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November 2, 2009

Sony KDL-40Z5100 1080p LED LCD HDTV

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by Franz Bicar

Sony-KDL-40Z5100 A few more weeks and its the holidays. Sales among stores will be popping out left and right. I don’t think anyone would argue that this time is the best time of the year to get the new LCD HDTV set you’ve always wanted. For those already on the hunt, you might like to check out the set featured on this review.

The KDL-40Z5100 boasts Sony’s new Motionflow 240Hz technology. Proven to be one of the most effective and sophisticated anti-blur tools, the system analyzes the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement in each scene, adjusting the amount of enhancement to create smooth, sharp pictures. For 60Hz (60i) video signals, Motionflow 240Hz adds 3 newly created frames that are inserted between the original 60 frames. That totals out to 240 frames per second or quadruple the frame rate over 60Hz. Prior to creating these newly created frames, Sony’s Image Blur Reduction is applied to remove the affects of camera motion; that way visible blur that is present is detected and reduced before new frames are created. The benefits are clearer, sharper images in fast action sports and video games.

Films nowadays are recorded at 24 frames per second. However, most television support recordings at 30 frames per second. Until now, the solution has been to interpolate, or add, artificial scenes into 24fps content in order to stretch it to fit a TV’s 30fps capability. Now 24fps experience is possible at home, thanks to the Z5100’s 24p Cinema Playback. Sony’s Motionflow 240Hz technology along with Z5100’s 24p Cinema Playback completely eliminates this problem.

For 24Hz (24p) video signals, Motionflow 240Hz adds 9 newly created frames that are inserted between the original 24 frames, which also totals out to 240 frames per second (24 x 10). This reduces the affects of tele-cine judder. The benefit is smoother overall motion for 24p-based video content such as Blu-ray Disc movies or primetime TV shows captured at 24p.

Aside from these performance features, the Sony KDL-40Z5100 also comes in with built-in interactive features and tools. It has a Ethernet port that let’s users capitalize on its built-in Yahoo!-powered Widget Engine. With widgets, users can personalize their TV experience by adding on-screen applications that provide such real-time information as weather reports, stock ticker updates, financial news, Yahoo! Video, Flickr images, and more. It also includes Sony’s Internet Video content – a service that gives users a large selection of free and premium movies, TV shows, sports, music, and more from partners like Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Yahoo!, Slacker, and others.

Beyond all the amazing cutting-edge technologies at your fingertips, the Z5100 is not something to laugh at in the looks department. Its river-rock black color brings an eye-catching elegance to your home, while the thin and slim design compliments your modern decor. Designed to bring cinema home, the 16:9 full HD 1080 resolution panel operated by BRAVIA Engine 3 technology delivers panoramic, natural images. The KDL40Z5100 accepts any high definition video signal and renders it with optimum resolution.

Connect your camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device directly to the HDTV’s USB input to view photos on the bi screen or listen to your favorite playlist. BRAVIA Z-Series also include mpeg2 video file support, so you can go straight from shooting video to screening it via USB.



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  1. It’s really interesting to see what Sony is doing to integrate applications that until recently have not been associated with TVs. I wonder what this means for the future - it’s as if several devices - TV/DVD, PC, Iphone etc are sort of morphing into using the applications of another and I can’t quite see how it will end up in a few years’ time.

    Very interesting to read such an in-depth article on this great model - thanks!

    Comment by Michael of TV DVD Combi — November 4, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

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