Sony Multiscan SDM-P82
The angular appearance of this model resembles LCDs from NEC rather than the traditionally sleek features of Sony displays from other series. The case is massive, with an integrated power supply unit. Unlike other Sony displays, this guy owes its massiveness to the thickness of the case rather than to the wide framing. The base is solid-looking and quite pretty with its aluminum disc foot, but its functionality is limited: it only allows adjusting the tilt of the screen. However, the designers made sure that a standard VESA-compatible base can be also fastened to it, if desired.
The display is equipped with three inputs: one DVI-D and two D-Sub. You switch between them by pressing a button.
The menu is Sony’s standard interface. I saw nearly the same menu in previously tested displays from both S and X series. You can choose between two color temperatures or adjust them manually. The gamma is chosen from three possible values. Surprisingly, the color temperature is set to 9300K by default, although the image doesn’t have the characteristic bluish tint. Our measurements proved this. The real color temperature is 6540K for white and 7060K for gray. When you choose the 6500K option in the menu, the real color temperature goes down to 5770K for white and 5890K for gray.
You can quick-access only the auto-adjustment option. The display performs auto-adjustment each time you change the operational mode, though. There is a very handy “ECO” button, which decreases the backlight lamp brightness by a half (manual adjustment of the brightness is then disabled).
By default, the brightness is set to 50%, the contrast – to 70%. The backlight lamp brightness is adjusted independently (by modulation of the power of the lamp with a frequency of 125Hz) and stands on 100% by default. From my previous review you know that the brightness of Sony displays is better controlled with the backlight lamps to reduce the response time and the black level. Thus, I achieved 100nit screen brightness by settings the controls to: 97% contrast, 50% brightness and 15% backlighting. We need this much of contrast to achieve the necessary brightness of white. As you know, it is the contrast setting that determines the brightness of the white color.
This LCD has excellent color rendering capabilities. All three color curves nearly coincide with the theoretical one for gamma 2.2; there are no waves or dominance of any specific color.
At 100nit screen brightness, the light tones are rendered much worse. This is not a defect of the display, though, but rather the result of my setting the contrast too high. In fact, these settings are a compromise between the quality of color rendition and the level of black.