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Best TV 2016: Best 49, 55 and 65-inch+ TVs

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Sony KD-65XD9305

7 / 13

Reviewed by John Archer

14 April 2016

Sony KD-65XD9305

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Key features:

  • 65-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Slimline backlight drive for advanced local dimming
  • Native 4K UHD resolution
  • HDR playback
  • Android TV smart system
  • Manufacturer: Sony

The Sony KD-65XD9305 is a high-end set, sitting only below the flagship 75-inch KD-75XD9405 in Sony’s 2016 TV line up.

With 4K HDR images, the KD-65XD9305 delivers cinema-quality pictures. Colours look exquisite; the TV delivers not only on the expanded tonal extremes you get on today’s HDR Ultra HD Blu-rays, but also with the extra finesse made possible by its 10-bit panel.

It's not without its flaws, however - especially when it comes to 3D. Motion during 3D films looks juddery and there are issues with crosstalk and image ghosting which quickly makes 3D watching quite tiring. Plus, it's sound is pretty poor by today's standards. Although this won't be an issue if you like to equip your own speakers.

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The price of the Sony KD-65XD9305 when we tested it was £2,799.

Our Score:

8

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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???"

Lee Martin

June 12, 2016, 2:59 pm

The one in light grey on the edge of the thin box

KidRed

September 17, 2016, 4:53 pm

The non-functioning drop down menu in light grey...

Marko Bolo

October 18, 2016, 10:53 pm

I love oled TVs

T Barry

October 31, 2016, 12:51 pm

Samsung will bring its QLED to the table in the very near future with a greater HDR presents to enhance the color spectrum within the 4K realm..

"Beauty is still in the eye of the beholder"..!

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