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Sony KDL-52V5100The commendable picture quality of Sony's entry-level 120Hz-equipped LCD makes it a very good value.
^M00:00:00 [ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >>Katzmaier: Hi, I'm CNET senior editor, David Katzmaier. I'm with the Sony KDL52V5100. It's a 52 inch flat panel LCD. It's actually the largest in Sony's V5100 series, which also includes a 40 and a 46 inch model. This review will apply to all three sizes. This TV is in the entry level of Sony's lineup. It's actually their least expensive with 120 Hz processing. We'll get to that in a second, but first you can see the entry level chops on this thing are kinda betrayed by its styling. It's pretty ho-hum, around the edge of the screen here you'll see there's kind of this glossy black, followed by a thicker swath on the bottom and visible perforated speakers, along with this matching black stand that does not allow the TV to swivel. The menu system also looks a little bit entry level, you go in there and it's kind of nice that everything is all on one screen, but there's no fancy graphics or anything like that, but we did like the menu design, nonetheless. It does offer the text explanations of various items, and again, you can see everything at once, so that was really kinda cool. Connectivity on this TV is pretty thorough however, the back panel has one HDMI and two component video inputs along with some analog inputs. The side panel's really where the action is though, there's three HDMI inputs as well as as PC input on the side, so it really makes it easy to connect a bunch of different items temporarily. The feature set on this TV is higher, about 120 Hz, refresh rate. It does allow the TV to instigate de-judder processing, and we did like Sony's de-judder better than a lot of the other manufacturers, although all things considered, we really don't like it at all, for anybody. The de-judder does smooth out the image a little bit, um, and kind of makes film look a little less natural. It does, however make the image a little bit less blurry, but it's really difficult to see that anti-blurring technology in action on this TV and on many other de-judder televisions. Other Image quality traits,it does have pretty good black levels for an entry level LCD. It also has relatively accurate color. You can go in and adjust a lot of things, regarding color, so it does make sense to do so, and it does give you pretty good results at the end of the day when you do that. So, all things considered, it is a relatively good performing TV for the price range. [Music] That's a quick look at the Sony KDL52V5100 series and I'm David Katzmaier.