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post #271 of 7211
Vann's from vanns.com.

Their physical stores are in Bozeman, Kalispell and Billings. The online is on Brooks Street, Missoula.

I purchased a 50" Sony Plasma from them in 2005, XBR5 in 2007 and this X900 a few days ago.

They've always been reliable, they're an authorized Sony online sales affiliate (whatever good that means) and they back up their price within 30 days..
post #272 of 7211
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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

Vann's from vanns.com.

Their physical stores are in Bozeman, Kalispell and Billings. The online is on Brooks Street, Missoula.

I purchased a 50" Sony Plasma from them in 2005, XBR5 in 2007 and this X900 a few days ago.

They've always been reliable, they're an authorized Sony online sales affiliate (whatever good that means) and they back up their price within 30 days..

Feel comfortable sinking that amount of money into them given all of the finanical issues they've had? As long as you're enjoying your FP!
post #273 of 7211
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Feel comfortable sinking that amount of money into them given all of the finanical issues they've had? As long as you're enjoying your FP!

Best part of paying on a credit card is the buy is guaranteed. I got the set, they got the payment and Sony holds the warranty. As long as the set I ordered arrived new, I'm happy. Vann's stood by their sales in the past.

(I mean the label on the TV says manufactured April 2013, so a repack or refurbished is unlikely.)

From what I remembered reading, they filed for Chapter 11 over a year ago.

Overall, I'm happy with the set; it took me a day or two to get the "red lipstick syndrome" under control, found that a little less color saturation and "Warm 1" setting worked better.

Was on the phone with Sony, once about the lack of "picture and sound adjustment issue" on Netflix and Hulu, which I mentioned in a prior post. Workaround was setting "application" preferences on the "featured" page of the main menu. There are some apps, TMZ and others that bring down the "options" "picture and sound adjust" but some apps lock you out.

I took advantage of the Sony offer of one year free Hulu and Netlfix, and also the 30 day trial for Berliner Philharmonic (digital music concerts.)
post #274 of 7211
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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

Best part of paying on a credit card is the buy is guaranteed. I got the set, they got the payment and Sony holds the warranty. As long as the set I ordered arrived new, I'm happy. Vann's stood by their sales in the past.

(I mean the label on the TV says manufactured April 2013, so a repack or refurbished is unlikely.)

From what I remembered reading, they filed for Chapter 11 over a year ago.

Overall, I'm happy with the set; it took me a day or two to get the "red lipstick syndrome" under control, found that a little less color saturation and "Warm 1" setting worked better.

Was on the phone with Sony, once about the lack of "picture and sound adjustment issue" on Netflix and Hulu, which I mentioned in a prior post. Workaround was setting "application" preferences on the "featured" page of the main menu. There are some apps, TMZ and others that bring down the "options" "picture and sound adjust" but some apps lock you out.

I took advantage of the Sony offer of one year free Hulu and Netlfix, and also the 30 day trial for Berliner Philharmonic (digital music concerts.)

Have you picked up the 2160p server yet or no? What content have you been using for the FP?
post #275 of 7211
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Have you picked up the 2160p server yet or no? What content have you been using for the FP?

Netflix is set to 2.3 GB an hour for HD content, I guess people who have data caps with their providers choose lower flows. I don't know if the EyeIO/Netflix optimization has started yet.

I'm with Comcast HD, ugh, at the end of the Comcast food chain here in Florida, we get it last from them, if they give it to us at all.... but don't get me started.

I have a Sony BDP-S790 which is fine at the moment.
post #276 of 7211
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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

Netflix is set to 2.3 GB an hour for HD content, I guess people who have data caps with their providers choose lower flows. I don't know if the EyeIO/Netflix optimization has started yet.

I'm with Comcast HD, ugh, at the end of the Comcast food chain here in Florida, we get it last from them, if they give it to us at all.... but don't get me started.

I have a Sony BDP-S790 which is fine at the moment.

All of that means that you haven't picked up the Sony server then I'm assuming? So you've only seen upscaled 1080i/p content? Nothing native?
post #277 of 7211
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All of that means that you haven't picked up the Sony server then I'm assuming? So you've only seen upscaled 1080i/p content? Nothing native?

That's correct. I don't think the pre-loaded "Life With Bravia" is in 4K, probably not.

I am a victim of emerging technology.

In 1976, I had a Sony AV-8400 color porta pak, and had done a movie theater projection booth telecine transfer of "The Sting." It was on five rolls of 1/2" open reel tape. It was 2:85:1 and I was leaning in to watch it on a 12" Sony Trinitron (with the wood sides.)
Edited by LeeSoFl - 6/15/13 at 1:26pm
post #278 of 7211
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That's correct. I don't think the pre-loaded "Life With Bravia" is in 4K, probably not. I am a victim of emerging technology.

If you don't mind me asking, what made you decide on the X900A rather than a competing FP? Say an F8000, the ZT60, etc. etc. ?
post #279 of 7211
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If you don't mind me asking, what made you decide on the X900A rather than a competing FP? Say an F8000, the ZT60, etc. etc. ?

After Sony Store, went to local high end "salon" where I was able to compare, liked the Sony.

Believe me, I'm not a cheerleader or a flag waver for Sony, but I worked in network TV/studio operations for my entire career, and Sony always topped the rest, in monitors, cameras, videotape machines, etc..
post #280 of 7211
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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

After Sony Store, went to local high end "salon" where I was able to compare, liked the Sony.

Believe me, I'm not a cheerleader or a flag waver for Sony, but I worked in network TV/studio operations for my entire career, and Sony always topped the rest, in monitors, cameras, videotape machines, etc..

No need to justify, by any means. I've merely wanted to ask the early adopters of the 2160p FPs what has motivated them this early into the game to delve into the market..
post #281 of 7211
Well, no activity in the 84" "owner's" thread so I figured I'd quietly hide out here since most of this display's characteristics are the same, just bigger on the 84." Mine is ordered and should be here within the next week or so. Just wanted to say thanks to those posting in this thread as I visited it several times in my quest for more info about the Sony 4K's. In the end, after seeing the 84" on display, I decided it was the right size for my purpose. Thanks again for the posts.



Jim
post #282 of 7211
another review from european model:
http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-kd-65x9005a
post #283 of 7211
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another review from european model:
http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-kd-65x9005a

Nice to see that the early professional and user reviews are on the same level and I'm pleased to see the glowing reviews on what this set does with 3D. I've witnessed this myself and can't wait to get one of the UHD TVs.
post #284 of 7211
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Originally Posted by hoozthatat View Post

All of that means that you haven't picked up the Sony server then I'm assuming? So you've only seen upscaled 1080i/p content? Nothing native?

The 4K server has not been released yet.
post #285 of 7211
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Sammy, Sammy, Sammy. You can't get by that quick. Hows about some more details. Who did you get your new set from? What set did you have previously? Do you notice any clouding or banding? Have you tried the 3D that others are praising? That's for starters.

My Old TV Sony XBR8 55 died few days before the extended 4 year warranty expired. With the credit I got form Best Buy and my Own I bought the 65X900.

I wanted to wait for the Samsung 4K TV to check which one is better but Best Buy gave me credit only valid for one month and my wife told me to get what I want soon and not going to mount the TV on the wall by my self. So I decide to get X900 (All my life I had only Sony TV's) and got mounted on the wall by Geek Squad.

I can see little bit clouding on the edges and the Colors are better than XBR8 and the Samsung 46ES8000 I had temporary till I got this TV. I should say ES8000 had some clouding in the middle of the screen and I could see while I watch Direct TV (It went a way little by little when the TV got old).

Yesterday I downloaded some 4K Sony and KURO demonstration material form You Tube and I played through USB Video. With old Kuro material I saw Black level is quite good for a edge lit TV.

When watching Direct TV that there was blur with motion and I have to off Motion Flow setting to stop it.(Tried all the settings but didn't stop the blur). I can't see any Banding and screen uniformity is quite good. When I went to SONY store to get a demonstration I saw some black lines on the TV when I watch 3D film. But I didn't see this on my TV when watching 3D materiel.

Overall I should say I like the TV a lot.
Edited by Sammy_R - 6/17/13 at 11:39am
post #286 of 7211
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Originally Posted by everyman2 View Post

Also Sammy, what settings are you using. Could you tell us? I am not a big fan of vivid. But still want the picture to look superb. Thanks so much. Sammy.

I am using Home Theater Magazine 84X900 settings. I modified some settings (Eg: Sharpness and Color etc.) to suite my taste. Today Morning I got a new Software update and in the end of the update I got a warning saying that some of my settings would have changed. So I have to check the settings after I go home.
Edited by Sammy_R - 6/17/13 at 11:52am
post #287 of 7211
Hello All

Getting ready to Order a XBR65X900A... Overall I have been VERY pleased about what I saw at my local MHT store.

Just wanted to let you all know they told me that the server was being released on July 15th...for sale.

What I would want to know then is Sony stated you could plug a external hard disk into the server for more storage.

I wonder (Hee Hee) if you can plug in more than 1 either by a switcher or just un plugging one and pluging another in.

See where I am going here !!!!

If anybody here knows please chime in.

starman14915
post #288 of 7211
Thread Starter 
Must be a worldwide moratorium on reviews!
post #289 of 7211
I tried sticking a Mac formatted USB key into a Sony 55X900A to see how it plays older movies like Graduate, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. The 4K Sony did not recognize the Mac formatted stick. Recently, I found out that any such device has to be FAT32 or equivalent. Therefore, you will have a 4GB size limit, I think. Maybe the new 4K server can allow for both external drive formats. Crossing fingers.



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Originally Posted by starman14915 View Post

Hello All

Getting ready to Order a XBR65X900A... Overall I have been VERY pleased about what I saw at my local MHT store.

Just wanted to let you all know they told me that the server was being released on July 15th...for sale.

What I would want to know then is Sony stated you could plug a external hard disk into the server for more storage.

I wonder (Hee Hee) if you can plug in more than 1 either by a switcher or just un plugging one and pluging another in.

See where I am going here !!!!

If anybody here knows please chime in.

starman14915
post #290 of 7211
For those of you who are Mac users, I found this screenshot on another forum of OS X 10.9 Mavericks beta showing native 4K support when connected to a 65X900A:

post #291 of 7211
is that 25hz refresh rate the max over in Europe for the set and for the Mac?

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Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post

For those of you who are Mac users, I found this screenshot on another forum of OS X 10.9 Mavericks beta showing native 4K support when connected to a 65X900A:

post #292 of 7211
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Originally Posted by William Chiu View Post

is that 25hz refresh rate the max over in Europe for the set and for the Mac?

30Hz is the max possible @ 4K.
post #293 of 7211
Have you watch football or tennis on your 4K set? Any issues with blurring from HD telecast that has to be scaled into the Sony 4K?
thanks
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30Hz is the max possible @ 4K.
post #294 of 7211
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

The 4K server has not been released yet.

I knew that wink.gif

I guess I should've asked will he be getting the server.?
biggrin.gif
post #295 of 7211
I connected Intel 150GB Fat32 Solid State SATA Drive through USB to 65X900. I can access the drive without any restrictions.
post #296 of 7211
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Originally Posted by William Chiu View Post

Have you watch football or tennis on your 4K set? Any issues with blurring from HD telecast that has to be scaled into the Sony 4K?
thanks

I watch last night's Stanley Cup hockey and it looked excellent. There was no smearing and the puck was easy to follow. Players jumped right out at you, which might account for my missing teeth this morning.

I had watched some of the French Open tennis live, and it's always hard to determine whether it is converted from SECAM, but it still looked pretty good.

While tuning around (Comcast 1080i) a few nights ago, I watch "I Robot" (2004) and it was really stunning. The mastering to video was top notch and I was impressed.

My settings for general TV viewing keep the picture and brightness around 55, as I prefer an image that digs the blacks a little. I also tend to back off Sony's over saturation of color as default. A bit of "Warm 1" works for me too.
post #297 of 7211
Which Sony 4K set are you enjoying?


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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

I watch last night's Stanley Cup hockey and it looked excellent. There was no smearing and the puck was easy to follow. Players jumped right out at you, which might account for my missing teeth this morning.

I had watched some of the French Open tennis live, and it's always hard to determine whether it is converted from SECAM, but it still looked pretty good.

While tuning around (Comcast 1080i) a few nights ago, I watch "I Robot" (2004) and it was really stunning. The mastering to video was top notch and I was impressed.

My settings for general TV viewing keep the picture and brightness around 55, as I prefer an image that digs the blacks a little. I also tend to back off Sony's over saturation of color as default. A bit of "Warm 1" works for me too.
post #298 of 7211
The 65" was delivered last Tuesday, but because our family dog had a health issue, I really didn't have a chance to start playing with it until a few days ago.
post #299 of 7211
Thanks for the insights earlier. I saw the 65" set which was not tuned at a Pro AV store. It was alone in a room so comparison with the top Samsung plasma (also at the store) was not possible.
What I did see when they played The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray) was quite a noticeable amount of motion artifacts. Near the beginning where the masked thugs were on the rooftops, moving quickly. Then scenes of gunfire within the bank after that.

Are these issues correctable?


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Originally Posted by LeeSoFl View Post

The 65" was delivered last Tuesday, but because our family dog had a health issue, I really didn't have a chance to start playing with it until a few days ago.
post #300 of 7211
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Originally Posted by Sammy_R View Post

My Old TV Sony XBR8 55 died few days before the extended 4 year warranty expired. With the credit I got form Best Buy and my Own I bought the 65X900.

I wanted to wait for the Samsung 4K TV to check which one is better but Best Buy gave me credit only valid for one month and my wife told me to get what I want soon and not going to mount the TV on the wall by my self. So I decide to get X900 (All my life I had only Sony TV's) and got mounted on the wall by Geek Squad.

I can see little bit clouding on the edges and the Colors are better than XBR8 and the Samsung 46ES8000 I had temporary till I got this TV. I should say ES8000 had some clouding in the middle of the screen and I could see while I watch Direct TV (It went a way little by little when the TV got old).

Yesterday I downloaded some 4K Sony and KURO demonstration material form You Tube and I played through USB Video. With old Kuro material I saw Black level is quite good for a edge lit TV.

When watching Direct TV that there was blur with motion and I have to off Motion Flow setting to stop it.(Tried all the settings but didn't stop the blur). I can't see any Banding and screen uniformity is quite good. When I went to SONY store to get a demonstration I saw some black lines on the TV when I watch 3D film. But I didn't see this on my TV when watching 3D materiel.

Overall I should say I like the TV a lot.

Thanks Sammy.
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