I know a lot of people have been raving about this TV for over a year now. The debate has raged for some time on which brand or TV is better, Samsung or Sony. Some swear by Sony others by Samsung. Like most things, it can be a biased choice. But for me I hold no such biaseness toward Samsung or Sony. My ks8000 was the hottest thing smoking when it hit in 2016. And I’m sure the 2018 lineup of tvs have every reason to believe they are the next top dog. However, after about 3 months of debate and reseach I have finally found a worthy successor to the Game room crown. The Sony 900e, winner of ign best gaming TV for 2018 and most every other award to be given. The Sony TV bravia Led with the new X1 chips are a marvel. This is coming from someone who absolutely loved their previous TV and was on the fence for months because I just didn’t really have any dealings with Sony as a TV company. But all I kept hearing is 900e, 900e. It basically was the KS8000 of the 2017-2018 year. People debated all over the place on which was the top dog and everyone gave their points but the Sony looked like it was head. To start off, their advantages is that this TVs panel is a true native 120hhz panel, not just a 60hz panel with software to simulate 120hz like the ks8000. Next is that it is a full array lighted Led panel unlike the edgelite panels of the ks8000. This, along with their amazing X1 chip creates unparalleled richness and blacks not seen in any other style TV but Oled. Next is Android based technology is built in which made set up absolutely perfect and easy, turning you phone into a remote. Lastly, I was upgrading to a 65 inch TV for the first time. I only purchased 42-55 inch tvs in the past. Never thought a 65 inch was needed. Boy was I wrong.
So once I finally got help and getting this home and looked at some amazing people show me all about the tvs potential with calibration instructions. Within 2 minutes of going through that Calibrations, I knew without doubt that I should have pull the trigger a long time ago(at least at first).The level of graphics you get out of this TV is beyond anything you have seen unless you have a Oled. In fact, most reviews say that this Sony 900E is the first TV to duplicate Oled levels of blacks without being a Oled. So as far as Led TVs there just isn’t going to be a match for this TV, even the so called limits on Hdr when compared to the numbers of Samsung are killed. As it stands, even my Hdr is better on this unit over my ks8000. On paper the Sony is suppose to be at 800 while the Samsung is suppose to be at 1000. But it’s a know issue that Samsung overstates their numbers. So this could be the reason by its look is better. I know I’m suppose to tell you that the colors are better on the Samsung because in the store they are. But just so you know, what you see in the store isn’t real. Samsung uses fiber optics and uncompressed video pumped through from a hardrive for their examples. They also set up their setting calibrations while Sony doesn’t. All these things makes people think that they are better when they aren’t. I’m fact if you look up the latest scores on their 2018 tvs they underperformed even the ks8000 in the key areas for picture quality, Hdr, motion, and dimming and aren’t making better overall scores.
So after seeing mere minutes into the Hdr look, colors, and blacks that I have seen prior, I unhooked all my old equipment and even bought the new Samsung 850 atmos surround bar to round out things, I ran into a serious issue. Every time I would attempt to play a game the beautiful 4k image would drop to 1080p. No matter which console I had playing it would do this. And when I checked the errors under the Xbox X settings it basically told me I had no ability to play anything 60hz 4k. I almost lost my mind. There was no way I would sit here and keep a TV with that kind of limit. I even called Sony service number and it’s discounted??? They actually gave me another number to call and when I called that number it said nobody was present to help me and for me to go online instead. Wow!!! Needless to say I was very pissed and was one hour away from returning all of it.
Thankfully a very useful youtuber put out a great video explaining to me that Sony has like 3 service menus and which to go to to activate the needed enhanced mode for the hdmi. Why Samsung and Sony both do this is beyond me. There is probably a lot of people that took their TVs back because they couldn’t activate the real power for the hdmi for 4k and 60hz. But bottom line I got it working like it should and was very thankful because I really didn’t want to loose out on the great graphics I was exposed to. I just knew I could return back to a smaller TV, edge lite graphics panels, and weaker blacks anymore. I still think it’s really weak for Sony not to have anyone present on a Saturday afternoon at 5pm. If it wasn’t for the fact that this TV is far and away the best TV I have ever witnessed in my life I would say stay away for it because of that issue alone with their service phone line. But because this tv destroyed my ks8000 in a matter of minutes I can’t help be tell you to drop everything you are doing, sell whatever you have too and or make room for it. This Sony 900e is the best TV to mix Oled blacks with Led brightness and colors.