Following a little while with Sony’s LED-backlit Bravia XBR-55HX929 you can understand why XBR series HDTVs would be the company’s flagship product line. Featuring its attractive, minimal design, incredibly dark blacks and vibrant colors, the 55HX929 is probably the most visually stunning HDTVs we have seen.
This 55-inch set can also be 3D ready, includes built-in Wi-Fi, and will be offering a generous number of Web apps. Its flaws are few and relatively minor: At $2,899.99 (direct) it’s not cheap, you may have to pay out even more for 3D glasses. You also find some good minor dark-screen blooming, but you will need to look closely to see it. Overall, though, the 55HX929 is hard to conquer on features, design, and satisfaction, therefore it earns our Editors’ Choice award.
Intelligent Peak LED Backlight : Experience Sony’s best picture quality and extraordinary contrast with full-array local dimming technology. This innovative technology consists of an array of LED lights that adjust the bright and dark levels in each area of the screen for more precise control of the picture.
Sleek “Monolithic” Design : Sony’s monolithic design consists of a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass stretching from edge-to-edge, adding some elegance to your viewing room. It looks just as good when it’s off as it does when it’s on. The HX929 series also features Sony’s new OptiContrast panel, which features a design and surface treatment to minimize reflection, producing deeper images with superior black levels even in bright rooms.
Motionflow XR 960 : Experience stunning motion clarity with Sony’s Motionflow XR 960 technology. The combination of full-array LED backlighting and high frame-rate technology reduces blur caused by quick camera movements and enhances image sharpness. See smooth motion during fast action movies and an overall clearer picture. This is Sony’s highest level of motion processing, with a difference you can see right away.
X-Reality PRO Engine ; Enjoy the best picture experience no matter what you’re watching. Sony’s X-Reality PRO engine brings out incredible detail through multi-frame, pixel-by-pixel analysis of each scene. You will see optimal color, contrast and sharpness, even when viewing lower resolution web videos.
Smart Design, Smart Features
Corning Gorilla Glass : Enjoy an incredibly durable, remarkably lightweight, frameless design with Corning’s exclusive Gorilla Glass. Combined with the Opti-Contrast panel, this HDTV boosts contrast, increases brightness, and minimizes unwanted light reflections.
Intelligent Presence Sensor : Enjoy an incredibly customized picture and sound experience every time. Sony’s Intelligent Presence Sensor uses built-in Face Detection technology to turn itself off if no one is watching, warns children when they’re too close to the screen and adjusts picture and sound based on where people are sitting in the room.
Energy Saving Switch : Even when turned off, most electronics are still using energy if they are plugged in. With Sony’s Energy Saving Switch you can easily eliminate this standby power without the fuss of plugging and unplugging the cord. When the switch is turned in the “OFF” position it reduces the television’s standby power to nearly nothing.
USB Photos, Videos & Music : Share your photos on the big screen or listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device directly to your HDTV’s USB input.
Enjoy customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger. The built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room.
BRAVIA Sync Compatible : Conveniently operate and control other BRAVIA Sync compatible devices–including BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, surround sound systems, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital still cameras, all with one remote control when connected via HDMI.
Faster Start-Up : Quick Start & Viewing feature enables this Sony television to go from ‘OFF’ to ‘ON’ 2-3 times faster than previous Sony televisions.