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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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4K sets might be expensive and 4K content is still scarce, but if you're an early adopter with money to burn you'll be well served by Sony's X900B series, delivering great looking UHDTV with the sound to match.

No one will be complimenting the X900 series for its slim bezel, thanks to its "massive front-facing speakers" that CNET says "define this hulking TV" and "don't give a damn." But CNET also enjoyed the X900's "other luxury touches," like its "glossy black" veneer and the way "the screen blends seamlessly into the edges where the speakers are mounted." Even as the speakers compromise the X900's ability to look understated, the sound is anything but. What Hi-Fi calls the quality "rich, open and detailed," and CNET says it offers "better sound than any TV we've ever tested."

Of course, all that great sound in a 4K TV is nothing without a great picture, and HDTVTest says that with the X900's "deep blacks by LED LCD standards, accurate colours and linear circa-2.4 gamma," the picture looks "spectacular" and CNET finds that it has the "best picture quality of any 4K TV we've tested so far." If you want great sound to go with your great picture and have the money to spend, you won't be disappointed with the X900 -- just make sure you actually have 4K content to watch on it.

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Model
XBR-55X900B

Key Specs

Type
LCD (54.6 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

General

Type
LCD (LED backlight) (54.6 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

Picture

Aspect ratio
16:9

Video modes

Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p
3D support
yes (Active shutter)

Media and connectivity

Optical media (built-in)
no
Digital media support
yes (2.0)
WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
MHL
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes
RS-232 control
yes

Inputs

Video inputs (rear)
Component, RCA / composite (1 inputs) (2 inputs)
Video inputs (side)
HDMI (4 inputs)

Tuners

Digital tuners
ATSC, QAM cable
Analog tuners
NTSC

Audio

Integrated speakers
Stereo (55 W)
Model
XBR-65X900B

Key Specs

Type
LCD (64.5 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

General

Type
LCD (LED backlight) (64.5 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

Picture

Aspect ratio
16:9

Video modes

Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p
3D support
yes (Active shutter)

Media and connectivity

Optical media (built-in)
no
Digital media support
yes (2.0)
WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
MHL
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes
RS-232 control
yes

Inputs

Video inputs (rear)
Component, RCA / composite (1 inputs) (2 inputs)
Video inputs (side)
HDMI (4 inputs)

Tuners

Digital tuners
ATSC, QAM cable
Analog tuners
NTSC

Audio

Integrated speakers
Stereo (55 W)
Model
XBR-79X900B

Key Specs

Type
LCD (78.6 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

General

Type
LCD (LED backlight) (78.6 inches)
Native resolution
3840 x 2160

Picture

Aspect ratio
16:9

Video modes

Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 1080i, 720p
3D support
yes (Active shutter)

Media and connectivity

Optical media (built-in)
no
Digital media support
yes (2.0)
WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
MHL
yes

Remote

Remote (included)
yes
RS-232 control
yes

Inputs

Video inputs (rear)
Component, RCA / composite (1 inputs) (2 inputs)
Video inputs (side)
HDMI (4 inputs)

Tuners

Digital tuners
ATSC, QAM cable
Analog tuners
NTSC

Audio

Integrated speakers
Stereo (55 W)
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