It seems 84-inches is the magic size for 4K TV this year. LG recently announced its 84-inch 4K TV would hit US stores next month. Now it looks as if LG’s mammoth set will have some company as Sony announced it is also coming to the party with its own 84-inch 4K television, dubbed the XBR-84X900.
While Sony’s latest 4K offering shares the same screen size and pixel count (3840 x 2160) as LG’s, the similarities seem to end there. It has been reported that the XBR-84X900 could end up hitting European shelves in December for 25,000 Euros. If that pricing holds up in the US, we could be talking about a $31,000 TV, making LG’s $22,000 set look almost affordable by comparison.
Sony’s 84-inch 4K TV does seem to offer a few notable extras. For starters, the XBR-84X900 will include two separate, slim stereo speakers sporting a total of 10 drivers in a two-way configuration for better sound quality. As for video enhancements, Sony has outfitted the new TV with its proprietary 4K X-reality PRO engine, which apparently will upscale any source (including digital photos) to 4K resolution.
That latter point is important, because as of now there is only one movie and a handful of YouTube videos available in 4K. Sony does point out, however, that several 4K movies are in production along with some unnamed broadcast TV shows and — wouldn’t ya know it — the first 4K music video ever, which will feature Taylor Swift. Still, it is likely that it will be some time before we start seeing 4K movies on Blu-ray disc or available for download.
That Sony’s 4K TV is exactly the same size as LG’s is probably not a coincidence. LG does make make the panels that find their way into several different manufacturer’s televisions. But a panel is just a panel; it is what you do with that panel in terms of back-lighting and image processing that can make the difference in a TV that looks good versus one that looks amazing. Sony clearly has the chops to make a spectacular looking set, but could it be $9,000 better?