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Sony Bravia KDL-XBR8 Series LCD TV (46", 55")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 189 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the color and usability are on the whole positive. The design and sound are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the connectivity and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony Bravia KDL-XBR8 Series LCD TV (46", 55") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Bravia KDL-XBR8 Series LCD TV (46", 55")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sony Bravia KDL-XBR8 Series LCD TV (46", 55") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Amazon.com.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Bravia XBR KDL-46XBR8 46-Inch 1080p 120Hz Triluminos LED LCD HDTVSony Bravia XBR KDL-55XBR8 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Triluminos LED LCD HDTV

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Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR8

 

A uniquely styled, energy-efficient LED-lit LCD HDTV, the 46-inch Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR8 ($3,999.99 list) takes picture quality to new heights and sets higher standards for contrast and color reproduction. Multimedia mavens may find the set's...

Stellar picture contrast. Excellent color thanks to multicolored LEDs

More expensive than LCD models of similar size. Wider than most same-size HDTVs. Limited network multimedia capabilities

The 46-inch Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR8 lacks the integrated multimedia capabilities of other LED-based HDTVs, but it makes up for it with picture quality that's second to none.

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Sony Bravia KDL-55XBR8

 

Editors' note: The rating on this review has been lowered because of changes in the competitive marketplace.

Reproduces the deepest black levels of any LCD we've tested; highly accurate primary color points and grayscale tracking; best-in-class bright-room viewing characteristics; scads of video processing options including superior dejudder capabilities;...

Mind-bogglingly expensive; image quality fades when seen from off-angle; minor blooming in some high-contrast areas; some dejudder modes produce artifacts; nonremovable speakers protrude to either side.

Although not quite the best HDTV we've tested so far, the wallet-busting, LED-powered Sony KDL-55XBR8 comes mighty close.

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Sony KDL-46XBR8

 

If you're looking for a high-quality TV for your home, your search is over! Sony's KDL-46XBR8 delivers vibrant, crisp, natural and life-like viewing and Dolby Digital audio experience. It has eight speakers that can deliver high-quality Simulated...

1080p full HD - perfect for next generation DVD playersDLNA, Bravia Sync and Digital Media Extender (DMe)MotionFlow 120 Hz PRO and Bravia Engine 2 Pro video processorHDMI input for uncompressed digital videoDolby Digital Audio, Simulated Surround and...

The Sony KDL46XBR8 46

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Sony KDL-55XBR8

 

When looking at all the features, qualities, and performance that this LCD offers and comparing it with other models available, the Sony KDL-55XBR8 truly ranks among the best in the market. The only thing downside that users must examine is the...

Breathtaking 55 inch 1080p/24p LCD screen with flawless motion and vibrant colorsMotionflow 120Hz PRO, DLNA, BRAVIA Engine Pro 2, TRILUMINOS, and moreTons of ports and plugs- 4 HDMI, 2 Component, PC, Ethernet, USB, etcAlmost too many award-winning...

VERY expensive- an awesome television suited only for the serious viewer

This is truly one of the most stunning televisions available on the...

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Sony KDL-55XBR8

 

While this mode properly displays the aspect of the content, it does soften the picture giving a slightly blurred appearance from the enlarged image

as daylight penetrates illuminating the veil of the princess. But notice that the image is overly soft due to using the Zoom aspect ratio to gain the correct sizing alternative

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Sony KDL-46XBR8 LCD HDTV Reviewed

 

It might be expensive, but the 46-inch KDL-46XBR8 from Sony has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a high-end TV. A local-dimming LED backlight system, 120Hz technology, and that Sony style make for one excellent TV, if you can afford it....

The local-dimming LED backlight system allows this LCD to produce better blacks and have a better overall contrast than many traditional LCD TVs. The use of red, green, and blue LEDs also leads to great color purity ; Motionflow 120Hz Pro technology...

This is an expensive HDTV. It's much pricier than a traditional 46-inch LCD and also costs more than a comparably sized LED LCD from Samsung ; The viewing angle is only average ; While other manufacturers are adding Web features to their TVs, Sony...

The KDL-46XBR8 represents the best that Sony has to offer in the LCD HDTV realm, but be prepared to pay for such cutting-edge technology.

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Sony BRAVIA KDL-55XBR8 LCD HDTV

 

Despite the market penetration of LCD flat panels—they significantly outsell plasmas—LCD technology has two serious shortcomings. Off-axis viewing is one—we'll get to that a bit later. The other is how they handle blacks and deep shadow detail. But a...

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Sony BRAVIA KDL-55XBR8 LCD HDTV

 

Despite the market penetration of LCD flat panels-they significantly outsell plasmas-LCD technology has two serious shortcomings. Off-axis viewing is one-we'll get to that a bit later. The other is how they handle blacks and deep shadow detail. But a...

The Sony's price also raised a few eyebrows once it was revealed (only after the performance scoring was complete and before the identities of the sets were unmasked). This is reflected in the value scores. I should also note that this set has a vast...

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Sony BRAVIA KDL-46XBR8 LCD HDTV

 

LCD flat panels now dominate the television marketplace. But despite their popularity, they have been notably inferior to the best plasma sets in the depth of their blacks and the quality of their shadow detail.

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Sony BRAVIA KDL-46XBR8 LCD HDTV

 

LCD flat panels now dominate the television marketplace. But despite their popularity, they have been notably inferior to the best plasma sets in the depth of their blacks and the quality of their shadow detail.

The remote control does not offer direct selection of inputs, but it is backlit. You can change the timeout period for the backlighting (the first time I've seen this feature), and the remote can also control three other components.

Product Specifications

Sony BRAVIA KDL-55XBR8 55" LCD TV - 55" - Active Matrix TFT - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - Dolby - HDTV - 1080p, 480i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.7in
Height:26.8in
Weight:72.8lbs
Width:49.6in

DVD

Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:KDL-46XBR8
Product Line:Sony/Sony BRAVIA XBR

Miscellaneous

Color:Gloss piano black

Service & Support

Type:18 months warranty

Television

120Hz: Yes
Diagonal Size:46in
Diagonal Size (cm):117cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1000000:1
Enhanced Refresh Rate:120 Hz
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:4
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:3000:1
LCD Backlight Technology:LED Backlight technology
LED Backlight Type:Full array
Local Dimming: Yes
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
RGB LED: Yes
Series:BRAVIA XBR
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-and-picture (PAP) / Picture-in-picture (PIP)
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes
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