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Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 LCD HDTV Review

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Connectivity

Connectivity Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52XBR9-vanity.jpg']}} • Ports are on both the side and back of the screen • 4 HDMI and plenty of analog ports • Ethernet port ties in with a home network
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Input Ports*(7.5)*


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 has ports grouped in two locations, on the left side of the television and on the back. On the left side you find the VGA input, with associated 3.5mm audio input, three HDMI ports, S-Video input, composite input and analog audio input.

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On the back you'll find the fourth HDMI port, with it's own analog audio input. You'll also find both of the component video inputs here, with their own analog audio inputs.

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It's interesting that Sony has decided to place the majority of input ports, especially HDMI, on the side of the television instead of on the back. This is the opposite of what we see on most televisions. We actually rather like it as it makes connecting and disconnecting HDMI devices on the fly much easier.

 

Output Ports*(2.0)*


As with most HDTVs there are two audio out ports on the Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9. These are one analog audio out, and one digital audio out. Both are located on the back of the television.

 

Other Connections*(3.0)*


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 has a buil-in ethernet port. This allows you to both access a variety of internet content and media content stored on your network using the DNLA standard. The ethernet port is located on the back.

 

Media*(1.0)*


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9 has two USB ports, but the one on the back is only used for service purposes. There is another USB port on the left side that allows you to access music, photos and video from a connected USB device, although this is incorretctly labelled as the service port.

 

Placement*(7.0)*


The Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR9's ports are well placed for easy access. Not only are many of the most important ports found on the left side of the television rather than the back, but even those on the back are easy to access by simply reaching around the left side. The only problem we see is that the stand does not swivel, so if the television is backed up against a wall you'll probably have to move it a bit to get to those ports on the back.

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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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