WhateverEd on Amazon
6 years ago
03/19/2016, 15:34 PM
I can watch movies in a dark room now!
I've updated my score to a 3 (was previously a 5, but I hadn't tested 3D when I wrote the original review), which is the average of a 1 and a 5. After testing 3D extensively on 2 different players (Samsung 8500 and Sony S790), I would rate this TV a 1 if you want 3D viewing because of the excessive crosstalk. If you aren't interested in 3D, then I will stick with my original 5 rating, hence my overall 3 average.
I purchased this from a local national store, and wanted to write a review, but for some reason their web site no longer lists it as available (writing this on 3/19/2016), so I'll review it here on Amazon. My previous TV was a couple of years old Samsung 60" 3D 1080P TV, which had a great picture except for black levels and near dark viewing (lots of cloud in black scenes, noticeable flashlight from all corners). So I took a chance on this Sony. I've only had it for a couple of days, but I think it is a keeper. When I initially played Blade Runner off of the built in Netflix app (TV supports 5G wireless, so streaming UHD form Netflix is good with the only caveat that the app only appears to support stereo audio), there was noticeable clouding in the opening credits (white text on a pure black background), and my initial thought was that I would have to pack it back up and return it. However, I switched the display mode to home cinema and replayed Blade Runner, and ALL the clouding in the black background was gone. I could now watch movies in a dark room without being distracted by smudgy black.
So far, the only changes I've made are to reduce the brightness level a bit, and also reduce the color level a bit (reds were too saturated), but so far I am really impressed and intend to keep the set (some online forum members are reporting clouding and flashlighting, but I am not seeing that in the home cinema setting). Also tried Blade Runner from my Sony upscaling 4K player from a few years ago, and it looked better than the Netflix 1080P I initially tried ( so good, that I'm not buying a 4K player until they come down in price).
If I run into any issues that would cause me to return the set, I will update this review.