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First Look: Sony Bravia KDL-52NX800

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First Look: Sony Bravia KDL-52NX800

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Despite a picture that won't wow sticklers, Sony's edge-lit LED-based NX800 sets a high bar for beautiful design and well-executed features.

[ music ] ^M00:00:03 >> David: Hi, I'm David Casmier [assumed spelling], from Cnet and this is the Sony KDL 52NX800. It's a 53 inch flat panel LCD. There's also a 60 and a 46 inch member of the series, but this review will apply to all sizes. This is Sony's 2010 edge lit LED based LCD, one of many that the company is coming out with this year. The real claim to fame on this TV is it's styling. It's a very thin when seen from the side here. It's just over an inch thick and it's also got this slightly thicker portion along the bottom. But still one of the thinner TV's on the market. But really what we like about the styling is what you can see from the front. Sony calls it this monolithic style, which basically looks like a big, black slab. Sort of similar to the monolith from 2001 and that's kind of what it looks like when the TV screen is turned off. There's a single pane of glass that extends from edge to edge, except for the very edge, where it's just bordered by this sort of very thin layer of metal. The TV itself has an angular look, but again it's really slick in person. Sony's stand swivels and it has a tilt back option. So if you want to mount the TV a little bit lower than your seating position, you can tilt it back and get a better viewing angle. The back panel of the TV actually is pretty slick itself. It's got removable panels here. One hides a set of inputs including two HDMI and a smattering of analog jacks. There's two more HDMI inputs on the side panel, in addition to the PC input and a component video input. So all told, connectivity it pretty solid on this Sony. Sony's feature set includes a lot of internet connected capability. It can go onto Netflix and download streaming movies to watch over that service. You can also use Amazon Video on Demand, You Tube and a host of other smaller niche video services. There's also Slacker and NPR on the audio side and you can stream your videos, music and photos, over your home network. So all told, this Sony's internet connectivity is excellent. There's also WIFI built into this TV. So if you don't have to run an Ethernet cable to the back. You can just turn it on and it'll sync to your WIFI network and that worked very well in our test. So big kudos for that feature. When we took the Sony to the lab, it's picture quality was a mixed bag. Don't expect the LED's to impact picture quality much. They're more about energy consumption which was excellent, but in terms of black levels, this TV's about on par with the other edge lit LED based LCD's we've seen and not quite as good as the plasma and local dimming LED models we've tested in the past. It does have some uniformity issues. Slightly brighter around the edges, although that's not a huge deal. Color was very good on this TV overall, although in dark areas, it does tend to get a little bit blue. So all things considered, again it's kind of an average performer among the LCD's we've tested in 2009. That's a quick look at the Sony KDL NX800 Series and I'm David Casmier. ^M00:02:43 [ music ]

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