Sony 2020 models join Samsung with AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support

Sony 2020 models join Samsung with AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support


Sony X950
The Sony X950 is part of the new 2020 range. All models support Apple's AirPlay 2 & HomeKit.

CES 2020Sony announced Monday a revamped line of its LED and OLED flatscreens, all with support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2. The new models join Samsung, also supporting the Apple technologies.

The news did not include any mention of incorporating the Apple TV app into the new models.

Sony brought AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some 2018 and 2019 TV models in December of 2019.

The new sets – announced at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – span the spectrum from 8K LED, to 4K OLED and 4K LED models, all with improved picture and audio quality. The company is rolling out its Picture Processor X1 Ultimate to every set of the new line, previously only available on top-of-the-line models.

Other features include Sound-from-Picture Reality, which aligns the position of the sound with the images on screen. The TVs also include Ambient Optimization, which auto-calibrates both picture and sound quality, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Imax Enhanced and Dolby Vision/Atmos support.

Model breakdown

The new Master Series A9S is a 48-inch OLED 4K TV that includes X-Motion Clarity for a high refresh rate and clearer picture during fast-moving scenes. It also features Dolby Vision/Atmos support and a compact aluminum stand that fits into smaller spaces.

The X950H and X900H lines will each feature 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch and 49-inch 4K LED TVs.

The X900H is considered a mid-range TV with expanded X-Wide Angle viewing on the 55-inch and 65-inch models and supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, along with 120fps in 4K.

The 8K LED lineup, Sony’s Z8H comes in with 85-inch and 75-inch models. The new TVs offer better shadow detail and deeper blacks, along with peaks of brightness when compared to a typical LED television.

Sony will announce pricing and availability in the spring.