Sony Accommodates UltraHD Demand

Responding to the growth of UltraHD video, Sony has introduced six new professional Bravia displays with tuners, known as the XD8000 series, at NAB in Las Vegas.

Each of the sets (43″, 49″, 55″, 65″ 75″ and 85″) is compatible with HDR and features Sony’s colour-boosting Triluminos Display technology. They are faster than their predecessors thanks to the use of an X1 processor and feature 16GB of storage.

All six displays can be used in portrait and landscape modes, and support 17-hour operation times. Android TV and the Google Cast protocol are built in, as is support for HTML5.

A media player and IPTV system are built in, as well as a Hotel Mode; this can be used to store display settings to a USB drive and copy them to another set. Finally, touch can be added as an option.

Specifications had not been shared for the 43″ and 49″ sets (FW-43XD8001 and FW-49XD8001) when we wrote this article, so the below information deals with the FW-55XD8501, FW-65XD8501, FW-75XD8501 and FW-85XD8501.

All sets use edge-LED backlights to supply 450 cd/m² of brightness to the display. They are UltraHD units, with a 1,400:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time – aside from the 85″, which is 4,000:1 and 6ms. Viewing angles are 178°.

Two tuners (DVB-T/T2/C/S/S2) are built in. Wireless support is available in the form of DLNA, Miracast and WiFi Direct. HDMI (x4), SCART, component, USB, RJ45 and RS232 interfaces are featured. The 65″ and 75″ sets also have a composite video input; on the other models this is shared with the component port. All TVs have two 10W speakers aside from the 75″, which has two 7.5W speakers.

Sony is selling the 75″ model now; the 55″, 65″ and 85″ will be launched in May, and the 43″ and 49″ in the summer. Price is on application.