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Sony Bravia KDL-52W4500 52in LCDTV - Sony Bravia KDL-52W4500

Another lesser problem with the 52W4500 is that just occasionally it takes its quest for sharpness a touch too far, leaving one or two moments where even a really pristine HD transfer can look a touch grainy, to an extent that doesn't seem to be totally just a reflection of any grain that might be inherent to an HD transfer.

I should stress that MotionFlow 100Hz can cause smearing and edge glitches at is highest settings too, and finally I wasn't completely blown away by the 52W4500's standard definition pictures. The Bravia Engine 2 processing engine copes great if a standard def source is of a good innate quality, such as a high-level DVD transfer. But if you're watching one of the many rather grubby looking Freeview broadcasts, the 52W4500 can slightly exaggerate any noise inherent to the source.
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First impressions of the 52W4500's audio are a touch underwhelming, chiefly thanks to a surprising (given the TV's size) lack of bass. But after playing around in the audio menus, a combination of choosing the Standard (rather than Dynamic) preset, deactivating the slightly disconcerting pseudo surround processing and setting a ‘Sound Booster' to low, raised the set's audio game to a much more satisfying level. Bass increases exponentially, for instance, yet it never overwhelms the set's scintillating treble imaging and rich, clear, distortion-free vocal range.

Verdict

The 52W4500 gets mighty close to being a bona fide big-screen superstar, it really does. And it's not even all that expensive considering its combination of a huge size and Sony badging. But in the end those damn pools of grey light cropped up just often enough to turn a potential love affair into a case of ‘just good friends'.

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