2014 Sony 4K XBR-X950B, XBR-X900B, and XBR-X850B Features

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At its 2014 CES press conference, Sony unveiled the next generation of 4K XBR televisions. Under its premium line, the XBR family will grow to three series which includes the XBR-X950B, XBR-X900B, and XBR-X850B. While keeping 4K at the core, each series in the new XBR line is designed to attack different consumers with options that help differentiate them. This includes different set of speaker configurations and sizes. After the jump, we take a look at the 2014 Sony 4K television line features.

4K_Sony_XBR_X950BXBR X950B Series 4K Ultra HD TV Features:

  • Immersive 4K Ultra HD picture quality with four times the resolution and clarity of Full HD 1080p
  • X-tended Dynamic Range® PRO driven by direct LED arrays delivers brilliant picture quality
  • 4K X-Reality™ PRO picture engine for best picture from any source
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display for breathtaking color, clarity and detail
  • Motionflow™ XR 960 produces lifelike movement
  • HDMI 2.0 and 4K 60p with newly developed HEVC codec for support of future 4K content
  • ClearAudio+ Digital Sound Processing (DSP) with S-Force Front Surround projects clear vocals and wide sound range (optional subwoofer SWF-BR100)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for streaming connectivity, including Sony Entertainment Network™
  • Screen Mirroring via NFC OneTouch Mirroring
  • MHL 3.0-enabled for mirroring second screens
  • 3D capable with 2 pairs of glasses included
  • Screen sizes include 85-inch class (XBR-85X950B) and 65-inch class (XBR-65X950B)
    • 65″ Class (64.5″ diag), 85″ Class (84.6″ diag)

4K_Sony_XBR_79X900BXBR X900B Series 4K Ultra HD TV

  • Immersive 4K Ultra HD picture quality with four times the resolution and clarity of Full HD 1080p
  • X-tended Dynamic Range® driven by Edge LED arrays delivers brilliant picture quality
  • 4K X-Reality™ PRO picture engine for best picture from any source
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display for breathtaking color, clarity and detail
  • Motionflow™ XR 960 produces lifelike movement
  • Iconic, new Wedge design and front-facing Magnetic Fluid speakers produce clear and powerful full range of sound
  • ClearAudio+ Digital Sound Processing (DSP) with S-Force Front Surround projects clear vocals and wide sound range (optional subwoofer SWF-BR100)
  • HDMI 2.0 and 4K 60p with newly developed HEVC codec for support of future 4K content
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for streaming connectivity, including Sony Entertainment Network™
  • Screen Mirroring via NFC OneTouch Mirroring
  • MHL 3.0-enabled for mirroring second screens
  • 3D capable with 2 pairs of glasses included
  • Screen sizes include 79-inch class (XBR-79X900B), 65-inch class (XBR-65X900B), and 55-inch class (XBR-55X900B)
    • 55″ Class (54.6″ diag), 65″ Class (64.5″ diag), 79″ Class (78.6″ diag)

4K_Sony_XBR_70X850BXBR X850B Series 4K Ultra HD TV

  • Immersive 4K Ultra HD picture quality delivering four times the resolution and clarity of Full HD 1080p
  • 4K X-Reality™ PRO picture engine for best picture from any source
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display for breathtaking color, clarity and detail
  • Motionflow™ XR 240 produces lifelike movement
  • ClearAudio+ Digital Sound Processing (DSP) with S-Force Front Surround projects clear vocals and wide sound range (optional subwoofer)
  • HDMI 2.0 and 4K 60p with newly developed HEVC codec for support of future 4K content
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for streaming connectivity, including Sony Entertainment Network™
  • Screen Mirroring via NFC OneTouch Mirroring
  • MHL 3.0-enabled for mirroring second screens
  • 3D capable with 2 pairs of glasses included
  • Screen sizes include 70-inch class (XBR-70X850B), 65-inch class (XBR-65X850B), 55-inch class (XBR-55X850B), and 49-inch class (XBR-49X850B)
    • 49″ Class (48.5″ diag), 55″ Class (54.6″ diag), 65″ Class (64.5″ diag), 70″ Class (69.5″ diag)

While what you’re looking at is final design and specs for each series, Sony has yet to reveal a price or release date, instead sticking to a vague Spring launch. It’s believed that the 85X950B will fall in line with the outgoing 84X900A prices and the same for the X900B line which will replace the smaller, outgoing X900A series.

Discuss:

Are you impressed by the 2014 Sony 4K television line?

  • Railcadd

    Firstly, At what price is the X950B 85″ purchased at? Secondly, Without little or no content out there
    To make a comparison against 1080p, I will wait. Might even wait for OLED & 8K to come out
    In the future.

  • SRNAllegra

    In regards to the latter two, I believe they are far off, especially 8K. Most capturing devices are built with 4K. In regards to the X950 in 85-inch, the outgoing model was $25,000 so it’s likely that this one will be around the same ball park where the X900B in 79-inch will likely be around $10,000.

  • ferrariguy1000

    What price range might the low tier UHDs be? Particularly the 49″? Any guesses?

  • Railcadd

    Hi Again, Capturing devices you mean digital cameras & video? I mean movies you buy from a store or online are 1080p. Broadcasting Stations either transmit 1080i or 720p if you are lucky. They dont touch 1080p due to high bandwith costs to transmit. Free to air stations still transmit parts in standard definition. Plus why would movie affiliates who own DVD and Bluray movies replace what they have in their library for a so called better picture but yet to be proven! With mind you 8K on the horizon!

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    All of these sets provide 4K upscaling. From what’s been demoed to me, I’ve seen television (1080i) and Blu-ray films (1080p) upscaled to 4K and the results are pretty fantastic. DVD and SD will equally get upscaled but they of course won’t have the same wow factor as an HD source that is getting upscaled.

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    While 8K might be on the horizon, I don’t see any real interest in it from companies, be it consumer electronics like televisions, capturing products like cameras or film studios to convert to it. On the other hand, Netflix and YouTube have both already announced 4K streaming and many film studios and even current shows like House of Cards and Breaking bad will be in 4K. So with so much adoption happening behind the scenes, don’t think we’ll see 8K for a long long time.

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    This is purely a guess on my end but I’d say maybe $2,500

  • Railcadd

    Hi Again, I have also heard upscaling 1080p to 4K / UHD is a bit of a myth. It is technically impossible to squeeze 3 to 4 times the resolution onto a screen using a Bluray disc that has been mastered at a lower resolution. In effect you can go back but not
    Forward, even that has its problems with down scaling. Meaning picture quality is only as good as its source and production in a manner of speaking.
    To prove my point. Go into a Home theatre room at a home theatre specialist store and ask them to set up two screens one with 4K and the other with 1080p. Play Spiderman now mastered in 4K and the 1080p Bluray version thats if you can find a 4K player. Play these through the same brand of player using HDMI cables of equivalent quality and see if can spot the difference’s. I am betting you will be hard pushed to see a significant difference in quality especially on screens smaller than 80″. Only then you can say that is the way to go. You will find until OLED comes out in 8K and a screen size of greater than 150″+ then you can say this is the way to go. Otherwise the picture quality that the human eye can see is neither here nor there. From Home Theatre Enthusiast that reads alot. Cheers!

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    I have to say that my personal experience has been quite different. One of the things and I can only claim from Sony since I don’t look at other brands as much is that they are showing Blu-ray content (1080p) on their 4K fleet of TVs. They are fully aware that people won’t have 4K content over night and will only get trickles of it in the near future and so their TV engines with their specific algorithms are designed to upscale that 1080p content to 4K and the results are pretty fantastic. Sure it’s not native 4K but I could absolutely spot the difference between the two. Sure sometimes if the source material is weak, so will be the results but from what I’ve seen, I’m sold on the upscaling.

  • MarkNY

    Sohrab…do you happen to know the refresh rates of the new 900B?

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    I don’t actually. Sony has released plenty of tech specs for the 900B and other series as well but refresh rate is not among them:
    http://www.sonyrumors.net/2014/01/07/sony-4k-xbr-x900b-tech-specs/

  • Scott

    i held off on buying the 900a 65″ hoping they’d come out with a 70″ similar to it, better yet it looks like there’s going to be something close, a 78″. now if it’s priced around $5,000…on sale maybe this spring i’m pulling the trigger on this thing. glad i built a 76″ long stand thing..

  • http://www.about.me/sohrabosati Sohrab O.

    I’m really curious as to where the price for the 900B 65-inch will land. Currently, the MSRP is $6,500 (launched at $7,000) though it’s on sale for around $5,500. I wonder if the new MSRP will be the same or lower,