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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Sony KDL52V5100

Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52V5100-intro.jpg']}}• The Sony KDL-52XBR9 has far superior image quality • The KDL-52V5100 is much cheaper, though: $1899 against $2499.
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Value Comparison Summary


In terms of price, the KDL-52V5100 is the winner; it's priced at around $1800, which is about $700 less than the XBR9. The XBR9 does have a wider set of features, though, and superior performance, so it's a question of if the extra features and value are worth the money.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100
Size 52 inches 52 inches
Price $2500 $1799
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other Widgets, Internet Video None

Blacks & Whites


The XBR9 is the clear winner here in all of our tests; it has deeper blacks, brighter whites and a wider contrast ratio between the two.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: Black Level: 9.51 Peak Brightness**: 9.65** Contrast: 10.61 Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Score: Black Level: 8.23 Peak Brightness: 7.94 Contrast: 8.01

 

Color Accuracy


There was little competition here; both displays had consistent whites and smooth RGB responses, but they both also had slightly inaccurate color gamuts.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 9.86
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Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Score: 9.93

 

RGB Curves Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 8.16
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Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Score:7.59

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 4.66
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Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Score: 5.32

 

Motion


Although the XBR 9 has Motionflow 240Hz support (while the V5100 has Motionflow 120Hz), we didn't see an awful lot of differnece between the two displays in how they show motion. The XBR9 was slightly smoother, but the difference was very minor.

  Motion Scores
  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100
Motion Smoothness 7.75 7.5
Motion Artifacting 7 6

 

Viewing Effects


The V5100 has a slightly wider viewing angle than the XBR9, which might be a plus if you are part of a big family, or if you plan to use the display as an office noticeboard.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 4.71 Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 Score: 6.33

 

Connectivity


The only major difference between the two displays in terms of connectivity is the prescence of the ethernet port on the XBR9, which allows it to access network and Internet content. Otherwise, the two displays are identical.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100
HDMI 4 4
Component 2 2
Composite 1 1
S-Video 1 1
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 1 1
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1
LAN 1 0
USB 2 2
Memory Card None None
Other DLNA support None
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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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