The Eurogamer HDTV Guide Page 198

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  • fontgeeksogood 22 Aug 2019 19:17:47 7,026 posts
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    No, they're shit at Christmas
  • BigEars 4 Oct 2019 13:37:28 33 posts
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    Are there any owners of a Sony Bravia KD65XG8096BU? Curry's were selling for 949 but got them to price match with totaldigital for 809 which seemed a bargain considering the TV was well over a grand a few months back. Our old Panasonic was on the brink so I was a bit impulsive to be honest.

    Are the black levels decent? I'm not expecting miracles just a solid set.

    Cheers
  • nickthegun 4 Oct 2019 13:57:09 78,772 posts
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    I know it's not the kiss of death for every TV, but I have just had to chuck a perfectly fine Sony TV because the android TV OS shat itself and got caught in a reboot loop.

    Apparently, the only cure for a corrupt OS is a new, expensive, main board, so that's something I would bear in mind.

    Obviously, YMMV, but I wouldn't buy another Sony TV with that on it.
  • Dougs 4 Oct 2019 13:58:51 90,576 posts
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    Yikes, no way to install the OS via USB or anything?

    Anyway, the 55" LG B9 is down to 1300
  • Frogofdoom 4 Oct 2019 14:02:54 14,245 posts
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    My last Sony tv died when it was still under warranty for John Lewis, it wasnt overly old but past the 1 year standard warranty. The repair company couldnt get the part and wrote it off so John Lewis gave me the choice of going in to pick an equivalent or most of the money I paid back. Point of the story is the John Lewis guarantee is well worth it if you are spending a grand or more on a tv.
  • barchetta 4 Oct 2019 14:05:34 1,930 posts
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    @Frogofdoom

    Also, Richer Sounds - their 6yr guarantee was welcome when I went for an LG65b8 OLED
  • nickthegun 4 Oct 2019 14:23:06 78,772 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Yikes, no way to install the OS via USB or anything?
    Nah, it rebooted every time it hit the android splash screen
  • Dougs 4 Oct 2019 14:28:07 90,576 posts
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    Proper shonky.
  • nickthegun 4 Oct 2019 14:32:49 78,772 posts
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    Yeah, it was bullshit. The thing was in perfect nick, but it just crapped itself one day after a power cut and just outside warranty.

    As has been said, I went with richer sounds this time because the warranty will last longer than the actual technology is valid for.
  • BigEars 4 Oct 2019 16:45:20 33 posts
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    @nickthegun

    Did you have the TV a while before the OS failed? I've heard Android TVs can be a bit slow and clunky.

    I would have waited until Black Friday to hopefully land a bargain on an OLED but hand was forced and couldn't justify paying over a grand.
  • nickthegun 4 Oct 2019 23:07:23 78,772 posts
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    Yeah, it was just over three years old when it died.
  • fontgeeksogood 4 Oct 2019 23:16:32 7,026 posts
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    3 years doesn't seem like a particularly 'old' telly. Have you written to Rodger Sony
  • nickthegun 5 Oct 2019 08:13:06 78,772 posts
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    I did ring them to see what they could do and I did get the impression that it's a pretty common fault but it was out of warranty so they couldn't have given less of a shit. And I'm not the kind of girl to demand to see the manager and start shouting sales of goods act.
  • fontgeeksogood 5 Oct 2019 08:17:32 7,026 posts
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    I'd have Karen'd the living fuck outta Rodge
  • neems 5 Oct 2019 12:17:05 4,708 posts
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    I love my Sony xe90 dearly, but the Android OS is pony. I don't think it's actually the OS though so much as the processor / mainboard, it's just hilariously underpowered.
  • Blackmarsh63 5 Oct 2019 13:32:36 2,620 posts
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    @neems I've got a X900f and the OS is shockingly slow. I've a Nvidia Shield which has the same OS and it's really nippy so it looks like as you say Sony scrimped on the Processor. The TV itself is lovely.
  • Switch024 10 Oct 2019 15:35:44 3,412 posts
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    LG B9 coming on Saturday. Was looking at getting a C8 but with the price reduction on the B9 there wasn't much difference in the end. Add in 2.1 HDMI and it was an easy decision.

    Stocked up on 4K Blu rays and told the wife I'm not leaving the house for a few days.
  • barchetta 10 Oct 2019 16:27:16 1,930 posts
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    @Switch024

    Nice. Hope you like it. Still impressed with my B8 65" - films are great - HDR games too. Sea of Thieves looks particularly great.

    Edited by barchetta at 16:27:30 10-10-2019
  • Switch024 10 Oct 2019 16:43:05 3,412 posts
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    @barchetta Thanks. I bought a Panasonic in 2015 that received a HDR update but the local dimming is terrible so it never really looked right. I'm expecting the OLED to blow it away.
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