Sony KD-65XE9305 User Review

  • Soundizer
    Sony KD-65XE93 (NEW 2017 MODEL)
    Review of Sony KD-65XE9305 LED LCD TV by Soundizer, Apr 17, 2017.
    I have the XE93 which I purchased from Currys and was delivered/installated 14th of April. £3,199 including the Sony X800 UHD HDR - Blu Ray player (2017 new model). I was going to buy this X800 Blu Ray Player anyway so happy with the offer.

    I saw the XE93 and XE90 side by side at a Sony center in March, playing same content and similar settings. Sony did not have the offer at the time so i decided to wait. It was obvious that the XE93 had the superior picture, very noticably much more detail and brighter.

    So far from 25 hours viewing I can share the following from using the TV Native Android Apps (NETFLIX, AMAZON VIDEO, BBC iPLAYER, YOUTUBE, VEVO, VIMEO).

    CALIBRATION SETTINGS:
    I USED THE TV CALIBRATION SETTINGS MOSTLY BASED ON THE XE90 AVFORUMS YOU TUBE REVIEW. https://youtu.be/FFsRJ3EU8Dg
    ALSO CHECKED THE CALIBRATION SETTINGS FROM FLAT PANEL TV:
    http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1491205821#3

    Four settings used:
    (1) SDR Daytime settings in Cinema Home mode.
    (2) HDR Daytime settings in Cinema Home mode.
    (3) SDR Night settings in Cinema Pro mode.
    (4) HDR Night settings in Cinema Home mode.


    REFLECTION ISSUES:
    I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SHOPPED AROUND FOR A TV THAT IS BETTER ON REFLECTIONS. HOWEVER I AM NOT GOING TO RETURN IT AND WILL PURCAHSE SOME LIGHT MINIMISING WINDOW NET CURTAINS.THERE WILL STILL BE REFLECTION IN A DARK ROOM BASED ON THE LIGHT FROM THE TV ITSELF.
    This item was purchased for £3,199 from CURRYS in 2017. The reviewer still owns this product.

    Pros

    • Colours look very natural.
    • Auto HDR mode TURNS ON automatically when ever there is HDR Content on NETFLIX & AMAZON VIDEO. No need to change picture settings.
    • Bright pricture if you need it.
    • No dead pixels as often the case by other sub qiuality control manufacturers.
    • Good uniformity of picture.
    • HDMI ARC works perfectly with my BOSE Soundbar.
    • Good internal DAC for Headphone audio connection - much better than they need to be for a TV.
    • Superb Build quality.
    • Google Voice via remote is very responsive and accurate - about as good as Apple TV siri remote
    • 1080p upscaling is impressive.
    • 4k UHD content looks amazing and better than some HDR content.

    Cons

    • Too much reflection. Very very suprised that on the popular YouTube Review sites this abvious flaw has not been picked up or even mentioned. There is WAY to much reflection. WARNING - ONLY GET THIS TV IF YOU HAVE A VERY DARK VIEWING AREA, OR NIGHT TIME VIEWING. EVEN AT NIGHT THE LIGHT FROM THE TV INTO A DARK ROOM CAUSED REFLECTION. IT IS LIKE A MIRROR.
    • Not as impressed with HDR content as people have promoted. Basically even at Night the HDR content from (Marco Polo on Netflix) & (Patriot on Amazon Prime) = too dark. Dark scenes are just too dark and also the TV reflection as in point 1 above, makes the problem worse. NETFLIX - Iron Fist (HDR) looks terrible you can see dots and is so bad.
    • Glowing Blooming around white subtitles even with Extended Dynamic Range turned off.
    • Very minor letter box issues with white hallowing - some times. Not a major issue to me.

    Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level

    8

    Screen Uniformity

    10

    Colour Accuracy

    8

    Greyscale Accuracy

    8

    Video Processing

    7

    2D Picture Quality

    6

    Picture Quality Out-Of-The-Box

    5

    Picture Quality Calibrated

    8

    Sound Quality

    1

    Smart Features

    5

    Build Quality

    10

    Ease Of Use

    5

    Value for Money

    5

    Verdict

    6
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