3D ready 240hz pro 1080p Edge Lit LED Internet Widgets Thin Light weight about 50 pounds Everything! It's a Sony Bravia
Sound is not great but what LED TV has great sound, I have a matching surround sound!
I bought this Led TV on July 11, 2010 a month after its release. I bought the package deal from Best Buy.
The package included the following: Sony BDV-E570- 1000W 5.1-Ch. 3D*/Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Home Theater System/ Sony TMR-BR100- 3D Sync Transmitter/ Two pairs of Sony TDGBR100/B- BRAVIA Battery-Operated 3D Glasses for Sony 3D Flat-Panel HDTVs (Adult)/ Sony KDL-55HX800- BRAVIA / 55" Class / 1080p / 240Hz / 3D LED-LCD HDTV
All for $3000.00 plus tax. I still think that was a great Deal considering how long I have owned the TV. As the price is similar to what I would pay now for everything on sale today! I think I would still pay more today. The TV by itself is Sale:$2,599.99 plus tax each pair of glasses are $149.99 plus tax x2. 3D transmitter is $49.99. The H.T.I.B Sony BDV-E570 is on sale for $349.99 plus tax (is a great buy for any setup Sony or not!) all= $3299.95 if I bought it all today over 6 months later! Not a bad buy at all respectively!
Now on the review:
2D content is great with this Tv. No digital blur ever! 240hz pro really means a difference with mostly all Sony has to offer in technology 2D content never looked better in Blu ray or regular HD or even SD! Seriously SD looks great not all washed up like other HD TV sets do! This TV has the best of both worlds imho. I was going to buy Samsung but fell in love with Sony!
3D World Created By Sony; Holds to be very true! I viewed Samsung's 3D and there was a lot of crosstalk and digital blur it was ridiculous to say the least. The magic has been happening at home with Sony. Video Gaming will be the future of 3D I think or 3D will be the future of video gaming! Either way 3D with Sony is the best experience I myself is having! My final thought is lookout for this TV on sale do not sleep buy it!
Great Picture! Look and style is sleek on the wall. Light weight for size making mounting a breeze. 3D is impressive, regular 2D high definition is the clearest and sharpest of most TVs out there.
Speakers are as expected, poor quality, but get the job done. A Sony 3D adaptor is needed to view 3D, it is not built in, $49.99. Also to access internet features, you have to buy Sony's USB adaptor $79.99 or hook it up directly to ethernet. No built in WiFi. Also there are elaborate settings to refine the picture quality using the remote. It's not the most user friendly process, but when you've spent the time adjusting, the picture is very good.
I gave this TV a rating of 4.5 overall because it does have some drawbacks, but 3D aside, it is one of the best I've seen for 2D high definition. I have a huge picture window in our living room and there is little glare to notice in broad daylight while watching TV. For gaming, the 240hz refresh rate makes it perfect for fast paced shooters, and it also looks great for the graphics of games like Skyrim. You won't be disappointed.
As mentioned it is best to use a surround sound set up for this TV and most others like it. I would assume in most households, if you are watching a 55inch TV, you have surround sound to go with it. I personally chose not to buy the USB adaptor for internet features. I have a Playstion hooked up to my receiver and that has all the internet apps that I care to use. Plus that way, I don't have to find a way to get the TV's audio back to the surround receiver. IMO it's best to save the $80, and not bother with the internet hookup.
Now onto the 3D, this TV was built 3D capable, not 3D ready. The difference is you have to buy the Sony 3D sync adaptor that allows the TV to communicate with the glasses. Keep in mind the following has nothing to do with the picture or quality of the TV itself. Depending on placement of this adaptor, the glasses sometimes come out of sync with the adaptor while watching a 3D source. This leads to a brief flashing on your glasses where one side or the other may turn yellowish or you lose the 3D picture for a split second. Also the glasses that were first availble for this model TV were battery powered, by those flat car remote batteries. Trust me, they don't last long, and without fresh batteries, the out-of-sync I mentioned above happens a lot more. Again this has nothing to do with the TV. Also, the shutter glasses seem to darken the image you're watching, so it's best to view 3D in a dark setting with the brightness settings turned a little higher. This is a drawback of shutterglasses. They work by lighting and darkening each side of the glass to create that 3D image your eyes see. They do this so fast, that overall the picture is just generally more dark. Also the shutter glasses are limited to a refresh rate of 60hz, so the 240hz refresh that the TV has is not visible using 3D. You are basically watching a 60hz TV at that point, which makes the TV look worse, but keep in mind it's not the TV's problem. It's in the design of the 3D equipment. Sony has since come out with better glasses that are rechargeable and I believe support up to 120hz refresh rate.
All in all, the price of the TV for the quality is where I value the TV so high. I bought it for $1899 on sale, back when 3D was just getting started and most others in a 55in class were 4 or 5 thousand dollars, especially models that had a 240hz refresh rate. At that time, there was no such thing as Passive 3D technology out yet. Side by side next to Panasonic's plasma 3D, I still chose the Sony, mostly because it was about $2300 cheaper.
It is still well priced and a great buy IMO. Just make sure you get the newer glasses, not the older ones