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Sony KDL-NX800 series overview

Sony KDL-NX800 series corner detail

Sony KDL-NX800 series profile view

Sony KDL-NX800 series back panel inputs

Sony KDL-NX800 series back panel

Sony KDL-NX800 series side panel inputs

Sony KDL-NX800 series stand detail

Sony KDL-NX800 series back of stand

Sony KDL-NX800 series remote control

Sony KDL-NX800 series video services menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series Netflix queue page

Sony KDL-NX800 series Yahoo Widgets

Sony KDL-NX800 series YouTube client

Sony KDL-NX800 series options menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series Favorites screen

Sony KDL-NX800 series on-screen manual

Sony KDL-NX800 series Motionflow menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series main picture menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series advanced picture menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series white balance menu

Sony KDL-NX800 series picture quality

As the first official 2010 HDTV reviewed by CNET, and the first mainstream edge-lit LED-based LCD produced by Sony we've tested, the KDL-NX800 series arrives with plenty of anticipation. However, before you equate "LED" with "awesome picture quality," it's worth reiterating that the backlight technology comes in a bunch of varieties--and not all are created equal. The Sony NX800 performs on a par with other like-equipped LCDs that we've tested, such as the UNB7000 series from Samsung, so people seeking a premium home theater picture might be disappointed.

In other areas, the NX800 shines. Sony completely redesigned the exterior of its higher-end 2010 models in what it calls a monolithic style--and this TV would be at home near the Tycho crater or orbiting Jupiter. Sony also kept the superb selection of Internet services found on 2009 models, but adds built-in Wi-Fi to make them easier to use. All told, this svelte Sony feels more thoughtfully put-together than any TV we've tested in awhile, and it will easily find a niche in design-conscious living rooms.
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A pane of glass covers the entire face, edged by a thin strip of metal.
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The TV's notched profile measures 2.5 inches deep at its thickest point on the bottom, narrowing to an inch on the thinner section toward the top.
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The back panel has two HDMI inputs and a smattering of other jacks.
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Removable panels let you hide cabling.
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The side panel offers a pair of HDMI ports as well as one PC and component-video input.
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Sony finally adds a swivel to its stand.
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The power cable gets its own channel out the back.
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Sony also gave the TV's remote control a significant makeover. It's one of the best remotes we've ever used, aside from the weird duplicate power button on its backside that caused us to shut off the TV once. The company kept the excellent button arrangement from last year's remote control, preserving the logical size and placement differentiation. However, this year's keys are more flush and sleek, improving the pressing action--now they emit a satisfying low-pitched click. The remote has a concave shape along its length that seems to send the thumb to the Home key and the middle of the big cursor control naturally. Completing the package, Sony added blue backlighting as well as the cap ability to control other devices via infrared or HDMI.
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Netflix is the most important among the NX800's numerous video services, and gets a prominent place in the menu system.
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The Sony Netflix queue page differs from standard issue, showing a thumbnail view instead of the familiar horizontal row of cover art.
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Yahoo Widgets can be moved around the screen, and Sony include a new widget called FrameChannel.
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The Sony TV also offers YouTube but, like other so-equipped TVs we've tested, can't access the service's HD video section.
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The Options menu allows quick access to often-used items.
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A handy Favorites menu lets you manually add services and other items for easier access.
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Sony's onscreen manual is unusually well done, and even includes relevant graphics.
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Sony's MotionFlow dejudder mode gives you just two options.
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The main picture menu now includes an option to apply settings from any mode to all inputs (Common) or individually.
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The advanced picture menu gets its own Reset button.
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As always we appreciate the user-menu white balance controls.
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This year's set is Sony's first foray into the world of edge-lit LED-based LCD since the underwhelming KLV-40ZX1M. The KDL-NX800 certainly improves upon that model, but still won't be counted among the best-performing HDTVs of 2010. Its black level performance fall short of most other TVs in its price range, and its trade-offs in uniformity are typical with other edge-lit displays we've tested, although its overall color accuracy is solid. Aside from its capability to make backlight fluctuations an option rather than a necessity, the KDL-NX800's picture is roughly equal to that of Samsung's edge-lit LED sets from last year, complete with the glossy screen.
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