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This thread is for all 2016 Sony X850D Series TV owners to post observations, comments, and questions.

Sony X850D Series TV Links:

TV Link: http://www.sony.com/electronics/televisions/xbr-x850d-series
Manuals: http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=XBR55X850D&LOC=3#/manualsTab

Specifications

Link: http://www.sony.com/electronics/televisions/xbr-x850d-series/specifications

Series/Model #: X850D
Type: 4K HDR
OS: Android TV

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Screen Size: 55", 65", 75", 85"
Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Panel: 10 bit
Panel Type: IPS
LED Backlight: Edge LED
Dimming Technology: Frame Dimming
Native Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Motion Rate: Motionflow XR 960

Features
- Triluminos Display
- 4K X1 Processor
- 4K X-Reality PRO Upscaling
- Google Cast built in
- Playstation Now
- S-Force Front Surround
- Clear Audio +
- Clear Phase Frequencies

Audio
Sound Output: Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Pulse
Power Output: 10W+10W
Speaker Type: Front Firing

Product Reviews

Rtings - http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x850d
Flat Panels HD - http://flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1462946905

Calibration Settings

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I just picked up my 55" XBR-X850D on Saturday from Best Buy. I am thrilled with the TV so far. My only complaint is, unfortunately with Charter Spectrum there is no partnership with Android TV and HBO Go, MAX Go or Showtime Anytime. Just that specific combination. If I had Comcast as a cable TV provider my Android TV would support those services. I get those services through my computer and my Roku device. It's an Android TV/Charter Spectrum specific deal, or non-deal would be more accurate.

I haven't really spent much time on AVS Forum in several years. I remember that people used to often share TV Picture settings, for those of us who haven't been able to get our TV's properly calibrated. I know that what works for one person might not work for another, but it's often a good starting point for tweaking the picture of your TV. I could certainly use some help in this regard. If any XBR-X850D owner is feeling generous, I'd love to know what you're running for picture settings. For now, I've started off with the calibration settings used by rtings.com during their review of the 850D, but I didn't use any of their gamma/gain settings because those are obviously very independent of each TV/Panel regardless of being the same model or not. It was a decent start, but I think I could do much better.

Thanks!
 

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outsiderwv: Curious, do you own one of these sets?
 

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Considering purchasing a 75 inch Sony. What is the difference between the XBR75X850C and 850D. I know the 850C has the 3D feature. What other differences are there? The price of the 850C has dropped significantly so I wonder if there is a good reason to consider the 850D.
 

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Thanks to outsiderwv for setting up this official thread.

I am considering upgrading my home theater after nearly eight years. I have a final generation 60 inch Pioneer Kuro and love it dearly but 4K resolution and HDR are intriguing. I am seriously considering the 85 inch Sony XBR 850D. I will also need to upgrade my HT receiver and DVR but those are stories for another day.

I will be sitting about nine feet from the display. I assume that would be close enough, in the case of an 85 inch screen, for me to benefit from the increased resolution of 4K. Would appreciate any thoughts anyone might have to share on this issue.

On to the specifics of the 850D. I read the rtings.com review and it didn't bother me much. It criticized the 850D's poor black levels for those watching in a darkened room. It also said, however that in a normally lighted room black levels were fine. Although the black levels on my Kuro have been state of the art, I routinely watch TV, even Blu-ray movies, in a normally lighted room. Even so, my Kuro has handled darkly lighted scenes well enough to allow me to follow what is going on despite the low light. I don't want to buy an 850D and find that I can't follow the action in scenes with low light. Can anybody shine some light on this issue? (Pun intended. :))

The review also downgraded the 850D's handling of HDR. That wouldn't be a deal breaker for me though because until recently I didn't know what HDR was.

The excellent score the 850D received in the motion blur test impressed me. The weakest aspect of my Kuro's PQ is its susceptibility to motion blur. It can be annoying on occasion. That's a good lesson, though. Any TV, even one that was the best in its day is not perfect, so compromises will have to be made no matter what I buy next.

Finally, although some of the Sony products I have owned have been less that stellar, the three Sony TVs I have owned have been stellar. The most recent was a 32 inch XBR, which I have owned for 10 years and still use to this day. Thus, I am favorably disposed to the the new XBR 850D.

Anxiously looking forward to hearing from any of you with ideas about my issues. Thanks for the use of the hall.
 
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This thread is for all 2016 Sony X850D Series TV owners to post observations, comments, and questions.


Video
Screen Size: 55", 65", 75", 85"
Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
Panel: 10 bit
Panel Type: IPS
LED Backlight: Edge LED
Dimming Technology: Frame Dimming
Native Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Motion Rate: Motionflow XR 960
The 55" and 65" have been confirmed as having an IPS pixel structure.
Who has confirmed the 75" and 85" pixel structure?
 

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The 55" and 65" have been confirmed as having an IPS pixel structure.
Who has confirmed the 75" and 85" pixel structure?
Apparently, the 85 inch 850D has not yet started shipping. Don't know about the 75 inch.
 

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Apparently, the 85 inch 850D has not yet started shipping. Don't know about the 75 inch.
There has been speculation and no confirmations (that I've seen) regarding what pixel structure is used on the 850D 75" and 85".
So I'm wondering where the OP got the spec that was listed.

We know that all sizes of the 850C series were VA panels and that the 850D 55" and 65" are IPS.
Oddly, the Sony spec for viewing angle for the 850C was 178 (89/89) and the same exact spec is listed for all sizes of the 850D.
 
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There has been speculation and no confirmations (that I've seen) regarding what pixel structure is used on the 850D 75" and 85".
So I'm wondering where the OP got the spec that was listed.

We know that all sizes of the 850C series were VA panels and that the 850D 55" and 65" are IPS.
Oddly, the Sony spec for viewing angle for the 850C was 178 (89/89) and the same exact spec is listed for all sizes of the 850D.
Specs were gathered from current information. If the panel changes for the 75/85", please let me know and I'll update the first post. It is simply meant as a means to collect information that may be beneficial for owners. FYI, I finally got my set setup and I'll try to get some impressions up once I have had some time to mess with it.
 

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I have the 55" 850D, and just wanted to let the other owners know that there was an Android update today. I haven't been able to find any release notes, so I have no idea what the upgrade did, but I will say that it took about 15-20 minutes to complete. It was very much like an Android mobile device upgrade. Once the upgrade completes, Android then "optimizes" all installed apps, which takes a good bit of time.
 

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I have the 55" 850D, and just wanted to let the other owners know that there was an Android update today. I haven't been able to find any release notes, so I have no idea what the upgrade did, but I will say that it took about 15-20 minutes to complete. It was very much like an Android mobile device upgrade. Once the upgrade completes, Android then "optimizes" all installed apps, which takes a good bit of time.

Thank you for the heads up! Unfortunately, they haven't fixed the issue with the Amazon App outputting 2.0 instead of 5.1.
 

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I am loving the picture quality on my 55" X850D. Blacks are deep and uniform, even in a dark room. I have seen better, of course, but I would never call these black levels poor quality. This X850D is replacing a 2008 46" 4100Z from Sony, so this is my first smart TV and obviously my first UHD television. I really didn't stay up to date on all of the emerging technologies over the last few years, so I'm sure I'll have questions popping up from time to time...so thank you for creating this owner's thread!

Could someone please set the record straight on 4K/UHD HDMI cables? For instance, I see that this TV supports HDR and I've read that HDMI 2.0a will support HDR. I've been trying my best Google-Fu to learn what I can and check prices, etc. I don't see anything designated as 2.0a on monoprices or anywhere else really. Forgive my ignorance, but what would be the best course of action for now? Are 2.0a cables coming out soon or will regular 2.0 cables handle the 2.0a spec?
 

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There has been speculation and no confirmations (that I've seen) regarding what pixel structure is used on the 850D 75" and 85".
So I'm wondering where the OP got the spec that was listed.

We know that all sizes of the 850C series were VA panels and that the 850D 55" and 65" are IPS.
Oddly, the Sony spec for viewing angle for the 850C was 178 (89/89) and the same exact spec is listed for all sizes of the 850D.
That's interesting because I don't see any 85" IPS panels being made, and I have my doubts Sony commissioned one for this set. I also have doubts a VA panel can have similar viewing angles as IPS. So, something must be off about the listed specs.

That said, I was hyped about the 85" model, but the more I think about the uniformity nightmare that is edge-lighting across 85" of set, the more I think it's not going to be the set for me. I very much look forward to any reviews of the actual unit when they ship. I have a feeling any reviews of the lower sized units are not going to correlate to the 85-incher's performance.

I'll remain hopeful that Sony works some magic on the 85" set to make it exceptional, as I believe this is the only flat panel in its size class this year and it'd be awesome if it were!
 

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Thank you for the heads up! Unfortunately, they haven't fixed the issue with the Amazon App outputting 2.0 instead of 5.1.
That's because I don't think it's an issue for them. It's by design.
 

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Thank you for the heads up! Unfortunately, they haven't fixed the issue with the Amazon App outputting 2.0 instead of 5.1.
That's because I don't think it's an issue for them. It's by design.
 

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I have the 55" 850D, and just wanted to let the other owners know that there was an Android update today. I haven't been able to find any release notes, so I have no idea what the upgrade did, but I will say that it took about 15-20 minutes to complete. It was very much like an Android mobile device upgrade. Once the upgrade completes, Android then "optimizes" all installed apps, which takes a good bit of time.

I got the update for my 65X850D today also and it did fix my issue with Kodi not performing the audio passthrough correctly for movies. It used to just output a clicking noise when I tried passthrough. Now it works correctly. Still running Android 5.1.1 though...

The update version is PKG3.395.0105NAB as indicated by Home>Settings>Help.
 

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That's because I don't think it's an issue for them. It's by design.
You might be right, but I doubt that it is design. It doesn't make sense to limit Amazon to 2.0 while other apps get 5.1. Especially when Amazon states that the app is supposed to output 5.1 on Sony TVs. Although it isn't updated for the 2016 D models, the 2015 C models are clearly listed, yet they don't get it either.

Here is the link snapshot I took.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201460880
 

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Sony's website currently shows the sony xbr 850d having active 3d, does this mean sony decided to add it back in, or was it an error on their behalf and the 850d really has no 3d?
 
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