"Amazing Television!"4.5 starson by E-Gregoire
Pros: Picture quality stunning
Native 4K looks stunning
3D is astounding
Sound is excellent
Included with 4 pairs of passive 3D glasses
Cons: 4 HDMI inputs but only HMDI 1.4 and not the 2.0 spec
Summary: I purchased the 65" version last Friday. This was my first major purchase of a television, most of my TV purchases were $2k or under. The most astounding thing about this TV was the picture quality. Regardless of signal this thing is a stunner. 1080i content or 1080p Blu-ray all look superb, the colors on this bad boy will awe. The upscaling feature is awesome and does make the image coming through just a little bit sweeter (480p still looks like 480p). The TV only has 120hz which I found not to be an issue, I don't notice any blurring or image quality issue because of it.
3D is astounding. It comes with 4 pairs of passive 3D glasses and the TV handles passive with 1080p resolution per eye; which is something that most passive 3D 2k TV's could not do. I have tested it with Avatar and The Hobbit and many others. I found the 3D darn near flawless, little to no ghosting. The picture is bright and colorful due to the passive glasses. One movie I had the most issue with on other 3D TV's that I have owned was My Bloody Valentine 3D which was a mess with double imagining throughout. The only one's not having that issue seemed to be DLP TV's, well this one plays this one flawlessly. I did have some double imaging on some 3D films but they were conversions, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was a minor convenience but Meet The Robinsons 3D was practically unwatchable. I did not fiddle around with settings but most of all other 3D Blu's I have watched have had no issues.
The inputs are plentiful but there is one issue that must be talked about and that is the HDMI inputs. The four that are on here are only HMDI 1.4 and not the 2.0 spec that is coming later this year. 2.0 will offer 4k at 60hz and allow other specs that will be used for future 4k content. Sony has stated that purchasers of these 4K TV's will not be left out and that they will offer a solution. No details as to what or when or if it will be at a cost to us buyers or free. So beware if you decide to buy this TV. You can still enjoy 4K content like movies but 2.0 will be needed if you want to enjoy 4K gaming in the future, currently it would be capped at 30fps.
The sound is excellent if you use the TV"s sound versus a dedicated sound system. The speakers are not detachable and definitely make this TV wider than it would be for a normal 55 or 65" TV. I use a sound system so I cannot say much more than that. The TV is also thicker than most LED LCD TV's so if you are looking for sleek and slim you might be a little disappointed. It's not DLP or CRT big just a little bit fatter than most are use to.
The lack of content also must be brought up. 4K content is available on Youtube there is some debate on whether the 4K clips on the TV are true 4K or 1080p upconverted. I must say that if it is upconverted it looks damn good. If you want to experience true 4K you would need a desktop or laptop with a high end graphics card that can handle 4K and has an HDMI output that you can hook up to your tv. Sony has given owner's of the 84" model a loaner 4K media box for free with the intent of giving them the upcoming Sony 4K Media player. We 55 or 65" owners will have to fork over the $700 or $500 with coupon for this device which currently has no release date but rumors are for a July release date. The device will come with 10 free 4K movies with more to buy and 4K video clips possibly even a subscription service. There are Mastered in 4K blu-ray's available, they are not true 4K blu-rays but rather 1080p blu-ray taken from a 4K source. It's has extra information for our TV"s that will make the image look a bit better than the regular blu-ray version. For a limited time you can can get 3 mastered in 4K movies free (Ghostbusters, Angels & Demons and Spiderman) just submit a form online.
The TV makes HD look quite a bit better with it's upscaling and the Triluminos display technology really adds to the TV's image quality. So 4K content is lacking and we won't see much in the next year or two, but if you just want a TV with stunning picture quality than you cannot go wrong. This TV is pricey but that's the price we pay for having the latest technology. If you can wait a few years I would do so to see what improvements TV manufacturers come up with. But If you want one of the best picture quality possible (IMO) in a current TV and you can afford it, I say go for it. I do have some minor clouding and that seems to be about it. No TV is perfect but it's barely noticeable and when not seeing a pitch dark image the PQ is stunning.
Native 4K looks stunning and is something that will make you excited to see what the future holds for 4K content. If you game you can buy specialty glasses that will allow split screen gaming to be seen by each person as full screen. Those are available for $20 a pair. I game with out a problem, no it will not make your Wii or Xbox 360 games look good like it would for a 1080p Blu-ray but it's a blast to play on a bigger (for me) TV. The two remotes are unnecessary and the both are not back-lit. It's got built in wifi so you'll have plenty of access to apps such as Netflix, Hulu and Youtube. There are other's but those are the 3 most I reckon use. I gave this TV a 4 out of 5 due to price as well as the lack of HDMI 2.0. If a solution does indeed arrive than the score would be bumped up to 4.5.
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