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Sony packs Dolby Vision into new X93/94E, 4K, 2017 LCD TVs (first look)

Sony has brought Dolby Vision, a superset of HDR10+ to its X93/94E series, 2017 LCD TVs and the results place this Bravia back on top.

Dolby Vision has been the province of LG’s recent OLED and Super UHD LCD range, but Sony’s 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor on its X93E and X94E (E denotes 2017 model) coupled with a new Slim Backlight Drive+ give these TVs the power and control needed to display the full Dolby Vision HDR.

Sony invited audio and video specialist media to preview side-by-side the new “good, better, best” range of its TVs – the X85E, X90E, and X93E/X94E. Individually, each model showed the colours, depth, crispness and gamma that Sony’s TRILUMINIOUS display is well known for.

But placed side by side, the differences became obvious.

Media present agreed that the X94/94E with Dolby Vision set new standards for HDR on an LCD bringing out the details and colours as well as a new sound standard from its 60W, stereo, 3-way speakers (down/front firing tweeter, mid, and woofer on each side).

Sony Bravia lineup

Base specifications (where a cell is left blank it means the same as the cell to its left)

Model

X93/94E

X90E

X85E

Size

55, 65, 75”

49, 55, 65, 75

55, 65, 75

HDR

Dolby Vision

HDR+

HDR+

Resolution

4K, 3840 X 2160

Motionflow XR800

14-bit colour

   

Backlight

55/65” Slim Backlight Drive+

75” is Direct LED

Direct LED

Edge LED

Dimming control

Local dimming

(approx. 96 zones)

Local dimming (approx. 48 zones)

Frame Dimming

Processor

4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme

4K HDR Processor X1

 

Clarity enhancement

4K X-Reality PRO

Dual database processing

No

No

Colour enhancement

Live Colour

Precision colour map

TRILUMINOS Display

Super bitmap

 

Contrast enhancement

Dynamic Contrast

Object-based HDR

X-tended Dynamic Range Pro

 

No

Audio

60W (2.2) from 6 speakers

Dolby/DTS

Headphone jack

20W (2.0) from 2 bass reflex speakers

 

OS

Android N-TV

   

Wi-Fi/Ethernet

AC dual band/Gigabit

   

Bluetooth

4.1

Independent volume for TV and headphones

   

HDMI

4

   

USB record

Yes

   

Casting

Chromecast

Miracast (Wi-Di)

Video and TV side view

   

Wall mount

Supplied dual arm mount

Can be wall mounted

Can be wall mounted

Remote

Voice

   

Web site

http://www.sony.com.au/electronics/televisions/X9300E-X9400E-Series

http://www.sony.com.au/electronics/televisions/X9000E-Series

http://www.sony.com.au/electronics/televisions/X8500E-Series

What the specifications show is that the X93/94E has the additional processing power and all importantly the new Slim Backlight Drive+ that allows precision control of dimming to support Dolby Vision on an LCD screen.

Dan Kennedy, Sony TV product specialist and known as someone who really knows TV technology, took us for a deeper dive.

“We are not here to make everyone drool over the X93/94E – yes, it is the best LCD Sony makes, but the other new models cater to the value and mid-price points. Not everyone can afford $5299 for a 65” X93E or $8999 for a 75” X94E. The lower cost 55” X85E at $2499 is equal or better than the performance of last year’s models,” he said.

Then he proceeded to extol the X93/94E virtues.

Sony Bravia overview

Sony has been using Android TV for the past three years and Android N is a very polished and a strong contender for the “global” TV operating system. There are plans to update its older D 2016 series to Android N and the E series to Android O once it is available and tested.

The question comes down to Dolby Vision – do you want to pay a premium for it? Certainly, in the demonstration using a clip of Sydney’s amazing Vivid festival lighting, the X93/94 sold itself.

Dolby Vision  is all about showing movies as they were intended with the full-colour gamut and detail. Of course, it works best with native Dolby Vision content (from Netflix, Amazon, Vudu and an increasing number of 4K Blu-ray movie titles) but it is a superset of HDR so it shows all that content at its best too.

Put side-by-side, no demo settings, no tricks, the same non-Dolby vision content on the X93E looked vastly superior to the X85E, and subjectively 30% better than the X90E.

Sony Bravia Dolby Vision

Pricing and Availability

Series

Model

Screen Size

Available

Price  

X9400E

KD75X9400E

75”

From this week

$8,999

X9300E

KD65X9300E

65”

From this week

$5,299

KD55X9300E

55”

From this week

$3,999

X9000E

KD75X9000E

75”

From this week

$7,999

KD65X9000E

65”

From this week

$4,499

KD55X9000E

55”

From this week

$2,999

KD49X9000E

49”

From this week

$2,499

X8500E

KD75X8500E

75”

From this week

$6,999

KD65X8500E

65”

From this week

$3,999

KD55X8500E

55”

From this week

$2,499

X8000E

KD49X8000E

49”

From this week

$1,999

KD43X8000E

43”

From this week

$1,599

X7000E

KD65X7000E

65”

From July

$TBC

KD55X7000E

55”

From July

$TBC

KD49X7000E

49”

From July

$TBC

KD43X7000E

43”

From July

$TBC

W660E

KDL49W660E

49”

From this week

$1,099

KDL40W660E

40”

From this week

$999

KDL32W660E

32”

From this week

$699

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!