Sony KDL40W2000 - 40" Widescreen Bravia Full HD Ready 1080P LCD TV - With Freeview
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- High-performance HD-ready television
- Contrast ratio of 1800:1 for a great image
- Two Scart interfaces
- 16:9 aspect ratio
- 40" screen
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|Display Resolution Max||720p HD Ready||1080p Full HD||1080p Full HD||1080p Full HD||720p Full HD|
|Display Size||40 inches||40 inches||40 inches||43 inches||32 inches|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9||—||16:9||16:9||16:9|
|Item Dimensions||—||91 x 20.8 x 59.1 cm||7.7 x 91.8 x 53.1 cm||97.4 x 7.9 x 57.1 cm||73.4 x 6.9 x 43.7 cm|
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|Item Weight||36 kg||8.7 kg||8.7 kg||9.3 kg||5.5 kg|
|Special Feature||—||Smart / Internet||VESA 200 x 200||Smart / Internet||Smart / Internet|
|Tuner Technology||Digital TV||mpeg4||mpeg4||DVB-T2, DVB-C, DVB-S2||freeview HD|
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However you judge TV, the BRAVIA W2000 series comes out on top with super-wide viewing angles, true 1080p Full HD and astonishingly life-like colours. With 1920 x 1080 resolution, Live Colour Creation and a BRAVIA ENGINE for high-performance picture quality and the ultimate High Definition experience....
Introducing the new Sony Bravia KDL40W2000U 40" LCD TV - Features Bravia V-Series styling in conjunction with a full HD resolution 1920x1080 LCD panel.
Featuring twin tuners - both analogue and Freeview digital - 1920 x 1080 resolution and two HDMI inputs, the Sony is as well specified as anything on test.
Then get it into action, and the real fun starts. The off-air picture from the analogue tuner is the first to make a good impression: more solid and clear than most rivals, it presents a fine balance of stability and vivid colours. And the digital TV picture is even better.
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Because high-end LCDs are still pricey I decided to research about the confusing techno terms as well as this particular kit. I have noticed there are a few negative reviews about most LCDs particularly the mura effects which shows purple cloudy patches when displaying deep blacks. This is especially noticable when you switch to an empty signal transmission ie don't connect any signal source. The BRAVIA I bought has some mura effect especially when I look at it from the sides. Having said all this, my viewing experience is not affected because I hardly notice the purple clouds on dark movies nor do I stare at my tv with a blank screen nor watch it from an extreme angle on the sides. The vibrant colors compensate for this small problem on this tv. Watching planet earth on sky HD is still amazingly clear and crisp. Watching bond 007 on PS3's blue ray dvd player is even more engaging than watching it in the cinema. The red mud and dusts when playing motor storm on PS3 makes me wet. Shooting the enemy aliens in gears of war on xbox 360 is a thing of beauty. Zelda and the twilight princess doesn't look too bad either from a Wii!
One important reminder to those new to buying a plasma or lcd tv, you MUST feed your new kit with high definition transmission, otherwise you will be disappointed.
Chose it over the Samsung M86/87 as the Samsung reflective finish was too much. It made the set look overstyled and detracted from viewing as it reflected the smallest thing. The Sony LCD has the advantage of not reflecting. In the end the Samsung had better connectivity but I think that was the only advantage it had.
One other negative, is that standard definition seemed to look worse on the sony than on the pioneer. In particular the colour on some low budget american shows seemed washed out. Perhaps this has got something to do with the NTSC conversions for these programs. In summary the Sony seems to highlight the differences between a poor quality source and a good one, whilst the pioneer seemed to show a more gradual difference.
Some reviews comment that this TV has picture in picture - It has a freeze frame facility (which shows alongside a live broadcast), but no picture in picture (at least that I can find).
DVD playback through HDMI is excellent, still some noticable refresh artifacts, but all in all an improvement on standard scart. The high definition representation is where this screen shows it's quality. Images are sharp, refresh problems seem to disappear, and the contrast level is superb. In comparison the pioneer appears overly dark.
Connectivity is served by 2 HDMI, 2 SCART (RGB), Composite, s-video + a digital tuner. The remote control has a cheap toy like feel to it (unlike previous Sony CRT remotes, which had a quality weight to them). Buttons are the familiar (overcomplicated) set of Sony symbols and numbers.
Don't get me wrong - I love this TV. It really is excellent value for money, performs well, and does just what a TV should. It has a high quality picture (source dependent) - superb sound, and shows HD as one would hope. The cinema experience is definately there. I would however take all reviews with a pinch of salt, get yourself a comparison demo (against a plasma or equally high quality LCD) and judge for yourself.
Thinking Plasma vs LCD - you may get a better picture with Plasma but they take up more energy I found out - and most of us 'normal people' couldn't spot the difference in picture-quality anyway.
The sound is also good and the set up dead easy.
Which? magazine has recently reviewed LCD/Plasmas and even so one of the Panasonic 32inch came first, three of the Sony LCD's incl. this one were also 'Best Buys' and were close behind. Worth visiting the Which? website for details.
I'm usually quickley bored when reading about all the technicalities - so I won't go down that road ... it's just a very good TV with an amazing picture and sound quality and a decent price within this category.
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