Sony nx713 vs hx903

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  1. jiffk

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    I'm looking at 46 inch versions of the nx713 and hx903 I love the monolith design

    Feature wise I believe the nx has widgets and wifi and the hx has led backlighting and faster refresh but apart from that they seem pretty similar

    Apart from the cost difference is there anything else I've missed?

    Can anyone link me to the best deals and bundles at the moment

    Thanks
     
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    Try John Lewis + 5 year warranty.
     
  4. jiffk

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    I'm liking the package deals as I'd quite like the s470 but I'm probably buying direct from a sony where it might not be available,

    Anyone comment on the 2 models?
     
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    I ordered the 46NX713 and 3D BR bundle from John Lewis yesterday. To be delivered this Thursday pm. :) After VATback offer, it works out at £1378. Can't complain at that. I notice www.sony.co.uk have just reduced their price from £1999 to £1799 for the set itself.....

    I saw the set on demo in a local AV specialist and was struck by it's performance and aesthetics. Until recently, you couldn't have disuaded me from picking plasma everytime, but the fan noise on my existing Panasonic plasma (TH-42PHD8 display model) has become increasingly intrusive (especially since we moved to a house in much quieter cul-de-sac) and the quality of these new Sony LED panels is very apparent.

    I watched BBC One HD indoor tennis coverage (Andy Murray match) in the AV shop. A useful test, with darker shadows away from the floodlight court, and the fast movement of the game. My observations on the off-air HD picture...... detailing is quite 'soft', softer than any other LCD/LED panel I've seen. The colour saturation is simply excellent, flesh tones and the player's shirts looking extremely faithful to what the human eye would expect. This quality won me over. Also, the wife loves the look of the thing!

    Can't comment on the audio performance, as the set will be hooked up to a 5.1 system when it arrives.

    One observation, will AV Forums be reviewing these new backlit LCD-LEDs from Sony? That would be interesting...
     
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    Im not worried about audio as I already have an av receiver and speakers that are far better than anything built in so really going for picture quality so im guessing the 903 wins
     
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    Local-dimming LED backlighting is a significant improvement in contrast/picture quality if you will be viewing in a darker room, and 400Hz is a definite improvement in motion sharpness over 100Hz. I've not done a direct comparison, but 3D seems better on my 46HX903 compared to the 55NX813 I demoed in a Sony Centre. (which should be better than the 46NX713)

    Here are a couple of quick comparison photos I took when I just got my HX903 before doing any real calibration. This was in a room during the day with a blind down, so not in total darkness. Camera settings were the same for both. Not sure how obvious the differences will be, it depends on how your monitor is set. In person it is a dramatic difference.

    LED Local Dimming Off:
    [​IMG]Please note, the screen uniformity is not nearly as bad as this photo suggests, it's a combination of bad lighting and the angle/distance the camera was at.

    LED Local Dimming On:
    [​IMG]While it may look like there is some shadow detail missing, that is the photograph, not the TV.

    The NX713 does have some degree of 'local' dimming with its Edge LED lighting, but it is nowhere near as effective as the HX903's LED Backlighting.

    If you do not plan on using Motionflow (some people do not like it) or watching in a darker room, then it might not be worth the extra cost for the HX903 over the NX713. I was also deciding between the two sets and I think I would probably have regretted going for the NX713. Even 200Hz seemed like a big improvement over 100Hz in the Sony Centre (this was what started to put me off the NX713) and local dimming makes such a difference to the picture.

    I personally don't have any interest in the widgets, and the internet features seem rather limited on all the sets in my opinion. It is much quicker and better quality with a PC/laptop hooked up to the TV (no HD video via the TV streaming) and you have a wider selection of sources.
     
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    thanks thats a good help i was wondering how much of a difference it makes as that is the main feature.

    I couldnt care less about widgets etc i dont see the point when i have laptops iphones and ipads lying around to tell me the news and weather.

    I think, like you, i would regret not buying the extra features. I dont always watch movies with the lights off etc but at least the features are there when you want to make it look at its best!
     

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