Sony Bravia KD49X8305CBU TV reviews and prices: 49" HD TV 4K UHD screen

31 customer reviews

This television is a good all rounder.

£589 – £1013 at 3 retailers out of 423 retailers checked

8.1 out of 10 based on 31 reviews.
Sony Bravia KD49X8305CBU with 49" HD TV 4K UHD screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview HD. See full product description

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Matt, Near Edinburgh High spec fanatic

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Great Picture - When it works!
Bad points:
Don't touch one with a Barge Pole!

Put simply… These sets are completely unfit for purpose. And Sony know it!

I bought one of these sets, not for its advance features, but to use in a fairly standard way to receive off-air broadcasts and switch sources through my surround system. – I should explain that as a trained broadcast technician with over 36 years experience; A/V equipment normally presents few challenges to me…

Sony have provided no sensible way of editing the satellite tuner channel list; and even if you do manage to modify the channels to suit yourself, the set will randomly delete the channels YOU want and replace them with those you don't! – This is true also if you use an external editor to work on the list via your PC.

If you have a surround system – and hope to route your Blu Ray player (or whatever) through the set – you have the choice of living without surround sound, or living without lip-sync! The set only 'passes through' synchronous audio when in PCM mode… Otherwise introducing an audio delay that causes the picture to lead the audio by 2-15 frames or so. The delay varies from player to player (I've tried a few) and even disc-to-disc.

Those using soundbars have reported similar problems. ARC support is, by my own experiments with around six or seven devices hit-and-miss. There is no guarantee that the set will work with even a fairly new item.

So… Satellite and HDMI don't work… You'll also have to deal with the set 'freezing' and just going off! On average, at least once a day, you will need to power-cycle the set to re-boot it!

That's BEFORE we get to the 'advanced' features! - Using YouView means killing your satellite reception for instance… Sony have been promising HDD recording for months and keep putting the date back; apparently now not due 'till March 2015… There is trouble with things like Netflix for instance…

And it's not as if you can get away from these 'apps' and just use the TV as a TV… The User Interface (UI) is ridiculously-badly designed! Even if you don't use 'apps'; you'll be left with some on your 'home' screen that if accidentally accessed will crash the set!

Sony KNOW about all the problems with these sets… They were released in May 2015, have been the subject of HUGE outcry and as of late December 2015 all that's been demonstrated is that Sony can't make them work. What's more, there is some evidence of Sony trying to 'stifle' fully justified criticism of their sets… Even allegations of blatant censorship…

There is another software update on December the 24th…Time will tell if it fixes anything, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Really… Save yourself the grief… Just don't buy one in the first place!
Overall rating 1.0
Ease of use 1.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 1.0
Design 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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19 of 21 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2015

John, Ipswich

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Slim neat design
Bad points:
we kept it for one month before returning it to the retailer as unfit for purpose. This TV is not ready for sale. It crashes regularly requiring rebooting. We updated the software twice, first update stopped satellite working unless you Disabled Youview second update stopped Wi-Fi working. The picture quality is not good, despite much adjusting, ( I am a computer engineer so familiar with the technology). I am shocked that Sony can sell a product in such an unfinished state . Don't even consider buying this box of trouble.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 4.0
Sound quality 4.0
Design 4.0
Value for money 2.0
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 0012

Kevin, arbroath Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
the home screen is simple & easy to use
Bad points:
it has on a couple of occassions shut off & rebooted randomly
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Apr 2016

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 49
Type of screen 4K UHD
HD TV Yes
Built-in disc player No
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of scart ports 1
Connections HDMI
Connections Scart
Connections Wi-Fi
Connections Component
Connections Composite
Connections USB 3.0
Connections SVGA
Smart TV Yes
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 3840
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 2160
Energy efficiency A
Weight (kg) 15.4

Also known as: Sony KD49X8305CBU, Sony Bravia KD-49X8305C

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Manufacturer's Description

Experience a fully immersive entertainment system with the Sony BRAVIA KD49X8305CBU Smart Ultra HD 4k 49" LED TV.

Ultra HD 4k
With up to four times the picture detail of Full HD TVs, Sony’s 4k technology produces images with new levels of clarity and sharpness, so even the fasting moving images are of the smoothest transition for a true cinematic experience at home.

The X-Reality PRO picture enhancement technology boosts content to Ultra HD 4k, giving you greater colour, contrast and depth to really awaken your everyday viewing, whilst Motionflow XR 800 Hz motion rates ensure you can enjoy blur-free entertainment.

The Sony KD49X8305CBU Smart Ultra HD 4k TV will prepare you for the future of 4k and the exciting content to come, with more and more options becoming available to you.

Smart TV
With the Opera App Store and Google Play Store, you will never be short of something to engross yourself in, whether you’re a series addict, movie buff or gaming enthusiast. Android TV means you’ll be able to enjoy content from your smartphone, and makes it easy to find all the entertainment you want to watch.

The seamless entertainment you can enjoy is enhanced with intelligent search features such as voice search, One-Flick Entertainment (remote sold separately) and smartphone sharing.

The simply brilliant Smart TV function on the X83 gives you access to BBC iPlayer and Demand 5 so your favourites are never missed. You’ll also be able to stream from Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video and also their 4k upgrades, enabling you to watch the movie greats in Ultra HD 4k quality.

Stay close to all updates on your social media feeds including Facebook and Twitter, with YouTube 4k being introduced soon.

Freeview HD
If that wasn’t enough for you, the 49X8305CBU Android TV comes complete with Freeview HD, giving you access to around 50 digital channels, up to 10 of which are transmitted in incredibly detailed high definition, for an impeccable viewing experience straight out of the box.

YouView is coming in summer 2015, which makes it easier than ever to find the programmes you want to watch. YouView lets you scroll backwards through the programme guide and select shows that are available on catch up TV without opening a separate app. Simply scroll and select to watch the shows you’ve missed.

Slim design
Boasting a super slim design and elegant features, Sony have created a beautiful large screen TV to seamlessly blend into any living room, whether used on the table-top stand, or mounted on the wall.

Greater connectivity
Enjoy films and games in stunning HD by connecting a Blu-ray player or PlayStation to one of the multiple HDMI connections. You can also plug into one of the three USB 3.0 ports and share your latest holiday snaps with the family or record on a separate hard drive, making your favourites unmissable.


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