updated 04:55 pm EST, Thu February 26, 2009
Sony HDTV prices revealed
A recent HD Guru report claims to know the release dates and pricing information for much of Sony's 2009 HDTV lineup first introduced at this year's CES. The new-look L-series models will be available in 22-, 26-, 32- and 37-inch sizes, all with 1366x768 (720p) resolutions, a built-in ATSC/QAM tuner and 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for the smallest model and a 13,000:1 ratio for the other four. Bravia Sync and Bravia Link compatibility is included, as are 1080p 60/24 inputs and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. They will be priced starting at nearly $500 for the KDL22L4000, $550, $600 and $800, respectively.
The S5100 model range will include 32-, 40-, 46-, and 52-inch screen sizes, with newfound 1080p resolutions, a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a new USB input. All will be classified as being Energy Star 3.0 compliant and feature a new look that sees the holes in the bottom bezel eliminated. Pricing will be set at nearly $800 for the KDL32S5100, and $1,000, $1,300 and $1,800 for the larger models, respectively.
The V4100 line will lose the 42- and 52-inch models in the first quarter, retaining only the 40- and 46-inch sizes. The line will share 1080p, 60Hz panels as well as four HDMI inputs, a 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. The company's signature Bravia Engine 2 signal processing, Bravia Sync and Bravia Link compatibility will also be part of the two remaining sets. Prices are fixed at about $1,300 for the KDL40V4100 and $1,600 for the KDL46V4100.
The V5100 series adds a 120Hz panel along with a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The 40-inch model will be priced at nearly $1,500, the 46 at $1,800 while the 52-inch version will cost $2,300.
The low-energy consumption VE5 series makes its debut for 2009, with 40-, 46- and 52-inch models. They share features of the V4100 and V5100 models, minus the Bravia Sync and Bravia Link compatibility, with prices not yet available.
The W5100 series will be available in the 40-, 46- and 52-inch sizes in July, replacing the W4100 which is being discontinued this month. Specs include 1080p, 120Hz panels, Bravia Engine 3 signal processing, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, Bravia Internet/Widgets, TV Guide On Screen program guide, a new-look bezel and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. Compared to the W4100s, they add the Internet connection and a new signal processor. Pricing is so far unknown.
The three new Z5100 models will have 40-, 46- and 52-inch screens, all with 1080p resolutions and new 240Hz refresh rates, along with 10-bit LCD panels, Bravia Engine 3 signal processing and a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. There will also be Bravia Internet Video/Widgets connectivity, a light sensor, four HDMI inputs, fresh exterior looks and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. Prices are yet to be revealed.
The 2009 32-inch XBR9 will replace the KDL32XBR6 and retail for about $1,100 and share specs with the V5100 series models, namely a 120Hz panel and 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The 40-, 46- nad 52-inch versions of the XBR9 TVs bump up the refresh rate to 240Hz but keep the same contrast ratio. They include wide color gamut cold cathode fluorescent backlights (WCCFL), Bravia Engine 3 signal processor, new cosmetics and Energy Star 3.0 compliance. Prices are $2,800 for the KDL40XBR9, $3,100 for the KDL46XBR9 and $3,700 for the KDL52XBR9.
The ultra-thin (0.35-inch) 40-inch KLV40ZX1M monitor with LED backlighting continues on unchanged, as it was just introduced in December.
Sony will release its 2009 models starting at the end of February with the entry-level L5000 series, with the KDL32XBR9, S5100 and V5100 models following in late March. Other XBR9 models will ship late in April. The Z5100 models will go on sale in early May, while the eco-friendly VE 5 HDTVs are due to hit stores early in July. Sony did not announce replacements for its XBR7 and XBR8 series monitors, but these are said due in the second half of the year.