Sony KDL-NX720 series
What makes it important: With the best picture quality I've ever tested in an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, Sony's NX720 is ideal for discerning videophiles who don't want a plasma yet can't stomach paying a thousand extra bucks for one of the full-array LED flagships. That's enough to earn it my Editors' Choice Award among LCD TVs.
- Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $1,500.00
The good: The Sony KDL-NX720 series produces deeper black levels than any edge-lit LED-based TV we've tested. It evinces relatively accurate color, has a uniform screen for edge-lit LED, and can properly handle 1080p/24 sources. It has a beautiful, thin-profile exterior design with flush Gorilla Glass, it has built-in Wi-Fi, and its Internet suite includes numerous streaming services and widgets.
The bad: The expensive KDL-NX720 shows some blooming artifacts and crushes detail in shadows, and its image deteriorates more noticeably than usual when seen from off-angle. The design of its menu and Internet services is lackluster, and Sony does not include 3D glasses. Its 3D image is poor, with significant crosstalk, flicker when dejudder is turned off, and extreme intolerance to head tilt.
The bottom line: Albeit expensive and plagued by 3D image issues, the beautifully styled Sony KDL-NX720 has better picture quality than most other edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs.
December 14, 2011 9:08 AM PST
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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