Sony Bravia XBR-65HX929
A new powerful 65 inch 3D LED HDTV
If you don’t have enough money to buy a new TV, then Sony’s Bravia XBR-65HX929 is no good for you in terms of price. But, should you want superior image quality despite the amount of cash you’ll need to pay for it, then the TV we are reviewing today might just be what you’re looking for. We tested it for our readers and here are our thoughts on it.
Full HD 1080p resolution
In the past we came across many attractive TVs; the new Bravia XBR-65HX929 offered by people at Sony is one of them. The sleek and classy bezel is thin and black and the stand is silver and is made of thin metal; the design is called Monolithic. The panel has a one-piece face. The product is marred by its rear, which comes with a rather ugly protrusion used for an RS-232 port. It weighs 36kg.
The screen is a 65″ 3D LED LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio, full HD 1080p resolution and so on. The Home menu was changed from previous models, making it easier to use. The number of options offered by the menu was so big, that we had trouble understanding and finding the ones we needed the most (including scrolling quite a lot). The remote control is one of the strong points of the Sony XBR-HX929, due to its tactile buttons which make a low-pitched click that is very nice.
Distance Alert technology
Among the features the new 65HX929 sports, the local dimming occupies an important place. Why: because, like was the case with other Sony Bravia TVs we tested, this option was placed behind the panel. Then there were the low-resolution camera and Presence Sensor which caught our attention, since they both could sense us moving around the lab and turned the TV off when we weren’t there. Other things we also liked were the Distance Alert used for turning the device off if a kid came too close to it and the Position Control, which enhanced sound and image quality by detecting our position. A Wi-Fi dongle was also included.
Medium internet speed
Once again the product we are reviewing comes with no 3D glasses, which is quite a shame since the company’s many competitors offer a pair or even two. But who knows, maybe the team behind Sony will include them in the near future. Picture settings XBR-65HX929 were various and interesting; we saw color temperature presets, fine color temperature control, gamma presets and many others.
There was also a wide array of applications; some of them: YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Pandora, Slacker and much more. As a side note, we didn’t particularly enjoy the interface of video services such as Netflix, because of the too small thumbnail images. The Web browser didn’t shine. At all. We can recommend other TVs which deliver really good Internet speeds.
As for performance, we can safely say that the Sony XBR-65HX929 TV is among the best devices we ever saw. Bright lighting and 3D were the only areas where the TV didn’t do that well; as for black levels, video processing, uniformity, color accuracy, PC and other aspects, we were very pleased with the results. In the power consumption department, the product is one of those which are very efficient.
The review and test conclusion is a simple one: latest Sony Bravia XBR-65HX929 is a TV worth considering. But, if you want a cheaper one, you should look elsewhere.
|* Display Size: 65 inches|
|* Display Technology: LED|
|* Image Contrast Ratio: infinite|
|* Resolution: 1080p|
|* Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09|
|* Refresh Rate: 240Hz|
|* RS-232C and IR-in for custom control installations|
|* Online entertainment access with automatic app updates|
|* X-Reality PRO Engine for superior picture, incl. online content|