Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sony Bravia 46" 1080p LCD HDTV Rated best by CNet
Wow, people were really excited about the High Def Television info I put up yesterday, so here's some more. I'll list the rest of the HDTV sets that cNet rated as the best. Here's the winner in the 43-47 inch range
Best HDTV between 43- and 47-inches
Although not quite as impressive as the best plasmas, the 46-inch Sony KDL-46XBR4 outperforms any flat-panel LCD we've tested so far.
Sony Bravia XBR KDL-46XBR4 46" 1080p LCD HDTV
* 10-bit 16:9 Full HD 1080p Panel (1920x1080)
* Motionflow with FHD 120 Hz high frame rate capability
* BRAVIA Engine PRO & Live Color Creation system
* 1080p Inputs: HDMI (x3), YPbPr (x2), PC
* Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE)
The Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-46XBR4 46-inch 1080p LCD Flat Panel HDTV continues Sony's tradition of making outstanding televisions. With a 46-inch screen, you'll be able to see every little detail without any need to squint. Sony does not hold back with any technologies, and the XBR series is its flagship line--so with the XBR, you know you'll get the best quality home theater experience available.
Top-Notch Video Performance
The XBR KDL-46XBR4 is a 1080p television with a full 1920 x 1080 resolution, the highest resolution available for the sharpest, clearest picture. The KDL-46XBR uses the most recent HDMI 1.3 interface, which houses both audio and video signals in one connector and has the bandwidth to support the data needed for the high resolution. Sony's Bravia Engine Pro Full Digital Video Processor upconverts all video signals to 1080p so you can watch all your old DVDs on this glorious display.
Sony complements the high resolution with the latest technology in color reproduction. The KDL-46XBR is a 10-bit display with 10-bit processing. Most panels are only 8-bit. The added bit depth here means a larger color palette for more faithful color reproduction and smoother transitions from one color to the next. Additionally, the display also supports the new x.v.Color standard, which dramatically increases the available color space. The end result is a picture that is so detailed, colorful, and vibrant, you'd have a hard time distinguishing it from real life.
The KDL-46XBR4 features Sony's Motionflow technology, which automatically adjusts for and applies the proper processing for optimal motion reproduction depending on the video input. This includes support for 24 frames per second (24p) video, which displays video content at the 24-frames-per-second rate at which it was originally filmed or recorded. With 24p, you get the most faithful possible reproduction of the original.
A Wide Variety of Inputs
This Sony television's wide variety of inputs ensures compatibility with your other home theater components. There are three HDMI connections for Blu-Ray, HD DVD, and other technologies requiring the high bandwidth, and two component video inputs, three composite video inputs, one S-Video input, one PC Audio and Video input, and five analog audio inputs. Even with a collection of legacy components, you shouldn't have a problem connecting to the KDL-46XBR4.
The KDL-46XBR4 not only displays stunning video but is itself a head-turner. It features Sony's unique floating glass frame along with a black bezel that can be interchanged with optional color bezels to match the display to your decor.
Outstanding Ergonomics and Simplicity of Control
Sony's Xross Media Bar interface is an award-winning, intuitive on-screen display that makes setup a breeze, with menus and controls logically laid out for quick access. The KDL-46XBR4 also features Theatre Sync technology, based on the HDMI-CEC standard, which means you can easily connect to and control compatible devices. For example, when the KDL-46XBR4 is connected to a compatible DVD player, you can turn on both the DVD player and the television and start playing a DVD with a single push of a button on the remote. When you're done, another push of a button powers everything down. With Theatre Sync, you can spend time enjoying the movie rather than waste time setting everything up.
More Than Just a Television
Because more and more people expect to view photos on their HDTVs, Sony developed a Photo TV HD mode that optimally sets the sharpness, gradation, and color to make digital photos look like printed photography.
The KDL-46XBR4 is backed by a 1-year limited warranty for parts and labor.
The 46-inch Bravia XBR(R) Series LCD incorporate all of Sony's latest technologies including HDMI v1.3 features such as x.v.Color and Deep Color. Additional features like Motionflow 120Hz enables smoother motion when viewing movies or fast-action sports. Full HD 1080 means 1920x1080 pixels and 1080p video inputs. Bravia Engine PRO with Digital Reality Creation(TM) upconverts all interlaced and progressive video signals including HD signals directly to 1080p for amazing detail and sharpness. Achieving smoother, natural motion reproduction starts with the right performance characteristics such as the ultra fast panel response times. Sony's Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) builds on contrast ratio performance of 2000:1 Contrast Ratio. The Contrast Ratio of up to 2000:1 is achieved by using real-time image processing to adjust the contrast along with optimizing backlight levels. Blu-ray movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. The 46-inch Bravia XBR(R) Series LCD includes 24p input capability. 120Hz MotionFlow Noise Reduction 3D Digital Comb Filter Game Mode Light Sensor 178 degrees wide viewing angle display panels Wide Color Gamut - CCFL Backlight Contrast Ratio 2000 - 1 (On-screen) / 16,000 - 1 Dynamic-Contrast Ratio DMeX Ready Parental Control (V-Chip) One-Button Home Theater Control ( HDMI-CEC ) Bravia Theatre Sync Power Consumption - 280W in Operation, Less than 0.4W in Standby VESA Hole Mount Compatibility for Mounting Applications Inputs and outputs - 5 (1 Side /4 Rear) Analog Audio Inputs, 1 Rear Audio Output (Variable/Fixed), 2 Rear Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr ) Inputs, 3 (1 Side /2 Rear) Composite Video Inputs, 1 Rear Digital Audio Output, 1 Rear S-Video Input, 1 Side Headphone Output, 1 Rear D-Sub 154 PC Video Input & 3 (1 Side/ 2 Rear) HDMI Connections Dimensions - 49.7x31.3x12.7 inches (1262x795x322mm) with pedestal / 4