Sony KD-55X9005A review

Awesome 4K and great Blu-ray upscaling, but it's audio and 3D that make this 4K TV shine

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Ease of use

We're big fans of the KD-55X9005A's user interface. It's identical to that found on all Bravia TVs for 2013, and it puts an emphasis on simplicity and speed.

All graphics are hi-res, too, which is a nice touch - a good example being the bright and breezy electronic programme guides.

However, the remote controls are relatively poor for a high-end TV. As opposed to LG and Samsung - both of whom provide wand-style remotes and/or brushed metallic touchpad versions with embedded microphones - Sony has issued this £3,299 telly with the same remotes found with its everyday TVs.

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At least the main remote is simple to use, sporting buttons for Home and SEN for easy access to the main functions and smart TV apps, respectively. We also like the fast Zapping mode, which allows the quick navigation of TV channels on a side-menu, though it takes some getting used to.

However, the second, smaller remote that powers the NFC features (tap to a phone to pair with the TV) is otherwise too basic.

As a smart TV hub, SEN is an add-on, an extra, which makes it vastly different to how most smart TVs walk. However, we like this conservative approach; most of the time one doesn't want to go anywhere near apps when attempting to watch TV.

Our only complaint is that Sony's own Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited and Play Memories apps are given pride of place on the TV's user interface, though that's not necessarily a bad thing since the choice is good.

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Digital files - accessed through the Connected Devices menu - are dealt with nicely, with all major filetypes for video and music handled. Via its USB slots we managed to play MKV, AVI, MPEG, MP4, MOV and WMV files, though over a network MKV files aren't supported. Music in WMA, WAV, MP3 and M4A versions played fine, too.


The KD-55X9005A excels with audio - and in one swoop explains why this set is pricier than Toshiba's 58-inch 58L9363DB.

Its 2.2-channel sound system delivers unusual bass levels, of course, but it's the wide soundfield and precise stereo imaging delivered by the Magnetic Fluid speakers we're entranced by. It goes loud, too, and delivers more than enough oomph for frenetic films.

It's all a welcome throwback to the early days of flat TVs (and then some), though we're guessing the wider design won't appeal to everyone.


Despite the rapid price-cut from its original £4,000 level to £3,299 (thanks, Toshiba), Sony's KD-55X9005A is all about having the latest and greatest slab of 4K tech - and at a reasonable size. Considering that the 65-inch version costs almost twice as much, we'd judge the KD-55X9005A as pretty good value - relatively speaking.

That impression is helped by the quality upscaling, the proficient handling of digital files (and other hum-drum daily chores), but mostly by the top quality speakers - what a treat.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA X9005A
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)34.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption279 W
Standby Power Consumption400 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power65 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 2.0
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand778 mm
Width with Stand1463 mm
Depth with Stand405 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
Energy Consumption per Year215 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 800
Height749 mm
Width1463 mm
Depth100 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, NICAM
Product SeriesX9005A
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesMobile High Definition Link (MHL), Web Browser, Ambient Lighting, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKD-55X9005A
Product NameX9 4K Ultra HD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKD-55X9005A
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information4K Ultra HD. A revolution in resolution

Meet the next generation of picture quality - the 4K resolution TV. It's a viewing experience that's hard to describe, like your first trip to the cinema. Just let the pictures wash over you and see for yourself.

A giant leap in picture quality

With four times the detail of a Full HD TV, 4K Ultra HD TV images possess such depth and clarity it feels like you're looking through a window. The screen displays over 8 million pixels for a level of realism you'll almost want to reach out and touch.
Package Contents
  • X9 4K Ultra HD TV
  • Remote control
  • Batteries
  • AC power cable
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)33.10 kg