Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45
Sony's BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 vs Samsung's Series 9 LA55A950: which is a better Full HD TV? We take a look the 55in Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 television and compare it to its direct rival from Samsung.
- Four HDMI ports, great menu system, powerful in-built speakers
- Better streaming features can be found on the Samsung Series 9
Sony's BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 Full HD LCD television is fantastic for watching content of any kind. When compared to its direct rival, the Samsung Series 9, it has a few inadequacies, but overall it is a strong performer and well worth its price tag.
Price$ 9,399.00 (AUD)
The Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 LCD television is a 55in panel with LED backlighting, Full HD 1080p resolution and a striking 'floating glass' design. This is a great recipe for a class-leading LCD television, although it does have a high price-tag.
We have looked at this television series before, with the Sony BRAVIA KDL46XBR45 LCD gaining an impressive 4.5 stars when we reviewed it.
Sitting at the pinnacle of Sony’s LCD television line-up, the Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 directly competes with the premium Samsung Series 9 LCD television. Samsung’s 55in LA55A950 television retails for just under $8000, while the Sony TV costs almost $1500 more.
Sony quotes the BRAVIA KDL55XBR45's contrast ratio as being 'over 1,000,000:1', whereas Samsung is more specific in saying that its Series 9 LCD television has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. Both these numbers are outrageously high and for all intents and purposes we believe the televisions are effectively equal on this front — they both exhibit the ability to 'disappear' in a dark room thanks to backlighting that can be completely switched off in dark movie scenes.
Both TVs have 100Hz technology for smoother motion reproduction and they both possess integrated high-definition digital television tuners. The Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 edges ahead with significantly better speakers — 44W of audio power versus the Samsung Series 9 television’s 30W. An extra HDMI port also swings the battle in favour of the Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45.
As you would expect, these premium LCD televisions are chock full of image enhancing features. Dynamic contrast enhancement, ambient light sensing, 24p cinema mode and a whole host of picture adjustment modes are available and ensure the best possible picture. If you purchase either of these televisions you will not be disappointed with the image quality and functionality.
Network streaming is available on both the Sony and Samsung displays, with DLNA-compatible music and photo playback available through Ethernet and USB on both panels. This technology introduces a world of possibilities to your television including one-touch viewing of RSS feeds, news, weather and stock market tickers. We think that the Samsung Series 9 television wins out here with a few more features, but by and large the technology is implemented well in both cases.
When it comes to navigating through the television’s on-screen menus, we believe the Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 definitely comes out on top. The smooth, stylish black-and-grey Xross Media Bar system is very user-friendly.
It is a very close competition between the two TVs when it comes to displaying high-definition and standard-definition content. These two screens have the best images we’ve ever seen, with incredibly vibrant, crisp and rich images that come into their own when presented with high-definition games and Blu-ray movies.
So which TV is better? It’s difficult to give a definitive answer — these two televisions are the best on the market at the moment and if you have the money for either you won’t be disappointed. If you value Internet connectivity and streaming features the Samsung Series 9 may win your heart, while the extra HDMI port, better speakers and functional on-screen menu make the Sony BRAVIA KDL55XBR45 a better all-in-one solution — though it is more expensive.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Sony shows off its new OLED and LCD TVs, video projector, and Bluetooth speakers
- Sony’s Bravia XBR-A1E OLED could be the first flat-screen TV with sound that doesn’t suck
- Say goodbye to Apple's third-generation Apple TV
- Japan gears up for 8K TV broadcasting
- NHK's latest 8K display is large, thin and beautiful
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTSolutions Architects - 10 roles availableACT
- CCBusiness Analyst- Digital & agileNSW
- FTAutomation Test AnalystSA
- FTIT Security Team LeadNSW
- FTSolution Architect (e-Health)NSW
- TPSenior Agile Business AnalystVIC
- FTSolution Architect - SecurityVIC
- FTMobile Studio Lead/ Mobile UX LeadNSW
- CCDevOps Developer - TelcoVIC
- FTL&D ConsultantVIC
- CCBusiness Analyst - Customer Communications/DocumentationNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer (cisco)NSW
- CCProject Manager Retail Supply Chain OptimisationNSW
- FTCCTV Sales & SupportNSW
- FTHead of ArchitectureNSW
- FTResponsive Design Developer, Frontend, PHP, WordpressNSW
- CCSolution Designer (Terdata) - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst Digitalisation projectsQLD
- FTUX DesignerNSW
- CCSenior Project Manager - Applications - Data ReportingNSW
- FTGIS Software DeveloperQLD
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- FTBusiness Development ManagerVIC
- FTFull Stack .Net Developer Developer (Front and Back end)QLD