Television set Sony KD-55XH8196 : new reference Direct LED ?

Sony KD-55XH8196 : the new Ultra HD 4K

Recently Sony has released information about its new model of television . It is the KD-55XH8196.
Classified in the mid-range category. we thought we had to have a closer look at it in order to check whether the constructor had done a good job or not.
A quick glimpse at the specification sheet : 54.6 inches.
Neither too small, neither too large. In short, an average unremarkable model.
Beside, this television is equipped with a Ultra HD 4K resolution.  It could be said that this model gathers all the expected characteristics. Whether we consider its aesthetics or its size, the engineers of Sony have developed a television admittedly a middle-range one, but a quality one anyway.
Should we let ourselves be convinced by this KD-55XH8196 Sony ? All answer elements just after.

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – Design

Sober but in line with current trends. Sony has asked its design office to make a product that tends towards the top range, but remains affordable.
A good overall score for this TV; it corresponds to design in the spirit of the times. A quality of materials and a visual aspect that does not make you insensitive.
This TV could simply be one of the best in terms of design for mid-range. It has nothing to envy from its competitors. Even when it’s off, you won’t get tired of looking at it; only happiness!

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – The screen

The Sony has a correct and well-calibrated image quality, but you have to do with a limited native contrast that is suitable for daytime viewing; forget about home theater programs in the dark.
With this new KD-55XH8196 Sony, the company makes an assumed technological choice. The use of LEDs provides an excellent image. 
The Sony television set displays a Ultra HD 4K resolution. With a screen size of 54.6 inches, this KD-55XH8196 is positioned in the range of models, in the average.Whatever the characteristics, it is still a beautiful screen. On this point, don’t worry.
With a frequency of 50 Hz, the television’s fluidity is at the top of its range.
In addition, Sony has decided to use its mastery of advanced technology on this device, which allows it to benefit from a high quality Ultra HD 4K image resolution.
My opinion to conclude on the display part. It’s in the range, without flourish or excess. An additional choice in the mid-range.

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – The sound

A brief listening allows us to see that it does not work miracles. The sound is far from exceptional. That’s enough for TV shows, but not for home theater showings.
In terms of sound equipment, the TV is equipped with two baffles for a sound power of 10 W.

The sound of this TV is in a word immersive, and you feel like being in a small movie theater.

In short, the sound is enough to cover your everyday needs. The KD-55XH8196 Sony is not designed for home cinema. That’s not what we are expecting.

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – Embedded intelligence

For the software part, the KD-55XH8196 Sony has an operating system Android 9.0 Pie. You have the opportunity to explore the world of entertainment.
You will also be able to access the Internet, either through your Wi-Fi connection, or for the most geek among you via the LAN; you will then be able to download a whole bunch of applications and movies.
This software environment innovates on the Sony KD-55XH8196 with a new feature: control the television set with voice. Indeed, thanks to the voice control function, it is possible to change channels, TV sources, turn the TV volume up or down just by talking to it. Isn’t that convenient?

Presentation of the connection technology of Sony KD-55XH8196

This television Sony KD-55XH8196 offers a rather classical connectivity : mixed inputs HDMI, the ports as well as the audio are available on this model.
Thanks to its above-average number of connections, this TV is very generous.

It is with 13 possible connections that this KD-55XH8196 is presented. The Sony KD-55XH8196 is probably the best choice today. Most homes are now equipped with a box, a game console, a multimedia server, and other devices, in addition to the simple DVD player.
In clear, the connections available on this model are:
2 USB ports, 4 HDMI ports, 1 audio output, 5 antenna inputs, 1 component plug (Video)

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – Technical characteristics

Here is a summary chart of the technical features of the TV:

Characteristic Value
Ratio 16/9
Sizes of the television without stand 71
Screen size in inches 54.6
Screen resolution Ultra HD 4K
Display system Direct LED
Display frequency 50
Sound power 10
Wifi Yes
Tuners available DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C 
Number of tuners 5
Number of USB ports 2
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of audio outputs 1
Composite Input (Video) Yes
HDR Compatible Yes
HDR Dolby Vision Compatible Yes
DTS Sound Yes
VESA compatibility Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet Yes

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – The conclusion

Finally, this new Sony KD-55XH8196 is a television set that can go anywhere; it can meet the majority of needs.
The Direct LED screen improves the overall image rendering and provides greater uniformity.
This 4K TV can also boast near-perfect picture quality, as well as clear, aesthetic and powerful sound reproduction.

If there are any positive points to remember, here are 3 interesting ones:
the screen size, the display frequency, the sound power.