Sony KE-55XH8196, budget TV with Dolby Vision

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Sony think of all pockets and even the most modest can enjoy the virtues of models with promising features. Proof of this is the Sony KE-55XH8196, a 55-inch 4K television that carries the Dolby Vision and Atmos benefits for an immersive and detailed experience.

In addition, it has some interesting image processing functions to achieve a smooth and clear viewing at all times. Without forgetting the compatibility with the most common voice assistants and the incorporation of Android TV. Access its infinite catalog of applications and services from the television. It is worth mentioning that it is also known for Sony KE55XH8196BAEP in the PcComponentes store.

Sleek and compact design

Sony has us used to simple but attractive models. The trend of a few years ago is to offer a television with narrow bezels. This Sony KE-55XH8196 does it right by offering a 92% screen with respect to the front. Immerse yourself in the most intense cinematic experiences with its compact design. Also, dress great in a combination of black and dark silver to look good from any angle.

We also note the same premise in the side thickness 7.1 cm. Therefore, it is suitable to remain on a wall bracket without protruding too much. According to the measurements of the Sony KE55XH8196BAEP, it will be necessary to have a VESA 300 × 300 mm support. The lateral connections facilitate its installation and later use. The metal base provides that “plus” of quality that we do not have in its plastic back.

Simple yet elegant design

Another interesting point is its remote control made of polished aluminum. A fine finish to offer a pleasant touch sensation. In addition, this remote has Bluetooth connectivity, so it will not be a problem if we have any obstacles ahead. It incorporates a microphone with integrated voice control for Google Assistant and quick access buttons to functions and apps.

Technical characteristics of the Sony KE-55XH8196

specs
Make model Sony KE-55XH8196 / Sony KE55XH8196BAEP
Size 55 ″ (139 cm), flat
Resolution UHD (3820 x 2160 px)
Aspect ratio 16: 9
Frequency 50 – 60Hz
Backlighting DLED
Processor 4K Sony X1 processor
Smart tv Android TV 9.0
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2
HDR Yes, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision
Interpolation Motionflow XR 400
Main features
  • 4K HDR Processor X1
  • TRILUMINOS
  • Object-based HDR
  • Compatible with Google Home and Chromecast built-in
  • Compatible with Apple AirPlay / Apple HomeKit
Sound 20W, 2.0ch, Dolby Atmos
Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth) Approx. 124.3 x 71.8 x 7.1 cm
Dimensions with stand (Height x Width x Depth) Approx. 124.3 x 78.4 x 33.7 cm
Weight (Without / With stand) 16 kg / 16.6 kg
VESA compatibility Yes, 300 x 300
HDMI ports 4 x HDMI 2.0 (one of them ARC)
USB ports 2 x USB 2.0
Other connections
  • Ethernet
  • Composite video
  • Optical audio output
  • RF
  • WiFi 5Ghz
CI + Integrated Yes, v1.4
Energy Class Category A 114W

Other sizes: Sony KE-65XH8196

Image quality

Get comfortable on the couch and enjoy your favorite movie or show on their 55 inches diagonal and 4K Ultra HD resolution. This model mounts a 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) D-LED backlight LCD panel. The technical muscle is given by its 4K HDR Processor X1. Thanks to it, we will enjoy 4K resolution images full of details, but also a remarkable image scaling of lower resolutions.

The brand’s commitment to delivering a rich and immersive experience is evident with HDR high dynamic range. This Sony KE-55XH8196 is compatible with HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. This latest standard takes HDR performance to the limit by adopting a more extended color space and being able to display images with a high level of detail in light and dark areas. An interpretation of the movies and other compatible content as conceived by its creator.

Sony KE-55XH8196

Thanks to Object-based HDR technology, the processor Analyze the color of objects on the scene individually. Thus, the television is capable of reproducing a wider range of colors, with particular importance on its depth and texture. That’s why HDR images unleash hues with adaptive brightness and expanded contrast. TRILUMINOS technology is also involved with the use of quantum dots that improve intensity and saturation.

Finally, we cannot forget about the well-known 400Hz Motionflow XR function. One of Sony’s patented technologies that makes movement in scenes appear fluid and without loss of sharpness. An effect you get with imaging – extra frames to lose the effect blur.

Connectivity, Smart TV and sound

A good set of connections opens the range of uses and devices to connect to the Sony KE55XH8196BAEP. Being an economic model, its section is brief but well resolved as a whole. It incorporates a total of 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs (ARC, HDCP2.3), composite video, Ethernet input, 3.5mm and optical audio output. In addition, we have two USB ports suitable for DTT recording and multimedia content playback of the most popular formats. We end with the 5GHz WiFi, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.2.

Sony KE-55XH8196

Side connections with hidden cables

In relation to connectivity, we must highlight the implementation of Google Chromecast to send content directly to the TV. His Android TV 9.0 system gives way to an infinity of applications from Google Play, as well as support for voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. In addition, the almighty Netflix recommends Sony TVs for their simple ecosystem and fast operation.

Another important seal is given by Dolby in the field of sound. The cinematic experience at home is complete with Dolby Atmos. Its simple 2.0 ch sound system and 20W of power, achieves surround sound enhanced to traditional Dolby Surround. Thanks also to the use of X-Balanced Speaker speakers, with an innovative design to offer a clear and rich response in nuances. Obviously, we have the best results with the incorporation of a sound bar with support for the aforementioned technology.

Sony KE-55XH8196

Availability and price of the Sony KE55XH8196BAEP

Sony KE-55XH8196: Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Processor X1 4K
  • Android TV
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • HDR10 and Dolby Vision
  • Apple AirPlay 2

CONS:
  • Improved sound but still insufficient
  • It is not a television to play

7.5
Total score

Image quality
7.5

Connectivity
7

Sound
7.5

System / Smart TV
7.5

Design
7.5

Price / quality ratio
8

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