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Official 2013 Sony KDL-S990A Curved LED Owner's Thread

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Welcome to the Official 2013 Sony KDL-S990A Curved LED Owner's Thread!!!

The Sony S990A curved LED television is going to release around October-November 2013.

So far the only size available is 65''.

For more info click HERE or HERE.



Please DO NOT quote this post thank you.
Edited by calearne - 4/4/14 at 8:55pm
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Thread Starter 
Is anyone else curious how Sony curved the LCD screen without causing viewing angle and uniformity issues?

I always thought only OLED panels could be curved not LCD panels. eek.gif
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Bump - anyone see this in the wild?

I'm also curious about input lag - would this set up a good choice for gaming?
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Originally Posted by DaverJ View Post

Bump - anyone see this in the wild?

I'm also curious about input lag - would this set up a good choice for gaming?

Looks awesome in the wild, 3d is passive and is also very very good. Saw it in store so not sure about black levels, but for $4000 they should be pretty good. Not sure about input lag, but I'm also interested in this due to gaming.
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I'm interested in this as well.............none in my area to check out though. Any opinions from those who have seen it...........compared it to the regular flagship model..........or better yet, purchased one would be MUCH appreciated.
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Strange - the S990A has been for sale for a while on Amazon and not a single user review. confused.gif
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Originally Posted by DaverJ View Post

Bump - anyone see this in the wild?

I'm also curious about input lag - would this set up a good choice for gaming?


displaylag.com just tested the S990A and it got an excellent score of just 18ms!
post #8 of 189
Anyone pick one of these up yet? It's a $1500 premium over the W850a, but has passive 3D like the X900 series. (I assume this and the W850a are the same for picture quality other than the curve.)

I really like Sony's lineup for their 18ms input lag. There doesn't seem to be any other big TVs in that ballpark for those that want to game.
post #9 of 189
I'm curious to see a s990a in person. I don't like the dim side edges of the w850a, so I'm interested to see if the curve has any impact, positive or negative, on the backlighting uniformity.
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I still do not see any reviews on this set besides what was announced when it launched. I like the fact that it is passive 3D and wouldn't mind the curve. Still the same stuff out there when I google it.
post #11 of 189
I have been wondering the same thing. I have owned this set since October and have been pleased with everything about it. The passive 3D is very good. The curve works well and the speaker system is good enough to use for regular tv viewing. I save my home theater system for good movies.
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Originally Posted by dnhawley View Post

I have been wondering the same thing. I have owned this set since October and have been pleased with everything about it. The passive 3D is very good. The curve works well and the speaker system is good enough to use for regular tv viewing. I save my home theater system for good movies.

I would love to see pics, if you don't mind. I'm curious about dimming on the side edges.
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Price just dropped $1000 on Amazon! eek.gif EDIT: It looks like the MSRP is now $3000, which is just $500 over the W850a - maybe they are retiring this model?

Still haven't seen it in a store, and it sits with just a single user review on Amazon. Must not be a popular model.
Edited by DaverJ - 1/20/14 at 7:00am
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I picked this TV from a Sony Outlet near me that is going OOB for $900. It's brand new, just open box. I was able to grab the 5 year warranty for 150 more. I also grabbed the HTCT550w soundbar for $80, brand new and sealed.

I set it up last night and I am incredibly impressed with the quality. The colors right out of the box are excellent and the speakers sound amazing. The 3D is the best I've seen on the few TVs I've tried it on. I prefer the app interface on Samsung better, but sonys interface isn't terrible.

Overall I'm really happy with it. For 900 I really couldn't go wrong.
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Overall I'm really happy with it. For 900 I really couldn't go wrong.

Gah, congrats on that amazing deal - so jealous!

More details please - how is screen uniformity? Black levels? Any issues with the curve? Would you be as happy if you paid $3k for it?

Pics would be awesome! smile.gif
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I am very interested in this tv, I did not realize that this used passive 3d. Now im really interested. Anyone care to post some pics? smile.gif
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First, forgive me b/c Im not really a AV guru and probably dont have as good an eye as most of you. I just happened to get very lucky. I stumbled across this thread looking for reviews AFTER I purchased the TV. I honestly knew nothing about it when I bought it. I looked up the model, saw it retailed for 3k-4k and said for 900, done deal. Pics are below, but as you can see they are really bad. I just moved into this house and the basement (tv room) has terrible lighting...which isnt necessarily a bad thing for watching TV, but Its bad for taking pics. The pics are from my iphone and the copy of Elysium isnt that great. If you can give me some tips on how to properly take pics of a TV, what content I should use and what you are looking for, I would be happy to do so.

To answer some questions. Would I be happy if I paid 3k... I dont think I would spend 3K on a TV...just not in my budget at this point my life. I was originally looking at the 65" Vizio M series and the Samsung UN60F7500AFXZA - basically something in the 1800-2000 range. The black levels are great. Sometimes, I feel like maybe its a little too black. That might just have to do with calibrating the tv or making some minor adjustments. So far, I basically plugged it and and thats it. As for screen uniformity (I had to look up what this was) I do notice some backlight bleeding, but its not terrible. Im also watching basically in the pitch black, so it really stands out. I have zero issues with the curve. In fact its awesome. Looking straight on, you dont notice the curve at all, however it really does help the viewing angles from the side.

I do have a question - On Amazon, the TV is listed as being 120Hz. However, it has Motionflow XR 480. I was under the impression that if it has XR 480, then it was a 240hz panel. I cant find info on this anywhere






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In the pictures you can see the top and bottom appear to be bowing in, as if the middle of the picture is getting pinched. Do you notice that when watching it? I really like the specs of this tv, but am not a fan of the curve frown.gif Everything else about it is amazing, such as the IPS panel, glossy coating, speakers, and design. It even has a subwoofer out port.
post #19 of 189
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Originally Posted by atom631 View Post

I do have a question - On Amazon, the TV is listed as being 120Hz. However, it has Motionflow XR 480. I was under the impression that if it has XR 480, then it was a 240hz panel. I cant find info on this anywhere

XR480 = 120hz (4*120hz) like the W850A
XR960 = 240hz (4*240hz) like the W900A

$900 for that thing is crazy
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Originally Posted by PlasmaMan View Post

XR480 = 120hz (4*120hz) like the W850A
XR960 = 240hz (4*240hz) like the W900A

$900 for that thing is crazy

Sony still sells their XR960 on 120hz panels, such as the x900a.
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First, forgive me b/c Im not really a AV guru and probably dont have as good an eye as most of you.

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Thanks atom631, you are my hero! That pic above might have just sold this TV for me. cool.gif

I really like the subtle curve - wasn't sure if I would but I think that gives an extra cinematic touch that makes this set unique. I'll bet watching movies on this is a pleasure.

Question - I've seen videos of this set and there's a light on the bottom center, and I think it might flash? It looks like you have a soundbar in front of this light. I'm curious of this light can be turned off?

Anyway, as plasmaman said - you got a crazy deal on this great-looking set! If you don't mind snapping more pics, we would love to see them. It would be good to see some HDTV content - sports, news, American Idol, or whatever you happen to be watching.

Thanks again for the pics, really appreciate it!
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Originally Posted by *UFO* View Post

In the pictures you can see the top and bottom appear to be bowing in, as if the middle of the picture is getting pinched. Do you notice that when watching it? I really like the specs of this tv, but am not a fan of the curve frown.gif Everything else about it is amazing, such as the IPS panel, glossy coating, speakers, and design. It even has a subwoofer out port.

It does appear that way..but I honestly dont notice it at all. The image is completely straight across when viewing it dead on center.
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Pictures Incoming!!!! I took a pic of the little illuminated LED, which yes, it can be turned off. I snapped a shot of the settings for it. Also, my stupid cable provider's DVR menu pops up when you hit pause, so I cant actually pause the image to get a clear shot. i tried my best





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LED menu












Tried to grab this to show the backlight bled, but it really is not that bad and hardly noticeable.


Just a shot of the input menu, it has a really nice layout and very easy to navigate
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Great pics atom631, thanks so much - again!

I guess there's not a market for a curved screen, even a slight curve - but I'm sold. It might be that Sony priced this one too high out of the gate and doomed it, but with the new lower MSRP I would have thought this TV would be much more popular than it is. Probably the fact that places like Best Buy don't carry it is hurting visibility.

The Triluminos colors look very nice. And gamers - the Display Lag website rates the S990a as having an amazingly low 18ms of input lag, making it a great choice TVs for gaming.
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I read that too about the input lag. Can't wait to hook up my ps3 and play some GTA V (grabbed that for 14 from the Sony outlet too!)
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Well this is my first post. I just purchased this tv and so far am impressed by the quality. My only worry is "backlight bleed" I believe it is called. Does it go away, or is there a break in period for tvs?



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Originally Posted by Kayjee View Post

Well this is my first post. I just purchased this tv and so far am impressed by the quality. My only worry is "backlight bleed" I believe it is called. Does it go away, or is there a break in period for tvs?

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Can't tell from the photo, but it looks like the TV has no input.

Are you talking about the clouding? Can you see it during a show or movie, say credits over black?
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Originally Posted by DaverJ View Post



Can't tell from the photo, but it looks like the TV has no input.



Are you talking about the clouding? Can you see it during a show or movie, say credits over black?

 



Yes, there we had no input to show what a blank/black screen would look like. I still have not yet went as far as checking credits and what not. But I will soon. (Im actually deployed right now and had it delivered back to the states, so I have to get with my wife and have her try it with credits.) From what she says though, is its not to noticable during actual movie/show scenes.
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I would say after more use that is the one drawback with this TV...the backlight bleed. Its not terrible, but it is noticable on completely black screens. It isnt nearly as noticeable on my Samsung LCD.
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