Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series

  • 46" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 3D 480 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released January, 2011
The extreme edge is metallic-looking and very slightly set back from the main pane, and we love the low-profile swivel stand with its thin metal base.
Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Conclusion Check out the Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series

Back view of Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
One big reason, we're guessing, is because the Sony is so black to begin with, but regardless, it's a visible problem, especially in letterboxed movies.
Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

size

46"
70"
70"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch XBR-55HX929, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Unlike on most LED TVs, which mount the little light-emitting diodes around the edge of the LCD panel, the backlight of the 929 consists of an array of LEDs placed directly behind the entire panel.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)

thickness

Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
Sharp AQUOS 735 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
In our view the Sony XBR-HX929 is the best-looking TV this year aside from Samsung's thin-bezel UND6400 and UND8000/7000 models.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The XBR-HX929's jack pack, as on many thin TVs, relies on sideways- and downward-facing ports as well as a breakout cable for component or composite video (you can connect one or the other, but not both).
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series

power consumption

Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Sharp AQUOS 735 Series
We did not test the power consumption of this size in the Sony XBR-HX929 series, but we did test the 55-inch model.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Annual power consumption cost after calibration(Shorter bars indicate better performance).
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)

black levels

Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
The Sony did preserve black levels quite well, however, outdoing the others aside from the 909 in this department.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
It boasts that excellent contrast by way of inky black levels not found on any TV aside from the oft-cited Pioneer Kuro plasma, and improves upon the color accuracy of its predecessor XBR.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)

contrast ratio

Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
Sharp AQUOS 735 Series
We chose to turn on the Smooth Gradation control, however, choosing Low, because the default Off position left small artifacts around the diagonal lines on our Sharpness test pattern.
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
In that setting the entire image flickers visibly, increasing in intensity as the picture brightens (for example, when we turned the TV's glasses brightness setting from Low to Medium to High).
BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series by c|net (Jul, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Full-array LED
  • 4:4 Pulldown @ 96Hz
  • Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube
  • Flickr, Picasa
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • BRAVIA Sync
  • backlight zones are selectively turned off to enhance the picture's contrast
  • 480 Hz
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 0.6423/0.33
  • 2
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • 0.305/0.61
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • 300 mm x 300 mm
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1
  • 19,413 g
  • 38.1 mm

cons

  • 0.08 cd/sq. m.
  • 0.1611/0.06
  • 1.49
  • 46"
  • only proprietary remote controls can control the TV
  • TDGBR250/B, 69 dollars
  • 1080i content may show some visual artifacts
  • 2.15
  • 149 dollars

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 75%
Read the review (Jul, 2011)
Sony doesn't include 3D glasses with the XBR-HX929, which is surprising considering the TV's high price.

Panel

Given Samsung's 3D glasses promotion we wouldn't be surprised if Sony offered something similar later in the year.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
We experienced issues testing the HX929's 3D performance and have asked Sony for replacement glasses.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The LW5600's passive 3D also loses 3D during head tilts, but you have to tilt pretty far.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Type

The Sony XBR-HX929 is the best-performing LCD-based TV we've tested this year, outdoing edge-lit models by virtue of superior black-level performance and very good color.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
The result was excellent contrast, on a level no other LCD-based TV could muster.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
LED/LCDs. Since blacks were so dark the blue cast was not apparent, and shadows stayed relatively true, albeit worse (bluer) than the plasmas.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

3d

If you keep your neck straight and turn on MotionFlow, the HX929 delivers very good 3D performance.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
To test 3D we again used "Tron: Legacy" and kept the set in its default Cinema picture setting.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
We don't recommend watching 3D with any angle but straight on (when you lay on your side and watch, provided the TV can even handle it, you're likely to experience discomfort after a few minutes), but the Sony's intolerance for even the slightest tilt is an issue.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Video

With Motion Flow set to the Off position, the HX929 correctly handled 1080p/24 film cadence.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
Color adjustments are not abundant by flagship TV standards, but you do get plenty of questionable video-processing tweaks.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)
We used Custom for calibration since it offered the full range of controls without having to utilize Scene Select to get to the Cinema preset.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Audio quality

Sony's audio, widget, and photo service selection is top-notch-you get Slacker, NPR, and an exclusive classical music/video service (Berlin Philharmoniker); numerous Yahoo and FrameChannel (the second also a Sony exclusive) widgets; and no fewer than four onboard photo-sharing options, if you count the Flickr widget.
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series 46" | Rated 75% by by c|net (Jul, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series

Price Edition Refresh rate Power consumption Size Manufacturer code Compare
240 Hz 265 Watts 65" XBR-65HX929
 
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240 Hz 179 Watts 55" XBR-55HX929
 
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480 Hz 138 Watts 46" XBR-46HX929
 
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