."
Is it far away!

 

martialllaw74 posted a comment   
Australia

Why do manufactures still insist on putting speakers in large screen TVs? Speakers should be an option as the vast majority of people will be using a separate sound system. Removing the dodgy speakers and sound processing from the Tv would reduce weight and to some small extent the price.

 

DarrenP2 posted a comment   
Australia

Can't wait for the review.

Will it be a video review? I hope so.

 

chris1969 posted a comment   
Australia

Nic - would you mind not referring to yourself as "we" please? This review made no grammatical sense at all.

 

ccampbell498 posted a comment   
Australia

Hey Nic does tv come with a DVB T2 tuner? I know we don't use T2 in Aus yet but it would help if had to so had futureproofing T2 technology. Thanks

 

Nic Healey posted a reply   
Australia

I'll check with Sony directly, but I know that the KD-55X9004A is in Singapore and given that it's the same model here, I'd imagine that feature is still present.

 

ccampbell498 posted a reply   
Australia

Thanks, yeah I noticed on the asia cnet wbsite about the new tuner.




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  • THE Cat

    THE Cat

    "You said in July:
    "We'll be putting the Bravia through more extensive testing in the coming days and have a full review soon."
    Is it far away!"

  • martialllaw74

    martialllaw74

    "Why do manufactures still insist on putting speakers in large screen TVs? Speakers should be an option as the vast majority of people will be using a separate sound system. Removing the dodgy speak..."

  • DarrenP2

    DarrenP2

    "Can't wait for the review.

    Will it be a video review? I hope so."

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