Sony KD-49XE9005

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Since most peo­ple watch 4.3 hours of video per day, you re­ally don’t want to waste all that time watch­ing things on a sub-stan­dard tele­vi­sion. The Sony KD49XE9005 is not a sub-stan­dard tele­vi­sion. Al­though it might take a while to set up, once it’s ready the pic­ture is well worth writ­ing about.

We start it off with Dead­pool through our Oppo UDP203 Blu-ray player. Im­me­di­ately the depth of the image strikes us. When the tit­u­lar hero is sit­ting on the side of the over­pass, the XE9005’S han­dling of sub­tle de­tail­ing and colours dis­tinctly, but not jar­ringly, sep­a­rates the fore­ground from the back­ground to ren­der a lay­ered pic­ture.

Fu­ri­ous sound

These char­ac­ter­is­tics stay with it whether you’re play­ing DVDS or watch­ing an up­scaled stan­dard­def­i­ni­tion broad­cast; it’s a sur­pris­ingly so­phis­ti­cated image.

Hap­pily the speak­ers built into the XE9005, pow­ered by 20W of am­pli­fi­ca­tion, do their job well. With big booms come across with scale and dy­namism, and the midrange has a good amount of body. For ca­sual lis­ten­ing, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

There’s the sta­ple range of catch-up apps such as BBC iplayer, ITV, All 4 and De­mand 5, as well as stream­ing ser­vices from Net­flix and Ama­zon Video. Hav­ing the Google Play store means you can also get ac­cess to all the other An­droid apps, in­clud­ing Spo­tify and Tidal.

While the tele­vi­sion’s form might be uni­ver­sally liked, the same can’t be said of the rub­bery re­mote. Also, while there is a mi­cro­phone for Google’s voice con­trol, it’s not user-friendly.

There’s lit­tle more the Sony XE9005 could of­fer us at its price. We’ll have this round for our next Net­flix binge any­time.

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