Sony KD-55XE8596 4K LED TV Review & comments

SonOfSJ

Well-known Member
It sounds very good value for money, Mr Withers! Let's hope that all this good stuff carries over to the 65" size.
 

fayeanddavid

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It sounds very good value for money, Mr Withers! Let's hope that all this good stuff carries over to the 65" size.
Good review @Steve Withers thanks

@SonOfSJ , I have the 65" in the family room, very impress and Steve is spot on with his observations, a very good all rounder at not stupid money
I shall pick through the review in detail later, but pretty much spot on as I say
 

SonOfSJ

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@fayeanddavid I'm very pleased to hear that the 65" size is also very good! :) But you need to put it into your signature!
 

fayeanddavid

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@fayeanddavid I'm very pleased to hear that the 65" size is also very good! :) But you need to put it into your signature!
Thanks for the prod

Will do when the 65XE93 arrives (tomorrow) then I will update all
 

mclingo

Distinguished Member
great review thanks. I had the 2015 model of this TV, fantastic Tv for the money but unfortunately I had 4 faulty units in a row so I gave up and got and OLED instead. If I was in the market for a mid range TV right now this would defo be my choice.
 

Suave

Well-known Member
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the great review! May I ask:

1) Which do you feel offers the better Standard Definition performance - the XE8596, Samsung M7000 or Hisense N6800?

2) The review states that the HDR performance of the Samsung M7000 is better - is it a noticeable difference & enough to justify getting the Samsung over the Sony considering all the other strengths the Sony seems to have?

3) If you were buying, which would you get get taking into account performance against price - The Sony, Samsung or Hisense?

Many Thanks!
 

Janvj

Standard Member
I have this tv in 65” and very happy with it. Where Can i find the recommended settings? Thanks for another great review.

Br
 

GhostRider17

Well-known Member
This looks like a great tv for gaming! The screen size is too big for me though. Is there a 43" model at all? I think it will be a while before I go 4k and hdr,all the great sets are just massive while the smaller ones all seem to have the horrid IPS panels.
 
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boabis

Active Member
Are we now at the point where every new 4K HDR set (from known brands) is fully equipped with all the BBC/Netflix/Amazon/YouTube players in 4K HDR?
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the great review! May I ask:

1) Which do you feel offers the better Standard Definition performance - the XE8596, Samsung M7000 or Hisense N6800?

2) The review states that the HDR performance of the Samsung M7000 is better - is it a noticeable difference & enough to justify getting the Samsung over the Sony considering all the other strengths the Sony seems to have?

3) If you were buying, which would you get get taking into account performance against price - The Sony, Samsung or Hisense?

Many Thanks!
I'd have to say that I think Sony delivers the best image from standard definition content, their upscaling and video processing is excellent. The M7000 is brighter but I think the XE8596 still delivers a very nice HDR experience and because it isn't as bright, you don't get as many issues with haloing and bright edges. I think in terms of performance and price I'd go for the Sony (that's why I awarded it a Best Buy badge), although I'd probably get the XE90 with its direct LED backlight because that's better for HDR.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Are we now at the point where every new 4K HDR set (from known brands) is fully equipped with all the BBC/Netflix/Amazon/YouTube players in 4K HDR?
Yes we are, all the main brands offer Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the UK TV catch-up services.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
This looks like a great tv for gaming! The screen size is too big for me though. Is there a 43" model at all? I think it will be a while before I go 4k and hdr,all the great sets are just massive while the smaller ones all seem to have the horrid IPS panels.
The smallest screen size for the XE8596 is 55 inches I'm afraid.
 

mickeyhiggins

Standard Member
As I posted elsewhere,

TPS - The Perfect Signal Ltd

£929 - £300 cash back
+£55 delivery
= £683!!! I got a call from TPS as I tried to follow threw to see if their had been an error.
Said no place the order at £929 they will refund £300!

Be quick!

I purchased the 65". Very good deal.
 

FUNKYWINKERBEAN

Standard Member
£300 of any TV is great, however percentage wise its a far greater discount off the 55" than the 65".

Richersounds now have the samsung 55"MU7000 for £800 now. Think I might still go with the Sony.
 

Clem_Dye

Well-known Member
Via HDMI, does the TV deliver multi-channel audio from inbuilt apps like Amazon Video and Netflix to feed an a/v system? Does it pass multi-channel audio via an HDMI input to the HDMI output? Most Sony TVs used to pass/route DD5.1 audio from a connected device via HDMI, but I have no idea about the inbuilt apps., and as good as the TV is, and I'm tempted, not having these features is a deal-breaker for me.

Clem
 

Recall

Active Member
Via HDMI, does the TV deliver multi-channel audio from inbuilt apps like Amazon Video and Netflix to feed an a/v system? Does it pass multi-channel audio via an HDMI input to the HDMI output? Most Sony TVs used to pass/route DD5.1 audio from a connected device via HDMI, but I have no idea about the inbuilt apps., and as good as the TV is, and I'm tempted, not having these features is a deal-breaker for me.

Clem
Yes it passes through Dolby Digital plus from amazon and Netflix.
 

GhostRider17

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The smallest screen size for the XE8596 is 55 inches I'm afraid.
Thanks Steve,I really enjoy reading all your TV reviews. I'm waiting to take the plunge to 4K and HDR though. Once you give a good review to a 43" Sony with a VA panel and not the horrid (for my needs) IPS panels I'll make the jump. Shame 3Ds been ignored lately though.
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
I'm on the hunt for a new telly, and this hit my radar this morning. How well will this perform against my current TV which is direct lit LED with local dimming? Black levels are my biggest concern with edge lit. I was actually avoiding all edge lit tvs until I came across this review...

My current set is old school now as it was released in 2014 (2k euro on release), so it lacks HDR (which put me off buying a 4k player on release day). It's also an IPS panel being an LG. I sit center to the screen, so IPS isn't needed.

I'm still umming about waiting til March to see how this years OLEDs drop in price. A 55" B7 here is 2-2.2k right now...

There's a 65" under my current 1k budget, but it's a Phillips and I can't find much about it - TV LED Philips 65PUS6162 4K UHD (4315979) | Darty
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
I'm on the hunt for a new telly, and this hit my radar this morning. How well will this perform against my current TV which is direct lit LED with local dimming? Black levels are my biggest concern with edge lit. I was actually avoiding all edge lit tvs until I came across this review...

My current set is old school now as it was released in 2014 (2k euro on release), so it lacks HDR (which put me off buying a 4k player on release day). It's also an IPS panel being an LG. I sit center to the screen, so IPS isn't needed.

I'm still umming about waiting til March to see how this years OLEDs drop in price. A 55" B7 here is 2-2.2k right now...

There's a 65" under my current 1k budget, but it's a Phillips and I can't find much about it - TV LED Philips 65PUS6162 4K UHD (4315979) | Darty
If you've already got a direct LED TV with local dimming then you might be better off taking a look at the XE90, which is also excellent.
 

Hixs

Distinguished Member
If you've already got a direct LED TV with local dimming then you might be better off taking a look at the XE90, which is also excellent.
Not sure I'm willing to part with 1600 euro for an LED set, Steve. I could ditch the 4k idea as I own no 4k media anyway, and can't stream any due to slow internet and get the LG A7 OLED for 1500 euro.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Not sure I'm willing to part with 1600 euro for an LED set, Steve. I could ditch the 4k idea as I own no 4k media anyway, and can't stream any due to slow internet and get the LG A7 OLED for 1500 euro.
Sounds like a plan, the OLED will obviously deliver a far better contrast performance than your current TV, so it won't feel like a step backwards.
 

Goldorak

Distinguished Member

Hixs

Distinguished Member
Ta. I'm not looking to buy until the new year though. I need to get xmas out of the way first.

The C7 is available for 1600 on amazon too I've just noticed. No one wants the curved screen anymore, so it's cheaper then the B7 by 400 euro.

Anyways, i've derailed this enough now.
 
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peahead

Well-known Member
The C7 is available for 1600 on amazon too I've just noticed. No one wants the curved screen anymore,
The C7 is not curved there are no curved models this year from LG.
 

babator

Active Member
A couple of things this set has that are pretty unique for the price:
- 1080/120 Hz native input from PC with 17 ms input lag (requires custom resolution setting in for example Nvidia control panel)
- no PWM flicker unless BFI is activated in the motion settings
Niche features, but nice ones.
 

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