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CES 2014: Sony X900B 4K TV flaunts funky design, built-in sound

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CES 2014: Sony X900B 4K TV flaunts funky design, built-in sound

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Sony's second-tier 4K TV doesn't stock a full-array panel, but its extra features make it a hot contender.

Hey, guys. I'm Sharon Vaknin at CES 2014, checking out Sony's XBR X900B 4K TV. Now, the most obvious thing about this TV is its design. It's got this wedge design, which Sony says it's supposed to lower the center of gravity and make it more stable. It also means that it sits down lower to the ground. But what you'll also see is speakers that go flush with the panel. They're built in, and I did get to try them out. They sound pretty good. But if you're going to spend those much on a TV, you know, you're probably gonna get your own audio system. Picture-wise, this isn't a full array LED TV like their Flat Tube series, the X950. It's edge-lit. But we know from reviews past that Sony does edge-lit LEDs very well. So, the picture quality is good on that end. It also has Sony's Triluminos technology, which is basically marketing speak for a single-color panel with Sony's proprietary filters on top-- which, in theory, should produce color that's closer to what the human eye sees. Now, until you suck up on 4K content, you might want to use the TV's built-in X-reality PRO engine, which basically up-converts older lower-resolution content into what might be closer to 4K. This set comes in $79.65 in 55-inch models, and it also comes with this fancy new remote that's got a touch pad which you can use to control Sony's Smart TV system. For CNET.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin, and you just took a first look at the Sony XBR X900B at CES 2014.

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