Sony Launches 2022 8K and 4K Mini LED Models – Z9K, X95K

When I heard the news that Sony was introducing mini LED TVs as part of their 2022 lineup I was very excited, considering the technology being used for these new displays which I will talk about in a moment.

Sony‘s upcoming mini LED models will consist of the Master Series Z9K 8K and X95K 4K HDR TVs. The Z9K will be available in 75” and 85” screen sizes, whereas the X95K will be offered in 65”, 75” and 85” models.

Sony claims their new mini LED displays will deliver better performance than its competitors while basing this claim on its latest version of its Backlight Master Drive technology – XR Backlight Master Drive and their updated Cognitive Processor XR. These two technologies combined with Sony’s algorithms should provide better precise local dimming, improved contrast and black levels, higher peak brightness and better screen uniformity.

In theory, and due to their substantial numbers (dimming zones), mini LEDs are supposed to greatly reduce blooming which can be seen in the form of halos around bright objects or text on a dark screen. This however hasn’t been the case considering that mini LED models for Samsung, TCL and LG still have noticeable blooming issues. That being said, it remains to be seen how Sony’s new mini LED display will handle/control blooming.

Sony claims their updated Cognitive Processor XR will also allow for greater image depth control which identifies foreground objects and makes them sharper, while slightly de-emphasizing the background. Color reproduction is also said to be improved.

Additionally, the Z9K and X95K will be good to go straight out of the box with support for 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 with auto low-latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), and 4K at 120Hz.

Sony Z9K

Z9K

Sony Z9K feature highlights:

  • Cognitive Processor XR understands how humans see and hear, providing a revolutionary experience that completely immerses viewers in their favorite content.
  • XR Backlight Master Drive precisely controls our latest generation Mini LED backlight for extraordinary contrast of high brightness and deep blacks.
  • XR Triluminos Pro and XR Contrast Booster 20 combine to express billions of accurate colors with exceptional black contrast.
  • X-Anti Reflection minimizes reflection for a distraction-free viewing experience.
  • X-Wide Angle technology provides vivid real-world colors from any angle while retaining more color and brightness.
  • BRAVIA CORE Calibrated Mode
  • Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode: A new display mode that leverages Sony’s BRAVIA XR ambient light sensor to ensure that the artistic intent is preserved in all lighting conditions. Sony’s close collaboration with Netflix on this feature means viewers can enjoy Netflix content with precise colors, accurate contrast, and true motion, whether the content is enjoyed in a dark or well-lit environment.
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+/Acoustic Multi-Audio: For a truly immersive audio/visual experience, these powerful features ensure that sound matches precisely with what’s on the screen.
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio uses four frame tweeters at the top and either side of the TV, in addition to front-firing speakers and dual subwoofers, to elevate directional sound sources, ensuring pictures and sound are in total harmony for a more cinematic experience.
  • Acoustic Center Sync optimizes sound output from the TV and soundbar for a better audio experience.
  • BRAVIA CAM and Ambient Optimization Pro
  • Hands-free voice 
  • Premium Remote
  • Minimalist One Slate design with seamless Edge and a single pane of tempered glass keeps users focused on the picture for a truly immersive big-screen viewing experience without distraction.
  • Three-way stand provides three stand position options, including a narrow position for a smaller footprint, a standard position to eliminate distractions and soundbar position to elevate the TV and integrate a soundbar system.
  • Google TV: Brings together more than 700,000 movies, shows, live TV and more from apps and subscriptions and organizes them seamlessly. Easily find something to watch with personalized recommendations and bookmark shows and movies to a single Watchlist to keep track of what to watch. Users can even add to their Watchlist from their phone or laptop with Google Search.
  • Perfect for PlayStation 5: Pair a BRAVIA XR TV with a PlayStation 5 console to get a fantastic gaming experience. Only BRAVIA XR TVs automatically adjust and optimize the picture to the best settings for the PlayStation 5 console, whether it’s used for gaming or watching a movie. With immersive picture and sound, users will feel like they’re right in the middle of the action. And with 4K/120fps, as specified in HDMI 2.1, our TVs give smooth and clear movement for responsive gameplay.
Sony X95K

X95K

Available May 2022

65″ ($2,799), 75″ ($3,799), 85″ ($5,499)

Check pricing at Amazon.com

Sony X95K feature highlights:

  • Cognitive Processor XR understands how humans see and hear, providing a revolutionary experience that completely immerses viewers in their favorite content.
  • XR Backlight Master Drive precisely controls our latest generation Mini LED backlight for extraordinary contrast of high brightness and deep blacks.
  • XR Triluminos Pro and XR Contrast Booster 15 combine to express billions of accurate colors with exceptional black contrast.
  • X-Anti Reflection minimizes reflection for a distraction-free viewing experience.
  • X-Wide Angle technology provides vivid real-world colors from any angle while retaining more color and brightness.
  • BRAVIA CORE Calibrated Mode
  • Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode: A new display mode that leverages Sony’s BRAVIA XR ambient light sensor to ensure that the artistic intent is preserved in all lighting conditions. Sony’s close collaboration with Netflix on this feature means viewers can enjoy Netflix content with precise colors, accurate contrast, and true motion, whether the content is enjoyed in a dark or well-lit environment.
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+/Acoustic Multi-Audio: For a truly immersive audio/visual experience, these powerful features ensure that sound matches precisely with what’s on the screen.
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio uses sound positioning tweeters to ensure high-frequency sounds come from the right place in the scene, precisely matching what’s on-screen. In addition to front-firing speakers, these sound positioning tweeters manage sound positioning in high tone areas for enhanced realism, while left and right subwoofers deliver powerful bass no matter where the TV is placed.
  • Acoustic Center Sync optimizes sound output from the TV and soundbar for a better audio experience.
  • BRAVIA CAM accessory compatible and Ambient Optimization Pro.
  • Quick access to an array of content and services with Google TV.
  • Hands-free voice capabilities.
  • Minimalist One Slate design with Seamless Edge and a single pane of tempered glass keeps viewers focused on the picture for a truly immersive big-screen viewing experience without distraction.
  • Three-way stand provides three stand position options, including a narrow position for a smaller footprint, a standard position to eliminate distractions and soundbar position to elevate the TV and integrate a soundbar system.
  • Google TV: Brings together more than 700,000 movies, shows, live TV and more from apps and subscriptions and organizes them seamlessly. Easily find something to watch with personalized recommendations and bookmark shows and movies to a single Watchlist to keep track of what to watch. Users can even add to their Watchlist from their phone or laptop with Google Search.
  • Perfect for PlayStation 5: Pair a BRAVIA XR TV with a PlayStation 5 console to get a fantastic gaming experience. Only BRAVIA XR TVs automatically adjust and optimize the picture to the best settings for the PlayStation 5 console, whether it’s used for gaming or watching a movie. With immersive picture and sound, users will feel like they’re right in the middle of the action. And with 4K/120fps, as specified in HDMI 2.1, our TVs give smooth and clear movement for responsive gameplay.

Check back regularly for pricing and availability.

This article only covers two of Sony’s upcoming 2022 model TVs. For a complete lineup of Sony’s 2022 BRAVIA XR TV models click here.

Image credit Sony

Post updated 5/1/2022

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