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At the very top of Sony's high-performance XBR series of TVs are the Ultra High Definition models like the XBR-55X900A. Here's a TV that can enhance the quality of everything you watch, with a screen that has four times the resolution of a regular "full HD" 1080p TV. Sony teams this 4K screen technology with a new type of LED backlighting that provides more depth and shades of color than you've probably ever seen before.
To enjoy a theater-like 4K viewing experience at home, connect this TV to Sony's FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD media player, which lets you access a library of full-length 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows from your living room. You can download titles from Sony's Video Unlimited 4K Store and load them on the FMP-X1's built-in 2-terabyte hard drive.
The XBR-55X900A's screen contains over 8 million pixels (3,840 x 2,160) — the highest resolution Sony has ever produced on a TV. Later this year you'll see 4K models from other TV makers, but only Sony's 4K expertise extends from "lens to living room." They build professional 4K cameras and cinema projectors, and Sony Pictures has a bigger catalog of 4K films than any other studio. This end-to-end approach helps ensure that XBR owners can have a truly theater-like experience at home.
Sony's TVs are known for their powerful video processing. The new 4K X-Reality™ Pro chip enhances picture quality by analyzing and correcting images, resulting in impressively natural detail and color. You'll see the benefits of X-Reality Pro on everything from Blu-ray discs to Netflix® movies to video clips from your smartphone. X-Reality Pro enhances detail and reduces video noise in a sophisticated way. It actually draws on a database of real patterns, shapes and textures to display a startlingly lifelike picture. You also get Sony's highest level of motion processing, Motionflow™ XR 960, which maintains clear motion even with fast-action content.
This is a 3D TV, and the XBR-55X900A's 3840 x 2160-pixel screen resolution enhances clarity for both 2D and 3D viewing. You can enjoy full HD 3D right away — four pairs of passive 3D glasses are included. This TV's advanced screen technology also makes it possible to enjoy two-player gaming on the same TV without the need for a split screen. Two players can compete independently and see the action on a full screen. There are already a number of SimulView™ game titles available for PlayStation® 3, and two pairs of SimulView glasses are included with this TV.
Unique to Sony, TRILUMINOS Display LED backlighting creates remarkably pure, lifelike colors. This cutting-edge "quantum dot" technology achieves a wider color range. Even hard-to-reproduce shades like deep reds and emerald greens are displayed beautifully.
A powerful 6-speaker sound system helps create a totally immersive viewing experience.
Sony proves that thin TVs don't have to have thin sound. Using exclusive Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology, they developed a thinner, more efficient loudspeaker that actually produces high-quality sound. Notice that the six speakers face forward, directing sound straight at you instead of bouncing it off a surface beneath or behind the TV. With 65 watts of sonic muscle, Sony's 4K XBR delivers robust sound that needs no apology.
The XBR-55X900A has built-in Wi-Fi® so you can stream exciting HD entertainment straight from the web. You can access an endless selection of entertainment at the Sony Entertainment Network, where thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, games and music are always at your fingertips.
Tip: For a list of over-the-air digital TV stations you can receive, as well as antenna recommendations for your location, enter your zip code in AntennaWeb's mapping tool.
Movie theaters have switched to 4K projectors in recent years, and now you can enjoy amazing 4K picture quality at home. Ultra HD TVs with 4K resolution offer four times the detail of 1080p HDTVs. Some major TV makers offer media players so you can download and watch true 4K content for the best possible picture. Netflix® is already streaming some of their content in 4K, and other services plan to offer 4K video later this year.
Picture Quality is as good as advertised, if only the media available (broadcast, cablecast, streaming, etc.) deserved such a display.
Pros: Upscaling of lower resolution sources. The ability to change screen aspect ratios/widths on the fly.
This TV produces one of the best pictures I have seen. My wall installation was easy to complete.
Pros: picture quality is excellent, ease of operation, 3D is excellent
Cons: So far I have not seen a downside
The best picture I have ever seen. All kinds of whistles and bells, and it all works rationally. Crutchfield answered a question quickly and correctly as well.
Pros: Photo-sharp picture. Easy on-screen controls. Handsome unit.
Cons: Parental controls not intuitive.
Just an outstanding entertainment value. Picture quality is as clear as looking out a window. The front mounted speakers put the sound where the viewer is and is a lot easier to understand dialogue than the sets with speakers in the back. The 3-D picture combined with the 4K resolution is superb!
Easy set up with connections to Direct TV and DVD player. Internet connection was simple. Great picture and sound on all inputs.
Well worth the expense for the entertainment value. Great doing business with Crutchfield.
Great TV with an awesome picture.
It was the best TV that we had seen in several department stores. So, bought it at Crutchfield. Better value because the delivery was free and on time. Well done Crutchfield! This set makes all input sources better, the picture is stunning even compared to our 3 year old XBR9. Other than the superb picture, you just gotta hear the sound quality. Those new speakers really work. Finally, Sony paid attention to the audio. It is so good that for normal programming,the multi-channel system is left off. The new on screen display is straight forward and simple to use, so simple, the instruction manual doesn't give much in the way of setup. instructions. They aren't needed. Just plug it in, answer a few questions, such as time, area, etc., and enjoy. Haven't seen the new OLEDs, so can't compare this set to those, but at less than half the price, Sony has hit a home run. The XBR 55X900A is simply a stunner.
Read several reviews on the Internet in which the "pros" criticized the picture. Not sure what their beef is with Sony, but all I did was locate the various on screen set up protocols and clicked on reset. Boing, instant perfection. Sony has always been known for having the best picture right out of the box.
Pros: Incredible picture that makes every input look better than ever before.
Cons: I think the remote is a cheapy. It is not a learning remote and doesn't even have a back light. The only fly in the ointment in an otherwise perfect product.
Amazing TV! The picture is excellent no matter the source, netflix, blu-ray, or satillite. The details are outstanding and crisp. You have to see it for yourself to believe it. Sony has done a very good job with this TV. Also this set is made in Japan. The colors are really true and beautiful.
Pros: Really sharp, detail and crisp reproduction of picture. The menu is ok. Comes with two remotes. One fo the best LED TV by Sony. It is trully seeing is believing.
Cons: Speakers should have more protection from damage while moving TV. Very heavy TV.
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||3840 x 2160|
|Screen Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Backlighting Type||LED (edge-lit w/local dim)|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix,Hulu,Amazon,YouTube|
|Picture In Picture||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||18 Months|
|Labor Warranty||18 Months|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||6|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||237 kWh|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||$27|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||30-5/8|
|Height without Stand (inches)||29-1/2|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||15-7/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||4|
|Stand Width (inches)||15-7/8|
|Weight with Stand||76 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||73 lbs|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
Ultra 4K Resolution: See more on TV than ever before with over 8 million individual pixels (3,840 x 2,160) compared to about 2 million (1,920 x 1,080) on your 1080p HDTV. Advanced picture processing also ensures that every single pixel displays images with superb brightness and authentic detail. It's the highest resolution picture Sony has ever produced on a TV.
Note: The Sony FMP-X1 4K Ultra-HD media player (158FMPX1, sold separately) lets you enjoy true 4K Ultra-HD content on your new Sony 4K Ultra-HD flat-panel television.
4K X-Reality Pro Chip w/ Super Resolution Processing: Sony's unique 4K TV upscale your favorite TV shows, DVDs and Blu-ray movies, even video-on-demand content, and smartphone videos for higher quality, stunning results. The new 4K X-Reality PRO chip enhances HD (and lower resolution) images by analyzing and refining images with beautifully natural detail and astounding color. The latest Reality Creation database and Super Resolution processing breathes new life into everything you see with phenomenal 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution.
Dynamic Edge LED Backlighting w/ Local Dimming: Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with local dimming delivers pitch-black night scenes and illuminates bright scenes that pop with vibrant color. Rather than illuminating the entire screen, contrast is boosted in just the right areas for a more realistic picture.
OptiContrast Panel w/ TRILUMINOS: The Sony Bravia XBR-X900A series television utilizes OptiContrast panel technology for improved brightness, deeper blacks, less reflection, and overall better picture accuracy. Unique to Sony, TRILUMINOS Display technology creates incredibly true, natural shades of colors; just the way you want them. Hard-to-reproduce reds, aqua blues, and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better, too, with natural skin tones. It's all thanks to a new TRILUMINOS display that gives images a heightened sense of depth.
MotionFlow XR 960 Technology: Sony's MotionFlow XR 960 technology feature a precise backlight control that is synchronized with the liquid crystal movement from frame-to-frame creating clearer, sharper moving images. MotionFlow XR 960 combines 120 frames-per-second with the TV's advanced LED backlight system to simulate a 960 Hz effect. MotionFlow XR 960 provides smooth and precise detail during fast-action scenes for fast action movies and sports by reducing blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing image sharpness, and overall creating a clearer picture. You can select between various settings.
Video Inputs: The Sony XBR-X900A series TV is equipped with HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.
Note: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.
24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.
MHL Compatible: The HDMI 2 input is designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable electronic devices using the new MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard. Simply plug your MHL compatible smartphone into the TV's HDMI 2 (MHL) input using the HDMI cable that is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p video and still images on the Sony TV from your mobile smartphone. The TV's IR remote can be used to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Menu navigation). Your MHL compliant device will also charge while connected to the TV's HDMI 2 input. To find MHL-certified devices, go to www.mhlconsortium.org.
Passive 3D Technology (w/ glasses): There's 3D, then there's 3D with 4K (3,840 x 2,160). Life-like 3D images emerge from the 4K screen with realism. The level of detail is absolutely stunning; it's the closest thing to a 3D theater in your living room. The Sony XBR-900A series LED-LCD TV uses the same Passive 3D technology used to power 3D films in today's movie theaters. The Sony LED-LCD TV creates stereoscopic three-dimensional images using polarized glasses (4 pair included), making it ideal for 3D movies and games. This passive 3D technology offers wider viewing angles, no "flicker-effect", and less eye strain.
Note: The Sony LED-LCD TV can display in 3D via 3D broadcasting or when the TV is connected to a compatible device, such as a 3D-ready Blu-ray player with 3D content. The TV must be connected to your 3D source via HDMI (v.1.4) and you must wear the included passive 3D glasses in order to see these images in 3D (three-dimensional) format.
Automatic Intelligence: The TV's built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room. As a result, you can enjoy automatic customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger. The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
Wide Mode: The Wide Mode feature allows you to select the screen display which fits the current video image and TV screen best. Based on the original signal source, you may see black bars around the picture or just on the both sides of the screen. Sometimes you will see the picture fill the full screen.
|Wide Mode||16:9 Original Source||4:3 Original Source|
|Wide Zoom||Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion.||Enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen.|
|Normal||Displays a 4:3 picture in its original aspect ratio when the original source is 4:3 (available for 480i or 480p sources).||Displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen (available for 480i or 480p sources).|
|Full||Displays the picture at its original size.||Stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen.|
|Zoom||Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally.||Enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies).|
Automatically changes screen settings base upon incoming video signal and content.
Picture Adjustments: The TV's picture adjustments can be made for a particular A/V input or for all inputs. You can also lock the television's picture adjustments to prevent the TV's Picture Settings from being changed.
PIP & PAP: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers PIP (picture in picture) and PAP (picture and picture).
65-Watt Speaker System: Unique to Sony TVs, Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology allows a thinner, more efficient loudspeaker that offers faithful reproduction of high-fidelity sound. The front-facing speaker system directs sound right at you with 65 watts of power.
S-Force Front Surround: S-FORCE Front Surround provides a virtual surround experience made possible using just two front speakers. S-Force Front Surround simulates 5.1ch surround sound, with an enlarged sweet spot that everyone in the room can enjoy. You can active a 3D mode to generate a virtual three-dimensional sound effect to match your 3D video.
Sound Position: The speakers of this TV provide different sound images according to how you position the television. You can select between "Table-Top Stand" or "Wall Mount/Floor Stand" to provide the best sound quality based on the television's placement.
Preset Sound Modes + 7-Band EQ: The TV offers five preset sound modes (Standard, Music, Cinema, Game, Sports). The TV is also equipped with a 7-band EQ (100Hz, 200Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz). You can adjust the level of each band between -12 to +12 dB.
Advanced Audio Settings: The TV offers additional audio adjustments to enhance the television's sound.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the television to your A/V receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to the television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to the TV. ARC allows audio from the TV tuner, Network connection, inserted USB device, HDMI inputs, or any analog connected device to be heard through your ARC compatible AV receiver via the television's HDMI ARC input. The audio from the TV's tuner, network connection, and USB input can pass as Dolby Digital or 2ch PCM. HDMI and analog connected devices will be output as 2ch PCM only.
Note: Both the television and the receiver must support ARC for this function to work properly. When connecting an A/V receiver that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC), connect it to the TV's HDMI IN 1 port. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.
Audio Outputs: The Sony HDTV offers analog and digital audio outputs.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony XBR-X900A series LED-LCD TV supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the TV's network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies, via the Bravia Entertainment Network.
WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to the Sony LED-LCD TV without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG), music (MP3/WMA/LPCM), and video (AVCHD/MPEG/WMV) files stored on your Windows 7/8 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) on the Sony HDTV. The TV can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection (via built-in WiFi). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.
Sony Entertainment Network: Once the TV has been connected to your home network, you can have your favorite internet content delivered to the Sony LED-LCD TV screen via Bravia Internet Video, Opera TV Store, or the built-in web browser. You can stream movies, videos, music, and more with Bravia Internet Video; while the built-in web-browser lets you search on-line content by URL. The Opera TV Store lets you download additional apps. Click here for a full list of Sony Entertainment Network content.
Note: Bravia Entertainment Network content requires a home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.
Skype Ready: You can enjoy free high-definition Skype-to-Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room through this Sony TV. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera (158CBR100, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen. Or, you can use your MHL-connected mobile phone as your camera.
Screen Mirroring (via Miracast & NFC): Using Miracast or Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, you'll instantly be able to view exactly what's on your smartphone's screen on the TV. Movies, music and apps are automatically scaled to fit the larger TV screen. Your smartphone must be WiFi-enabled and support Miracast or NFC. The TV's NFC tag is located on the back of the RF remote control. Currently only select Sony Xperia Android-based smartphones are compatible with this TV's NFC tag function.
Triple USB Ports: The Sony LED-LCD TV features three USB (type-A) ports for sharing your photos (JPEG) or videos (MPEG/H.264/XviD/WMV9), and listening to music (MP3/WMA) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device. You USB-connected device must USB mass storage class compliant and be formatted in FAT 16/32.
Content Search: The TV offers unique ways to search and access your favorite and new content from the TV's tuner and network apps.
Scene Select: You can access the following Scene Select modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.
Input/Channel Label: You can assign an icon or name to an external input and connected equipment, as well as edit channel labels to your preference.
Close Captions (CC): The Sony televisions provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size.
ENERGY STAR Certified: This Sony LED-LCD TV exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as Light Sensor Technology, Advance Contrast Enhancer, and the following Power Management functions.
Timers: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers On and Sleep timers.
Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. You can also block specific channels. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password. You can also block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.
i-Manual: The Sony TV comes with a Quick Setup Guide booklet. The TV's full owner's manual can be accessed on the TV using the remote's i-Manual button.
Automatic Software Updates: Automatic software updates are done through the TV's Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. The TV's software updates when the television is in standby mode. The tested TV contained software version PKG3.008AAA ( as of 5/6/2013). Visit the Sony eSupport site for the latest software updates.
Dual Wireless Remote Controls: The TV comes supplied with an IR remote control and RF remote control for wireless operation of the television. The remotes are designed for TV operation only, unless used with Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI. The IR remote offers a dedicated Netflix button to instantly access your Netflix account on the Sony TV and a numeric keypad. The RF remote control provides an on-screen numeric keypad.
Bravia Sync: This TV is equipped with Bravia Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. Bravia Sync helps you connect compatible Sony Bravia HDMI equipment, such as a BD player or AV amplifier, to the TV and control the external equipment using the television's remote control. With the "Control for HDMI" function, Bravia Sync helps to communicate with Bravia Sync-compatible equipment using HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Bravia Sync-compatible equipment is listed as a new input source in the television's menu. The television offers the following Bravia Sync operations for the listed device.
Note: Control for HDMI (Bravia Sync) is only available for the connected Sony equipment that has the Bravia Sync logo.
TV SideView Remote App: With the free Sony TV SideView App, you can control the Sony XBR-X900A series TV and browse its content from your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (5.0+) or Android smartphone/tablet (2.2+). Simply download the this app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store onto your compatible device. The TV SideView App will allow your compatible Apple iOS or Android device to act as a remote control and software keyboard for the Sony LED-LCD TV. You'll be able to search what's available to watch on broadcast stations and video on-demand apps. You can even pull up the TV's channel guide on your smartphone or tablet without interfering with the what you're watching on the TV. You also get to learn more about the show you're watching right now, like cast and episode details. In addition, you can tweet about what you're watching from your mobile device or see what fellow fans are tweeting about in real time. You'll also be able to stream your videos, pictures, and music stored on your Apple iOS/Android device to the TV.
USB Keyboard/Mouse Compatible: You can connect a USB-enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately) to the television for easier web browsing. You can move the cursor with the USB mouse and enter text with the USB keyboard. Not all web-based apps support keyboard/mouse control.
Serial/IR Ports: You can connect the 3.5mm serial and IR ports to an external control device (such as a computer or A/V control system) to control the TV's functions externally.
Tabletop Stand: The Sony television comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 76.0 lbs with the stand attached. The tabletop stand does not swivel.
Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The television can be wall mounted using an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately). The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a spacing of 300mm (h) x 300mm (v). The screw holes accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 73.0 lbs without the stand.
Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 11.875" above the television for adequate ventilation.
Attached AC Power Cord: The television if fitted with an attached 5' AC power cord which is terminated by a straight two-prong AC plug. The AC plug sits 1.25" from the wall.
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I don't think its possible. That also depends upon the size of your center speaker and If I were you, I will not do that, rather will keep the center away from the TV stand for better viewing and clarity. [ RAGHU May 29, 2014 ]
Not to the best of my knowledge. [ PETER R May 16, 2014 ]
I'm not sure, but since most home theater speaker systems are matched, I doubt if the speakers on the TV would sound right. [ RICARD V May 16, 2014 ]
I do not know the answer to this. I would imagine that it could be patched in to an existing home theater set-up. Crutchfield or Sony will have the answer to this. I have enjoyed this set enormously. The sound is just adequate for the room I have, apprx 15' x 30'; 75% volume is more than adequate. Any much larger room would require a speaker-assist of some kind. Good luck. Clark [ WILLIAM A May 16, 2014 ]
The speakers are good enough; once you start going 60" and up and the thinner the tv the less speaker you have, then you can decide on getting a sound bar. [ Barry Jan 06, 2014 ]
I've owned this set for about 6 months. It is located in a room (combination den / kitchen) approximately 15' x 40'. Viewing distance from the screen is apprx 15' to 25'. The front-firing speakers are more than adequate for normal listening. Obviously not a high-end sound system, but no complaints for normal viewing. The screen image is spectacular. You won't be disappointed. I understand that Sony is now making a version of this set with rear-firing speakers; I do not know how well these perform, but would not be surprised if they required sound-bar assistance of some kind. Good luck. [ WILLIAM A Dec 26, 2013 ]
Absolutely. Yes. In my opinion, the speakers, in the surround mode, are one of the great features of this TV, besides the fine picture. [ PETER R Dec 26, 2013 ]