Sony KDL-48W600B review:
Originally Posted by turbopenguin
Bpmoore, I'm considering buying the 40" version of this tv. How do you like it so far?
Subjectively speaking, I am greatly enjoying the overall picture quality of the set and would handily recommend it to anyone in the market for an LED LCD. For the $650 I paid, I could not ask any more from an LED LCD. I purchased this set specifically because I knew that Sony does not use the "panel lottery" method when sourcing their LCD panels. Moreover, I knew that this model (W600B )employed a Samsung or AUO, VA or SUPER-PVA (Superior blacks and color reproduction, poor viewing angle) panel rather than an IPS(Inferior black levels, Better viewing angle) panel. Attached at the bottom are various dynamic stills of a 1080P cartoon. I believe that these images are representative of what the W600B is capable of, however, the set will obviously look better to the naked eye.
Here are my unfiltered thoughts on the 48 inch W600B:
Black levels and contrast:
According to Rtings.com, this set has roughly a 3500:1 measured contrast ratio, however I was unable to fully quantify that number immediately after unboxing. Coming from a Panasonic Plasma (TH-42PHD8UK), I though the 3500:1 contrast ratio was rather poor, however I quickly realized that though the contrast was technically worse than the Panasonic Plasma, I observed that, given the right content, the set displayed inky blacks and average to good shadow detail. Specifically, the W600B produced darker blacks than the Panasonic in many cases, however, shadow detail is sometimes crushed, though this is a minor quibble when considering the fantastically low price. On the whole, even those coming from a plasma will not be too disappointed with regards to contrast and black levels. You might even be pleasantly surprised. The images below are faithful representations of the black levels.
I found the vividness and saturation of the colors displayed to be quite good. However, I did notice that the W600b simply cannot reproduce colors like a plasma display in regards to the amount of colors and the given saturation.
Un-noticeable blur on 60Hz sources, however there was some noticeable blur on 1080/24p sources.
Cannot comment, I do not use Smart TV features.
no noticeable input lag , however I don't often play video games.
Quite poor. Off Axis viewing is tolerable but the contrast ratio is severely diminished.
Two dynamic scenes, for the purpose of demonstrating contrast ratio. Lights on and lights off (quasi darkened college apartment).
Poor Off axis viewing: contrast ratio appears to drop dramatically.
Comparison between Panasonic TH-42PHD8UK and 48 Inch Sony W600B.