Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929
A 55 inch 3D LED TV
Tired of your old TV? Buying a new one sure sounds like a good idea, but which one to get? There are many great ones on the market, promising and tempting customers with all sorts of features, abilities, good value for money and so on. Sony is one of them with its latest XBR-55HX929 released in March this year. As said by its manufacturers, “The HX929 series pairs uncompromising technology, simple connectivity, and elegant design, earning its spot at the top of Sony’s 3D HDTV lineup.” Should we believe them? We took the TV for a spin and here is our review.
OptiContrast black panel
As usual we’ll start off by talking about the first impression the Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 made on us. All we can say about that is: eye-candy. The device has a monolithic design which includes a Corning Gorilla Glass sheet and new OptiContrast black panel; the latter was made to help minimize reflection and it delivered more black levels and depth to images when we tested it. The stand is made of a thin metal base which looks sturdy. The TV measures 50.4″ x 1.5″ x 30.4″ and comes with a weight of 26kg, which makes it easy to move from room to room.
The front boasts a 55″ 3D LED-lit display with full HD 1080p, 16:9 Image Aspect Ratio, 240 refresh rate, infinite Image Contrast Ratio and so on. All these together offered striking colors, great vibrancy and sharpness. During our test we were awed by the reduced visual noise coming from this device.
X-Reality PRO Engine
The dimming technology packed on the Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 adjusted the dark and bright levels, improving image quality even more. The device is equipped with an X-Reality PRO Engine analyzed the pixels of every scene from a movie we watched so that it enhanced colors, sharpness and contrast. One of the other reasons to like the new XBR-55HX929 is its Intelligent Presence Sensor; this one simply customized sound and picture performance by using the Face Detection technology, so that when no one was in the room it turned off at once.
We also enjoyed the LightSensor technology which saved energy and improved brightness via an automatic adjustment of brightness after analyzing the amount of light in our lab.
The remote control of this TV is among the best we’ve seen so far; we simply loved the well-spaced and responsive buttons. The menu was very easy to use, especially by beginners.
Features-wise, the Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929 is installed with Wi-Fi, full-array local dimming, dejudder processing Position Control and the list can go on. Of these mentioned, the full-array local dimming was the most intriguing, being placed behind the panel of the TV.
Overall performance was splendid. Colors were outstanding, as were black levels, shadow details, video processing, uniformity and 3D. In the uniformity tests, the product encountered no hot spots; as for bright lighting, the XBR-55HX929 did have some issues, because the reflection of objects near it was brighter than on other TVs. What the device excels in is black levels; they looked just great and offered gorgeous contrast. The product we review here did well when it came to video processing. Using 3D glasses (which, by the way, aren’t included) we experienced even better results when watching a movie.
In the power consumption department, the latest Sony 3d LED TV is one of the most efficient ones.
To sum it up the conclusion of our analysis, the new XBR-55HX929 3D TV launched by famous Sony is a really great buy.
|* Resolution: 1080p|
|* Display Size: 55 inches|
|* Display Technology: LED-lit|
|* Image Contrast Ratio: Infinite|
|* Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9|
|* Refresh Rate: 240Hz|
|* Wireless BRAVIA Internet TV and Widgets for a wide variety of streaming media and other Internet content|
|* Intelligent Peak LED backlighting with full-array local dimming for Sony’s most precise contrast|
|* Sony’s X-Reality PRO delivers optimal color, contrast, and sharpness–even in low-resolution web videos|