Sony KDL70XBR

The Sony KDL70XBR is a 70-inch LCD which costs the better part of 100 grand, and comes complete with all the televisual mod cons.


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Got a tidy sum tucked away for a rainy day? Or how about a rainy decade? Because as far as sticker shock is concerned, there is nothing more certain to endanger your mortgage than a 70 grand LCD.

This BRAVIA is perhaps the ultimate electronics status symbol, and is sure to be hung on a boardroom wall near you.

The Sony KDL70XBR is one of four in the XBR series, which also includes the 40-inch KDL40XBR (AU$4299), the 46-inch KDL46XBR (AU$5299) and the 52-inch KDL52XBR (AU$7799).

Upside
Despite the gargantuan proportions, the new Bravia has a lot of cutting edge features, including: 100Hz Motionflow for better tracking of motion; 24p for enhanced playback of Blu-ray disks; and an LED backlight -- this is the only Sony TV in the X or XBR series to use this.

Of course, this is a full 1080p panel and comes with dual HD tuners for PIP mode, and three HDMI ports for maximum connectivity.

In addition, the upmarket cosmetics of the XBR series stand out amongst a sea of piano black drones with their brushed aluminium faceplates and "floating glass" touches.

Downside
There's a reason LCD has been restricted to small sizes for such a long time -- it's very hard to backlight large LCD screens without losing colour and contrast. It will be interesting to see how a screen of this size measures up in a performance sense versus its smaller kin.

Oh, and did we mention the price?

Outlook
Do you need one of these? Well, no-one really needs a huge TV as such ... but we can imagine high definition games and movies would look amazing on this. The Sony KDL70XBR is not going to sell as many as others in the series, but is nonetheless an intriguing-looking television.



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moofasa posted a comment   

The Good:Huge

The Bad:lolexpensive

Where are you buying this 70k ferrari??? try 200k

 

Hellsjanitor posted a comment   

The Good:70 inches

The Bad:$70k

Yeah it cost more than a house if your house is a damn trailer

Kester
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Kester posted a review   

The Good:I like pie

The Bad:I lost my chicken

For $70k you could buy 2 houses in Ipswich, a wife and a fully sick commodore. With some cash left for a home made spoiler and some 4BC stickers.

scythecow
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scythecow posted a review   

The Good:Jesus would approve.

The Bad:For this amount of money, you could probably bribe Jesus to have your long-dead dog Fluffers brought back from the dead for twelve more years of joy.

Think about this, friends. If Jesus came to your house to watch some Heroes, would it be right to have anything but the best? If you answered no, you're going to Hell.

aussieawesome
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aussieawesome posted a review   

The Good:big tv....

The Bad:COST MORE THAN A FERRARI

You've got to be kidding me!!! This TV cost more than a house!!!




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User Reviews / Comments  Sony KDL70XBR

  • moofasa

    moofasa

    "Where are you buying this 70k ferrari??? try 200k"

  • Hellsjanitor

    Hellsjanitor

    "Yeah it cost more than a house if your house is a damn trailer"

  • Kester

    Kester

    Rating9

    "For $70k you could buy 2 houses in Ipswich, a wife and a fully sick commodore. With some cash left for a home made spoiler and some 4BC stickers."

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