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Sony BRAVIA XBR-52HX909 LCD 3D HDTV (Review by HomeTheaterMagazine

11-12-2010, 04:39 PM

By Thomas J. Norton • November, 2010

Price: $3,600...................http://hometheatermag.com/images/archivesart/toppick.jpg

At A Glance: LED backlighting with local dimming • Excellent color, resolution, and contrast • 2D-to-3D conversion • Compromised off-axis performance

3D for You and LED Too


HDTV makers are launching new 3D sets as fast at they can design and build them, and Sony’s 3D plans are as ambitious as any. The company has four new lines of LED 3DTVs. The BRAVIA XBR52HX909, at 52 inches wide, and a 46-inch sister model are its top offerings in these sizes. These are the only Sony 3D sets with LED dynamic backlighting—or LED local dimming. Local dimming is the best technology yet developed to produce dark, rich blacks from an LCD set.

In order for the HX909 models to do 3D, you must purchase both the 3D glasses and the outboard 3D Sync transmitter separately (see prices under “Specs”). While some buyers will see these separate purchases as a hassle, they also allow you to put off paying for these accessories until you’re ready for 3D—or until 3D is ready for you with more titles to choose from.

Local Dimmer
The backlighting that all LCD panels require has traditionally been composed of special fluorescent tubes. But the new hot ticket in town is LEDs. LEDs can be manipulated in various ways to improve a set’s performance—manipulations that aren’t possible with fluorescents. HDTVs that employ LEDs in this way are sometimes called LED TVs, but in all such sets, it’s an LCD panel that actually produces the image; the LEDs merely provide the light. The sets are an advanced form of LCD set to be sure; but they’re LCD sets nonetheless and not some brand-new type of HDTV.

Read complete review courtesy of HomeTheaterMagazine: http://hometheatermag.com/3d-flat-panels/sony_bravia_xbr-52hx909_lcd_3d_hdtv/

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11-12-2010, 06:50 PM
Nice! Thanks for the post Rizz.

11-12-2010, 07:35 PM
Great tv if price isn't a problem for you.

11-13-2010, 01:36 PM
Great tv if price isn't a problem for you.

I bought an XBR8 ( http://hometheatermag.com/flat-panels/sony_bravia_kdl-46xbr8_lcd_hdtv/ )which was also a 4K+ set you get what you pay for, not saying everyone should go this route but you can't buy cheap and expect the best. Like wanting a Porsche but wanting to pay Yugo prices. There are lots of good sets now available but this is like the top tier. I'm sure you can shop and get better prices than MSRP but don't expect big discounts, especially with this set just now coming on the market. These won't show up as BLACK FRIDAY specials.