Originally Posted by Tarheel1400
Originally Posted by fluxo
Summary: worse than the HX920.
How is it worse than the HX920? Every thing i've read says its improved over every sony set minus the viewing angles.
Worse contrast. ANSI contrast of about 2,500:1 compared to > 6000:1 for the HX920. The review states that even the HX820 had better contrast.
Worse black level.
Worse Rec. 709 colour accuracy than the HX820, HX850, HX920 or HX950.
Reviewer said he preferred the monolithic design, which the new model lacks.
In addition the reviewer states that the uniformity isn't excellent, that there is light horizontal banding, the screen is brighter at the edges than at the centre, and there is blooming.
"Par contre, chose étonnante, c’est la première fois que j’observe du Blooming sur un EDge LED."
= On the other hand, and this is astonishing, this is the first time that I've seen blooming on an edge-lit LED.
I think the ordinary viewer, as opposed to a purist, might find the oversaturated colours the new backlighting allows attractive. But those wanting accuracy are out of luck as the choice seems to be between washed out colours or colours that are too saturated. As the reviewer states, it is not possible to do better than this because of a lack of CMS controls. Consequently, the colours are unnatural ("Pas de réglages ISF : gamut pas assez juste avec le Blu-ray, couleurs qui manquent de naturel.").
The Triluminos backlighting is intriguing and seems to be a genuine innovation, but its utility as of now is questionable. It could help the TV stand out from the crowd in a shop if the set is showing specially mastered wide-gamut material. But for everyday use? I'm not so sure. Perhaps photographers might find it useful.
I sort of feel that Sony have cheaped out with this display. Its design looks markedly inferior to that of the HX920. It lacks the gorilla glass. It looks slightly garish. I'm guessing it may have a flimsy atom-thick back similar to that the HX850 had. This TV is not a convincing design statement, nor a purists set. It's even lacking in SmartTV functionality - too few apps and those apps run too slowly (weak processor). I'm a little disappointed because I do feel Sony have a great TV in them somewhere, but it's struggling to burst out Alien style.
Having said all that, I have not seen one of these myself. So, although sceptical, I will give this TV every chance to impress me when I do see it.