Sunday, April 6, 2008

A review of the Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 1080p 40inch HD LCD TV

The 40inch 1080 High Definition Sony V3000 Bravia LCD TV has the Sony customary glossy black finish which gives this TV a certain amount of class and sophistication. With Bravia Engine picture enhancement technology and Live Colour Creation, images are promised to be of a particularly high standard with immaculate colour reproduction.


As we said the Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 has a glossy black frame with a compact and strong stand. The depth is 122mm which means that it does tend to stick out a bit from the wall if mounted there. However, if you’d prefer to use the stand the KDL-40V3000 stands proud.
Sony has ensured that all the necessary features appear on the KDL-40V3000 HDTV with Live Colour Creation for the ultimate colour reproduction, HD 1080p for the ultimate in picture quality and compatible with other devices such as the Playstation 3, Blu-ray Players and HD DVD Players. The Sony Bravia Engine EX ensures that the images you receive have definition, clarity and display colours and depth accurately. In order to reproduce images ‘as the Director intended them to be’ 24p True Cinema has also been thrown in, again to provide you the best possible quality. Connectivity is very impressive again with 3 HDMI ouputs this time with 2 on the rear and 1 on the side, so hooking up your games console, for example, comes with ease. Photo TV HD technology allows you to view your still digital images in high definition quality and the S-Force Front Surround gives full surround sound effects from the two front built-in speakers.
The first thing to mention with the Sony KDL-40V3000 is the colour reproduction as it is superb and colours have depth and vibrancy with the High Definition clarity. Black levels are impressive too, whilst still not quite as impressive as some of the best Plasma screens, the KDL-40V3000 displays them brilliantly well. We witnessed no significant problems with noise or judder on the HD images, however on Standard Definition images this was slightly noticeable. Sony have failed to include MotionFlow +100Hz with the KDL-40V3000 HDTV which does make a difference when watching fast moving sports scenes but not to a point where they become un-watchable, it is probably only noticeable to the trained eye too.
Overall Opinion
We think the Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000 HD LCD TV is a great performer for the price bracket it falls into. The missed features don’t make a huge difference to its performance, but what you do get is very impressive and a good starter to the LCD TV world.

+ Excellent colour reproduction
+ Live Colour Creation
+ Sony Bravia Engine EX
+ 24p True Cinema
+ Great connectivity

- Lack of MotionFlow 100Hz

Picture Quality
Sound Quality
Future Compatibility
Ease Of Use
Overall Rating
* * * * *

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