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First Look: Sony W802 LED LCD: More style than value

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First Look: Sony W802 LED LCD: More style than value

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The good-looking Sony W802 television offers decent image quality for an LED but its color palette and high price pale in comparison to cheaper plasmas like the Panasonic ST60

Hi. I'm Ty Pendlebury from CNET.com and this is a review of the Sony W802 TV. Sony has a reputation for great televisions, but in recent years its picture quality in the midrange has been slipping in comparison to competition like Toshiba and Samsung. The W802 is a mid to high range TV and is a replacement for last year's average HX750. The biggest improvement over last year's TV is the use of dynamic LED Frame Dimming. Styling has also received an update with a much thinner bezel and an interesting looking Quartz-cut edge. Meanwhile, the remote control is a tried and trusted candy bar with logically arranged buttons and a Netflix shortcut. Also changed is the menu system which is now stacked vertically instead of the old horizontal cross media bar. But some of the new animations do slow navigation down a little bit. The new features for 2013 are passive 3D, so you can now use cheaper glasses, Miracast streaming, and at the time with the review, a 4-year subscription to both Netflix and Hulu Plus. With the new Frame Dimming feature, the TV sits in the middle of price comparable models for black levels. And it is a big improvement on last year's HX750. Colors aren't as good as the other TV so I test it, with less saturation in both skin tones, and greens, and blues. The more expensive Sony W900 is much better for color. 3D's very good though with zero crosstop, but substantial interlays or alternating black lines, as you can expect from passive technology. While I would still say get the $600 cheaper Panasonic ST60 Plasma, this Sony is an improvement on last year's TV and an okay buy if you must have an LCD. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.

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