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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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RE: Dear computer monitors
By Argon18 on 4/8/2013 12:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
What's the point? the further you sit from the display, the fewer pixels you can discern. Sitting on my living room couch, which is ~10 feet from the TV, I cannot discern individual 1080p pixels and I've got perfect 20/20 vision.

Moving to even greater pixel density on a television serves no purpose, other than to drive up the cost. There is no benefit to the consumer, except possibly on very very large tv's (80+ inches).

High pixel density works on a phone or tablet, because it's 18" from your face. When the screen is 10 feet away, it's a different matter altogether.


RE: Dear computer monitors
By FITCamaro on 4/8/2013 12:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'll just let the anal people buy what they want. I'm perfectly fine with 1080p and will be for years. Next time I upgrade my TV will be when this one dies or 3D TVs that don't require glasses come out.


RE: Dear computer monitors
By Nortel on 4/9/2013 11:17:25 AM , Rating: 2
News flash: with 4K you can sit closer to your TV.


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