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Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 LCD HDTV Review

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The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 did a good job in most of our testing.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-52V5100-intro.jpg']}} • Simple, attractive design • No assembly required • No HDMI cable included
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Front


The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's display is edged with a glossy black bezel. Below the bezel is a strip that holds the power indicators, this fades from glossy black to a silver finish. Below that is the speaker, which is matte black and runs the length of the television.

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  • The front has indicators just above the silvery stripe below the display. *

Back


On the back of the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 you'll see the power cord jutting out from the center while on the right side you'll see the main grouping of ports.

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  • On the back you'll find the power cord and ports. *

Sides


Unlike most televisions the KDL-52V5100 places features on both sides. On the right side you'll find the on-tv controls, while on the left side you'll find a secondary grouping of ports.

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  • Unlike most HDTVs the KDL-52V5100 puts features on both sides. *

Stand/Mount


The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's stand is a very simple black plastic affair. Unfortuntely there's no swivel available. You can mount the KDL-52V5100 on a wall if you wish, although you will need to purchase an additional wall mounting kit to do so.

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  • The stand does not rotate. *

Controls


The controls are found on the right side of the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100. From top to bottom they are: power, channel up/down, volume up/down, input and menu.

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  • Controls are found on the right side. *

Remote Control


The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's remote is the same design we saw on the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100, which is a simple design, slightly narrow, but not too long.

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  • The remote is thin. *

In the Box*(6.5)*


Like most televisions the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 ships with a manual and remote (with batteries). Unfortuntely you don't get any extras like an HDMI cable or cleaning cloth with the KDL-52V5100. Setup of the television was relatively simple, although it did take a bit of effort to get it out of the box. Once done, however, the KDL-52V5100 is light for a 50+ inch television and there's no assembly required.

Aesthetics*(6.0)*


The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 sports a simple design. There's no red tinting or overly flashy bits here. If you're looking for a fashion statement in your living room the KDL-52V5100 won't be the HDTV for you. If you prefer a simple, classy look that will fade into your decor, however, the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 will fit in just fine.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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