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Sony 4K TV UHD Model Lineup – Comparison & Reviews (2015-2016)

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Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs Lineup 2016

Sony 4K Ultra HD TV Lineup (2015-2016) This page contains a roundup of all of the top-rated Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs, presented here for a comparison of price, features, and reviews. Ultra HD TVs have 4 times the resolution of the best 1080p Full HD TVs. 4K TVs give you a resolution of 3840 × 2160 or over 8 megapixels verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD TVs. 4K content is starting to appear at Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, and more. All 2015-2016 Sony 4K Televisions come with the 4K X-Reality™ Pro image processor, which can upconvert Full HD content to 4K giving you a better picture for current programs available. The new X1 4K processor is also on all new Sony 4K TVs.

SmartReview.com previewed these 4K UHD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show and the clarity almost looks like you are looking through a window. The best way to view a 4K TV is closeup as the pixels are much smaller than normal HD sets. When sitting closer, you will have a more immersive movie theater type experience. Sony’s TRILUMINOS™ Display is Sony’s version of (Quantum Dots), or nano crystal technology, which greatly expands the color pallette for great picture quality. Sony has been a leader in 4K technology and has over 15,000 Sony 4K Digital Cinema Projectors installed at theaters worldwide. So in effect, you will be seeing movie theater resolution at home. The big news for 2016 is 4K HDR added to the 2016 Sony lineup. These TVs are ideal for home theaters. Below is a comparison of the current Sony 4K TV lineup, with major features, and consumer reviews for models in each series.


Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs Model Lineup (2015-2016)
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Sony XBR X850D
4K UHD Series
(Flat LED TV)
Sony XBR X930D
4K UHD Series
(Flat LED TV)
Sony XBR X940C
4K SUHD Series
(Flat LED TV)
Sony XBR X850C
4K UHD Series
(Flat LED TV)


Sony XBR X850D Series
4K Ultra HD TVs
55, 65, and 75-inch sizes


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Sony XBR X930D Series
4K Ultra HD TVs
55 and 65-inch size


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Sony XBR X940C Series
4K Ultra HD TVs
75-inch size


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Sony XBR X850C Series
4K Ultra HD TVs
55, 65, and 75-inch sizes


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2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
Curved LED 4K TV
Frame LED Dimming
TRILUMINOS™ Display
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20 watt sound system
Native 120Hz
Motionflow® XR 960
4 HDMI (2.0)
802.11ac Wi-Fi
WiFi Direct
Smart TV
Android TV
– – –
– – –
4K X-Reality™ Pro
4K Upscaling
2016 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
4K HDR
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
Flat LED 4K TV
Dynamic LED Dimming
TRILUMINOS™ Display
X-tended Dynamic Range™
30 watt sound system
Native 120Hz
Motionflow® XR 960
4 HDMI (2.0)
802.11ac Wi-Fi
WiFi Direct
Smart TV
Android TV
3D Ready
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4K X-Reality™ Pro
4K Upscaling
2016 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
4K HDR
** Best of 2016 **
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
Flat LED 4K TV
Full Array Dimming
TRILUMINOS™ Display
X-tended Dynamic Range™ Pro
90 watt sound system
Native 120Hz
Motionflow® XR 1440
4 HDMI (2.0)
802.11ac Wi-Fi
WiFi Direct
Smart TV
Android TV
3D Ready
3D Glasses Included
4K X-Reality™ Pro
4K Upscaling
2015 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
– – –
** Best of 2015 **
2160p 4K Ultra HD TV
Curved LED 4K TV
Frame LED Dimming
TRILUMINOS™ Display
– – –
– – –
20 watt sound system
Native 120Hz
Motionflow® XR 960
4 HDMI (2.0)
802.11ac Wi-Fi
WiFi Direct
Smart TV
Android TV
3D Ready
– – –
4K X-Reality™ Pro
4K Upscaling
2015 Model
HEVC (H.265) codec
– – –
Models: XBR-55X850D, XBR-65X850D, XBR-75X850D Models: XBR-55X930D, XBR-65X930D Models: XBR-75X930C Models: XBR-55X850C, XBR-65X850C, XBR-75X850C

Sony X930D Series TVs with High Dynamic Range (4K HDR) at CES 2016


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Sony 4K TV Glossary of Terms
4K HDR = HDR or High Dynamic Range, is the new buzzword this year in TVs. This is not a gimmick, but a feature you definitely will want. It improves the dynamic range of the picture (difference between light and dark), improves colors to look more natural and really pop on the screen. Available on all new Sony 2016 4K models. 4K Bluray discs and other streaming and cable content will take advantage of this technology.
4K Ultra HD (UHD) = 4K is the new standard in TVs. It has 8 megapixels of resolution, which is 4X the resolution of Full HD 1080p TVs currently on the market. This allows you to sit closer to the TVs as the pixels are smaller, and will give you a more immersive movie theater type of experience. 4K TVs also give you richer and more natural colors (especially Sony TRILUMINOS™ TVs).
TRILUMINOS™ Display = This is Sony’s version of Quantum Dots (or nano crystal) technology. Along with the new 4K processor X1, this screen technology will greatly expand the color range of the TV for a more beautiful natural and vivid picture. The Sony X850D 4K Series is Sony’s lowest priced 2016 TV with a TRILUMINOS™ Display.
X-tended Dynamic Range™ = This feature controls the dynamic range of the picture. Dynamic range is the difference between the darkest and brightest images on the screen. This technology allows for brighter whites, and higher contrast. We have seen this feature and we were impressed by how it affected picture quality. This feature is only available on the Sony XBR X930D & X940D Series TVs. The X940C has the “Pro” version which along with its full array dimming delivers an eye pleasing picture.
HEVC (H.265) codec = HEVC (H.265) is a new compression codec that is used to compress video. This new codec compresses twice as much data as previous codecs, so that 4K Ultra HD video can be sent over cable and the internet. HEVC (H.265) will allow 4K/60p playback for viewing 4K sports in the future. 4K/60p will also be available on future 4K camcorders. All of Sony’s 2015 line of 4K TVs have a HEVC decoder installed. Netflix 4K Content is currently streamed using HEVC (H.265) compression.
What native 4K Content is Available Today? = Currently, Youtube, Amazon and Netflix are streaming 4K content to consumers. ESPN, Comcast Xfinity, and others have announced that they too will have 4K content in 2015-2016.
Frame Dimming = This combines the economy of an Edge Lit TV, with the advantages of local dimming. The picture quality, black levels, and contrast can be greatly enhanced with Local Dimming versus one that is only Edge Lit. This type of system can also eliminate or reduce halo effects, clouding, and light bleeding.
Full Array Local Dimming LED TV = An LED TV that is illuminated from the rear by an array of LED lights. These lights can be dimmed or turned off to give maximum contrast and picture quality. This type is superior to an edge lit dimming LED TV. These TVs are a little thicker and heavier to house all the extra LED lights in the back. These are hard to find, and much more expensive than the other types. For Sony 2015 models, only the Sony 75-inch XBR-75X940C has full array dimming technology.
Motionflow™ XR 960 = This technology is a combination of the native 120Hz refresh rate + backlight scanning to reduce blurring in fast moving action like sports, tv shows, or movies. The higher number is considered better. This ranges from XR 240 to XR 1440.
HDMI® 2.0 Support = HDMI 2.0 is the next generation of HDMI which will provide higher framerates for 4K Ultra HD content, more audio channels, and Full 4K 3D. All of Sony’s 2015 4K models come standard with HDMI 2.0 installed.
802.11ac Wi-Fi = Sony’s 2016 4K TV lineup has been upgraded to the latest WiFi standards. This is a dual band WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with a,b,g,n, and now ac. What this will give you is the fastest WiFi streaming of 4K content to your TV. 4K Ultra HD content takes a lot more bandwidth than regular HD, so this along with the built in HEVC (H.265) decoder will allow 4K streaming.
4K X-Reality™ Pro = Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro processor is one of the best 4K upscalers in the business. Sony is a leader in 4K technology, and this chip will upscale HD and even DVDs up to 4K Ultra HD. This can really improve the look of this content, and is important, as most content is HD or lower. Native 4K content is coming from Netflix, Amazon, and others, but in the meantime, upscaling regular HD content is a very important feature.
Mastered in 4K Blu-ray Discs = To accomodate the new 4K TVs, new blu-ray discs have been introduced that were mastered in 4K to give you the best picture on your 4K TV from a blu-ray disc. They are recorded with higher bit rates for better picture quality. These discs can be played by blu-ray players and Playstation 3 and 4 players onto your 4K Television. Genuine native 4K Blu-ray players are coming in 2016.
LED TV = Instead of a conventional fluorescent backlight, these HDTVs use LED lights for backlighting. This dramatically improves picture contrast, colors, and overall picture. LED TVs also use about 40% less electricity.
Edge Lit LED TV = An LED TV that is illuminated from the side or edges by an array of LED lights. Some of the latest Edge lit sets can achieve local dimming with the latest technology.
Wi-Fi Direct™ = This feature allows you to wirelessly transfer content to your TV directly from a compatible device (smartphone or tablet) without a Wi-Fi network.
UHD = Ultra High Definition, or 4K. Has 4x more resolution compared to Full HD.
120Hz = 120Hz anti blur technology. Eliminates blur on LCD TVs during high action sports and movies.
HDMI = HDMI inputs allow you to connect devices to your HDTV such as DVD and Blu-ray players and game consoles. HDMI 2.0 is the latest 4K Television standard, which increases bandwidth to 18gbps, allowing higher framerates (60p), more audio channels, Full resolution 4K 3D.
3D Ready TVs = A 3D Ready TV is one that has a transmitter built-in to communicate with 3D glasses. To create the 3D effect, one lens will be opaque (black) while the other is clear. This is done hundreds of times per second which is imperceptible to the human eye, but it creates the illusion of 3D. 3D Ready TVs are becoming more mainstream. 3D on a 4K UHD TV looks fantastic.
Smart TV/Internet Ready = An internet ready TV allows you to connect an ethernet cable for an optional Wifi wireless connection to your TV. Content can include services such as Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, and other content. Services vary by manufacturer and model. Also referred to as a Smart TV
Android TV = For 2015-2016 Sony has installed a new Android TV operating system. This includes Google Cast, voice search, and the ability to download Apps from Google’s Playstore.
Miracast™ Mirroring = For 2015-2016 Sony 4K TVs have Miracast built-in, which allows you to use your Miracast™ enabled smartphones and tablets. You can view pictures from your smartphone wirelessly on your big screen, watch live programs on your tablet, and display multimedia among devices. This all works without a network, using the TVs Wi-Fi Direct® function.


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