Sony XBR10 LED LCD Television First Look
Sony showed off its new ultra-thin BRAVIA LCD HDTV. This new edge-lit LED display comes with two flavors and sizes. Sony claims an exceptional contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1. But here's where it gets interesting. The XBR10 is really thin - largely because it receives full 1080p via wireless transmission from a separate media box. The receiver is embedded in the TV. This means that you can mount the TV out of the way, over a fireplace for example, and not have to run anything but power to it. That's a pretty compelling product, even if the price is a bit astronomical for flat panel technology.
Not content to just send video to the TV, the media box also accepts Ethernet, allowing users to directly access Sony BRAVIA Internet Video content. The network offers Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Slacker Internet Radio, and is scheduled to access Netflix later this year. Since the Bravia uses Internet Widgets powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, the possibilities for plug-ins are almost limitless - and they don't require firmware updates for the most part.
The display features Sony’s 240Hz Motionflow technology, which we have yet to fully sign on to with Sony's competitors (we'll hold judgement on Sony's implementation until we see it). Motionflow supposedly goes beyond 120Hz technology by quadrupling the frame rate and interpolating three new frames. In Sony's demo of this technology last year we noticed tons of artifacting, especially with fast horizontally scrolling objects.
The two new XBR10 models are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compliant, so they can access digital photos, music, and video stored on a PC or other DLNA server using the XMB interface and the TV’s remote control. They also offer a USB input for displaying digital photos or playing digital video and music files from a USB storage device.
Other notable features include:
- BRAVIA Engine 3
- 24p True Cinema
- xross media bar (XMB) with enhanced 3D favorites Menu
- Internet powered TV Guide Onscreen
- BRAVIA Sync
- 4 HDMI inputs
- Single PC, component, composite and component/composite selectable inputs
For those whp care, the new XBR10 models exceed Energy Star 3.0 guidelines for energy efficiency, so even those die hard California politicans won't be able to pry this one out of your hands. Part of this comes from the use of Sony’s Light Sensor technology which adjusts backlight intensity based on ambient room light.
The KDL-52XBR10 and KDL-46XBR10 models will be available this October at Sony Style retail stores, www.sonystyle.com and at and at similar authorized Sony retail outlets across the country, for about $5,000 and $4,500, respectively.
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