This week Sony invited me to check out their new 84” 4K TV (XBR-84X900) in person. I knew it would be big, and probably quite pretty. I wasn’t prepared for just how big and pretty it would end up actually being. Sure you may have a pretty good idea what 84” looks like, but when it's such a vibrant and sharp screen, it makes it even more of a show stopper. This is both the largest and highest resolution TV sony has ever produced.
This is sony’s first 4K capable TV so it's worth talking briefly about what exactly 4K means. It's the next wave of high quality home theatre screen, well beyond the 1080p HDTV you’re use to now. In fact after enjoying some 4K quality, it almost makes 1080p looks as substandard as an old SD signal. It's four times the resolution of Full HDTV standards, with a whopping 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. Even on this massive 84” screen you can walk right up close and still not be able to see the individual pixels with the naked eye. 4K is a term you’re going to be hearing more of in the next few years as it starts to dominate HD.
This Sony TV features a 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine that processes the picture frame by frame making sure it looks as good as possible on the super-high-quality screen, whether you’re playing a Blu-ray disc, or TV show. This TV even supports passive 3D so you can use inexpensive, lightweight 3D glasses to enjoy the latest content which will look as good or better than it would in a movie theatre. I’m not often a fan of 3D TVs but when you have a 84” screen is somehow seems so much more immersive and effective.
With 4K poised to take over the home theatre landscape, Sony is flexing its muscle giving us a look into the future. This model isn’t cheap of course, targeted mainly at early adopters who are willing to spend in order to have the latest and greatest. After spending some time with this 84” 4K TV I’m really having trouble looking at any other screen the same way as I used to. Nothing seems good enough anymore. Sony has demonstrated that, yes, 4K TV really does make that much of a difference. I’m in awe.
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