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Sony KD-65X9005A review

This Sony 65-inch flatscreen is the first 4K Ultra HD TV that genuinely has an eye on your living space.

Our Verdict

This is flat-out the most exciting big-screen TV released this year. With stunning design and advanced picture processing, this 4K debutant impresses in all areas

For

  • Awesome 4K picture quality
  • Highly effective upscaling
  • Best in class 3D
  • Drop dead gorgeous design
  • Superb audio system
  • Solid Smart TV

Against

  • Expensive
  • Cheapo remote control
  • Single tuner

There's much to like about Sony's 2013 user interface. It's crisp and easy to navigate. We can even forgive the brand's attempt to push unwanted promotional content at us through the 'Featured' menu strand, as this can be turned off in the settings.

Sony KD-65X9005A remote

Browsing the EPG is simplified with an optional Fast Zapping mode. This minimises the TV picture, allowing you to click up or down the channel listing. Merely alighting on a station causes the channel to flip. You can also navigate using the stock Freeview programme guide.

Smartphone integration is good. NFC (Near Field Communication) simplifies throwing content from a mobile device onto the screen, although you don't need to use this to achieve screen mirroring from regular smartphones.

One less obvious point about the set is that it's completely silent in operation. Despite its size, there's no intrusive fan noise, the panel runs coolly and efficiently. Similar-sized plasma panels can't claim the same.

On the debit side, the screen itself is extremely reflective. Owners will need to think carefully about where they want to place it, because mounting it facing any direct light source could prove ruinous.

Value

As the first in a new generation of 4K displays, conventional observations about value for money don't quite apply. Inevitably, a groundbreaking TV like this will come with a price premium.

However Sony rewards early adopters with a high-end build that's never going to translate down the line as cheaper 4K panels begin to ship. The design and finish on the KD-65X9005A is sensationally good (and not really done justice with online images).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA X9005A
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSony
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)46.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption349 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand903 mm
Width with Stand1682 mm
Depth with Stand405 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
Energy Consumption per Year268 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 800
Height875 mm
Width1682 mm
Depth100 mm
ColourChrome
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, Dolby Pulse, NICAM
Product SeriesX9005A
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesSleep Timer, Web Browser, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKD-65X9005A
Product NameKD-65X9005A LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKD65X9005ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information4K Ultra HD. A revolution in resolution

Meet the next generation of picture quality - the 4K resolution TV. It's a viewing experience that's hard to describe, like your first trip to the cinema. Just let the pictures wash over you and see for yourself.

A giant leap in picture quality

With four times the detail of a Full HD TV, 4K Ultra HD TV images possess such depth and clarity it feels like you're looking through a window. The screen displays over 8 million pixels for a level of realism you'll almost want to reach out and touch.

Package Contents
  • KD-65X9005A LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Remote control
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)45 kg