Sony was one of the very first brands to get a 4K TV to the market, and have been a strong diving force for 4K for a long time now. They were the first to deliver a true 4K video service with their 4K Video Unlimited service which was launched last September.
They have now pushed their 4K efforts even further by introducing nine new models in three new series. Their 4K TVs will now range from 49-inches, all the way up to 85-inches.
Having three series makes it easy to separate their models into their flagship highend series (Sony XBR X950B), their middle series (XBR X900B), and a new entry level 4K series (XBR X850B).
Every model has HDMI 2.0 support for 4K/60p content, along with HEVC h.265 codec support for the latest 4K streams, such as Netflix’s new 4K service which is launching soon.
Along with the 4K / Ultra HD resolution the new Sony 4K TVs support Sony’s 4K X Reality PRO picture engine for better upscaling, and TRILUMINOS display for an extra wide color gamut.
The new series also have a new “wedge” design. This gives more capacity to the lower section of the TV to incorporate larger speakers for improved audio quality and power. The TVs also feature Sony’s ClearAudio+ digital signal processing for improved high-quality audio. Other features include Motionflow™ XR 960 on the X950 and X900, and Motionflow XR 240 on the X850 series. All include 3D support, comes with two pairs of 3D glasses, and also support NFC and WiFi streaming.
Sony XBR-X950B Series
The Sony X950B series is Sony’s new 2014 4K flagship TV series. It is the only series to make use of Sony’s new X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology, which bosts the dynamic range of brightness, along with providing beeper blacks. This is the only direct LED backlit Sony 4K TV this year, and from seeing all of the models at CES 2014 in person, we could see the benefit of the full backlit array, with noticeable deeper blacks.
The Sony XBR-X900B series will be available in 65-inch (Sony 65X950B), and 85-inch sizes ( Sony 85X950B), and will be available in Spring 2014.
- Sony XBR-65X950B | 65-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
- Sony XBR-85X950B | 85-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
Sony XBR-X900B Series
The new middle range 4K TV is the Sony XBR-X900B Series, available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 79-inch sizes. The Sony X950B’s feature X-tended Dynamic Range technology, but not the PRO version. This is because they make use of Edge LED lighting, rather than back LED.
- Sony XBR-55X900B | 65-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
- Sony XBR-65X900B | 65-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
- Sony XBR-79X900B | 79-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
Sony XBR-X850B Series
Finally we have Sony’s entry level 4K models. Sony effort to “bring Sony’s leading 4K Ultra HD experience to a broader base of consumers”. So we hope these will be very well priced. The Sony XBR-X850B series will be available in 49-inch, 55-inch, and 70-inch sizes.
- Sony XBR-49X850B | 49-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
- Sony XBR-55X850B | 55-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
- Sony XBR-70X850B | 70-Inch, Spring 2014, No Pricing yet
Along with HDMI 2.0, and h.265 codec support, they also support MHL 3.0 which supports 4K output from tablets and Smartphones.
Our CES 2014 video to come soon!