3Dradar: Sony has announced two new 3D Bravia TVs this week, both due for release later in 2010.
The latest models – the NX713 and NX813 – feature dynamic edge LED backlighting, with Motionflow 100Hz Pro on the former, and Motionflow 200Hz Pro on the latter.
Sony is still to confirm exact UK release dates and pricing. We will be sure to bring you these details as soon as we get them.
Elegant ‘monolithic’ design
In the meantime, Sony’s press release announcing the new NX713 and NX813 TVs notes that the two new network models “combine 3D capability, connectivity and elegant design.”
In addition to full high definition 3D, both sets feature Bravia Internet Video, “for on-demand, online entertainment.”
Somewhat strangely, consumers will need to add a 3D Sync Transmitter and glasses to get the 3D experience, with these not being provided out of the box.
Still, if you are already gearing up to invest in a new 3D Bravia for this coming winter, the marginal extra cost of one or two sets of 3D glasses is hardly going to put you off…
Movies, TV and games content
But what of 3D content? What can you actually watch on your shiny new 3D Bravia later this year?
“All 3D Bravia TVs are supported by a rapidly increasing variety of 3D content,” adds Sony’s release, “including the latest Hollywood movies on Blu-ray 3D disc such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; sport, music, natural history and entertainment from new 3D cable and satellite channels; even 3D games such as WipEoutHD and MotorStorm Pacific Rift for the PlayStation3.”
Sony adds that Bravia Internet Video will let you watch catch-up TV services and YouTube without the need for a PC, “plus exclusive content like the FIFA World Cup Collection and streaming movies from Lovefilm.”
“With 3D capability, the connectivity of Bravia Internet Video and stunning monolithic design, the NX713 and NX813 are perfect for people who want both style and performance from their TV,” says Christian Brown, Senior Category Marketing Manager, Sony UK.
TrustedReviews: Those among you worried about the effect your TV watching habits may be having on the poor polar bears may want to take a look at Sony’s latest Bravia sets. Sony reckons its latest range of televisions is its greenest yet, with the WE5 standing at the forefront.
The WE5 eschews the CCFL backlighting used in most of Sony’s LCD TVs in favour of micro-tubular HCFLs – in English, hot, rather than cold cathode lamps – on both its the 40in and 46in models. Sony says this cuts power consumption by over 50 per cent over the 2008 Bravia sets, such as the W4500 series.
Further adding to its green credentials the WE5 will also turn itself off if it decides there’s no longer anyone watching. It does this using two sensors, one which detects heat in the surrounding area and a second which detects movement in the same room as the TV.
Engadget: Those used to recording dozens of hours worth of SD video on DVRs with just a few gigs of storage often have a bit of a surprise when they move into the HD realm.
Sony is doing its part with a larger, 320GB version of its BRAVIA BRX-series DVR, the BRX-320.
It can tackle about 90 hours of HD content yet is small and light enough to be mountable directly on the back of many Sony displays.
No word on what price tag will be affixed when this releases in about a month.
Crave: The Bravia Internet Link is getting some siblings. Sony is adding three new accessories to its product line: the Wireless Link Module (DMX-WL1), the DVD Link Module (DMX-DVD), and the Input Link Module (DMX-SW1).
Like the Internet Link, the new “Link” accessories are also designed as modular add-ons to specific current and recent Sony Bravia flat-panel LCD TVs. By snapping onto the TVs backside, they should still allow for a reasonably thin profile.
The Input Link Module adds four HDMI inputs to compatible Bravias, while the DVD Link Module adds a “built-in” upconverting DVD player to the mix. But it’s the Wireless Link Module that’s the highlight of the new line. The two-part system includes a wireless video transmitter and a receiver.
Gizmodo: Sony’s XDV-W600 is no 60-inch high-contrast plasma TV, for sure: no, it’ll sell for a different reason… it’s waterproof.
In fact, it meets IPX 7 and IPX 6 specs, and can safely go three feet under for half an hour.
Clearly designed to go in the bathroom, it looks a smidge like a bar of soap, and has a 4-inch screen, recording function to its own 2GB internal memory, and runs for 23 hours from its own batteries supplemented by AAs.
Techradar.com: In a plan outlined by the chief executives at Sony, the company is looking into ways it can beam its movies straight to its manufactured hardware, essentially cutting out the need of Blu-ray.
The signs of change came this week when the company outlined its planned for a movie service via the PS3.
But Sony isn’t containing its movie streaming to its games consoles, as the company has also revealed that it is looking to deliver streaming movies and television to broadband-connected Bravia TVs in the US this autumn.
Even though Sony has a vested interest in Blu-ray, it is great to see a company actually use its initiative and become competitive in all aspects of movie distribution, rather than staying stubborn and putting all its film eggs in one basket.
Register Hardware: Sony has unveiled its top-end range of Bravia LCD TVs, some of which feature a panel backlit by three colour LEDs – instead of the normal white light – to improve the screens’ colour quality.
The new XBR range is split into three series, the XBR8, XBR7 and XBR6. However, only the XBR8 family features “Triluminous” LED backlighting. According to Sony, this feature uses clusters of red, green and blue LEDs to backlight the screen.
Sony XBR8 range uses red, green and blue LEDs to backlight the screen
Sony claimed the colour clusters have the advantage of “significantly elevating colour purity”, when compared to a screen with the more commonplace single white LED backlight.
The XBR8 series features a 46in and a 55in model, each boasting 1080p ‘full HD’ resolution and a setting for dimming a screen’s darkness within individual areas – essentially providing blacker blacks and whiter whites.
Both screens use 120Hz technology to stop images juddering and can connect up to four HD sources, thanks to the four built-in HDMI ports.
The XBR7 range holds both a 70in and 40in TV, whilst the XBR6 range offers a 37in, 40in, 46in or 52in option. Sadly, neither range sport the Triluminous feature. But each screen does have a 1080p resolution and a USB port.
All screen sizes will be available in the autumn, but prices haven’t been put on display yet.
Absolute Gadget: Some people will tell you not to put all your eggs in one basket (often they’re basket manufacturers trying to drum up extra trade). But add a Sony Hard Disk Drive Recorder to an existing Sony Bravia TV and you can count your remote controls on one finger… That’s thanks to Sony’s Bravia Sync technology.
“For maximum viewing comfort and convenience, Bravia Sync simplifies one-touch control of your complete home entertainment system,” a well-connected Sony exec said today.
“Connected via HDMI to your Bravia TV, the Hard Disk Drive DVD recorder can be controlled directly from the television’s remote, along with other compatible Sony devices like Blu-ray Disc players.”
The flagship RDR-HXD1095 model in the new range features a massive 500GB drive – enough for up to 1,420 hours of TV (depending on recording quality).
HDTV News: Every person looking for a new TV set would definitely want the one with the best quality, great picture performance and excellent viewing experience. Well, with the Sony KDL46XBR5, you won’t go wrong. The KDL46XBR5 is a full HD 1080p with 1920 X 1080 pixels and 1080p video inputs.With BRAVIA Full HD 1080 you get it and so much more. This panel’s resolution, with over 2 million pixels is exactly what’s needed to reproduce the 1080p content that can be delivered by products like Sony’s 1080p Blu-ray disc players. Working with BRAVIA Engine Pro, everything from standard definition and high definition is upconverted to 1080p for a picture so real it’s like you’re actually there.
Sony’s KDL46XBR5 not only pushes resolution to the limits but also brings color reproduction to new heights. Live Color Creation achieves more precise and wider color reproduction using a combination of advanced chroma signal processing algorithms along with Sony’s WCG-CCFL (Wide Color Gamut Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp). The results are clearer blues, more natural and broader range of greens and vibrant colors throughout any scene.
HiddenWires: Sony completes its range of BRAVIA Home Theatre Projectors with the launch today of the VPL-VW40. Like its higher-priced siblings, the VPL-VW40 is capable of 1080p Full HD and uses Sony SXRD(tm) technology to re-create the original cinematic viewing experience as closely as possible at home. “The VPL-VW40 will have a strong appeal for the price-conscious Home Theatre enthusiast who does not wish to compromise on quality,” says Nicola Plump Product Manager Projectors Sony TV Operations Europe.
“It offers features typically only available on far more expensive projectors, principally Full HD and SXRD. You get a high contrast ratio too, and projection on to screen sizes up to 300 inches (762cm). There’s nothing else offering so much at this price, which is why we expect this projector to be a very popular product.”