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Sony TV owners thread
« on: April 23, 2018, 19:47 »
It's been almost ten years since the heyday of Pioneer and Panasonic - more than 2000 posts I recall..
Since then there has been a lot more projectors and of course OLED TVs, which have certainly generated a lot of excitement.
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 19:49 »
Just posting some links to settings for the Z9D:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DHbOHnfinMFLuJCwwf52Lnm-FQ9etqNy8dIKNHlxBk0/edit#gid=0

https://www.avforums.com/threads/sony-kd-65-75zd9-settings-thread.2057416/

https://www.avforums.com/video/sony-kd-65zd9-best-tv-picture-settings.12935

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/166-lcd-flat-panel-displays/2545769-official-sony-xbr-65z9d-owner-s-thread-no-price-talk-please-88.html#post46576609

https://www.avforums.com/threads/sony-kd-65-75zd9-settings-thread.2057416/

How to check the hours:
1. TV must be in standby mode. (Power off).
2. Press the following buttons on the Remote Control within a second of each other: DISPLAY > Channel 5 > Volume - > POWER. (Make sure to hit Volume- and NOT Volume+.)

The panel hours will be the third number at the bottom left of the screen as illustrated below.

To exit the self-check diagnostic screen, turn off the power to the TV by pressing the POWER button on the remote or the POWER button on the TV.


Some 3D settings for the Z9D:
http://www.avsforum.com/forum/166-lcd-flat-panel-displays/2545769-official-sony-xbr-65z9d-owner-s-thread-no-price-talk-please-192.html#post50046561
http://youtu.be/hu3emM6RjKQ

FW history:


Here are the firmware releases I have:


2016-11-18 - sony_dtvota_2016_1600612100_naa_auth:
"This software update (version PKG6.0612.0004NAA) provides general performance improvements of the TV."
Last Marshmallow release


2017-05-10 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602414100_naa_auth:
Android N
Picture-in-picture while in an app
Task-switching
Samba Interactive TV
Asphalt Nitro
BT audio support (only applicable to E models and not the Z)
Hybrid Log-Gamma (can be used via USB/Home Network and HDMI)
Improved Settings Screen (Shows up as a pane on the right instead of taking the whole screen)
Can use multiple Google accounts on the TV


2017-07-11 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602648100_naa_auth:
This software update (version PKG6.2648.0065NAA) provides the following changes and benefits:
Improvements over version PKG6.2414.0040NAA:


Adds support for the Amazon® Alexa™ app that runs on Amazon Echo™ devices
Resolves an issue where optical digital sound sometimes stops
Resolves an issue where the TV speakers and the sound from the PS4 controller are out of sync
Resolves an issue where frame drops occur and the AV is out of sync when playing 4K HDR 60fps content


2017-10-03 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602669100_naa_auth:
Not sure about what's changed in this release. The notes I have are as follows.


Adds support for the Amazon® Alexa™ app that runs on Amazon Echo™ devices
Resolves an issue where optical digital sound sometimes stops
Resolves an issue where the TV speakers and the sound from the PS4 controller are out of sync
Resolves an issue where frame drops occur and the AV is out of sync when playing 4K HDR 60fps content


2017-11-07 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602676100_naa_auth
"This software update (version PKG6.2676.0070NAA) adds the Google Assistant function."


2018-01-16 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602818100_naa_auth:
This software update (version PKG6.2818.0070NAA) provides the following benefits:


Improves general performance of the TV
Adds support for Dolby Vision™ content


2018-03-20 - sony_dtvota_2016_1602858100_naa_auth:
This software update (version PKG6.2858.00082NAA) provides the following benefits:


Improves general performance of the TV
Improves performance for Amazon Prime® video playback
Resolves a condition where a short beeping sound is heard when changing channels
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 19:54 »
Some reviews of the ZD9:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/LpTjitk31JA&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/LpTjitk31JA&fs=1</a>
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 19:55 »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UECcjZrRtWA]http://youtu.be/UECcjZrRtWA[/url]&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/UECcjZrRtWA]http://youtu.be/UECcjZrRtWA[/url]&fs=1</a>


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ps-JIttlB8c&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ps-JIttlB8c&fs=1</a>
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 09:49 »
AppleTV 4K DV already works - looks phenomenal
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 09:56 »
I found this pretty useful to reduce some of the lag in the Android system in Sony TVs

https://youtu.be/w3ZnPq06jjA

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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2018, 10:02 »
AppleTV 4K DV already works - looks phenomenal

Thanks
Waiting for it to come to the players. I guess LG's implemented system seems more robust.
Sony requires the player to have the needed code for DV to work.
Looking forward to seeing it. Cheers
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 21:22 »
Sony's android tv Youtube does not support HDR. If you want youtube HDR on your Sony TV you can consider installing this alternate youtube app.

https://smartyoutubetv.github.io/

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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2018, 22:23 »
I got sent some questions which I think current Z9D owners may be able to - please ask in the forum guys, my set hasn't arrived yet :)


Q1:
Is the power cord detachable


Q2:


Is the blinking / flashing issue seen in the AVS forum fixed or do we have it locally?


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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 22:34 »
Some notes about Sony's pricing..
They are pretty strict on discounts, almost Mac-like in keeping prices consistent..
LG often organises sales, with real discounts, freebies etc. The stores also price the runout items at real discounts. For Sony, you need to approach the sales staff, intimate to them that you are really in the market and willing to buy right there.
If there are runout stuff, you are likely to get a good deal. If you offer to buy the insurance/warranty, the sales staff will be more likely to package something together for you.
Since there are a few folks looking for the Z9D, why not come together and talk to the reps together?

All the best, and enjoy your buys!
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2018, 22:51 »
I got sent some questions which I think current Z9D owners may be able to - please ask in the forum guys, my set hasn't arrived yet :)


Q1:
Is the power cord detachable


Q2:


Is the blinking / flashing issue seen in the AVS forum fixed or do we have it locally?


Cheers

Q1 : Didn't really see how it was attached during the installation but I somehow couldn't get it detached from the TV. Afraid might damage the socket (if it exists) or cable, hence never dare use too much force so gave up.

Q2 : Oh, don't worry about all those issues discussed in those AVS or AV forums. Most if a not all have already been resolved with the firmware updates. I never have had any issue since the previous firmware update before the current one. Used to have some motion issues at the beginning but now the set is working perfectly, better than my newer 9400E.
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2018, 23:17 »
Detachable cord important for me as I run the cables thru my feature wall. I was told by the sales at Best that it is detectable but best to double check the manual. I am also looking for a 65” TV, maybe a 9000 or 8500 series.

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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2018, 23:23 »
Q1 : Didn't really see how it was attached during the installation but I somehow couldn't get it detached from the TV. Afraid might damage the socket (if it exists) or cable, hence never dare use too much force so gave up.

Q2 : Oh, don't worry about all those issues discussed in those AVS or AV forums. Most if a not all have already been resolved with the firmware updates. I never have had any issue since the previous firmware update before the current one. Used to have some motion issues at the beginning but now the set is working perfectly, better than my newer 9400E.
Thanks bro - thumbs up!
I downloaded the local manual and it talks about cleaning the AC lead and not using a non-Sony lead. That seems to suggest that the lead is detachable..


Anyway for my older TV, I got the electrician to fashion an IEC plug, so even if it's non-detachable, that's no big deal..
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Re: Sony TV owners thread
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2018, 01:17 »
Thinking of getting the 65" Z9D to replace me 7 yrs-old Pana plasma.
Had wanted to get the LG C7 initially but read good reviews on the Z9D too.
Any idea what is the best price for this runout model?
IIRC it was still rather high a couple of months back compared to the C7.

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2018, 13:03 »
Thanks bro - thumbs up!
I downloaded the local manual and it talks about cleaning the AC lead and not using a non-Sony lead. That seems to suggest that the lead is detachable..


Anyway for my older TV, I got the electrician to fashion an IEC plug, so even if it's non-detachable, that's no big deal..

For 65inch Z9D the power cord is not detachable, not sure about other sizes