The Sony XBR65-X850A, a 65-inch ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) set, won recognition as best video product with one of the 2013 Home Technology Specialists of America Vendor Awards announced last week.
The award-winning UHDTV set renders images four times clearer than an HDTV set, according to the Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE). The consumer-electronics company has described the panel resolution of the former as 3,840 by 2,160 pixels (in the 16:9 aspect ratio), and the panel resolution of the latter as 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. As a result, the firm has labeled the newish set’s images the highest-resolution pictures it has ever produced on a TV.
Among UHDTV set’s bells and whistles is built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet, which one could employ to access made-for-TV apps such as those offered by Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube unit and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). Coincidentally, Netflix began a test of the streaming of content in the 4K UHD digital format last week as it gets ready for the wider launch of UHD videos next year.
Any slave of New York (and points west, east, north and south) who are still working on acquiring his or her first million should be advised the Sony XBR65-X850A doesn’t come cheap, as the company has listed it online in the U.S. as knocked down to $4,999.99 from $6,499.99.
It is available at a similar price via a number of online retailers, including the following:
• Amazon.com, $4,998.00.
• B&H Photo Video, $4,998.00.
• Best Buy, $4,999.98.
Based in Barrington, Ill., the Home Technology Specialists of America is a national association of retailers and custom integrators who design, specify and install residential and commercial electronic systems.