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Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5100 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review

40 in.

The KDL-40Z5100 presents a good array of features on paper, and we're intrigued by the 240Hz refresh rate.

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Connectivity & Media

Audio & Video Ports

The KDL-40Z5100 has a total of 4 HDMI ports, 2 component video in ports, 1 set of composite video and audio in, 1 S-video in, and one PC in port. In terms of audio out, there are 1 optical audio out and 2 analog audio ports.

It's nice to see multiple HDMi ports like this, though the placement of most of them on the side could result in a cable visible emerging from the side of the TV unless you're careful to route them behind the TV.

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The ports on the rear and left side of the KDL-40Z5100

Media & Other Connectivity

The KDL-40Z5100 has an ethernet port for direct internet connectivity, and it's capable of showing internet video content without the need for an intermediary device. Content partners include video on demand from Amazon as well as Youtube. Additionally, the KDL-40Z5100 can display Bravia Widgets that can show real-time weather, stock price, and other information pulled directly from the internet.

Placement

The port's on the KDL-40Z5100's left side are easy to reach, although they are behind the edge of the bezel and may be shielded from direct light depending on your set-up, you may still need a flashlight to identify the ports correctly. The KDL-40Z5100 does swivel for easier access to the ports on the rear, most of which are found just around the left edge.

Audio

No specs have been made available on the KDL-40Z5100's audio capabilities. Though we've found that, no matter how fantastic a TV's audio specs sound, even an inexpensive surround sound system will provide a better listening experience if audio is even remotely important to you.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
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