Do i buy the Sony xf9005 - Advice needed please.

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  1. undecided35x

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    Hi,
    For the past few weeks i have spent ages searching reviews,etc as i am keen to upgrade my tv to a 55".

    i am very taken with the Sony xf9005 but need advice as for my general viewing i may not get the best out of that set.
    I mainly watch now tv sky sports (football) and documentaries.

    I really hardly ever watch a film and as such have no dvd player or Netflix.

    I have a Hisense that is ok but i really want to go bigger in size.
    I have sky hd box but no subscription, this may change but at the moment i use now tv and also you tube most of the time.

    I am torn between pushing the boat out and just getting the Sony as it has best reviews for sport or is it going to be wasted on me as most content i watch is streamed ?
    I have a shortlist of Hisense u7a, Panasonic ex700 ( 58") and i have seen a Samsung mu7000 for £650. All of these are around half the price of the Sony.
    Would i be better off saving money as i won't be using the Sony to its full potential ?

    Against that is when i do watch football even on terrestial tv i would like to be able to get a good experience without blurring,etc

    I hope someone can point me in the right direction.
     
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    If you value HDR going forward, then buy the XF90 unless you can still find the XE90.

    The MU7000 or the U7A for the price are also good options.
     
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    Thank you for taking time to reply. I really doubt hdr will be of use to me but i just cannot get the Sony out of my head!
     
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    ElectriQ OLED should be considered. OLEDs will have a wider range of benefits that would better suit your needs, but probably still over and above what you need.

    LG B7 is cheaper than the XF, I believe.
     
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    Agreed, get one of the OLEDs instead.

    The Samsung 55MU7000 or Hisense 55U7A would also be options if you didn't want to spend as much. As would be the Sony 55XE85xx series if you want to keep the superior motion of the XF9005 but lose the HDR capabilities.

    The problem with the XF9005 is its a newly released model and carries a large premium, if you want to buy that TV you would be better off waiting for its price to drop. Its predecessor at 55" was selling for £999 before it sold out.
     
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    Thanks again for all the advice.
    I have been slightly put off oled for fears of screen burn. Although the Lg B7 looks amazing and same sort of money as the Sony xf9005.
    I just keep coming back to Sony due to the motion handling but without seeing them in the flesh displaying normal content i don't know if the Sony is worth the extra price for the motion.
    Would i notice that much of a difference between say the Hisense and the Sony, just on watching football ?

    I do really appreciate the advice not to buy right now as prices are high.
    Also will look at the other Sony tv mentioned.
     
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    You need to view your own stuff on each TV before you can judge motion. The OLEDs are very nice with football because they have no motion blur. The B7 was recommended for the world cup.

    Some people prefer Sony's motion processing.

    Best of both worlds would be the Phillips POS9002 OLED but no one sells it with an extended guarantee.

    Don't worry about burn in unless you know you have unusually odd viewing habits like watching the same news show every morning day after day, week after week. There's a guide in my signature (desktop view only) regarding burn in.
     
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    I cannot thank you enough for giving me some really good advice.
     
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    The electriq oled is not compatible with HLG - the BBC format for iplayer Football World Cup matches and all their HDR stuff.

    I believe YouTube currently still have HDR issues, although uhd stuff still looks good.

    What documentaries? I'd say yes get the Sony and enjoy both BBC blue planet earth 2 series in UHD and HDR - spectacular
     
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    Get the Sony when it’s more expensive than a B7??
     
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    Not that many to be honest but blue planet in uhd sounds great.
    My partner watches nearly all the soaps!!
    No uhd 4k hdr needed for them!
     
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    I wouldn't worry about no HLG for things like Blue Planet, you'll want to get an UHD Blu-Ray player and play the discs to get really nice quality. The iPlayer HLG of them compared to them is pretty poor and they will only be available for a month or so from when they are broadcast.

    When it may matter in the future is sporting events, we had both Wimbledon and the World Cup in HLG this year and I'm sure that will become standard over time. For those of course you need the internet speed for it, 40mbps constant actually.

    So yes, its a good idea to get a HLG compatible TV. No idea if the electriQ does it with the Roku streaming stick or not via HDMi.

    But it's probably not a good idea getting a lesser quality overall TV such as one of the mentioned LCDs just to get HLG support..unless you want to spend less of course.
     
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    Exactly - HLG for live sporting events is what I was talking about. And future broadcast channels - remember not everyone changes their TV regularly.

    I recall seeing some sets had iplayer hdr via roku or external source even though the internal app didn't provide the hlg stream, but I understood that was just due to the app limitation, with the set still processing hlg. I do not think it was because I the roku transcodes hlg into another type of hdr (like HDR10). I wasn't paying much attention at the time.

    I love the Sir David planet documentary disks - yes, everyone should buy a player and the disks! I have mine running in the background while I'm busy around the house just because it's so beautiful!

    Edit: my favourite OLED is the Philips 9002 also - but it has some arc-delay and harmony remote issues which have been awaiting an update for months due to a "certification issue" with the freeview people - it's annoying and difficult to get any info. Everything is in the owners thread of the Philips forum.

    Still, it sounds like you really love that Sony - and its a great TV. Although with all the soaps you might want to get whichever set has the lowest volume speakers :rotfl:
     
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    Id be interested to see if hlg does work via HDMI or not.

    It works on Panasonic TVs from 2015 so who knows.
     
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    You are right about the Sony. Really can't get away from it. Going to be patient though and hope it may come down a little later this year.

    With all the soaps I certainly won't be needing a sound bar !
     
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    electriQ have said HLG is coming to their TV in an eventual update going from the review thread.
     
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    Was this confirmed? I saw an owner mention it who was later asked by someone else to provide proof and they never did.
     
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    It's been mentioned in this thread that the 55" XE9005 was priced at £999 before it sold out.
    And to wait for the price of the 55"XF9005 to drop in the future.
    No real need, I purchased the 55XF9005 for just a little more £1070 2 days ago from RS with a price match, can't wait till it turns up this week.
     
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    Wow, nice price that!
     
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    For what it's worth I bought the 55" XE9005 before the world cup and have been highly delighted with it apart from the fact that the firmware upgrade to allow 4K ultra def via BBC i-player was delayed. Got round that with a Roku stick and the pictures were fantastic

    I too am wary of screen burn on OLED sets because I don't want to have to worry about logos showing for long periods, such as a golf match or tennis tournament running all day

    If you can get a XF9005 for little over £1000 I'd say you'll be hard pressed to do better
     
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    Who were they price matching?
     
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    It's been on the last 3 days at least at power direct, just checked and it's gone back up to £1299 less £100 voucher on home page.
    Both RS and JL would price match the £1079 price but I went with RS as you just pay the price match price, with JL you pay the full JL price then get them to refund once you have delivery.
     
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    This is a good example of tracking pricing and swooping when the deal is right. I'm not sure if this was in error but each year I've seen some crazy discounts which make you wonder.
     
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    Hi guys,

    Hope you are well and can help me! I’m a tv nobody so any expert advice would be grately appreciated.

    I’m interested in the XF9005 but the TVs feet are putting me off. I think they are horrible. Can these feet be changed and has anyone done this?

    Thanks all,
     
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    You can use a universal stand that fixes to the tv via the vesa mounting points. Available via eBay etc, you just need to ensure that you get the one that matches the vesa size of the tv.
     
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    Trustpilot seems to indicate they're fine but that website looks very iffy to me.

    When you get to billing you select a country for a UK seller?
    Then they're looking for a State code as in AZ for Arizona, NY for New York etc.

    I'm not convinced.
     
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    @Sloppy Bob they are well reputed. Known a few people on here use them with no problem.
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    Would you say it's a reasonable price, given the 49 inch isn't much cheaper?
     
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    They really need someone to build them a professional looking website with a proper backend for CC charging.

    Good to know they're straight-up though.
     

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