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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

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Formats & Media

Formats & Media Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-vanity.jpg']}} • Can handle all types of HD signal • Photos, music and video can be played back from USB or from a network server • Can play YouTube and other video sources • Some of the included video sources are just clips
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Formats*(10.5)*


The KDL-52XBR9 can handle pretty much any sort of video signal you throw at it, from analog standard definition video up to a full 1080p signal. It can also handle signals in Sony's own wider x.v.Color space, which has a wider color gamut than the HDTV standard. However, this will only provide a real benefit with a DVD or Blu-ray player that supports it, which most do not.

 

Photo Playback*(4.0)*


The KDL-52XBR9 can display photos from a USB device, from a DLNA server on the network or from a Flickr account using the Yahoo! widget. We found that this was easy to use: you use the main menu to select the photos to view and them move between them using the directional keys. It's a no-frills approach, though; you can scroll through the files, but you can't sort them by date or create slideshows. 

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  • You can see thumbnails for photos on the USB drive in the Xcross menu interface. *

 

 

Music & Video Playback*(3.0)*


A similar approach is used for playing back music and videos, and the KDL-52XBR9 can handle MP3 audio and MPEG-4 video either from a USB device or from a DLNA server running on your home network (such as a PC running DLNA server software). It cannot, however, handle other audio formats (such as AAC or Ogg Vorbis) or other video formats; it choked on videos saved in H.264 format (as used in Apple's Quicktime format).

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  • The KDL-52XBR9 offers a wide variety of video playback options. *

 

 

Streaming Playback*(10.4)*


The KDL-52XBR9 supports streaming video from a wide number of services, including YouTube, Amazon Video On Demand, Blip.tv and CBS. A number of other smaller video providers are also included, such as Wired, Epicurous, Sports Illustrated and Dailymotion. However, some of these sources are somewhat misleading; the CBS section, for instance, doesn't have full epsiodes of shows, just a series of clips.

It is also possible to add you own sources through an RSS feed. Sources such as Netflix and others can also be added if they offer a Yahoo! Widget that supports them, and these are becoming available now.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Sony KDL52V5100
  14. Vs Samsung UN46B6000
  15. Vs Vizio VF550XVT
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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