Before we discuss the 3D performance of the NX810, we should mention that 3D at home is still a budding technology. There isn’t a whole lot of native 3D content available, only a handful of sports broadcasts are actually made in 3D (hey, we’re lucky to get them in HD, right?) never mind that the glasses are extremely expensive. Even with extremely affordable players, the public is still slow to get on board with Blu-ray, so it is fair to assume that 3D will take a year or two (if not many more) before it really takes off.
That being said, the Sony NX810 pulled off some pretty impressive 3D effects for us. Even when objects weren’t flying in our face, the 3D version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that we watched had a depth of field that was enjoyable and unique. It is clear that the notion behind 3D has changed in recent years. Instead of trying to shock viewers into believing something is being hurled at their face, directors seem to want to lure the viewer into the picture rather than just stare at it. In time, new technologies and more 3D content could change the way we experience movies at home.
For now, though, 3D technology still suffers from some limitations. We couldn’t help but notice a flicker or blinking effect, especially when there wasn’t any considerable motion on the screen. Also, there were times when the 3D effect didn’t seem to come through, as if we were watching a 3D image, but without the glasses. Speaking of the active shutter glasses — not only do they require a hefty initial investment, but one must also consider the recurring expense of buying the batteries that power the glasses. It’s also difficult to position more than two people in the 3D sweet spot. In fact, some of us conjecture that 3D may have a faster future in gaming than it does in movies or sports. Time will tell.
The NX810 delivers an outstanding picture with incredible brightness, contrast, color and black levels. The superior video processors it employs really help to separate it from budget sets and the result is apparent the first time and every time you see it. If that isn’t enough, the NX810 is loaded with a wealth of internet video content and includes a built-in Wi-Fi adapter to help you get at it. If you’re keen on being an early adopter of 3D technology, then the Sony NX810 will give some of Panasonic’s top-rated 3D models a run for their money. Consider the 55NX810 a very beautiful set, both aesthetically and on-screen, with the 3D capabilities as gravy on top (a perk at no extra cost, if you will). The Sony 55NX810 is everything a TV should be: A marriage of beauty and performance.
- Stunning Picture
- Ultra-thin bezel
- Built-in Wi-Fi/ and Internet Video
- Impressive video processing
- Highly reflective screen
- 3D technology still buggy