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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus Summary
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Audio Quality*(7.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 has very good audio quality from the built-in speakers. It's certainly not as good as a dedicated set of surround sound speakers, but it provides both clarity and more bass than we see from the average HDTV speakers. The KDL-40S5100 does have a dedicated surround sound feature, but we actually found the audio quality less pleasing with this turned on. It didn't seem to actually provide any more depth to the audio, it just seemed to dampen some aspects of it like voices. If you do want true surround sound definitely invest in a set of speakers.

 

Menu Interface*(7.5)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 doesn't uses Sony's fancy PS3-like menu interface, for which we can only be thankful as we've never really been fans. Instead you get a simple and attractive tabbed interface. That's not to say there are no problems, for example on-screen explanations for items aren't very explanatory, and you can't wrap around from the top to the bottom of a list of items, an area of particular annoyance. These things aside, however, any television user should have no trouble getting around.

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  • The Sony KDL-40S5100 doesn't offer many advanced picture controls. *

The range of picture controls offered by the Sony KDL-40S5100 isn't as extensive as some more expensive HDTVs. The basic are found at the top level of the Picture menu, but the advanced section only has two options: 3:2 pulldown and white balance. The latter does give you fine control over RGB, which is nice.

 

Manual*(7.0)*


The manual that ships with the Sony KDL-40S5100 is pretty good. There's a table of contents at the front, a (small) index in the back and tabs on the edges of pages so you can quickly flip to a section. Our only concern is that the manual is relatively small and doesn't include much advanced information. If you do need to access that you might want to look at online documentation for the KDL-40S5100, which can be found here.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
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  14. Vs Vizio SV471XVT
  15. Vs JVC LT42P300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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