Sony's New 3D LED LCD Wi-Fi Televisions Best 'Til the New Flagships ComeS

Sony's just-released TVs are well rounded, even if the KDL-60NX810, KDL-55NX810 and KDL-46NX810 are typically named like droids. But they're not breaking any ground on anything. They're just below flagship XBR lines.

But Sony's flagship's have aged. The XBR10 has wireless HDMI and is super slim, but not 3D ready and doesn't have Wi-Fi or localized dimming.

These sets have Wi-Fi, 3D readiness, but no wireless video. They're also part of a resurgence of localized backlight dimming technology at Sony that started with the beloved, old, overengineered but amazing XBR8, which can still outpace many newer LCDs. (Update: These HDTVs are sidelit, so I can't consider them true locally dimmed.)

(Here's a little explainer on why backlight dimming is great.)

All sets here have Wi-Fi but this set does support DLNA media streaming, even if it's not the first set to have Wi-Fi. And Netflix, NPR, Pandora, Slacker and Amazon. They've also got decent refresh rates, which should help with 3D performance, even if glasses and emitter aren't included.

The sets aren't cheap, going for $4700 for the 60-incher, down to $3000 for the 46-incher. They'll be for sale at the end of September.

These make me wonder when the XBR line will get refreshed. And what tricks the flagship will bring to beat out the very solid tricks the NX810 family has.

Sony BRAVIA® KDL-60NX810 Edge LED LCD HDTV with 3D
Available in September for about $4,700

· 60-inch Full HD 1080p Resolution HDTV with 3D
· DynamicEdge LED Backlighting with local dimming
· Motionflow™PRO 240Hz Technology for Smooth Motion
· Built-in Wi-Fi® for Network Connectivity
· BRAVIA® Internet Video & Widgets
· LightSensor™ adjusts backlight with room light

Sony BRAVIA® KDL-55NX810 Edge LED LCD HDTV with 3D
Available in September for about $3,700

· 55-inch Full HD 1080p Resolution HDTV with 3D
· DynamicEdge LED Backlighting with local dimming
· Motionflow™PRO 240Hz Technology for Smooth Motion
· Built-in Wi-Fi® for Network Connectivity
· BRAVIA® Internet Video & Widgets
· LightSensor™ adjusts backlight with room light

Sony BRAVIA® KDL-46NX810 Edge LED LCD HDTV with 3D
Available in September for about $3,000

· 46-inch Full HD 1080p Resolution HDTV with 3D
· DynamicEdge LED Backlighting with local dimming
· Motionflow™PRO 240Hz Technology for Smooth Motion
· Built-in Wi-Fi® for Network Connectivity
· BRAVIA® Internet Video & Widgets
· LightSensor™ adjusts backlight with room light