Sony Bravia KDL-46XBR9 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
We are looking forward to seeing the 240Hz refresh, internet video and Bravia Widgets in action.
Tour & Design
The KDL-46XBR9 has a solid black glossy bezel that features the Sony logo in the center on the bottom edge with LED status lights to the far right. Small logos to denote the Bravia line and the XBR model line appear in the top left and right corners of the bezel, respectively.
The front of the KDL-46XBR9
We were unable to see the back of the KDL-46XBR9 as it was mounted on a wall and could not swivel out. The majority of the XBR9's ports will be positioned on the back.
The left side of the KDL-46XBR9 features easy ports for easy access, including, from top to bottom, a USB port, PC in RGB and audio, 3 HDMI ports, 1 S-video port, and 1 set of composite audio and video in ports. The right side features the power and other control buttons most often found on the front of flat-panel TVs, including, from top to bottom, the power, channel up/down, volume up/down, input, and home buttons.
The left and ride sides of the KDL-46XBR9
The KDL-46XBR9 on display was mounted on a wall and not on the stand with which it comes, so we were unable to photograph it. The XBR9 can be mounted on a wall, and it appeared to have the standard VESA-compatible mounting points.
In typical Sony fashion, the KDL-46XBR9 presents a streamlined face with its not-too-glossy bezel and minimalist text and LED indicators. It's a nice-looking TV that will complement your media or family room without drawing too much attention to it. If you're looking for a specific quotient of bling to add to your home media set-up, the Sony won't be your first choice.
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