Conclusion: Don’t let the lack of LED backlighting deter you from the XBR9, especially if you’re on a budget. As the generations of top-notch XBR sets before it attest, Sony knows how to build a quality CCFL-backlit LCD television, and the XBR9 is no exception. Besides outstanding picture quality, the XBR9 offers built-in Internet connectivity and other lush features you would expect from an XBR, for far less than either of Sony’s older or newer LED-backlit alternatives.
Excerpt: I’m old enough to remember when Sony introduced its first XBR models, which were top-of-the-line CRT TVs. Since then, the company has continued to use XBR in the model designation of its flagship flat panels, adding a number to indicate each new generation.