Sony 55EX500 manufactured May 2010 vs 52EX700 vs Panasonic plasma TH42PZ85U (not Neo PDP)
3 weeks ago I bought the EX700 and tried my best to appreciate the LED TV and to a degree I did. It’s a very fine set given the excellent uniformity, sharpness and SD cable picture quality, however as reported by Cnet, home theater magazine etc the bluish cast in darker scenes can’t be corrected. Talked to Sony tech manager and he said to return the set.
In my crazy mood I thought I would try a Samsung instead. Got the new UN55C5000 LED.
Go home, set it up, turn it on and I thought I need a bucket to vomit, the clouding and flash lighting was so bad I couldn’t believe they would sell this TV set to anybody, but a blind person. I’m and old guy and I’ve seen a lot of bad sets, but this one was “bad”.
I’m not saying Samsung makes lousy TV however the issue with clouding and flash lighting seems to be much more frequent on Samsung than Sony.
Thank you God, for people (geeks) like us, who bitch and complain and maybe just maybe pushing the manufactures to better quality TV’s right out of the box. Yes, I know you can hire a guy for $300 to tweak your TV, but my question is why do you have to? You don’t buy a new car, furniture, computer etc and then hire someone to make it right.
Anyway, back to the store and got the 55EX500 and what a difference absolutely no clouding or flash lighting. If I take my 42PZ85U Panasonic plasma as 100% uniformity then this TV would get 90% plus.
For the comparisons I use default Cinema mode:
SD cable quality: given you have to enlarge the picture from 42” to 55” about the same on all three TV’s, good but not HD.
SD DVD: using LG DVD player at 480p, letting the TV do the 1080p up conversion,
Panasonic 100%, Sony EX500 95% and EX700 95%. Panasonic seems to be the best but again it is a much smaller screen.
HD 1080p blue-ray using Sony S3600 BD picture mode standard, YCbCr 4:4:4, deep color 12 bit, 1080/24p: I use HD basic calibration disk, AVSforum test patterns, movies Pandorum, Pitch black, theRuins. Not exactly reference quality, but that’s my point, see how the TV handles darker movies in a pitch black room.
Panasonic: Movie like reproduction, but lacking the sharpness, boldness, pop of LCD TV meaning it’s a softer, natural looking picture.
Sony EX700: Here we have a dilemma where the picture is sharp, bold and pop but has a darker bluish tinge in darker parts of the movie. This is the only part why I returned the TV. No amount of tweaking could get it out.
Sony EX500: default cinema excellent. Sharp, vibrant no bluish tinge –none however if you set the back light to Min or ambient sensor on, you get the red push, that’s why I see some of the people adjusted the white balance in B-bias to +7 to compensate but then you have too much blue in the darker scenes. As I said the picture on cinema default is excellent just a little too glaring in a dark room.
At the end, IMO the EX500 is the best for value, out of the box picture quality and no bluish tinge. Is it perfect, hell no, none of the TV’s are I don’t care how much you’ll pay, but it is a good TV nevertheless.
OK, now one on you gurus can help me out. I’ve upgraded the firmware to 1.52, all OK but I can’t find any menu setting for time and date? What happened to it?