Sony XBR-84X900 hands-on

$25K buys a good TV, but 4K's benefits are slim

In November 2012, the first TVs with 4K resolution went on sale in the United States. The very first was the LG 84EM9600, but hot on its heels came this Sony XBR-84X900.

As of early 2013, they're still the only 4K TVs you can buy. If you have the money. And you probably don't. The list price is $20,000 for the LG and $25,000 for the Sony.

Both TVs are 84 inches diagonal and equipped with what Sony admits are the same panel (made by LG) and similar backlight technology, namely edge-lit with local dimming. For the extra cash Sony throws in fancier speakers and a free server loaded with a few 4K movies and shorts, but the real selling point of both TVs, if one exists, is the extra resolution of their screens. After all, you can get a 90-inch 1080p Sharp for less than half the price.

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