Pros This TV gets extremely bright. The black levels can be very impressive. The detail and sharpness when given an excellent feed is very impressive.
Cons The TV struggles on anything less than an optimum source. Our cable tv generally looked average to poor with some channels look significantly worse than others, almost youtube quality. My four year old Pioneer 5080HD outperforms in most situation.
Summary I was extremely excited to get a new and slightly bigger TV. As a home theater junkie I had been wanting to upgrade to a full 1080p set and something that would compete on black levels with my four year old Pioneer plasma. I had basically decided LED LCD had come far enough to surpass my Pioneer.
Well I was wrong. That's not to say this isn't a good set. It's still the second best LCD set I've seen. The Sharp Elite takes the cake in this regard....
The TV does display fantastic images when watching Blu Ray and I was split as to which set provided the better Blu Ray quality. The Pioneer beat out the Sony when darks + white's needed to be displayed in the same area but darker scenes were VERY black on the Sony thanks to local dimming.
If you have a super bright room this LCD makes a compelling option. If you have any sort of light control at all I would have to recommend looking at the latest generation of Panasonic plasma's. I am hoping to snag a VT50 or GT50 before the Olympics. Perhaps that will meet my criteria for better PQ.
"Sony's TV's"on by tryingalways
Pros Pros are listed below
Cons The cons are listed below
Summary Pros: Sony XBR's has a good a great picture on them and the array of the setting to make any big kid happy.
Cons: Since the XBR9, HX older than 2011 TV's keep trying to get onto the Internet even when you have all the settings to not check the Internet for upgrades or their TV guide. When the TV is Tunned off and you hear a clicking sound (the same sound when you turn on and off your TV) that is the TV trying to get new information from the Internet even if you have the settings turned off (not to check for updates). Sony has never said to me it is a problem for the certain models. If you ask me, people don't know what the clicking sound is for when you have your TV turned off, not at home when it happens or the time of day it does it like 3am. The TV will do it until it gets a update but continues in 24 hours and will change the time since it didn't find a update. The clicking sound will be between on then off in 3 minutes.
Pros everything but the web browser
Cons web browser
Summary Love the picture! Hate the browser. almost impossible to get any were with it.
Pros + Amazing Blacks (it is true that the blacks are almost indistinguishable from the frame)
+ Great Color
+ Crisp Picture
+ Vivid setting, while distorts color/contrast, makes the display look phenomenal.
+ Control of PS3 using TV remote
+ Great sleek Desi
Cons - Small amount of light bleed in bottom corners (probably a manufacturing/assembly issue, and likely not apparent on all sets)
- Direct viewing blooming is apparent in some darker scenes, otherwise unnoticeable.
- Off angle blooming is much more apparent
Summary I've only had this TV for one day, so keep that in mind. I was able to get this for $2200 shipped to me, and I believe that it was worth the entire price. I would have however been a little disappointed had I paid full price due to the cons mentioned above.So apparently I can't read character limits and got some of my stuff cut out, especially the bit about the game mode uniformity. Basically I noticed that when the screen is in 'game mode' and there is a black picture, you can see some uniformity issues. really shouldn't be that much of a problem and is likely a manufacturing/assembly issue that is not apparent in all sets. Only noticeable in this mode too because the dynamic back light is set to off to reduce input lag, which is is not noticeable in this mode.
After setting up the TV, which took about 20 minutes from opening the box to usage, I played some Grand Turismo 5 for awhile to just test the TV out. It looked great. Colors seemed crisp and sharp and the contrast was outstanding. Later in the evening I watched a horribly ripped TV show on home made DVD's that look pixelated and have horrible audio/video sync issues on my desktop computer, but on this TV they actually looked smooth (VHS quality, which is actually an improvement over the original) and the audio/video were aligned perfectly. Finishing off the night I watched Transformers (the first one), because my copy of Baraka was currently being borrowed. Transformers looked superb on this TV. Prior to watching Transformers on Blu-ray I had calibrated the TV via CNET's settings (found here: http://******/jpj4nM). The color and contrast using these settings looked great. While the letterbox bars on top and bottom did slightly lighten (VERY slightly) in bright scenes, for the majority of the movie I felt like I was just watching the letterboxed movie and completely forgot about the bars because they were so black and blended in with the frame! This is the first TV I've experienced this with and was extremely pleased by it as I generally find the 'black' bars distracting and annoying. Overall the picture quality of the TV is worth the price. After watching the movie i decided to put the TV into vivid mode just to see how 'vivid' it got. I was blown away. This is the setting you most likely see in the store, but it definitely makes it look like you are looking through a window! Everything is super bright and crisp on this setting. I wouldn't/didn't leave it on this setting though as the colors are definitely more blue and everything is a bit too bright. Vivid however, is definitely not the way to describe the sound.
As with all LED TV's this one suffers from extremely lack luster sound. The TV claims it has a 2.1 system, but it definitely falls flat and just sounds slightly off. It works just fine and gets plenty loud, but the clarity of the sound suffers from cheap flat speakers that aim backwards. As with everyone else, I do suggest getting some sort of other device if you can afford it (I have had an Onkyo HT-9400THX system on back-order for a few weeks now). Even after playing around with the sound options for about 15 minutes I couldn't get a sound quality that I particularly liked and just had to settle.
I can't say anything regarding the internet, or 3D capabilities of this TV. I didn't buy the glasses, and might not, and I am currently living in a very rural area that doesn't have high speed internet infrastructure. I will say that I did not find anything wrong with the menu navigation as others have mentioned. I am however sitting about 7ft from the TV, perhaps further back it may become an issue?
Overall I am very pleased with this TV. I got it at a great price, and am happy with the product. Picture is great, remote size and layout was good, menu navigation was a breeze, but sound is very lack luster. only reason it got 4.5/5 from me is because of the cons list. This would be my 'breakdown' of my rating:
- Picture clarity: 5/5
- Black level: 4.75/5 (because of blooming issues)
- Uniformity: 4.75/5 (only see the issue mentioned above in game mode)
- Color: 5/5
- Sound: 2/5 (I'm no audiophile, but it really is odd sounding due to the rear firing speakers)
- Design: 5/5
- Ease of use: 5/5
Updated on Oct 7, 2011
Updated on Dec 28, 2011After I updated to the latest firmware for the TV, the Uniformity issues during gaming mode basically went away. Not sure what they did in the software, but it worked. i still do have the very slight excessive brightness in the bottom corners, but may or may not do something about it. I've owned this TV for a couple of months now and I have to say, I am extremely happy with this purchase.