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Pros: Looks great on or off Wireless internet
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Designed for action
Fast-paced action movies, sports, and video games. If you're into any of these, then Sony's top-of-the-line series was designed with you in mind. The 'HX929 series uses Sony's most advanced display panel technology and the latest in video processing technology to take your video sources to the next level. You'll see detailed colors and smooth, clear motion from every source.
3D TV works and works well
When you combine the 3D-ready XBR-46HX929 with Sony's 3D glasses you can enjoy vivid 3D viewing from your couch. Add a 3D-capable Sony Blu-ray player for the highest-quality 3D experience. By the way, this TV isn't just for 3D fanatics. What many people don't realize is that a 3D picture takes serious picture processing power TVs that are capable of 3D are a great choice for 2D content, too.
The deepest and darkest of LED backlights full array with local dimming
The OptiContrast LCD panel offers outstanding picture contrast, and black levels that get really black. LED backlighting with local dimming contributes to the stellar pictures, too sections of the TV screen can lighten or darken independently of one another. You'll see subtle details in every scene, even those that most TVs struggle with, like the combination of a brightly lit sky in the background with a shadowed forest in the foreground.
Motionflow XR 960 ensures naturally smooth motion
Sony's Motionflow is one of the most sophisticated and effective motion processing solutions. It starts by analyzing the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement. Then it combines 240Hz refresh rate with a high-speed blinking backlight, achieving blur reduction that is equivalent to what you'd see with a 960Hz refresh rate. The improvement is noticeable whether you're watching video in 2D or 3D. You'll see reduced blur, enhanced image sharpness, and an overall clearer picture.
Connect to all the latest HD sources and to the Web
Four HDMI inputs let you enjoy the best possible picture from high-def sources like Blu-ray players, satellite TV receivers, and HD game consoles. Connect this Sony to your broadband Internet service and you can use the TV's remote to surf more than 25 web "channels" from the comfort of your sofa. For example, stream Netflix® straight to the biggest screen in your house, or play customized Internet radio stations from Pandora® Internet radio. And built-in Wi-Fi® lets you access all of this content without running an Ethernet cable across your floor.
Great picture Netflix via wireless works flawlessly
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Great picture Netflix via wireless works flawlessly
Pros: Looks great on or off Wireless internet
In my case, I am now able to watch All of the many networks extensive caches of reruns in beautiful HD and SD. Am enjoying going through my collection of DVDs and VHS tapes - as if I'd almost never watched them before. The set's :GUIDE" to network/station is, at least in my area and input (airways/antenna) about worthless. Lists 98% of all channels as "No Data", and three PBS channels 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 as "PBS 13.1, PBS 13.2, and PBS 13.3.". I blew it out and utilize "Broadcast Display". Cannot comment on 3D capability - dont't care if it has such capability - will never watch 3D & didn't buy it for said ability. Have its' WiFi capability enabled - wireless and slow. Also, its' proprietory USB "dongle"/antenna is about useless. Browsing the internet, if you will is most slow and cumbersome - much easier and faster to revert to your computer - what it is made for and does it much better. Stand alone sound (no amped ext speakers) is decent - ok for me anyway. I'd buy it again for what I did - its' picture.
Wait till you watch 3D movie like TRON on this TV all I can say is wow, make sure you buy the best HDMI cables. You are going to love this TV if you buy one. Great company to work with.
I've had this tv for about 3 weeks and can't get over how great the picture quality is. I have a XBR 3 that I thought was great until I seen this one. I haven't had a chance to tweak and calibrate the settings yet, but I can't complain about the settings right out of the box. I'll never use the 3D part of the tv cause I'm not into that stuff, plus I didn't buy it for that so I can't give a review on that portion of the set. The picture looks so life like it's unreal. You can see the pores on people's skin it's so clear. Once again Sony hit a home run with this tv.
A totally awesome unit. Great picture out of the box. Easy setup. From purchase to receiving easy and quick. The support folks are great, too. Thanks
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||240 Hz|
|Backlighting Type||LED (full-array w/ local dim)|
|Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix, Hulu+, YouTube, Cinem|
|Bluetooth Audio Streaming||No|
|Picture In Picture||1 Tuner|
|Parts Warranty||18 Months|
|Labor Warranty||18 Months|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||6|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|USB Ports||MP3/JPEG/MPEG (2)|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||137 kWh|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||$16|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||27-1/8|
|Height without Stand (inches)||26|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||10-1/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||1-5/8|
|Stand Width (inches)||17-7/8|
|Weight with Stand||52.9 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||42.8 lbs|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
OptiContrast Panel with Corning Gorilla Glass: The Sony Bravia XBR-46HX929 LED-LCD TV combines Sony's OptiContrast Panel with Corning Gorilla Glass for infinite dynamic contrast, increased brightness, and minimized unwanted light reflection - for overall better picture quality.
Intelligent Peak LED: Sony's Intelligent Peak LED Backlight uses local dimming and boost to achieve an infinite dynamic contrast ratio with the deepest blacks and brightest whites possible. Sony's Intelligent Peak LED Backlight system uses a full array, local dimming for deeper blacks, while also boosting brightness in lighter scenes creating incredible on-screen contrast. Every television picture requires contrast (the difference between dark and light areas of the screen). High contrast makes your TV picture vivid, deep and powerful. Sony achieves spectacular contrast with Intelligent Peak LED Backlight. This system places a multi-segment array of white LEDs behind the screen and varies the LED brightness according to the picture content. It shines brightly where the picture is bright, and can fall to black where the picture is black. Experience Sony's best picture quality and extraordinary contrast with this full-array, local dimming system.
X-Reality PRO Engine: The X-Reality PRO Engine is a two-chip digital video processor that optimizes high definition content, compressed HD signals, standard definition, and other sources including low resolution Internet content. Utilizing a vast database of "ideal" signal patterns developed by analyzing and indexing and enormous library of film and video, the X-Reality PRO Engine compares incoming signals pixel-by-pixel with ideal scenes to display vivid and detailed images. Additionally, the engine's multi-frame analysis helps create missing resolution and Sony's Super Bit Mapping technology incorporates 14 bit up-scaling, processing and pixel mapping to smooth gradation and improve the quality of low-tone pictures. The X-Reality PRO Engine also utilizes the following advanced picture technologies.
Note: The X-Reality Engine performs Interlace-to-Progressive (IP) conversion and upscaling as required. Film-based 24 frames-per-second content undergoes special IP conversion to reduce the "stair-step jaggies" that can form at high-contrast edges.
NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC/8VSB tuner, and a digital QAM tuner for receiving unscrambled digital cable channels. It is not CableCARD compatible. You do not need to connect an external HDTV set-top box in order to receive High-Definition programming.
1080p Resolution: The XBR-46HX929 has a full HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels of 720p HDTV). The TV's four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p (60/24Hz) signals, and the component video input can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p (60Hz) signals. All video signals from standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p.
Video Inputs: The Sony Bravia XBR-46HX929 provides High Definition (HDMI) and Standard Definition video inputs.
3D Ready: The Sony XBR-46HX929 gives you the option to enjoy 3D (three-dimensional) pictures and graphics. You can enjoy an immersive, realistic movie and gaming experience in Full HD 1080p using Sony's proprietary 3D Active Glasses, (sold separately) and connecting a compatible 3D-ready Blu-ray Disc Player, Satellite Receiver, or PlayStation3 gaming console (all sold separately) to the HDTV via HDMI. When viewed through the active shutter glasses, the on-screen image is precisely synchronized and delivered with the Full HD 1080p image intact, for an optimum 3D viewing experience. Sony's 3D technology displays high speed synchronized left- and right-eye images to deliver an immersive 3D experience. And since each frame you see is shown at Full HD resolution, the 3D action still offers razor-sharp detail. You can adjust the following 3D settings.
Note: The 3D display mode is automatically selected when a 3D signal is detected. The recommended viewing angle and distance for 3D viewing is 120° (left/right) at 3'-20'.
MotionFlow XR 960: Sony's MotionFlow XR 960 technology feature a precise backlight control that is synchronized with the liquid crystal movement from frame-to-frame creating clearer, sharper moving images. MotionFlow XR 960 combines 240 frames-per-second with the TV's advanced full-array, LED backlight system to simulate a 960 Hz effect. MotionFlow XR 960 provides smooth and precise detail during fast-action scenes for fast action movies and sports by reducing blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing image sharpness, and overall creating a clearer picture. You can select between 4 settings - Smooth, Standard, Clear, or Clear Plus.
CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content. There are two settings.
24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.
Infinite Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Dynamic contrast ratio compares the luminance of a 100 IRE (white) signal with that of a 0 IRE (black) signal. When the TV receives a 0 IRE signal the backlight is turned off and the luminance measurement is 0.00 cd/m2. The resulting dynamic contrast ratio is infinite.
Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
Intelligent Presence Sensor: The Intelligent Presence Sensor is an audience monitoring function. This feature detects facial patterns and viewer movements via the built-in camera-based sensor for reduced power consumption and comfortable TV viewing. The Intelligent Presence Sensor provides the following functions.
Note: The TV's Intelligent Presence Sensor has a range of 20' and can detect up to 5 viewers.
Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:
Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture modes:
Note: The TV's picture adjustments can be made for a particular A/V input or for all inputs.
Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following:
Pro Picture Setup: The Pro Picture Setup menu allows for Color Matrix and HDMI adjustments.
Picture Adjustment Lock: This function prevents the television's Picture Settings from being changed.
Twin Picture (PIP): This feature lets you watch two pictures simultaneously. You can have view an image from a TV program and external input (excluding PC) at the same time. One picture will be displayed as the main image, while to other is displayed in an inset window or side-by-side. You can flip-flop images and switch audio between the two images.
ARC (Audio Return Channel) Function: The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables the TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver or surround audio controller, increasing system flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. The ARC function enables digital output of sound using the television's HDMI In 1 port and can only be operated when the TV is connected to an audio receiver that also supports the ARC function. When the Input Source of the television is the TV (antenna), the ARC function allows audio from the TV to be heard through a connected AV receiver via the television's HDMI 1 input. The audio is sent from the TV to your receiver via a single HDMI cable without the need for a separate optical cable.
Note: When connecting a digital audio system that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC) technology, connect to HDMI IN 1 with an HDMI cable. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.
Sound Position: The speakers of this TV provide different sound images according to how you position the television. You can select between "Table-Top Stand" or "Wall Mount/Floor Stand" to provide the best sound quality based on the television's placement.
Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the three preset sound modes:
Note: The TV's sound adjustments can be made for a particular A/V input or for all inputs.
Equalizer: The TV is equipped with a 7-band EQ (100Hz, 200Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz). You can adjust the level of each band between -12 to +12 dB.
S-FORCE Front Surround: S-FORCE front surrounds provides a virtual surround experience made possible using just two front speakers. You can active a 3D mode to generate a virtual three-dimensional sound effect.
Sound Enhancer: The Sound Enhancer reproduces clear sound by complementing high-frequency bands.
Advanced Auto Volume: The Advanced Auto Volume function keeps the volume level constant across all programs and advertisements.
Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input (TV or video input) relative to other inputs.
Audio Outputs: The Sony HDTV offers analog and digital audio outputs.
PC Compatible: A 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal. The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input or HDMI input. The TV supports the following PC resolutions - VGA (640 x 480), SVGA (800x 600), XGA (1024 x 768), WXGA (1280 x 768/1360 x 768), SXGA (1280 x 1024), and HDTV (1920 x 1080). When a PC is connected to the TV and the PC input is selected, the PC settings screen is available.
USB Port: The Sony TV features two USB (type-A ports) for sharing your photos (JPEG/RAW) or videos (AVCHD/MPEG), and listening to music (MP3/WAV) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device. The USB device must be formatted in FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32.
Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Sony XBR-46HX929 is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) jack for connecting the television to your home network and computer. Via the TV's Ethernet connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also browse internet content (text-based), listen to internet radio (via Bravia Internet), and watch online movies (via Bravia Internet).
Built-in Wireless LAN: The Sony TV features built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to wirelessly access the Internet and your home network. The TV's built-in Wi-Fi provides a wireless network connection for your TV with easy and quick setup. With this feature, you can easily connect to a wireless LAN and enjoy the benefits of networking in a cable-free environment. The television also provides an Ethernet (LAN) port if you prefer a hardwired connection.
Note: A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG), music (MP3/WAV), and video (AVCHD/MPEG) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) on the Sony HDTV. The TV can be connected to your compatible PC using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection (via built-in WiFi). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.
Opera Internet Browser: The television's Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi allows you to make a broadband Internet connection, so you can connect to and access select web content through it's built-in Opera Internet Browser. Using the Opera Internet Browser, you gain access to Sony.com and Gracenote Music Services. The built-in internet browser also allows you to do basic keyword searches, so you can browse other select websites (text-based only). Some web-pages maybe too large for download.
Note: Requires a broadband internet connection. The Opera Internet Browser is not a full search engine for the Internet and Web. For Internet audio/video/photo content, use Sony's Bravia Internet Video service.
Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway to Internet audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to your Sony TV. Once connection (via Ethernet or built-in WiFi) to your network and setup is complete, Bravia Internet TV allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps. Currently Bravia Internet Video offers the following online content (as of May 2011):
|Bravia Internet Video Entertainment Library|
|amazon instant video||Berliner Philharmoniker||blip.tv||concierge.com||Crackle||CinemaNow|
|Slacker||Sony Pictures Television||Style.com||Tara Stiles||ustudio||Dr. Oz|
|Video Detective||Videocast.com||vTuner||Wired||YouTube Videos||Yahoo!|
Note: Bravia Internet Video Requires home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice (visit Sony.com for latest information regarding online content).
Bravia Internet Widgets: Bravia Internet Widgets deliver interactive content when your TV is connected to the Internet. Widgets are small downloadable applications that provide easy access to interactive content when your TV is connected to the Internet. You can display a variety of information on the screen. You are able to download these widgets directly to your TV screen to quickly access news headlines, weather updates, or play games while you watch TV. See what your friends are up to and view their latest postings on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr - all without interrupting your TV viewing experience.
Skype Ready: You can enjoy free high-definition Skype-to-Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room. The Sony XBR-46HX929 is Skype Ready, so you can easily connect to your family and friends live on the Sony TV wherever they are with Skype. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera (available spring 2011, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen.
Automatic Software Updates: Automatic software updates are done through the TV's Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. The TV's software updates when the television is in standby mode.
Monolithic Design: The television's Monolithic Design seamlessly blends into any room's décor. When off, the television appears to be a single, uninterrupted sheet of black glass.
Scene Mode: You can access the following scene modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.
Rovi Guide: The Rovi On-Screen Guide provide up to 24 hours of program information and easy personalization of program listings. You can search for programs by category or keyword. You can organize the program listings by profile (Move, Sports, Kids, etc..) and create your own profile to organize your favorite programs, channels, or keywords.
Note: The Rovi On-Screen Guide is available with connection to your cable service or with over-the-air antenna signal (not compatible with Satellite TV).
Info Banner: The television's Info Banner displays information about the currently viewed TV channel and program.
Favorites: The Favorites function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite TV content. The Favorites menu manages your preferred TV channels, photos, music, video content, and external inputs for quick and easy access. The Favorites feature provides quick access to your frequently used items, such as preferred TV channels or external inputs. In addition, your favorite media files, Internet content. and Widgets can be shown in the Favorites screen.
Recommendations: The Sony TV also features a "Recommendations" function which automatically analyzes your interests by referencing your viewing history to find programs and items you may like, and presents them in the TV's Favorites menu.
TrackID: This feature searches for information about music and video you've heard and seen from the TV. You can obtain information about music and video played on the current program, external input, connected USB storage device, or network connection. You can also start a new search for information about other audio/video content by entering a keyword (track title, album name, and/or artist name).
Input/Channel Label: You can assign an icon or name to an external input and connected equipment, as well as edit channel labels to your preference.
Close Captions (CC): The Sony HDTV provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size.
ENERGY STAR Certified: This Sony HDTV exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as LightSensor Technology, Advance Contrast Enhancer, Intelligent Presence Sensor and the following PC Power Management functions.
Note: When the Energy Saving Switch is switched off, power consumption is reduced. In addition, when the Energy Saving Switch is switched off, you will not be able to perform functions such as saving clock settings.
TV Timer: The TV Timer turns on the television from the standby mode at a time you set, and tunes to a channel or input of your preference.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.
Input/Channel Block: This feature allows you to block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.
i-Manual: The Sony TV comes with a Quick Setup Guide booklet. The TV's full owner's manual can be accessed on the TV using the remote's i-Manual button.
Illuminated Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-YD057). The remote is designed for TV operation only, unless used with Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI. The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button. The remote control features two power buttons (one on the front of the remote and one on the back of the remote).
Bravia Sync: This TV is equipped with Bravia Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. Bravia Sync helps you connect compatible Sony Bravia HDMI equipment, such as a BD player or AV amplifier, to the TV and control the external equipment using the television's remote control. With the "Control for HDMI" function, Bravia Sync helps to communicate with Bravia Sync-compatible equipment using HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Bravia Sync-compatible equipment is listed as a new input source in the television's menu. The television offers the following Bravia Sync operations for the listed device.
Note: Control for HDMI (Bravia Sync) is only available for the connected Sony equipment that has the Bravia Sync logo.
RS-232 Control: This RS-232C, D-sub 9-pin port is used for receiving external control signals. The RS-232 port extends 0.8125" from the rear-panel of the television, making the TV much deeper than manufacturer specs.
Mobile Device Control: You can turn your iPhone, iPad, or compatible Android phone into a versatile remote when you download the free "Media Remote" app. Enjoy basic remote functions, a full QWERTY keyboard, plus search for information about the movies you're watching on YouTube, Wikipedia, Twitter, and many BRAVIA Internet Video services. Media Remote capability requires TV firmware update, expected Spring 2011.
Note: Application must be downloaded from the iTunes application store or Android Market application store. Check Android Market from your device for compatibility. Requires that the TV and remote device be connected to the same wireless network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended).
Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 52.9 lbs with the stand attached.
Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The stand can be removed, allowing you to wall-mount the TV using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 300mm and a vertical spacing of 300mm. The screw holes all accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 42.8 lbs without the stand.
Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 11.875" above the television for adequate ventilation.
Attached Power Cord: The television is equipped with an attached 5' AC power cord terminated by a terminated by a straight two-prong AC plug. The AC plug sits 1.4375" from the wall.
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