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Sony Bravia XBR KDL-52XBR4 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
Say Bravo to Sony Bravia XBR(R) - the ultimate in HDTV performance of the Sony TV series. Over the years XBR(R) has stood for the best home TV's Sony has to offer and this is no exception. The XBR(R) line of Full HD 1080p televisions 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 enable smoother motion when viewing movies or fast-action sports. 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. And it's only fitting that your XBR(R) make a statement not only through breathtaking picture quality, but by taking your breath away with optional color bezels. Now your LCD TV can reflect your own personal style. 24p True Cinema (24p Input Capability) - for true movie play, especially when used with optional BluRay HD drive Digital Media Extender (DMex) ready offers a digital connection path for the addition of the optional modules like the new BRAVIA Internet Video Link Sony's award-winning Xross Media Bar(TM) (pronounced Cross) provides a logical and fast way to access set up menus, user controls, and more Dolby Digital Surround compatible outputs for ATSC and QAM tuning 2 Integrated speakers for stereo or 3D surround Pedestal stand included / VESA compatible for optional wall mount Dimensions (Approx) Depth 15.12 with stand; 4.92 without stand; Height - 35.04 with stand; 32.5 without; Width - 55.71 / 108 lbs with stand Sony USA 1-Year Parts and Labor
Amazon.com Product Description The Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-52XBR4 52-inch 1080p LCD Flat Panel HDTV continues Sony's tradition of making outstanding televisions, and with a 52-inch screen, you'll be the envy of all your neighbors. 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.
The XBR series delivers beautful visuals while incorporating all of Sony's latest technologies. View more details.
Top-Notch Video Performance The XBR KDL-52XBR4 is a 1080p television with a full 1920 x 1080 resolution, the highest resolution available for the sharpest, clearest picture. The KDL-52XBR 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-52XBR 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-52XBR4 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-52XBR4.
Stunning Looks The KDL-52XBR4 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-52XBR4 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-52XBR4 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-52XBR4 is backed by a 1-year limited warranty for parts and labor.
Full HD Quality
HDTV provides up to six times the visual detail of the Standard Definition television. You need an HDTV set, HD sound and a source of HD content to make sure you're really getting HD.
It's easy to setup your HDTV system. A single HDMI cable carries both audio and video signals, while it also banishes confusing setup and cord tangles.
HD broadcasting can include up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. A Sony HD Audio system lets you experience every whisper.
Ready for Primetime
You've got the set, now get the shows. HD sports, comedies, dramas, movies and more are available on Broadcast, Cable and Satellite TV.
What's in the Box KDL-52XBR4 52-inch LCD flat panel HDTV, remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cord, operating instructions, quick setup guide, warranty card, table top stand, and support strap.
I don't usually write alot of reviews, but I did a lot of research for this tv purchase. We were upgrading our family room tv from a 35in 720p toshiba tv. We were looking at the 52 inch mark, plasma vs lcd. In a quick review make sure you consider what room you will be placing your new tv into. You are about to spend big bucks make sure you are honest about where these tvs are going or you will be unhappy! First Plasma vs LCD (This comes from my reading again at higher end plasma vs lcd at the $3000-4000 range 52in-61in) Plasma Good -Clearly plasma edges lcd in contrast. If you are looking for the truest blacks plasma wins hands down -Long life 80000+ viewing hours -Some people complain of motion artifact in lcds. The "triple football" effect. Plasma does not seem to have this problem. -Clearly cheaper than lcd at the 46in+ mark, Significantly cheaper if looking at the 60+ inch
Bad -Heavy (don't think you are going to mount this baby on the wall yourself -Screen reflection (Must be in a room with low light to no light to really enjoy) Great for dedicated movie room ...family room with windows not so much. -Burn in for gamers---I think they are working on this but don't take a chance
LCDs Good Maybe not the best for true black, but truly excellent. You won't know unless you are a cnet reviewer. Light- you can move this with your significant other No chance of burn in New 120hz refresh has made ghosting football effect no longer an issue Now have big computer screen if you want to hook up a pc No reflection from screen. Works well in rooms with light
Bad If you are looking at 60+inch tv's the price is crazy for lcd--- go get a plasma or direct view Not the truest of blacks if you must have the truest of true
Ok so that being said the sony xbr seemed like it fit the bill for me. I needed ~52inch, has to go in family room, must work with xbox/playstation. I also watch lots of football so I had to take that into consideration.
Armed with this I went out looking at tv's. LCD overall fit what I was looking for and as I said unless you are making a dedicated movie room go with lcd. As a note sony believes in lcd tech so much they stopped making plasma screens! Don't know if this is all that but sony usually knows their business. So going out looking at 52 inch lcds you will run into a few choices--- Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, and Sharp. Quickly I will note that toshiba and sharp are on the lower end. Less contrast, less hdmi inputs etc...however are usually less money! So be sure to look, but overall the samsung and sony tvs are far superior for a few hundred extra. So if you are reading this you are clearly looking at the xbr sonys. It really came down for me to Sony xbr4 vs the Samsung 71 series. These are really close or even almost the same tvs. The sony xbr4 has 3hdmi, 1:13000 contrast, and 120hz. The samsung 71 also 3hdmi, 120hz, but 1-25000 contrast. The contrast generally considered the amount of true black from the screen. Overall I would say that gave the edge to the samsung and if you read reviews you will see people raving about the samsung vs the sony xbr. However! and this is a big however! Samsung coats their lcd's with a coating that does have a moderate amount of reflection. I have no idea why as this killed it for me. And I am serious that you need to think about the lights in your room. If you have any windows or lights if front of the tv that is what you will be seeing in a plasma or samsung. It will drive you nuts! There is no NO reflection from the xbr4. So ultimately I purchased the xbr4 from amazon. The picture is amazing from my hd tivo to bluray, hd dvd, and standard is well standard. Although numbers say the samsung is better in the real world you will not notice the difference. So I am happy to say this is a five star tv.
Also of note: Sony offers the xbr5 version of this tv. $400 for a piano gloss black rim. Not worth it to me for plastic. Samsung also offers an 81 series, with 1:500000, and increased backlights. They are about 1G more than the 71 series and xbrs and if you are looking at high end plasmas, I would take a look at these too. However, same reflective coat.
Decide this isn't for you and want to go plasma... Well I looked at that too. Stick to Panasonic and Pioneer and you can't go wrong. Pioneer kuros hands down the best plasma to date!!!! Good luck
PS-----I didn't have any problems with amazon white glove. TV was purfect. I was called and two guys unpacked with no problem, even helped move the other tv.
This is my first Amazon review. I've gone through 3 HDTV and had to return them all. The latest HDTV was the Samsung LNT5271F. It had great picture quality, but it suddenly developed a small vertical line of dead pixels, then they grew into three vertical lines, then all three grew really long from top to bottom of the screen. I was sad. Luckily I purchased it from Amazon and they quickly arranged for pick up and a refund. Anyways, I decided to spend a little more and get the Sony XBR4. I can't believe Amazon was selling the 52XBR4 for the price I paid! It arrived this morning (ahead of schedule!) and so far I'm loving it. Hooked up my PS3 via HDMI and watched SD DVD. SD looks pretty good with an upconverting DVD player. I don't have HD cable because I mainly watch Blu-ray movies and play PS3 games. SD TV is okay, but I think all HDTV produces the same SD quality. Of course this is a HDTV and HD sources like the PS3 is impressive. Colors are not over saturated and the 120ghz motion flow works great and looks more natural than the Samsung 71F. At first I wasn't too sure about the look of the XBR4 (glass around bezel), but in person it looks pretty handsome. The look of the XBR4 is not too flashy. It's more simple and elegant with the floating glass. The glowing 'Sony' logo is a nice touch, but glad there's an option to turn it off. I expect this Sony tv to last for a long time, just like my old 32" Sony Trinitron (which my parents still own) that was purchased back in 1991! My in-laws have one of the early Sony Trinitrons (late 70's, early 80's I think) and works like a charm. I'm confident with the quality of Sony televisions and look forward to many years of entertainment. Don't get me wrong, the Samsung LNT5171F unit is a great tv, maybe I just got a lemon. But I feel more confident in this Sony TV. Thanks, Amazon for great customer service!
I purchased this set in March 2008 after doing A LOT of homework. I researched the Sony brand and this model in particular through Consumer Reports. I also read all the reviews I could find on the internet including here on Amazon. Everyone raved about it and Consumer Reports said it was a good buy. Well, here I am 2 and half years later with a busted tv that needs repair. I am so disappointed! I paid A LOT of money - hard earned money! - on this only to have it lose it's picture just two years later. The repairman told me it was the 3rd Sony he saw that day! The picture isn't clear, it's very hard to describe, but it looks like boxes on the screen. The repairman said that it could be either the board that is loose which would cost approximately $300 to fix with parts and labor OR it could be the entire panel which would cost too much to repair and it would make more sense to buy a new set. I wish I could reach Sony and tell them that this is UNACCEPTABLE! I paid $3k for this television through Amazon! Boy, they saw me coming a mile a away!