By John Archer
Reviewed: 14 Oct 2008
Review Price free/subscription
Snif! I was really planning to buy this TV as the 55X4500 is far too expensive... As the W4000 was a really good one and as the W4500 came with 100Hz (the only bad point of the W4000), I was really expecting a lot from it... It was close from perfection... Why? Why? Why???? :'(
After waiting for the review of the 4500 for some time, I'm disappointed that you seem to have got yourself a panel with backlight leakage. (I'd be interested to know what setting you had the backlight on when you tested)Nevertheless your comments about the pin point hd quality and the BLACK of the blacks are spot on. A stunning picture. My 46" 4500 makes my old w2000 look simply out of it but of course I seem to have managed to get a panel without either backlight bleed or clouding. The other thing I would agree with is that if you feed a good quality sd signal to these, you'll get good pictures. If your aerial is poor, or if the transmitter is sending low signals waiting for analogue switchoff, you may be less satisfiedThe only other gripe I have is that, wheras with the W2000 I could adjust the separate headphone volume control to enable me to listen at a different volume to the speakers on the set, the 4500 headphone socket simply switches the set speakers off altogether. A backward step
Rats! I was hoping to buy the 46' version at Christmas, but once again we are delivered a less than ideal product. Are we being strung along on purpose? Why can't manufacturers (especially the likes of Sony with their considerable resources) just deliver products that have such basic flaws sorted out? ....I'll have to cross this one off my list now and look elsewhere.
Must I hope that this problem is not present on all W4500? If not, is it possible that Sony will correct the problem before January?I think that the best thing to do is to still wait a lil bit... It's difficult but it's also a lot of money so... Wait & see...
Very wary of backlighting problems since my Samsung plasma (!!!!) had white patch in corner of screen. So imagine my trepidation as the new 52 W4000 was fired up for the first time... and were there pools of light on dark scenes ? I thought so, but after a few hours I wasn't so sure. After a few weeks I can't see any unevenness, but the viewing angle remains very limited, greying over rather quickly.So , I don't know what to make of John Archer's experience....
I have the 40 inch version of this TV and have no backlight bleed at all. I have the Sony Blu Ray S550 player connected and the picture quality is stunning with no blurring or smearing of any sort. A classy looking TV also which is leagues ahead of my previous LCD. I live in Germany and the nice chap in a massive TV shop lined up all the screens I was interested in and ran a HD signal through them all so I could compare and this TV showed more vivid colours(not overly) bright whites and the best blacks easily out of all of them. I am surprised to hear of some of these problems, I think perhaps it might only affect the bigger screen sizes, just a thought.
I have had one of these for a week or so now and it is simply great. None of the issues in the review have reared their head yet and the picture quality with my Sky HD is just as it should be - crisp, clear and detailed. Recommended.
Had 2 of this sets and both had bad clouding on them,got a refund in the end
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