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Sony KDL-70W850B Review – 70-inch LED HDTV

Originally Reviewed on May 28th, 2014

Up for Review: Sony KDL-70W850B LED HDTV.

The KDL-70W850B model is the Sony’s answer to all those consumers looking forward to large screens with the best picture quality features. This model could be said to be the second most popular product sparing the OLED and 4K categories. While the W950B does provide the quality experience, it didn’t have any of those huge screen sizes in the product line. The KDL-70W850B from Sony is covered under a price tag under $2,300 with advanced technologies like X-tended Dynamic Range, Triluminous Display and various other Sony specific features.

Sony KDL-70W850B Features and Specifications:

  • Display Screen Type: LED
  • Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • X-Reality Pro
  • Motionflow XR 400 Hz
  • Active 3D / Simulated 3D
  • S-Force Front Surround / Dolby Digital
  • HDMI Ports Quantity: 4

The KDL-70W850B does impress with an excellent picture quality. However compared to the W950B series, it is a little low on color richness and contrast. This shouldn’t be a trouble with the X-tended Dynamic Range and Triluminous Display at your side. Both the KDL-70W850B and the one in the W950B series can be said to be the same except that the current product under review comes with a bigger screen space. The powerhouse behind the amazing picture behind the KDL-70W850B is the X-Reality Pro processing that helps deliver crisp imagery. We really feel that customers would be satisfied with its truer and more realistic color processing. There isn’t a hint of over saturation too – the problem with most struggling LCDs. Sony has also been able to keep the motion artifact and background and color noise to the minimal level. Surprisingly, customers have the option of 14 completely different picture modes that comes with a varsity of choices. Optimization depends on the content you are watching and once you are comfortable with the calibrations, this is the best home entertainment device you would want in the household or wherever you choose to install it. While the backlight and light flow through the screen isn’t as strong as the 4K technology, accuracy shouldn’t also be a problem with this device.

However, one thing that might be a problem with the Sony KDL-70W850B is its side viewing angle. There is remarkable decrease in picture quality and depth beyond 25 degree from the screen level. You certainly cannot expect to get the same quality of output from all corners of your room. That being said, you also would like to get off your couch if you cannot miss a single speck of dust! So it isn’t a huge worry either. Motionflow XR 480 makes this TV a revelation and more appreciable when you switch on to the gaming mode. This is as good as it can get. The judders have been taken care of really well and the “Battlefield” is going to intrigue and inspire.

Lastly, we have an Active 3D compatibility to our benefit. 3D in HD is surely going to make a difference in home entertainment. The sound quality and integration is as good as the picture quality. Further, Sony provides a host of Sony Entertainment Network features and 4 HDMI ports for an all round experience. gives Sony KDL-70W850B 4/5 stars.

4 / 5 stars     

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