A couple of years ago 1080p resolution, signifying the highest number of pixels available on most flat-panel HDTVs, was worth big bucks. Now it's found just about everywhere, including in Sony's least expensive line of larger-screen LCDs announced at CES 2009.
The KDL-S5100 series comes in four sizes: the 52-inch KDL-52S5100, the 46-inch KDL-46S5100, the 40-inch KDL-40S5100 and the 32-inch KDL-32S5100. All have basically identical features, but lack the 120Hz refresh rate with dejudder processing found on higher-end Sony HDTVs, starting with the KDL-V5100 series.
Other features of the S-series include three HDMI inputs, a PC input and compatibility with a range of Sony proprietary add-ons like the Bravia Internet Video Link.
Sony is also touting the TVs' energy efficiency, saying they exceed Energy Star 3.0 and highlighting their light sensor and variable backlight features.