Looking for a TV for PS4/PS5 in the near future.

Which external devices do you plan to connect to the TV?



- PS4/PS5



What content will you watch on the TV?



- Will be used 80% for gaming, the other 20% for watching movies sometimes.



Will you use internal or external apps or tuners for the following? If external, via which device?



- Not sure which device or if external or internal. Currently I'm not planning touse apps or tuners.



Situational questions:



  • What TV are you currently using and what are expecting to see upgrading to a new TV?
Samsung UA40H5303AK which is a 1080p 40 inch LCD TV which doesn't work but lasted 5 years. The resolution should be 4k. The refresh rate should be a minimum 60hz (can be 120hz too even if I have to drop the resolution down to 1080p to use it), and HDMI 2.1 isn't necessary as I don't care about 120fps. The TV should have good motion and minimal judder. The TV should also last at least 5 years.



  • Are you a tweaker or set and forget kind of person?
Tweaker



  • What is your viewing distance?
2-4 metres



  • If you place yourself in the position of your TV facing towards where you watch, at what angle from the centre is each integral seating position? (Tip, use a protractor to measure angles).
Don't care much about viewing angles as the TV'll mostly be used for gaming and therefore I'll be viewing the TV at 0 degrees from the center.



  • When will you use the TV and what kind of lighting will be in your room? Some examples:
I never play in the dark so I'll be playing with the curtains open during the day and the lights on during the night.







Please rearrange the following, in descending importance:



  1. Value
  2. Cost
  3. Sound
  4. HDR Picture quality
  5. SDR Picture quality
  6. Picture accuracy out of the box
  7. Blacks
  8. Viewing angles
  9. Shadow detail
  10. Smart TV ease of use
  11. Smart TV app selection
Now for bugs, tell us your possible pet hates related to TVs, in descending order:

  1. Motion stutter
  2. Colour banding
  3. Bad screen uniformity, Dirty Screen Effect, Clouding, Light Bleed, Blooming, Vignetting, Haloing
  4. Motion Blur
  5. Loss of detail in dark areas or crushed blacks.
  6. Reflective screens
  7. Slow smart TV
  8. Raised blacks
Motion judder with 24hz movies/TV shows



More information:



I've been researching a bit since last year, and this TV (Sony BRAVIA KD55XH9505BU) has been recommended often by both Dodgexander and other users. My only use for the TV would be gaming. I do care about HDR but don't care about HDMI 2.1 and 120hz. I'll be fine with 60hz. All I want is something that is long lasting and reliable, and if there is a better TV that's cheaper than this one, then I would be glad to take recommendations.



I want to look at the situation from a usage/price perspective. Most people here are justified in buying a more expensive TV because they will actually use it for things like movies/shows and streaming content alongside gaming. I also won't have much time to game unless it's the weekend, so the TV won't be getting a lot of use per week (Like I said it's only for gaming, nothing else). My brother will probably be playing a bit of Fortnite but mostly the TV won't be used much. My previous 1080p Samsung TV (Samsung UA40H5303AK) does not work anymore so this will basically be the main TV. The only reason I am hesitant to purchase the TV is due to the fact that I feel I won't be getting my moneys worth as I wouldn't use it often. Due to this fact I feel as though it will be better to purchase a cheaper TV but I think those have worse build quality so I would just end up spending more in the long run.

Lastly, I would like it to have good upscaling. What I mean by this is that my PS4s maximum resolution is 1080p, so I would need it to look decent on the 4K display.
 
Sony XH9505 is a good option for you. Also the Hisense U8Q if you want to spend less.
Don't hisense TV's have high rates of failure and bad quality control? Therefore wouldn't it be safer and less costly to buy the sony tv in the long run? Also, could you link me to a place to buy the hisense with a 5/6 year warranty since it's out of stock at both John Lewis and Richersounds. Thanks.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
I think the Hisense was in stock recently at Costco. There was a deal to pick it up for £500.

Where did you read about Hisense having a high rate of failure? I don't think it's any different from other brands.

These two TVs have basically been the best premium budget options throughout the year. If you can get the Sony for less than £800 then I'd say the U8Q isn't worth the saving unless you can find it for about £200 less.

The main reason I suggested the Hisense is because you ranked sound quite high. Sound on the Sony is pretty poor whereas the Hisense has a soundbar built in.

Of course in almost every other area the Sony is better, including upscaling which you also mention. I personally wouldn't worry about your PS4 1080>2160 is a relatively simple process and won't be noticeably better on the Sony. What may be noticeable though is when you use poorer quality material like broadcast TV.. Catch-up TV or DVDs.
 

vickster

Distinguished Member
Hisense out of stock at Costco, may be one in store somewhere
 
I think the Hisense was in stock recently at Costco. There was a deal to pick it up for £500.

Where did you read about Hisense having a high rate of failure? I don't think it's any different from other brands.

These two TVs have basically been the best premium budget options throughout the year. If you can get the Sony for less than £800 then I'd say the U8Q isn't worth the saving unless you can find it for about £200 less.

The main reason I suggested the Hisense is because you ranked sound quite high. Sound on the Sony is pretty poor whereas the Hisense has a soundbar built in.

Of course in almost every other area the Sony is better, including upscaling which you also mention. I personally wouldn't worry about your PS4 1080>2160 is a relatively simple process and won't be noticeably better on the Sony. What may be noticeable though is when you use poorer quality material like broadcast TV.. Catch-up TV or DVDs.
The Sony BRAVIA KE55XH9005BU is £30 cheaper than the Sony BRAVIA KD55XH9505BU. Are the TVs similar enough that the it would be worth saving the extra £30?

I heard that 120hz 4k isn't working properly on the XH9005 model.
 

vickster

Distinguished Member
Definitely worth the extra £30!! The 9505 is superior esp for HDR although it doesn’t have HDMI 2.1 (but the better picture quality and ability to handle HDR properly is more important).
Have you read the best buy and best gaming TVs guides? (Links in Dodgexander’s sig)
 
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Definitely worth the extra £30!! The 9505 is superior esp for HDR although it doesn’t have HDMI 2.1 (but the better picture quality and ability to handle HDR properly is more important).
Have you read the best buy and best gaming TVs guides? (Links in Dodgexander’s sig)
Yep. I’ve gone through them and the the 9505 was higher tier and the xh9005 was in medium tier. But since you said it’s worth the extra £30, then I think that is what I will go for.
 

vickster

Distinguished Member
Originally at release the difference was a couple of hundred, the 9505 is a bargain from John Lewis at 699 with 5 yr warranty. It was a grand a month or two back
 
Originally at release the difference was a couple of hundred, the 9505 is a bargain from John Lewis at 699 with 5 yr warranty. It was a grand a month or two back
The price has actually risen to 899. But the richer sounds model is 799. I know I a can get a price match but the thing is that I’m required to sign up for VIP to get the 6 year richer sounds guarantee. Is it the same for John Lewis? It says 5 year guarantee but doesn’t have the vip sign up option anywhere.
 

vickster

Distinguished Member
The price has actually risen to 899. But the richer sounds model is 799. I know I a can get a price match but the thing is that I’m required to sign up for VIP to get the 6 year richer sounds guarantee. Is it the same for John Lewis? It says 5 year guarantee but doesn’t have the vip sign up option anywhere.
JL have a £200 off code I think for MyJohnLewis members
Check the owners thread for details.
Nothing to sign up to for JL warranty per se, it’s automatic on all TVs
Note RS have quite hefty annual depreciation on their warranty terms
 
JL have a £200 off code I think for MyJohnLewis members
Check the owners thread for details.
Nothing to sign up to for JL warranty per se, it’s automatic on all TVs
Note RS have quite hefty annual depreciation on their warranty terms
Sorry, could you elaborate more on RS hefty annual depreciation regarding warranty. Thanks.
 

vickster

Distinguished Member
Look at their website
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Yikes. Alright then, I've currently asked for a price match from John Lewis. I'll buy the TV from there. Thanks for the advice. Should I spend £80 on accidental protection? I take good care of my stuff.


Also, I found two codes on this website, where there are two codes for sony TV discounts, one for £200 and the other for £150. Could I stack these two discount codes in order to get a total discount for £350?
 
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vickster

Distinguished Member
Probably not, just one code usually. I doubt JL will take any further discounts on a price match?
Let them at least make some money on the sale!!!
Up to you on extra warranty. Covered on home insurance? Do you have rowdy kids or pets?
 
Probably not, just one code usually. I doubt JL will take any further discounts on a price match?
Let them at least make some money on the sale!!!
Up to you on extra warranty. Covered on home insurance? Do you have rowdy kids or pets?
Okay price match wasn’t agreed upon because the instant I asked for a price match from John Lewis, Richer Sounds raised their price to 899, the same as the John Lewis price. Thankfully, the discount code worked so I got it for 699, which I feel is a pretty good deal.
 

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