Rated 3 out of 5 by JPDX 5 stars for Sony. Zero for Opera browser
Impressive visual experience as expected of Sony. Easy set up and linking with Sony AV receiver for enhanced audio.
Opera web browser is a huge let down which ruins Sony's reputation. Opera is very clunky, not user friendly, frequently unresponsive to the remote, overly slow with frequent freezing, limited to only 3 tabs, incompatible with some websites and crashing constantly (such as Bloomberg TV). Bloomberg TV has replied to my emails but still have to hear back from Sony. This is a web connected smart TV thus issues like these need to be fixed and it would be helpful to have a native app.
Also was looking forward to try wifi mirroring with Apple products for this model since previous ones specifically were labeled NFC and AV receiver is capable of Airplay (audio only) but realized this was still not possible. Apple TV is an option but counterintuitive and redundant.
Lastly, there is no way to organize USB flash drive files on the Media Server.
If you want a 4K TV and not really use the other features, this is for you.
August 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vamsi21 Best Picture Quality
Excellent picture quality. Have only NETFLIX for 4K content, 4K is awesome. The only downside is Sony does not offer to rent / buy to watch 4K content from their own library. I do not want to spend another $600 for a 4K streaming box again. Sony should share their 4K content at least from their products. When NETFLIX can stream 4K Sony should also be able to.
August 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by armc1 Good but no cigar
Color is wonderful , sound is better then most. The one thing that should be upgraded is frame dimming too the much better local dimming. Samsung and LG both offer less expensive 4K sets with local dimming.
August 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love4K Spectacular TV
Unbelievable picture - smaller and lighter than the 52" it replaced. I only wish I waited 10 days to buy it on sale.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Eagles99 A New Way to Watch TV
The 4K Sony is amazing! It has the same wow factor as the 1st time you saw HDTV. Let's see more programming in 4K!!
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sanghvis Best Purchase Ever
The hbr850b is the best choice for a 55" TV we've ever made. The sound and picture quality are more than just amazing. It changed the way we watched TV. It's so much more realistic and enjoyable.
August 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exwrench unbelievable
From taking it out of the shipping box, to connecting my AV devices, to the final set up couldn't have been made any easier, then came the real bonus, watching my first Super HD program, UNBELIEVABLE !!!
July 23, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by i165964 4k TV+ Digital Optical Audio + Netflix - FAILED
I bought this TV from Best Buy - exchanged it in 2 days & returned in 10 days. In between had geek squad at my place 3 times & called to sony support. No luck :(
The only source of 4k content on the TV for now is Netflix (4-5 movies) limited content. Else you need to buy a very slow player FMPX10 from Sony (DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THAT PLS).
If you hook up this TV to your sounds system with an optical audio cable + run netflix, expect to hear loud distortion every time you pause or forward digital content. That sounds can damage your sounds system. BE WARNED.
Turns out the applications on this great TV are simply not fully tested. For now - not a good buy.
In the future when they clean things up, may be a good deal.
August 24, 2014