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Sony's 4K TVs get priced

Sony has announced the official price and availability for its new XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs. The line includes the XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A, which have screen sizes of 55-inches and 65-inches respectively. While some other manufacturers have offered ultra HD television sets at prices ranging all the way up to $20,000 or more, Sony is actually offering “reasonable” prices, at least comparatively.

The 55-inch TV will sell for $4,995 with the 65-inch version going for $6,999. Both TVs will be available for pre-order on April 21, but the final shipping date is unannounced. Along with pricing and launch information for the TVs Sony is also unveiled its 4K Media Player called the FMP-X1. This device will deliver movies and video shorts in 4K resolution for $699. The media player will be available later this summer.

55" XBR-55X900A
The media streamer itself will come bundled with 10 feature-length films and users will be given access to a fee-based distribution service offering a library of titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios. The films that are included with the purchase include Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

FMP-X1 4K Media Player

Sources: Sony [1], [2]

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It's About Time!
By CaedenV on 4/8/2013 10:03:01 AM , Rating: 2
Sony has had such a long string of OK products that are way overpriced. It's about time that they come out with something good which has a much more appropriate pricing on it! They really need a win. While it looks like the PS4 is going to be good, they cannot float a whole company on a single product.

Personally I am really excited about this new 4K revolution. I never ended up purchasing a HDTV because my computer monitors could already do it, and (while lacking the contrast and massive screen size) they were 'good enough' for the point in life I was at. But now I look at my phone and am blown away at the crispness of text and images afforded by the high pixel density, and then I look at my monitors which struggle to make even medium sized text look particularly clear.
I just cannot wait for the resolution revolution to hit the desktop, and I also would love to have a screen that can make movies pop, so I will definitely be in the market for a 4K display of some sort. I just have a few other required purchases to make (fridge, waterheater, roof... all the joys of home ownership), but by the time all that is done I should be able to afford a nice 4K TV for what I hope is $3K or less in about 3-4 years. Seeing the price go from $20,000 down to $5-8,000 in 6 months is very encouraging!

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