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RCA L40FHD41 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Sony KDL 40W5100

Sony KDL-40W5100 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


This match-up compare an entry-level RCA to a feature-packed Sony. The Sony managed to do better than the RCA on a majority of the tests, and also offers an impressive line-up of online features. Of course, the Sony's downside is its price.

  Comparison Specifications
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  RCA L40FHD41 Sony KDL-40W5100
Size 40 40 inches
Price $598 $1,499.99
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A Online Content, USB media playback

Blacks & Whites


The RCA had a significantly lower black level than the Sony. The Sony was brighter overall, however, so the two TVs wound up with similar contrast ratios.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: Black Level: 8.23 Peak Brightness: 6.65 Contrast: 7.28 Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: Black Level: 6.29 Peak Brightness: 9.38 Contrast: 7.07

 

Color Accuracy


The Sony swept the RCA here, with a significantly more stable color temperature, better overall color representation, and a more accurate color gamut.

Color Temperature Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 6.90
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Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 9.89

 

RGB Comparison

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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 7.83

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Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 8.80

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 4.43
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Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 5.53

 

Motion


The Sony outclassed the RCS, both in terms of smoothness and artifacting.

  Motion Scores
  RCA L40FHD41 Sony KDL-40W5100
Motion Smoothness 5.00 6.75
Motion Artifacting 4.75 5.75

Viewing Effects


Both TVs had equally shallow viewing angles. The RCA's was slightly worse than the Sony's.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 3.7 Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 4.54

Connectivity


The Sony can offer you an extra HDMI and composite video input. It also has a USB port for media playback, and a LAN port for streaming internet content.

  Connectivity Comparison
  RCA L40FHD41 Sony KDL-40W5100
HDMI 3 4
Component 2 2
Composite 2 1
S-Video 1 1
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1
LAN None 1
USB None 1
Memory Card None None
Other None None

Other Comparisons


Sony has an absurd line-up of online content, the majority of which is free.

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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 LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL 40W5100
  15. Vs Sharp LC 40E67UN
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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