A Review of the Sony XBR79X900B 79-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV

20 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4K TV Said To Be Thinner Than iPhone 6, Coming This Summer.

Sony gave its 2015 4K Ultra HDTV product a formal sendoff by unveiling six new series of UHD LED LCD TVs, highlighted by XBR65X930C and XBR75X940C models offering enhanced performance dynamics, including the ability to display a wide color gamut and high dynamic range.”Sony has always been the leader in 4K and our exclusive Sony technologies have been at the core of providing TV lovers with the best picture quality, no matter what content they are watching.Sony’s Braiva line of 4K ultra HD TVs is already well known among 4K TV fans and tech watchers for its overall quality and feature rich specifications.

The company said it will be bringing three different models of this new super thin 4K TV with screens that measure either 55-inches, 65-inches or 75-inches. Some particularly outstanding features of these TVs include their X-tended Dynamic Range for more active control of LED backlighting zones and the powerful side-mounted speakers that not only give the XBR79X900B and its cousins their distinct appearance but also pack a powerful sonic punch when pumping audio into your living room. While Sony TVs have had expanded color, brightness range and upscaling for years, the X1 processor takes another step forward in improving these features.

The really impressive thing about the way televisions have been going thin in recent years is that these 4K TVs still aren’t as thin as some other competitors but there’s something to be said for the way things are going. Thanks to X-Reality™ PRO Picture Engine, developed from over ten years of experience in upscaling, all existing HD content is upscaled to super clear 4K quality. Furthermore, when it comes to depth, clarity and sheer color vibrancy of images, the XBR79X900B is truly a high performer in its class even if it doesn’t quite match the now superior (but also much more expensive) OLED and quantum dot features of the newest LG and Samsung SUHD models.

And TRILUMINOS™, found on the X850C series and up, provides the widest color range ever and dynamic color correction ensures colors are as consistent and accurate as possible.” Sony’s new flagship is the 75-inch XBR-75X940C, an $8,000 set that’s the only model kitted out with the company’s highest-end “X-Tended Dynamic Range PRO” contrast-enhancing feature. All of the 4K UHD TV models incorporate Sony’s X-Realty Pro upscaling system that processes lower resolution content for display on the higher-resolution screens. As well as the announcement that Sony is rolling out these superthin 4K TVs, the company had previously let people know what they were planning on charging for some of their other 4K TVs. For starters, as we’d already mentioned, Sony has built a number of features into the XBR79X900B to give it a truly interesting and exceptional level of color rendition that shines with vibrancy.

It’s a full-array 4K panel with local dimming, and Sony claims the extra contrast boost of the Dynamic Range PRO technology makes the LCD panel produce deeper, plasma-like blacks in addition to brighter bright areas. The company is claiming three times the brightness range—the delta between the darkest parts of a scene and the brightest—compared to your run-of-the-mill LED-backlit LCD set. In previous generations of Sony sets, “Triluminos” was synonymous with quantum-dot technology, although the company now claims it is not using quantum-dot-based tech in its Triluminos displays.

And these are just the main audio features, other details include several different sound modes such as Music, Cinema, Game, Sports and compressed audio, S-Master technology, sound boosters and Dolby Digital, Digital Plus and 5.1 Channel Audio Out sound. Although, this has been Samsung’s forte till date, the experts believe that the televisions from Sony will certainly give Samsung a run for their money. The X930C and X940C series will also be compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content via a firmware update this summer, which will add HDMI 2.0a capability (among other things) to the set to enable reading HDR metadata from specially encoded HDR content.

Finally, as is guaranteed to be the case with Sony, these TVs provide some truly powerful connectivity that won’t leave you missing out on anything at all in terms of online and VOD content in either 4K or HD formats. Demo footage certainly looked promising, with vibrant reds and vivid colors even in bokeh’d-out background scenes, but only real-world tests will determine how it looks with regular TV and movies. Full HEVC compatibility, HDCP 2.2 compliance and several HDMI 2.0 ports all work together to make sure that no content source is excluded from your reach. Customers love thinner smartphones, but there isn’t really any proof they love televisions that are so thin they look like the could break in a strong breeze. Furthermore, and this is crucial: Having one of Sony’s TVs gives you guaranteed compatibility with Sony’s set-top 4K media player and its vast library of over 500 hours of 4K UHD content.

Given how much effort Sony has invested in making the XBR79X900B into one powerful, high performance 4K TV, and given its price, there is little to declare bad about this excellent model. I can have a picture of room looking out of a bright window and I’ll see details outside the window but at the same time I can see details inside the shadows in the room, which is what you see in real life.

Unlike Vizio’s Reference Series sets, which are due out later this year and similarly optimized for HDR video, these Sony sets are built to enhance non-HDR video, too. Sony claims its new sets can essentially “upscale” normal 4K and HD video to something closer to HDR video, as the company’s goal is to make the new sets play nice with the bulk of content already out there.

The X910C, which features a 75-inch model that will also ship later this summer, features a similarly thin panel size and floating-screen size, but is slightly thicker than the X900C models. Sony is claiming the 65-inch XBR-65X930C still gives you double the dark-to-bright range of a normal LCD, and other than the screen size and that HDR feature, it has the same features as the $8,000 model. This year’s X 4K and W HDTV series TVs, W850C and W800C sets feature an Android TV operating system, which brings access to content from a range of over-the-top streaming services including: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, PBS, PBS KIDS, EPIX, YuppTV, iHeartRadio, Madefire, PlutoTV, Vevo and others. Each set has a front-firing, multiple-speaker setup totaling 90 watts, built-in Wi-Fi, a voice-search-capable remote, and a “Motionflow” rating of a simulated 1440Hz. (Sony doesn’t list the native refresh rate for each set.) The sets will have both HEVC and VP9 decoders, too. Other smart features include Google Cast that allows casting a favorite program app on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, PC, Mac or Chromebook to the TV.

Interestingly, if you’re just starting with some lower level audio on the TV, you might even find yourself surprised by how subdued these speakers can be. It doesn’t matter what is in the center of your universe, because I can seamlessly incorporate this into my televisions, so you can start watching a movie on my TV, hit pause, and pick up watching it on your tablet, then go over and watch a little bit more on the smartphone.

As you stretch the speakers out to really pump the volume or reproduce multi-layered, complex sounds, their sheer scope and power quickly become audible. Furthermore, the separation between background noises and voices or between different, varied sound layers that these speakers produce is probably the most impressive you’ll see in any 2014 4K TV. Also, the woofers use a type of magnetic fluid technology that allows for extremely efficient but also realistic sound quality and the 65 watt speaker power is way ahead of the much more typical 20 to 40 watt speakers you’ll find on even many higher-end 4K TV models from other brands. Sony If you’re looking for a thinner set, you’ll have to do without that full-array backlight system, but it’s hard to imagine anything slimmer than Sony’s 55-inch XBR-55X900C, 65-inch XBR-65X900C, or 75-inch XBR-75X910C.

Previewed at CES 2015, these crazy-thin panels are each slimmer than a smartphone. (Think about that.) The 55-incher weighs less than 40 pounds even when its stand is attached, and Sony supplies a bracket in the box for mounting it on the wall like a picture. In the case of the XBR79X900B, it’s definitely a highlight feature, and while some buyers might prefer the more minimalist elegance of Samsung 4K TV design or one of LG’s OLED ultra-thin TVs, the Sony 79X900B truly creates presence in a room with its solid, heavy duty appearance. As the selection of discontinued models continues to clog dealer inventories, the manufacturers are upping the ante by giving their retailers larger instant rebates, which translate into savings up to 64% off of the m.s.r.p. prices and up to thousands lower prices than their 2015 replacements.

The line also includes some of the thinnest LCD screens to […] Vizio first showed prototypes of its Reference Series Ultra HDTV line more than a year ago, but it still wasn’t ready to reveal release plans for the high-end enhanced 4K UHD sets at its New York City press conference Monday evening. The occasion also provided the opportunity to officially release pricing and ship dates […] Spring is here, and with it comes baseball, early flower blossoms, budding tree leaves and the warming sun – let’s go outside and watch TV!

One of the few remaining growth areas of the television market comes from big-screen LCD TVs with special cabinetry designed to resist the elements. […] What some look to as the holy grail of source devices – Ultra HD Blu-ray™ continues to move closer to completion this week as members of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) resolve remaining elements for the format’s specifications. For starters, the side angle viewing, a feature which can vary considerably on many TVs, keeps a lot of its richness and color vibrancy even at fairly sharp off angles in the 79X900B. More on what to expect in the final Ultra HD Blu-ray spec. after the break: TV manufacturers are quickly transitioning larger-sized screens to 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) resolution, and the latest wave of models are bringing must-have features at increasingly tempting prices. If you watch something in native 1080p Full HD, the improvement is even more notable and you can thank the 4K X-Reality PRO engine for these computer generated improvements.

Furthermore, the Smart TV platform gives you out of the box access to the best in online streaming 4K content apps like Netflix and Amazon.com Instant Video while also featuring full-scale web-browsing and access to hundreds of other content and music apps. This latter feature allows you to turn on the TV’s Twitter app scrolling feed and find out what others on the web are watching and what their opinions are of any given show that you happen to be viewing. While this isn’t necessarily a negative aspect (especially given the power of the speakers), it is something that has made this into one bloody heavy TV at just over 130 lbs without the stand. Although you’re getting your hands on a truly large, powerful and excellent piece of technology, better TVs are available and this one could easily cost at least $500 less to be an even more worthwhile purchase.

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