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Sony KDL-55W905A review

Sony's new flagship TV raises the LCD bar, adding new Triluminos technology to its outstanding flagship LCD panel design

Sony's HX853 series from last year is a tough act to follow, but the brand's new high-end 55-inch 55W905A sets out a promising stall. The television's design is much trimmer and cooler than that of its predecessor, and its feature count is bolstered considerably by the introduction of Triluminos, which widens the TV's colour gamut by applying red, green and blue filters directly to each LED.

It also continues to use Sony's super-smart local dimming technology to raise its contrast to unprecedented levels, and backs up its outstanding visuals with some potent audio and a smart TV system that's reasonably rich in video if slightly lacking in features and GUI elegance.

We liked

The Sony 55W905A's pictures are sensational, with gorgeous colours and a huge contrast range. Its new design is smart too, and it's well connected, with good multimedia support. There's some powerful audio to accompany those cracking visuals, too.

We disliked

The set's effective viewing angle is pretty limited, and there's a minor amount of crosstalk visible in 3D mode. Also the set's smart TV interface feels a little off the pace of some rivals now.

Final verdict

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With so much quality already coming our way from other brands this year, we knew Sony needed to up its game from last year's much-lauded HX853 series. And in the elegant, space-saving shape of the Sony 55W905A, that's exactly what Sony has done.

As well as looking more chic, the Sony 55W905A uses new Triluminos technology to deliver a much improved colour performance without compromising the superb contrast performance so beloved on the HX853 TVs.

Sony's online platform includes plenty of video content to keep us happy too, ensuring that not even a slightly unsophisticated smart menu and a surprisingly limited viewing angle can stop us falling for Sony all over again.

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The most direct rival from the TVs we've seen so far this year has to be Samsung's UE55F8000. This costs £100 more, but features an even more spectacular design, more top-notch online video services and a more advanced - if sometimes confusing - smart interface. Plus, handily, it boasts easily the best pictures Samsung has produced from an LCD TV to date.

For us, though, the Sony's pictures and sound both have the edge over the Samsung.

If you're after a decent 55-inch LCD TV with a much more affordable price tag, you could do worse than checking out Panasonic's L55ET60. This offers passive 3D and a 55-inch screen for as much as £1,000 less than the Sony or Samsung models, though it's let down by an uninspiring contrast performance.

Also worthy of consideration would be the 55-inch version of the Philips 42PFL6008, with its bold, Ambilight-driven design, passive 3D images and strikingly aggressive - by Philips' standards - price. The main compromise here is a sluggish and content-light smart system, and a less assured contrast performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA W905A
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)22 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption163 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand756 mm
Width with Stand1241 mm
Depth with Stand298 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year108 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height723 mm
Width1241 mm
Depth61 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, NICAM
Product SeriesW905A
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Ambient Lighting, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-55W905A
Product NameW9 LED Television with Triluminos Display
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-55W905ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience a wider range of colours

Our world is full of colour, from the greens of the Amazon to the reds of the Australian outback - but you've probably never seen them reproduced so realistically on your TV screen. Now you can see every colour as it really is in bold, natural detail with a Triluminos display.

Colour you've never seen on a screen

For colours as vivid and intense as they are in real life, we developed the Triluminos display. It creates truer, deeper, more natural shades and hues, including hard-to-reproduce reds, greens and blues. Faces look better too, with satisfyingly natural skin tones.

Package Contents
  • W9 LED Television with Triluminos Display
  • AC power cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote control
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)19.70 kg