NEW PROCESSOR TECH DOES JUSTICE TO 4K HDR, BLU-RAYS AND EVEN DVDS IN THIS STUNNING LED LCD PANEL
From $3,999, sony.com.au
Last year’s Sony Bravia X9300D was impressive. The powerful X1 processor, superb colours and picture quality, ultra thin design and user-friendly Android TV operating system made it a must-see model. Now, Sony is back with its latest flagship LED TV, the KD-65X9300E.
A lot of talk has surrounded the release of Sony’s A1 OLED television (a set that’s out in the UK and US, but still awaiting release in Australia), but if you don’t care enough about self-lighting pixels to wait, its new X9300E 4K HDR TV is as good as it gets when it comes to LCD/LED display technology.
A next-gen processor is just the first part of the X9300E’s improvements over last year’s model, with backlighting, picture quality, design, compatibility, upscaling and menu system getting significant updates. All of this accounts for its high price tag, though there’s no denying that the craftsmanship and technological smarts befit a high-end piece of kit.
Sony’s opted to go with Android as its operating system, and the main screen recommends TV shows and movies at the top of the screen, usually filled with stuff that you can rent or purchase from the Google Play Store. Below you’ll find sections for apps, games and general TV settings – familiar for anyone used to Android phones.
When it comes to 4K HDR video, the X9300E is capable of producing utterly incredible images with commendable, if not class-leading, black levels. An LED panel is always going to be outdoen by a proper OLED display, but the new Slim Backlight Drive+ comes close thanks to local dimming technology
Colour management is exceptional. This is thanks to the company’s celebrated Triluminos engine, which never fails to produce excellent light control and terrific motion processing. On top of its HDR10 capabilities, the X9300E also boasts full Dolby Vision support.
Netflix’s Marco Polo shows spectacular results. While it’s hard for us to gauge how the 12-bit Dolby Vision content looked compared to regular 10-bit HDR, it was nevertheless vivid, with terrific contrast that allowed us to peer into dark areas and pick out a number of fine details that would otherwise have been lost.
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies look incredible too, and if you get close enough you’ll see pores and imperfections on an actor’s face, or individual hairs on animals. Fast & Furious 6 on Ultra HD Blu-ray also impressed, particularly during the London-set night chase, showing off details deep within the darkness.
You’ll also be impressed by how games look. We tested WipEout Omega Collection on a PS4 Pro running the game in 4K HDR. Colours were exceptionally brightness, and the ship’s dramatic lines really pop, giving the game had an almost three dimensional appearance.
Then there’s the upscaling, which boosts any video source to near HDR quality. It does this by introducing HDR’s wider colour palette to SDR video, smartly applying more colour definition and vibrance to any non-native HDR content. It’s something special, and one of the best TVs of the year.
Large speakers are hidden at the rear of the panel, and they sound a little muddy - get a soundbar instead. ABOVE RIGHT
All cables run out the back of one of those legs, keeping clutter to a minimum.