Sony XG95 4K HDR LED TV availability announced
X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, X-Motion Clarity, X-Wide Angle - is the XG95 the perfect TV to watch the X-Men movies on?
Announced at CES back in January, Sony have now provided more details about the availability of their high end LED/LCD TV, the XG95.The good news is that there’s not long to wait. Sony Europe has announced pricing and availability for its premium 4K HDR, Full Array, LED XG95 Series in the European territories. Pre-orders of the XG95 have started in selected countries with the TV's expected to become available in retail from early March.
The top flight picture and sound features showcased in the XG95 models start with the inclusion of Sony’s powerful Picture Processor X1 Ultimate CPU. This can intelligently detect and analyse each object in the picture using Sony’s Object-based Super Resolution and Object-based HDR remaster processes, which allow each object to be treated and remastered individually. The overall result, Sony claim, is a more realistic picture.
All the models in the XG95 range feature Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) which means that the multiple zones of LEDs positioned behind the screen can be individually controlled using Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range PRO local dimming technology, for more accurate brightness and contrast. Dynamic metadata for scene by scene HDR is supported in the form of Dolby Vision.
Also provided by the X1’s Ultimate’s processing power is X-Motion Clarity which minimises motion blur without sacrificing screen brightness - important when watching sports and fast action scenes.
The larger 75 and 85 inch screens benefit from X-Wide Angle where Sony's optical design controls light from the backlight to ensure colours stay true, when viewing the screen off-axis.
Sony's innovative Acoustic Multi-Audio technology is employed here and is combined with two sound positioning tweeters in the rear of the TV and Sony's Sound-from-Picture Reality process to recreate audio that appears to be emanating directly from the on-screen source.
Both Dolby Atmos and certified IMAX Enhanced status will be activated via a future firmware update.
The XG95 series operates using the Sony Android platform which supports a wide range of apps from Google Play, including YouTube, Prime Video and Netflix, which benefits from an included Netflix Calibration Mode.
Control of the XG95 TVs comes courtesy of the included Google Assistant and viewers can simply talk to the TV via its built-in microphone and use voice commands to quickly plan the day, discover content, or to play TV shows and films. Further control is available from the newly designed voice remote, where the addition of Bluetooth provides quick responses and easy control without the need to point the remote.
The XG95 will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
AirPlay 2 lets you stream movies and shows from iTunes and other video apps, and view photos from your iPhone, iPad and Mac on your Sony TV. In addition, you can play music or listen to podcasts on the television and hear them throughout the home on other AirPlay 2 speakers.
HomeKit enables secure control of smart home products using the Home app or by asking Siri on your Apple devices. Add the XG95 to the Home app and include it in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories. For example, users could simply ask Siri to launch a “Movie Night” scene in which the Home app turns on their XG95 and dims the lights.
AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support will launch in 2019.
UK prices will be £1,899 for the KD-55XG9505, £2,499 for the KD-65XG9505 and £3,999 for the KD-75XG9505, all available from March 2019.
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