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Sony's XBR

At CES 2013, companies were talking big about the future of 4K, but there was little hi-res content on the market to support these innovations. Sony now has a few options for customers to access 4K media through the Smart TV interface with Netflix's upcoming 4K entertainment and a selection of content on Sony's own Video Unlimited streaming service. Though pricing hasn't been announced, these televisions are all hitting stores this Spring.

XBR-X950B — Sony's top-of-the-line 4K TV comes in an 85-inch screen size, along with a 65-inch if that's just slightly too big. It uses what Sony calls Dynamic Range Pro, where the LED lights are directly behind the screen, making for brighter colors and deeper blacks.

XBR-X900B — Three screen sizes are available with the X900B: 55-, 65-, and 79-inch. Sony is bolstering not only the image quality, but also bringing an emphasis back to sound, which is seen in the wedge shape of this particular TV. By tapering the display's width as it reaches the top of the frame, Sony engineers were able to fit ClearAudio+ speakers in the bottom of the display. Like the curved TVs of Samsung or LG, this wedge may prove tricky for wall mounting.

XBR-X850B — The entry model of Sony's 2014 TV lineup, the X850B could make the dream of having cutting-edge technology come closer to a reality. The same 4K resolution is on hand, but with paired-down screen sizes of 49, 55, 65, 70 inches.

Photo: Kelly Schwarze