Sony KDE-W50A12U 50in plasma TV - Sony KDE-W50A12U

score

Sections

View All

The W50A12U can also produce outstanding (by plasma standards) amounts of fine detail and sharpness. This is especially evident while playing an Xbox 360, as the lush landscapes of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Kameo, plus the lightning fast freeways of Burnout Revenge, all look so good it brings tears to your eyes. But HD movies also look impeccably sharp and three-dimensional.


Unfortunately, while the W50A12U is happy as Larry with HD stuff, it gets a bit grumpy when asked to show anything less immaculate. Perhaps the biggest single problem is that, WEGA Engine or no WEGA Engine, it exaggerates any digital blocking noise that might be in a source, be it pictures from its own digital tuner, a connected Sky Digital receiver or even some lower-quality DVDs. This can even apply to DVDs you’ve upscaled from standard to high definition using an upscaling DVD player. Another curious glitch is that the TV tends to make contoured edges within a picture look unusually jagged.


We were disappointed, too, during standard definition viewing to see signs of three traditional plasma picture problems that we’d really expect Sony to have got rid of by now. First there’s grey and green ‘fizzing’ in dark backgrounds – a problem usually associated with screens that aren’t adept at keeping electrical charge out of plasma pixel cells that are supposed to be dormant, in order to appear black. Second, motion processing noise means that objects moving across the screen can appear as if they’re covered in a seething mass of flies. And finally, what should be subtle colour blends sometimes appear as rather clumsy stripes.


The W50A12U is much more consistent sonically. Thanks to its use of Sony’s acclaimed S-Master digital amplification technology and built-in subwoofer, the W50A12U’s audio is outstanding, rising effortlessly with almost hi-fi prowess to meet the challenge of every action movie or pop video challenge we threw at it.


”’Verdict”’


Overall, although it’s not a bad TV by any means, it is nonetheless quite easy to see from the W50A12U why Sony has decided to abandon plasma. Sure, the TV looks great and eats high definition for dinner. But standard definition viewing highlights a few fairly fundamental issues that Sony still hasn’t addressed, while the price just isn’t low enough to really be competitive.


In the end we’re mostly left hoping that Sony’s decision to withdraw its efforts from plasma means it has been able to focus more on making its upcoming LCD screens real worldbeaters…

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’

N64oid

Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors

pokken

Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer

Int-Ball

These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3

airplane

Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones

Emojis

It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites

WhatsApp

New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money