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Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 - 3D Performance and Verdict
Now to what we guess is probably the 60LX903’s main event given its price: its 3D playback. And tragically, it’s hugely disappointing.
There’s one solitary reason for this, and regular readers will be able to predict what it is: the dreaded crosstalk noise. All too often objects appear in the 60LX903‘s 3D images - be they on Sky’s 3D channel or a 3D Blu-ray - with ghosting around them, distracting you from what you’re watching and generally making the image look imprecise and even confusing.
In fact, the ghosting on the 60LX903 looks worse than we’ve seen it on any other 3D TV to date. This may just be because the screen’s huge size reinforces a general problem with crosstalk on Sony TVs, but remembering our rather more enjoyable 3D experience with Sony’s KDL-40HX803, it feels like something else is going wrong too. The bottom line is that the ghosting is so consistent and severe that it reminds us of our early distinctly underwhelming impressions of Sony 3D TVs at industry shows in 2009.
As if to rub our noses in it, the 3D images behind this ghosting are actually pretty spectacular if you bother to look. Detail levels in particular are outstanding, even with Sky’s not-quite-Full-HD 3D broadcasts. Colours are vivid too, and the image is extremely bright by 3D standards, without leaving black levels feeling too compromised. You can even adjust the brightness of the image in relation to the glasses to suit you via the 3D options menu - a really nice touch.
But no matter how much the 60LX903 gets right where 3D is concerned, the only thing we found ourselves able to really focus on was that irritating crosstalk problem. Sigh.
Turning finally to the 60LX903’s audio, it’s slightly better than we’d expected given the set’s slim profile. You can certainly get quite a bit of volume without the speakers succumbing to distortion, and dialogue is pretty believable for the most part, as well as never being overwhelmed by background noise. The predictable biggest flaw is that bass doesn’t go deep enough to prevent the soundstage sounding muddy and constricted during action scenes.
As a 2D TV, the 60LX903 is at times mind-bogglingly good, using its enormity to ram home the fact that it might just be the finest 2D edge LED performer we’ve seen to date. Especially thanks to the superb motion processing. It makes mostly good use of some genuinely innovative features, too.
Unfortunately, though, its 3D performance is a completely different kettle of fish, falling prey severely to the dreaded crosstalk problem that’s blighted to some extent every LCD sequential frame 3D TV we’ve seen to date. And for us, the pretty severe 3D problems also make its £4,500 price look much too high for comfort.