Beautifully styled and built to the highest standards, the KDL26S3000 adds class to any room while its picture makes watching your favorite movies and TV programs even more enjoyable.
Awaken your senses with an unprecedented level of depth, color, and clarity with this 26-inch Bravia S-Series digital LCD HDTV. With the Bravia Engine full digital video processor, you immediately notice improved color and sharper details, no matter what you’re watching. This HDTV features HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) and PC connectivity that lets you seamlessly hook up compatible PCs and components to the large display. An innovative light sensor also monitors ambient light in the room and automatically adjusts screen brightness, making it much more comfortable for viewing.
Although this TV looks handsome enough, there’s no denying that the KDL-46S3000 is one of the most conservative-looking flat-panel HDTVs Sony has ever produced. It’s all matte black except for a glossy, black strip along the very bottom edge. The frame around the screen is nested in a slightly larger frame and protrudes a bit more around the edge than many sets out there. Below the screen is the standard thicker swath of perforated plastic hiding the embedded speakers while the lone non-black accent is the prominent Sony logo.
The connectivity of the Sony KDL26S3000 is perfectly adequate for a midlevel HDTV. Its total of two HDMI inputs is one fewer than many HDTVs on the market this year, but otherwise there’s little missing. The back panel also includes the requisite pair of component-video inputs, an AV input with composite and S-Video, a second AV input with only composite video, a VGA-style PC input (1,360×768 maximum resolution), and an optical digital audio output for the ATSC tuner. A separate back-panel USB port and mounting slot are available for use with Sony’s Bravia Internet Link product. The side-panel sprouts the usual AV input with composite and S-Video along with a convenient headphone output.
The KDL26S3000 uses Sony’s BRAVIA Engine full digital video processor for crisp and clear images. Several special picture enhancement technologies are integrated into the processor to create better gradations with more detail, enhance contrast, and dynamically improve color performance. Digital noise reduction circuits reduce block noise and mosquito noise by using pixel-level filtering to reproduce a clean and clear picture. And Motion Vector noise reduction reduces just the noise in the video signal for video, further reducing unwanted noise and blur artifacts.
Sony also boasts of its Xross Media Bar. This is Sony’s Emmy Award winning on-screen navigation system that provides quick access to various set up functions and features. For instance, selecting different types of media is made fun and easy by scrolling horizontally across icons until you find the type of media you are looking for.
As an added feature, the TV features the Bravia Theatre Sync which reduces the hassle and time consuming job of powering up, changing the signal routing, and adjusting other functions to the simple push of one button. All you need to do is to connect Bravia Theatre Sync capable products to each other via one HDMI cable. The rest is easy.
As for the audio, the KDL26S3000 includes an added bonus with its S-Force Front Surround. With this, a virtual surround sound experience is made possible using just two front speakers in the KDL26S3000.
All in all, the Sony KDL26S3000 produces relatively deep shade of black; very good standard-definition video processing; accurate Cinema preset; numerous picture controls. However, it lacks user-menu fine color-temperature controls and has somewhat uneven backlight uniformity and slightly cumbersome menu design.