Thursday, 23 September 2010

Sony Bravia HX803 3D TV review

sony's HX800 series is a 3D upgradable slim screet Sony has turned up fashionably late for the 3D TV party, shipping its first wave of 3D screens months after the Samsung UE467000 and Samsung UE55C8000 models broke cover. But there’s no doubt that the iconic Japanese TV brand is arriving with intent. While rival Panasonic offers a single model, the excellent Panasonic TX-P50VT20, Sony has three full ranges, of which the 40 inch HX803 (reviewed here) is its everyman proposition.

Unlike its rivals, this screen isn’t 3D Ready out of the box. You’ll need to spring for an optional TMR-BR100 3D sync transmitter (£50) and TDG-BR100B glasses (£100) before you can start with the eye-boggling.

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At just 74mm, the set is pleasingly thin. However, closer inspection reveals commodity build quality. Our review sample frame creaked under pressure and the bottom panel trim did not sit flush with the rest of the frame.

Sony Bravia HX803: Features

Inputs are spread across the back panel and sides. There are two Scarts, a pair of HDMIs, one component AV input, PC VGA input, optical digital output and Ethernet. Two extra HDMIs are side-mounted, along with a set of phono AVs and USB.

Other than 3D, the set’s claim to fame is networkability. It goes online to Sony’s Bravia internet content portal (home of YouTube, LoveFilm, Eurosport, DailyMotion… plus other stuff I wager you’ll never, ever watch), and can stream media cross your home network...kinda. While the set plays common video file types, including AVIs and MKVs from a USB flash drive, it doesn’t see these same files across a network.

The user interface is based on the PS3 X-media bar, which is unflashy but easy to use. PS3 users will also be able to play stereoscopic 3D games.

Sony Bravia HX803: 3D and 2D picture quality

With 3D Blu-ray and 3D Sky, the set impresses. Occasionally, we found ourselves distracted by double images (aka crosstalk ghosting caused by left/right image overlap), but in scenes with rapid motion this shouldn’t be a problem. 3D images are brighter than those from the rival Panasonic plasma set.

To eek the best picture you’ll need to tweak. Ease the Sharpness control down to a minimum setting, roll back brightness to less than 50 on the numerical scale and goose the contrast. Images from the Freeview HD tuner will then start to look very nice, although we were aware of some motion blur.

For a slim set, the TV has comparatively good stereo audio; the drivers fire both down and backwards from the base of the screen. There’s fullness to the output which belies its modest 10Watt per channel rating.

Sony Bravia HX803: Conclusion

There’s no doubt that offering an upgrade path to 3D TV, via an optional sync transmitter/glasses, makes mass-market sense, but the success of this strategy hangs on the price. At launch, Sony is pitching this model out at £1,800, which is too expensive. The HX840 needs to significantly undercut screens from Samsung (£1700) and Panasonic (£2000) which have 3D emitters built in to make it worth considering, as it just doesn’t warrant the price premium on performance alone. Look for rapid price cuts on this range – or opt for a model that offers a more stylish, fully integrated 3D TV solution.

SCREEN: 40-inch
RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
TV TUNER: Analogue and Freeview HD
CONNECTIONS: 4x HDMI, PC Input, USB 2.0, Mini Jack, PC slot, Component, Digital Audio Output, Composite
SOUND: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
AUDIO: 20 Watt (2x10)
DIMENSIONS: 950x580x74mm
WEIGHT: 14kg

Ferguson keeps the faith in Berba…but do we really not need a new striker?

News emerged recently suggesting that Ferguson will not spend money in January on another striker; choosing instead to place his faith in the goalscoring of Berbatov to complement Rooney’s. The article was quick to pounce on Ferguson’s rationale; highlighting ignorant yet pivotal stats about Dimitar’s goalscoring: ‘18 goals in 58 games and just five in his past 28 matches for the club.’ They also contradicted their statement by highlighting United’s interest in Ajax’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, again throwing those unavoidable goalscoring stats in an attempt to whet our apetites – 70 goals in 104 appearances – alongside a suggested, cool £45million price tag. It made for interesting and very thoughtful reading, and although I hate to say it, you have to agree that a new striker in the upcoming transfer window, especially a 22-year-old with such an impressive scoring rate, appears to be nothing less than a necesity for our often goalshy side. It is not however a matter of Berbatov’s potential and quality at United. Do I have faith in his ability? Unquestionably. With Rooney alongside him we surely have one of the most talented strike partnerships on the planet; although unfortunately not the most prolific. And that is the main issue United fan’s feel needs sorting when it comes to having the money and in turn the ability to spend in January. At the moment, we are (as usual) competing to retain our Title and Carling Cup, as well as hoping to reach a third European Cup final in as many years and a first FA cup in six. All this with only the two senior strikers I have mentioned. One thing that has been apparent this season more than any other – as Oliver Kay pointed when I interviewed him for my blog – is that there was a great deal of complacency amongst the top four in the summer. United didn’t capitalise on the money received by Ronaldo’s sale, with Ferguson assuming our resources were solid and assured enough to compete; thus only adding one alright (Valencia), promising (Obertan) and no-risk (Owen) player to the squad. But we weren’t the only ones to underestimate the challenge and improvement occurring from below, as our fellow top 4 members have also sat back and somehow allowed the likes of Villa, Sunderland, Tottenham and of course city to step-up and become a more than serious threat to that much adorned Champions League place. Liverpool lost perhaps their most influential playmaker only to replace him with a £24million injury prone (and yet to start a game) Aquilani rather than bringing in a competent partner for Torres…now look what’s happened. Chelsea and Arsenal were also clumsily quiet in the transfer market (well, that will never change with tight-arsed Wenger), choosing to also rely on their competent and largely brilliant squad; however they have also dropped points and been made to look at times inferior against weaker sides. To have the opportunity and rather bulging pocket that we have as we enter the season’s second and final transfer market opening is a blessing and surely a perfect opportunity for us to capitalise and get ahead of the pack. Our performances this season, which if you read my reviews and rants week-in-week out will tell you are largely unsatisfactory and definitely warrant a signing. United’s long-term priorities will focus towards a new goalkeeper and a possible replacement for our injury-prone and pre-occupied celebrity centre back; however I also constantly highlight our lack of clinical finishing, ability to reach an extra gear and goal scoring ability in general as a more pressing matter. For Ferguson to place faith in Berbatov is a given, as although currently crocked (does anyone know when he will be back??), he has been immense this season and one of our key performers. But to rule out the signing of another striker and thus suggest that Owen, Macheda and Wellbeck complete our attacking line-up and are capable to help us win the league and European Cup (as that is of course always our goal) is a bit na├»ve. I don’t want to sound as though I doubt the great man’s judgement, and I certainly don’t want to disrespect him, as he knows a thing or two about building teams and winning things; but our often battling and less-than comfortable performances this season suggest we need a change. Is a £45million rated striker from the Dutch league really the answer? I’m not entirely sure, mainly because I don’t know a great deal about the fella. However what is undoubted is that an injection of class and somebody of capability and conviction is needed to complete this side; a side full talent and ability, but one that has more than often this season struggled to convince and answer post-Ronaldo questions

whats your views on berbatov and current form ? 

Halo: Reach (Xbox 360) review | NowGamer

Halo: Reach (Xbox 360) review | NowGamer]

great review of a great game still loving the online now :) 

Recent visit to watch man Utd V Liverpool

i recently went to the big match as we all say haha it was such a good atmosphere the fellow fans cheered every last touch of the ball it was deffently the best football game i have ever been to see and will relive it over and over. in all a great day topped off by the fact it was my birthday and of course the berbatov hat-trick anyway just fancied sharing haha

 cheers :)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

really looking foward to this

Fallout: New Vegas is an upcoming role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. While New Vegas is not a direct sequel, it will use the same engine and be in the same style as Fallout 3, and is being developed by some of the people who worked on previous Fallout games at Black Isle Studios. It will be set in and around post-apocalyptic Las Vegas (New Vegas). It has an official release date of October 19th in North America, October 22nd in Europe, and November 4th in Japan. It will be available on the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. It is currently in the top 20 pre-order charts.
Fallout: New Vegas has 4 different pre-order bonuses, the Classic Pack, Caravan Pack, Tribal Pack, and Mercenary Pack. They are available at GameStop/EB Games, Wal-Mart/Steam, Amazon, and Best Buy, respectively. Each one has a unique suit of armor and a unique weapon not found in-game, along with a few other items that are available in-game.

I really Enjoyed Fallout  3 was one of my all time favourite games even up there with GTA san Andreas and thats saying something haha whats your views on the new fallout ? 

A few songs I enjoy

Fleetwood Mac - Something Inside Me

Jimi Hendrix-Red House

Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin