When the first 4K televisions appeared, prices topped $25,000. It made sense: They boast a hyper-real picture, courtesy of their more than 8 million pixels – four times that of a standard 1080p HDTV. Now, a little less than a year later, the Sony XBR 4K Ultra HD TV offers the same color reproduction and deep black levels but for a fifth of the initial cost. And the set, perched on a silver halo stand that seems to float, is more than mere pixels: Two pairs of the thinnest-possible 65-watt magnetic-fluid speakers sit next to the screen, churning out a sound immersive enough to complement the set's next-gen picture. [From $5,000; sony.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
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