televisions

Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

52 in.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-vanity.jpg']}} • Clear plastic bezel is attractive • Controls and lights in the bottom right corner are distracting
{{article.attachments['tvi-prev.jpg']}} Introduction Page 2 of 18 Blacks & Whites {{article.attachments['tvi-next.jpg']}}

Front


On the front of the LG 37LH55 you will find four indicator lights, including the Sony logo, which lights up.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-front_01.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-front_02.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-front_03.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Power Light {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
LED Indicators {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-front_06.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-front_07.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}

 

Back


On the back of the KDL-52XBR9 you find the ports, located on the right side when facing the back. For information about the ports on the back of the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 see our Connectivity section.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-back_01.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-back_02.jpg']}}
Ports
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-back_04.jpg']}}

 

Sides


On the left side of the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 you will find a selection of ports. On the right side you will find the on-tv controls. For information about the ports on the side of the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 see our Connectivity section.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-sides_01.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-sides_02.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-sides_03.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Ports {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-sides_05.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Controls {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-sides_07.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}

Stand/Mount


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 doesn't require any assembly, and unfortunately it doesn't swivel either.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-stand.jpg']}}
  • The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9's stand does not swivel. *

 

Controls


The on tv controls are found on the right side of the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_01.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_02.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_03.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Power {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_05.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_06.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_07.jpg']}} Channel Up/Down {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_09.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Volume Up/Down {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_11.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
Input {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_13.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_14.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_15.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_16.jpg']}} Home/Menu {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-controls_18.jpg']}} {{article.attachments['spacer.gif']}}

 

Remote Control


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 is similar to remotes we've seen from other Sony HDTVs.

{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-remote-hand.jpg']}}
  • The KDL-52XBR9's remote is a bit long, but fits comfortably in the hand. *

 

In The Box*(6.0)*


You get the usual selection of acessories in the box with the KDL-52XBR9: the remote, two manuals (a quick start guide and the operation guide), plus a handful of other bits of paperwork. Missing, though, is a HDMI cable.

 

Aesthetics*(7.0)*


The KDL52XBR9 has a clean, understated look. Our only real complaint is the three indicator lights in the bottom right corner, which are  somewhat distracting.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

What's Your Take?

All Comments