For some people, midsize TVs are the best options. You don’t want it so small you’d be squinting to see the images on the screen. Yet you want a TV that offers excellent picture quality and a reasonable price, and that eliminates the huge 70-inch screens in your list. If you want great details along with an affordable price, then you want the 50-inch Sony KDL-50W800B.
Features of the Sony KDL-50W800B
Let’s start with its subtle, understated looks. The Sony KDL-50W800B looks great, and it’s quite slim as well. The bezel is thin and the stand is stable. At the same time, despite its 50-inch size it’s not going to dominate the room. That’s a relief if you’ve spent a lot of money on your interior design.
But what really sets the Sony KDL-50W800B apart is that it has just about every feature your family could want from a TV. You’ve got smart apps covering lots of popular services such as Vudu and Netflix. It also offers Sony’s own video and music services. It’s 3D capable, and your purchase comes with a couple of active 3D glasses. You can even play PS3 games on your TV so you won’t need a console.
And then there’s the much talked about picture quality. If you wince every time you see the overblown brightness and color settings on your old TV, with the Sony KDL-50W800B you’re in for a treat.
The color accuracy is spot on, and it can offer subtle colors reliably. The contrast performance is superb. If you’re watching a horror flick with dark corridors and ghosts floating through walls, you’ll see these details rendered cleanly while colors are still accurately maintained. The shadow detail is excellent as well, so you may be confused why the protagonists missed them in the shadowy corners. You won’t find splotchy patterns here.
You get more than a dozen picture modes to choose from, so you can pick the right one from sports to cartoons. And of course you can also adjust numerous individual settings on your own.
As for the audio, the two built-in 10-watt speakers do the job admirably. If you can’t afford to accessorize the Sony KDL-50W800B with a decent sound bar, at least the dialogue is clear without overpowering the soundtrack.
Pros and Cons
With a full array of features, this TV is a true delight for families. And cinephiles will also enjoy the magnificent picture quality. You may want to invest in Blu-ray from now on, and if you’re downloading movies online you better pick the HD versions. Even the sound is passable, which is not always true for LED TVs.
The main disadvantage is that it’s a Sony, and therefore it’s expensive. You can find a TV with the same features at half the price – but only if you’re prepared to risk it.
You get what you pay for. For the Sony KDL-50W800B, you pay double the price because you want the best cinematic experience you can get. It’s as simple as that.