The set transpires to be a good display for gamers, not an area the brand has previously excelled in. There’s still input lag on the everyday picture presets, but select Game mode and it drops to a respectable 27ms. Joypad junkies will find its performance doesn’t compromise their trigger finger.
When it comes to sonics, this Sony nails it. The retooled ‘+’ version of Acoustic Surface Audio technology works really well. Now with three stereo panel actuators, there’s coherent panning around the screen, and the dual woofers on the rear provide just the right amount of oomph.
The ability to effectively transform the Acoustic Surface Audio+ system into a centre speaker is also an intriguing option for smaller home cinemas. After all, not every viewing room can easily accommodate a traditional centre channel enclosure. In such circumstances the classic solution would be to run your home theatre system with a phantom centre, but employing the TV is a neat alternative.”