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Sony KDL-55W955

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and color. The sound and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the black level. Comments are divided on the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony KDL-55W955 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 25 reviews)

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Sony KDL-55W955 LED Smart TV review

 

The 55-inch Sony KDL-55W955 is the first of the company's new "wedge" flatscreen designs to land on our test bench. Reserved for its W85 and W95 Full HD screens and the X85/X9 4K Ultra-HD fleet, the triangle profile isn't just eye-catching but cleverly...

Sony’s innovative wedge design reaps big rewards when it comes to audio performance, motion handling and colour fidelity are top notch, a raft of Smart connectivity options ensure you’ll always have something to watch

Multimedia playback is disappointingly flaky (particularly via network NAS), Smart proposition lacks ITV Player and 4OD, Social View and Skype implementations not entirely convincing, images unable to deliver deepest black levels

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Sony KDL-55W955 review

 

Sony gives the TV market a wedgey

The wedge design works ; Good sound quality ; Some good Smart features ; Bright pictures look great

Black levels are average ; Cheaper Sony TVs are better ; Wedge design may divide ; It's a big unit

It's tragic that a TV with so much going for it and such heritage behind it should be let down so dramatically by the shortcomings of the core third-party panel Sony has chosen to place at the 55W955's heart.

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Sony KDL-55W955B review

 

Sony's new 55-inch Full flatscreen isn't just internet connected, it's also wedge-shaped, promising a dramatically improved audio performance. Read on for our Sony KDL-55W955B review

Sharp ; colour rich images ; Superior audio performance ; Distinctive wedge design

Lack of deep blacks ; Unreliable multimedia playback ; Incomplete catch-up roster

There's plenty to admire about this big Sony. While audacious, it transpires that the wedge design offers genuine benefits when it comes to audio performance; there's no soundbar needed here.

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Sony KDL-55W955

 

Trivial Pursuit piece. Cheese. Door stop. Shoe. Rogue Squadron pilot. The humble wedge has many uses. In 2014, we can add TV design to that illustrious list, as Sony introduces a wedge shape to its higher-end TV line-up.

Excellent image detail and motion resolution; Wedge design; Discovery content bar

Clunky app portal; sluggish behaviour; unstable media server; ugly Skype camera; Social View nonsense

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Sony KDL-55W955B

 

Sony's impressive 2014 TV run grinds to a shuddering halt

Wedge design is unusual and attractive, Colour handling and detail levels are excellent, Content focus of the Smart TV system works well

Poor native black level response, Cheaper Sony sets' pictures are better!, Wedge design won't appeal to everyone

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Sony Bravia KDL-50W829B review

 

Fantastic picture quality for the price

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Sony KDL-50W829B

 

Remarkably clear and detailed picture, Natural colour balance, Smooth motion, Deep black levels, Decent sound, Smart interface is slick and intuitive, Remote is responsive and easy to use, Sleek design, Good connectivity and features

Whites could be a touch brighter and punchier, Hint of 3D image instability, Reds could be more vivid, Rivals offer crisper detail

It may have lost a star, but this 50in Sony is still worth an audition

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Sony KDL-55W955B

 

The W95 is a good TV in many regards, but we expect fireworks from a flagship set and the Sony just doesn't quite deliver

Good detail and motion handling ; Excellent colour balance ; Dynamic sound

Struggles with blacks and shadow detail ; Inconsistent backlight ; Picture could be more immersive

Flagship products always come with the weight of expectation, it’s just a shame that we’re left wanting more from the Sony KDL-55W955B TV.

Product Specifications

Configuration

2D to 3D Conversion: Yes
Application Store: Yes
DVB-C:DVB-C (MPEG4) / No
DVB-S:DVB-S2 (HD) / No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG4) / No
DVB-T2:No / Yes
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
HbbTV: No
Media Player:Audio/Video
Processor Cores:Single-Core
USB Recording:No / Yes
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No
Web Browser: Yes
Web Content Access: Yes

Connectivity

CI Plus:No / Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
HDMI: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:Unknown

Display

Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:400 / 960
Full HD: Yes
LED Backlight:Edge LED

Energy Information

Energy Efficiency Class (EU):A+ / Unknown
Power Switch: No

General Features

3D: Yes
3D Technology:Polarised Glasses / Shutter Glasses
Product Type:LCD
Screen Format:16:9
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