the 46-hx803 doesn't suffer from a patchy backlight if calibration is done with patience,as well as non-uniformity.Crosstalk isn't really a bother either.Maybe if it was this model which was tested & not the 40",i reckon it would have earned 5 stars,no question.But the latest x-reality engine seems to suffer teething problems.Sony had better look seriously at these Q.C. issues as apart from screens with creases & crosstalk on both entry & higher end models,they are putting out TVs which sets them apart from the usual.TBH,i was really happy with the leap with the 803 from the W5,which was a big step forward,not just incremental.
Why have i got a little booklet from Sony & WHF saying a bravia TV is a great regular TV but stunning in 3D this little booklet incl. The CX,EX & 1 NX713 along with a lot of other kit,but the thing is this book clearly states how good Sony TVs are in 3D incl the EX 32,40,46 & 55" Models.I understand its (ex723) not that good a 3DTV but how can a WHF & Sony brochure state that it is?.....
We haven't put out magazine editorial saying that about specific models- hence this review and others. Maybe brochure using our general advice/info on 3D - will investigate
We give more weight to 2D performance and much less at this stage to 3D ability, as there's still relatively little 3D content out there and most users will be watching in 2D for the majority of the time.
Given the excellence of its other attributes (detailed HD pictures, cracking on-demand content, excellent motion handling, lovely colours) we think this set easily deserves more than 3 stars, but clearly not 5 in light of its disappointing 3D performance.
So why does a 3D TV which is so poor with 3D still merit 4 stars out of 5? This is (in my opinion) being over generous in the scoring, and simply having great 2D performance (which more and more TVs have nowadays with the maturation in the technology) isn't enough. Consider amazing models like the Panasonic VT30, and despite the leap in performance between this and the Sony, in fact only 1 star separates them. Seems a little odd.
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