Sony XBR-X850A series
Price: $3,499 [55-inch]
The outlook: Three of the biggest names in TVs--Samsung, LG and Sony--have been selling models equipped with 4K/UHD, the next-generation TV and video resolution, for months. But Sony offers more choices than the other two, and surprisingly no other traditional TV maker has done as much to push down 4K TV prices. The X850A, also available in a 65-inch size for $5K, is one of the least-expensive 4Ks TV from a major brand.
Of course, everything is relative. The X850A series still costs significantly more than the W900A for example, a non-4K 55-inch Sony TV with otherwise similar specs. Then there's the raft of issues surrounding 4K itself, headlined by a lack of content and the fact that at 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, the improvement over 1080p will likely be tough to discern.
But if you still have your heart set on a 4K TV -- and I'm not talking about a Seiki or a TCL -- the X850A would probably earn our strongest recommendation so far. We say "probably" because we haven't reviewed any major-name 4K sets yet. But based on what we know, including Sony's promise of upgradability to HDMI 2.0, the existence of a Sony-only 4K video player, and the excellent picture quality of sets like the W900A, the X850A seems like a compelling choice.
October 2, 2013 11:43 AM PDT
| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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