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Sony at CES 2020: An 85-inch 8K, a 48-inch 4K OLED, and Android TV

Sony has unveiled its first TVs of the new year, and among them is a gigantic 8K LCD unit and a 48-inch 4K OLED unit. And there’s also a bunch of stuff that fits in between, too. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store for Sony TVs in 2020.

Z8H (75″, 85″)

Starting at the top of the lineup we find the Z8H which will be available in 75-inch and 85-inch sizes. Touting a mindbogglingly high 7,680-by-4,320 (8K) resolution, it promises incredibly deep blacks, sharp images, and support for Dolby Vision/Atmos.

An “Ambient Optimization” feature promises to optimize the picture and sound quality based on where the viewer is sitting and the lighting in the room.

Other notable details include CalMAN auto-calibration software and a Netflix Calibrated Mode which preserves the vision that was intended by those who create Netflix original content.

Even though it’s a TV, the experience isn’t just about what’s seen. Indeed, a new feature makes it so that the entire frame of the Z8H is used as a tweeter. This vibrates the frame of the TV to emit audio that appears to come directly from the screen.

A Sound-From-Picture Reality feature also tries to align sound to objects, making things feel even more real and to provide a sense of space.

Like others in its portfolio, the Z8H runs Android TV with Google Assistant, Google Play Store, and built-in Chromecast. Sony does put its own interface menus and voice controls on top.

As one might expect from a bleeding-edge TV, it can be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home devices. Moreover, they can be connected to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit-supported speakers or accessories.

The idea of an 85-inch TV is appealing on its own, but when you add in an Android TV experience it gets even better. Then, topping it off with 8K resolution and support for all sorts of wonderful voice assistance? Does it get any better?

Master Series A9S (48″)

The new Master Series A9S comes in at 48-inches, which is the smallest OLED 4K TV from Sony. It utilizes X-Motion Clarity for a high refresh rate and clearer image during fast-moving scenes and gaming while TRILUMINOS tech and the X1 processor produce colors that are more natural and precise.

This one also runs Android TV with support for Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Apple HomeKit. Rounding things out are Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, X-Motion Clarity, and Ambient Optimization.

A8H OLED (55″, 65″)

  • Utilizes Picture Processor X1 Ultimate to provide crisp, high-contrast and true-to-life picture
  • Offers Pixel Contrast Booster, which enriches colors at high brightness
  • X-Motion Clarity technology will now be available for OLED, refining action on the screen in real time with brighter and clearer picture than ever before
  • Two subwoofers improve and enhance Acoustic Surface Audio
  • Now supports Dolby Atmos, in addition to Dolby Vision
  • New Ambient Optimization optimizes picture and sound quality in any customer environment
  • TRILUMINOS Display reproduces the subtle nuances of color, light and gradation from video lens to living room
  • Works with Smart Speakers, including Google Home and Amazon Alexa enabled devices
  • Easy connectivity to most devices, including Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
  • Quick access to an array of content and services with Android TV
  • Custom Mode, along with Sony’s other calibrated viewing modes, provides various viewing options to suit customers’ tastes while faithfully preserving the creator’s intent

X950H 4K LED (49″, 55″, 65″, 75″, 85″)

  • Offers Sony’s best-ever picture and sound quality for 4K LED TVs
  • Utilizes Picture Processor X1 Ultimate to provide crisp, high contrast
  • Full Array LED brings more realistic peaks of brightness, more accurate shadow detail and deeper blacks than standard LED TVs
  • X-Wide Angle technology, which provides vivid real-world colors from any angle while retaining more color and brightness, will be expanded to 55″ and 65″ for this model
  • Features improved Acoustic Multi-Audio, Sound-from-Picture Reality concept with bi-amp system, which controls main speaker and invisible tweeter separately, and X-Balanced Speaker, a new shaped speaker unit that pairs slim design with sound clarity
  • Flush Surface design offers sleek, bezel-less look
  • New Ambient Optimization optimizes picture and sound quality in any environment
  • TRILUMINOS Display reproduces the subtle nuances of color, light and gradation from video lens to living room
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
  • Features hands-free capabilities
  • Works with Smart Speakers, including Google Home and Amazon Alexa enabled devices
  • Easy connectivity to most devices, including Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
  • Quick access to an array of content and services with Android TV
  • Custom Mode, along with Sony’s other calibrated viewing modes, provides various viewing options to suit customers’ tastes while faithfully preserving the creator’s intent

X900H 4K LED (55″, 65″, 75″, 85″)

  • New mid-range Full Array LED model
  • Offers Acoustic Multi-Audio with X-Balanced Speaker
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
  • Diamond cut bezel for slim design
  • TRILUMINOS Display reproduces the subtle nuances of color, light and gradation from video lens to living room
  • Works with Smart Speakers, including Google Home and Amazon Alexa enabled devices
  • Easy connectivity to most devices, including Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
  • Quick access to an array of content and services with Android TV
  • Custom Mode, along with Sony’s other calibrated viewing modes, provides various viewing options to suit customers’ tastes while faithfully preserving the creator’s intent
  • 4K 120fps compatible
  • NEXTGEN TV compatible

Availability

Sony has not detailed pricing or availability for its new TVs but we suspect we’ll learn more in the coming weeks.

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Vizio refreshes TV and sound bar lineup for 2020

For CES 2020 Vizio is in Las Vegas to show off a TV lineup that’s been refreshed with hardware and software improvements. Moreover, it has some fun things in store for its sound bars, too.

SmartCast

One of the key changes for this year is the inclusion of SmartCast UI 4.0. Available in the 2020 models, it allows for easier switching between inputs, customization settings, and a new remote control with push-to-talk voice capabilities. According to Vizio, the software is expected to reach existing TVs dating back to 2016.

SmartCast already works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri; however, the new version is reported make it easier to pair with Assistant and Alexa-compatible devices via the SmartCast Mobile app. The voice remote can also support Wikipedia searches, weather updates, and more.

TVs

For all of its 2020 models announced this week Vizio has included support for HDR10+as well as standard HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

Internally, the processors are said to be more efficient at upscaling low-resolution content. Most of the new models include ProGaming Engine, tech that supports Variable Refresh Rates, AMD FreeSync, and 4K gaming at up to 120Hz. All of the new TV sets include HDMI 2.1.

Worth noting, Vizio says that it will offer OLED options, a first for the company. While it hasn’t named the source for panels, or even a series/model, 4K Vizio OLEDs at 55″-65″ space could pave the way for a much more competitive space. If anything, it should help push the conversation forward a bit if and when these arrive.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the different lines of TVs coming from Vizio in 2020. We’ll list them from top of the food chain on down.

P-Series Quantum X

  • 65” – 85”
  • Quantum Color
  • Up to 792 local dimming zones
  • Up to UltraBright 3000
  • IQ Ultra Processor
  • VIZIO ProGaming Engine

P-Series Quantum

  • 65” – 75”
  • Quantum Color
  • Up to 240 local dimming zones
  • Up to UltraBright 1200
  • IQ Ultra Processor
  • VIZIO ProGaming Engine

M-Series Quantum

  • 43” – 70”
  • Quantum Color
  • Up to 90 local dimming zones
  • Up to UltraBright 800
  • IQ Active Processor
  • VIZIO ProGaming Engine

V-Series Quantum

  • 40” – 75”
  • 4K UHD resolution
  • Dolby Vision HDR
  • Full Array backlight
  • IQ Active processor
  • VIZIO Gaming Engine

Sound Bars

Vizio isn’t just about making high-end TVs with affordable price tags as it’s been getting increasingly deeper into home theater audio options.

For CES 2020, its sound bar lineup is getting a reshuffle and refresh to more closely align with its popular M-Series and V-Series 4K televisions. Moreover, it’s also introducing a new sound bar to complement its forthcoming OLED TVs.

The all-new VIZIO Elevate Sound Bar features a unique design that lets it work on its own or dock seamlessly with the new OLED TV. The system includes two-way left, center, and right front speakers that utilize a separate tweeter, as well as dual-midbass drivers, and passive radiators.

Additionally, it has a wireless 8-inch subwoofer for booming bass and two satellite surround speakers. The system supports DTS Virtual:X, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X audio.

The bar has a pair of high-performance upfiring channels that remain front-facing for stereo and 5.1 content, but will automatically rotate upward for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signals.

Vizio M-Series All-in-one Sound Bar

Also new for 2020, the M-Series All-in-One Sound Bar enhances your home theater experience without taking up additional space. With six total drivers, the speaker has dual subwoofers built into its body and offers DTS Virtual:X audio quality.

M-Series

  • Up to 6 Total Drivers
  • Up to 103 SPL
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X
  • HDMI Input/HDMI (eARC)
  • 4K HDR Pass-through
  • Voice Assistant Input
  • Front Surround Mode (M51a only)
  • Dual Stereo Mode

V-Series

  • Up to 6 Total Drivers
  • Up to 96 SPL
  • DTS Virtual:X
  • HDMI (ARC)
  • Voice Assistant Input
  • Front Surround Mode (V51 only)
  • Dual Stereo Mode (V51 only)

Availability

Look for more pricing and information on the various TVs and sound bars as we get closer to their respective launches.

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What Entertainment Do You Turn to for Comfort in Times of Distress?

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You Can Watch Live NFL Games on Amazon This Fall

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