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Sony XBR-55X850A Review – 55-inch 4K LED UHDTV

Originally Reviewed on May 24th, 2014

Up for Review: Sony XBR-55X850A 4K LED UHDTV.

Sony has always offered quality and innovative TV sets to the industry. Its XBR-55X850A, in particular, delivers 4K Ultra High-def pictures with unbelievable accuracy, widest color spectrum and breathtaking detail. With the highest ever screen resolution you will get the most natural picture display both on still images and motion sequences. The audio is plenty immersive too. We will review the model in detail but before that let’s have a quick look at its important features and specifications.

Sony XBR-55X850A Features and Specifications:

  • TV Type: 4K Ultra HD TV
  • Screen Size: 55 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160)
  • TRILUMINOS Display
  • X-Reality Picture Pro Processing
  • Dynamic Edge-lit LED Backlighting with Local Dimming
  • Motionflow XR 960
  • 960Hz Refresh Rate
  • Game Mode
  • Active 3D
  • Smart TV with Apps
  • Built-in Wireless LAN
  • SimulView
  • Screen Mirroring
  • 3 USB and 4 HDMI Ports
  • 30-watt Audio with 2 Speakers and 1 Subwoofer

Picture quality is unbelievably high-standard with the highest ever 4K UHD display resolution, i.e. 2160p or 3840×2160, which generates more than 8 million pixels on the display screen. This number is 4 times the pixels produced on an HDTV screen, so you literally get 4 times clearer images. This Ultra High-def TV is powered by two amazing picture engines like TRILUMINOS Display and X-Reality Picture Pro Processor, which together help deliver highly colorful, sharper and brighter images. The X-Reality Picture Pro Processing has also the ability to upscale all your HD content to 4K quality ensuring that you would never be left behind. Sony has designed the flat display in such a way that while watching 4K content you would not feel the weak side angle viewing, which is common in case of LED TVs. The TV is also programmed with Dynamic Edge-lit LED Backlighting and Local Dimming, which are the exclusive features of high-end models. These two technologies help produce significant shadow details and brilliant black levels, which make the on-screen pictures look fully lifelike. The Motionflow XR 960 technology includes 960 Hz refresh rate and highly advanced image processing speed to generate astoundingly smooth motion pictures. The Game Mode is another excellent feature that diminishes the input lags and helps provide a faster gaming platform.

The Active 3D playback takes full advantage of screen resolution and displays purely immersive 3D content. The box includes 4 pairs of 3D glasses that ensure that your entire family can sit together and enjoy limitless 3D content with utmost clarity and contrast. The built-in Wi-Fi connectivity option helps connect to the internet wirelessly and access the online content seamlessly. The X850A includes Sony Entertainment Network for delivering Smart TV services such as online movies, music, interactive games and social networking through popular sites like Facebook, Twitter and a few more. Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity Widgets can also be accessed easily.

The SimulView technology gets rid of the split screen difficulty while playing games. Wearing SimulView glasses two viewers can view the entire full screen at once and play games seamlessly. Thanks to the Screen Mirroring, you can now mirror your compatible Android phone or Smartphone’s screen onto the TV screen and share the content on your phone with the TV wirelessly. The TV offers full digital connectivity. The 3 USB and 4 HDMI input ports allow you to connect multiple compatible USB and multimedia devices to the ports and view your favorite device content on the 55-inch UHD screen.

Talking about the audio system, there are two 10-watt speakers and one 10-watt subwoofer producing brilliant sound. It’s further powered by Sound Enhancer and Dolby Digital Plus technologies to build up the output sound. The speakers are invisible, which adds to the beauty of the panel. The exterior is plenty appealing with innovative silver round stand, and thin bezels. All in all, the 4K X850A is a great next-gen UHD TV. gives Sony XBR-55X850A 4/5 stars.

4 / 5 stars     

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