With TVs such as the Panasonic ST60 out there, the little yellow marker denoting the "world record standard for the money" has moved out even further. Despite some improvements over last year's HX750, an LCD like the Sony W802A has to compete against plasmas that seem to improving at a much faster clip.
The Sony's black levels are now decent, whereas the HX750's could only be described as "crappy." The difference is apparently thanks to the Frame Dimming activated via the "Adv. Contrast Enhancer setting." We usually avoid turning on such extras since they usually provide unnatural contrast, but here it's well executed and significantly improves black levels. Shadow detail was also very good, with the dimming not leading to crushing on even the darkest scenes.
Color is one area where the W802A can't compete, especially against the similarly priced DT60 and the much cheaper ST60. Skin tones were the most subdued of the testing group, and colors were muted.
May 17, 2013 12:28 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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