Sony's Bravia LED LCD HDTV Lineup: 3D, Wi-Fi Abounds

Sony's launching 38 TVs. The best, the XBR-LX900, is a 3D-ready edge-lit LED set that goes up to 60 inches (152cm) with 240Hz, Wi-Fi, face detection (for auto-backlight dimming) and an anti-reflective panel. And Three-Dee.

I'd personally go with the XBR-HX900, which is 3D like the LX900, but it's got LED backlighting with local dimming. It's just smaller, only going up to 52 inches (132cm).

Stepping down further, past the warm comfort of XBR, 3D continues in the HX800, but you lose perks like built-in Wi-Fi. Or with the NX800, you can trade in 3D for Wi-Fi, and going further, 240Hz gives way to 120Hz, on down the line.

BRAVIA XBR-LX900 Series 3D HDTV Available this summer, the BRAVIA XBR-LX900 series features integrated 3D functionality and screen sizes including 60 (XBR-60LX900), 52 (XBR-52LX900), 46 (XBR-46LX900), and 40-inch (XBR-40LX900). The full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) models feature Edge LED backlight, Sony's new Monolithic Design and Motionflow™ PRO 240Hz motion compensation technology, which helps produces smooth images in fast moving content such as sport and action movies. Sony's 240Hz technology also reduces the mixing of images of 3D content assigned to the left and right eyes, while the BRAVIA Engine™ 3 full digital video processor uses a collection of enhanced algorithms to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimise contrast so every scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images. The LX900 models also feature Sony's new OptiContrast panel. Designed with a clear surface treatment and a resin sheet sandwiched between the LCD display panel and glass plate, the OptiContrast panel minimizes the reflection and refraction of external and internal light producing deeper images with superior black levels even in bright rooms.

The models include integrated Wi-Fi for an easy connection to broadband home networks.  Once connected, users can access thousands of streaming movies, videos, music and more from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube™, Slacker® Internet Radio, Pandora®, NPR, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, and over 25 total providers through the Sony BRAVIA Internet Video platform. Also, with the touch of a button, users can access the latest in news, weather, USA Today sports, Yahoo Finance, Twitter, Flickr photos, and FrameChannel through small applications called BRAVIA Internet Widgets.  The widgets can be uniquely positioned anywhere on the TV screen for a custom viewing experience.

The models also feature playback of personal content including digital pictures, video, and music through USB and DLNA® certified network connections. Another new feature is Sony's Intelligent Presence Sensor with face detection. The sensor detects if you've stepped away from the TV or are not watching the screen and automatically dims the backlight. After an extended period, the TV will turn off if no one has re-entered the viewing area. Additionally, the Intelligent Presence Sensor's newly added Position Control feature detects a user's viewing position to deliver optimised video/sound balance, while the Distance Alert feature helps to keep small children at an eye-friendly distance.

The models also offer Sony's BRAVIA Sync™ for easy operation with other BRAVIA Sync devices such as AV receivers and Blu-ray Disc™ players, and TVGuide® on-screen channel guide.

BRAVIA XBR-HX900 Series 3D Ready HDTV The XBR-HX900 series 3D ready (with the addition of Sony active shutter glasses and transmitter, both sold separately) full HD (1920 x 1080p) models feature Intelligent Dynamic LED backlight and Sony's new Monolithic Design. The model's full-array LED backlighting improves contrast and dynamic range by local dimming that controls the LED backlight level by area so that detail is maintained in the dark areas, while other areas are driven near peak brightness. The technology reduces unnecessary light emission resulting in true and deep blacks compared to conventional LED backlit models. The models also feature Sony's new ambient sensor that automatically optimizes the TV's colour and brightness according to the room environment and lighting conditions for optimised settings. Featuring screen sizes including 52 (XBR-52HX900) and 46-inches (XBR-46HX900), the model offers four HDMI 1.4 inputs, one component input, one composite input, one component/composite selectable inputs, and a PC input (HD15) with PC/TV picture-in-picture. The models also feature: Monolithic Design Motionflow PRO 240Hz motion compensation technology OptiContrast panel USB Wireless-LAN adaptor for easy wireless network connection (sold separately) BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 with Intelligent Image Enhancer USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback

BRAVIA KDL-HX800 Series 3D Ready HDTV Also 3D ready (with the addition of Sony active shutter glasses and transmitter, sold separately), the BRAVIA KDL-HX800 series will be available this summer in screen sizes including 55-inch class (54.6-inches measured diagonally) (KDL-55HX800), 46 (KDL-46HX800) and 40-inch (KDL-40HX800). The full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) models utilise a Dynamic Edge LED backlight with local dimming for improved contrast and dynamic range. Other features include: Motionflow PRO 240Hz Technology for Smooth Motion Ambient sensor USB Wireless-LAN adaptor for easy wireless network connection (sold separately) BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback

Sony also introduced several other new BRAVIA models with various features and screen sizes. They include: BRAVIA KDL-NX800 series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Edge LED backlit LCD Monolithic Design Motionflow 240Hz Technology for Smooth Motion Integrated Wi-Fi wireless network capabilities (802.11) BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback Available in March Screen sizes include 60 (KDL-60NX800: $US4,000), 52 (KDL-52NX800: $US3,400) and 46-inch (KDL-46NX800: $US2,800)

BRAVIA KDL-NX700 Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Edge LED backlit LCD Monolithic Design Motionflow 120Hz Technology for Smooth Motion Integrated Wi-Fi wireless network capabilities (802.11N) BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback Available in March Screen sizes include 46 (KDL-46NX700: $US2,600) and 40-inch (KDL-40NX700: $US2,100)

BRAVIA KDL-EX700 Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Edge LED backlit LCD Presence Sensor, Ambient sensor Motionflow 120Hz Technology for Smooth Motion BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback Available in March Screen sizes include 60 (KDL-60EX700: $US3,900), 52 (KDL-52EX700: $US2,800), 46 (KDL-46EX700: $US2,200), 40-inch (KDL-40EX700: $US1,700), and 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX700: $US1,100)

BRAVIA KDL-EX600 Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Edge LED backlit LCD Ambient sensor BRAVIA Engine 2 BRAVIA Sync USB photo/music/video playback Available in March Screen sizes include 46 (KDL-46EX600: $US1,900), 40 (KDL-40EX600: $US1,400) and 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX600: $US800)

BRAVIA KDL-EX500 Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) CCFL backlit LCD Motionflow 120Hz Technology for Smooth Motion Ambient sensor BRAVIA Engine 2 BRAVIA Sync USB photo/music/video playback Available in February Screen sizes include 60 (KDL-60EX500: $US3,300), 55-inch class (54.6-inches measured diagonally) (KDL-55EX500: $US2,400), 46 (KDL-46EX500: $US1,600), 40 (KDL-40EX500: $US1,100), and 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX500: $US800)

BRAVIA KDL-EX40B Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) CCFL backlit LCD Integrated Blu-ray Disc player BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 Ambient sensor Ethernet input USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback Available in May Screen sizes include 40 (KDL-40EX40B: $US1,000) and 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX40B: $US800)

BRAVIA KDL-EX400 Series Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) CCFL backlit LCD Ambient sensor BRAVIA Engine 2 BRAVIA Sync USB photo/music/video playback Available in February Screen sizes include 46 (KDL-46EX400: $US1,200), 40 (KDL-40EX400: $US800), and 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX400: $US600)

BRAVIA KDL-EX308 Series 720p (1366 x 768) CCFL backlit LCD Wi-Fi with USB adaptor (included) BRAVIA Internet Video and BRAVIA Internet Widgets BRAVIA Engine 3 BRAVIA Sync USB and DLNA photo/music/video playback Available in March Screen sizes include 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32EX308: $US530) and 22-inch class (21.6 inches measured diagonally) (KDL-22EX308: $US380)

BRAVIA KDL-BX300 Series 720p (1366 x 768) CCFL backlit LCD BRAVIA Engine 2 BRAVIA Sync Available in March Screen sizes include 32-inch class (31.5-inches measure diagonally) (KDL-32BX300: $US500) and 22-inch class (21.6 inches measured diagonally) (KDL-22BX300: $US350)

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