Summary: One of the best-performing LED-based LCDs we've ever tested, the expensive local-dimming Sony XBR-HX929 competes well with the top plasmas.
Pros: The Sony XBR-HX929 series produces deeper black levels than any current LCD or plasma TV, giving excellent overall picture quality. It evinces accurate shadow detail and color; offers plenty of video processing options; and can properly handle 1080p/24 sources. It has a beautiful, thin-profile exterior design with Gorilla Glass, and its Internet suite includes numerous streaming services and widgets as well as built-in Wi-Fi. Its 3D image shows minimal crosstalk.
Cons: The extremely expensive XBR-HX929 shows some blooming artifacts, and its picture deteriorates more noticeably than usual when seen from off-angle. Its menu and Internet service design is lackluster, and Sony does not include 3D glasses. When displaying 3D, the image flickers when dejudder is turned off, and it deteriorates rapidly when you tilt your head.
Last Year’s Sony HDTV Is Still This Year’s LCD to Beat
10 August 2012
Excerpt: The flagship of Sony’s 2011 HDTV line, the Bravia XBR-46X929 , will probably sail into the end-of-life sunset at the end of this year. That’s actually a good thing, because you might be able to score one at a price that more accurately reflects its size and capabilities. See, while this 46-inch LED-based LCD comes loaded for everything from 3-D to Netflix to, you know, television, it’s priced considerably higher than competing models.
Excerpt: The Sony XBR-46HX929 is the 46-inch version of the Editors' Choice LCD HDTV , the Sony XBR-HX929 ($2,599.99, 4.5 stars). It includes built-in Wi-Fi, 3D support, and a variety of Web apps. We have not yet tested this model in the labs, but the 55HX929 proved to have excellent black levels and color temperature, producing one of the best pictures we've seen in an LED LCD HDTV.
Excerpt: Packed with features, Sony’s latest top-line Bravia XBR 3DTVs are very well equipped (they currently offer two sizes in the HX929 series, a 55-incher and the 46-inch model tested here, with a third 65-inch version due to arrive in stores around Labor Day) and all three models provide 3D playback and 2D-3D upconversion, along with a broad suite of Internet apps, built-in Wi-Fi, and numerous video streaming content providers.
Excerpt: The Bravia XBR-HX929 LED-backlit 3D LCD TV series recently introduced by Sony features “local dimming,” a technology that facilitates excellent contrast and black levels that can match or rival that of plasma TVs. Though local dimming was introduced a few years ago, manufacturers seem to have favored less expensive LED backlighting options in order to drive prices down and attract consumers.
Pros: Amazing black level and contrast, Super bright white levels, Slick, flat panel with darkened, anti-glare glass, Built-in Wi-Fi, plenty of Internet apps., Quick network media access, Backlit remote
Cons: Oddly placed RS-232 jack adds unnecessary depth, 3D glasses not included, Expensive