Ever since Sony announced its new flagship Z-series 4K UHD TVs this summer, there’s been a lot of buzz among videophiles asking whether these sets, which feature a new type of backlight technology, would look as good or better than the best TVs on the market.
After completing our full testing of the 65-inch Sony XBR-65Z9D, we can say that it’s among the best TVs we’ve ever tested. But we did have some serious issues with the process consumers must go through to play 4K content with HDR on this Sony TV.
And no matter how good the technology, that price is going to be a big barrier, even for videophiles who love the picture quality this Sony TV delivers.
But great technology tends to come down in price. And, looking ahead, the Z-series models could represent a bold new step into the future of LCD TV technology, addressing one of its key weaknesses: blacks that tend to look gray rather deep black. That’s a big deal, because rich, deep blacks do a lot to make a picture look realistic.
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