Coming to Canada later this year "around the holiday season", are Sony’s latest offerings in the well-reviewed Bravia collection: The 52" KDL-52XBR7 and the 40" KLV-40ZX1M.
Both of these TV’s feature 1080p resolution, while the higher-end KDL-52XBR7 also includes the current state of the art in smoothing technology known as 240Hz, which doubles the number of frames displayed every second over the previous standard – 120Hz. These frame rates are at the heart of a combination of technologies which together improve the quality of the image on LCD TVs. For an excellent overview of what 120Hz/240Hz is all about see this CNET article.
The KDL-52XBR7 also comes packed with a slew of other impressive features such as:
- 50,000:1 contrast ratio
- Bravia2 Image Enhancing Engine
- Compatibility with Bravia Link modules such as Wireless Link, DVD Link, Input Link and Internet Video Link
- Digital Media Port (DMP) compatibility
- slideshows from USB devices
- access photos from your PC in another room using Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA)
- 4 HDMI, 2 Component, 1 VGA connection and an Ethernet port
While the KLV-40ZX1M is lighter on features, it has a wide colour gamut LED backlight and the whole TV is amazingly thin – at just under 10mm deep (see image above).
Pricing on these two units has yet to be announced.
Update December 22: Sony has finally announced the availbility this week of their super-slim KLV-40ZX1M at the bargain price of $4,199.99. Check your local Sony retailer for more info.