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Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-XBR9 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52")

Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-XBR9 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52")
alaScore 88

1275 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1275 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The value for money and sound are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-XBR9 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 887 user reviews of Sony BRAVIA XBR KDL-XBR9 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52") from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on

image quality, sound, value for money, usability, design

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony BRAVIA XBR Series KDL-52XBR9 52-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LCD HDTV, BlackSony BRAVIA XBR KDL-32XBR9 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTVSony Bravia XBR Series KDL-46XBR9 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV, Black

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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 52-inch LCD


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 HDTV presents clear, well-balanced images, and it also offers an astonishingly large selection of Internet-video options. On top of that, its comprehensive DLNA- and USB-based multimedia tools are not only easy to use but...

Excellent brightness and contrast ; Fantastic Internet offerings

Limited color adjustments ; On-screen instructions are not always clear

Good-looking images, interesting multimedia features, and a huge selection of Internet-video offerings justify the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9's ’000 price tag.


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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9


Superb picture quality ; Minimal motion blur ; Plethora of Internet-connected features ; Deeply discounted ; Comfortable, intuitive remote

Three of four HDMI inputs on the side ; Understated, non-swiveling bezel ; Yahoo Widgets currently less than useful

Although they lack LED backlighting, the reasonable price tags on Sony's XBR9 televisions and deluxe features make them a bargain.


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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review - Intro


The Bravia KDL-52XBR9 is the top of the line in the XBR range from Sony; this 52-inch LCD HDTV had the best performance we've ever seen in many of our tests, including the deepest blacks and brightest whites. Plus, it includes support for Yahoo widgets...

The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 is a seriously good HDTV. We found that it aced most of our tests, producing the best scores we've seen for black level, peak white and the contrast ratio imbetween. It also scored highly in our color tests, and produced...

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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9


Reproduces a relatively deep shade of black; generally accurate color; good dejudder processing in Standard mode; extensive feature set with Yahoo Widgets and built-in streaming-video options including Amazon Video on Demand; attractive styling with...

Expensive; benefits of 240Hz difficult to discern; dejudder modes can produce artifacts; some screen uniformity and off-angle issues; dark areas tinged bluer; most free, streaming-video options not compelling.

Sony's high-end KDL-XBR9 series of LCD TV offers a bundle of extras and solid picture quality, but the price will turn off most buyers.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR9 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review - Intro


Sony's Bravia KDL-46XBR9 is Sony's latest high-end LCD HDTV set to be released this Spring. This 52-inch model features Sony's Motionflow 240Hz technology for a high refresh rate and is capable of streaming internet video content from sources such as...

We anxiously await additional information on the KDL-46XBR9 to learn its full performance specs and capabilities. We are looking forward to seeing the 240Hz refresh, internet video and Bravia Widgets in action. Without pricing information, we can't peg...

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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 52-inch LCD TV


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 HDTV presents clear, well-balanced images, and it also offers an astonishingly large selection of Internet-video options. On top of that, its comprehensive DLNA- and USB-based multimedia ...

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Sony KDL-32XBR9


If you're in the market for a medium screen LCD HDTV, the KDL-32XBR9 definitely deserves a look. It's reasonably priced compared to the competition and the performance is above average. Although it lacks network support, overall it also has above...

32 inch 16:9 format display40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratioBuilt-in USB supportBRAVIA Link capability

Lacks network

The KDL-32XB9 has 7 HD inputs, including 4 HDMI inputs, HD component...

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Sony KDL-40XBR9


If you're in the process of building a home-theater system, and are interested in exploring the possibilities of an Internet-connected TV, the Bravia KDL-40XBR9 is an excellent choice. Sony is way ahead of most of the competition in this area, and...

16:9 widescreen aspect ratioFull HD 1920 x 1080p resolutionBravia Internet Video featureBravia WidgetsIntegrated TV Guide Program Guide

The Bravia KDL-40XBR9 features Live Color Creation Technology with...

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Sony Bravia KDL-40XBR9 – Solid picture quality


Sony Bravia KDL-40XBR9 comes with XBR moniker which the manufacturer has reserved for its higher end models. These sets have lots of features but also come at a premium. On the other side, the quality is not as good as LED backlit LCDs or high end...

Black shade reproductions is relatively deep ; Color accuracy is good ; Standard mode has dejudder processing ; Feature set is extensive ; Attractive looks ; Lots of options for connectivity – 4 HDMI, 1 PC and 2 component video ports

Expensive ; Artifacts are produced by the dejudder modes ; Some issues with off angle viewing and screen uniformity ; Dark areas tinge blue ; Most of the options in video streaming are not compelling

Sony Bravia KDL-40XBR9 may have good picture quality and extras but the high price will certainly turn you off.

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Review: Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 HDTV


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 52-inch HDTV presents clear, well-balanced images, and it also offers an astonishingly large selection of Internet-video options.

Fantastic Internet offerings; excellent brightness and contrast

Limited color adjustments; on-screen instructions are not always clear

In our lab's image-quality tests, the KDL-52XBR9 scored particularly high for brightness and contrast, expertly handling light, dark, and midrange areas within an image. It didn't perform quite as well with color; While the set did a respectable job,...

Product Specifications

Powerful performance and superior design come together with the stunning 40" BRAVIA XBR9 HDTV. This flat panel TV features Motionflow 240Hz refresh rate technology for maximum motion detail and clarity. There's also broadband Internet connectivity with built-in BRAVIA Internet video capabilities that let you view select on-demand movies, TV shows, music and more. You can even personalize your entertainment experience by selecting and positioning widgets containing the latest news, weather, sports and more directly on your TV screen. In addition to BRAVIA Engine 3 digital video processor, the 40" XBR9 incorporates advanced power saving features and comes with 7 HD inputs.

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Sony/Sony BRAVIA XBR


Color:Blue-gray metallic/Piano black

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


120Hz: Yes
Diagonal Size:31.5in/40in/46in/52in
Diagonal Size (cm):102cm/117cm/132cm/80cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1000000:1/40000:1
Enhanced Refresh Rate:120 Hz/240 Hz
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:4
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:3800:1/4000:1
LCD Backlight Technology:Wide Color Gamut-CCFL
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:USB / VGA (HD-15)/VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video/Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM/ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes