Full Array Local Dimming

Cinematic contrast with accurate deep blacks and bright highlights.

Sony’s BRAVIA TV feature Full Array LED technology – such as the new 4K HDR Full Array LED TV X95H – helps take your viewing experience even further, giving you beautiful contrast with rich dark and vibrant bright colours, maximising highlights and lowlights on your TV.

Conventional Edge LED Backlight

Struggles with deep blacks and bright highlights.

One row of LEDs has to try and balance light through the whole picture. Dark parts are not as dark, bright parts are not as bright - more blooming is likely.

Conventional Edge LED Backlight

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Full Array LED Backlight

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Full Array LED Backlight

Brighter highlights deeper blacks.

Intensity of the LEDs will be adjusted depending on the scene – light where light is needed, dark where darkness is needed.

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Why Full Array LED?

The real benefits of Full Array LED with local dimming is that you get more realistic peaks of brightness, more accurate shadow detail and deeper, inkier blacks. A good example of this would be seeing the moon in the night sky. On an Edge-lit or Direct-lit TV, you would sacrifice the brightness of the moon for a blacker night sky (or vice-versa) and the blacks would still likely stray into blue or grey. On a Full Array LED TV with local dimming (like the X95H) you get a beautiful, natural picture, with a clear, bright moon and a dark, authentic night sky. 

Full Array LED with local dimming vs.
Edge-lit & Direct-lit

Many LED TVs are ‘Edge-lit’, this means the light source comes from a strip of LEDs either at the bottom or on either side of the panel. While this is good for making slim, affordable TVs, it’s not as good at displaying scenes with amazingly bright and deep dark areas at the same time. Bright areas aren’t as bright as they could be, and black areas can look more grey or blueish. 

Direct-lit TVs can also suffer from this issue. Instead of the strip of LEDs being positioned at the edge, it is placed directly behind the panel to send light directly through the screen. While this can give you stronger brightness, it can result in distracting ‘halos’ of light around bright objects on a dark background and less accurate colour in those dark areas, also the TV would be thicker.

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A Full Array LED TV with local dimming, on the other hand, has a large number of LEDs which can be accurately controlled (using Sony's unique technology X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO). This means specific sections of the screen can be incredibly bright while other areas remain pitch black, all thanks to the advanced backlighting technology, that provides a much more compelling and natural viewing experience than traditional edge-lit or backlit TVs.

Capturing the full range of dark and light
8K X-tended Dynamic Range Pro
X-tended Dynamic Range Pro

By precisely balancing the light output across the screen, dimming some areas and boosting others, X-tended Dynamic Range™ PRO reveals a brightness range several times greater than our conventional LED-backlit TVs, ensuring dark scenes are darker and bright scenes are brighter.