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CEDIA 2006: Sony busts out bigger Bravias

CEDIA 2006: Sony busts out bigger Bravias

Today at the CEDIA Expo in Denver, Sony announced a few new high-end LCD HDTVs under the Bravia name. The company also gave official details on its so-called Pearl projector, as well as announcing a partnership with projector-screen manufacturer Stewart for a specialized Pearl-friendly screen.

The new LCDs include the company's first 52-inch models: the KDL-52XBR2 (November, $6,500) and the KDL-52XBR3 (November, $6,800). Both join their smaller cousins in Sony's lineup and offer similar feature sets and styling, although the XBR2 model doesn't have the option to swap out its silver bezel for another color. Both 52-inch sets deliver 1,920x1,080 pixels, or 1080p native resolution, as well as the same picture-quality enhancements found on the smaller models. Given the picture quality evinced by the KDL-40XBR2, we expect these larger LCDs to be among the best-performing LCDs on the market.

Apparently unsatisfied by the depth of its relatively affordable S2000 line, the company also announced two other LCDs, the 32-inch KDL-32S2400 (October, $2,600) and the 40-inch KDL-40S2400 (October, $1,700). Aside from price, the main difference between the new sets and the S2000 models is color: the S2400s have a black bezel instead of a silver one.

We expect to review one of the 52-inch models when it becomes available, but we probably won't review either of the S2400 sets. Check out our review of the KDL-32S2000 for an idea of how the S2400 series may perform.