Naturally, the set streams media, but compatibility is not comprehensive. I doubt that I’m alone in being frustrated by Sony’s ongoing refusal to support MKV content. On the plus side, AVIs, AVCHD and MPEG4 files all play, as do MP3, WMA and WAV. The set’s audio file presentation is stylish, with album art featured on-screen.
Those with a spare external USB hard drive are encouraged to rope it in for PVR duties. The TV will need to format the drive first, in the process locking any content it records to the host TV. Still, as a timeshift overflow – when your regular recorder is tied up – this feature is rather handy.
Picture quality is good, albeit with caveats. The EX524 has a convincing black level and colour reproduction that’s deliciously ripe. However, motion resolution is limited.
As the TV does not feature Sony’s Motionflow framerate booster, it’s unable to display moving resolution at Full HD. I measured motion detail at no more than 650 lines. For improved clarity, you’ll need to step up to the brand’s more expensive EX723 and EX724 models. On the plus side, there are no motion artefacts to speak of – nearly always a side-effect of 100Hz-200Hz picture processing.
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Its not LED, just backlit
Why can't manufacturers state properly about LED and LCD panels, instead of this decieving crap.
Ethernet, but what does it read through it?
DLNA? NAS protocols? SMB? AppleTalk? NFS (last one a tall order I know)?
I would have expected a more thorough review from the register.
Looking at Sony web site it has a number of _very_ interesting features (subject to getting more recent firmware):
1. Skype - I guess we finally approach South Korean level where instead of staring dumbly into a phone we can actually have a proper video call with someone who is sitting similarly comfortably in their living room - eg. grandma.
2. Media remote for iPhone and Android - we are only a few minutes away from having anything streamed from your phone via WiFi and DLNA and controlled via your phone. Interesting thought (and terminally scary one for anyone doing Set Top Boxes).
TV Review - 6/10 could do better
Why don't you create a spreadsheet checklist for all the features these TVs include. Then you wouldn't have to use any words in your review /sarcasm off.
It would enable people to compare TVs by just copying a column into their spreadsheet.
You could also include important features (that are rarely included in reghardware reviews) such as does the USB interface allow files greater than 4 GB to be run, ie can it understand NTFS, (or any other nonFAT32 file system for that matter) and does the TV provide proper DLNA support (or just Sonys usual noddy implementation).
Marks out of 10 for the basic functionality (ie picture quality) wouldn't go amiss either, since thats the number 1 factor buyers are interested in.