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Sony KD-55XE8596

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Sony KD-55XE8596. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the remote control and durability. Reviews are divided on the sound.

image quality, usability, price, design, reliability

durability, remote control

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony KD-55XE8596 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Techradar Great Value 2017

Expert review by: John Archer (

Sony BRAVIA X850E (XBR-65X850E) review


A 4K HDR TV that doesn't destroy your bank account

Great value ; Good HDR pictures ; Excellent SDR pictures

HDR isn’t very bright ; Android TV is frustrating ; Slightly flimsy build quality

Considering it costs well under two grand, the 65X850E manages to cling on to a startling amount of relatively high-end features - including, most notably, Sony’s excellent X1 picture processing system. This joins a much-improved backlight system in...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Sony KD-55XE8596 review


A pretty affordable 55in 4K TV, but the HDR performance needs to be better

Natural, neutral, balanced pictures ; Handles motion well ; Good detail, particularly in blacks ; Easy to use

Dull HDR performance ; Upscaler isn’t particularly impressive

A solid Sony but lacks the dynamism to do HDR justice.

Jul, 2017

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: John Archer (

Sony KD-55XE8596


The 55XE8596 is a new 55-inch TV from the middle of Sony's latest 4K range. It still supports HDR despite only costing £1,290, uses edge LED lighting with whole frame dimming, and deploys a combination of YouView and Android TV for its smart features.

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Philip Kent (

Great looking TV with fatal flaws.


I have spent the best part of 2 days playing with all the settings on this TV, perhaps the most complicated and frustrating TVs I have ever used. It is full of Sony bloatware that requires hours of your time to cut through that and make it usable - it...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Rubberduck1 (

Brilliant purchase


Bought 3 weeks ago , looks fantastic , brilliant picture , sound is very good , I am currently listening through a home theatre system, sound bar might be better, all the apps are great and easy to use , when hooked up with your andrion device, it...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Lewi (

Great tv well worth the money


Really pleased with the 8596 55"tv looks great on the wall , well equipped and the picture is amazing on hd or 4K , smart side of it is easy to set up and use . Great service from Richer sounds why go anywhere else ?

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: MR NMC (

Brilliant 4K TV - 10/10


Hi after reading lots of reviews on sets in this price range i made my purchase and must say am extremely happy. 1, The Sony upscales standard Sky broadcasts to what looks above 1080p quality. Watch a 4K ultra hdr film on the built in Netflix and the...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: McDonutz (

Great picture


I bought this on a black Friday bundle and it was worth every penny. The image is absolutely fantastic, especially when watching UHD blurays. I use an external speaker system so can't vouch for the quality of the inbuilt speakers. My only complaint is...

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Abcdefghi (



Fantastic Sony in 4 k yes please If your looking for a good tv this is the one

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Spagey1978 (

Superb 4k TV


Bought to replace a 42inch HD TV. Picture quality and features are superb.

Dec, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio decoders:DTS,Dolby Digital
Audio decoding technologies:Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Digital Pulse
Audio system:ClearAudio+
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:20
Sound modes:Movie, Music, Sports, Standard


Wi-Fi certified:Y


Color of product:Black, Silver
Heavy metals free:Hg (mercury)
Peak luminance ratio:80
Year of production:2017


Display Diagonal:54.6
Display Diagonal (metric):54.6
Display Resolution:3840 x 2160
Display Technology:LED
HD type:4K Ultra HD
High frequency rate:100
LED backlighting type:Edge-LED
Motion interpolation frequency:1000
Motion interpolation technology:Motionflow XR
Screen shape:Flat
Supported graphics resolutions:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:480i,480p,576i,576p,720p,1080i,1080p


On/Off switch:Y
VESA mounting:Y
VESA mounting interfaces:200 x 200

Management Features

Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Number of OSD languages:31
On Screen Display (OSD):Y
On/Off timer:Y
Sleep Timer:Y


Browser supported:Opera
Ethernet LAN:Y
Web browser:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Stand width:20.4

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Cables included:AC
Desktop stand:Y
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

Package depth:6.46
Package height:32.4
Package weight:57.3
Package width:52.4


24p support:Y
Audio formats supported:AAC,FLAC,MP3,MP4,WAV,WMA
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI):Y
Image formats supported:JPEG XR
Subtitles function:Y
Supported file systems:FAT16,FAT32,NTFS,exFAT
Teletext function:Y
USB recording:Y
Voice control:Y

Ports & interfaces

Audio Return Channel (ARC):Y
Common interface Plus (CI+):Y
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:2
DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:4
Headphone outputs:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
RF ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3


AC input frequency:50
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Annual Energy Consumption:139
Energy efficiency class:A
Energy saving mode:Y
Power consumption (max):180
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):100

Smart TV

Internet TV:Y
Lifestyle apps:Google Apps
Operating system installed:Android
Screen mirroring:Y
Smart TV:Y
User memory:16

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Play
LED backlight:Y
Light sensor:Y

TV Tuner

Digital signal format system:DVB-C,DVB-S,DVB-S2,DVB-T,DVB-T2
Tuner Type:Analog & digital

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (with stand):9.92
Height (with stand):30.4
Package depth:6.46
Package height:32.4
Package weight:57.3
Package width:52.4
Weight with stand:43
Width (with stand):48.5