Dpreview review of Sony a77 - Are the jpgs that bad?

There's a review of the a77 up at Dpreview. 

Normally I don't comment on other reviews, as these things are, by their nature, usually a matter of opinion. As indeed are my accounts of my experiences with cameras.

However there are lots of comments on the quality of the cameras jpgs. both in the review and circulating in forums.

"Mushy" "Soft" "Look just like a compact camera" are some of the comments I've read.

Here are some 100% crops from raw and jpg. I haven't said which is which. Are the jpgs really that bad?