What can be said about the KD-55XH8196 from Sony ?

What about the new Sony KD-55XH8196 ?

Today we are going to analyse the Sony KD-55XH8196, a mid-range television from Sony. An review to check the capacities of this model.
Let’s have a look at the size. It’s a 54.6 inches.
Neither too small, neither too large. In short, an average unremarkable model.
Regarding technology, we are facing a model with a Ultra HD 4K resolution.  Attractive, user friendly, minimum bulk , quality image and sound, everything has been carefully finalized in this television, in order to make a nearly perfect product.
Why can we consider this KD-55XH8196 as convincing in spite of its mid-range position ? This is what we are going to discover in this article.

The design of the Sony KD-55XH8196

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.
The shapes are balanced and the overall rendering is beautiful to look at. A successful mid-range model.
In short, the Sony has really succeeded the design aspect of this TV, which does not go unnoticed no matter where it is installed. If when turned off it has such an effect, the sensations take on a whole new dimension when the screen of the Sony KD-55XH8196 is revealed.

KD-55XH8196 from Sony – The screen

The designers of Sony have made this new TV set KD-55XH8196. A new mid-range model with the characteristics of its time, a well calibrated image, and a high-performance processing.
With this new KD-55XH8196 Sony, the company makes an assumed technological choice. The quality of the LED gives an excellent rendering. 
With regard to the display, the company proposes a Ultra HD 4K resolution. With a screen size of 54.6 inches, this KD-55XH8196 is among the 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, this TV has a better rendering compared to its competitors, in the same category.
Finally, Sony has chosen to put advanced technology on this TV, which makes it possible to have an Ultra HD 4K image quality .
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

It is the custom to say that a good sound comes from a device with a lot of watts, however Sony has managed to combine average audio system power with very good sound quality.
The television set is equipped with  two baffles for a sound power of 10 W.

In short, the ultimate in sound gathered in this KD-55XH8196 Sony. The quality of manufacture allows you to immerse yourself in the best of home theater sound.

The sound quality of this TV is average. Don’t push the volume too hard, you’d be disappointed.

Presentation of the Smart TV part of the TV set Sony KD-55XH8196

For the software part, the KD-55XH8196 Sony has an operating system Android 9.0 Pie; You will have plenty of time to discover 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?

The connection system of the 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.
Whether it’s your external hard drive, NAS or game console, all these elements can be connected to this TV.

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.
You have the following connections at your disposal:
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 of the technical characteristics of the television set:

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

In conclusion, the Sony KD-55XH8196 is a mid-range television set of good quality. Average in most areas, it is nevertheless a wise choice for consumers who want to have a well-made product.
This model uses Direct LED technology for its display. The result is good: the lighting is uniform and the contrast is pleasant.
This 4K TV can also boast near-perfect picture quality, as well as clear, aesthetic and powerful sound reproduction.

Finally, we will note all the positive points that are to be added to the credit of this television set. Here are 3 that I find interesting:
the screen size, the display frequency, the sound power.

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