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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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Sony's Design
By laviathan05 on 4/8/2013 10:06:49 AM , Rating: 2
What was the point of including the extra wide bezel on the side to incorporate speakers into the set?

Does Sony think that someone spending $5,000 on a TV is not going to have an external speaker set-up?

RE: Sony's Design
By lagomorpha on 4/8/2013 10:26:48 AM , Rating: 2
Probably adds so little to the cost that it doesn't hurt, and some stores will want to use it as a demonstration without adding speakers to it. Also there will probably be companies that use them for things like presentations where sound quality doesn't matter.

RE: Sony's Design
By PrinceGaz on 4/8/2013 10:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps because you need to sit relatively close to a 4K display in relation to its physical size to actually benefit from the increased resolution; just to the side of the screen is probably an optimal position for the front L/R speakers.

RE: Sony's Design
By BRB29 on 4/8/2013 10:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
Their target market is tech trendy people that has high income and most likely live in the city. Where I live, 5k is most often rent for a luxury apartment. At the same time, you don't need a whole speaker system for a small space. Most people use their TV speakers or a sound bar.

Some do have speaker systems but maybe use it once every other month. With most apartment complexes enforcing quiet hours, you really only get to use your speaker system on Saturday and Sunday during the day.

So yes, if the TV's speakers are any good, it will be a good thing. With limited free time, space and barely being home, most people I usually like all-in-one gadgets like these.

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