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This review is from: Sony Bravia KDL-52EX700 52-Inch 1080P 120Hz LED HDTV, Black (Electronics)Just a quick review after I upgraded from my old LCD Projection 50" 1080i TV to this new Sony LED model 3 weeks ago. Just for the fun of it; before I switched them out I left them side by side just to do some comparisons (I just put a new lamp in my old TV so it was at it brightest in years). When I switched to TV mode on both using my HDTV AT&T UVerse 1080i cable, the comparison was interesting. Overall the Sony LED TV had a sharper and brighter image but there were a few channels where I just didn't see a difference. This I blame on the cable being 1080i and possible some channels using inferior HD Cameras??? Then I played a DVD on each TV and the Sony defiantly had the brighter sharper image. Lastly I threw in a Blue Ray, and this is where this new Sony LED TV blew away my old TV. My first words were "Wow that looks great". I also just downloaded a 1080p movie and got the same "Wow" result while watching it.
I did tell myself that if I didn't notice a large enough difference I would be returning this TV and waiting another year for newer models (Since I just bought a new lamp for my old TV). Well after 3 weeks my old TV is now sitting in the basement waiting for someone to watch it, and I think it's going to be a long time. So, overall after 3 weeks I am extremely happy with this Sony TV.
Anything I didn't like? Just 2 minor things: there are 4 HDMI cable connections but only 2 in back - the other 2 are on the side. It's not a big deal but if you have your Cable box, Blue Ray Player and your Video Game Console all hooked up with HDMI cables; one of those cables is going to be sticking out of the side of your TV at all time - you can bend the cable back so it's not sticking out that much. But, as a person who wants all his cables hidden - this is a little annoying. The second and very minor; the stand is little blah, not a big deal but I would think they could come up with something better on their 2010 models since the rest of this TV looks so great.
Update #1:I saw someone asked about how many Watts this TV used. So I brought home my Watt Meter from work and did some testing. This new LED TV used 75 Watts on average when on. I also hooked up my old LCD Projection TV and it used around 195 when on. Pretty big difference.
Update #2: After 2 months of watching things like the Stanley Cup, World Cup Soccer plus a few other movies at different places; I have to say this TV has the best picture of the lot. Especially when compared to older models from a few years ago. But, once again some channels just don't look as good as others. The World Cup soccer games looked incredible, a friend even asked if this was a new 3D TV he thought the picture was so good. Then watching Shrek on TNT HD looked subpar when compared to the lowly DVD version I own (probably considerably worse then the Blue-ray version). Guess the point is make sure your HD Signal is good if you want the best HD picture on this TV, you can really see the difference between a bad HD channel and a good HD channel.
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2010 11:57:43 AM PDT
R. Adams says:
Thanks for the very good review. With regard to having to use the side HDMI cable issue, you might want to consider a 90 degree adapter or an HDMI cable with a right-angled connector; both are widely available...just Google it.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 4:20:28 PM PDT
Matthew T. Weflen says:
Definitely agree with the above comment. You should not do any undue "bending" of your HDMI cables. Not only can it ruin the cable, but the stress on the port caused by a crooked cable could render the port useless.
Google "port savers" or the right angle connector mentioned above. There is a certain place, with mono prices (wink wink) where these items can be purchased for cheap.
Posted on Aug 11, 2010 6:50:11 PM PDT
Jason D says:
As far as some HD channels looking worse than others, it could be content that was not originally HD and was upconverted poorly for the HD channels, similar to when non-HD commerials come on during an HD show. Another possibility is that the cable company is 'bit grooming' HD channels that are not as popular, therefore not delivering 100% of the signal to you, even though that lesser signal is still 1080. (could explain your Shrek experience)
If your Shrek DVD looks good then that would give this TV good marks for the quality of it's upconverting.
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