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After spending some time with Sony's LED-backlit Bravia XBR-55HX929 ($2,899.99 list) it's easy to see why XBR series HDTVs are the company's flagship product line. With its attractive, minimal design, incredibly dark blacks and vibrant colors, the 55HX929 is one of the most visually stunning HDTVs we've seen. This 55-inch set is also 3D ready, comes with built-in Wi-Fi, and offers a generous selection of Web apps. Its flaws are few and relatively minor: At $2,899.99 (direct) it's not cheap, and you'll have to shell out even more for 3D glasses. You also get some minor dark-screen blooming, but you'll have to look closely to see it. Overall, though, the 55HX929 is tough to beat on features, design, and performance, so it earns our Editors' Choice award. Design and FeaturesThe 55HX929 radiates elegance. The 54.6-inch panel and black bezels are covered by a single sheet of tinted Corning Gorilla glass, which is known for its pleasing aesthetics and durability. The all-black cabinet is just 1.5 inches thick but for some reason Sony stuck a raised RS-232 remote control port off on the back of the TV.
The first so-called LED TVs were local-dimming models, where the LEDs behind the screen could be dimmed or brightened in different areas to correspond to darker or brighter areas of the picture. The result was excellent contrast, on a level no other LCD-based TV could muster. Since 2007 when these TVs debuted, they've remained uncommon and expensive while so-called edge-lit models have populated store shelves and living rooms with abandon. The XBR-HX929, Sony's most expensive and, we're willing to guess, best-performing TV of 2011, is also the company's only local dimmer. It boasts that excellent contrast by way of inky black levels not found on any TV aside from the oft-cited Pioneer Kuro plasma, and improves upon the color accuracy of its predecessor XBR. In short, it represents the pinnacle of LCD picture quality, so if you're shopping in the extreme upper end of the TV market and were only going to consider plasma, the XBR-HX929 might change your mind. We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch XBR-55HX929, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.