WHEN 4K BE­COME SMALLER, CHEAPER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TECH BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

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WITH ITS SENSE OF Quartz de­sign con­cept, the X9004 comes across as one big panel of glass held up by a steel ring. The 65-incher has an ar­ray of mag­netic fluid speak­ers on both sides of the panel. Each ar­ray con­sists of a pas­sive ra­di­a­tor, tweeter and woofer. It is the first time mag­netic fluid speak­ers have been used in TVs. The 4K pic­tures look stun­ning. Af­ter all, they are four times more clear than Ful­lHD. The X9004 copes with the lack of 4K con­tent by up­scal­ing ev­ery­thing played on the LED screen to 3840x2160p res­o­lu­tion. We tested it with a 720p video file and the up­scaled video was quite good, though we did no­tice some ghost­ing. Even streamed YouTube videos are up­scaled and this is a good way of mak­ing use of the 4K qual­i­ties of the tele­vi­sion.

The Tri­lu­mi­nos tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into th­ese new tele­vi­sions gives a much wider colour ar­ray than be­fore. The 3D qual­ity has good throw and depth, though clearly it is just an­other fea­ture here. The in­ter­face is very fluid and it is easy to shift be­tween sources. There are a limited num­ber of apps and ac­cess to the web, but they are not good enough to call this a smart TV.

The two 12.5W front-fac­ing speaker ar­rays and the two 20W sub­woofers give a sound qual­ity that matches the su­perb video.

Mag­netic fluid speaker ar­ray BAG IT OR JUNK IT: This is best bet if you can

af­ford 4K

BRAVIA KD84X9000 65-INCH

` 4,04,900

SPECS: 65-inch LED, 3840x2160p, 65W, Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA There is also a 55-inch ver­sion Steel ring holds screen in place

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