March 12, 2010 Televisions.com test team utilized its invaluable experience garnered over the years and used objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis to test the Sony Full HD KDL-52 Z 5800 TV. The Sony 55 inch LCD TV scored an impressive 8.3 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category. The review waxes eloquent about the array of features provided with the television set such as the universal multi-tuner for analogue TV/DVB-T/DVB-C/DVB-S2, sharp and bright picture, excellent depth and colours, accurate 24p reproduction (even for 60Hz signals), high motion clarity in video-based material. The only areas that the test team felt needed improvement were the Poor motion clarity in film-based material, lack of format switching for upscaled 4:3 pictures and awkward DVB-S navigation. Televisions.com editor in chief, Florian Friedrich said: The Sony KDL-52 Z 5800 has an impressive set of features with bright picture and accurate colours. Though the price tag is a little on the higher side, the TV set is still every worth its penny.
TV reviews then goes on to describe the state-of-the-art features of the TV. The multimedia capabilities of the 52 Z 5800 include a USB port for image, music and video playback; and a network port allowing the playback of media from the internet. The test team was especially impressed with the universal tuner as this was the first time that a Japanese manufacturer had incorporated such capabilities into a TV set. Channel navigation for cable and terrestrial signals is good but the satellite reception provides a list of channels that can get a little confusing. The Scene AV mode should be set to Cinema mode as recommended by the test team to get the most detail rich picture with superb, contrast rich, digital picture. The brightness of the screen is equally great in dark as well as bright environments and the signals. Standard definition signals process excellently via HDMI. The default activated Overscan should be switched for fine detail reproduction. The test team was impressed with the impressive contrast ratio of 3000:1 which was exceptional for an LCD TV without local dimming. The review recommends switching off the Motionflow technology to give the picture authentic, cinema style, 24p judder. Viewing angle dependence is a hitch with Sony but with the rest of the great features it kind of dulls in comparison. The sound of the Sony KDL-52 Z 5800 from its speakers is good especially for music but speech sounds a little distraught as the speakers dont point towards the listeners. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre which were especially for HDTV/Blu-Ray signals via the HDMI interface. Friedrich said: The Sony KDL-52 Z 5800 is an expensive buy but with its excellent features is worth every penny you spend on it.