Sony Bravia XBR-46HX929
A new 46 inch LED LCD TV
If you’re ready to invest a lot into a new LED LCD TV, you’d better choose Sony’s Bravia XBR-46HX929, since we think it’s worth it. Forget other plasma devices, the one we tested for this review tops them all. And it features local dimming – a rarity with Sony Bravia TVs – and excellent black levels. But more about this product you’ll find below.
The Bravia XBR-46HX929 has a design that will turn a lot of heads and break a lot of hearts because of the high price the device costs. The front is especially pleasing to the eye, thanks to the Monolithic lines, simple-looking panel when the TV is turned off, darkened glass and, last but not least, its one-piece factor. Its extreme edge has a metallic look and is set back from the main pane; the stand that allows swiveling is also attractive due to its thin base made of metal. This 3D TV ships with a great remote control and improved Home menu, although its many options and suboptions are mind boggling and will require some getting used to.
One of the most exciting features of the XBR-46HX929 is, as stated before we started our review, the local dimming one. The backlight contains LEDs that sit comfortably behind the panel of the TV and, as opposed to what other devices’ backlight does, this one is able to dim or brighten its different zones independently. Other features of importance include the following: a camera with low resolution, Distance Alert, Position Control and a sensor. The latter of the two detected whether the room was populated and, if not, turned the device off automatically; the Distance Alert, on the other hand, made sure there were no kids around and, if there were, disabled the picture. Finally, the Position Control feature enhanced sound and picture after detecting the position of the viewer.
No 3D glasses provided
You’ll certainly be amazed to find out that, despite the consistent price, this product doesn’t offer 3D glasses, but fortunately there’s Wi-Fi available, so customers won’t need to think of wireless options. Picture presets are plenty, but the same can’t be said about adjustable modes.
For app access, the new XBR-46HX929 lacks an app store. But fear not, because Facebook and Twitter are present in a Yahoo! widget service. And yes, there’s also a web browser aboard; testing it revealed slow speeds that made us give it up as a lost cause.
There are many different inputs and ports on this TV. From what we discovered you get 2 USB ports, 1 component video input, 1 HDMI port, an Ethernet port and many others.
Impressive image quality
Performance was really extraordinary. Uniformity was one of the best we ever came across; there was, however, a slight darker line that ran vertically along the left side of the display and could best be seen when the camera in a movie moved. The Bravia XBR-46HX929 offered superb richness and saturation when it came to colors, but it had some issues when there were bright lights in the room, because they got reflected in the screen. The crème de la crème were black levels and shadow details. 3D picture quality was generally good; the only thing that put us off was the flicker we noticed whenever we’d turn off MotionFlow.
The excellent performance, design, features and other significant attributes make the Sony Bravia XBR-46HX929 a satisfying TV to own.
|* Display Size||46 inches|
|* Panel Technology||LED backlit|
|* Image Contrast Ratio||Infinite|
|* Image Aspect Ratio||16:09|
|* Refresh Rate||240 Hz|
|* Display Resolution||1080p, Full HD 1980×1080 pixels|