We got some one-on-one time with the Bravia D3000 TVs at Sony's annual event in March and we haven't been able to stop thinking about them since. With the impending arrival of the 32-inch KDL-32D3000 model we'll be reviewing it in full soon, but until then here's some more tantalising info on this eagerly awaited television.
The highlights of this Bravia are Motionflow and the support for 24p. Motionflow, as its name suggests, is designed to aid the flow of motion on-screen. This is handy if you want to remove the judder from movies and generally reduce blur on moving objects -- often a problem on LCD screens. On the other hand, 24p is almost the opposite. It's intended to show movies from Blu-ray and HD DVD as they were originally shot on film, judder and all. We loved both features, but Motionflow is particularly impressive, and shows how far LCD technology has come in recent years.
On the negative side, one thing that struck us when the D3000 was announced is its lack of a 1080p panel. It does support 1080p
signals though, which it downconverts to show on the 720p screen. Despite the
panel resolution, there's some serious image processing going on here
that makes for an awesome viewing experience.
As you would expect, the Bravia D3000 range has great connectivity. With Sony being at the forefront of both high-definition gaming and video, the decision to include three HDMI sockets doesn't surprise us. One of the HDMI sockets is side-mounted though, which will suit some, but not all.
The D3000 also wins eco-points by being recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. This means it will save you money and possibly the lives of polar bears, plus it will exempt you from having to listen to pompous pop-stars and ridiculous royals telling you to save the planet while they jet around in carbon-belching aeroplanes. -Ian Morris