Sony Bravia XBR-52HX909 3D LCD HDTV First Impressions Review

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
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Front


The front of the XBR-52HX900 has a clean, simple design. The front of the display is a single piece of glass, so there is no obvious bezel. The screen is also coated with Sony's new OptiContrast coating, which they claim reduces reflections and enhances contrast.

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The front of the XBR-52HX900.

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Back**


The back of the display is where the TV keeps its ports. There's also a column of ports in a recessed bay on the left side.

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  • The back of the XBR-52HX900.*

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Sides**


On the left side of the display body there are a number of inputs, including a couple of HDMI ports and several analog inputs. Like other Sony displays in their 2010 line, the panel is tilted back by 6 degrees. This allows the display to be mounted lower than the eye line without running into viewing angle problems.

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The left and right side of the XBR-HX900.

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Stand/Mount**


The stand of this display is somewhat unusual: instead of the common plastic base at the center of the display, a large metal strip extends along the entire length of the display body. This is balanced by a plastic extension at the back that ensures stability. It's certainly a striking design that makes the TV look more like a piece of sculpture.The speakers are also built into this stand, with a grille on the front letting the sound out.

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  • The XBR-52HX900's stand is more like an iPod dock than a traditional TV stand.*

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Aesthetics**


Sony has adopted a new design ethos for their 2010 line called monolith design, which seems to be styled after the space monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It isn't clear if Sony has attempted the same approach of the film version of promoting the evolution of man, but we do hope it's governed by a malicious AI. In all, the TV has an unusual and attractive look that would make this screen a definite talking point.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
  6. Series Comparison

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