Sony KDL-55V5100 LCD HDTV First Impression Review

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Our first impressions review of the KDL-55V5100. It\'s very inexpensive for its size.

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Performance Features

Performance Features
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Display Size & Technology


The KDL-55V5100 is built around a 55-inch LCD panel that uses a conventional CCFL backlight. Many displays are switching over to the newer LED backlights, but this is restricted to more expensive models at this time.

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*The KDL-55V5100 is built around a 55-inch LCD panel *

Formats & Resolution


The LCD panel has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, so this display can show every pixel of a 1080p signal sent by a device such as a Blu ray player.

Brightness, Blacks and Contrast Ratio


We were unable to test the blacks and whites of this display, but Sony claims that it can manage a contrast ratio between the two of 50,000:1. This is a dynamic contrast ratio, though, where the black is measured with the backlight turned down and the white is measured with it turned right up. The more useful measure is what Sony refers to as the On-screen contrast ratio, which is 5000:1. The way that we measure the contrast ratio is closer to the on-screen measure, where you measure both blacks and whites with the backlight turned up as this is how you normally use a TV.  But we'll have to wait until we can get a review model into our testing lab before we can see how this display performs in the real world.

Color


We were not able to test the color performance of this display, but the demos that Sony were showing had attractive, bright colors.

Motion & Refresh Rate


This display offers 120Hz processing, which is fast becoming ubiquitous on HDTVs. Sony's version is called MotionFlow. Again, we were not able to test this directly, but we did see what looked like attractive, smooth motion.

Viewing Angle


Sony's claimed viewing angle for this display is 178 degrees, but we would take this claim with a large dose of salt. In fact, make it an entire shaker full; manufacturers routinely make ambitious claims for viewing angle that are not borne out in our tests. Again, we'll reserve judgment here until we get a model in to test out.

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Sections

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

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