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I know it's out of stock now at the Sony store, but in case it comes back, for those who passed on the $1999 price, if you have an EPP account it would have brought the price down to $1399 before tax.

How does the picture on the 55w900a compare to the 65w850a? I own the 65w850a and 55w802a, but was considering if it's worth upgrading the w802a to the w900a in case it comes back in stock.
How would I get a hold of an EPP pin? I see you need that to get an EPP account.
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How would I get a hold of an EPP pin? I see you need that to get an EPP account.
Check with your employer to see if they have a purchasing program with Sony.
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I know it's out of stock now at the Sony store, but in case it comes back, for those who passed on the $1999 price, if you have an EPP account it would have brought the price down to $1399 before tax.

How does the picture on the 55w900a compare to the 65w850a? I own the 65w850a and 55w802a, but was considering if it's worth upgrading the w802a to the w900a in case it comes back in stock.

How does the PQ of the W9 compare to the 65w850a? The W9 uses Quantom Dots for Triluminous and the 850a doesnt, the W9 has the deep black panel and the w850a doesnt. Added all up the W9 produces better PQ then the w850a but not by much. Would it be worth upgrading the w802a to the W9? Yes, no questions asked. That being said I saw this morning that the W9 was already out of stock on Sonys site so I gave them a call. They should have more in next week for those interested. The rep said the first shipment they got in sold fast, very fast and more is on order unless they discontinue them again which wouldnt be a shocker to me. God only knows Sony dont want the W9 to be selling better then their bread and butter 4K sets now do they?
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Cool Bluetooth Fixed!

So the replacement bluetooth module arrived Friday evening. I immediately started working on the TV. I took pictures not only to assist others in the future but to prove I did it!
Pictures 1 & 2 show clearly that bluetooth is non-functional.

Step 1: Take the 4 screws out of the base/stand. Do not remove the top screws that are resting on the stand! They make it easy to lift the TV out of and onto the stand. Quite a nice design!
<Picture 3.jpg>

Step 2: Lay the TV flat face-down on a surface you know will not scratch it... I used a microfiber blanket.
<Picture 4.jpg>

Step 3: Follow the power cord up to where it enters the TV. Remove the single screw that holds the little panel then gently pry it out and down. Once exposed you will then need to pull the power cord connecter loose by pressing down on the middle tab.
<Pictures 5.jpg & 6.jpg>

Step 4: Take EVERY remaining screw loose and put aside. Once ALL screws are loose, you'll be able to easily pull off the back cover. It's a thin sheet of stamped metal, so be VERY careful not to bend/crease it!
Picture 7.jpg - The insides are exposed! but where the hell are the bluetooth & wifi modules??

Picture 8.jpg - I removed both the top circuit board cover and the bottom cover... neither board had them! on 8.jpg you see that if you were to replace the T-CON board you'd need to gently pry up the foil tape along the bottom edge of the T-CON cover to reveal the 3 screws
Picture 9.jpg shows the serials/numbers of the T-CON board while it was exposed.

Also Picture 8.jpg - Hmmm... why does the Sony badge box (with the IR sensor in the front) have that seperation on the bottom left side? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... <scratches head>

Step 5: As you can see in Picture 10.jpg, I now have it loose! You'll have to take the 2 screws out of the black plastic piece that holds it along the top, once that's removed you'll see the wire connector you need to disconnect. Once it's free you'll need to unplug the smaller connector, then carefully seperate the black plastic topper from the main assembly (Picture 12.jpg).

Step 6: Lo and Behold! There they are!! (Picture 14.jpg) The wifi module is on the left in the picture, while the bluetooth module is on the right. I noticed right away that it looked damaged. To remove it, simply pry it up on the inside corners. It is only secured by the connector.

Step 7: Replace bluetooth module with new one. (Pictures 15.jpg & 16.jpg) You can clearly see the bend in the metal. Something most likely snagged the SONY badge box at some point and hurt this poor little guy.

Step 8: Put it all back together!

So, once I got it all back together I powered up the TV and went to the dreaded menu that gave me the error (1.jpg - One-touch Remote Control Setup). I hit the button to register ... and opened my eyes back up... and to my astonishment, it was at the next screen! No error!! ... Next thing I did was attempt to pair the 3D glasses.... YES! They ALL PAIRED!!

3D is pretty amazing on this TV, but the cross-talk can be noticeable at times. I'm sure with more time and fiddling around I'll figure out how to minimize it. But all in all, with the SMOOTH motionflow... you can't beat this kind of 3D!!
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So the replacement bluetooth module arrived Friday evening. I immediately started working on the TV. I took pictures not only to assist others in the future but to prove I did it!
Pictures 1 & 2 show clearly that bluetooth is non-functional.

Step 1: Take the 4 screws out of the base/stand. Do not remove the top screws that are resting on the stand! They make it easy to lift the TV out of and onto the stand. Quite a nice design!
<Picture 3.jpg>

Step 2: Lay the TV flat face-down on a surface you know will not scratch it... I used a microfiber blanket.
<Picture 4.jpg>

Step 3: Follow the power cord up to where it enters the TV. Remove the single screw that holds the little panel then gently pry it out and down. Once exposed you will then need to pull the power cord connecter loose by pressing down on the middle tab.
<Pictures 5.jpg & 6.jpg>

Step 4: Take EVERY remaining screw loose and put aside. Once ALL screws are loose, you'll be able to easily pull off the back cover. It's a thin sheet of stamped metal, so be VERY careful not to bend/crease it!
Picture 7.jpg - The insides are exposed! but where the hell are the bluetooth & wifi modules??

Picture 8.jpg - I removed both the top circuit board cover and the bottom cover... neither board had them! on 8.jpg you see that if you were to replace the T-CON board you'd need to gently pry up the foil tape along the bottom edge of the T-CON cover to reveal the 3 screws
Picture 9.jpg shows the serials/numbers of the T-CON board while it was exposed.

Also Picture 8.jpg - Hmmm... why does the Sony badge box (with the IR sensor in the front) have that seperation on the bottom left side? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... <scratches head>

Step 5: As you can see in Picture 10.jpg, I now have it loose! You'll have to take the 2 screws out of the black plastic piece that holds it along the top, once that's removed you'll see the wire connector you need to disconnect. Once it's free you'll need to unplug the smaller connector, then carefully seperate the black plastic topper from the main assembly (Picture 12.jpg).

Step 6: Lo and Behold! There they are!! (Picture 14.jpg) The wifi module is on the left in the picture, while the bluetooth module is on the right. I noticed right away that it looked damaged. To remove it, simply pry it up on the inside corners. It is only secured by the connector.

Step 7: Replace bluetooth module with new one. (Pictures 15.jpg & 16.jpg) You can clearly see the bend in the metal. Something most likely snagged the SONY badge box at some point and hurt this poor little guy.

Step 8: Put it all back together!

So, once I got it all back together I powered up the TV and went to the dreaded menu that gave me the error (1.jpg - One-touch Remote Control Setup). I hit the button to register ... and opened my eyes back up... and to my astonishment, it was at the next screen! No error!! ... Next thing I did was attempt to pair the 3D glasses.... YES! They ALL PAIRED!!

3D is pretty amazing on this TV, but the cross-talk can be noticeable at times. I'm sure with more time and fiddling around I'll figure out how to minimize it. But all in all, with the SMOOTH motionflow... you can't beat this kind of 3D!!

Cool. Glad it all worked out for you.
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That being said I saw this morning that the W9 was already out of stock on Sonys site so I gave them a call. They should have more in next week for those interested. The rep said the first shipment they got in sold fast, very fast and more is on order unless they discontinue them again which wouldnt be a shocker to me.
I really hope they do restock. I've held off purchasing a TV for 6 months to see if Vizio's P series lived up to the hype. By the end of this week I will hopefully have made a decision and I could very well end up purchasing a W900A (again).
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I really hope they do restock. I've held off purchasing a TV for 6 months to see if Vizio's P series lived up to the hype. By the end of this week I will hopefully have made a decision and I could very well end up purchasing a W900A (again).


None listed as "In stock" as of yet but its still early. Why do I have the feeling that Sony has pulled the plug on the W9 for the final time? Lucky I have one but I feel bad for those that dont because they missed out on truly a excellent tv, One of Sonys best.
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Has anyone watched the new Godzilla movie on their W9 yet? I borrowed my freinds Blu ray and holy cow! The movie istelf I dont think is very good but the visuals on the W9 are out of this world. I also reccomend checking out Transformers 4 which again is not the best but the visuals are again out of this world on the W9.
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Has anyone watched the new Godzilla movie on their W9 yet? I borrowed my freinds Blu ray and holy cow! The movie istelf I dont think is very good but the visuals on the W9 are out of this world. I also reccomend checking out Transformers 4 which again is not the best but the visuals are again out of this world on the W9.
Yes I rented it off Vudu and it looked good. Have you all seen captain America winter soldier bluray looked and sounded great waiting on T4 gonna pick it up next week. You want some of the best visuals buy the Speed Racer 2008 Blu-Ray. It shows off the insane colors this tv can produce.
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Yes I rented it off Vudu and it looked good. Have you all seen captain America winter soldier bluray looked and sounded great waiting on T4 gonna pick it up next week. You want some of the best visuals buy the Speed Racer 2008 Blu-Ray. It shows off the insane colors this tv can produce.

Thanks HD KOOL-AID. I am gonna have to check out the Speed Racer Blu ray.
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Has anyone watched the new Godzilla movie on their W9 yet? I borrowed my freinds Blu ray and holy cow! The movie istelf I dont think is very good but the visuals on the W9 are out of this world. I also reccomend checking out Transformers 4 which again is not the best but the visuals are again out of this world on the W9.
Really? I wasn't too impressed with Godzilla's visuals, personally. I thought the dark scenes were too dark, and didn't show much detail and too much grain. I think this is an issue with the film transfer or the director's intent, because I don't see the same for some other very good dark movies. I see plenty of details in Zero Dark Thirty and the last Harry Potter, not to mention countless others.

To me, Godzilla was a dud all around. Movie was ok, bass was very disappointing, and PQ was meh.
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I also agree, PQ for Godzilla was one of the worst I ever saw. Too dark. They want to hide all the details and make production more easy I believe. For the story and movie overall is not worth to loose any words....
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I also agree, PQ for Godzilla was one of the worst I ever saw. Too dark. They want to hide all the details and make production more easy I believe. For the story and movie overall is not worth to loose any words....


After re-watching Godzilla last night I see why people are saying what they are about it. I was wrong.
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Ralph Potts gave the Godzilla blu Ray a 92 audio/video reference quality score?
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Two days ago I watched Frank (2014) and I was surprised how good the picture and colors were. Very, very natural and lifelike. But I did not liked the movie though it is a bit too hipster crazy .
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None listed as "In stock" as of yet but its still early. Why do I have the feeling that Sony has pulled the plug on the W9 for the final time? Lucky I have one but I feel bad for those that dont because they missed out on truly a excellent tv, One of Sonys best.



What makes the X900A such a great TV? It appears that alot feels it is better than the X900B. Aside from the active 3D vs the passive 3D how is the x900A better than the x900B? I heard that on the X900B Sony upgraded the X-Reality Pro up conversion so things are sharper and have better color. Also I heard motion is slightly better with less judder in the picture. I do not own either one but own an X850A and have mixed opinions of the TV. Thanks.
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What makes the X900A such a great TV? It appears that alot feels it is better than the X900B. Aside from the active 3D vs the passive 3D how is the x900A better than the x900B? I heard that on the X900B Sony upgraded the X-Reality Pro up conversion so things are sharper and have better color. Also I heard motion is slightly better with less judder in the picture. I do not own either one but own an X850A and have mixed opinions of the TV. Thanks.
I cant tell you acerman due to the fact that I dont own the X900A or none of the other 4K tv's and more then likely never will because 4K dont intertest me in the least. That being said the X900A has the very same components as the W900A except for the W9 dont have 4K and dont need it because on its own its the best 1080p tv made by Sony yet. I'm hanging with my W9 until OLED gets its kinks worked out and becomes affordable.
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Quick question. Has any W9 owner played a 4K video from youtube on their tv? If not do it because the quality you will see on your W9 is simply beautiful. The visuals are simply mind blowing and the W9 aint even 4K. If my W9 can play a 4K video which I am sure is compressed and look this good with a 4K source then it only cements my feelings that the W9 still matches up with some of the best 4K tvs out there. If some of you can check out the 4K videos on youtube on your W9 and maybe you guys will see what I do. I dont know if its because of the recent firmware updates or not but my W9 seems to be getting better and better every time I watch it.
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How does the PQ of the W9 compare to the 65w850a? The W9 uses Quantom Dots for Triluminous and the 850a doesnt, the W9 has the deep black panel and the w850a doesnt. Added all up the W9 produces better PQ then the w850a but not by much. Would it be worth upgrading the w802a to the W9? Yes, no questions asked. That being said I saw this morning that the W9 was already out of stock on Sonys site so I gave them a call. They should have more in next week for those interested. The rep said the first shipment they got in sold fast, very fast and more is on order unless they discontinue them again which wouldnt be a shocker to me. God only knows Sony dont want the W9 to be selling better then their bread and butter 4K sets now do they?
Hi there. Can I ask exactly how you got this information? I had one in my cart on Sony store after noticing it in stock and decided to wait until next day to complete order. BIG MISTAKE. Gone when I woke up and removed from my cart!!!! Horrible heartbreak. When I called they wouldn't give me any information at all just saying that they would take my number and "give me a call if it comes back in stock". I never got a call and I've been checking so desperately. I don't think it's coming back.......I'm so heartbroken.

I have owned one of these glorious sets since January and I recently noticed a tiny tiny scratch in the bottom left corner. I'm not even mad I'm just purely depressed. I loved this set more than anything I've ever owned. Perfect TV.

I am literally praying for a brief restock. This set is simply not available anywhere at this time unless you want to buy a used set from some private seller on Amazon for $2,700. I am sad.
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