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Sony XBR-49X850B

49" 4K Ultra High Definition TV

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Our take on the Sony XBR-49X850B

Sony's first-generation 4K TVs wowed skeptics and demonstrated how riveting this hyper-detailed viewing experience could be. The 49" XBR-49X850B is the smallest member of their latest generation of 4K sets. It's the perfect choice for movie fans with smaller living rooms or family rooms. Actually, this is one of the very few Ultra HD sets compact enough to make sense in a bedroom.

Sony's smallest 4K Ultra HD TV is a pretty big deal

Sony XBR-49X850B

Sony's first-generation 4K TVs wowed skeptics and demonstrated how riveting this hyper-detailed viewing experience could be. The 49" XBR-49X850B is the smallest member of their latest generation of 4K sets. It's the perfect choice for movie fans with smaller living rooms or family rooms. Actually, this is one of the very few Ultra HD sets compact enough to make sense in a bedroom.

One of the key advantages of these 2014 models over last year's Ultra HD TVs is their ability to play the streamed 4K content available from Netflix® and Amazon Instant Video. Picture quality is, in a word, amazing. This set delivers the accurate, unhyped images we expect from Sony's premium XBR technology, along with the spectacular detail we expect from Ultra HD TV.

Ultra HD will 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 their TRILUMINOS LED backlighting, which provides more depth and shades of color than you've probably ever seen before.

To enjoy the highest-quality 4K viewing experience at home, connect this TV to Sony's FMP-X10 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-X10's built-in hard drive.

Sony does 4K from "lens to living room"

The XBR-49X850B's screen contains over 8 million pixels (3,840 x 2,160) — the higher pixel density is easily visible. Equally important to the overall viewing experience is Sony's 4K expertise, which 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.

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4K X-Reality™ Pro delivers state-of-the-art upconversion

True 4K content will be scarce for a while, but that shouldn't keep you from considering this TV. Based on ten years' experience upscaling movies to 4K in over 15,000 theaters worldwide, Sony has developed a processor so advanced it can upscale HD content to near-4K quality. This 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 by drawing on a database of real patterns, shapes and textures to display a startlingly lifelike picture. You also get Sony's Motionflow™ XR 240 blur reduction, which maintains clear motion even with fast-action content.

Up-to-the-minute Smart TV features

The XBR-49X850B has built-in Wi-Fi® so you can stream a variety of 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. And connect to even more movies, music and apps by wirelessly mirroring what's on your compatible Android™ smartphone.

This TV comes with not one but two remotes. The new "One-flick" touchpad has several advances over the typical button-style remote. First, it operates via Bluetooth instead of IR, so it's less finicky as far as needing to be precisely aimed at the TV's remote sensor. And the touchpad makes screen navigation and switching between apps quick and easy. The other remote is a standard IR clicker.

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Product Highlights:

  • 48.5" screen (measured diagonally)
  • glossy screen, matte black bezel and cabinet
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
  • Ultra High Definition TV with "4K" screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)
  • HEVC for compatibility with streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix® (requires Internet speed of at least 20Mbps)
  • 3D TV (includes 2 pairs of passive 3D glasses)
  • Dynamic Edge LED backlight with frame dimming for excellent picture contrast and black levels
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display technology for a wider color range
  • Motionflow™ XR 240 blur reduction (120Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning)
  • 4K X-Reality™ Pro video processing optimizes picture texture, outline, contrast and color
  • Internet-ready Smart TV — has built-in apps for accessing the Sony Entertainment Network, Netflix, and more (subscription/fees required for some services)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • Skype-capable with built-in top-mounted camera
  • MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV's screen
  • one-touch screen mirroring with Miracast™ enabled smartphones
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • two remotes: a One-flick touchpad remote control, plus a standard IR remote
  • free downloadable apps for iOS® and Android™ let you use a compatible smartphone as a remote control
  • meets ENERGY STAR® requirements
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 HDMI 2.0 (two inputs are HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources)
    • 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
    • 1 composite video
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output (may only pass 2-channel audio from HDMI-connected sources)
  • stereo minijack headphone output — can also be connected to a sound bar or other audio system
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 3 USB inputs for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 17-1/16"W with stand legs in narrow position)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 43-1/16"W x 25-1/4"H x 2-13/16"D (27"H x 8-7/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 41 lbs. with stand; 39.9 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Shipping was fast as always. Awesome television.

IanAG, Maryland

What's in the Box:

  • 49" LED-LCD TV
  • 2 Feet
  • Touchpad remote control (RMF-YD003)
  • IR remote control (RM-YD102)
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • Two 3D glasses (TDG-500P)
  • IR blaster
  • Four M5 x 12mm screws (lock-/flat-washers)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Stand assembly instructions
  • Safety/Regulatory Booklet
  • "Attention" note
  • End User License Agreement
  • US Warranty Information
  • Canada Warranty Information
  • Child Safety booklet

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Sony XBR-49X850B Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(44 Reviews)

Good 1st Gen 4k TV

dunion from Massachusetts on 9/14/2015

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I was looking for a not too big passive-3D TV. They are very hard to find. In 2014 LG made this panel for the LG and Sony TV. Having just had a 1080P 3D TV (sony) that had been broken, I wanted to replace it. I first tried the LG; the one I had was defective - the 2D was awesome, the 3D was impossible to align and watch with no artifacts. So I had returned it. The Sony, same panel, is sort of hard to compare. The sound is better. The 2D is not as fast to upcast to 4K, sometimes there are some line-artifacts as a fast image is up-scaled. 3D Blue Ray movies are very good. Color and sharpness are good. 2D to 3D upcasting is not quite as good as the 1080P TV (or the parts of the LG that were clear) but it's better than nothing. Unfortunately Sony no longer makes passive 3D TV's or any 2D to 3D upcasting and their active 3D is terrible.

Pros: Not too expensive for 4K 3D TV, good sound, decent 4K picture. 2015 and newer TV's probably upscale a bit smoother but overall happy with the picture. And I still can upcast my 2D shows to 3D. As of 2015 the smallest flat LG for this is 65" which is too big for my house!

Cons: A few artifacts of the 4K scaling, no depth control on the 2D to 3D upcasting so the 3D effect of that is not as good as the 1080P TV.


Bill in Nashville from Tennessee on 7/27/2015

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Fantastic picture. My wife, who is not an aficionado of TV sets said, "Whoa," when she first saw the picture. Upgrades Blu-ray for great pictures. I hooked the HDMI cables directly to the set for the best pictures. A little disappointed that DTS and SACD sound is not passed, but Dolby and DVD audio are.

Pros: Fantastic picture. Passes surround audio through optical output to tuner. See above comments for exceptions.

Cons: Some glare from lights in the room, more so than with my older Sony hi-def TV. With some light movement it is acceptable. Easy set-up, but a little confusion when putting on the legs.

Happy Customer.

IanAG from Maryland on 7/18/2015

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Shipping was fast as always. Awesome television.

Pros: Set up was easy. Picture quality is excellent. Right size for the bedroom.

Cons: None.

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Bill from San Diego, Calif. on 7/1/2015

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Great TV. Have it Connected to DIRECTV and NETFLIX. All connections are Hard Wired. Very surprised with Excellent Picture from NETFLIX. First time using the Internet. Time Warner @ 6.5 GB DIRECTV has always been Good

Pros: It Does Up Scale HD Pictures. Definitely Notice an improvement.

Cons: Remote is Cheap. Buttons are Small, Not Back-Lit, and Unit is too Small. Have had SONY TV's since they first came out. This Remote is a Disappointment. Also. Never got a TV before with-OUT a Manual. Trying to read the On-Line version is NOT Fun. Wish they offered a Paper Manual. Still trying to figure if the Camera is watching me? If I disable the Flashing Green Light at the Bottom of the screen, a Warning come on and says the Camera is still on ???

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CaraL from Gainesville,FL on 6/28/2015

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Delivered quickly, easy to install relatively easy to setup

Pros: Setup instructions easy to foils, great picture

Cons: None found yet

Great TV

trainguy from Colorado on 6/12/2015

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Great TV. Unit replaced a 36" Toshiba CRT when we couldn't read the sports scores in the corner anymore. HiDef is just what we needed. Picture is clear even without HD service from the cable company. Set has lots of capability we haven't accessed yet. Have to be careful with the remote control that you don't activate some function that you didn't intend to. On board manual works well. I've been able to work out any 'problems' I've encountered. Great picture and color right out of the box. It even makes my old VHS railroad tapes look good. Sound is better than I expected, having heard about small speakers in limited space. Built in WiFi and internet access yet to exploited, but it's there when I'm ready for it. I really haven't scratched the surface of what it can do. Very happy. I'm glad it's a SONY.

Pros: Great picture and lots of capability.

Cons: Took awhile to get the correct settings to work with my cable company.

Great Buy

Anonymous from NJ on 6/3/2015

Picture is fantastic. My father has a 55 inch Samsung. The picture on the Sony is significantly better. The initials relatively easy. But the menus are a little confusing. Really explored this martini functionality, It's not what I want to TV for. Wish I could get the Sony remote, to work my table functionalities.



Better than adverised!

Max from Florida on 5/5/2015

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Picture is crystal clear. Printed manuals not much help in setting up, but electronic onscreen manual does help. Sound is more acceptable than I thought it would be. If you need or want more, it is easy to add additional speakers, etc.

Pros: Picture, price, flexibility, good picture size for small living space.

Cons: Printed materials not very helpful. Need four hands to take the tv out of the box and to set up. Helps if one person has experience in working with Sony.

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Jim from Massachusetts on 5/3/2015

We have a smaller, but very nice condo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We enjoy sharing our home with friends and colleagues. After looking at a number of flat screen TVs and doing our research about size, distance to viewer, sound and resolution, we decided on the Sony 4K. The folks at Crutchfield helped us to understand the best mixi of options for us. Other electronics shops and stores did not have the depth of knowledge and orientation to service our questions about the purchase. As we put our new media center together, with receiver, TV and speakers, we were pleased at the ease of self installation. The remarkable sound from the TV, the clarity of the picture were exactly as we wanted. The on-screen set-up guide and explanations that come with the TV were easy to understand for the average homeowner. We were able to watch one of our favorite DVDs in a very short time. When we contacted our cable provider, the set up of the cable was easy. We can now view cable, DVDs, programs from our computers and on line service. We are pleased with our purchase of the Sony TV...We can recommend the set and size for any condo owner.

Pros: Size just right for a condo owner. Clarity is excelent Sound is great, the new speaker system that we have installed is awesome Set up was easy

Cons: It took a little bit to underwent the new technology, but with reading the owner's manuals, the on screen help, and one quick call to Crutchfield to point us in the right direction, really didn't take more time than we had thought we could handle doing the installation ourselves.

I own two of this modle

Phutch from Florida on 4/15/2015

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I own the 55 inch. And the 49 inch for my bedroom ,I think this is one of the best Tv's on the market easy setup, if you use other Sony products they link in a snap. I also use harmony remotes for easy tuning, I have bought them all from Crutchfield I have had great service from them. Give them a try, Sony and Crutchfield.

Pros: Everything is a pro in my way of looking products and service.

Cons: None

Super Sony Performance

William B from North Carolina on 4/2/2015

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My best decision yet...As a prior Samsung user I can say the new Sony is superior in every way. Took me only about 30 minutes to unbox and set up. The real meat and potatoes came when I plugged to an outlet...Fantastic picture in HD and super sharp with Netflix streaming 4k. The colors were bright and vibrant, blacks were very acceptable. The Sony passive 3D was as good as my Samsung 3D with active glasses. Overall, I love the TV and feel like my choice was the right one after 3 weeks of reviewing all available TVs.......Very Happy Customer

Pros: Color, clarity and 4k performance were beyond expectations.

Cons: None as of yet

Sony 4K Ultra 3D

CDR from Pennsylvania on 3/22/2015

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We chose the 49 inch Sony Ultra 4k 3D model since it was perfect for our family room layout and still offer all the features of it's 55 inch brother. The 3D is is crisp and the included apps provide a wide selection of free and subscription services. We have streamed a few 4k content and the upscaled BluRay DVDs didn't disappoint.

Pros: Easy set up and outstanding picture. The passive 3D is equal to our active 3D Sony 55 inch XBR.

Cons: Haven't found any as yet

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Anonymous from South Carolina on 3/18/2015

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Easy to use. Excellent color and definition. Paired with a Bose Sound System, it is the bee's knees



Best of theh 4Ks

Brian from Bay area, California on 3/17/2015

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I decided to try the Samsung UN50HU6950 as well as the LG 49UB8500 and eventually bought this Sony 49x850B. The Samsung was a great tv, except that it regularly crashed while using netflix. Not only did it crash the app, it crashed the whole TV, taking 30 seconds to come back on. Absolutely obnoxious. The LG tv worked well but was very simplistic with little that a user could adjust and it is completely devoid of a built in tv guide, something that both the Samsung and Sony have. The tv guide program on this Sony tv is amazing. You get your usual information about the show and episode, but then can link to get cast information, similar shows and a great deal more data. This Sony tv is absolutely fantastic in almost every way. Connected to an antenna, this tv performs better than either the Samsung or LG in terms of reception. The dual remotes leave very little to be desired. In fact the larger remote even has controls for play, pause, etc to control internet, netflix and hulu type content.. Picture quality is amazing, including the upconvert of 480i picture images. The options to tweak the picture seem to go on forever and there are a number that can be set to auto, which often seems to provide the best picture. The TV also includes a 3D mode which is nothing too spectacular on regular television though It does make hockey games look a little better. I have not been able to test it with something actually created originally in 3D. Color & contrast are both fantastic

Pros: The tv guide program is amazing. You get your usual information about the show and episode, but then can link to get cast information, similar shows and a great deal more, including related/similar programs and tons of online video specific to whatever you're wtaching. Picture quality is amazing, including the upconvert of 480i picture images. The options to tweak the picture seem to go on forever and there are a number that can be set to auto. Antenna tuner is spectacular.

Cons: The only con to this tv is that it takes approximately 15 seconds to power up such that you could use the internet or switch inputs. This may or may not impact you. If you're running it off of cable it wouldn't likely matter as much.

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John L. from Pittsburgh on 2/26/2015

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Tv has a great picture. Sound is average. Very user friendly. Love the remote.



Best yet!

nemocom from Lenoir, NC 28645 on 2/23/2015

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It was time to replace my 50" sony sxrd liquid crystal hdtv. It was a great tv(still is) but with the newer technology I felt I was missing out on amazing picture quality. It was black Friday and there was a 4K Samsung on sale so I thought why not. I've never been pleased with samsung products but with all the great reviews I figured they stepped up their game. The picture at 4K was very good but the motion blur and image breakup drove me crazy. The audio not syncing to the person talking mouth put me over the edge so I returned it. I got a higher quality 1080P sony and it was great but not that 4K kind of great. I replaced that with this one. The 850 4K blows the rest out of the water. 4K Netflix is great but they need more content. Bluray is flat out AMAZING and once you have it fine tuned it's hard to beat. It has a webcam on top of the screen for Skype and it can fold back behind if not using it. The 3D is great as well. Nothing close to the crap in movie theaters. I've been through at least 10 HDTV's and this is the best. Sony Bravias have always produced. No motion blur(120Hz) or pixelization problems. The sound matches the moving mouths also. I'm very happy with this entry level 4K HDTV. Don't think there's a better entry level period.

Pros: Picture. All the things you don't notice that lesser tv's can't produce. No motion blur. No pixel breakup. Many different settings. 4K streaming. 3D. Wi-Fi. Smart tv. Its great.

Cons: Don't really have any. I do wish there was more 4K content but time will solve that problem.

LCD TVs still don't look as beautiful as plasma

Michael M. from California on 2/17/2015

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For an LCD TV I suppose this is as good as they get, however my 15 year old Panasonic Plasma has a far more beautiful picture, and the contrast ratio is far superior blacks are truly black

Pros: 4k support, HDMI Support,

Cons: Built in Media player is picky about file types, it often crashes the TV, requiring one to have to unplug the TV to reboot it. Plex App for this TV is very unstable, I was hoping I could eliminate the need of my ROKU by using this smart TV, however the ROKU is far more stable than using the native TV apps. the contrast ratio is not as good as on a plasma, blacks are not true black, also picture alters on viewing angle, this TV is best viewed straight on. The screen is plastic not glass

Great TV, Great Service

Nate from Virginia on 2/14/2015

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I upgraded from a 32" TV that was seven years old so this was a major change and so far it's great. Picture is amazing and the 4K upscaling is great although it took a few days to get used to it. Full 4K content on Netflix (what little there is) looks great, maybe it's just me but the 2D content has so much clarity and depth it almost seems 3D. The 2D to 3D conversion for television content is a nice extra when it's available, it seems to be rather scant though. Setup was very easy and it seems to get along with my Denon receiver very well, there were a few glitches at setup but once I was done and turned everything off and then on again it worked fine. I can't comment on the WiFi feature as I have it wired into my home network (unrelated sidenote: buying a router for behind my home theatre setup so my TV, Blu-Ray Player, receiver, and Apple TV don't have to rely on WiFi was some of the best money I ever spent). I know this only applies if you're local (I live 30 miles from Charlottesville) but the delivery was great, very small arrival window, pulled up right on time and even called when they were ten minutes away. I was able to duck out of work and be back before anyone noticed.

Pros: Great picture, thin bezel, very intuitive remotes. I prefer the traditional one mainly for the dedicated Netflix button, it streamlines the whole process.

Cons: This is very minor, but you might have to adjust light placement or turn them off depending on where they are in the room, the glossy screen is highly reflective.

Great Picture Adequate Sound

All Thumbs from Georgia on 2/1/2015

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Great Picture. Uses passive 3D. Don't know what that means but you don't have to plug the glasses into a charger. Just put them on. Love the 3D.

Pros: Great Picture. WiFi works as well as any of my other toys. Leap Frog (wireless transmission from my cable box to tv) into a video input works better than with my previous TV.

Cons: No audio output. Would like to have connected audio output to a stereo. Spent around an hour trying to attach legs to set. Found out later that there are different screws to be used if you use the center position for the legs. But as long as Newton and Einstein provide me with gravity there is no problem.

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Dogs68 from Rhode Island on 2/1/2015

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Bought this set to replace a 5year old Sony 37 inch XBR. Can't believe the difference in the picture quality in that short of a time! It is spectacular! It was quite easy to set up right out of the box and has easy to use functions and I am not a technophile by any means. 4K up scaling is terrific! Apps are not the greatest, but so far, I can't find anything that would prevent me from recommending the product.

Pros: Great picture and 4K up scaling. Easy to set up and use.

Cons: Significant glare from screen when room is well lit(not sure if it would be any different with another LCD). Limited apps menu.


FrederickJay from Massachusetts on 1/31/2015

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Easy to set up and configure. This replaced a Sony Bravia HD that I bought about 5 years ago from Crutchfield and the difference is profound. The resolution and color are just incredible. You have to learn to watch tv all over again!! Sony was offering a generous rebate, and shipping was free. Crutchfield support is quite competent and helpful.

Pros: Easy set up and just an incredible picture. It makes watching television and experience.

Cons: You will need to buy an HDMI cable that supports ultra HD.

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Sony XBR-49X850B from santa clarita, ca on 1/28/2015

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Great 4K TV, works great with the 5800 receiver and 6200 DVD player

Pros: resolution and color clarity

Cons: none

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HarvK from Washington on 1/24/2015

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Great picture with upscaling. Awesome with 4K media. I am ready for the future. Easy to set up.

Pros: Picture quality

Cons: Set up material was minimal. Could use more pictures.

Stunning Picture Quality

CaptAl from North Carolina on 1/3/2015

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Bought this set to fit in a space over a fireplace with 43 1/4 horizontal clearance. It just fits. Fed by a Dish Hopper and outputs to a Samsung Home Theatre. Everything works great. I will be reading manual to fine tune, but showed my grand kids Spiderman and the details in the dark area were fantastic.

Pros: Great picture quality, easy set up, large picture size for a set of this overall dimension

Cons: None so far

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Tengo25 from California on 1/2/2015

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I purchased, received and installed before Christmas Eve. This unit replaces a 14 year old Sony unit for which I was very pleased. The picture quality and features of this unit is fantastic. I have been very satisfied with this and many previous purchases from Crutchfield.

Pros: Picture quality and features. Easy installation and start-up.

Cons: None at this time.

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Pete from Connecticut on 12/30/2014

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I reviewed several tv's on line while looking for an upgrade over my 40 inch Sony. I settled on this one due to my familiarity with Sony's and the positive reviews and info I found on-line. The tv came well packed in a nice box with no issues. Set up and installation was easy even thought I was trying to wall mount it late at night during nights right before Christmas as a surprise for my children for Christmas. Initial set up was very easy and intuitive and there is an I-Manual that is easily found during set up. The TV does come with two different remotes as well. All in all I have no complaints with the TV and am very impressed with the picture quality. I haven't tried anything in 4K yet and have not tried anything with the included 3D glasses. Honestly with my kids loving it as much as they do I havent had a lot of time to sit and check out a lot of the functions and settings.

Pros: Easy set up Great Picture Side mounts for HDMI if wall mounting Sound is better than I expected.

Cons: The only con I can find at this point is the fact that the TV was advertised for 1299 on sale right up to the day before I ordered it and then Sony bumped the price up $200 right before Christmas, only to drop the price right after Christmas. My fault for not ordering it at the lower price, My only bad feeling about the TV is knowing that I could have had it $200 less.

A Great TV

JohnL from California on 12/29/2014

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Just a super Natural picture. Not the cartoony looking picture on so many 4K and LED TV's. Love it.

Pros: All is good.

Cons: None is bad

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Mike from California on 12/24/2014

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it displays crisp colors, light weight and the right size screen. it is good for small to medium size living rooms. i highly recommend it.



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Liz M. from California on 12/23/2014

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I love it! I first saw the 4K over a year ago and was totally amazed at its brillaince. The picture quality is crystal clear and the colors are so vibrant. When you are watching the TV you instanlly feel you are transported to the actual location. It is hands down the best TV. I treated myself and I am so glad I did!

Pros: Everything i want in a TV.

Cons: I havent' found any, though I am still learning how to operate it.

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Jack from Great Falls, Virginia on 12/21/2014

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Best TV we have purchased. We have 60" Panasonic plasma that I thought had best picture. The Sony 4 - K picture surpasses it and is a clear step up from another Sony HD set we have. Looked at Samsung and felt Sony's picture was better than either the flat or curved and now that it is in house absolutely convinced best set. Crutchfield were informative and very helpful.

Pros: Outstanding picture. Easy to set up. From time we opened the box, we had it connected to the audio, satellite, and home internet systems in the room it is located in one hour.

Cons: One issue I point to is the stand. It can be an issue depending on the width and length of what is sitting on. No issue if wall mounted.

Excellent TV

Anonymous from California on 12/12/2014

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Lifetime Sony XBR TV owner and this next gen model does not disappoint. Sony still makes the best remote and interface (UI's) compared to any of the other brands and now that they've gotten into 4k and the thin bezel designs that Samsung made the target to achieve this TV is perfect. Resolution is fantastic and the upscaling with online media is impressive- do not overlook 24fps media mode for great cinema viewing. For such a slimmed down design, the sound quality also works well for regular viewing.

Pros: Slim bezel and best lifelike, perfect (dialed-in) picture I've seen on Sony XBR TV's.

Cons: I am not complaining with the price.


MelD from Massachusetts on 12/9/2014

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Purchased this TV as a gift for my parents. Its beautiful. We purchased a Samsung 4k last year for us, and I always wished I had purchased the Sony instead. The Samsung is nice, I just like the picture in the Sony a bit better. I think the tones are richer and not as bright, but more true to color. You can't go wrong with this TV! And as always fantastic service from Crutchfield to go with a beautiful TV!



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Baron from Louisiana on 12/7/2014

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We only buy Sony's and this is why...BEAUTIFUL TV, fantastic picture. We highly recommend this television.

Pros: Very light weight. Great picture. Easy install.


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jcclarkie from upstate ny on 11/27/2014

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This TV was recommended by Crutchfield using their email request. I had the list narrowed down to this model and a samsung. I did not tell Crutchfield anything about what I had decided and sent the request. They came back with this model. I ordered it. I am very happy with it, easy set up. the second remote is great to use once you get use to it. It comes with an IR blaster so you can set it up to run your cable box or other devices. I have a very big room with lots of light. There is some reflection from the tv which I hope the sanus mounting bracket can eliminate with some viewing angle adjustment. The side viewing angle is very good. Overall I think the samsung or the sony would have been a good choice but am happy with this one. 4k is amazing....The price for this unit is very reasonable. could not justify the price of oled.

Pros: easy set up. nice stand for mounting on cabinet. nice small remote plus standard second one.

Cons: Some reflections with rooms with a lot of light and windows. Not sure this could be corrected with any LED?? I have a panasonic 55"GT plasma in my man cave and wish they still made these sets. oh well..... plasma would not have worked in this room either.

Love it!

Jason from Ohio on 11/12/2014

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Couldn't be happier with my TV.

Pros: Great picture. Easy setup.


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Tommyboy from Tennessee on 11/9/2014

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Beautiful picture! Easy setup. Typical Song quality. Typical Crutchfield great service.

Pros: Picture

Cons: Remote sensor might be blocked by your center speaker.

Nice TV

Tim from California on 10/18/2014

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First TV arrived with a broken screen. Crutchfield provided replacement promptly. Just hooked the replacement TV up. The picture is excellent...but that is using standard HD programming and without any fiddling with the picture settings. I've not yet hooked up the Blu-Ray and A/V receiver because apparently I need "high speed" or version 2.0 HDMI cables. Debating purchasing a new blu-ray which converts to UHD as well. Will post another review and/or update once I experiment with the picture settings and get the blu-ray and streaming netflix sorted out. Suspect once i do all that and get to see what this TV will really do - my rating will improve to 5 stars.

Pros: - easy set up - excellent picture - viewing off center is very good - TV and stands look good

Cons: - nothing yet


Bob from Peoria,Az on 10/15/2014

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Picture quality out of the box is excellent especially with blu ray player, I have not made any adjustments with the TV yet this is all new. Use only HDMI thats where you will see the difference.

Pros: Picture clarity is awesome

Cons: Sound quality better with surround system.

Powerful machine

John from North Fort Myers. FL on 10/8/2014

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Well packed, straight forward setup, and wow, what a picture. My wife now refuses to watch my old 60 inch rear projection Sony because of the extra sharpness and detail in this set. Good chance that circumstance will wind up costing some more big bucks! Crutchfield, I'll be back.

Pros: Fine product -- Sony is still in the hunt.

Cons: Can't seem to find any other than the investment amount

New Sony XBR49 Looks Great

DSears from Minneapolis, MN on 9/28/2014

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The TV arrived in a well designed box which made unpacking easy. The mounting provisions and connections made it possible to re-use my original support arm mount. The startup and setup was easy and painless. The picture quality is great. The controls are straight forward and fairly intuitive.

Pros: Great picture. Easy to get up and running.

Cons: None at this time.

Killer contrast

EdS from Plattsburgh, NY on 9/18/2014

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This tv replaces an older sony LCD (which had a great picture...I thought) This tv knocks the older ones socks off! The contrast is the biggest improvement. There are many more noticeable variations in the blacks and grays. The color is also amazing. Much more vibrant and bright vs the old sony. Most HD cable channels look great much smoother and more life like. When watching Sportcenter I feel like I am sitting at the desk across from the hosts. I almost bought the Samsung 4k but after calling Crutchfield and speaking with an advisor, for the type of viewing I do it seemed the Sony was the better choice. I don't use the 3D feature, and I have used the smart feature only a few times and it was easy to figure out. I prefer using the smaller touch pad remote for navigating through the menus. I have viewed some youtube 4k videos and the picture gets even better. There is more detail and the colors seem to become more vibrant and bright.

Pros: Great picture, Excellent contrast, Very natural colors right out of the box, Buying from Crutchfield.

Cons: My wife complains about the sound vs the old sony which had front firing speakers. I find the sound to be OK it just needs to be turned up higher then the old one.

Great imaging

David J from St. Michaels MD on 9/10/2014

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Quality of the images--definition, clarity, and fidelity of color--is beyond anything I have seen before. And that's before I've seen and 4K images; hard to imagine that they will be better.

Pros: Easy to set up. Superiority of images. Help from Crutchfield tech reps.

Cons: Navigation of all the various features can be somewhat intimidating at first. Construction of the remotes seems flimsy. (And why two remotes, conventional and trackpad type?)

Sony 4K

Bill from Seattle on 9/7/2014

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I am impressed. Even without a lot of 4K content readily available, the up-scaling of 1080p is impressive. Anything less than 1080, should be avoided though. The 3D is also very impressive, which surprised me with the passive glasses. the 3D glasses are easily worn over prescription eye-wear. The only dislike is the TV's operating system, Opera. Opera can be slow, and unresponsive at times.

Pros: Lots of pro's

Cons: Opera operating system

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Ed C from North Greenbush NY on 7/29/2014

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The set was easy to set up and the picture quality is fantastic even though I have yet to play anything with 4k resolution it up converts my 1080i to a higher resolution. As usual I had another great experience dealing with the people at Crutchfield.

Pros: picture quality,apps and ease of operation

Cons: none


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Video Features

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: Add a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10, sold separately) for exclusive access to the Video Unlimited 4K service, which hosts the largest selection of feature films and TV episodes in 4K Ultra HD for the home. Choose to download new releases and classic films for rental or purchase. Or choose from a vast library of included 4K videos.

HEVC Codec: Sony's 2014 4K Ultra-HD TVs are optimized to support the new HEVC codec that is needed for a variety of current and forthcoming 4K video services from Netflix and other providers without the need to buy additional update kits. The Sony Ultra-HD television also supports the latest HDMI 2.0 to connect external media players (sold separately) and 4K/60p playback for viewing 4K sports in the future. Current available 4K content includes:

  • Netflix: Provides viewers access to stream select TV shows and films in 4K Ultra-HD; can be done directly from TV
  • Video Unlimited 4K: Allows you to rent or purchase from the largest collection of 4K feature films and TV episodes for your home; requires Sony's FMP-X10 4K media player (sold separately).
  • PlayMemories Online: Makes it easy to view and share your personal photos in 4K; requires Sony's FMP-X10 4K media player (sold separately)
  • 500px: Showcases stunning professional photos from around the world in 4K directly on your TV; requires Sony's FMP-X10 4K media player (sold separately).

4K X-Reality Pro Engine: Sony's new 4K X-Reality Pro Engine enhances Ultra-HD, HD, and SD images by analyzing and refining images with beautifully natural detail and astounding color. This 4K television upscales your favorite TV shows, DVDs and Blu-ray movies, even video-on-demand content, and smartphone videos to Ultra-HD quality. The 4K X-Reality Pro Engine 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.

TRILUMINOS Display Technology: 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 240 Technology: Sony's MotionFlow XR 240 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 240 combines 120 frames-per-second with the TV's advanced LED backlight system to simulate a 240 Hz effect. MotionFlow XR 240 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.

  • Standard: Provides smooth picture movement for standard use.
  • Smooth: Provides smoother picture movement for film-based content.
  • Clear: Reduces motion blur for high-speed picture content.
  • Clear Plus: Reduces motion blur while maintaining brightness for high-speed picture content.
  • True Cinema: Images, such as a movie created in 24fps are reproduced at the original frame rate.

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.

Video Inputs: The Sony XBR-X850B series TV is equipped with HDMI (2.0), Component, and Composite video inputs. A back cover has to be removed to access these video inputs.

  • HDMI 2.0: The XBR-X850B series TV is fitted with four HDMI 2.0 inputs to connect your high-definition sources; such as Blu-ray/DVD player, Satellite/Cable receiver, game system, and  AV receiver. In addition, any HDMI input can be used to connect a PC to this TV. The HDMI inputs will accept 4K/60Hz, 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.
    • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported only by the TV's HDMI 1 & 2 inputs. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with 4K Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
    • 4:2:0 Color Subsampling: All of the TV HDMI inputs support 4:2:0 color subsampling. This ratio indicates that the chromo channels are subsampled both horizontally and vertically. This reduces color resolution in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions compared to 4:2:2, which only reduces horizontal chroma resolution.
  • Component & Composite Video: The component video input will accept 1080p (60Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. If needed, the component video input can be used as a composite video (480i only) input instead. The composite video input will support 480i video signals only.
Note: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners with an RF-coaxial input, 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 and 4 input are 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 or 4 (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 or 4 input. To find MHL-certified devices, go to

Passive 3D Technology (w/ glasses): The Sony XBR-X850B 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 (2 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.

  • Depth Control: You can adjust the depth of the 3D image to your personal preference.
  • 2D-to-3D Conversion: To ensure that you can enjoy 3D any time you want, Sony has incorporated 2D-to-3D conversion, which allows you to watch your favorite 2D movies, TV programs, or games in virtual 3D.
  • SimulView Gaming: SimulView gaming presents 2 different Full HD pictures at once on the LED-LCD TV, making it so each player sees only their unique point of view across the entire screen while wearing light, comfortable glasses (TDG-SV5P, sold separately) that don't need batteries. There's already a growing collection of fun-filled PS3 games with SimulView technology.
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. 

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).
Auto Wide

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.

  • Picture Mode: You can select one of the following picture modes.
    • Standard: Displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments.
    • Cinema: 1 (suitable for a theater-like environment), 2 (for basic home use).
    • Vivid: Enhances picture contrast and sharpness.
    • Sports: Optimizes picture quality for viewing sports.
    • Animation: Optimizes picture quality for viewing animations.
    • Game: Standard (provides standard picture suitable for games), Original (adjust the game picture according to your preference).
    • Graphics: Optimizes picture quality for viewing graphics.
    • Photo: Standard (optimizes picture quality for viewing photographs), Original (enhances the visual warmth of photographs), Vivid (enhances contrast, sharpness, color of photographs), Custom: (adjustment of detailed settings for viewing photographs and storing your preferred settings).
    • Custom: Backlight (adjust brightness of backlight), Picture (adjusts picture contrasts), Brightness (adjusts brightness of picture), Color (adjusts color intensity), Hue (adjusts green and red tones), Color Temperature (adjusts the whiteness of the picture), and Sharpness (adjusts sharpness of picture).
  • Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following.
    • Auto Light Limiter: Reduces glare such as in scenes where the entire screen is white.
    • LED Dynamic Control: Optimizes contrast by adjusting brightness in individual sections of the screen.
    • Black Corrector: Enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast. The Black Corrector can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
    • Resolution: The Resolution function adjusts detail and clarity of the picture.
    • Detail & Reality Enhancer: Enhances the details of the picture.
    • Reality Enhancer: Adjusts the detail and noise from a realistic picture.
    • Edge Enhancer: Enhances the edges of the picture.
    • Skin Naturalizer: Makes the texture of the skin smoother (available for USB and Media server content).  It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
    • Smooth Gradation: Creates smooth gradations on flat surfaces of the picture.
    • Gamma: Adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture.
    • Clear White: Emphasizes white and light colors. It can be set to High, Low, or Off.
    • Live Color: Makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones. It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
    • White Balance: Adjusts the color temperature color by color.
  • Digital Noise Reduction: The LED-LCD TV provides Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) to help eliminate noise and create a clear picture.
    • MPEG Noise Reduction: MPEG Noise Reduction enhances detail in whatever you're watching with meticulous processing. It even helps clean up video from DVD, digital broadcasts, USB and PC sources so the picture looks pristine and vivid.
    • Dot Noise Reduction: Dot Noise Reduction reduces the dot noise level of video images. ff.
  • Pro Picture Setup: The Pro Picture Setup menu allows for Color Matrix and HDMI adjustments.
    • Color Matrix: Reproduces the color-difference signals. It is recommended to leave this at the factory default setting.
    • HDMI Dynamic Range: Produces natural color by changing the luminance tone reproduction of HDMI input color signals.
  • Film & Sports Modes: The TV offers unique viewing modes for enjoying movies and live sports events.
    • CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content.
    • Football Mode: You can obtain more realistic picture and audio, as though you are watching from the stands of the stadium.

PIP & PAP: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers PIP (picture in picture) and PAP (picture and picture).

  • PIP (Picture in Picture): Picture-in-Picture displays an image from a connected PC (via HDMI) in full-screen and a TV program or external analog input in an inset window. You can swap audio between the main and sub window. You can also change the channel of the sub window. You cannot view another HDMI source in the inset window.
  • PAP (Picture and Picture): This feature lets you watch two pictures simultaneously. You can view an image from the component video or HDMI inputs in the main window and a TV program or external analog input in the sub window. You can switch audio between the two images.

Audio Features

ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in the television's HDMI 1 input enables the 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. A back cover has to be removed to access these audio outputs.

  • Headphone/Analog Output: The TV's 3.5mm analog output can be used to connect a set of headphones or as an audio output to connect your home theater receiver or soundbar system. You will need a minijack-to-RCA adapter (sold separately) to make a stereo RCA connection between the television and your AV receiver. The TV's analog audio output terminal will output 2ch audio from any of the television's source inputs. You can set the TV's analog output to Fixed or Variable. You can set the TV to automatically mute the built-in speakers when a set of headphones are connected.
  • Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The TV's digital audio output terminal outputs a Dolby Digital or 2-channel down-mixed PCM signal for use with an external Dolby Digital decoder or other external audio system with an optical audio input. The TV's optical digital terminal will output audio from the television's antenna, HDMI, and RCA inputs. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA.

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.

Note: 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" 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.

  • Sound Booster: The Sound Booster enhances both treble & bass in order to reproduce a more dynamic sound.
  • Voice Zoom: Makes voice clearer by lowering background sound.
  • Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input relative to other inputs.
  • Advanced Auto Volume: The Advanced Auto Volume function keeps the volume level constant across all programs and advertisements.

Optional Wireless Sub: You can use Sony's optional wireless subwoofer (SWF-BR100, sold separately) to extend the bass response of the TV's sound. Simply connect the wireless transceiver supplied with the SWF-BR100 wireless subwoofer to the TV's analog audio output and USB port.

Network/USB Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony XBR-X850B 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.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony XBR-X850B series LED-LCD TV is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the television to your home network and computer. A back cover has to be removed to access the Ethernet port.
  • WiFi (wireless LAN): The Sony TV offers built-in WiFi that allows you to wirelessly access the Internet and your home network. The TV's built-in WiFi provides a wireless network connection for the television with easy and quick setup. With this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the benefits of networking in a cable-free environment. A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security; a dual-band Gigabit wireless-N router is recommended for 4K streaming.
Note: Sony recommends a home network connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended for standard definition, 10 Mbps for high definition, and 15 Mbps for ultra-high definition.

WiFi Direct + MiraCast: 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 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. Miracast is a "screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your compatible Windows 8.1+ or Android 4.2+ device (with support for Miracast) to the Sony TV. This allows you to view practically any content that is playing on your compatible Windows or Android device on your TV screen; no wireless router or access point required.

Note: The TV also supports one-touch NFC pairing for select Android devices (like Sony Xperia) with MiraCast. Simply touch your compatible Android mobile device to the Sony' TV's NFC logo for instant "screen-mirroring" from the mobile device to the television.

Sony Entertainment Network: Once the Sony LED-LCD TV has been connected to your home network (via Ethernet or WiFi), you can have your favorite internet content delivered to the television via Bravia Internet Video, the 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. You can even stay connected with social networking apps. Click here for a full list of Sony Entertainment Network content (over 200 streaming services).

  • Bravia Internet Video:  Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway to online audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to the Sony TV. Bravia Internet TV allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps. You'll be able to enjoy some of the web's most popular online movie services; Video Unlimited, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, UltraFlix, Crackle, Flixster, and more. You can also listen to select music services offered on the internet with this receiver. You'll be able to enjoy some of the web's most popular internet radio services; Music Unlimited, Pandora, Slacker, Berliner Philharmoniker, NPR, and more.
  • Social Viewing: Social Viewing allows you to use your social network services (like Facebook & Twitter) while watching content on your TV. Enjoy chatting with your friends and check what others are saying about the show from on-screen comments. You can even enjoy free high-definition Skype-to-Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room through the TV's top-panel retractable camera & microphone. The camera adds approximately 0.6875" to the overall height of the TV when in use. Or, you can use your MHL-connected mobile phone as your camera/speakerphone.
  • Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store provides a collection of additional downloadable web apps that are optimized for TV viewing. These apps range from videos, games, weather, news, world clocks, and social networks.
  • Opera Internet Browser:  The built-in Opera Internet Browser allows you to access select web content through the Sony LED-LCD TV. Using the Opera Internet Browser, you gain access to and Gracenote Music Services. The built-in internet browser also allows you to enter URLs and do basic keyword searches, so you can browse other select websites (text-based only). The Opera Internet Browser is not a full search engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet audio/video/photo content, use Sony's Bravia Internet Video service. Some web-pages maybe too large for download.
Note: 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.

4K Network Streaming: This Ultra-HD TV even offers "HEVC" decoding, which means it'll be able to display 4K content from online movie & TV show providers (like Netflix, UltraFlix, or Sony Video Unlimited). Netflix 4K streaming can be done directly from the TV; you will need the Sony 4K media player (sold separately) to view 4K content from Sony Video Unlimited. 4K network streaming requires a network speed of 15Mbps or greater. A wired Ethernet connection is recommended over a wireless WiFi connection for better performance. If you desire a WiFi connection, then use a dual-band Gigabit wireless-N router for 4K streaming. Make sure the Sony television has the latest software/firmware updates installed.

PlayStation Now (coming Summer 2014): PlayStation Now lets you stream PlayStation3 games directly to the Sony TV. Simply register for a free SEN account, launch PlayStation now on the Sony television, and pair your PlayStation DUALSHOCK3 controller to the TV for access to an expanding hand-picked collection of PlayStation 3 games to play (rental or subscription fees may apply). PlayStation Now gives gamers access to some of PlayStation's most popular games. With a wide variety of games to stream, there will always be new challenges to find and conquer when the moment to play presents itself.

Media Streaming: The Sony LED-LCD TV allows you to stream a variety of audio, video, and photo content from USB (MSC) and Network (DLNA) devices. Compatible media formats include MP3/WMA/WAV music files, MPEG/MP4/AVCHD/AVI/MKV/MOV video files, JPEG/MPO/RAW photo files.

  • DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo , music, and video files stored on your Windows 7/8 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server/Android device) 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.
  • Triple USB Ports: The Sony LED-LCD TV features three USB (type-A) ports for sharing your photos or videos, and listening to music from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device. Even 4K photos & videos that you've downloaded to your USB-enabled device can be played back on the TV in Ultra-HD 4K. You USB-connected device must USB mass storage class compliant and be formatted in FAT 16/32. The USB ports will also charge your connected devices (max: 5V, 500A/800A). A back cover has to be removed to access all three USB ports.

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 PKG2.164AAA ( as of 6/24/2014). Visit the Sony eSupport site for the latest software updates.

Convenience Features

Home Menu: The Home Menu can be displayed by pressing the HOME button on the remote control. Various categories are displayed at the top of the Home Menu. You can pick a category and play back content by selecting a thumbnail from that category.

  • Channel: You can view thumbnails of live and future broadcasts and recorded content.
  • 4K Movies: You can watch 4K movies from online movie service providers by connecting Sony's 4K media player (sold separately).
  • Movies: You can watch movies from online movie service providers, connected USB devices, or your home network.
  • Photos: You can view photos from online service providers, connected USB devices, or your home network.
  • Music: You can play back music content from online music service providers, connected USB devices, or your home network.
  • Apps: You can launch a variety applications. Thumbnails of featured applications and your favorite applications are displayed. You can also choose to view all applications.

Content Search: The TV offers unique ways to search and access your favorite and new content from the TV's tuner and network apps.

  • Program Guide: You can quickly find your preferred programs and the detailed program information. The current program information and weekly program guides for the next eight days are provided.
  • Content Information Search: This feature searches for information about the TV program you are watching, or the currently playing music title/artist name on your TV, from an Internet database.
  • Related Search: When the TV is connected to the Internet, you can search for related content while watching various content on the TV.
  • Keyword Search: You can type in a keyword to search for TV shows, movies, and music. Simply enter in the track title, album name, or movie title.

Scene Select: You can access the following Scene Select modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.

  • Auto: Automatically optimizes picture and sound quality according to the input source.
  • General: Optimizes picture and sound quality for general content.
  • Cinema: Delivers picture scenes and sound just like those in a theater.
  • Sports: Presents realistic pictures and sound just like those in a stadium.
  • Animation: Lets you enjoy watching an animation with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Photo: Reproduces the texture and color of a printed photo.
  • Music: Lets you experience dynamic and clear sound just like a concert.
  • Game: Broadens your game-playing experience with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Graphics: Eases prolonged monitor viewing with clearer detailed pictures.

Closed Captions + Input/Channel Label: The Sony televisions provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size. You can assign an icon or name to an external input and connected equipment, as well as edit analog channel labels to your preference.

Power Management Functions: This Sony LED-LCD TV incorporates advanced power saving features such as Light Sensor Technology, Advance Contrast Enhancer, and the following Power Management functions.

  • Power Saving: This feature reduces the power consumption by adjusting the backlight brightness of the TV's screen. You can select from Low, High, Off and Picture Off.
  • Idle TV Standby: Automatically powers off the TV after 1, 2, or 4 hours when no buttons are pressed on the remote control or the TV.
  • Auto Shut Off: Automatically powers off the TV when no input signal is detected for approximately 15 minutes.

Timers: The Sony LED-LCD TV offers a TV timer and Sleep timer. The TV Timer turns on the television from the standby mode at a time you set, and tunes to a channel or input of your preference. The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

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.

Remote Control

Dual Remotes: To operate the TV, you can use either the included touchpad remote control or the IR (infrared) remote control. Using the touchpad remote control, basic operation of TV's functions and settings can be made by simply sliding and pressing your finger across the touchpad the remote. Thanks to touchpad control, videos, photos, or even Internet content (like Netflix) can be accessed with just a swipe or flick of your finger. To use buttons that are not on the Touchpad Remote Control, use the on-screen key pad. Because the touchpad remote control operates via Bluetooth, you will need to register remote with the TV before use.

Note: In addition, you can program the remote through the TV's menu to operate your satellite/cable box and home theater receiver, using the included IR blaster.

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.

  • BD/DVD Player: Automatically turns the BRAVIA Sync-compatible device on and switches the input to that device when you select it from the Home Menu or Sync Menu. Automatically turns the TV on and switches the input to the connected device when the device starts to play
  • AV Amplifier: Automatically turns the connected AV amplifier on and switches the sound output from the TV speaker to the audio system when you turn the TV on; this function is only available if you have previously used the AV amplifier to output TV sound. Automatically switches the sound output to the AV amplifier by turning the AV amplifier on when the TV is turned on. Automatically turns the connected AV amplifier off when you switch the TV to standby mode. Adjusts the volume (VOL +/-) and mutes the sound (MUTING) of the connected AV amplifier through the TV's remote control.
  • Video Camera: Automatically turns the TV on and switches the input to the connected video camera when the connected video camera is turned on. Automatically turns the connected video camera off when you switch the TV to standby mode. Controls menu operation, playback, and channel selection of the connected video camera through the TV's remote
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-X850B 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.

Keyboard/Mouse Compatible: You can connect a USB- or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately) to the television for easier web browsing. You can move the cursor with the 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.

Mounting Options

Mounting Feet: The Sony TV comes supplied with two mounting feet which allow the television to be placed on an AV stand or inside a cabinet. The mounting feet must be attached using the supplied hardware. There are two mounting options for the feet which varies the footprint width; the feet can be mounted with a footprint width of 17.0625" or 43.0625". The television weighs 41 lbs with the stand attached. This TV 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 inserts with a spacing of 200mm (h) x 200mm (v). The threaded inserts will accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 39.9 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 1.375" from the wall.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

To browse the internet with the TV, you need an internet provided. The TV can be connected via ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. You can do this from the Internet Settings Menu reached via the Options button on the remote. To control the TV with a smartphone, you have to have the Wi-Fi turned on on the TV and use the Sony app on your phone (SonyMote for the iPhone). [ Michael  Jan 21, 2015 ]
Francis, I would help you if I could. I don't use the TV for this purpose. I know that there is a "on screen" built in tutorial program in the TV that SHOULD help you with these features. [ BETHANN  Jan 13, 2015 ]
Sorry I can't answer your questions at this time. I only really got it out of the box on Saturday. [ JOEL  Jan 12, 2015 ]
Sorry Francis, I haven't tried to browse the Internet on my TV, and I use a Logitech universal remote for the TV and all attached equipment. [ David  Jan 12, 2015 ]
It's true, 4k content is lacking (now), but I purchased this TV to future-proof my TV investment. [ STEVEN  Dec 22, 2014 ]
I have viewed Netflix 4K programs. I do not see much if any difference compared to the HD programs from Direct TV. The picture on this TV is incredible. I have a Samsung and another Sony both HD TV's and the picture and sound on this 4K is much better. I cannot compare it to the current models that are not 4K but I suspect it does make a difference. If you view a 4K TV next to an HD at a show room that has the same media running on both you can see the difference. [ Neil  Dec 15, 2014 ]
I have an HD receiver with this TV but not all of the channels are even 1080p. Upscaled SD content does not appear to look any better or worse than my older non-4k Sony HDTV. Even if you don't have an HD service plan from your cable or satellite provider you can still get 4k content from Netflix and now Amazon Prime with this TV (although a high speed internet connection is required). [ Philip  Dec 14, 2014 ]
I am very happy that I purchased the TV. It can do many things. I asked my husband and son what they thought of your question and they responded if you know in the future you are going to get HD it is definitely worth it. [ Liz  Dec 14, 2014 ]
Probably not. You really need to watch in HD...and preferably in UHD. I bought a DVD player that upconverts movies to UHD...and that provides a pretty awesome picture [ Vando  Dec 14, 2014 ]
Tough call, I've never seen what it looks like without HD service. The picture still looks good on the standard Chanel's, but isn't everything broadcasted in HD? If you have a Blu-Ray player or streaming Netflix it's worth it. I believe Netflix streams in 4K, and even if you have a Bly-Ray without 4K up scaling , the picture is incredibly sharp & clear. We love the 4K TV! I hope this helps! [ MELISSA  Dec 14, 2014 ]
Steve, Don't bother with a 4k tv unless you have HD programming. You will be disappointed. [ THOMAS J.  Dec 14, 2014 ]
No. [ THOMAS  Dec 14, 2014 ]
probably not. THe only 4k content available for this tv is mainly streaming thru netflix or purchasing a 4k player (expensive). The reason why I purchased this tv and not just a 1080 LED/lcd was that Samsung and Sony save their best drivers and have the best picture on these 4k units. The price of this unit had come down quite a bit so it made it possible. The reason I went with sony was they are driving the 4k revolution (like bluray). they have the best upconversion processing per the reviews. You could purchase a decent led for about half the cost. If your a gamer you definitely want samsung. I wanted to have a good movie picture with great side angle viewing which this set has. I really like the picture of the OLED but still very $$$$$. good luck try the cnet reviews. There are alot of good tv pics out there. [ JOHN C  Dec 14, 2014 ]
I do believe the 4K TV is worth it. The TV will upscale any 1080 source such as bluray to 4K. It's not perfect, but it eliminates the graininess, especially if you are sitting close to the TV (not so with a 720 source). Also, there is a continually increasing amount online 4K sources, but it does require a FAST internet speed. [ William  Dec 14, 2014 ]