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    4K television has spoiled me. Since installing the Sony XBR65X900E 4K HDR television in the living room, and a Sony XBR49X900E 4K HDR television in the bedroom I have gotten used to the amazing clarity and high resolution, both with streaming and upscaling DirecTV HD satellite. Going into the studio and watching the Sony KDL52XBR9 HD 1080p television caused me to start picking on the picture, the edge lighting, and the 1080p resolution. It has been a great television for years but all of a sudden it wasn't cutting it any longer. My two other 4K televisions raised the bar.


    This morning I decided to make the 50 mile drive to Gainesville, Florida's Best Buy to bring home a new Sony XBR55X900E 4K HDR television. And while there I picked up a Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra Blu-ray player. This went into the bedroom, and the Oppo UDP-203 that was there is now in the studio, replacing the Oppo BDP-105 that was there.


    Between the round trip drive to Gainesville, removing the 52" television from the wall, installing the 55" television wall brackets and getting it back on the wall and wired, plus relocating the UDP-203 to the studio and installing the UBP-X800 in the bedroom, I've had a busy day. Finally at about 8:00 PM I was able to sit in the studio and enjoy the new 4K television, watch some satellite TV, stream some Netflix, and watch the 4K Ultra Blu-ray player. All I can say is it was worth the time, effort, and money. 4K television is fantastic and these three Sony 900E series televisions are wonderful.


    Just what I need, another reason to park myself on the couch for hours. Hey, somebody's got to do it.


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    Dan

    STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
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  • #2
    Today I am going to remake the brackets that allowed my acoustic art panel to hang in front of the older 52 inch TV in the studio. The good thing is the outside dimensions of the new 55 inch Sony 4K television are within 1/4 inch for height and width. The older 52 inch TV had a 2 inch bezel around the screen which added to its overall height and width. The new 55 inch TV has a 3/8 inch bezel, so the screen grew to 55 inches without making the overall dimensions change. Once I reform the brackets that hang the acoustic art panel in front of the TV it should be a perfect fit.


    This is the acoustic art panel hanging in front of the old TV.

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    Dan

    STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
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    • #3
      I am pleased to report that the acoustic art panel fits like a glove in front of the new Sony 4K television. It looks exactly like the photo above, so no reason for another photo.


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      Dan

      STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
      LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jdandy View Post
        4K television has spoiled me. Since installing the Sony XBR65X900E 4K HDR television in the living room, and a Sony XBR49X900E 4K HDR television in the bedroom I have gotten used to the amazing clarity and high resolution, both with streaming and upscaling DirecTV HD satellite. Going into the studio and watching the Sony KDL52XBR9 HD 1080p television caused me to start picking on the picture, the edge lighting, and the 1080p resolution. It has been a great television for years but all of a sudden it wasn't cutting it any longer. My two other 4K televisions raised the bar.


        This morning I decided to make the 50 mile drive to Gainesville, Florida's Best Buy to bring home a new Sony XBR55X900E 4K HDR television. And while there I picked up a Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra Blu-ray player. This went into the bedroom, and the Oppo UDP-203 that was there is now in the studio, replacing the Oppo BDP-105 that was there.


        Between the round trip drive to Gainesville, removing the 52" television from the wall, installing the 55" television wall brackets and getting it back on the wall and wired, plus relocating the UDP-203 to the studio and installing the UBP-X800 in the bedroom, I've had a busy day. Finally at about 8:00 PM I was able to sit in the studio and enjoy the new 4K television, watch some satellite TV, stream some Netflix, and watch the 4K Ultra Blu-ray player. All I can say is it was worth the time, effort, and money. 4K television is fantastic and these three Sony 900E series televisions are wonderful.


        Just what I need, another reason to park myself on the couch for hours. Hey, somebody's got to do it.


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        If you want to see what that tv really can do get a psaudio
        P5 REGEN and use it to power he tv and source meaning cable box or satellite rec or ultra hd DVD player. Your eyes will blead.


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        • #5
          I bought a 65 inch for my home down south as a surprise to the wife. Two things happened one was it was too big
          over the fire place lol even though we had a 55 with a wide frame so it was just 2 inches bigger. Next was it was too clear for her she felt it strained her eyes. Needless to say it went back. I do feel the new ultra are amazing.
          For me it shows just how good acting can be as if you’re right there and know it’s fake but can’t tell of there that good at it. Enjoy the TVs

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          • #6
            Alrainbow.......It just so happens that is how the new 55 inch 4K television is powered. It is plugged into a PS Audio Power Plant premier, and so are the Oppo UDP-203 and the DirecTV satellitle receiver. The picture quality is outstanding.
            Last edited by jdandy; 04-22-2018, 02:20 PM.
            Dan

            STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
            LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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            • #7
              Dan - I don’t know a lot about video so thanks in advance for the education. Of this read you, the Netflix and directv content is imposed on the 4K TVs. Since the source signal is the same do 4K TVs “upsample” or use some other method to produce a better picture?
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              • Sgood@verizon.net
                Sgood@verizon.net commented
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                Well that’s what I get for typing and watching tv at the same time. I meant to say, if I read your post correctly the Netflix and directv content is improved on the 4K TVs. Since the source signal is the same do 4K TVs “upsample” or use some other method to produce a better picture?

            • #8
              Years ago I posted of its virtues in video on ps video forums I don’t think it’s what they wanted to be know for lol. It’s the same with cable boxes and and add on lps for them. It just leaps in sound or clarity in video. Let’s see what power cable that do that kind of inprovemt

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              • #9
                Those interested should research newer X900F with several upgrades.
                McIntosh MC452, D150, MCT450 - Klipsch P-37F and PMC MB2 SE -(Wireworld cabling)

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                • #10
                  Sgood@verizon.net.......The Sony XBR 900E series processors upscale the video input. It is remarkabe how clean and clear it upscales 1080P signals.
                  Dan

                  STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
                  LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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                • #11
                  Well, the Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra Blu-ray player is going back to Best Buy today. I am returning it because it is unacceptably noisy. I watched the 4K version of Wanted last night in the bedroom and the disc spinning motor noise was audible over the soundtrack of the movie and particularly noisy during silent scenes. The Sony player has a great 4K picture but I can't tolerate the noisy drive, so back it goes to the retailer. Looks like I will be ordering a third Oppo UDP-203 for the bedroom. It is dead silent when operating. I don't know if something is amiss with the drive in the Sony UBP-X800 player, but I am not interested in trying another because of the 100 mile round trip back and forth to Best Buy to return it if it is like the first one. I'll just order another Oppo UDP-203 and be done with it.
                  Dan

                  STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
                  LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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                  • jdandy
                    jdandy commented
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                    I must give credit to Best Buy. They are great to deal with, even on returns. Customer service had my refund for the Sony 4K player issued to my card in less than two minutes with a smile from a lovely young lady. Other than the extra hundred mile round trip, the refund was painless. Marlene and I took advantage of being in Gainesville and ate a nice meal at Chili's.

                  • Kingrex
                    Kingrex commented
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                    All my dvd machine have been set on Sorbothane or some other sound damper. I found the noise was really coming from the inexpensive rack it sits on amplifying the motor noise.

                • #12
                  I was asked yesterday if I had considered Sony's newest 65 inch A8F OLED television. I had the opportunity to compare both the Sony 65 inch A1E OLED television (last year's model) and LG's OLED65C7P to the XBR65X900E that I purchased for the living room. While I thought the color, and particularly the black levels to be outstanding on both models of OLED TV's, I was convinced in side by side viewing that the color gamut and black levels with the full array LED back lighting on the Sony XBR65X900E was very close. Also, there is still quite a price gap between OLED panels and Sony's HDR Ultra LCD panels, particularly the 900E series. Sony's LED full array back lighted panels are tried and proven technology with an excellent track record for longevity and reliability. OLED is still an emerging and developing technology that has some history to be gained before I am convinced the price difference makes the technology worth it. Sony has only been in the OLED game with television for two years. Last year's Bravia A1E was Sony's first consumer OLED offering. Perhaps when the failure rate of OLED panels during manufacturing decreases more the cost will begin to drop to a more competitive level. Sony's newest 65 inch A8F OLED television is selling for $3,800.00. My XBR65X900E was purchased for $1,500.00 on sale. To my eyes the OLED's I compared it to did not justify such a price disparity. I have $3,400.00 total in the 49 inch, 55 inch, and 65 inch 900E series 4K televisions I purchased. That's $400.00 less than a single Sony 65 inch A8F OLED costs.

                  Then there is OLED burn in, a real issue with static images on the screen like the damn channel logos content providers love to keep pasted in the lower corner of the screen, and those tickers news channels park at the bottom of the screen. Like plasma and CRT before it, OLED can retain images on the screen temporarily, and perhaps even permanently, if it's left static for too long. This is an issue that disturbs me, even if the chance of it happening is remote. Then there is the lifespan of OLED compared to LCD and LED. At this time OLED lifespan is in the range of 15,000 hours, where LCD lifespan exceeds 60,000 hours. That is a substantial difference, especially for someone who uses a television many hours per day and plans to keep it as long as possible.

                  So, to answer the original question is yes, I considered OLED. My decision to remain with LCD technology that uses full array LED back lighting was not made lightly. I consider my money well spent on the three high quality Sony 900E series 4K televisions. I am extremely pleased with the picture quality. The future may see an OLED TV in my home but at this time I am not quite ready to embrace the current state of that art.
                  Dan

                  STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
                  LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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                  • Joe Pittman
                    Joe Pittman commented
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                    I'm a Sony dealer and use the LED screen for my use, can't afford the OLED at the moment. LG manufactures all of the OLED screens AFAIK. I sold two of the 65" Sony OLED units to a customer last December and one of the screens failed, but it's not that common as I was told, but it does make one think about reliability. When the OLED's are dialed in, they are awesome for movies... my customers love them.

                • #13
                  Yesterday afternoon I installed a fiber optic cable from the Toslink digital output on the new 4K Sony XBT55X900 installed in the studio to the McIntosh MX120 surround processor. Once I setup the digitial input on the MX120 for optical input I am now enjoying 5.1 surround sound while streaming Netflix and other Internet content providers. What a nice upgrade from listening to the television speakers while streaming Netflix, Hulu, and others. I don't know why I didn't think to do this when I first installed the TV. Better late than never.
                  Dan

                  STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, PurePower 2000, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE with SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
                  LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Sony DAT 60ES, Nakamichi BX-300, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113

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                  • #14
                    Dan -

                    Congrats on your purchase. Looks like Sony has their “mojo” back. Definition, color and quality are up there again.

                    We purchased the Sony XBR75X940E for our new home earlier this year. It looks stunning! We are very pleased thus far.

                    The 75”+ OLEDs were ridiculously priced. Yes, they look better but not worth the difference in price - at least for me.

                    Mike

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