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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

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Motion

Motion Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-vanity.jpg']}} • Motion looked very smooth with Motionflow enabled. • We saw only slight artifacting • 3:2 pulldown and 24 fps video was handfled extremely well
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Motion Smoothness*(7.0)*


The KDL-52XBR9 includes Sony's latest Motionflow 240Hz refresh rate, and this did perform well in our tests with moving video. We found that enabling it produced significantly smoother video, although the high setting did make some objects on screen look rather flat. Faces, for instance, looked more like illustrations than the finely nuanced objects we all look at in the mirror in the morning. We found that the Standard setting for Motionflow struck the best balance, producing smooth motion and not overly affecting the quality of the images on the screen

 

Motion Artifacting*(7.75)*


All video processing involves some sort of artifacting, where the processing that the display does changes the look of the video and introduces some other issues. We only found minimal evidence of artifacting on this display, though; there was some evidence of tearing on sharp edges, where a rapidly moving edge became disjointed. But that was the only  issue that we found, and this didn't appear to be too much of a problem; it was only noticeable occasionally when watching video.

 

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(8.0)*


Many TV content produces use a process called 3:2 pulldown to give their shows a more film-like look, or to convert film (which is shot at 24 frames per second) to be shown on TV, which runs at 29.97 frames per second. Your TV then has to detect and convert this signal appropriately, and we found that the KDL-52XBR had no problems detecting and appropriately converting this signal. The CineMotion setting that is used to control this has two settings (called Auto 1 and Auto 2); we found that Auto 2 was the best one to use in most situations; Auto 1 produced slightly smoother video, but some sections of the image became slightly glitchy, with a distracting juddering effect. Auto 2 was the more subtle effect, but it also did not have the artifacts.

We also found that the KDL-52XBR9 had no problems detecting and displaying a  true 24 frames per second video signal produced by a Blu-ray player.

 

Compare the Bravia KDL-52XBR9 to other HDTVs
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Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 52 inches Samsung UN46B6000 46 inches Vizio VF550XVT 55 inches
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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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