Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
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The 55X850C delivers impressive black levels for a set lacking a full-array backlight with local dimming.
Sony's Triluminos system yields rich, detailed colors.
The 55X850C's relatively low lag and ability to accept 120Hz input signals makes it a good option for PC gamers.
This Sony has limited light output compared with the competition, making it best for viewing in dark rooms.
The edge-lit backlight on this set makes letterbox bars in movies look dark gray instead of deep black.
The 55X850C's Android Smart TV interface makes things cluttered and confusing.
Sony's XBR-55X850C boasts impressive black-level performance for a set with an edge-lit backlight, and its Triluminos system delivers rich, eye-catching color. The set’s ability to accept 120 hertz input signals, combined with relatively low input lag, makes it a good choice for gamers. However, limited light output on the XBR-55X850C means you'll get the best performance when viewing in dim or dark rooms. Its Android Smart TV GUI tends to clutter up the screen and make navigation confusing.
Previous issues swept aside in spectacular style. Don't write it off your Demo list. Fantastic picture quality-91% DCI standard, good sound with adjustment. Triluminos colours are more realistic than you will see on any other brand. For the money even at £1200 rrp, its hard to fault after the Android OS was updated and Netflix arrived. The best mid-range UHD TV bar none. Android takes a little getting used to, flick control works with a knack.