Today we are going to talk about the new Sony KDL-50W808C TV, a Full HD from Sony’s KDL series who has decided to continue betting on 3D, which seems to be not completely dead yet.
Sony KDL-50W808C technical characteristics
|Make model||Sony KDL-50W808C|
|Smart tv||Yes (Android 5.0)|
|Tuner||TDT2 (DVB-T2), DVB-T, DVB-S, DVB-C, DVB-S2|
|Dimensions without stand (Height x Width x Depth)||65.4 x 111.6 x 5.9 cm|
|Dimensions with stand (Height x Width x Depth)||69.1 x 111.6 x 19.1 cm|
|Weight (without / with stand)||13.7 / 14.6 kg|
|Other connectors||1 composite video 1 Ethernet, 1 component, 1 Headphone output, 1 Digital audio output, PCMCIA card slot|
|CI + integrated||Yes|
|Energy class||A +|
|Contents / accessories||AC power adapter AC power cord Quick guide Operating instructions Remote control Batteries Table stand Screws|
Other formats: Sony KDL-43W808C / Sony KDL-55W808C
Classifying the Sony KDL-50W808C is tricky as it has advanced features like 3D, the 1000HZ screen refresh and the X-Really Pro. However, it also has more mid-range features of its own, such as Full HD resolution instead of 4K resolution, therefore the Sony KDL-50W808C would be somewhere between a mid-range TV and a high-end TV.
Exterior design and connectivity
Let’s first talk about the exterior design of this television, a design very similar to the other televisions in Sony’s KDL range, with a metallic style finish and a very thin frame. As usual, all connectors are located at the rear of the television, in order not to interfere with the viewing experience of the television.
The TV is quite light, weighing only 14 kilos, a very light weight for 50 inches, something that will allow you to transport the TV easily and without risk. The TV is supported by the classic triangle-shaped stand, which holds the TV quite well and prevents it from falling.
Connectivity is what you would expect on a TV with Smart TV, with 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, integrated Wi-Fi connection and bluetooth for connecting headphones. It also has older connectors such as the component connector and the composite video input.
As well we can connect our mobile phone or tablet to the TV with MHL technology. MHL is a technology thanks to which, using an adapter that is sold separately and an HDMI cable, we can see everything that happens on the screen of our mobile, but on our television.
Image quality and other functions
The resolution of this television is Full HD, that is, 1920 × 1080 pixels. This resolution was the nova plus about 6 or 7 years ago with no years, however now even lower-end televisions include it, being the 4K resolution the new star. However, with the current content that there is with Full HD resolution it is more than enough, since there is still hardly any 4K content on the market, something that I hope will change over time.
Despite being only Full HD, the TV has a good image quality, thanks to the fact that it has very advanced features like the X-Reality Pro, a technology that serves to process each pixel individually, thus achieving a significant improvement in image quality.
It also has a nice screen refresh, achieving about 1000 hertz of screen refresh. This is important, since the more screen refreshment we have, the more frames per second there will be on our television, making the animations more fluid and improving the visual experience in a remarkable way.
We can finally see how this TV keep betting on 3D, a technology that has not been very successful in televisions and that tends to disappear, but this television achieves at least a dignified death, since it offers good image quality thanks to its advanced active 3D. The bad thing is that they could have had the detail of including the glasses with the TV, as other brands do.
Software, sound and other functions
The software of this television combines the best of the Android 5.0 Lollypop operating system adapted to televisions powered by Sony Bravia. The result is a very correct software, which will allow you to connect to all your favorite content such as Netflix, YouTube, Skype … using our remote control or our mobile phone connected by Bluetooth or Internet to the TV.
The sound has 20 watts of power, a normal power for these inches. However, comes supported by advanced sound software such as surround simulator(S-Force Front Surround), with a cleaner sound (Clear Phase) and with a sound of greater detail level (DSEE). If this falls short, the TV has a digital audio connector, so you can connect your home cinema to it.
As for other notable functions, we have the typical media player with plenty of options and formats and the recorder of television programs to a USB memory or external hard disk, so that we do not miss anything.
We also have TDT2 tuner, a standard that will be implemented shortly in our country. A television with DTT2 will be ready for when the standard arrives, saving us the tuner in the future.
All this we will have it in exchange for very little, since this TV has on the one hand a very competitive price for its characteristics and on the other hand we have an energy efficiency of A +, in which we will only be consuming 110 watts in on mode.
In conclusion, the Sony KDL-50W808C it’s a high-mid-range TV which may be perfect for you if you don’t care much about 4K resolution and don’t want to spend too much money. If on the other hand you are too demanding, this TV may be a bit too short for you.
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TV KDL-50W808C: Pros and Cons Table
- Smart tv
- Good image quality
- Lacks 4K resolution
- 3D glasses not included