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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Motion

Motion Summary
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Motion Smoothness*(4.5)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 is at the lower end of Sony's lineup of HDTVs, so it lacks the faster refresh rates that more expensive models have. This had an obvious impact on the motion smoothness of the display, as we saw much more blurring than we saw on other models. In our testing we saw that faces lost almost all detail when moving, and that blocks of color had serious problems with trailing. It's not the worst we've ever seen, but if you're into fast action movies you might want to consider picking up a television with a 120Hz or 240Hz refresh rates.

 

Motion Artifacting*(4.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 had some serious problems with motion artifacting. Artifacts are things that appear on the display due to processing error, and shouldn't actually be there. With the Sony KDL-40S5100 We saw significant rolling shutter effect, which causes areas of high contrast to look like shutters are opening and closing rapidly. We also saw lead and trailing areas of brightness and darkness as the television struggled to keep up with moving objects, as well as some jitteriness and warped objects.

 

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(6.0)*


The 3:2 pulldown process is used to convert content that arrives, usually from broadcast sources, at 60 frames per second (fps) and converts it into 24fps. This is done to get a film-like effect for movies. The Sony KDL-40S5100 had some problems here, we saw significant processing issues with blinking areas and warped patterns in our test. When looking at actual content we noticed some crawling in complex areas, like stadium seats, but the effect was less pronounced. The Sony KDL-40S5100 is also capable of playing back native 24fps content from DVDs or Blu-rays.

 

Compare the Sony KDL-40S5100 to other HDTVs
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Samsung LN40B650 40 inches Vizio SV471XVT 47 inches JVC LT-42P300 42 inches
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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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