LAS VEGAS--As a rule, no company divulges pricing at CES anymore, but we still have reason to suspect that when its price actually does get announced, the Sony HX750 series might represent a good picture-quality-for-the-buck proposition.
This set is the least expensive in Sony's admittedly small 2012 CES announcement lineup to offer the edge-lit local dimming we liked so much on the NX720 from last year.
Sony has slowly begin competing in price in some TV categories over the last couple of years, and the HX750's feature mix eschews the MotionFlow 960 of the step-up HX850, settling for good old MotionFlow 480. We doubt even the staunchest videophiles will be able to tell the difference between the two Motion Flow schemes. Ditto for X Reality PRO/non-PRO, another differentiator between the two TVs.
Both sets offer the sweet Monolithic styling we've liked for the last couple of years, although the bezel around the HX750's screen isn't as thin as that of the HX850. Both tout Gorilla Glass screens.
The HX750 is the company's least expensive 3D-compatible model announced at the show. Last year we experienced worse-than-expected 3D performance from models like the NX720 and the HX929, so Sony has some work to do in that department.
Sony offers similar Internet features as last year, with built-in Wi-Fi, a Skype option with optional camera/speakerphone, Yahoo apps, and of course access to the Sony Entertainment network. There's also the Gracenote song ID extra, and compatibility with a smartphone/tablet app for TV control and media access.
Sony KDL-HX750 series features:
- Edge-lit LED TV with local dimming
- X-Reality Engine
- Motionflow XR 480
- Active 3D compatible
- Monolithic design and Gorilla glass
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Sony Entertainment Network and apps access
Sony KDL-HX750 series models:
- KDL-55HX750 55-inch, available Q1, $TBD
- KDL-46HX750 46-inch, available Q1, $TBD