Sony KD-55X9005A 4K TV unboxing
In this unboxing video we take a look at the Sony KD-55X9005A, the cheapest of the new 4K Ultra HD TV sets that we have had in our test rooms.
At £4000, this Sony 55in 4K TV is two thousand pounds cheaper than its 65in sibling, and currently the cheapest Ultra HD TV on the UK market alongside the recently announced Samsung F9000 sets. (Far cheaper hi-res sets, such as this Seiki 4K TV, are available in the US.)
The KD-55X9005A follows Sony’s new Sense of Quartz design philosophy, with a large circular chrome stand providing a stylish and solid foundation.
The speakers are one of the biggest standout features, with twin drivers positioned either side of a single tweeter. The drivers use Sony’s magnetic fluid speaker technology, which lets the speaker assembly fit inside a much shallower speaker cabinet.
The 65in model certainly sounded far better than the average flatscreen TV, so we’re pretty confident this 55in model should be just as impressive in this respect.
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Elsewhere, this 4K TV also includes Sony’s new Triluminos picture technology, which is designed to produce a wider colour gamut and improved reds, greens and blues, and Sony’s X-Reality Pro engine.
The TV comes with four pairs of passive 3D glasses. Actually, it comes with four pairs of frames and four pairs of lenses: you just have to snap the two together.
One of the benefits of a 4K TV is that you can experience Full HD 3D resolution using passive rather than active 3D technology – the 4K set’s 2160-pixel horizontal resolution is halved into one 1080p picture for each eye. With Full HD screens, this is only possible with active-shutter glasses, which some people find tiring to use.
Sony's 4K TV comes with the same dual remote-control combination that comes with the company's higher-end TVs, such as this Sony KDL-55W905A, which means one large, standard-issue remote and another smaller one with NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity. This lets you pair a compatible smartphone to mirror content such as music and web pages on both devices.
Wi-fi is included, and of the four HDMI inputs, two can accept a 4K signal. One of these is also MHL-enabled (Mobile High-Definition Link), so you can play video and audio through a compatible smartphone.
The Sony has both Freeview HD and satellite options: the latter will give you Freesat channels, but they won’t be presented in the same manner as they would via a dedicated Freesat HD tuner. USB inputs let you record from the built-in tuners, too.
Sony doesn’t complicate matters by opting for full voice or gesture controls but there is a full range of smart TV apps. The Sony Entertainment Network, offering access to the Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited content portals, are given prominence, but BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are all here too.
But is it any good? We sincerely hope so. We’ll be putting the Sony KD-55X9005A 4k Ultra HD TV through its paces very soon, so check back for the full review.
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by Joe Cox