January 28, 2010 – Televisions.com combines its team’s years of experience in the consumer-electronics industry with a measurement laboratory packed full of the latest high-tech analysis equipment. Subjective evaluation of design and picture quality joins evaluation of objective criteria such as contrast and brightness to form an overall rating for tested devices; the Sony KDL-52 Z 5800 scored 8.3 out of 10 points. The review pays tribute to the TV’s bright image and accurate colours, as well as to the inclusion of a universal multi-tuner for analogue TV, DVB-T, DVB-C, and DVB-S2. But the reviewer was disappointed by the TV’s poor motion clarity in film-based material and its inability to switch the format of up-scaled 4:3 pictures. Nevertheless, Televisions.com’s editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich, said: "Admittedly, 2,500 pounds isn’t exactly cheap for a TV, but the Sony is worth every penny – even despite weaknesses such as pronounced viewing-angle dependence."
The KDL-52 Z 5800’s multimedia capabilities get a very positive write-up from Televisions.com: The review praises, for example, the TV’s internet access and streaming network playback. Easy operation earned the Sony more applause, although the reviewer pointed out some confusing quirks, such as awkward channel-list navigation for DVB-S. There’s more praise for both the standard- and high-definition picture quality, although SD signals are said to show slight noise, and HD shows some slight colour errors. The review then offers users a list of ideal picture settings designed to optimise the TV’s picture in the dark home-cinema environment – the reviewers derive these settings using measurement devices before going on to measure the TV’s power consumption and efficiency. Always measuring these values for an ideal picture setup levels the playing field for tested devices.
Friedrich summarised what the Sony has to offer: "The KDL-52 Z 5800 is Sony’s first TV with a universal multi-tuner, but that’s just one of many selling points – not least of which is the outstanding picture quality."
More information can be viewed at: http://www.televisions.com/tvs/sony-televisions/sony-lcd-tvs/Sony-KDL-52-Z-5800.php
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