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Have you experienced the new Sony Bravia 46" LED HDTV (KDL-46XBR8) ?

Sony had always been at the fore-front of imaging and display technologies. Their flagship Bravia series of LCD TVs have been some of the best performers in the market. Though they may be priced at a premium compared to other manufacturers, the superb picture quality and reliability would justify the pricing.

Now, Sony has another addition into their Bravia family in the form of the Sony Bravia 46" LED HDTV (KDL-46XBR8). First of all, let us clear-up the confusion, this is still a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) HDTV, but it is powered by 3-color LED backlighting technology. Sony calls it the TRILUMINOS® 3-color LED backlighting system.

Though LED backlit screen technology has been around for quite a while now, the backlighting utilized white LEDs. But now Sony's innovation is to use clusters of red, green and blue LEDs to produce crisp and life-like colors and images.

Since motion pictures are still a series of still images displayed at a fast rate, there can be some blurring or distortion that is inherent to most displays. Though this almost imperceptible to the human eye in most conditions, it can be quite prominent in some specific picture conditions. Sony uses its Motion flow™ 120Hz PRO anti-blur processing system for clearer motion display.

The BRAVIA Engine 2™ PRO digital video processing supports faster frame rate, with built in technologies to reduce noise, improving contrast and other picture improvements. One more feature that is supported is the up conversion of older non-HD image sources into a 1080p resolution. Though this may not actually be 'true HD', it does allow you to use the full display on your system with minimal degradation of picture quality.

Other features include a 8-millisecond pixel response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 dynamic) for better contrast - further enhanced by the Advanced Contrast Enhancer system, 10-bit display panel & video processing which can display around one billion colors, which can lead to almost life like images. [Limited only by the quality of the input source and image]

Coming to the connection interface options; The Sony Bravia 46" KDL-46XBR8 features a total of 9 A/V inputs, including: 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side), 1 S-video, 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p), 4 HDMI v1.3 (3 rear, 1 side).

Also included is a traditional RF input for antenna/cable signals, an optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital, Ethernet port for streaming content from a DLNA-enabled networked computer, side mounted USB port for digital photo/MP3 playback with Sony cameras and flash memory drives. PC input is supported via an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) interface. Ok, to summarize all the connections options, we can say – can connect with almost any normal consumer audio / video device!

The Sony DMex port allows you connect optional BRAVIA Link add-on modules. The RS-232C port for communicating with compatible home theater control devices and the illuminated multi-brand remote control help you build up a home theatre system with components that can work together seamlessly. The KDL-46XBR8 is no doubt another great product from Sony.

Sun, 10 May 2009 08:08:17 +0000

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