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Sony BRAVIA KDL55NX720 55-inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV with Built-in WiFi, Black (2011 Model)
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- Brilliant Full HD (1080p) picture quality for 2D & 3D
- 55-inch display with full HD (1080p) 2D/3D picture (1920 x 1080 native panel resolution)
- Power consumption operational:93 Watt,0.2 Watt (Standby)
- Experience smooth and precise motion detail during fast-action video with Motionflow XR 240 technology
- Wireless BRAVIA Internet TV and Widgets for a wide variety of streaming media and other Internet content
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Experience brilliant Full HD 1080p picture quality with Sony's 55-inch KDL-55NX720 LCD HDTV with 3D. This HDTV features Dynamic Edge LED backlighting technology with local dimming, for serious contrast levels, deep blacks, and brilliant whites. It also features MotionFlow XR 240 for crisp, fluid motion in fast-action scenes. Pair with Sony 3D glasses and you'll be ready for another dimension of entertainment, with immersive playback of the latest 3D titles. Or use the built-in Wi-Fi to access connected entertainment options with BRAVIA Internet Video and Widgets, or your digital video, music, and photo files over your home network.
Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.
Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.
Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.
Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.
3D Technology Checklist
This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:
|A Display |
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
|A Source |
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
|3D Content |
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
|3D Glasses |
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
|HDMI Cable |
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.
3D in Full HD 1080p
Enjoy an immersive, realistic movie and gaming experience in Full HD 1080p using Sony's 3D active glasses and connecting a compatible 3D Blu-ray Disc Player or PlayStation 3 gaming console.
Sony's 3D glasses are adjustable and comfortable, designed with side panels to block out excess light that can create an annoying glare on other glasses. Better yet, they fit over prescription eyewear, and feature batteries that last up to 100 hours.
When viewed through the active shutter glasses, the on-screen image is precisely synchronized and delivered with the image intact, for an optimum 3D viewing experience. And since each frame you see is shown at Full HD resolution, the 3D action comes alive with razor-sharp detail.
In fact, from the moment you turn on the NX720, you'll notice a sharp, vibrant picture, whether you're enjoying 2D or 3D content. Sony's video processing technologies work together to deliver breathtaking picture quality with reduced visual noise, enhanced color and overall image detail, even on 1080p sources such as PlayStation 3 systems and Blu-ray Disc players.
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Vivid, Lifelike Entertainment
Dynamic Edge LED Backlight
Experience enhanced picture quality and contrast with Sony's Dynamic Edge LED backlighting technology, with local dimming. Get sharp image contrast, for a crisp, detailed picture. The added bonus? LED backlighting is easier on the environment (and your pocketbook), using substantially less energy than traditional CCFL-tube TVs.
Sony's monolithic design consists of a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass stretching from edge-to-edge, adding some elegance to your viewing room. It looks just as good when it's off as it does when it's on.
The NX720 series also features Sony's new OptiContrast panel, which features a design and surface treatment to minimize reflection, producing deeper images with superior black levels even in bright rooms.
MotionFlow XR 240
See smooth and precise detail during fast-action scenes. Sony's Motionflow XR 240 technology for fast action movies and sports by reducing blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing image sharpness, and overall creates a clearer picture.
Enjoy a vivid, lifelike picture experience. Sony's X-Reality engine brings out the best by analyzing each scene so you see sharpened images, and amazing contrast detail.
Smart Design, Smart Features
Corning Gorilla Glass
Enjoy an incredibly durable, remarkably lightweight, frameless design with Corning's exclusive Gorilla Glass. Combined with the Opti-Contrast panel, this HDTV boosts contrast, increases brightness, and minimizes unwanted light reflections.
Intelligent Presence Sensor
Enjoy an incredibly customized picture and sound experience every time. Sony's Intelligent Presence Sensor uses built-in Face Detection technology to turn itself off if no one is watching, warns children when they're too close to the screen and adjusts picture and sound based on where people are sitting in the room.
Energy Saving Switch
Even when turned off, most electronics are still using energy if they are plugged in. With Sony's Energy Saving Switch you can easily eliminate this standby power without the fuss of plugging and unplugging the cord. When the switch is turned in the "OFF" position it reduces the television's standby power to nearly nothing.
USB Photos, Videos & Music
Share your photos on the big screen or listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device directly to your HDTV's USB input.
Enjoy customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger. The built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room.
BRAVIA Sync Compatible
Conveniently operate and control other BRAVIA Sync compatible devices--including BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, surround sound systems, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital still cameras, all with one remote control when connected via HDMI.
Quick Start & Viewing feature enables this Sony television to go from 'OFF' to 'ON' 2-3 times faster than previous Sony televisions.
BRAVIA Internet Video and Widgets: Endless Entertainment
With integrated BRAVIA Internet Video, there's always something on. Using your home broadband internet connection, you can access premium content including movies, TV shows, videos and music from providers like Qriocity, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and many more to instantly stream your favorite media.
Or perhaps you're a social media addict? Internet Widgets like Facebook and Twitter let you connect and share, and get up to the minute information while you enjoy your television.
Connecting is a breeze thanks to the NX720 series' built-in Wi-Fi. No need to addan external adapter--connect to your wireless network right out of the box (if you'd prefer a wired connection, use the built-in Ethernet port and you're all set).
You can also access and share photos, videos, and music on your TV by streaming them from compatible DLNA devices like your PC, Playstation 3 system, network storage, etc.
Finally, the KDL-55NX720 is Skype Ready: Easily connect to family and friends live on your HDTV wherever they are with Skype! Enjoy free high definition Skype-to–Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera for Skype (required, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen.
KDL-55NX720 Key Specifications
|Screen Size (Diagonal):||55 Inches|
|Display Type:||LCD (OptiContrast Panel)|
|Backlight Type:||Dynamic Edge LED with Local Dimming|
|Resolution:||Full HD 1080p (1920x1080)|
|Video Signal:||1080/24p (HDMI Only), 1080/60i, 1080/60p (HDMI / Component), 720/60p, 480/60i, 480/60p|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|HDMI:||4 ((2 Side/2 Bottom)|
|Component Video (Y/PB/PR):||1 (Adaptor/Bottom/Hybrid)|
|Composite Video:||2 (Adaptor/Bottom/1 Hybrid )|
|USB 2.0 Ports:||2 (Side)|
|RF Connection:||1 (Bottom)|
|Analog Audio Input:||2 (Adaptor/Bottom)|
|PC Input:||D-Sub 1 (Side), Mini 1 (Side)|
|Digital Audio Output:||1 (Side)|
|Analog Audio Output:||1(Side) Hybrid w/HP|
|Headphone Outputs:||1(Side) Hybrid w/Audio out|
|Weight and Dimensions|
|Dimensions (WxHxD):||50-1/2 x 30-1/2 x 1-1/8 Inches (50-1/2 x 31-3/4 x 12-1/4 Inches With Stand)|
|Weight:||50.9 lbs. (62.4 lbs. with stand)|
What's in the Box
KDL-55NX720 55-Inch BRAVIA NX720-Series LED LCD HDTV, Remote Control (RM-YD061), AC Power Cord (Attached), Table Top Stand (Assembly Required), Documentation
Sony 2011 HDTV Comparison
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The picture processing is amazing with brighter picture and excellent black levels. The black color is real black not blue black like before.
I have connected regular DVD player and Blu-ray player to this TV. I have compared 1080/24P (Blu-ray) picture vs 1080/60P (DVD). I have done this test with the movies Inception, The Dark Night and Shrek. The DVD picture quality almost matched with Blu-ray picture quality. Black levels, picture consistency and amazing crispness have been achieved through the OptiContrast panel and X-Reality Engine. Blu-ray movies are awesome with this TV but DVD movies are no less. You can rent DVDs from Redbox and enjoy the Blu-ray picture quality.
When I connected the TV to regular DVD player in Standard Definition mode, the TV has automatically upgraded the picture. I had some doubts over the SD contents before buying, but this TV came up with better SD content and picture processing than previous TVs from Sony. When I have compared this with my other Samsung LED 46D8000 TV, I could see that Sony has bettered the SD picture processing. The TV upgrades the SD content to HD content level. This is the best part of this TV.
Sony and Samsung have kept certain benchmarks (standards) for the TVs in their own path. Sony until 2010 did not venture into reflective screens where Samsung was outclassing the Sony's matte finish. With this NX720, HX820 and HX929 models Sony stepped into the reflective screens and achieved amazing black levels and brighter picture.
Another advantage for this TV is Corning Gorilla Glass. At first when I knocked the NX720 screen hard with my side first, the picture bloomed and came back to normal. When I knocked on Samsung screen lightly with middle finger, the picture shook very wildly and it looked like it might break easily. Sony scores marks over the other TVs with the Corning Gorilla Glass. I have seen ads from Sony and Corning about the strength of the Gorilla Glass but still need to see the durability although the glass on the TV appears stronger. Someone really needs to try breaking this TV and see how much strong this screen is. :)
I have tested the sound and the quality is good. One great thing about Sony is, it delivers 5.1 Channel Audio output. I have Comcast HD DVR cable connection. High Definition movies come up with 5.1 channel audio and this TV delivers exact replication. I have tested this with/without Home Theater connection. Still the sound is very good without the Home theater speakers. Another place where Sony scores marks over the rivals is it delivers 5.1 channel output through Optical Audio output. Other TVs deliver only 2 channel Audio through the Optical Audio output.
If you are too much into technical specs, NX720 TV panel is 120Hz panel by default. HX820 and HX929 panels are much more better with 240Hz refresh rate. Do not be confused with the panel refresh rate with motion blur processing. Both are separate. As per my knowledge all the TV panels are 60Hz panels and 240Hz motion blur or flow processing is added to the TVs. Sony is coming with better panel refresh rates 120HZ and 240Hz. Added to it 240Hz or higher motion flow processing betters your TV. I am impressed with the NX720 motion blur processing. The motion blur is getting better and better. There are no artifacts noticed so far surrounding the images.
The 3D picture conversion from 2D is very good. Still testing the feature with Blu-ray DVD but so far the conversion is at its best.
The original 3D movies are the best to watch. Looks like Sony dealt with off-angle view issues. The 3D effect in the off-angle view is better than the previous TV line up. But if you sit in extreme angles like corner angles then the 3D view looked bit uncomfortable. For any 3D TV the off-angle view is a problem and this TV scores marks in this too.
I tested the internet features. The internet content is good but there are lesser applications available for Sony when compared to Samsung. The Netflix and Youtube videos are very good to watch. We don't get the QWERTY remote like Samsung but you can handle this with media remote application from IPhone and Android phones.
Not to mention the best gaming experience with PS3! Fantastic 3D gaming experience on this TV.
This is definitely one of the best TVs with amazing crispy picture and better 3D processing.
NX720 is a thin TV but still the bezel is bit bulky but I don't mind it because this is an amazing TV for my living room. I like the Samsung D8000 TV because it has very thin bezel. Hope Sony concentrates on this in future.
Do not forget to update the firmware for NX720 model from Sony support or you can update it from the TV itself after you connect the TV to internet through WIFI. I did not test the Skype feature. It is cool to have it but I still use my computer or laptop for Skype. In future TVs should come up with Web Camera in built.
I will update my review if I find anything significant good or bad about this TV other than I mentioned in this review. Bottom line is you won't be disappointed with this TV.
I like both Sony and Samsung TVs. Both are the best in their own ways. I wish to share main differences after seeing both TVs closely. Picture, black levels and Edge LED local dimming are almost the same with minor differences.
Only very few things separate them.
1. Bezel - Sony has bit bulky bezel whereas Samsung has very thin Bezel. Thickness wise both are the same.
2. Optical Audio output - Sony produces 5.1 channel. Samsung produces 2 channel.
3. Corning Gorilla Glass - If it confirmed that Gorilla glass is really tough to break then your TV is much safer with Sony than Samsung.
4. QWERTY keyboard remote for internet - Sony does not have one but you can manage with media remote application. Samsung delivers QWERTY keyboard remote which is bit difficult to pair up with the TV but works better after that.
5. Internet Applications - Samsung has more applications than Sony at present. You can buy Sony Google Blu-ray player to have Android applications but it is still expensive.
6. 3D Glasses - Samsung is venturing with Bluetooth capable which is better technology. Pairing might be somewhat difficult sometimes but once you establish it then it is the best.
I might have missed somethings but these are noticeable differences between Sony and Samsung TV line up for 2011.
Right out of the box, the picture is quite stunning. The colors are accurate and the contrast ratio is very good. As usual though with any "default" setting, the sharpness is up too high revealing digital artifacts with too much edge enhancement. A quick calibration with any calibration DVD or Blu-Ray takes care of these problems. I will say that I did not need to adjust the color and tint settings. They were spot on.
When you first turn on the TV, you are presented with a series of screens to setup language, screen settings, network and other various options. It goes pretty quick. Nothing too difficult. If you use MAC security on your router, you will need to skip the network setup part and do it later since you will need to retrieve the MAC code from the network setup menus. Also, the internal WiFi adapter is 2.4 GHz only. It does not run at 5 GHz. You will need a separate adapter to do 5 GHz.
Once I had everything setup, I did various tests from different sources. Satellite TV, Blu-Ray and online streaming from Netflix and YouTube. All looked excellent. As much as I'm not a big fan of "Motionflow" technology, this TV does it quite well so I might leave it turned on. Fast actions scenes with Motionflow look quite amazing.
The anti-glare glass screen is the biggest surprise. Reflections are very subdued so if you have lots of light in the room, you won't have any problems seeing the picture.
3D from true 3D sources work as expected. Things pop right out of the screen. The simulated 3D works just OK. Depth is not all that great. It's more of a novelty than anything else.
The setup menus are very PS3'ish. Sort of the same design. If you have a PS3, you will be right at home when navigating the menus.
Now a few of the flaws.
1. When placing the TV on the included stand, its quite unstable. It seems that Sony was sort of lackluster when designing the stand. I guess they figure most people will mount the TV on the wall. In the documentation, it does mention a few ways to stabilize the TV but overall, it's probably not a good idea to use the stand especially if you have kids.
2. The viewing angle quality could be a bit better. If you are right in front of the TV, the contrast and colors look wonderful. As soon as you stray a bit to the left, right, up or down, you begin to see some contrast issues especially in a dark room. Honestly, it's not a big deal but depending on the content you are watching, it could be a big problem for those sitting at an angle. I did notice that the TV automatically adjusts the picture depending on the light in the room to minimize the problem. Every LCD TV I own has this problem so it's really nothing new but Sony has done a pretty good job trying to keep it from being a huge issue.
3. Since the screen is so flat, the hookups on the back have very thin clearance. If you have a HDMI cable with a thick outer shell on the connector, you might have a problem hooking it up. It took me a few minutes getting the HDMI cable just at the right angle so it would slip into the connector on the TV.
Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Sony has basically done it again. The picture quality is very good. With all of the great features and built in internet access, you would be hard pressed to find anything better at this price point.