Summary: Sony's KD-65X9005B produces really stunning picture quality, not just with UltraHD video, but also with Blu-rays and HD broadcasts. Its sound quality is top notch too thanks to its meaty speakers. The chunky design, 3D performance and smart TV system could be better, but despite these weaknesses, it's still another very impressive TV from Sony.
Pros: Pictures are top class due to their excellent contrasts, warm colours and deep black levels. The set also produces wonderfully full-bodied sound from its massive speakers.
Cons: The smart TV system lacks apps for 4oD and ITV Player, and although the speakers sound great, they make the TV very chunky. Its 3D performance is also a letdown as it suffers from some crosstalk.
Excerpt: Whatever angle you take, Sony's KD-65X9005B is a formidable 4K proposition. With its mould-breaking design, pixel-pushing picture processing and audiophile pretensions, it sees Sony’s TV division at its most confident in years. Also available in 55in and 79in guises, this is a screen to saviour. The triangular 'Wedge' form factor may take some initial getting used to (particularly if you have a hankering for a truly slim screen) but I quickly grew to love it.
Summary: The Sony KD-65X8005B is a barnstormer of a 4K bigscreen television with comprehensively satisfying AV performance and design that's priced for the new format. Here's our Sony KD-65X9005B review.
Summary: Sony's sensational wedge TV delivers top 4K results
Pros: Sensational image quality, Best in class audio performance, Discovery bar content guide, Distinctive wedge design, Gorgeous 4K image quality and excellent Full HD upscaling make this a set for all types of sources. The forward facing high-fidelity integrated sound system is superb. The stylish wedge design makes the set stand out from the crowd. Sony's smart portal offers a good mix of on-demand TV and mobile device interactivity.
Cons: Flickery Active Shutter 3D, Lacks key catch-up services, Distracting social view function, It's huge, Sony is still missing some key mainstream catch-up TV services. The Active Shutter 3D suffers from flicker in rooms with multiple light sources. The 2014 UI is perhaps a little too silo'd for its own good. The social view Twitter function is a distraction.
Conclusion: If you're thinking about upgrading your TV and taking the 4K plunge then you'd be hard pressed to find anything nearly as good as the Sony X9005B. Although the 65-inch version's £3,600 price isn't small, it's a lot more affordable than first-generation 4K was. And with the 55-inch available at £2,700 the savings - both in space and money - of that option are appealing. It sounds like a lot of cash, but this Sony is future-proof and will last you for many years to come.
Pros: Stunning colours with true blacks, brilliant 4K upscaling, fantastic sound, beautiful wedge design, genuinely intelligent smart features, really easy to use
Cons: Speaker design might not suit all, new onscreen Social View Twitter app is somewhat antisocial, 3D isn't perfect - but who wants that anyway?
Excerpt: The 65in Sony 65X9005a Ultra HD TV is colossal, even for a 65in TV, but that’s because Sony has added front-facing speaker drivers and separate tweeters to either side of the panel, which effectively takes up as much horizontal space as a 70in or larger TV would do. Sadly, there’s no way to remove the speakers should you want to use home cinema speakers and have a smaller TV.
Conclusion: The Sony TV has its issues with upscaled content, but it’s a gorgeous set that looks great in 4K
Pros: Subtle and natural colours, Crisp, bright picture, Superb 4K detail, Rich, open and detailed sound quality, Smart features and interface are intuitive, Stylish finish and excellent build quality, Easy to use, Latest 4K tech
Cons: DVD and standard definition could be better, Blacks could go deeper, Slight graininess on upscaled picture, Motion could be smoother, Touchpad remote feels cheap and unintuitive, Lack of 4K content