Sony XBR-HX950 series
Price: $3,499 (55-inch), $5,499 (65-inch)
The outlook: We asked Sharp for news on the 2013 version of the Elite but they're still mum. Not so Sony, purveyor of the the HX929--runner-up to the Elite as the best LED TV of 2011. The HX950 promises to be even better according to Sony, so we're excited to review one.
- Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 2 user reviews
The good: The Sony XBR-HX950 series produces deeper black levels than any current LCD or plasma TV, giving excellent overall picture quality. It evinces accurate color, offers plenty of video-processing options, and can properly handle 1080p/24 sources. It also has a beautiful, thin-profile exterior design with Gorilla Glass, and its Internet suite includes numerous streaming services and widgets as well as built-in Wi-Fi. Its 3D image shows minimal crosstalk.
The bad: The extremely expensive XBR-HX950 shows some blooming artifacts, and its picture deteriorates more noticeably than usual when seen from off-angle. Its menu and Internet service design is lackluster, and Sony does not include 3D glasses. When displaying 3D, the image flickers when dejudder is turned off, and it deteriorates rapidly when you tilt your head.
The bottom line: Although it's priced higher and performs worse than the best plasmas, the Sony XBR-HX950 is still one of the top-performing LED TVs ever.
September 10, 2012 9:38 AM PDT
Photo by: Sony
| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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