The Good The Sony KDL-55W900A features some of the best colors available on an LCD; deep black levels with excellent shadow details and gamma; sleek design; solid features including four pairs of active 3D glasses; introduces very little input lag.
The Bad More expensive than an ST60 plasma; only available only in a 55-inch size; some strange artifacts in 3D.
The Bottom Line The Sony W900A is a fine high-end LED LCD television, with excellent color performance and deep black levels.
Quantum Dots make compelling argument
While many of Sony's marketing terms mean nothing in English (or sometimes even Japanese), there have been some memorable ones: Bravia, WEGA, XBR, et al. Here's another, less-catchy, less capitalized one to add to the list: Triluminos. It's Sony's term for a technology, also known as Quantum Dots, which theoretically enhances the number of colors an LCD can produce. CNET writer Geoffrey Morrison, but in essence it's a film of microscopic crystals that glow green, red, or blue when stimulated by a light source.
The KDL-55W900A is the first production TV we know about to use Quantum Dots, and despite this tech's whiff of marketing gimmick, its color is superb. In addition, its overall picture quality is excellent for an LED-based LCD TV, thanks in part to deep black levels courtesy of Sony'stechnology.
Among 2013 LED LCDs, and a list price of only $1,999, the Sony W900 has no picture quality equal we've reviewed so far. Its closest rival is the Samsung UNF8000, and while the two are very evenly matched, the Sony has a slightly better picture overall -- although it can't compete with the Samsung in design or features.
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