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Sony KDL NX720 5 Star Rating: Cheapism Best Pick
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The 2D picture quality delivered by this 3D-capable TV earns roars of approval in Sony Bravia KDL NX720 reviews, while its 3D performance warrants only honorable mention. Deep black levels and above-average peak brightness result in a contrast ratio that Television Info's Sony Bravia KDL NX720 review says tested out at an impressive 4616:1. These experts did notice some artifacts during motion tests, however, and they consider the viewing angle to be mediocre, which happens to be true of most LCD screens, even those augmented by LED edge lighting. The Sony Bravia KDL NX720 review says crosstalk is negligible although some stuttering is apparent in 3D mode, and colors look a bit too red (i.e., too warm). CNET raves about the black levels and overall display of 2D content in its Sony Bravia KDL NX720 review but takes a dimmer view of this model's 3D display. Crosstalk is a big problem, these experts assert, and noticeable flicker and stuttering only aggravate matters. Consumers likewise applaud the vivid 2D images in their Sony Bravia KDL NX720 reviews on Amazon, where they also praise the built-in Wi-Fi support and Internet widgets.

The Sony Bravia KDL NX720 series (46-inch set starting at $1,080, Amazon) uses active 3D technology that requires powered glasses (sold separately for $70 a pair) to see the 3D image. It's an edge-lit LED-based TV with an LCD screen that displays 1080p content with a 240Hz refresh rate. The series is available in screen sizes measuring 46, 55, and 60 inches, but only the 46-inch model fits comfortably in the Cheapism price niche. The KDL NX720 features built-in Wi-Fi and a slew of Internet widgets and apps. You'll find the usual array of inputs, including four HDMI ports, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, a PC port, and one component and two composite inputs.

As a 2D TV, the KDL NX720 is nearly unbeatable, with exceptional contrast, deep black levels (often a weakness for LCD/LED TVs), and commendable color accuracy. Off-angle viewing is tough with this screen technology and 3D quality doesn't impress expert or consumer reviewers. But if it's a top-tier 2D set you're eyeing, the Sony KDL NX720 will undoubtedly satisfy with its superb picture quality. Consumers eager for the 3D experience may want to check out the competition.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – January 2, 2014
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