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Best TV 2016: Best 32, 40, 55 and 65-inch+ TVs

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Sony KD-65S9005B

13 / 19

Reviewed by John Archer

10 November 2014

Sony KD-65S9005B

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Key features:

  • 65-inch LCD TV
  • 4K resolution
  • Curved screen
  • 4.2-channel multi-angle sound system
Taking a completely different design approach to the Samsung UE65HU7500, Sony’s KD-65S9005B is a weird-looking thing that’s more interesting than attractive. Its 65-inch, 4K LCD panel is subtly curved and surrounded by a chunky frame, featuring odd strips of light at each edge.

You’ll have to tinker with settings to get the picture right, but picture quality is ultimately a mixed bag. While black levels are good, there’s prominent backlight clouding, and the curve only slightly enhances the image’s sense of depth. However, colours explode off the screen, and HD content scales up very nicely indeed. Viewing angles are good too, but 3D playback suffers from crosstalk. Low input lag means it’s good for gaming.

Sound quality is far better than what you’ll find on many rival TVs. The special multi-angle speaker system delivers a wide soundstage that gives the sense of surround sound. It can also produce massive distortion-free volumes to go with its width and scale, and the mid-range sounds open, clean, and able to expand to meet the demands of action scenes.

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At time of review the Sony KD-65S9005B was available for £3,199.

Our Score:

9

Matthew Bunton

December 4, 2015, 4:11 pm

My vote would go to the Curry's exclusive PANASONIC
VIERA TX-40CX700B+.

A fantastic 40" 4K tv. It has a Firefox interface which is quick and supports Netflix and Amazon in Ultra HD.

I mostly use mine as a 4K PC monitor as it supports 4K over HDMI 2.0 at 60hz and 444 chroma. I tried many monitors including the newer G-sync 144 hz models and nothing compares to the Panasonic's image quality and colours. Input lag is 25ms using Leo Bodner test, as I am not a competative gamer this is fast enough for me.

I have paired mine with 2 x Evga GTX 980 ti classified cards and at 4K 60fps gaming has a new lease of life. I now couldn't go back to anything less than 4k.

It is easily the best television/monitor I have ever owned and I managed to pick mine up for just over £500 with a 5 year Panasonic warranty.

Murray Snudge

December 31, 2015, 4:52 pm

Samsung UE48JU7500 - 'a severe amount of motion blur' and you score it 9/10?

kobraaaa

February 1, 2016, 1:35 am

Nobody talks about customer service or warranty's? What good as a phone, if it dies before the warranty is up and stuff like this : http://globalnews.ca/news/1026... happens? Samsung has even paid cnet to do new reviews on products they already have done so on : http://www.businessinsider.com... and then do stuff like this http://www.idownloadblog.com/2... and this http://www.businessinsider.com... . Simply Google, Samsung Customer Service Reviews....The warranty of a TV and customer service, should matter as much, if not more, than the capabilities. I know from experience.

travel_lite

February 26, 2016, 3:13 pm

Excellent point.

An unbiased review of Customer Services is long overdue.

Shant Lola

February 29, 2016, 6:14 pm

I would concur with your appraisal. I recently picked up the Panasonic TX-60CX740E and has great picture quality. Previously had a Panasonic Plasma, but power surge destroyed it.

Before making the purchase, I compared it to several Samsung models including the JS7200, JU7500, and JS8500. In my opinion the Panny came on top. The picture quality is more accurate than the Samsung models and very little motion blur if any.

I would recommend the CX740 or another model in the same range.

joethedocII

April 20, 2016, 3:55 pm

I'm sorry, but WHAT "drop-down menu???"

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