Sherwood 4ust on Amazon
5 years ago
01/17/2017, 05:30 AM
Best Deal of 2017
If you're in the market for a 65" 4K HDR UHD TV this is possibly the deal of the year. This TV was available for pre order last year during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for $4999. Within about 4 months the price dropped to $3495 and stayed there until recently it dropped to $1995 and was at that price last week. Now it's down to $1795. You WILL NOT find a better TV for the money anywhere. While it gives up a little to OLED you'll pay an additional $4000 for it and OLED's have burn in problems that haven't been worked out to my knowledge. The picture quality on the Sony XRBX65930D is stunning.
Strong points: While you can get lost in specifications that take a degree from MIT to understand, I based my purchase on 4 of what I consider to be most important (as an avid home theatre enthusiast but not a professional reviewer)
(1) Upscaling/Picture Quality: Sony has the best upscaling in the industry BAR NONE. You'll find that 1080P HD from your cable or satellite upscaled to 4K absolutely amazing and the standard Blu Ray even better. 4K HDR UHD (which doesn't require upscaling) is dazzling.
(2) Whites, Blacks and Color: The TV has extreme brightness, deep black levels and superb color. With the addition of 10 bit color you'll see colors pop like never before. Most 4K TV prior to last year have 8 bit processors with only a few since then having 10 bit. 8 bit produces 16.9 million shades of the primary colors. This 10 bit Sony produces just over a BILLION. The color accuracy and vividness are phenomenal. You'll see brilliant colors like never before.
(3) HDMI: This TV has 4x HDMI inputs with HDMI 2.0a, and is HDCP 2.2. Both have their own importance. The 2.0a HDMI (over the 1.4 standard) will allow the passage of the extreme amount of data of 4K HDR UHD. This will give you the best picture possible. The HDCP 2.2. which is copy protection, isn't a big factor for most users as they don't intend on copying movies but if you plan on upgrading your receiver it will also have to be HDCP compliant to work with the higher resolution of 4K HDR UHD DVD's and programming.
(4) Digital Optical Output) While this might not be important to anyone with a compliant receiver (or anyone who uses the TV speakers), if you don't (and at the moment I don't) then the receiver won't return the audio portion of a HDR UHD DVD to your receiver, leaving you with only the TV's speakers for sound. The work around for this if your receiver has 4K pass thru is to connect a 4K HDR UHD DVD player (Samsung 8500) directly to the TV with an HDMI cable and use a Digital Optical cable from the DVD player to the receiver. This will send the sound portion to your home theatre speakers but is limited to Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio. For Atmos or DTS X you'll need a receiver with that capability and it will use just HDMI cables
Weak Point: I only have one as of now and that would be off axis viewing, but then again I don't view the TV from the side.
There are many other feature and benefits to this TV but for myself these were the most important. I guarantee you won't be disappointed with this $5000 TV for $1795. What a deal.