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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
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Viewing Angle*(2.78)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's viewing angle was a pretty terrible 13.37 degrees from center. This means that once you move that far off center the contrast ratio of the television will fall below 50% of its maximum. LCD televisions tend to have worse viewing angles than Plasma television, but you can see below that even compared to other LCDs the KDL-40S5100's performance here is poor. What this means is that unless you're sitting right in front of the television you're going to get a degraded picture. This isn't a good choice for a room with a wide range of seating from different viewing angles.

Viewing Angle
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Reflectance*(5.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's display is very reflective, we were able to make out every dot of an array that we shone on the television, even on an all white screen. There's also significant streaking across the display with darker content. If you don't want to be annoyed we recommend keeping the KDL-40S5100 out of the line of lights.

 

Video Processing*(2.5)*


As we see on most HDTVs the Sony KDL-40S5100 offers several different video processing options that are supposed to address specific problems. Below you can see what these options are and our impressions of their effectiveness.

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Noise Reduces repetitive random noise Visible reduction in noise
Advanced Contrast Enhancer Automatically adjusts the contrast based on picture brightness Minor effect on contrast
Gamma Adjust the light and dark balance Visible effect on brightness
Clear White Emphasize whiteness of the picture No visible effect
Live Color Improve the vividness of colors No visible effect

 

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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