Sony BRAVIA KD55XE8596

55 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED Android TV Freeview HD

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With a powerful X1 processor at its heart, the Sony KD55XE8596 maximises picture quality.

X1 processor for sublime picture quality - whatever the source

We're now firmly in the era of 4K UHD but Sony realise that not all 4K signals are equal. A RAW 4K UHD signal from a 4K UHD player requires different processing than a Netflix 4K signal or a USB video signal. Sony's X1 processor analyses every signal and optimises it for the best performance possible. Thanks to Sony's X-Reality PRO 4K technology, standard FHD images can be upscaled to near UHD quality, giving the sharpest detail possible from your Blu-rays and other FHD sources.

4K UHD for sublime picture quality
With its UHD screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the Sony KD55XE8596 is equipped for the 4K UHD revolution. Four times more detailed than Full HD, 4K UHD gives awesome levels of realism are awesome - even when you're sitting close to the TV. Thanks to Sony's 4K X-Reality PRO technology, standard FHD images can be upscaled to near UHD quality, giving the sharpest detail possible from your Blu-rays and other FHD sources.

HDR - High Dynamic Range for stunning contrast
Taking 4K UHD one stage further, the Sony KD55XE8596 is also compatible with HDR (High Dynamic Range). This extends the range of colours for enhanced realism. It also delivers brighter whites and darker blacks, helping to give this TV stunning levels of contrast.

Triluminos display
As well as 4K, this Sony TV also boasts a Triluminos display; developed to produce truer, deeper and more natural shades of colour, with skin shades appearing far more natural.

Motionflow XR 1000Hz from a native 100Hz screen for smooth motion
This Sony is also fitted with a native 100 Hz screen for faster refresh rates. Combined with Sony's Motionflow XR 1000Hz, this screen gives the Sony super-smooth motion, that's both crisp and steady. Whether you're watching a fast-moving action movie or sports event, the Sony KD55XE8596 remains rock steady.

Android TV
Offering the slick interaction of the best smartphones, Android TV is one of the smartest content managers and providers to date. Boasting features such as GoogleCast, Google Play and Voice Search, this Sony 55" TV is part TV and part giant smartphone.

Voice Search and Content Bar for effortless searching
Even with such a massive range of content, finding what you want is always easy. Voice Search means you simply say what you're looking for and let Android TV find it for you. The unobtrusive content bar quickly lets you find the movie, TV show or video you're after. Call up the Content bar and you can keep watching, while you scan through live TV, on demand, downloaded TV shows and more.

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With a powerful X1 processor at its heart, the Sony KD55XE8596 maximises picture quality.

X1 processor for sublime picture quality - whatever the source

We're now firmly in the era of 4K UHD but Sony realise that not all 4K signals are equal. A RAW 4K UHD signal from a 4K UHD player requires different processing than a Netflix 4K signal or a USB video signal. Sony's X1 processor analyses every signal and optimises it for the best performance possible. Thanks to Sony's X-Reality PRO 4K technology, standard FHD images can be upscaled to near UHD quality, giving the sharpest detail possible from your Blu-rays and other FHD sources.

4K UHD for sublime picture quality
With its UHD screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, the Sony KD55XE8596 is equipped for the 4K UHD revolution. Four times more detailed than Full HD, 4K UHD gives awesome levels of realism are awesome - even when you're sitting close to the TV. Thanks to Sony's 4K X-Reality PRO technology, standard FHD images can be upscaled to near UHD quality, giving the sharpest detail possible from your Blu-rays and other FHD sources.

HDR - High Dynamic Range for stunning contrast
Taking 4K UHD one stage further, the Sony KD55XE8596 is also compatible with HDR (High Dynamic Range). This extends the range of colours for enhanced realism. It also delivers brighter whites and darker blacks, helping to give this TV stunning levels of contrast.

Triluminos display
As well as 4K, this Sony TV also boasts a Triluminos display; developed to produce truer, deeper and more natural shades of colour, with skin shades appearing far more natural.

Motionflow XR 1000Hz from a native 100Hz screen for smooth motion
This Sony is also fitted with a native 100 Hz screen for faster refresh rates. Combined with Sony's Motionflow XR 1000Hz, this screen gives the Sony super-smooth motion, that's both crisp and steady. Whether you're watching a fast-moving action movie or sports event, the Sony KD55XE8596 remains rock steady.

Android TV
Offering the slick interaction of the best smartphones, Android TV is one of the smartest content managers and providers to date. Boasting features such as GoogleCast, Google Play and Voice Search, this Sony 55" TV is part TV and part giant smartphone.

Voice Search and Content Bar for effortless searching
Even with such a massive range of content, finding what you want is always easy. Voice Search means you simply say what you're looking for and let Android TV find it for you. The unobtrusive content bar quickly lets you find the movie, TV show or video you're after. Call up the Content bar and you can keep watching, while you scan through live TV, on demand, downloaded TV shows and more.

Be immersed by the bigger picture, with the Sony KD55XE8596.
More Information
Analogue Tuner Y
ARC - Audio Return Channel Y
Camera No
Component Y
Depth 157.00
Digital Audio Output Yes - Optical
Dimensions WxHxD 1232 x 772 x 252mm
DLNA Compliant Y
Dual Core Processor Y
Energy Efficiency Rating A
Full Web Browser Y
Gesture Control No
HDMI 2.0 Y
HDR Format HDR10
Headphone Socket Y
Height 95.00
LED Backlight Edge LED
Local Dimming No
Maximum Stand Width (mm) 519
Motion Processing Motionflow XR1000Hz
Netflix 4K Streaming Y
Panel Bit Depth 10 bit (8 bit + FRC)
Pixel Resolution 3840 x 2160
Power Consumption - Annual 139
Power Consumption- Normal Use 100
Power Consumption - Standby 0.5
Remote Control Y
Scart Sockets No
Screen Size 55
Smartphone Remote Y
Speakers Y
Stand Yes - Fixed
USB 3
USB Recording Y
USB Video Playback Y
Voice Activated TV Y
Wall Mount Required VESA - 200 x 200
Web Applications Y
Weight (KG) 18.6/19.5
Width 19.00
Wireless Connection Y
Brand Sony
BBC iPlayer Yes
HD Ready Yes
1080p Full HD Ready Yes
4K Ultra HD Yes
HDR Yes
Freeview Yes
Freeview HD Yes
YouView Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it I had been researching TVs, and ended up going for this one. My primary concern was motion smoothing, the frame interpolation abilities. Sony have a good reputation for this. Whilst a lot of people hate the 'soap opera effect' that this feature can add to movies, I personally love it, and this TV delivers extremely well. An old 1960's film, looks surprisingly contemporary with frame interpolation. There are artefacts on some very fast movements, probably as I have motion smoothing set to max. This would be blur on a standard picture setting. You can dial down the effect to your own taste and minimise artefacts. adjusting settings does so on a pop up menu, so you can see the effect on the image as you play with the settings. There's a lot of control over the image. The viewing angle is good, there's smart android features, lots of usb ports. no sign of speakers, but the sound is very good. all in all an excellent TV. My only complaint is that there's no user manual. Well, there is, a very thick one, but it contains very little info, in a million languages. I had to guess a lot of things, trial and error. sony have a very good help line, if you get confused.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wonderful Screen, But That Is All This Sony XE85 series TV features a top end, if not the best, picture quality for a mid-range TV. Contract, blacks, and even viewing angles are outstanding on this VA panel type TV. Unfortunately, that is the only positive thing I have to say about it. The sound quality is mediocre, other TVs in this price range do better. The system software is on a whole, terrible. Upon receiving the TV I immediately upgraded to the latest firmware which uses AndroidTV 7.0. To be safe, I did a factory reset afterwards to make sure nothing lurked behind that would hinder the TV's performance. The system is slow, and not just navigating the SmartTV features or apps. Even adjusting the volume, changing the channel on YouView, or selecting an input lags considerably. The quick menu for selecting the TV's input often disappears before I'm able to make a selection. I've even had the volume bar completely disappear for a good 30 minutes before I finally decided to power cycle the TV. While that resolved the issue, ask yourself when you ever in your life had to power cycle a TV because the volume bar wouldn't show!? Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and YouTube performance is so so. When first watching Netflix HDR content I was getting a scrambled picture. After uninstalling and reinstalling the app this was resolved, but then I had judder in the playback. For reference I use BT Infinity at 50MB/s, and internally the TV was using WiFi at 5GHz to a router in the same room. Switching to a wired connection did seem to help, but it seems fairly often that content downgrades the video quality to keep up playback. With YouTube I've had horrible frame dropping on occasion, and have to power cycle to fix the issue. Rather than watch Blu-rays directly, I prefer to digitize all my movies onto a USB hard drive that I leave connected to my TV. It seems playing back movies via the default Sony video app or VLC doesn't fully utilize the picture processing capabilities of the TV, most notably motion interpolation (aka soap opera effect). The TV would also continue to power the hard drive when switched off and would occasionally have troubles mounting the drive. Overall, I'm unhappy with this TV and would not recommend it. Perhaps I could consider using it as a DumbTV™, but it can't even get simple functionality right.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent does everything it should. half the price of my last plasma, but with double the features
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice picture, seriously flawed software. If you need a TV that can stream your Movies and Music libraries, along with Netflix, this is not for you. 4k and UHD content from Netflix, gives a good picture. However, sometimes the content can look like it's skipping frames especially when panning across scenery. Various Android apps don't have proper passthrough support for either DTS or DD5.1,(Netflix does). Streaming movies from an external drive is frustrating. Not only does it say 'unsupported video format' for random files it will also stutter during playback on others. Decoding DD7.1 and DTS Matrix 7.1/5.1 with this TV is a pain, you will either get no sound, sound out of sync, or picture stutter (ARC Limitation?) You have the choice of Sony's built in guide or Youview. If you disable the Youview app which quiet frankly is rubbish, you will no longer be able to use catch up services. You would think Sony would have released a TV with fully working software. Hopefully updates will fix these problems soon.
Date published: 2017-07-14
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