By John Archer
Reviewed: 20 Jan 2011
Review Price free/subscription
I have the predecessor for this TV, the NX803 (which is a great TV), which I use with the silver 'bar' stand.Whilst the stand makes the TV look great - I definitely noticed a deterioration of sound quality. This took the sound quality from adequate (7/10) to poor (5/10). This can be addressed with the use of a separate speaker system, of course.RE: Silver Stand for the TV
I find it interesting that this model has no backlighting issues, What Hifi have a review of the 40EX713 which is also an Edge-LED model gets a lot of negative comments because of uneven backlighting/backlight bleed. Sounds like there's a bit of a lottery with Sony's quality depending on which specific model you go for. I think it does incline me to caution before going near their TV's!Although it looks like their 2011 range is going to feature some direct LED local dimming models which sounds worth holding off for.
@John - where did you find this at £699? PRC direct have it for £789 and only as an In Store purchase.I've just seen it in store at John Lewis and it does look good....tough call between this and the much pricier Philips 9705
TR - still can't find it for £699 :-)
@gdawg304 - I have done some digging on your behalf. This model was definitely for sale as low as £699 over the Christmas period, and as is the case with all our reviews, was for sale at that price on the day of publication.Of course, prices do fluctuate and are subject to the usual forces of supply and demand. I'm sure it will come back down in price over time from the current levels.
@ Geoff - this may be the case, however on date of review publication the retailer which you listed as £699 online (PRC) was selling it for £789 and *only* as an in store purchase.Not that I'm implying the review is attempting to mislead as I know that's not the case at all!! Just annoying as for £699 I'd have probably bought one, but for £1k+, no way.Looking around, a lot of places seem to be increasing the price of this TV, Marks & Spencers for example bumped it up from £999 to £1199, right before Sony refresh their range for 2011 - doesn't seem like the time to be raising prices on "old" tech. On another note I'm seeing the Panasonic P42V20 rapidly dropping in price and available for as low as £829 which seems like a damn good price for that TV
I have the sound bar and contrary to what is suggested in the review, the sound is diverted from the TV speakers to the speakers in the sound bar, therefore there is no deterioration of the TV speaker sound as these are not used when the sound bar is in use. However the sound is improved immeasurably with the use of the sound bar, giving a far superior, fuller sound.
Could you please post your final calibration settings alluded to in the review?Many thanks and keep up the good work
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