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I was happy with it at $1300
on June 1, 2015
I bought this 4K UHTV to replace a Panasonic 42" plasma that died. I bought the Sony when it was priced at $1300. Now it's $800. I did get the difference back from BB, since they honored their low price guarantee.
A brand-new Sony 43" 4K for $800? Yep. I was happy with it at $1300, now I'm absolutely delighted.
This TV has one of the best pictures I have ever seen. And for me, that's the bottom line. Netflix in 4K, which was added 5/31/15, has to be seen to be believed. It really is as good as you've heard.So is YouTube in 4K. Amazon Prime Instant Video in 4K isn't here yet, but the 1080 version is, and it looks great.
Every source you play through this TV is upscaled to 4K, and everything looks wonderful. Regular TV, recorded HD TiVo programs, streaming shows, Blu-Ray, AppleTV, the Playstation 4, and even a PC when using this as a computer monitor. Plus, I use a Google Nexus 6 smartphone, which shoots video in 4K. I uploaded some clips to YouTube and they look insanely good on the TV. Everything looks better than ever.
It has a lot of inputs: 4 HDMI (all support 4K) 3 USB, one component, one composite, ethernet, antenna, etc. One great feature, for those of us who have older AV receivers without HDMI capability - all the audio that enters this set, whether HDMI, streaming, OTA or analog, is output via the digital optical cable. So I can just leave my receiver on TV input, and everything comes out great. It does produce surround sound - but the 5.1 lights on my receiver don't come on. No big deal - the surround sound is excellent.
To use this for 4K streaming, you will need fast internet. But that's true of every 4K set. I have 75/75 and it's great. The only issue is sometimes on YouTube or Netflix 4K, the picture stutters a bit from time to time. It will stop...and a second later start again. I'm not sure whether that's this TV, or my internet. I'm going to try a test with the Nvidia Shield 4K STB, to see if that stutters, too. I'll let you know.
In a way, this TV is like an enormous smartphone. It's powered by Android TV, using Google's Lollipop OS. It has apps like a phone, has to be updated like a phone, and even needs the occasional restart like a phone. It connects to the Google Play store, as well as Google Music and Movies.
Sony is gradually releasing the software for this set over time, when it becomes available. A lot of it is just being approved for Android TV. That's why Netflix just came out - Google just released 4K Netflix for Android TV three days ago. I believe a browser will arrive soon, along with Amazon 4K, and perhaps Ultraflix (4K movies). So far, the updates happen every two weeks, on Sunday morning. So we'll see what, if anything, we get June 14th.
This model is Sony's entry level 4K. It does not come with the voice-activated remote, and does not feature some of the the ultra-high-end picture elements the huge screens do. But I had to fit this into a specific cabinet, and I needed this exact size screen.
For me? The unbelievable picture quality, the price, the features and the size make it a home run.