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Sony Launches Bravia X4500, W4500 Series LCD TVs


Sony Launches Bravia X4500, W4500 Series LCD TVs

It wasn't that long ago that we took a look at Sony's KDL-40W4000 and commented that the 400-series marked a bit of a turnaround for Sony, in that it wasn't overpriced and under featured compared to the competition. Already, though, that range is being superseded by the 4500-series, bringing with it both an updated W-range and the LED-backlit (at least in part) X-series.

Spec wise the ranges line up as follows:

Bravia X4500-series

  • 40in, 46in and 55in 1,920 x 1,200 panels

  • LED-backlighting (46in, 55in models)

  • 50,000:1 contrast ratio (40in), 1,100,000:1 contrast ratio (46in, 55in)

  • Bravia Engine 2 Pro video processing

  • Motionflow Pro100Hz processing (46, 55in models)

  • 4 HDMI ports,

  • DLNA music and photo streaming

  • XMB menu system

Bravia W4500-series

  • 40in, 46in and 55in 1,920 x 1,200 panels

  • 50,000:1 contrast ratio

  • Bravia Engine 2 video processing

  • Motionflow 100Hz processing

  • DLNA music and photo streaming

  • XMB menu system

Interestingly, the LED-backlighting on the X-series uses clusters of red, greed and blue LEDs behind the LCD pixels rather than single white LEDs. In conjunction with a local-dimming dynamic backlighting system that should allow for a better dynamic contrast across the sets screen, and thus a better picture.

Pricing isn't mentioned yet, nor are release dates but hopefully Sony will keep both competitive. Expect more details from IFA later this month. With both LG, with the 47LG90 and Samsung with its 950-series already playing the LED-backlit game, competition definitely looks to be hotting up.

The Pope

August 13, 2008, 9:37 pm

Tasty! Sounds like the Bravia X4500-series, at least in 46 and 55in flavours, are not only "LED backlit" but surely support local dimming ie Dolby Contrast in order to hit 1.1 MILLION to 1 contrast ratio.

Can't wait to check that out down the local Dixons to see if it dares rival a Kuro :)


August 13, 2008, 10:31 pm

So far as I know (still waiting for PR folks to get back to me with more details) local dimming is indeed in the offering.

A Kuro will still look better I'd imagine.


August 18, 2008, 11:29 am

Here they come finally! I want to buy my first flat panel TV but cannot decide which one yet! I'm hesitating between the Pioneer PDP-LX5090, the Sony KDL-55X4500 & the newcomer Panasonic 58"...

Prices & review will certainly help to choose...

If anybody has an advice... I'm using a Mediacenter, a PS3, will watch Blu-Rays & DVDs as well as standard definition TV (but scaled and processed by the Mediacenter). I don't want to start a new post with Plasma against LCD (I think both are great in their own areas) but I just want to make sure not to spend my money in the wrong screen (or technology) according to my personal needs (usage)...

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