Sony BRAVIA KDL-46V2500 46" LCD TV - 16:9

1920 x 1080 - 2 x HDMI - MPN: KDL46V2500
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The Sony KDL-46V2500 46" BRAVIA V-Series LCD TV has a fashionable display that brings advanced video technology to your fingertips. Use it as a TV or a computer display that also enhances your room's decor with its sleek design. Bring a KDL-46V2500 home today; it's an HDTV Ready TV that delivers 1080p high-definition picture and impressive stereo sound. It comes with WEGA GATE, an operation guide with on-screen menu for an easy-to-manage viewing experience. In addition to 3D comb filter and image panel driver, the KDL-46V2500 has three distinct imaging circuits including one-chip video processor to enhance video quality, reduce video noise and image blur. Moreover, you get motion adaptive I/P converter, CineMotion 3:2 reverse pull-down and Closed caption to enhance your video enjoyment. The SRS TruSurround audio system provides the effect of surround sound with built-in oval-cone speakers.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p (HDTV)
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type LCD TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Expert Reviews
sony kdl46v2500 television
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Kdl46v2500 Television receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.42 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #66 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
Very pleased with our KDL-46V2500 Bravia LCD TV
5 Star Review   By member brad2by2 - Feb 27, 2008   

Strengths: Great picture quality which can be viewed from any angle and anywhere in the room, regardless of room lighting.

Weakness: Relatively slow advancement through the various TV inputs on the remote control.

We purchased this LCD widescreen television in November 2007. I was at first reluctant to spend this much on a television, but after using the television for nearly three months, we have absolutely no regrets! The picture is amazing. And the 1080 HD quality on sporting events (assuming you have HD programming) is even better. We have used our television for video games--including Wii and PS3--DVD movies, old VHS movies, and normal television viewing. As I've already said, the picture quality is amazing. We use normal sound for viewing television, and then we have it hooked up to a surround sound amplifier and speakers for watching movies. That's almost too much! The only "weakness" we have discovered is that it seems like it takes too long to scroll between inputs when using the remote control. I think I may try a harmony universal remote to see if this makes it easier to switch between inputs. My family is very pleased with this product and have no trouble recommending this Bravia television, which is on the lower end of the Sony line.

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Sony KDL-46V2500 46
4 Star Review   By member xp4pro - Feb 3, 2008   

Strengths: Quality

The is V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV. It features the 16:9 1080p HD Resolution Panel (1920 x 1080). The embeded ATSC Tuner allows you to watch the digital TV OTA or from the cable without an additional digital coverter box. If you have a hd-dvd or blueray dvd player, the two HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports are useful.

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Really Great Picture
5 Star Review   By member GeoHam - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent picture. Easy set up.

Weakness: Remote isn't all that great.

I looked at several brands at retail stores and this model always had an excellent picture. The user recommendations clinched my decision. I purchased on line at a good price and was pleased with the service. Out of the box I picked up 30 HD stations on my antenna and the picture was better than in the stores. Good manual, easy to set up, no clouding or problems to date.

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Awsome
5 Star Review   By member swaroops - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Great Picture, Easy setup

Weakness: Basic Remote

I purchased the Sony 46" 1080P HDTV during Black Friday sales. The TV appears designed for a stand than for mounting - Swivel pedestal and Buttons on top (great if you have kids at home). I connected the basic antenna and was able to pick up more than 8 channels in HD (3 in 1080i). The SD channels were not too bad either. Once I connected the DVD (Samsung 1080P7), the picture blew my mind. The remote for the TV was basic. The TV is a little heavier than the competition (Sharp/Samsung). I found no LCD clouds on my TV, though that was the common reported problem.

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A Great TV with Super Picture Quality
4 Star Review   By member tomprc - Sep 8, 2007   

Strengths: Super Picture Quality. Great production quality. No cloud issues (07/2007 manu. date). No dead pixel.

Weakness: No PIP/POP. A bit pricy. HDMI is not 1.3.

KDL-46V2500 BRAVIA 46" LCD TV (Widescreen, 1920x1080, 1300:1, HDTV) The Sony brand is not the same as the other no-name brand. This TV shows it. The picture quality (PQ) is super. I love it. The HD PQ is WOW. The SD PQ is great. I got one with July 2007 manufactory date. There is NO cloud issue as reported in previously dated products. There is also NO dead pixel at all. I am very pleased with both facts. The menu system is friendly and nice designed. But I can’t find any way to change the settings for R/G/B separately. The remote is not that good. But I am not going to use it anyway as I have a Sony universal remote, which provides even more features then the original remote. No PIP and POP is a major disappointment to me. Even the $1300 no-name brand has PIP/POP. A minor disappointment is that there is no USB port for firmware upgrade. Overall, I am happy with this product. The PQ is the most important feature of an HDTV anyway.

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kdl-46v2500 Bravia 46" LCD TV
5 Star Review   By member laraine18 - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp and clear picture, Color excellent, Good support by Sony, easy to maneuver remote, excellent directions in manual

I am very satisfied with product. I highly recommend product to future buyers. There is no glare even though its below a skylight. Very satisfied with Sony support. We have High Density stations and receiving excellent reception. The manual is well written describing TV in great detail. Sound and picture is excellent.

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Sony KDL-46V2500
4 Star Review   By member quyen51 - Aug 9, 2007   

Strengths: 1080p support for excellent HD experience from HD DVD and Blu-Ray movies. The set has the swivel stand which is great for changing the viewing angle. Price is more reasonable than the XBR2/3.

Weakness: No support for 1080p at 24 fps native signal. Only 2 HDMI connections and no way to update firmware.

Wish this set has HDMI 1.3 and the support for 1080p24 input which would have future-proof my investment. HD PQ is excellent but SD is OK, I suggest getting a Blu-Ray player that upconverts your DVDs to 1080p.

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Amazing Picture!
5 Star Review   By member balcy24 - Aug 8, 2007   

Strengths: HD is incredible. SD ranges from incredible from an antenna to average from Dish. Sound is OK from the set (haven't connected to my receiver yet). No lamps to replace!

Weakness: Needs side connection for HDMI

I replaced a 4 year old Panasonic 40 inch rear projection TV (1080i) with this set. What a difference! The picture is brighter, sharper and even more detailed. The colors really pop. Watching the local news over an outside antenna, one station's SD broadcast is just as clear as another station's HD news. SD content over Dish ranges from average to very good depending on the compression. Discovery HD literally sucks you in. My wife was watching FOODTV HD and said she noticed a little flour on Paula's shirt. I haven't seen any ghosting issues other than with no video signal present. The upper left side of the screen is a tad lighter than the rest of the screen. It's not noticable otherwise. All I adjusted out of the box was using normal instead of vivid, and turned the lamp output down from 8 to 6. That's it! I whole-heartedly recommend this LCD from Sony.

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Great LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member WilliamWM - Jun 6, 2007   

Strengths: Good contrast 1080P

Weakness: Cheap looking remote No HDMI connector on side or front No PIP

I've had this television almost two weeks now, and I haven't seen the "ghosting" or "clouds" others have noted. I have an April 2007 build date. The set is easy to configure, has intuitive menus, and an easy-to-use remote (although it is somewhat cheap looking). This is a much better value than the XBR 2 or 3. Only negatives are a lack of PIP and not enough inputs (HDMI and/or DVI) on the side or front for hookups to a computer.

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KDL-46V2500 BRAVIA 46" LCD TV (1080p)
5 Star Review   By member jnelson17 - May 12, 2007   

Strengths: This is an awesome TV! Picture quality is excellent, and the TV looks great in my living room.

Upgraded from a 27" CRT and am (obviously) very impressed. This is a very user-friendly television. I did a great deal of competitive research before deciding on this TV, and would recommend it to anyone! In my opinion, this is top-of-the-line!

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Description
The Sony KDL-46V2500 46" BRAVIA V-Series LCD TV has a fashionable display that brings advanced video technology to your fingertips. Use it as a TV or a computer display that also enhances your room's decor with its sleek design. Bring a KDL-46V2500 home today; it's an HDTV Ready TV that delivers 1080p high-definition picture and impressive stereo sound. It comes with WEGA GATE, an operation guide with on-screen menu for an easy-to-manage viewing experience. In addition to 3D comb filter and image panel driver, the KDL-46V2500 has three distinct imaging circuits including one-chip video processor to enhance video quality, reduce video noise and image blur. Moreover, you get motion adaptive I/P converter, CineMotion 3:2 reverse pull-down and Closed caption to enhance your video enjoyment. The SRS TruSurround audio system provides the effect of surround sound with built-in oval-cone speakers.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p (HDTV)
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type LCD TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Summary
Product Title Sony BRAVIA KDL-46V2500 46" LCD TV - 16:9
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $115.99 from Walmart.com
Power Score 3.8 | 21 Reviews
Display Panel
Viewable Size: 46 in
Static Contrast Ratio: 1300:1
Contrast Ratio: 7000:1
Diagonal Screen Size: 46 in
Broadcast Standards
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Physical Specifications
Height: 32.8 in
Width: 44.1 in
Depth: 13.3 in
Weight: 57.32 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
General
Merchants (Images): Electronic Imaging
Additional Specifications
Included Components: Speakers, Stand
Remote Control: Basic Remote
QAM Tuner: Yes
Input: A/V (Composite), Analog Coaxial(RF), HDMI, S-Video, VGA
Mounting: Desktop, Wallmount
Vertical Viewing Angle: 178 degrees
HDTV Compatible: Yes
Horizontal Viewing Angle: 178 degrees
Output: Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Line Out (1/8" Mini), Variable/Fixed Audio
General Features: 3/2 Pulldown, Headphone Jack, Multi-Language Menu, Progressive Scan
Audio Format Supported: MTS Stereo, SRS, Stereo, Surround Sound
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Expert Reviews
sony kdl46v2500 television
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sony Kdl46v2500 Television receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.42 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #66 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
Very pleased with our KDL-46V2500 Bravia LCD TV
5 Star Review   By member brad2by2 - Feb 27, 2008   

Strengths: Great picture quality which can be viewed from any angle and anywhere in the room, regardless of room lighting.

Weakness: Relatively slow advancement through the various TV inputs on the remote control.

We purchased this LCD widescreen television in November 2007. I was at first reluctant to spend this much on a television, but after using the television for nearly three months, we have absolutely no regrets! The picture is amazing. And the 1080 HD quality on sporting events (assuming you have HD programming) is even better. We have used our television for video games--including Wii and PS3--DVD movies, old VHS movies, and normal television viewing. As I've already said, the picture quality is amazing. We use normal sound for viewing television, and then we have it hooked up to a surround sound amplifier and speakers for watching movies. That's almost too much! The only "weakness" we have discovered is that it seems like it takes too long to scroll between inputs when using the remote control. I think I may try a harmony universal remote to see if this makes it easier to switch between inputs. My family is very pleased with this product and have no trouble recommending this Bravia television, which is on the lower end of the Sony line.

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Sony KDL-46V2500 46
4 Star Review   By member xp4pro - Feb 3, 2008   

Strengths: Quality

The is V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV. It features the 16:9 1080p HD Resolution Panel (1920 x 1080). The embeded ATSC Tuner allows you to watch the digital TV OTA or from the cable without an additional digital coverter box. If you have a hd-dvd or blueray dvd player, the two HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports are useful.

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Really Great Picture
5 Star Review   By member GeoHam - Nov 30, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent picture. Easy set up.

Weakness: Remote isn't all that great.

I looked at several brands at retail stores and this model always had an excellent picture. The user recommendations clinched my decision. I purchased on line at a good price and was pleased with the service. Out of the box I picked up 30 HD stations on my antenna and the picture was better than in the stores. Good manual, easy to set up, no clouding or problems to date.

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Awsome
5 Star Review   By member swaroops - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Great Picture, Easy setup

Weakness: Basic Remote

I purchased the Sony 46" 1080P HDTV during Black Friday sales. The TV appears designed for a stand than for mounting - Swivel pedestal and Buttons on top (great if you have kids at home). I connected the basic antenna and was able to pick up more than 8 channels in HD (3 in 1080i). The SD channels were not too bad either. Once I connected the DVD (Samsung 1080P7), the picture blew my mind. The remote for the TV was basic. The TV is a little heavier than the competition (Sharp/Samsung). I found no LCD clouds on my TV, though that was the common reported problem.

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A Great TV with Super Picture Quality
4 Star Review   By member tomprc - Sep 8, 2007   

Strengths: Super Picture Quality. Great production quality. No cloud issues (07/2007 manu. date). No dead pixel.

Weakness: No PIP/POP. A bit pricy. HDMI is not 1.3.

KDL-46V2500 BRAVIA 46" LCD TV (Widescreen, 1920x1080, 1300:1, HDTV) The Sony brand is not the same as the other no-name brand. This TV shows it. The picture quality (PQ) is super. I love it. The HD PQ is WOW. The SD PQ is great. I got one with July 2007 manufactory date. There is NO cloud issue as reported in previously dated products. There is also NO dead pixel at all. I am very pleased with both facts. The menu system is friendly and nice designed. But I can’t find any way to change the settings for R/G/B separately. The remote is not that good. But I am not going to use it anyway as I have a Sony universal remote, which provides even more features then the original remote. No PIP and POP is a major disappointment to me. Even the $1300 no-name brand has PIP/POP. A minor disappointment is that there is no USB port for firmware upgrade. Overall, I am happy with this product. The PQ is the most important feature of an HDTV anyway.

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kdl-46v2500 Bravia 46" LCD TV
5 Star Review   By member laraine18 - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Sharp and clear picture, Color excellent, Good support by Sony, easy to maneuver remote, excellent directions in manual

I am very satisfied with product. I highly recommend product to future buyers. There is no glare even though its below a skylight. Very satisfied with Sony support. We have High Density stations and receiving excellent reception. The manual is well written describing TV in great detail. Sound and picture is excellent.

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Sony KDL-46V2500
4 Star Review   By member quyen51 - Aug 9, 2007   

Strengths: 1080p support for excellent HD experience from HD DVD and Blu-Ray movies. The set has the swivel stand which is great for changing the viewing angle. Price is more reasonable than the XBR2/3.

Weakness: No support for 1080p at 24 fps native signal. Only 2 HDMI connections and no way to update firmware.

Wish this set has HDMI 1.3 and the support for 1080p24 input which would have future-proof my investment. HD PQ is excellent but SD is OK, I suggest getting a Blu-Ray player that upconverts your DVDs to 1080p.

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Amazing Picture!
5 Star Review   By member balcy24 - Aug 8, 2007   

Strengths: HD is incredible. SD ranges from incredible from an antenna to average from Dish. Sound is OK from the set (haven't connected to my receiver yet). No lamps to replace!

Weakness: Needs side connection for HDMI

I replaced a 4 year old Panasonic 40 inch rear projection TV (1080i) with this set. What a difference! The picture is brighter, sharper and even more detailed. The colors really pop. Watching the local news over an outside antenna, one station's SD broadcast is just as clear as another station's HD news. SD content over Dish ranges from average to very good depending on the compression. Discovery HD literally sucks you in. My wife was watching FOODTV HD and said she noticed a little flour on Paula's shirt. I haven't seen any ghosting issues other than with no video signal present. The upper left side of the screen is a tad lighter than the rest of the screen. It's not noticable otherwise. All I adjusted out of the box was using normal instead of vivid, and turned the lamp output down from 8 to 6. That's it! I whole-heartedly recommend this LCD from Sony.

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Great LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member WilliamWM - Jun 6, 2007   

Strengths: Good contrast 1080P

Weakness: Cheap looking remote No HDMI connector on side or front No PIP

I've had this television almost two weeks now, and I haven't seen the "ghosting" or "clouds" others have noted. I have an April 2007 build date. The set is easy to configure, has intuitive menus, and an easy-to-use remote (although it is somewhat cheap looking). This is a much better value than the XBR 2 or 3. Only negatives are a lack of PIP and not enough inputs (HDMI and/or DVI) on the side or front for hookups to a computer.

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KDL-46V2500 BRAVIA 46" LCD TV (1080p)
5 Star Review   By member jnelson17 - May 12, 2007   

Strengths: This is an awesome TV! Picture quality is excellent, and the TV looks great in my living room.

Upgraded from a 27" CRT and am (obviously) very impressed. This is a very user-friendly television. I did a great deal of competitive research before deciding on this TV, and would recommend it to anyone! In my opinion, this is top-of-the-line!

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Incredible quality XBR engine
5 Star Review   By member alshvar - May 4, 2007   

Strengths: 2 HDMI inputs 2 HDMI inputs 2 HDMI inputs,Picture Quality, Swivel Pedestal,

This is a wonderful TV! The LCD has the same 1080p resolution as the XBR. Who really wants a heavy floating glass frame around the screen of their TV? And if you place your TV on a stand, the swivel pedestal is a must!

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OUTSTANDING LCD
5 Star Review   By member SIMPSONEARL - May 4, 2007   

Strengths: EVERYTHING

I bought the April 07 production unit from Fry's and this LCD rocks. Perfect picture in everyway. Digital cable built in. So you can pick up all unscrambled digital cable channels without a hitch. No clouds at all.

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"Best Picture" winner!
5 Star Review   By member chuckthompson - Apr 8, 2007   

Strengths: GREAT picture! And all eight inputs have independent picture adjustment. Four HD inputs (2 HDMI, 2 composite picture) allow us to connect everything we have.

Weakness: We haven’t found any yet

We shopped for several months before selecting this product. The key factor was the picture – we wanted one that looked as natural as possible. Most display units are running the factory default settings, which tend toward oversaturated colors and very bright pictures. We were able to find a few stores where we could play with the picture settings. This product has an easy-to-use on-screen picture adjustment which allows us to get the picture “just right” without a lot of hassle. And it can be set differently for each of the 8 inputs. The picture quality sold us! Note: We have not seen the “cloudy black” problem mentioned by several of the other reviewers.

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absolutely great TV
5 Star Review   By member fkepner - Mar 26, 2007   

Strengths: best color and clarity

Weakness: none yet

We have spent a couple of months deciding which one of the tv brands, and type before we finally purchase this one. It really is a great set. it is one of the most pricey, but I got a great deal on the internet...I would recommend it to anyone

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Excellent Choice
4 Star Review     

Strengths: HD Picture quality, brightness, color, menu/settings, SONY

Weakness: Honestly, none that I would complain about. Some camera angles in sports broadcast are blurred.

New house, so we needed a new TV. Upgraded from standard 25" to this, WOW! Fits perfectly in our big "great room". Convinced my wife we needed to have a focal point for the room before design/layout of new furniture, the Sony was it. Not cheap, but this fit the budget. Advice, go see the pictures at the store. It takes some time to get used to the size and settings. No need to watch 480 on the major networks, they all have 1080. Other 480 channels are acceptable, though it's noticeable. With some tweaking and trial and error, can customize to your liking. HDMI is the key, get the cable and hook it up to your HDMI HD cable box, you'll see! My father has a Bravia XBR 46", I cant tell the difference.

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Awesome TV
5 Star Review   By member marinamae - Mar 10, 2007   

Strengths: HD pic is outstanding menu screen is easy to navigate 8 video inputs

Weakness: none yet

This TV is really outstanding. No clouds here. I can not believe how black the black is. My TV was manuf in Feb 2007 and i received it in March. Maybe only the early versions had a problem. The pic is stunning whether receiving an HD signal or just a digital signal. i cannot speak to how the TV receives an analog signal. The sound is fine. I decided on this set r/t the Samsung. I think it has a better picture and no glare off the trim. Bought it off the net and saved $600 over the local big boxes. This set is hundreds to thousands less than the XBR sets. Buy it!

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GREAT TV
5 Star Review   By member BENDERFRY - Mar 10, 2007   

Strengths: 1080P, GREAT PICTURE IN ANY MODE.

Weakness: ONLY 2 HDMI INPUTS

I'VE HAD THIS TV FOR 2 MONTHS AND LOVE IT. I'VE READ OTHER REVEIWS ABOUT CLOUD ISSUE, HAVE NOT HAD THAT PROBLEM. I THINK THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE RETURNED THERE TV'S.

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Superb Picture, Incredible detail - A sunny day all the way
4 Star Review   By member Wilamowski - Feb 10, 2007   

Strengths: 1080i produces great picture quality on HD channels. Enough inputs/outputs for mosts users, HDMI connects to Cable box

Weakness: Sound hums slightly with Cablevision's HD SA box. Regular def channels vary in picture quality from great to average. Sound quality is not the greatest, but good.

I've had this set for 3 months now and love it. The picture is great on HD channels and I've looked hard for "clouds" but couldn't find any. Had a Vizio 46" LCD and its sound quality was better, probably because of the sub-woofer, but its picture quality was no comparison to the SONY's so I returned it. The detail on HD shows makes you feel as if you're right there. HD broadcast quality seems to vary and I've gotten spoiled by the better broadcasts. I've looked hard at multiple sets before I purchased the SONY and could not find a better looking picture. I had to view the sets in multiple stores to get a true feel for the stores' set up variations. I spotted the best picture before looking at the brand name and everytime it was the SONY. I considered the S2500 series, but the 1080p proved to be a significant improvement. I highly recommend this set. Surprisingly, the price has not dropped since I bought it on sale in November.

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excellent tv, too bad about the cloud issue
3 Star Review   By member koteaz - Dec 20, 2006   

Strengths: 1080p on two HDMI inputs, excellent color and picture quality, 1:1 pixel mapping for computer use

Weakness: cloud issue, HDMI is not 1.3, wish the side inputs were 3rd HDMI instead of S-video

there are couple things i wish this tv had to make an excellent tv better. but there is one thing i wish this tv did not have: the clouds during dark scenes. . i would not steer people away from this set altogether, but i would throw up a huge yellow caution flag about the backlight/cloud issue. search for photos online of this issue. keep in mind that some sets are worse than others, and some don't have the issue at all. . make sure you buy from some place that has a very good return/exchange policy. you don't want to see this first hand and realize its a deal breaker for you. . solid four stars if this cloud issue were gone. solid 5 stars if clouds were gone AND this tv had HDMI 1.3 and/or another HDMI port on the side panel.

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Beautiful set with a fatal flaw
1 Star Review   By member nyc_jeff - Dec 19, 2006   

Strengths: Amazing picture quality, tons of features and dual HDMI inputs on a true 1080p set

Weakness: Cloudy blacks on LCD panel

This is an absolutely beautiful TV set and I would recommend it to everybody if not for its fatal flaw - an LCD panel with the worst case of "clouding" I've seen. The picture quality is amazing - the colors are vibrant, the screen is bright and large and HD programming is simply breathtaking. If not for the screen clouding, which appears on any black screen - i.e., credits, space scenes, whatever, and from any source (DVD, TV, or no source at all), I would happily recommend this TV. Unfortunately the screen clouding problem is just too big to ignore. While it would be nice if my problem were an isolated example, a Google search of "xbr clouding" demonstrates that many owners of both the v2500 sets and the XBR2 and XBR3 sets (that share the same panel as the v2500) are dealing with this clouding problem. I have contacted Sony, who claims they've never heard of the problem, and others have been told its normal (though people with the early production models of this set have no such problems). Bottom line: don't buy this set. It is a shame and I am stuck with mine, but you don't have to be.

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