Sony brings high performance video playback to mainstream price points with its X950G series TVs. This line of 4K TVs includes four screen sizes: 55″, 65″, 75″ and 85″. These HDR 4K TVs come packed with Sony’s latest technologies including the X1 Ultimate processor.
According to Sony, viewing angles have been improved in this LCD TV that uses a VA panel. X-Wide Angle tech lets you enjoy vibrant colors even if you sit off to the side, says the literature.
These new X950G series TVs feature a novel approach to built-in sound. There are rear-facing tweeters built into the frame, these help “lift” the sound—including dialog—for those who do not employ a soundbar or separate sound system with their TV. I heard it demoed and while this new “sound-from-picture” effect is not as effective as the Acoustic Surface tech used in the company’s OLED TVs, it does help.
This series sits above the X900F series but is under the Master Series in terms of performance. This is a FALD (full array local dimming) TV, but Sony does not disclose the number of zones in its TVs, so we’ll have to wait until somebody counts them.
Sony is known for the quality of its video processing including X-Motion Clarity and X-Reality Pro. The “Picture Processor X1 Ultimate” function breaks the image on screen down into individual components that then get optimized.
These TVs are IMAX Enhanced, which means that if you watch IMAX Enhanced movie releases on it, you’ll experience picture quality that speaks to the premium theatrical experience IMAX is known for—especially with the larger models like the 75″ or 85″ X950G.
HDR is a key part of the package. Sony supports the popular formats including HDR10 and Dolby Vision. So whether you stream HDR, play 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, or game in HDR you’ll experience the vivid contrast and richer color of HDR. And Netflix fans will appreciate the inclusion of a Netflix Calibrated mode that lets you watch content from that company using the same settings used to master it! And with Chromecast built in, you can stream to this TV to your heart’s content.
Plenty more specs to consider, follow this link to Sony’s website to read more.
This series of TVs is smart, of course. It even supports the two most popular voice assistants: Amazon Alexa and Google Voice.
Pricing and retail availability will be announced in spring 2019.