LAS VEGAS--Among the numerous permutations of, we've consistently experienced the best results with the variety known as local dimming, which typically uses a full array of LEDs arranged behind the screen, not just along the edge. Those LEDs can dim or illuminate as necessary depending on program content, and as a result can achieve excellent contrast, black levels, and overall picture quality.
Among those five, only the XBR-HX900 series has local dimming with a full array of LEDs behind the screen, not arranged along the edge, so we expect this set to receive the most interest from videophiles. We'll have to wait for a review sample before we can see how it performs, but we're expecting good things.
Otherwise the HX900 is quite similar to the step-down KDL-HX800 in the company's lineup, although Sony does tout an ambient light sensor that we doubt will interest videophiles at all.
Sony XBR-HX900 features:
- Full-array LED backlight with local dimming
- 3D compatible
- 240Hz refresh rate
- Bravia Video interactive suite with Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, NPR, Yahoo Widgets and more
- Optional-in Wi-Fi connection
Sony XBR-HX900 series models:
- Sony Bravia XBR-52HX900: 52-inch, available summer 2010, price TBD
- Sony Bravia XBR-46HX900: 46-inch, available summer 2010, price TBD