Here at PR, there is nothing we like more than a big screen experience, so the forthcoming arrival of Sony’s new 84-inch Ultra HD 4K TV has left us drooling. It is sure to be a big hit with those with deep enough pockets to afford it, although the $25,000 price tag will be out of reach for most.
With 4 times the resolution of standard HD sets the 4K LCD screen contains an impressive 8 million pixels, 3840×2160, and by using edge lit LED technology the picture is crisp, realistic and the color contrast exact. This means viewers can enjoy a wider 60-degree viewing angle and sit much closer to the unit. Sony has for the first time introduced passive 3D, which they claim is the closest thing to 3D theatre in your own home. 2 pairs of 3D glasses are included.
Virtual 5.1 Surround Sound is provided by a 50w amplifier driving 10 speakers, configured in 2 banks of 5 that are fitted neatly to the side of the unit. This leads to claims of a truly immersive sound experience and an enlarged sweet spot so everyone in the room can enjoy the sound quality.
The TV panel dimensions are a whopping 84×44 inches and will bring the feeling of the theatre to any room. Due to the edge lit technology the TV is only a little over 3 inches thick. With 4 HDMI sockets, built in Wi-Fi and 2 USB sockets Sony have got the connectivity options covered.
Although the Sony XBR-84X900 is certainly leading the way in big screen home entertainment, there are undoubtedly a few issues. Of course the eye watering price tag will be a big concern to most, but in time, as with all technology this is expected to drop significantly. One of the biggest issues surely has to be what to watch on your new super screen. YouTube does support 4K content, although it does seem to be limited in choice. There are a few cameras out there that are capable of filming in 4K for you, such as the new GoPro Hero 3 (which we will review here soon) if home editing is your thing. It should also be remembered that there are currently a lack of compatible disc or media players available. There are however some Blu-Ray players that are able to upscale Blu-Ray discs to 4k.
So it appears the future is here and really big TV screens are a reality, but will they be coming to a lounge near you? With Sony facing competition from LG who have produced an 84-inch 4K Ultra HD TV of their own for $20,000 this can only be a good thing. After all we all like a bit of healthy competition. We will run a comparison of the Sony XBR-84X900 and the LG 84LM9600 here soon. Will anyone here be rushing out to buy it, or what price would you be willing to pay for that true home theatre experience?
You can check out Sony’s official video below, which showcases the new 84-inch 4K TV although we’d love to know your thoughts on the specs and price.