Sony XBR HX929 Review
There are two things you can count on when checking out a flagship TV series from Sony: It will deliver outstanding performance and it will carry a hefty price tag. The Bravia XBR HX929 is no exception. Expert reviewers generally prefer plasma TVs to LCD screens, but the Sony Bravia XBR HX929 with its LED-backlit LCD display pulls them in with its all-around excellence. It earned the Editors' Choice award from PC Mag, whose Sony Bravia XBR HX929 review highlights the deep black levels, superior color accuracy, crisp detail, and impressive contrast ratio. Sealing the deal, the Bravia XBR HX929 review continues, is the near absence of crosstalk. The Digital Trends Bravia XBR HX929 review is equally enthusiastic, extolling the black levels and describing the picture quality as a "knockout" and color accuracy as among the best ever. Tests by Television Info found black levels to be decent, especially for an LED TV, but the Bravia XBR HX929 review notes the 5105:1 contrast ratio really made an impression on the experts. This Bravia XBR HX929 review also praises the model's spectacular colors, but finally offers up one significant complaint: when the screen is black, four light "halos" are visible in each corner of the screen.
The Sony Bravia XBR X929 series kicks it up a notch with full-screen LED backlighting as opposed to the more common and cheaper edge-lit arrangement. This full-array local dimming technology produces better uniformity across the screen and helps create deeper black levels than other LCD TVs with the lesser LED backup. This series uses active 3D technology, so you'll need to buy pricey active 3D glasses, which sell for about $100 each. The XBR X929 runs at 240Hz and has built-in Wi-Fi, four HDMI ports, a PC port, a component input, two composite inputs, an Ethernet port, and two USB ports. It's available in three sizes: 46, 55, and 65 inches.
With the XBR X929 series, Sony reaches the pinnacle of LCD TV technology. Black levels approach those more often found in the best plasma TVs, and the accurate, bright colors should dazzle even a discerning videophile. The 3D effect is better than most 3D TVs. This is one set that's worth a leap beyond the Cheapism zone.