2013 Sony Bravia HDTVs Revealed


Good news for those of you looking to purchase a new HDTV in the near future. After whetting our appetites at CES, the 2013 Sony Bravia HDTVs have officially been revealed and priced. Taking a cue from years before, Sony has for better or worse continued to offer a more simplified line of televisions. While this makes selecting one of their televisions easier, it does mean that there are certain sizes that Sony no longer offers like a 26-inch set. The new entry point for Sony is the 32-inch R series (KDL-32R400A) which is priced at $329 while the W series maxes out at 70-inches at the affordable price of $2,699.

The R series actually marks the biggest change for Sony’s Bravia line which, as pointed out above, is their entry model. The series comes in a remarkable range, consisting of a 32, 40, 50, 60, and 70-inch sets. It should be noted that the 32-inch is the only television that broadcasts at 720p. Other features include:

  • 720p
  • Direct LED
  • Motionflow XR 120
  • Smartphone ready
  • Clear Resolution Enhancer
  • USB input
  • 3 HD inputs

For all you HD fanatics, the latter sizes come at the full industry standard of 1080p while offering additional benefits as well.

  • Full HD 1080p
  • Edge LED backlight
  • Motionflow XR 240
  • Receiver-less TV for DirecTV customers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Wireless mirroring
  • Clear Resolution Enhancer
  • Smartphone ready
  • SimulView
  • 3D

The Sony R series is priced at $329, $499, $1,199, $1,749, and $2,699. The R series will ship in mid April. Those looking to step things up one notch without getting into XBR territory will probably want to consider the W series from Sony. Offered in a 47-inch (KDL-47W802A) and 55-inch (KDL-55W802A), the two are priced at $1,499 and $1,999. Would-be buyers can expect a late April release date with features like:

  • Full HD 1080p
  • Dynamic Edge LED backlight
  • X-Reality™ PRO
  • Motionflow XR 480
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Screen Mirroring with NFC
  • S-Force Surround Sound
  • SimulView
  • Skype
  • 3D with 4 pairs of passive glasses

2013 Sony Bravia HDTVs

Sony plans to also offer a 32-inch W650A (pictured above) for $799. Last in the series is the higher up W900A which is only offered in a 55-inch and is priced at $3,299. While offering all the features as the W series, the jump in price gets you an extra long internal speaker duct for improved sound and standard NFC remote unlike the above where the NFC remote is optional. More importantly, the W900A is the first TV from Sony to use the Triluminos brand name for the technology, which offers a wider color range as was shown during CES.

XBR fans will have to continue to wait as no news has been reported on the new 4k 55-inch and 65-inch XBR in regards to price and availability. In the meantime, Sony is happy to take your money as pre-orders have opened up on the W802A and W900A series on the official Sony site.


How do you like the 2013 Sony Bravia HDTV lineup?

  • I’m waiting for a 4K TV in the 46-50″ area. TVs are expensive and I can’t update as quickly as I can with phones so I need something that can last.

  • Yea, I’m curious as where the 55-Inch and 65-inch 4K sets land price wise. $10k? $15k? Hard to tell.

  • True. I think, Sony, in the position of having so many hands in so many industries, can really benefit from pushing 4K just as they did Blue-ray.

    I’d say, as soon as they can get affordable 4K TVs, force it on everyone! That may sound bad but with the 4K support in the PS4, Blue-rays should be capable of supporting it, the new H245 video codec, etc etc I think the world can be a better higher-quality place.

  • flo

    the design, where sony did an amazing job in the past, sucks pretty badly in my opinion. They’re just looking like samsungs.

  • I think the unfortunate part of where the industry got pushed to (race to the bottom) means that design is put in the back seat. I can’t recall the last time i heard anyone around me buy their TV based on design. People now just assume it’s a black rectangle and they look at size and price. It’s unfortunate, especially for those of us who remember the XBR 3 and XBR 4 days but it’s where we are at now.

  • There’s just so many ways to design a base for a tv but it looks like the R&D isn’t really paying off when it comes to that and in other areas.

  • I’m again dismayed at the lack of a model under 32inches. I’m tired of waiting for them again for my children’s rooms. I was particularly wanting to see the receiver-less Direct Tv feaure considering the mother tv still has to have the Genie DVR hooked up. That feature in smaller sets make more sense to me. My first tv was a 20 inches Sony Trinitron at 13 years old in the 80’s and have had a Sony ever since. I’m not buying my children 32 inch tvs for their bedrooms. Sony is abandoning me.

  • I recently had a family member who has an 55-inch HX850 in the living room but had to swap their bad room and only had room for a 26-inch so they were forced to buy a Samsung. However, do you think that Sony is just ahead of the trend in regards that we’re going towards bigger and bigger screens?

    I certainly agree with the mentality that they might not be able to cater to all so do you buck the trend or go with it?

  • Yea, it’s unfortunate but I just dont think consumers really care about the design of the TV anymore.

  • No, I don’t. they are just giving up smaller sets due to the completely cheap plastic encased piles of crap that mass merchandisers run at the 100 dollar price point. There are many applications still for 26 or 22 inch tvs. Kitchens, for one, and they should been stainless framed to match the overwhelming amount of stainless appliances or at least offer bevels in stainless or oil rubbed bronze to customize them. The direct tv built in option would be killer for some one cooking and watch a game at the same time. They had a smart ideal with the playstation tv, but it wasn’t a true tv and that’s where they screwed up.

  • This is a great point and you’re absolutely right, all sub $200 televisions are crap quality (material wise)

  • One last thought on this. It’s not like Sony doesn’t make a 26 inch set. Europe gets one, I’m sure Asia does as well so it’s not like they don’t have infrastructure there for it. Two years ago they had released LCD/Blu Ray combo players in the US. Walmart had them online and so did Sony’s online retail store and that’s it. You take the time to release a combo with built in BluRay , Wi-fi ready, and 32 and 40 in1080p And……….. it’s a 60hz. Do what?