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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Vizio VF550XVT

Vizio VF550XVT Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Vizio is the clear winner when looking purely at price; at $1800, it is much cheaper than the Sony, although it is also much larger.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Vizio VF550XVT
Size 52 inch 55 inch
Price $2500 $1800
Type LCD (CCFL Backlight) LCD (CCFL Backlight)
Format 1080p 1080p
Other Widgets, Internet Video None

Blacks & Whites


The Sony is the clear winner when it comes to performance, though; it has significantly darker blacks, brighter whites and a wider contrast ratio between the two. This would make for a much more dramatic and attractive picture.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: Black Level: 9.51 Peak Brightness: 9.65 Contrast: 10.61 Vizio VF550XVT Score: Black Level: 5.22 Peak Brightness: 7.7 Contrast: 5.49

 

Color Accuracy


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 and the Vizio VF550XVT had similar color performance, both doing relatively well in our testing. The color temperature for both were very solid while the Bravia had a slight edge in color accuracy, and the Vizio a slight edge in color gamut.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 9.86
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Vizio VF550XVT Score: 9.82

 

RGB Curves Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 8.16
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Vizio VF550XVT Score: 7.86

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: 4.66
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Vizio VF550XVT Score: 5.05

 

Motion


We found that it was a pretty even match between the two in displaying motion. Although the Sony has a 240Hz refresh rate while the Vizio runs at 120Hz, this doesn't translate into better motion. We did find that the Sony did a better job at preserving detail in the moving objects, though.

  Motion Scores
  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Vizio VF550XVT
Motion Smoothness 7.75 7
Motion Artifacting 7 8

 

Viewing Effects


The Vizio has a singificantly wider viewing angle than the Sony, which means that it would be better suited for use in large groups or as an office display.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Score: TKTKTK_ Vizio VF550XVT Score: TKTKTK_

 

Connectivity


The Sony is the better connected display by a significant margin; although the Vizio has more HDMI ports, the Sony has USB and ehternet ports, both of which open up a number of possibilities that the Vizio can't handle, such as viewing photos, videos and other media from both USB devices and the Internet.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 Vizio VF550XVT
HDMI 4 5
Component 2 2
Composite 2 2
S-Video 1 1
VGA/DVI 1 1
Analog Audio In 1 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1
LAN 1 None
USB 2 None
Memory Card None None
Other Ethernet 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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