Sony is famous for its LED HDTV series and every year the company presents its line-up at the CES in Las Vegas. Last year’s HX929 flagship series has made a great impression on home theater enthusiasts and fans alike, so it’s only natural that this year’s HX850 series of 3D LED HDTVs receives the same warm welcome.
Sony brought to Las Vegas the best of the best, translating into a slew of new LED displays featuring 3D capabilities and Smart TV features as well as some other goodies and improvements in comparison to last year's models.
This year's flagship line is called HX850 and brings to the table improved image quality with both 2D and 3D content, Smart TV features and media sharing from your smartphone or tablet.
Sony HX850 3D LED HDTV Series
In terms of design you’ll be able to find again the same monolithic look present with all Sony displays. Sony has further improved the image quality by using their branded X-Reality chips. The X-Reality chip aids these LED HDTVs offer superior image quality in both 2D and 3D and help with the 2D-to-3D upconversion as well.
Sony has put some effort into improving the 3D panel and this year the company claims that the 3D panel in the HX850 is four times faster than in previous years. The main difference between the two high-end series seems to be the Motionflow 480 feature coming with the HX750 models, while the flagship HX850 model packs the Motionflow XR960.
All of the models come with wireless Internet connectivity via the built-in WiFi feature that will enable users to connect to Sony’s Entertainment Network or Skype with friends and family by adding an optional webcam and microphone to the package.
This year, Sony has decided to offer a bit more to its costumers and has added the possibility of sharing content from mobile devices or computers in the wireless network on the big screen, and the possibility of remote controlling it by using the Sony Media Remote as well as the remote keyboard apps. You’ll be able to simply share the media captured with your smartphone wirelessly to your HX850 display.
- X-Reality PRO Engine with 3D Super Resolution
- Full HD 1080p Resolution
- Dynamic Edge LED backlight with Local Dimming
- Motionflow XR 960
- Frameless Monolithic Design, Corning Gorilla Glass and OptiContrast Panel Technology
- Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n)
- Sony Entertainment Network and apps
The Sony HX850 flagship series comes in three new models ranging from 40 to 55 inches in screen size.
Sony HX750 3D LED HDTV Series
The Sony HX750 LED series brings most of the goodies in the flagship HX850 line. You will once again be able to find the X-Reality engine and the improved 3D panel that’s four time faster than the previous year. There’s once again the Motionflow XR480 technology that aids the HX750 display offer higher levels of contrast and brightness in comparison to your average display and Dynamic LED backlight.
The Smart TV features are pretty much the same as with the HX850 model, coming with Sony Entertainment Network and apps as well as Skype for video conferencing while you’re watching TV.
- Full HD (1080p). Dynamic Edge LED backlight with Frame Dimming
- X-Reality Engine
- 4 times faster, High Speed 3D Panel
- Motionflow™ XR 480 technology
- Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Smart TV capabilties coming with Sony Entertainment Network and apps
The HX750 3D LED TV series comes with four new models ranging from 40 to 55-inches in size, that have been named KDL-55HX750, KDL-46HX750, KDL-40HX750.
Sony EX640 Mid-Range LED HDTV Series
The HX850 and HX750 series rightfully attract most of the attention in Sony’s line-up for 2012 but there are other series that you can opt for as well.
If you’re on a budget this year, you could go for the EX640 series of mid-range LED displays, coming this Spring. There are three models in the EX640 series all featuring high image quality and bring most of the high-end features from the HX850 and HX750 series.
These models all come with a Edge LED backlit, 1080p panel and Motionflow XER 240 in order to provide motion blur free images. There is also a feature that Sony calls Clear Resolution Enhancer that’s meant to provide more life-like and vivid pictures.
Smart TV features come with the EX640 series, however you’ll need a special adapter to connect to the Internet. After you’ve connected to the Internet you’ll be able to once again enjoy Sony’s Entertainment Network and a slew of apps that are able to extend your EX640 series TV’s functionality.
- Edge LED Backlit 1080p panel
- Motionflow XER 240
- Clear Resolution Enhancer
- Smart TV features with Sony’s Entertainment Network and apps
- WiFi adapter
The Sony EX640 series comes in three new models, ranging from 40 to 55 inches in screen size, dubbed KDL-40EX640, KDL-46EX640 and KDL-55EX640.
If you’re still looking for a quality and affordable LED TV from Sony this year, there are two series that might interest you. The Sony BX450 and BX330 series are the entry-level displays coming from the company in 2012.
Sony BX450 LED HDTV Series
The BX450 Series of LED HDTVs comes with two new models, in 40 and 46 inches in screen size, namely the KDL-40BX450 and KDL-46BX450.
These two models have been equipped with a Full HD 1080p LCD panel with 60Hz refresh rate, leading to a fast response time. Sony has replaced the LED Edge backlit from the high-end models with the CCFL backlight with the BX450 series.
Just like the EX640 models, these two also feature the Clear Resolution Enhancer in order to display vivid and clear images, while the Digital Noise Reduction technology is used to provide high quality sound.
- Full HD (1080p) CCFL backlight LCD HDTV
- 60Hz panel, Clear Resolution Enhancer and Digital Noise Reduction
- USB Media Player
- 2 x HDMI
Sony KDL-32BX330 LED HDTV
Last but not least, here's the KDL-32BX330 coming as part of the entry-level BX330 series. This one is a 2012 model coming in a 32-inches screen size.
This one has been equipped with a CCFL backlit, 60Hz LCD panel and there's also Digital Noixe Reduction for high quality sound. All the entry-level Sony models comes with USB media players and two HDMI inputs.
This is Sony's line-up for 2012 and al the models presented are expected in the first quarter of the year.
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