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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs JVC LT42P300

JVC LT-42P300 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The JVC LT-42P300 is the comparison model most similarly priced to the Sony KDL-40S5100 at only $50 more. Those $50 buy you two extra inches of screen real estate and an integrated iPod dock. From a performance standpoint the two televisions are similar with one glaring exception, the JVC model's black level and contrast ratio are simply terrible. With the Sony KDL-40S5100, in contrast, you get above average performance in both areas. If an integrated iPod dock is really important to you the JVC might be the better buy, but for most people we'd say go with the Sony KDL-40S5100.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony KDL-40S5100 JVC LT-42P300
Size 40 inches 42 inches
Price $800 $849
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A iPod Dock

Blacks & Whites


Here you can see the Sony KDL-40S5100 blow away the JVC model, with a contrast ratio almost four times that of the JVC, mostly thanks to a much deeper black level.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Sony KDL-40S5100 Score: Black Level: 8.23 Peak Brightness: 7.82 Contrast: 7.94 JVC LT-42P300 Score: Black Level: 5.04 Peak Brightness: 8.36 Contrast: 5.65

 

Color Accuracy


Both televisions did a reasonabl job here, with the Sony KDL-40S5100 doing slightly better with RGB performance and the JVC doing a better job sticking to the standard for the color gamut. Both had very stable color temperatures.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony KDL-40S5100 Score: 9.89
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JVC LT-42P300 Score: 9.79

 

RGB Comparison

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Sony KDL-40S5100 Score: 7.16

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JVC LT-42P300 Score: 6.33

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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Sony KDL-40S5100 Score: 5.01
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JVC LT-42P300 Score: 6.45

 

Motion


Neither television did well in this area, but the JVC had a slight edge in both motion smoothness and artifacting.

  Motion Scores
  Sony KDL-40S5100 JVC LT-42P300
Motion Smoothness 4.50 5.25
Motion Artifacting 4.00 5.13

 

Viewing Effects


The JVC model actually had a pretty good viewing angle for an LCD television, a sharp contrast to the terrible performance of the Sony KDL-40S5100 in this area.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony KDL-40S5100 Score: 2.78 JVC LT-42P300 Score: 6.57

 

Connectivity


The two televisions have very similar connectivity options, with one major exception, the iPod dock offered by the JVC LT-42P300. This allows you to connect an iPod or iPhone to the television and view movies and photos or listen to music stored on the device.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Sony KDL-40S5100 JVC LT-42P300
HDMI 3 3
Component 2 2
Composite 2 2
S-Video 1 1
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1
Other N/A iPod Dock
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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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