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Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720

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Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720

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  • E. Fritz says:

    Customer Rating KDL60NX720 Great Picture, 2011-05-31
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    I used this set for more than three months now. The picture is outstanding. Black level is outstanding. The TV can be set up for a very bright picture or a normal picture. The backlight settings are from minimum (0)through maximum (10). I use it at 7, the factory seting. Interestingly, at this setting, the tv uses between 35 and 52 Watts, depending on the scene on the TV. This is far less than the 182 Watts listed in the specifications. With the WiFi on, the power consumption increases by about 5 Watts. This is an incredibly energy efficient TV.

    Off axis viewing leaves a bit to be desired. Much beyond 45 degrees or so left or right (90 degrees total viewing angle), the picture begins to turn milky. Beyond 60 degrees in either direction (120 degree total viewing angle), it is bad. However, in my environment, that makes no difference with two chairs in front and a couch off to the side, the picture is excellent.

    There are a number of picture settings. I like it with most of the enhancements turned off. I recommend you experiment with one on at a time. Some are down right annoying with people seeming to be out of the scene. This not a negative comment. Set it up as you prefer.

    3D is OK. Yogi Bear was great. The main problem I see is where there is a bright image over a dark background. I can see two images faintly. Apparently, the 3D glasses still let through some of the previous frame’s image. However, on normal scenes with the background and characters with nearly the same brightness, this is not apparent. This would not discourage me from making the purchase again. 3D is nice, but not perfect. I have seen no TVs that are any better; and this is one of the best for 3D.

    Regarding sound… It is acceptable. Volume is adequate. That is about all one could expect from speakers that do not face the viewer. Most TVs are coming that way now. For good sound, a home theater set up is a must. My preference is for shows with rockets and ray-guns. For normal TV shows, the Sony sound system is fine.

    I am happy with the purchase and would buy it again. It is the best TV I’ve seen in my investigations.

    The above is my review after owning it. Below was my first take on the TV while I was doing research.

    Since there are no reviews yet on the Internet for this new set, I visited our local TV store; and reviewed the 55″ version from top to bottom. I’m assuming the 60″ version is similar. I liked it so much, I ordered the 60″ one. I will do an update after mine arrives.

    Compared to the other sets in the showroom, from several manufacturers, including previous Sony models, the picture was the best by far. There was plenty of detail in the darker scenes, as well as in the brighter scenes. The picture clarity was outstanding with exceptional color accuracy. I saw no pixelization in rapidly changing scenes. The picture reminded me of a plasma display, which produces a much better picture than most LCD displays. I could not view the 3D feature (no glasses available and they are not included with the set), but it was very good in previous models. I expect it to be as good or better in this model. I could not review the sound as it was turned down on all sets. It does not matter to me as I will use my THX surround system for the sound.

    I noticed two things that could be improved: Although, background reflections from lights in the store were suppressed somewhat, it was not as good as other sets nearby. The off-axis light and color faded significantly when viewing from a slight angle from perpendicular. There is no way a reasonable picture can be viewed through the gorilla glass with a total viewing angle much more than 30 degrees off-axis (60 degrees total). The spec. is nearly 180 degrees. In reality, that is just not the case unless a dim, grayish image is OK at a steep angle. Since I will be viewing the image nearly direct on, it will not bother me.

    Power usage is significantly less than my rear projection 60″ HD set the new one will be replacing. The new set will not steal power when it is turned off.

  • Petrucio says:

    Customer Rating 3D Glasses do not come with it!, 2011-06-07
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    The product description specifically states that the glasses are included. It says it again after the specifications on the product page under “What’s included in the box.” Guess what, they’re not included in the box.

    The TV looks great, but I’m having a hard time forgetting that I didn’t get the glasses as advertised. They’re $70 each.

  • Coolcat says:

    Customer Rating Just Received My Sony KDL60NX720 3D LED HDTV, 2011-09-10
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    I purchased the tv brand new through Amazon and it was delivered to me on 9/8/2011. Perfect timing because that night was the kickoff to the NFL regular season. So I got to watch the Saints vs Packers game. Folks the picture on this Sony with the HUGE screen is simply breathtaking. This is right out of the carton with no calibration. I felt like I was on the field with the players. The mammoth 60 inch screen really does immerse you into the action. If your a football fan then you need the Sony KDL60NX720 3D LED HDTV. I haven’t checked out the 3D yet but I will once I decide on what glasses to get. Can’t wait to see an NCAA football game in 3D on ESPN.

  • Customer Rating Great TV with just a few flaws, 2011-07-15
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    This TV is replacing my 2 1/2 year old Samsung 61″ DLP. I wanted to get something thinner with no rear projection system and full HD 3D.

    Right out of the box, the picture is quite stunning. The colors are accurate and the contrast ratio is very good. As usual though with any “default” setting, the sharpness is up too high revealing digital artifacts with too much edge enhancement. A quick calibration with any calibration DVD or Blu-Ray takes care of these problems. I will say that I did not need to adjust the color and tint settings. They were spot on.

    When you first turn on the TV, you are presented with a series of screens to setup language, screen settings, network and other various options. It goes pretty quick. Nothing too difficult. If you use MAC security on your router, you will need to skip the network setup part and do it later since you will need to retrieve the MAC code from the network setup menus. Also, the internal WiFi adapter is 2.4 GHz only. It does not run at 5 GHz. You will need a separate adapter to do 5 GHz.

    Once I had everything setup, I did various tests from different sources. Satellite TV, Blu-Ray and online streaming from Netflix and YouTube. All looked excellent. As much as I’m not a big fan of “Motionflow” technology, this TV does it quite well so I might leave it turned on. Fast actions scenes with Motionflow look quite amazing.

    The anti-glare glass screen is the biggest surprise. Reflections are very subdued so if you have lots of light in the room, you won’t have any problems seeing the picture.

    3D from true 3D sources work as expected. Things pop right out of the screen. The simulated 3D works just OK. Depth is not all that great. It’s more of a novelty than anything else.

    The setup menus are very PS3’ish. Sort of the same design. If you have a PS3, you will be right at home when navigating the menus.

    Now a few of the flaws.

    1. When placing the TV on the included stand, its quite unstable. It seems that Sony was sort of lackluster when designing the stand. I guess they figure most people will mount the TV on the wall. In the documentation, it does mention a few ways to stabilize the TV but overall, it’s probably not a good idea to use the stand especially if you have kids.

    2. The viewing angle quality could be a bit better. If you are right in front of the TV, the contrast and colors look wonderful. As soon as you stray a bit to the left, right, up or down, you begin to see some contrast issues especially in a dark room. Honestly, it’s not a big deal but depending on the content you are watching, it could be a big problem for those sitting at an angle. I did notice that the TV automatically adjusts the picture depending on the light in the room to minimize the problem. Every LCD TV I own has this problem so it’s really nothing new but Sony has done a pretty good job trying to keep it from being a huge issue.

    3. Since the screen is so flat, the hookups on the back have very thin clearance. If you have a HDMI cable with a thick outer shell on the connector, you might have a problem hooking it up. It took me a few minutes getting the HDMI cable just at the right angle so it would slip into the connector on the TV.

    Overall, I’m happy with the purchase. Sony has basically done it again. The picture quality is very good. With all of the great features and built in internet access, you would be hard pressed to find anything better at this price point.

  • Customer Rating Excellent TV – Amazing changes from 2010 line up, 2011-06-08
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    First of all this TV has fantastic features. Until now most of the Sony TVs are matte finish screens which are non-reflective. Although Sony TVs are the best but when compared to Samsung, Sony has been lacking a little crispiness and black levels in the picture. Now Sony with this OptiContrast panel has overcome the shadow of Samsung in picture crispiness and black levels.

    The picture processing is amazing with brighter picture and excellent black levels. The black color is real black not blue black like before.

    I have connected regular DVD player and Blu-ray player to this TV. I have compared 1080/24P (Blu-ray) picture vs 1080/60P (DVD). I have done this test with the movies Inception, The Dark Night and Shrek. The DVD picture quality almost matched with Blu-ray picture quality. Black levels, picture consistency and amazing crispness have been achieved through the OptiContrast panel and X-Reality Engine. Blu-ray movies are awesome with this TV but DVD movies are no less. You can rent DVDs from Redbox and enjoy the Blu-ray picture quality.

    When I connected the TV to regular DVD player in Standard Definition mode, the TV has automatically upgraded the picture. I had some doubts over the SD contents before buying, but this TV came up with better SD content and picture processing than previous TVs from Sony. When I have compared this with my other Samsung LED 46D8000 TV, I could see that Sony has bettered the SD picture processing. The TV upgrades the SD content to HD content level. This is the best part of this TV.

    Sony and Samsung have kept certain benchmarks (standards) for the TVs in their own path. Sony until 2010 did not venture into reflective screens where Samsung was outclassing the Sony’s matte finish. With this NX720, HX820 and HX929 models Sony stepped into the reflective screens and achieved amazing black levels and brighter picture.

    Another advantage for this TV is Corning Gorilla Glass. At first when I knocked the NX720 screen hard with my side first, the picture bloomed and came back to normal. When I knocked on Samsung screen lightly with middle finger, the picture shook very wildly and it looked like it might break easily. Sony scores marks over the other TVs with the Corning Gorilla Glass. I have seen ads from Sony and Corning about the strength of the Gorilla Glass but still need to see the durability although the glass on the TV appears stronger. Someone really needs to try breaking this TV and see how much strong this screen is. 🙂

    I have tested the sound and the quality is good. One great thing about Sony is, it delivers 5.1 Channel Audio output. I have Comcast HD DVR cable connection. High Definition movies come up with 5.1 channel audio and this TV delivers exact replication. I have tested this with/without Home Theater connection. Still the sound is very good without the Home theater speakers. Another place where Sony scores marks over the rivals is it delivers 5.1 channel output through Optical Audio output. Other TVs deliver only 2 channel Audio through the Optical Audio output.

    If you are too much into technical specs, NX720 TV panel is 120Hz panel by default. HX820 and HX929 panels are much more better with 240Hz refresh rate. Do not be confused with the panel refresh rate with motion blur processing. Both are separate. As per my knowledge all the TV panels are 60Hz panels and 240Hz motion blur or flow processing is added to the TVs. Sony is coming with better panel refresh rates 120HZ and 240Hz. Added to it 240Hz or higher motion flow processing betters your TV. I am impressed with the NX720 motion blur processing. The motion blur is getting better and better. There are no artifacts noticed so far surrounding the images.

    The 3D picture conversion from 2D is very good. Still testing the feature with Blu-ray DVD but so far the conversion is at its best.
    The original 3D movies are the best to watch. Looks like Sony dealt with off-angle view issues. The 3D effect in the off-angle view is better than the previous TV line up. But if you sit in extreme angles like corner angles then the 3D view looked bit uncomfortable. For any 3D TV the off-angle view is a problem and this TV scores marks in this too.

    I tested the internet features. The internet content is good but there are lesser applications available for Sony when compared to Samsung. The Netflix and Youtube videos are very good to watch. We don’t get the QWERTY remote like Samsung but you can handle this with media remote application from IPhone and Android phones.

    Not to mention the best gaming experience with PS3! Fantastic 3D gaming experience on this TV.

    This is definitely one of the best TVs with amazing crispy picture and better 3D processing.

    NX720 is a thin TV but still the bezel is bit bulky but I don’t mind it because this is an amazing TV for my living room. I like the Samsung D8000 TV because it has very thin bezel. Hope Sony concentrates on this in future.

    Do not forget to update the firmware for NX720 model from Sony support or you can update it from the TV itself after you connect the TV to internet through WIFI. I did not test the Skype feature. It is cool to have it but I still use my computer or laptop for Skype. In future TVs should come up with Web Camera in built.

    I will update my review if I find anything significant good or bad about this TV other than I mentioned in this review. Bottom line is you won’t be disappointed with this TV.

    I like both Sony and Samsung TVs. Both are the best in their own ways. I wish to share main differences after seeing both TVs closely. Picture, black levels and Edge LED local dimming are almost the same with minor differences.

    Only very few things separate them.
    1. Bezel – Sony has bit bulky bezel whereas Samsung has very thin Bezel. Thickness wise both are the same.
    2. Optical Audio output – Sony produces 5.1 channel. Samsung produces 2 channel.
    3. Corning Gorilla Glass – If it confirmed that Gorilla glass is really tough to break then your TV is much safer with Sony than Samsung.
    4. QWERTY keyboard remote for internet – Sony does not have one but you can manage with media remote application. Samsung delivers QWERTY keyboard remote which is bit difficult to pair up with the TV but works better after that.
    5. Internet Applications – Samsung has more applications than Sony at present. You can buy Sony Google Blu-ray player to have Android applications but it is still expensive.
    6. 3D Glasses – Samsung is venturing with Bluetooth capable which is better technology. Pairing might be somewhat difficult sometimes but once you establish it then it is the best.

    I might have missed somethings but these are noticeable differences between Sony and Samsung TV line up for 2011.

  • Customer Rating Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720, 1970-01-01
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    I got a 60 inch NX 720 a few weeks ago. The brief summary is, despite doing a lot of research it exceeds my expectations.
    To me it was a value vs performance decision. Yes there are better TVs, like the Sony HX929, but at that time the largest model of those was the 55 inch one and more expensive. And of course then there are the just newly released Sharp ELITE TVs, probably the best TVs money can buy, but also at least twice as expensive. Either way I opted for the NX720, because I think all this technology will be outdated in 3 years anyway and it is not worth spending the extra money. Save those extra few thousand dollars for the next TV in 3 years.
    So what did I get? Well this TV replaces a 3 year old 40″ Sony LCD flatpanel, so to me the 60 inches are plenty.
    Next the black levels. The HX929 differently than the NX720 has full array backlighting with local dimming LEDs, so of course the NX720 is not going to beat that. Still it is a huge step up from my previous TV and so good that I am very impressed. The NX720 uses local edge dimming and according to CNET reviews it is still among the best of the local edge dimming TVs. To also quote a salesperson from a local Sony store: He said he compared the NX720 and HX929 by standing them right next to each other, “pixel by pixel” and he just absolutely could not see a difference in picture quality. In summary, I am glad I did not spend the extra money for an HX929, just to get a smaller TV. The black levels are very good.
    The picture quality is great and with the 240 Hz refresh rate and the Motion Flow engine picture artifacts are a thing of the past, even fast animations are smooth. I say if you have 2500 to 3000 dollars to spend, depending on retailer I recommend taking a very close look at the NX720.
    Only possible catch is the 3D capability of the set. I personally do not care much about 3D and did not even buy the glasses, but heard this TV is not that strong when it comes to 3D. Might be true, might not. If you want good 3D capabilities, just do some more research, try it out in the local Sony store.
    About aesthetics, in my opinion this TV is the best looking one money can buy. It has a very elegant design and will add to your living room appearance. It looks great when running, just as it does when in standby.
    One more note, which should not influence you on your buying decision, but did surprise me. The 60 inch model might be
    very slim and sleek, but it is very heavy. I recommend to lift and handle by not less than 2 grown ups.
    This TV weighs about 75 lbs with the stand mounted and 65 without it and has no grips or anything to hold on to when lifting.

  • Craig says:

    Customer Rating Great Television, 2011-07-12
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    I was very impressed with this television. Of course its a SONY. The picture quality is awesome. In the most lite part of the day with all blinds open still a great picture. Sony customer service was awesome in helping me through the setup after accidentally exiting. This replaced a 10yr old rear projection in which I paid more money for back then LOL. I looked at Plazma and because of the glare am glad I chose this model. I look forward to many years of enjoyment. Oh I also bought the extended SONY service plan just in case from Amazon. Thanks guys great job from ordering to delivery.

  • Nishin says:

    Customer Rating Awesome TV, 2011-08-08
    This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720
    Sony BRAVIA KDL60NX720 60-inch 1080p 3D LED HDTV with Built-in WiFi, Black

    No words to say. The HD and the picture clarity is really really fantastic. I defnetly say It is really worth for the price

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