Sunday, April 6, 2008

A review of the Sony KDL-46S3000 HD Ready LCD TV

Sony released a great range of entry-level HD Ready LCD TV’s earlier this year which are the cheapest and therefore probably the most popular of their whole 2007 range, namely the S3000 range. With some great features and great sizes from 20” to 46” for a very reasonable price, this range has got to be worth adding to the short list.


Although a plain Jane in the flat panel TV world, the S3000 does have a sophisticated feel to it with a glossy black strip along the bottom section and a matt black frame. Without the stand and ready to be hung on the wall, the KDL-46S3000, for example, measures 43.9 x 28.8 x 4.6 inches.
The HD Ready KDL-46S3000 model has a 46inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 for 720p and 1080i formats. The Sony BRAVIA Theatre Sync technology has been included so that synchronisation of all of your home theatre devices can be operated with a single remote, therefore taking the inconvenience away from the viewer. The synchronisation is operated via HDMI connections, of which the KDL-46S3000 has three. In order to bring you the best picture possible, Sony has ensured the best technology possible has been included in the shape of the Bravia Engine and Live Colour Creation where more colours are created than other LCD TV’s can display. A wide viewing angle of 178 degrees ensures that wherever you are sitting in the room you will get a good view of the screen with no loss of image quality. Virtual Dolby Surround along with BBE ViVA technology takes care of the sound quality as well as enhanced bass to create a realistic and powerful sound.
When we hooked up the KDL-46S3000 we were immediately impressed with the ease of operation and set-up. Everything happened without stress or confusion and the set-up menu was easy to navigate and very helpful. The images that were displayed were really, really good, brilliant in fact, and showed excellent black levels that were amazingly deep and colours were vibrant with the standard definition images. The KDL-46S300’s ability to produce smooth lines and clear movement was excellent and totally refreshing as images appeared so life like and detailed. There is also a whole range of noise reduction controls which work very well in achieving a clear image.
Overall Opinion

For an entry-level HD Ready LCD TV with a very reasonable price tag, you will be getting excellent value for money with the Sony KDL-46S3000 as it provides a great image with many enhancement controls and excellent clear sound along with deep black levels and many connectivity options.

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