I had a look at this TV today in my local FNAC (French HMV) and i could notice a great deal of difference when walking past the tv. The viewing angle did not seem to matter until extreme viewing angles. I would say there is a good 90 degree windown if not more. It was only showing sony's promo BR disc, but i'm not convinced that would make any difference. I dont get the comment that this TV is no good for BR films, surely thats what they are for?
Sony's greatest LCD/LED TV is the 2011 HX 950......with full panel multiply array dimming....with static contrast measured as much greater than any Sony TV incl the HX 853, W9 and probably any other brand of lcd/led in the last 6 years.That older Hx 950 TV will blow the Samsung's away in contrast levels, and also the truth is that the contrast levels of the Samsung F8000 is no better than than the ES 8000 range of 2012 on Ansi.
That forensic sharpness on the samsung TV is just not natural and less cinematic than the Sony sets.
Like the Pioneer Kuro....HX 950 shared the same fate....development cost and less than stellar sales figures confined it to the history books.
The new W905a is still second best in most peoples eyes who have had the privieige of owning the Hx923/950(perfected full array dimming). You have to see it to believe how effective full array dimming is and its contribution to static contrast - measured as 6000 to 1 on Ansi
Edge frame dimming in the W905a and on other previous models are still very good and better than any other sets....along with unfazed motion interpolation and Xreality pro and incredible lag free free time! And OK. the samsung's are Ace on 3d with no cross talk and probably perfectly uniformed backlight....credit given where it is due. All of the TV have off axis viewing issues some more than others.
The Sony w905 comes with a free experia phone worth 440 pounds......that is a better deal than the Pana's offering of an old ipad 2 on smaller screens or the Samsung F8000 with 2.1 soundbars/br player but you pay half of the combo price.
Now I ask you which TV is better in value/performance criteria
Sony of course! Picking mine up on Friday.
Ive seen it my local powercity & OMG. they still have a 55" hx853 on display: No comparison in picture,build quality (really) & general appeal. I put the pic on cinema 1 mode & i cannot believe the quality just dropped all of a sudden compared to the HX853 which imo wasn't even as good as the 55HX823.
But this W9 has an absolutely beautiful HD picture quality. Isn't that what is most important now... Because this message is getting lost in these networked,tableted i-padded times--Oh and BTW an LED TV with narrow viewing angles...That was funny guys.
This beauty is not getting anything like its dues from WHF in comparison to the generic HX853. Review is off,its a five star diamond.
Having seen this now in my local john lewis i have to disagree with the poor viewing angle, i could see nothing reported in this review it actually seemed better than any other lcd screen in the store for viewing angle, is there any chance the review model floating about was faulty?
Sony picked up the set straight after our review and haven't reported back anything unusual.
Using a BR disc mastered on Rec 709 (low gamut)colour standard to evaluate the Triluminous colours on Sony's new 2k and 4k TV is like using a grand father clock to time a F1 car!
The ultimate test would be to feed a Sony 4k remastered wide gamut BR disc into a Sony triluminous BR player and then see the results and it will be in OLED performance territory.
As Sony is using Triluminous in their 4k TV.....that is reason enough to want it with even a 1080p TV. Nuff said.
Can Whathifi please confirm that Sonys W9 lcd tvs have built in Freesat HD tuners or is it just Free To Air satellite, Thanks.
Interesting line from what Hi Fi....I have read three other reviews and I respect their differences....only waiting for AV forum and HD TV review to complete the analysis.
For now, the question one need to ask is - Is this W905 better than the HX 853, for picture and sound and it is probably is Better! The VT65 is panasonic's vanguard of TV heavy hitters so I never believed the 'shadow' detail on the W905 would beat any of the Pana plasma....so What Hi fi says makes a fair comparative point on that aspect..
I said in the forum that the quantum dot technology that the Sony uses would NOT work well with BR films and this is supported in What Hi Fi review. The TV's colour gizmo thingie is ideal for digital cameras and camcorders and games.That's got me written all over it.
Don't buy this TV for BR films enjoyment....you are wasting your money. Go Pana VT65!!!!
The W905 55 inch is expensive, I paid £1500 for the 55 inch HX853 with the Bond films etc.
As for the viewing angle, it is a new panel that gives greater colour pop at the expense of a narrower angle but you can rotate this TV but you could not rotate the HX853 with that plinth so I don't take the angle issue that harshly on the w905.
At least no dodgy backlite issues noted and also how does this TV perform against the F8000 Samsung?
Is What Hi Fi saying the Sammy is better costing a £100 more? (I think I know that answer allready....)
At the end of the day, What Hi fi makes a fair point overall on this review.
P.S:And do I still want this w905a TV and give my faulty HX853 back for a full refund for P/E.....'yes I do'...ta da. But I am thinking of the Samsung a little bit.....ggrrr I just can't go with a plasma for what i want to do.
I was looking forward to your review of the KDL-55W905 for some time now as i was one of the first to see it in my local sony centre but i have found your review bemusing and inaccurate. Firsty you mention the poor sound on the W905 which i find confusing due to your praise of last years HX853 when it is evident to me it clearly has a better tone and output than the HX853. Secondly, I have also seen the new Samsung and the W905 wins hands down in picture quality. Blacks and whites are deeper/brighter and more realistic, reds,greens and blues have way more depth and variety than the lastest Samsung. The viewing angle is generic on most Led TV's so your complaint is irrelevant. I used to think What-hifi was a independant organisation but the fact you gave the Samsung 5 stars and the Sony 4 stars when it is clearly a better tv for the money led me to believe your reviewer is either anti-Sony or has been given perks from Samsung.
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