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Sony KD-55XG8796 Review 55″ LCD TV

Quick review of the Sony KD-55XG8796 55″ LCD TV, an honest review as I brought this TV this year!

Sony KD-55XG8796
Sony KD-55XG8796

Some Specifications

  • Motionflow XR with auto mode for smooth & sharp picture
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio with front facing speakers
  • Picture quality: Motionflow XR 1000 Hz
  • HDR: HDR10 / Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
  • Catch-up TV & 4K streaming

Earlier on this year my LG 49″ TV got a purple haze in the top right corner, unfortunately the TV was out of the manufacturers warranty and I had not taken out any insurance. So I had to go TV shopping, my budget was approximately £500 but I ended up spending £950 with a voucher I am happy I spent that as I am more than happy with the result!


The Sony KD-55XG8796 comes with a huge 5 year guarantee so any issues you are pretty well covered, but it is worth checking out Curry’s excellent cover

So on with the review, the Sony KD-55XG8796 is a great TV to look at it fits well into any room. We have ours wall mounted in the corner of our lounge, even though its a large TV due to its slim frame design it seems to hide its size well.

Sony KD-55XG8796 wall mounted
Not the best picture but you get the idea!

As you can see in the picture above we have mounted a soundbar on the bottom of it this is because the sound on the TV itself is pretty poor, we used the following soundbar mount to do this

Last updated on October 21, 2020 8:04 pm

Apart from the sound the TV is perfect for my needs you can always twin it with a sound bar to improve the sound, one of the most noticeable things about this TV is the picture is that its stunning. The colours pop out and the blacks are black, there is no motion blur or juddering even in apps like Netflix. I cant comment on the in built freeview TV as I use Sky Q for our TV watching, and with SKY’s ultra HD its awesome!

The only thing I will say that if the screen is completely blank you can see some of the lighting through the screen, this is not noticeable with a picture on the screen.

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Full Specs

Technical specifications for SONY BRAVIA KD55XG8796BU 55″ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant

Screen size55″
Screen technologyLED backlit
Resolution4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p
HDR– Dolby Vision
– HDR10
– Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Processing rateMotionflow XR 1000Hz
Picture enhancement– HDR Processor X1
– TRILUMINOS display
– 4K X-Reality PRO
4K Ultra HD compatibility4K upscaling picture enhancement
Smart platformAndroid TV
Smart TV services– Catch up TV: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5
– Streaming: Netflix 4K, Prime Video 4K, Google Play Movies & TV, Rakuten
– Music: Spotify, Deezer, Tidal
– App store: Google Play Store
– Custom homepage
– Full internet browser
– Social media: YouTube 4K, Facebook Watch
– Gaming apps

Please note: Some services are only available in the UK
Voice controlled assistantGoogle Assistant
Screen mirroring– Chromecast
– Apple AirPlay
Smartphone appVideo & TV Sideview: Remote app
Other smart features– Works with Amazon Alexa
– Apple Home Kit compatible
– Netflix Calibrated Mode
WiFiBuilt-in WiFi
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
Connections– HDMI 2.0b x 4
– Composite input x 1
– USB 3.0 x 1
– USB 2.0 x 2
Audio output– Optical x 1
– 3.5 mm jack x 1
TV tunerFreeview HD

Please note: Some services are only available in the UK
Electronic programme guide7-day EPG and 7-day catch up with YouView
Audio power20 W
Sound enhancement– Acoustic Multi-Audio (sound from screen)
– Dolby Atmos
Voice control– Via remote
– Direct voice control
PVR functionYes (with external hard drive)
VESA mount300 x 200
Table-top standYes
Energy efficiency classA
On-mode power consumption111 W
Annual power consumption154 kWh
Colour– TV: Black
– Stand: Dark silver
Hardware required– Aerial
– Router
Box contents– Sony BRAVIA KD55XG8796BU 55″ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant
– Voice remote control
– Batteries
– AC power cord
– Quick setup guide
– Instructions
Dimensions– TV: 713 x 1231 x 52 mm (H x W x D)
– TV with stand: 776 x 1231 x 316 mm (H x W x D)
– Boxed: 817 x 1332 x 158 mm (H x W x D)
Weight– TV: 18.7 kg
– TV with stand: 19.7 kg
– Boxed: 26 kg
Guarantee5 years
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