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 1 out of 5 by TK7606 Not my luck...
Bought the 65" XBR-X850B TV at the Sony Store on Friday August 29. Saved $1000 on the purchase as part of the Labour Day promotional offer. Easy to setup. Great pictures. And really like compact build which is great for a small living room.
Unfortunately found a cluster of dead pixels in the bottom left corner of the screen. Didn't want to take the risk of keeping TV and getting more dead pixels over time.
Returned it to the store to exchange it for a 55" XBR-X850B TV. Asked the staff at the store which were very helpful to open to the box in order to check and make sure that this one didn't have dead pixels as well. What a shock - the screen on the freshly opened 55" had a large crack on the bottom left as well. Looked like it was poorly handled at the time it was packaged considering the packaging was in good shape and the TV was still in its plastic wrapping. Good thing I asked the staff to open the box. Would have been an enormous hassle to have to return this one as well. And those TVs are not light to carry. Glad that the Sony Store refunded me the full amount for the 65".
No worries, Sony. You still make good TVs. You just have to take a look at QC/QA to make sure that customers to encounter these kinds of situation.
I am keeping my 40" XBR4 bought in Xmas 2007, in the meantime. And will wait for the next promotional offer to buy the 55" again. And this time, again, I will the staff at the Sony store to open the box to check to make sure everything is ok with the TV before taking it home.
September 1, 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 4 out of 5 by abridges Beautiful TV
pros - Amazing picture and built in features. From PlayStation Now (video game rental service) to Streaming Services (Hulu, Netflix, etc) to automatic integration with my PS3 and PS4. Gaming is immersive on the TV and you feel like you could jump into scenes of a movie because of the depth and richness of the picture.
cons - settings menu is not intuitive. Integration with DirecTV Satellite box caused flashing every several seconds. Thought a firmware upgrade fixed the issue. But still get occasional bouts of steady screen flashing. The only way to fix it is to reboot the satellite box and TV at the same time. Only occurs with the Satellite Box and none of the other peripherals.
August 23, 2014