4.0 out of 5 stars | Great picture quality and built in functionality. Make sure to adjust these settings!
Size: 43 in
Style: TV only
This TV is a great upgrade if you’re looking for UHD, DolbyVision/HDR, and the newer eARC and 120 Hz HDMI 2.1 ports. The picture quality is very good in typical Sony fashion. The X1 processor and Triluminous Pro display produce great colors. The direct lit backlighting give you nice range for HDR and DolbyVision content. Before I go any further I want to make sure you know about two setting changes which I consider crucial: 1. Before you do anything else on this TV I highly recommend you go into the picture settings menu for each input or app and turn MotionFlow off. MotionFlow is the artificial motion enhancement that makes the picture look unnatural and too smooth (pretty much every brand has this but it goes by different names). Basically the TV will create extra frames that don’t actually exist in the source content. Turning this off makes sure you are seeing exactly what is being sent to the TV. Some people might like this look, but I suspect most don’t… and I also suspect that a lot of people don’t even know why things look weird since this setting comes turned on by default.
2. The second thing to do is to go into the input settings, into the HDMI Signal format setting, and set the HDMI 3 and HDMI 4 ports to use “Enhanced format (Dolby Vision)”. By default all the HDMI ports are set to “Standard format” which means they will not support the capabilities that the high speed HDMI ports are capable of. If you don’t make this setting you’ll be wondering why your fancy PS5 or Apple TV or whatever else can’t use Dolby Vision or 120 Hz modes even though it’s plugged into the right port on the TV. If you still have issues after changing this setting you’ll want to make sure that you are using high speed HDMI cables that can handle the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Don’t think that all HDMI cables are the same. Many times you will need to replace your HDMI cables if you are using old ones from a previous TV. The TV is super easy to setup. It has two legs that snap into place if you are going to use it that way, and it also includes some stand-off spacers that will put the mounting bracket screw holes at the right depth for wall mounting. The wall mounting bracket is not included, but if you do decide to wall mount it you should know that the ports are all on the side of the TV rather than the back. Depending on your setup this may be a good thing (can easily access them), or a bad thing (visible cables versus them going out the back and into the wall directly). Once you have it wherever you want it just plug it in and you’re ready to go. When you first setup the TV you’ll be prompted to login with a Google account. If you want to use all the features of the TV you’ll need to put the TV on your home network, login with a Google account, and agree to allow Google to collect information about what you watch and how you use the TV. You actually have to agree to the Google terms to use the TV at all, but if you don’t login using a Google account you can at least stay somewhat anonymous. This is where these newer TVs get a little annoying. You basically have 3 options for how you use the TV:
1. Don’t put the TV on your network at all. You can still use the TV as a display for other devices such as an Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, etc. but you won’t be able to use any of the built-in apps for streaming.
2. Join the TV to your network, but don’t sign in with Google. This will allow you to use the streaming apps that come built into the TV (YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, but you won’t be able to add any more apps since you have to download them from the Google Play store, which requires a Google account.
3. Join the TV to your network and sign in with Google. This lets you access all the features of the TV including adding more apps and streaming services plus the ability to use the included voice remote to ask the Google Assistant for things. The option you choose will really just depend on how comfortable you are with Google getting more information from you versus what you need. If you already plan to use an external device for streaming then there’s really no need to even put the TV on your network. Below are the key features that I think set this TV apart from lower end models. If these things don’t matter to you then it’s likely you can get by with a “lesser” TV, but if can benefit from these things then they are definitely worth having: - Direct lit display - This means that the light source for the TV is behind the screen shining at you. Lower model TVs usually use edge lit displays where the light source is on the edges of the screen. Direct lit displays like this one will give you better dynamic range when you’re using the HDR modes because the screen can get brighter. Take note that direct lit is actually not the best type of light source for a LED display. If you go up one more level you can get Full Array Local Dimming displays which are similar to direct lit but allow the TV to brighten and darken specific areas of the picture separately rather than changing the brightness of the entire display. If you can afford to step up to the full array local dimming models then I highly suggest you do so.
- HDMI 2.1 / 120 Hz - Up until recently TVs could not accept an external 120 Hz signal. Also up until recently there weren’t any devices that could output a 120 Hz signal so it didn’t really matter if your TV could accept one. However, with the advent of the latest gaming systems such as the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, along with the latest Apple TV and some other devices, there is now a demand for having a TV that can display 120 frames per second. If you have one of these newer game systems or just want to make sure you are somewhat future-proof then you definitely want to make sure your next TV supports HDMI 2.1 and 120 Hz displays modes. This can be a little confusing as many TVs claim to be 120 Hz, but that just means that the display panel itself can process images at 120 Hz, it doesn’t mean you can actually feed an external signal into the TV at 120 Hz. For that you need to make sure the TV supports HDMI 2.1 and 120 Hz input.
- eARC - eARC is a newer version of the ARC standard which allows the TV to feed sound back out one of the inputs (ARC standing for Audio Return Channel, with the e adding “enhanced”). If you aren’t familiar with it, it simply means that any sounds that the TV would be playing can be redirected out one of the HDMI ports so an attached device such as a home theater receiver or sound bar can then play the sounds through separate speakers rather than using the ones built into the TV. The big benefit with eARC is that it allows audio signals that require higher bandwidth to pass through the TV. This allows things such as Dolby Atmos surround sound to be passed back out to your audio equipment. Without eARC some equipment can’t receive the full signal. For instance, I have an Apple TV and a Sonos Arc sound bar. Both devices support Dolby Atmos sound, but on my old TV all I could get was regular Dolby Digital 5.1 sound because the TV itself couldn’t pass the Dolby Atmos signal from the Apple TV out to my sound bar. With eARC it can. I tested this setup and my Sonos app immediately showed that the sound bar was receiving the full Dolby Atmos signal from the TV.
- Dolby Vision - Dolby Vision is an enhanced form of High Dynamic Range encoding that offers even better colors and dynamic range. Many movies and shows are now encoded with Dolby Vision so this TV will let you take full advantage of them. - Built in apps and ability to add pretty much any streaming service - The built in apps along with any other apps you want to add mean that you can stick this TV somewhere and as long as it has power and a network connection you don’t need to add anything else. As long as you are okay with logging into your Google account as previously mentioned then you can forego the need for any kind of external streaming box. The TV is very responsive and the apps all run great with little delay in loading.
- Apple TV app is available - For one reason or another many older Smart TVs don’t have the ability to load the Apple TV app. If you aren’t into the Apple ecosystem then this probably isn’t a big deal, but if you are then this means you can access all of your purchased Apple content such as TV shows and movies and also access the Apple TV+ streaming service.
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021 by Just Josh
1.0 out of 5 stars | Bad tv
Size: 43 in
Style: TV only
I bought this tv for my ps5 but when I receive it I find this tv not Support 4k with hdr so be careful guys. If you want to turn on the hdr, you have to change the resolution to 1080p. 👎👎👎👎👎👎
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021 by Mohammad
1.0 out of 5 stars | DEAD After Just Barely Over Two Months 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
Size: 43 in
Style: TV only
8/30/2021: Note - My trouble started after taking the one update Sony offered on the first day. It required two factory data resets afterward, and then another one the next day, my second day of ownership. If you buy this TV you are playing Russian Roulette with your money. I played and lost. Just over two months from purchase date and this TV is a useless piece of plastic and chips. It has given me problems from day one, requiring multiple factory data resets previously just to work right. Today I woke up to the Sony logo followed by the outline of a TV surrounded by spinning colors yet again, and it won't do anything else. Rinse and repeat, over and over and over and over. This time the factory data reset did not work. I worked at it for an hour to no avail. Only way to turn it off is to unplug it. 8/21/2021: Not as great as I thought and getting worse every day. I will NEVER buy another Sony, period. I'll stick with Samsung. I was concerned about this very thing but at first it behaved perfectly after I reset it three times. Everything else in my original review still stands, but I now hate the TV. Original 5-star review: I don't need a lot in a TV, great picture, decent sound, big screen. With this beauty I got all that and more. I'm not a fan of anything "smart" due to privacy concerns so none of that is activated and it's not connected to wifi right now, though I do intend to test the wifi through the TV itself to make sure it will function. The picture is big and beautiful and the sound is good enough for now. If I want better sound later I'll handle that. My content looks great thru my Roku Ultra and I gave control of my volume back to my Roku after TV setup completed. Settings are really easy to access from the remote and the remote is the perfect size for me. My last TV was a Samsung 40" and the remote always felt ungainly and off balance. This remote is beautiful and well-balanced. Per one of the questions answered here, I set up my Roku on HDMI 3 with enhanced... to take advantage of all the beauty available. I am pleased. Up-scaling of 1080p content is very nice, and content looks great. Haven't tried any 4k content yet since I just installed it last night, but I expect to be wowed by that too. The packaging was fantastic with styrofoam all around, as expected, and a cardboard cover over the screen for protection while setting up the stand, wall mount, or in my case the table mount. I got this one and it does not disappoint. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JGY4HC9 Easy assembly, well-packaged, with great instructions. Altogether, the whole stand and TV setup took less than an hour, and probably much less but I didn't time it. I am a handy 65 yo and the whole process, start to finish for both purchases, was a breeze. My thanks to Sony for a really great TV and to Perlsmith for a beautiful and well-engineered stand.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2021 by don't you wish you knew 😁
4.0 out of 5 stars | Excellent TV, but Check it for Dead/Stuck Pixels immediately!
Size: 85 in
Style: TV only
This TV is a great value. It provides fantastic picture, excellent image enhancements, and works well across games, movies, and tv shows. Its inclusion of Dolby Vision is a plus, and e-ARC means it passes through Dolby ATMOS to your soundbar / receiver, if it has that capability. Im extremely satisfied with the TV overall, HOWEVER: Mine arrived with a few stuck pixels. They are permanently red, no matter what's on the screen. I tried several methods for fixing it to no avail. This is a major bummer. I assumed it would be fault-free out of the box, so I lugged it up 3 flights of stairs and mounted it on the wall before powering it on to find the stuck pixels. Amazon is doing a good job of making this right, and is having a replacement TV sent to me in 2 days - however I still have to take this one back off the wall, re-package it, and take it back downstairs. It's a huge pain over a Quality Control issue. So, at a minimum, make sure you plug it in and check it for issues before you install it or move it too far.
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021 by R. Nix
3.0 out of 5 stars | Great TV, Horrible Accessory Planning On Sony's End
Size: 43 in
Style: TV only
The TV is fine. The disappointing and annoying part of the TV is the fact that if you want to wall mount this unit, the TV only ships with screw extenders. You have to remove screws in order to install the extenders for your mount, but the removed screws are too small to secure mount to extenders. You have to purchase M6 10mm - 12mm screws to ensure your mount can be attached to the TV. Not sure why Sony wouldn't include (4) additional screws.
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021 by Simply Mad