Sony KDL-40NX723 review | What Hi-Fi?

It’s just as well, given the price-tag, that the Sony KDL-40NX723 seems to be pricey. Less than 3cm deep, fronted via a unmarried sheet of Gorilla glass (www.corninggorillaglass.com) and impeccably finished, it’s undeniably a desirable object.

And it has the specification to compare: Freeview HD, 3-D, edge-arrayed LED backlighting, built-in wi-fi LAN giving painless get right of entry to to Qriocity, iPlayer and a stack on social networking possibilities, Skype-ready… it's, as they say within the motor trade, fully loaded.

There are not any 3D glasses incorporated in the value, however – that, apparently, is asking too much.

One worryingly major flaw
Like the majority of Sony TVs, the NX723 advantages from complete on-screen menus and a logical faraway regulate. Set-up is easy – actually, the Sony’s performance dictates that there’s actually just one solution to set it up.

That’s this screen’s greatest failing, so we would possibly as smartly get it out of the way now: whilst the NX723’s picture-making ability is rarely in doubt (it handles motion superbly, describes textures brilliantly and delivers a stack of detail without reference to supply or instances) the images it serves up are noticeably and irritatingly dim.

The adventure from dark to bright is a short one, and in consequence contrasts simply don’t have any punch. The best strategy to remedy this to set the picture mode to ‘shiny’ – this puts a rocket up the NX723 to the level that its contrasts endure comparability with each other display in the check.

The problem to that, although, is that you just’ve no get right of entry to to the Sony’s considerable picture-finessing options in ‘brilliant’ mode, so the entire clever Sony algorithms you’ve paid for can never be utilised.

3-D footage low on crosstalk
This, as you'll be able to consider, is a pity. Its overarching dimness aside, the NX723 is an achieved software. 2D Blu-ray pictures are detailed, movement is solid in the best way mountains are stable, edges are solidly outlined and colors (rather than vivid ones) convince.

This is all true of Freeview HD images. They’re composed, lavishly detailed and are moved around with assurance. Even upscaled DVD content material enjoys impressive element ranges, and the Sony fights laborious towards the softness that’s endemic in some competitors’ upscaled pictures.

3-d motion pictures are low on crosstalk and top on element, too, however the inherent dimness of 3-d photographs combines extraordinarily with the NX723’s own susceptible contrasts to provide photos that could conceivably make you consider you’re growing cataracts.

The self sustaining ramping up of backlighting and contrast with 3-d content compensates handiest partly.

As for sound, the Sony stands proud as moderately the toughest, maximum sibilant and least stress-free concentrate we've got heard shortly. Combined with the shortcomings by contrast described, it’s unimaginable to seek out greater than three stars for the NX723.

For once, Sony has succeeded in snatching defeat from the jaws of what may were victory.

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