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Friday, May 30, 2014

Sony KDL-55W800B 55-inch 3D LED HDTV

Sony KDL-55W800B 55-inch 3D LED HDTV review - price, features and specifications of the Sony KDL55W800B premium TV

Sony KDL-55W800B review
Sony KDL-55W800B 55-inch 3D LED HDTV

The KDL-55W800B is one of the latest big screen LED TVs released from Sony in 2014. It combines premium design with enhanced functionality of a Full HD Smart 3D TV.

Design and looks

Sony KDL-55W800B is a very good looking piece of electronics. It has a diagonal size of 54.6-inches plus a very thin frame which is quite obvious even from couple of meters distance. Some consumers may find this a bit disturbing as we are already quite used to have frameless TVs in the premium segment. I personally don't mind having a thing frame, I even prefer it that way as it gives the TV more solid look and feel but of course this is something quite individual and it is perfectly normal if you prefer frameless TV.
Sony KDL-55W800B is very thin and it has quite simple but very solid metal stand which positions this big screen tightly in place. 

Functionality

The KDL-55W800B is very functional TV with all kinds of adjustments and Smart TV features. I am not going to waste your time and go through each of these options but I will give you a full list of the Sony KDL-55W800B audio and video specifications:
Video
3D Comb Filter : Yes
MPEG Noise Reduction : Yes
Blinking Type : Frame Blinking
Intelligent Picture Optimizer : Yes
Wide Mode : Full; Normal; Wide Zoom; Zoom; Caption; Normal / Full1 / Full2 for PC
4:3 Default : Yes
PhotoTV HD : Yes
Picture Mode : Vivid; Standard; Custom; Photo-Vivid; Photo-Standard; Photo-Original; Photo-Custom; Cinema1; Cinema2; Game-Standard; Game-Original; Graphics; Sports; Animation
24p True Cinema™ Technology : Yes
Auto Wide : Yes
CineMotion® Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology : Yes
Video Processing : X-Reality PRO
Live Color™ Technology : Yes
Deep Color : Yes
Portable Game Mode : Fine Full; Fine Normal; Portable Game1; Portable Game2
Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) : Yes
Motionflow™ Technology : Motionflow XR 480
Impulse Mode : Yes
Clear Mode : Yes
Face Area Detection : Yes
Scene Optimized Energy Saving : Yes
Super-resolution for Game Mode : Yes
Intelligent MPEG Noise Reduction : Yes
Video Signal : 1080/24p (HDMI only); 1080/60i; 1080/60p (HDMI / Component); 480/60i; 480/60p; 720/60p; 1080/30p (HDMI only); 720/30p (HDMI only); 720/24p (HDMI only)

Audio
Audio Power Output : 10W+10W
Speaker Configuration : 2ch, Full Range (30 x 80mm) x 2
Speaker Position : Down Firing
Sony Original Surround : S-Force Front Surround
Headphone/Speaker Link : Yes
Alternate Audio (Digital) : Yes
Clear Phase Speaker : Yes
Signal-to-Sound Architecture : Yes
Digital Out Format : Dolby Digital, PCM
Auto Mute (on no signal) : Yes
Reflector : Yes
Sound Mode : Standard; Cinema; Sports; Music; Game; Compressed Audio
S-Master : Yes
Advanced Auto Volume : Yes
Sound Booster : Yes
Stereo System : MTS (AUTO SAP)
Audio Out : Fixed / Variable
Dolby® : Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
5.1 Channel Audio Out : Yes

Connectivity (interfaces)
Subwoofer Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP and Audio Out)
Analog Audio Input(s) (Total) : 2 (Rear)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s) : 1 (Rear / Hybrid)
Audio Out : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ HP)
USB 2.0 : 2 (Side)
Composite Video Input(s) : 2 (1 Rear / 1 Rear Hybrid w/ Component)
AC Power Input : AC Adapter
HDMI™ Connection(s) (Total) : 4 (1 Side / 3 Bottom)
Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Side / Hybrid w/ Audio Out)
Ethernet Connection(s) : 1 (Rear)
MHL : Yes
RF Connection Input(s) : 1 (Bottom)
HDMI PC Input Format : 640x480@60Hz; 800x600@60Hz; 1280x768@60Hz-R; 1280x768@60Hz; 1360x768@60Hz; 1024x768@60Hz; 1280x1024@60Hz; 1920x1080@60Hz
Digital Audio Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
HDMI™ PC Input : Yes
Wi-Fi Standard : a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Frequency : 2.4Ghz/5Ghz ( for Wi-Fi Direct / Screen mirroring: 2.4Ghz Only)
Wi-Fi Direct : Yes
Skype™ : Ready
Guide and Search : Yes
TV Tweet : Yes
One-touch mirroring : Yes
TV SideView™ : Yes
Screen mirroring : Yes
Related Search : Yes
Search : Yes
One-Flick entertainment : Yes
Social Viewing : Yes (Tweet only)
Photo Share : Yes
Net AD : Yes (depends on ad provider)
Seamless Streaming : Yes
DLNA Content : MPEG1 / MPEG2PS / MPEG2TS / AVCHD / MP4Part10 / MP4Part2 / AVI(XVID) / AVI(MotionJpeg) / MOV / WMV / MKV / WEBM / 3GPP / MP3 / WMA / LPCM / JPEG / MPO
Sony Entertainment Network : Yes
Wireless LAN : Integrated
Opera Apps (System) : Yes
Wi-Fi Certified : Yes
Internet Browser : Yes (Opera)

3D

Sony KDL-55W800B uses active 3D technology and the 3D experience on this big screen is pretty good. You also get a pair of 3D glasses with the TV (TDG-BT400A).

Price

Considering this is a very big HDTV with plenty of qualities I wouldn't say that the price of $1500 is high. Actually it seems quite fair considering some competitors from Samsung which cost couple of hundred more like the Samsung UE55F6400.
Anyways, it is up to you to decide how much you are going to spend on a TV. I would also suggest to take a look at few of the other very good offers for 55-inch TVs from Sony: Sony KDL-55W802ASony KDL-55W900ASony KDL-55W805 review.

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