Sony XBR9 streams Internet video, costs a mint

The Sony KDL-XBR9 series includes extensive built-in Internet streaming as well as Yahoo widgets, but it doesn't come cheap.

Sony's KDL-XBR9 boasts scads of Internet-powered extras. CNET

Sony has always reserved its XBR moniker for its most expensive HDTVs, and the 2009 KDL-XBR9 lineup is no exception. These sets cost a bundle, and while they deliver plenty of features, including a lot of built-in interactive add-ons, they can't match the video quality of the best plasma and LED-backlit LCDs on the market, nor the ultrathin style of Samsung's edge-lit LED models .

The Sony KDL-XBR9 series exhibited respectable enough performance, to be sure, and we're sure gadget freaks will find a lot to like about its streaming capabilities and its Yahoo Widgets, but if you don't care about those extras, it's hard to justify the high price tag.

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Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com.

 

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