Sony Super Bowl TV Promo Offers Two Choices
Fans of Sony televisions looking to get ready for Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots have the two big-screen promotional options to consider, each offering hundreds of dollars in savings at a special price of $1,798.
Those who like 4K Ultra HD flat-panel LED-LCD TVs can for a limited time get Sony’s 75-inch XBR75X850F for $1,798, which reflects a $500 savings off of the regular suggested retail price.
If you’re planning a really big party and 75-inches just doesn’t cut it, or you need a wider viewing angle for a large gathering, Sony is also offering its Home Cinema VPL Full HD SXRD projector, model VPLHW45ES, for $1,798.99, reflecting a $200 savings off the MSRP.
The Sony XBR75X850F is a very good edge-lit LED-LCD TV with a 10-bit In-Plane Switching (IPS) type LCD panel. The IPS panel provides a wider viewing angle than typical VA-type LCD models, but with some sacrifice of overall black levels. The X850F offers full 4K (3820 x 2160 pixel) resolution and offers a nice bright picture to overcome room lighting while competently presenting high dynamic range (HDR) movies (at peak bright levels exceeding 500 nits). Color gamut coverage exceeds 90% of DCI-P3 wide color gamut recommendation.
It includes three HDMI inputs (2 at full 4K/60 Hz resolution, 1 of which is the ARC).
Video gamers will enjoy the Sony XBR75X850F’s low input lag (approximately 30 ms for 4K and Full HD 60 Hz) and fast response time which is very good for viewing live sporting events. Those who would like to stream movies before or after the game will enjoy the built-in Android TV operating system with a wide selection of apps and movies.
The VPLHW45ES will allow use of screens measuring larger than 100 inches, and the contrast and colors will remain rich and saturated from a wide angle of view in rooms with properly controlled ambient light. Although not a 4K performer, the Sony VPLHW45ES offers excellent Full HD resolution (1920 x1080 progressively scanned pixels), which is more than enough resolution than is required for the CBS Network’s 1080i (interlaced) broadcast platform. The projector supports both 2D and 3D content.
Peak brightness is listed at 1,800 lumens. The W45ES has a 1.6x manual zoom lens, vertical and horizontal lens shift, and a wide selection of enhanced video processing features.
The projector is positioned as a strong performer for both video (like live sports) and movie viewing when used in home theater rooms that can provide dark or low-ambient light levels. Sony includes its Motionflow smooth motion circuitry for improved clarity of fast-paced live video and sports. This can be easily turned off to present a more film-like look for movie viewing. The projector also is a competent performer with video games, offering a reasonably low 22 ms input lag for 1080/60 Hz in game mode, for those who like to play Madden at half time.
In controlled lighting conditions, the HW45ES produces deep black levels and rich BT.709 colors. This can be controlled further with eight color presets and one user mode, each of which can be customized. Sony uses its three-chip SXRD (LCoS) microdisplay technology which provides accurate colors without the use of a color wheel. Such color filters can cause some people to see rainbow pattern artifacts in other single-chip microdisplay-based systems. Using three separate Red, Green and Blue microdisplay chips also helps to balance brightness levels in both color and pure white application measurements.
The Sony VPLHW45ES uses a bulb-type lamp with a 6,000 hours life expectancy in low lamp mode, before the bulb will need replacement.
The unit weighs 20 pounds and offers a centered-mounted lens design. Sony backs the projector with a three-year parts and labor warranty.
By Greg Tarr
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