Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV : Bravia sound sync


Thanks to one of amazon’s many amazing offers, i managed to upgrade my 10 year model of sony bravia to this fabulous tv. The quality of picture & sound is amazing and it was easy to set up even for a technophobe like me. I like the built-in hub too, so much for so good a price.

Fantastic tv, easy to set up, works well with my other sony devices. Only downside is the android operating system is a bit clunky at times but barely use that really as i have virgin tv etc. Great bit of kit and looks great in out living room.

In testing alexa integration before setting up for an elderly disabled person i discovered that the tv will not respond to turn on by alexa voice command if the tv has been off for over an hour or two and is only using wireless network. This is entirely replicable and does not occur if you use a network cable to connect to your router. I gave up with sony support as they only care to follow standard basic troubleshooting steps, that are entirely irrelevant and don’t seem interested in accepting a bug report. Also, if tv has been powered down completely (at plug socket) for any length of time, make sure you check the date/time as the android layer may not connect to the internet otherwise. (symptom: top level network settings states ‘connected, no internet’, wifi connection below that displays internet connected and ip address correctly). Lovely tv otherwise, so one star lost for faults and low quality sony support.

I’m not really an expert on image quality and tvs but moving from my old 32″ samsung to this has definitely felt like an upgrade in every aspect. The 4k hdr content i’ve watched on this tv looks crisp, vivid and overall spot-on. Sound is alright but don’t expect anything amazing from a built-in tv speaker. Pleasantly impressed by the thin bezel and how thin the tv is. The only downside is that the menu navigation is a bit sluggish on the default settings. I’m a big fan of android tvs but their settings out-of-the-box can be a bit too much so tv settings required some tweaking. Once this was done though, browsing through the tv menus is snappy and comfortable. Perhaps the only not so great aspect is the built-in chromecast. Sometimes it doesn’t stream content correctly and it’s not discoverable by other devices in my home network. But 90% of the time it works just fine.

  • Great Android TV, built-in Chromecast has a few hitches
  • Vibrant, fluid picture and decent sound
  • Don’t hold back my best tv to date

Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black

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  • 4K HDR – Immerse yourself in the brilliance of 4K HDR – Incredible contrast, real-life colours and exceptional 4K detail
  • 4K X-Reality PRO – Every detail re-imagined – Every scene is analysed and improved thanks to an image database that addresses contrast, colour and detail, for a beautifully enhanced picture
  • Ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with HDR10 and Dolby Vision* support for ground-breaking detail, colour and brightness.
  • Broad range of video and music content support, including Dolby Atmos and DTS: X soundtracks, DSD, FLAC, MP3

Having had a sony bravia for several years, it was time for an upgrade and this tv is just that. Moving from a 37″ to a 43″ isn’t a quantum leap but the picture quality difference is very noticeable the uhdtv is very clear and the colours are vibrant. The speakers aren’t brilliant but, as i always intended to connect the tv to a sony sound system, that was never an issue and it sounds great. The remote is easy to use and the smart features work well after connecting to my wifi. All in all i am well satisfied with my sony tv.

Great tv, only issue is to use the built in freeview can slow down tv and still need to use external harddrive to pause record rewind.

Clear sound and fab picture with easy to use handset providing loads of options.

Picture is excellent, super immersive with a soundbar. Android can be laggy and tv has suddenly switched off during a show twice now in a month of use. Hopefully teething issues to be fixed with updates.

Love the picture quality of the 4k. Sound is good for the size of the tv but never great due to how small the speakers are, will be great with soundbar. Tv looks amazing and the android tv works without issue.

We like the bravia but not been able to sync with existing sound bar / sub and need two remote for volumes which is annoying.

Fantastic picture quality both hd and 4k, easy set up. Sound quality good but when used with a sony sound bar it’s brilliant. Highly recommend that you put this on your list when choosing a new tv.

When the delivery came through from arrow xl, they had not made sure that the tv was a) stored the right way up and b) protected against water damage. The van flooded during transit from heavy rain which soaked the whole end of the box, which it had been stood on. I opened the box and tested the tv, thankfully the tv was deep in the box which meant that the antistatic film was dry and the tv was undamaged. I loaded it up and the image was fine, no dead pixels so i let the delivery guy go. The tv itself is fantastic, great image and great to watch. Really happy with it and the os is great. The blacks aren’t quite as deep as some might like, but that is a minor issue compared to the overall package. Great colours, speed of image, presentation and i have suffered none of the os issues i’ve heard about. I’m in a new house so the internet is being connected today, so i may add to this report once i’ve streamed 4k footage through it.

Have had bravia tvs over the years none have disappointed. Picture crystal clear and sharp. Smart tv feature is great, sound quality is top notch. Other than that this bravia is great. One issue was the poor quality remotes they now produce which does not always work unless directly aimed at tv.

Great tv, lovely picture, plenty of settings, very pleased with it, only problem it seems to take a while to respond to commands sometimes, fantastic tv though.

When the tv arrived it was damaged in transit. Courier arrived to pick it up and a replacement arrived to ireland within 2days. I must say the costomer service was top class. This is a great all round 4 k uhd tv. Not for the sports enthusiast motion a bit blurry. Other than that general tv shows and hd movies look fab. It also comes with a 5 year warranty. It was sold by ask direct and fulfilled by amazon. I would highly recommend them for your next tv. A happy irish coustomer is all i can say.

Coming from an old sony hd tv (one of the first hd tvs to come out 720p 32″) and over 10 years old but still worked as well as the day i got it which is why i decided to stick with sony and i’m so glad i did the 4k picture is unreal so sharp and the colours so bright and being an android tv takes it to a totally different level i’ve seen other makes that have there own app stores with only there own apps and couldn’t get on with them but this is just like using your phone/tablet and i don’t know how i’ve gone this long with out one had heard stories that the sound on these new slim bezel tvs isn’t that good and to be honest it could be better but it’s still as good as any other tv i’ve owned was a little worried about it being 4k as i thought i’d have to buy a 4k bly ray player or subscribe to some over priced satellite package but was really surprised as you can buy and download or stream the newest films out infact with the purchase it lets you pick out two films to keep for good to start your collection and in 4k and also being an amazon prime and netflix subscriber there’s a good collection of content in 4k to pick from too so all in all i’m so happy i picked this tv and i don’t think you could tempt me with any other one out there in this price range so if your thinking of going for this one don’t think anymore just go ahead and get it oh and one more thing i also picked this one to work with an amazon echo plus and had a few teething problems at first but now it turns it on and over and the volume up and down and changes the hdmi channels too.

Would highly recommend buying this tv.

We purchased this as our main living room tv after spending a long time reviewing what is on the market and the different costs. Having read reviews stating the picture on this model is not as good as other higher models sony have released, i was slightly put off but went with the purchase due to the significantly higher costs for the next models up and i’m so very glad i did. The quality of picture is absolutely great and i would recommend it to those looking for their main tv. Slight issues i’ve had is when using with alexa to turn the tv on. To change the volume, turn off works fine, just on. Saying that, i don’t know if the problem lies with alexa, the tv or my wifi. I didn’t purchase a sound bar and the sound quality is more than good enough for regular viewing. If you’re like me and are considering paying out more for the next models up, i’d suggest save your money and go with this tv. It is a very well equipped machine in sonys mid range.

I’m a sucker for sony since 2011and this hasn’t disappointed. The picture quality is sharp and the sound very decent. The added voice remote control is really handy especially for a busy mum. It is definitely pricey but having tried others i much prefer the sony bravia android.

Couldn’t find anything to fault this tv.

Good sound and clear picture as i had expected.

This sony bravia is exactly what i want in a smart tv and it provides a great number of interesting movies. I am still finding new things it has.


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Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black
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  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Do not recommend buying this TV.

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     do not recommend buying this tv. The sony xf80 uses led edge lighting coupled to a dynamic contrast enhancer, a lower-cost alternative to local dimming control that makes viewing experience sadly not better but worse. Personally i had to disable it – distracting. It is located in picture menu settings called “adv. I think it would be better if the enhancer would be disabled by default or not implemented at all to reduce tvs price. The problem is that in one video cut scene image changes its diming few times (adding short video to illustrate). Maybe sony will fix it with software update, but most probably it is hardware problem – i have latest updates and this tv was on a market for a year. I could not find how to access usb drive from menu without unplugging and plugging it back to usb slot (i thought it should appear where input devices are, but no). You can access usb content by apps called “video”, “album” and “music” – confusing. For a 2018 smart tv model it has a very slow hardware. It comes with preinstalled asphalt nitro game that was first released in 2004 and it barely runs the game, so just by doing this you’ll see how poor hardware of this rpr 800 pounds tv is. I bought it on black friday deal for ~450, but it seems to me that its value is lot lower. It gets even slower when with wi-fi on – a simple text page on preinstalled bbc news app were barely scrolling down. Pc gaming also strange: some games were running ok, some that had simple 2d graphics were slow, showing up jaggedly no matter on what resolution game was set.
    1. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase
       do not recommend buying this tv. The sony xf80 uses led edge lighting coupled to a dynamic contrast enhancer, a lower-cost alternative to local dimming control that makes viewing experience sadly not better but worse. Personally i had to disable it – distracting. It is located in picture menu settings called “adv. I think it would be better if the enhancer would be disabled by default or not implemented at all to reduce tvs price. The problem is that in one video cut scene image changes its diming few times (adding short video to illustrate). Maybe sony will fix it with software update, but most probably it is hardware problem – i have latest updates and this tv was on a market for a year. I could not find how to access usb drive from menu without unplugging and plugging it back to usb slot (i thought it should appear where input devices are, but no). You can access usb content by apps called “video”, “album” and “music” – confusing. For a 2018 smart tv model it has a very slow hardware. It comes with preinstalled asphalt nitro game that was first released in 2004 and it barely runs the game, so just by doing this you’ll see how poor hardware of this rpr 800 pounds tv is. I bought it on black friday deal for ~450, but it seems to me that its value is lot lower. It gets even slower when with wi-fi on – a simple text page on preinstalled bbc news app were barely scrolling down. Pc gaming also strange: some games were running ok, some that had simple 2d graphics were slow, showing up jaggedly no matter on what resolution game was set.
      1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV
        Had this tv over a month now and its been geat, i thought constant updates all the time because its android based but i have to say you will find most apps on the play store but they have been kept to a subtle minimum, all the big name apps are there but ones you find on your sony phone play store etc wont be available, and if they were it would need constant updates but this tv has everything in one place, no extra android tv boxes for netflix, youtube, kodi etc, its all here, flick between them all with ease. All you need to get going is a tv ariel and an ethernet connection, if you have a sky box even better. The best part of this tv is the headphone/output audio socket, now this wasn’t explained to me or added in other reviews, don’t be baffled that you need an extra soundbar if you already have a decent stereo/amp with speakers, you can simply connect this tv to your existing amp and you can have both sound coming from the tv speakers and your stereo at the same time. There are various settings you can adjust in the tv’s sound options and i was surprised to see this option as i was ‘told’ you cannot have this option as your set-up. Of course if you dont have the extra stereo options then maybe the extra soundbar might be good for you, but only if the extra audio ‘boom’ is in your interest, if not the sound is still adequate.
  2. Size: 49 InchStyle: TV Only

    This review is from : Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black

    Had this tv over a month now and its been geat, i thought constant updates all the time because its android based but i have to say you will find most apps on the play store but they have been kept to a subtle minimum, all the big name apps are there but ones you find on your sony phone play store etc wont be available, and if they were it would need constant updates but this tv has everything in one place, no extra android tv boxes for netflix, youtube, kodi etc, its all here, flick between them all with ease. All you need to get going is a tv ariel and an ethernet connection, if you have a sky box even better. The best part of this tv is the headphone/output audio socket, now this wasn’t explained to me or added in other reviews, don’t be baffled that you need an extra soundbar if you already have a decent stereo/amp with speakers, you can simply connect this tv to your existing amp and you can have both sound coming from the tv speakers and your stereo at the same time. There are various settings you can adjust in the tv’s sound options and i was surprised to see this option as i was ‘told’ you cannot have this option as your set-up. Of course if you dont have the extra stereo options then maybe the extra soundbar might be good for you, but only if the extra audio ‘boom’ is in your interest, if not the sound is still adequate.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Sony, nothing else to say
      All features as expected, sound quality could be a bit better, but acceptable. Definitely worth it’s money.
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        All features as expected, sound quality could be a bit better, but acceptable. Definitely worth it’s money.
  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars sony bravia

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    The only reason 5 stars was not awarded is that this tv is supposed to work with alexa remote control but unfortunately the app is not built into tv. I,m not sure if this is sonys fault or the seller. But very annoyed as i have spent hours online to try and get this app to no avail.
  4. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only

    This review is from : Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black

    The only reason 5 stars was not awarded is that this tv is supposed to work with alexa remote control but unfortunately the app is not built into tv. I,m not sure if this is sonys fault or the seller. But very annoyed as i have spent hours online to try and get this app to no avail.
  5. 3.0 out of 5 stars No pause/rewind, barely useful recording

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    Picture quality and sound are fine, the apps which sony software actually allows to work fully are also fine. A word of warning to anyone hoping for an all-in-one tv viewing solution. This is effectively a single tuner tv when it comes to recording. You have to watch the channel you are recording. Add to this the fact that you cannot record at all if using youview, it has to be disabled and sony’s own tv system used which excludes you from using a couple of the catch-up players. There is also no live tv pause/rewind function – although this capability would surely not be a stretch software wise, from forum browsing, it looks like customers have been pushing sony for this for years to no avail. Overall, i’m pretty disappointed in its smart functionality. A samsung at the same price point would do more.
    1. Size: 49 InchStyle: TV Only
      Picture quality and sound are fine, the apps which sony software actually allows to work fully are also fine. A word of warning to anyone hoping for an all-in-one tv viewing solution. This is effectively a single tuner tv when it comes to recording. You have to watch the channel you are recording. Add to this the fact that you cannot record at all if using youview, it has to be disabled and sony’s own tv system used which excludes you from using a couple of the catch-up players. There is also no live tv pause/rewind function – although this capability would surely not be a stretch software wise, from forum browsing, it looks like customers have been pushing sony for this for years to no avail. Overall, i’m pretty disappointed in its smart functionality. A samsung at the same price point would do more.
      1. 4.0 out of 5 stars Better deals elsewhere
        Great picture quality,but be aware freesat is not built in and freeview only works with a digital ariel. Built in speakers are ok,but only a 2yr guarantee here on amazon as opposed to 5 from john lewis at same price.
  6. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase
    Great picture quality,but be aware freesat is not built in and freeview only works with a digital ariel. Built in speakers are ok,but only a 2yr guarantee here on amazon as opposed to 5 from john lewis at same price.
  7. 3.0 out of 5 stars Not really happy.

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    Keep loosing internet connexion. Plus had same problem with the previous one.
  8. Size: 55 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase

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    Keep loosing internet connexion. Plus had same problem with the previous one.
  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Quality

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    What a bargain, so easy to set up , picture quality amazing.
    1. Size: 55 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase
      What a bargain, so easy to set up , picture quality amazing.
      1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture quality and sound
        Likepicturesoundnetflix button on remotedon’t likeremote must be pointed to tv base.
  10. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black

    Likepicturesoundnetflix button on remotedon’t likeremote must be pointed to tv base.
    1. 4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product, Totally Satisfied
      I simply love the fact the tv comes with android. I have then installed an iptv app and now have my iptv channels on it. Also, sony bravia is outstanding for playing on your playstation console. I am extremely happy with my purchase and recommend it.
      1. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only
        I simply love the fact the tv comes with android. I have then installed an iptv app and now have my iptv channels on it. Also, sony bravia is outstanding for playing on your playstation console. I am extremely happy with my purchase and recommend it.
  11. 1.0 out of 5 stars Arrived damaged.
    Wish i could actually provide a full in depth review of the product, however the tv arrived broken and unwatchable. Screen has multiple lines spanning full width and height of screen and numerous patches across the top. Not sure if it is manufacturer or seller but absolutely shocking quality control from both.
    1. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase
      Wish i could actually provide a full in depth review of the product, however the tv arrived broken and unwatchable. Screen has multiple lines spanning full width and height of screen and numerous patches across the top. Not sure if it is manufacturer or seller but absolutely shocking quality control from both.
  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent

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    Purchased in black friday sale for great value and the picture and sound quality is excellent and very good service from the delivery team with two people delivering it item ensuring it was handled carefully.
  13. Size: 55 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony BRAVIA KD55XF8096 55 Inch Android 4K HDR Ultra HD TV with Voice Remote/YouView and Freeview HD, Black, 2018 + Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Player, Black

    Purchased in black friday sale for great value and the picture and sound quality is excellent and very good service from the delivery team with two people delivering it item ensuring it was handled carefully.
  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars Sensor image the best day sun night dark

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    Sony is sony best quality after 15 days in use before i buy l saw bad comments maybe from other tvs but xf8 is perfect quality price sound the best and android the best. With this xf8 you never regretted.
    1. Size: 43 InchStyle: TV Only Verified Purchase
      Sony is sony best quality after 15 days in use before i buy l saw bad comments maybe from other tvs but xf8 is perfect quality price sound the best and android the best. With this xf8 you never regretted.

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