The Sony KDL-55NX810 is an impressive looking 3D HDTV which makes its debut in late 2010. Its 55-inch screen size is the middle of the three variants that are offered, with the bigger one at 60-inch and the smaller one at 45-inch. The glossy design looks good and it is not too reflective. It also boasts a vertical and horizontal viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. This makes it a good choice if you have a large room where the TV may not always be viewed from directly in front of it. However, you have to take caution while handling the TV as the piano-black finish may cause your fingerprint stains to be left there for quite some time.
The Sony KDL55NX810 has the capability of displaying full HD 1080p content up to the maximum resolution of 1920×1080. The sports-friendly Motionflow PRO 240Hz refresh rate technology contained within helps to reduce any motion blur that may be present in video contents. It also boasts a Dynamic Edge LED Backlight with full array local dimming. The TV is equipped with Sony’s Bravia Engine 3 Technology which reduces any image noise to ensure superior image details and vibrant colors. Your viewing experience is enhanced further with the 24pTrue Cinema feature. Sony is one of the few companies that can enable you to experience the original quality of cinema movies like never before. The advance video settings menu is also available and it allows you to adjust the Auto Light Limiter, LED Dynamic Control, Black Corrector, Gamma, Clear White, Live Color and White Balance.
The TV is capable of displaying 3D contents. In order to fully utilise this capability, you would have to purchase the Sony 3D Active Glasses and 3D Sync Transmitters which are sold separately. It is good to know that Sony has included a wide variety of 3D viewing options in the KDL46HX800. You can adjust the depth of the 3D image or set the level of brightness while viewing the videos in a 3D display. Not only that, you can also choose to display 2D images as simulated 3D. Some may view it as an unnecessary gimmick but it could be one of the more useful features found in the TV given the limited amount of native 3D contents in the market.
“I also am very happy with the 3D effects. Playing a movie made for 3D, gives you great 3D depth effect, almost as good as the theater. Using simulated 3D on my Avatar Blu-Ray disk resulted in good 3D but the depth was not as good as the movie theater. Trying simulated 3D on sports also added depth to many scenes, especially the football if the camera angle was right.” – D. Mcdermott (USA)
There are four HDMI inputs and they can accept 480i, 480p, 720p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 1080p (60/24Hz) signals. The other two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals. This TV can be used as a giant 55″ computer monitor when you connect your CPU to the rear-panel PC input. The KDL55NX810 is also DNLA compatible and supports a variety of media formats such as JPEG, AVCHD, AVC, MPEG 1 and MP3. In addition to that, there is also a USB port at the side to allow you to quickly connect other devices such as a laptop, an external hard drive or a portable MP3 player.
You can connect to the Internet with the TV via a cable connection through the Ethernet port or wirelessly. Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video is one of the best systems available right now. You can select from a wide variety of choices of online media content such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Youtube.
The BRAVIA Engine 3 in the KDL55NX810 did an excellent job in smoothing out a poor or noisy picture. Although it did not perform as well as the other competitors in the market for Blu-Ray movies or other formats, it still did great in cleaning up DVDs in general. Motion handling was very good and movies in both the DVD and Blu-Ray formats were smooth and free of any compression noise. If you are a sports lover, you will be pleased to find that the TV has one of the best “motion compensation” engines which smooth out judder and make the fast plays of sport cleaner. The brightness and contrast settings also didn’t seem to have an effect on the accurate production of black levels too. The glossy screen of the TV looks attractive when the surroundings are dark but it becomes a liability in bright light environments.
The best bits of the TV can be found in the IPTV content that it possesses. There is a great range of selection that you can choose from and it is good to know that the BRAVIA Engine 3 also enhances any type of web contents that are played in the TV. Music fans will be especially impressed with the Moshcam service as it included decent quality video with excellent artists. Overall, there are little problems with the speed of streaming of Internet contents to the TV if you have a good broadband connection.
The 3D performance is tidy. Sony has a great 3D system compared to the other brands in the market. The 3D images are generally free from crosstalk but the 2D-to-3D conversion remains unconvincing. The simulated 3D seemed to have introduced jagged lines to images that were not there originally. Nevertheless, the Sony 3D glasses are comfortable to be worn over a long period of time.
Power consumption on the overall for the TV is not as much as it was expected initially. The Energy Saving Switch at the side of the panel enables the TV to consume zero power when in standby mood and this eliminates any unnecessary power usage.
The KDL55NX810 is worth every dollar that you invest in it with its outstanding pictures and video processor. The black levels, contrast, brightness and color are fantastic. The slim and beautiful design of the TV also sets it apart from the other HDTVs in the market. The 3D capability may seem to be an additional secondary feature, but it is still a great addition which may prove to be very useful in the future. From the looks of it, this TV certainly looks to be one of the best products that Sony has come out with in 2010.
Actual User Reviews:
• “The set up of the TV was effortless. The on-screen directions were easy to follow. The Internet connection was flawless. I’m able to view photos from my Picasa albums on my computer and view movies streamed via Netflix. There are lots of sites available via the Internet, such as video, music, etc., which are easily accessed on the TV, but they’re not all that interesting to me. I expect there will be more automatically added over time.” – AM (Collegeville, PA)
• “The picture on my Panasonic was STUNNING. The picture on this Sony is excellent, but i feel like its just not quite up to par with the plasma as far as the color and the clarity. The black levels seem better though actually. Now, I have not had this professionally calibrated so maybe that would help. I did make an effort to calibrate it myself using the Disney WOW blu ray, but perhaps I haven’t gotten it tweaked as well as I did the plasma. If you are just now moving up to this size/quality of TV, it is doubtful you would be able to find any deficiency in the picture quality.” – J. Gerstorff (Kentucky, USA)
• “I got the best quality from your Comcast box, when I set the output format to “NATIVE”. I had to power off the cable box and press “menu” to get into the Setup. I contacted Comcast to enable 3D transmission in the Cable box. There is no extra monthly charge for 3D but charge me 4$ for changing the service. Somehow the 3D transmission of comcast box is different than the PS3. The picture will come in two frames Up and down or side by side depending upon the channel. To fix it I had go to TV’s Display Setting -> 3D settings and need to select the 3D format accordingly. With glasses, the picture sometimes come darker. It is best to set the picture settings to Vivid while watching in 3D.” – A. Sarkar (USA)
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