updated 06:40 pm EST, Wed January 11, 2012
Sony shows HX-, EX-, BX-series HDTVs at CES
Sony has introduced ten new Bravia HDTVs at CES, and we've got the specs on them. There are three sets in the entry-level BX-series, three in the midrange EX and four in the flagship HX. The only set Sony brought to CES was the range-topping KDL-55HX850. Sony improved the picture quality and added a number of new features while lowering power consumption by as much as 30 percent with the scene-optimizing feature on and in the range of 15 percent or higher in normal viewing compared to last year's models.
Starting at the top, the new HX sets are Skype-ready, only requiring an optional camera and microphone accessory, the CMU-BR100. They have built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to Sony's Enternainment Network and Netflix and Hulu Plus as well as Track ID. There are two sizes each of the HX850 and HX750, 46 and 55 inches. The HX850s are prettier, with a frameless Monolithic design featuring Gorilla Glass and a machined metal stand. They also get 3D capability and sport MotionFlow XR 960 rather than the less-capable 480 tech for reducing blur during quick camera movements and smoother viewing of sports, games or action movies. All use a new X-Reality Pro optical engine with two chips to process the signal and reduce noise and restore details.
The edge-lit LED LCD EX640 series includes 40-, 46- and 55-inch sets, all with Wi-Fi, but this comes in the form of an attachable dongle. The EXs have Sony's segment-based Motionflow XR 240 processing.
The BX450s are LCD HDTVs with CCFL backlights and can be had in 40- and 46-inch sizes. There are two USB inputs, two HDMI inputs and a 60Hz panel. The 32-inch BX330 LCD has 720p resolution but otherwise the same specs as the BX450.
Sony also updated its 3D active shutter glasses, which now weigh 1.2 ounces. Made mostly of titanium, the BR750s are nearly half the weight of last year's glasses, which weighed 1.2 ounces.
Pricing or ship dates for any of the TVs haven't been announced.