Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 - 2D Performance



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Starting out with the 60LX903’s 2D pictures, we were quickly very impressed. There’s a tangible, almost touchable sense of solidity and detail with HD material, emphasised by the enormity of the 60in screen.

HD pictures are strikingly noiseless too – a fact that’s made all the more impressive when you consider how few hiding places there are for different noise types on a screen of this size.

Then there’s the screen’s colour palette, which is vibrant and dynamic, but also superbly expressive in the range of tones it can produce, and effortlessly subtle when it comes to rendering the tiniest of colour shifts. This latter point means striping around light sources and blocking over skin tones are both non-issues unless they’re already present in a poor quality source.

Another impressive achievement of the 60LX903 concerns its motion handling. Playing with the various MotionFlow settings the set reveals the full extent of Sony’s efforts in this area, with the Clear Plus setting really darkening the image down as the blinking backlight element of the system gets used to its fullest extent. Motion in this mode really does look superb: sharp, fluid but still natural. And all while generating no more visible unwanted side effects than the considerable reduction in brightness.

If you’ve got your 60LX903 set up in a blacked out room, we’d say stick with the Clear Plus Motion flow setting for much of the time. Though for most normal living room situations Clear will probably feel the better option.

Thanks in no small part to the excellent motion handling, the 60LX903 also delivers HD images with impressive clarity and pixel-level fine detailing. Even the 60LX903’s standard definition pictures don’t look at all bad, with the BE3 engine upscaling things well enough that they don’t look excessively noisy or soft despite being stretched to 60 inches.
(centre)”’The KDL-60LX903’s remote control and its rear-mounted on/off button”’(/centre)

The set’s black level response is pretty good, meanwhile – despite this being a common weakness of edge LED TVs. There’s more greyness over black areas and slightly more backlight inconsistency than you’d get with a direct LED screen, for sure. But provided you’re not sat off to the set’s side and you’ve got the backlight set no higher than four, these problems shouldn’t trouble you too much.

Other smallish issues are a bit of ghosting around sharply contrasted edges during standard def viewing, and some rather overt brightness ‘shifts’ if you set the advanced contrast tool any higher than its ‘Low’ setting.

One last key point is that provided you engage its Game picture preset, the 60LX903 appears to be an excellent gaming display. We detected little to no input lag during our tests, and the sharpness and dynamism of the pictures on show were a joy to behold – even with a game as dark and tough to show as Alan Wake.