updated 11:40 am EST, Mon January 7, 2008
17 new Sony Bravia LCDs
As a part of its CES blitz, Sony has decided to introduce some 17 new Bravia LCDs, divided into six different lines. All of the sets support Digital Media Port accessories to connect the likes of iPods and Walkmen, as well as Sony's Digital Media Extender technology, which allows attachments such as the Bravia Internet Video Link.
The Z Series is comprised of just two models, sized at 40 and 46 inches. Both of these are fully 1080p60/24 capable, and support x.v.Color, an industry standard said to increase color range by 1.8 times. The sets also rely on Sony's 120Hz Motionflow rendering, which improves response in action scenes. Four HDMI and two component inputs are present, along with a lone PC input; the latter two types are limited to 1080p/60. Also included with the sets are USB music and photo players.
The W Series sports 40-, 46- and 52-inch sets, also capable of 1080p60/24 and 120Hz rendering, though no mention is made of x.v.Color. The same inputs and USB players are present as in the Z sets. The V Series is again nearly identical, even incorporating the same sizes, but drops Motionflow to return to 60Hz rendering.
The XBR6 Series is home to 32- and 37-inch sets, which are 1080p-capable, but operate strictly at 60Hz and 60fps, and lack the USB player. No details on inputs have been released. The same is true of the N Series, which has 26-, 32- and 37-inch sizes. These sets are limited to 720p resolution, but the 32- and 37-inch units have built-in 5.1 surround sound, while the 26-inch display has 3.1-channel audio.
The base level of the new Bravias is the M Series, featuring 19-, 26-, 32- and 37-inch options. All four are 720p-capable, and generally host two HDMI and two component inputs plus a PC connection. The 19-inch set is actually capable of 1440x900 resolution, but eliminates one HDMI and one component input.
All of the new Bravia lines should ship sometime this spring.