The Knight Who says Ni

Standard Member
Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions, it was really useful getting some others perspectives. IT felt like each company had different names for the same thing and after visiting Currys today I noticed that unless they were Oled or expensive TVs I really couldn't tell the difference much.

With that said I think I'm going to keep an eye out for a 55XH9505 on sale or wait until the 55U8QFTUK drops a little more in price, I'm assuming during November prices will decrease some.

@Dodgexander Thank you in particular for the amazing guides, they helped immensely in trying to make sense of everything and giving me a starting point.
 

RicksonGracie1972

Distinguished Member
Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions, it was really useful getting some others perspectives. IT felt like each company had different names for the same thing and after visiting Currys today I noticed that unless they were Oled or expensive TVs I really couldn't tell the difference much.

With that said I think I'm going to keep an eye out for a 55XH9505 on sale or wait until the 55U8QFTUK drops a little more in price, I'm assuming during November prices will decrease some.

@Dodgexander Thank you in particular for the amazing guides, they helped immensely in trying to make sense of everything and giving me a starting point.
I just bought a 55XH9505 for under £800 with a NHS discount.

Thanks to @Dodgexander for answering all my questions and putting me on to what appears to be a great TV
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
With that said I think I'm going to keep an eye out for a 55XH9505 on sale or wait until the 55U8QFTUK drops a little more in price, I'm assuming during November prices will decrease some.

By that time they'll be long gone.

These are 2020 models and currently being sold through, trying to find a Sony XH9505 is getting difficult in 65" and once they're sold through, they're gone and the replacements are selling at full price.

The best time to buy a TV is June/July, when you can pick up last years models at max discount, after that it's getting dicier to find these runout models.

The 55XH9505 was a £1600 TV at launch, it's not going to get much, if any cheaper than the £850 it is now unless you find a refurb.
Occasionally, Sony keep a model for a two-year cycle and you can get it cheaper, however, that's not the case here as there is a replacement for the XH9505 already out.

Hisense don't discount as much as other manufacturers as they don't put a huge premium on the price at launch and stay steadier in price over the course of the year.
 

The Knight Who says Ni

Standard Member
Ah right ok, that's handy to know.

Do you have a suggestion on what I could look for instead of the XH9505? I almost bought a refurbished LG OLED55BX6LB for £700 today but I couldn't bring myself to spend the extra £100 over my budget.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
Keep an eye on the Sony Centre for refurbs, the warranty can be extended at an extra cost. Call your local centre when you see something as I've found they're more likely to deal.

If you want a TV that's good for HDR then there's nothing short of an OLED, an XH9505, a Hisense U8 or a Samsung Q80T. Anything from this year is way beyond your budget or way under spec.
 

The Knight Who says Ni

Standard Member
Keep an eye on the Sony Centre for refurbs, the warranty can be extended at an extra cost. Call your local centre when you see something as I've found they're more likely to deal.

If you want a TV that's good for HDR then there's nothing short of an OLED, an XH9505, a Hisense U8 or a Samsung Q80T. Anything from this year is way beyond your budget or way under spec.
Thank you, I'll keep an eye out for those models. Sadly my closes sony place is 2 hours away, I wouldn't mind the trip if I knew I was going to get something though.

I did find an independent place selling a 2020 U8 for £550 so I might check that out.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
When it comes to refurbs as well, be careful who you buy from.

Do they have a decent returns policy?
Restocking fee?
Decent warranty?
 

mikseymono

Active Member
MY LG tv...8 years old......is now hardly watchable...about 18 white dots in the background. Looking to get new TV by Spring next year..2022.......so I can start to research, when do you expect reviews to come out ? Going to be steered strongly by this excellent group and will favour the Sony brand....only because in our Winter room our old Sony Bravia has a brilliant picture and has outlasted our very average Samsung and LG tv's.....the Wife reminds me almost every day!

Cheers,

M
 

Chris77

Standard Member
Not got my bedroom TV yet still looking at the Samsung 43AU9000 waiting for it to drop on way up to Christmas, seen a couple list different part numbers ie 43AU9000 / 43AU9002 / 43AU9007 What does these mean? Were they for different countries or the type of panel fitted ie IPS / VA ?
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
The usual thing with that is the colour of the frame or other cosmetic details, a retailer "exclusive" model so the retailer doesn't have to price match or possibly an extra feature like an extra HDMI port or the ability to record live TV to a USB drive.

You could probably get a better TV than that now if you can find a runout 2020 model.
 

Dodgexander

Moderator
MY LG tv...8 years old......is now hardly watchable...about 18 white dots in the background. Looking to get new TV by Spring next year..2022.......so I can start to research, when do you expect reviews to come out ? Going to be steered strongly by this excellent group and will favour the Sony brand....only because in our Winter room our old Sony Bravia has a brilliant picture and has outlasted our very average Samsung and LG tv's.....the Wife reminds me almost every day!

Cheers,

M
All manufacturers make good and bad. If you can afford it the Sony XH9505 may still be available and is a good value right now. The new model is the X95J which starts at 65" instead of 49" so that's worth thinking about if you are buying Sony.

There are also OLEDs where the scheme remains the same A8H is replaced by the A80J, A9G A90J etc.
Not got my bedroom TV yet still looking at the Samsung 43AU9000 waiting for it to drop on way up to Christmas, seen a couple list different part numbers ie 43AU9000 / 43AU9002 / 43AU9007 What does these mean? Were they for different countries or the type of panel fitted ie IPS / VA ?
The trailing digits in model numbers mean next to nothing. It will be something like the type of tuner equipped on the TV, the remote control included or even aesthetics. What matters is the range, in this case: AU. Even the AU7000 is more or less the same as the AU9000.
 

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