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Sony KDS-70R2000 70in Rear Projection TV - Sony KDS-70R2000

A quest for further key features quickly turns up Bravia Engine Pro – a version of Sony’s really impressive Bravia Engine picture processing system that’s been optimised to handle full HD data levels. Key improvements this should deliver to your pictures include greater sharpness, better colours (with extra help from Sony’s Live Colour Creation processing), and richer contrast.

One other discovery is potentially less welcome. For it turns out that the 10,000:1 contrast ratio claim is down in part to the TV’s use of a dynamic contrast arrangement, whereby the output of the projection lamp is reduced during dark scenes to improve black level depth. In other words, there’s the potential for you to be distracted by constant shifts in brightness as the lamp adjustments occur, and there’s the simple fact that the TV’s maximum brightness and deepest black levels will never co-exist.

Happily, though, we didn’t find ourselves seriously troubled by either of these potential flaws while watching the 70R2000. In fact, we didn’t find ourselves troubled by anything seriously negative at all!

Right from the off the 70R2000 completely rewrites the rear projection performance rule book. Particularly noteworthy in this respect is how completely free images are of any sort of technological flaws. So: there are none of the colour convergence and image focus issues of CRT; none of the ‘screen door’ effect problems of LCD; and none of the rainbow effect and motion noise problems of DLP. Instead you get a fantastically pure picture with nothing to throw up a ‘wall’ between you and what you’re watching. This image purity in conjunction with the set’s sheer size makes for a level of immersion in what you’re watching that we’ve seldom experienced before.

Next to impress is how amazingly sharp HD pictures look. That full HD resolution is used to maximum effect in portraying every last lovely pixel of detail from, say, a 1080p feed of the sensational Casino Royale Blu-ray transfer. In fact, seeing the disc playing on a full HD screen as big as this makes us appreciate anew both the quality of the film transfer, and just how advantageous a full HD TV can be, since using the provided pixel-for-pixel mode, there’s not a trace of softness or noise attributable to scaling processing.

Contributing still further to the jaw-dropping impression of sharpness from this TV is the way it loses hardly any resolution while showing moving objects. With a lightning fast response time of just 2.5ms, it rivals plasma and thrashes 95 per cent of LCD TVs in this key area.

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