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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Connectivity

Connectivity Summary
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Input Ports*(7.25)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 offers a good selection of input ports, grouped into two locations. On the back you'll find one HDMI input and two component video inputs with associated analog audio input. One of the component video inputs also doubles as a composite video input. You'll also find the RF input for cable and antenna on the back.

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On the left side of the television you'll find two more HDMI inputs, a VGA input for connecting a PC along with a 3.5mm audio input, an S-Video input and a composite video input with associated analog audio input.

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Output Ports*(2.0)*


As with most HDTVs the Sony KDL-40S5100 offers only two output ports, both for audio. These are one digital audio out and one analog audio out, both of which are found on the back.

 

Other Connections*(0.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 doesn't offer any other connectivity options like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

 

Media*(0.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 doesn't support media playback from USB or Memory Cards.

 

Placement*(6.5)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's ports are reasonably well placed. The ones on the left side are easy to get to, albeit a little recessed. The ports on the back are located just beyond them around the left side, so they're not that difficult to access either, although a rotating stand would have been nice. All the ports are well laid out and clearly labeled.

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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
  13. Vs Samsung LN40B650
  14. Vs Vizio SV471XVT
  15. Vs JVC LT42P300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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