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Sony Bravia S-Series KDL-32S5100 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black

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  • Full Hd 1080P Resolution And Stunning Contrast
  • Features Advanced Contrast Enhancer (Ace) For An Impressive Dynamic Contrast Ratio Of 30,000:1
  • Digital Video Processor For A Superior Resolution
  • 2 Component And 1 Pc Are Provided To Connect All Of Your Hd Devices Including Playstation 3
  • High-End Quality
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight26.3 pounds
Product Dimensions31.5 x 3.6 x 21.1 inches
Item model numberKDL-32S5100
Color NameBlack
Special FeaturesACE (Advanced Contrast Enhancer), Light SensorTM technology, Exceeds ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements, Color System : NTSC, Video Signal : 1080/60p (HDMITM / COMPONENT), 1080/60i, 1080/24p (HDMITM ONLY), 720/60p, 480/60p, 480/60i, Game Mode, Wide Mode : Full, Normal, Wide Zoom, Zoom, Full Pixel, 24p True CinemaTM Technology, Dimensions (Approx.) : 31 1/2 x 23 x 9 in (798 x 583 x 227mm) with pedestal; 31 1/2 x 21 1/8 x 3 5/8 in (798 x 536 x 89mm) without pedestal, Weight (Approx.) : 28.9 lbs. (13.1kg) with pedestal; 26.3 lbs. (11.9kg) without pedestal
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Best Sellers Rank #124,929 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight34 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableMarch 3, 2009
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  • ACE (Advanced Contrast Enhancer)
  • Light SensorTM technology
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements
  • Color System : NTSC
  • Video Signal : 1080/60p (HDMITM / COMPONENT), 1080/60i, 1080/24p (HDMITM ONLY), 720/60p, 480/60p, 480/60i
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Product Description

Sony’s S-series TVs put amazing picture quality and stunning dynamic contrast in reach for value-oriented consumers who want to step up into the Sony Full HD 1080p experience. These TVs represent the entry-level models in Sony’s large screen offerings in 2009 and offer the superior resolution and contrast, advanced image processing features, and variety of HD input options available on high-end BRAVIA HDTVs -- all in an affordable package. With three HDMI connections, you can hook up a Sony PlayStation3 entertainment system, Blu-ray Disc player, or any other HDMI-capable equipment and get uncompressed digital video and multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. You also have numerous other HD connection options, including YPbPr Component inputs as well as a PC input for using your laptop or desktop PC with your big-screen HDTV. No matter which HD source you use, the exclusive Sony BRAVIA Engine 2 fully digital video processor ensures that images look sharp and brilliant. With BRAVIA Link compatibility, you can easily expand your high-resolution home theater set-up with optional BRAVIA Wireless Link, BRAVIA DVD Link, or BRAVIA Input Link Modules. And BRAVIA Sync makes controlling everything a snap. Additionally, BRAVIA S-Series HDTVs exceed Energy Star 3.0 requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features, such as Light Sensor technology that adjusts backlight intensity based on ambient room lighting conditions and Dynamic Backlight Control that adjusts backlight intensity based on the brightness of the image on the screen. Utilizing these features can reduce power consumption by up to 60% in a typical home theater environment.

Customer Reviews

The picture quality is great!
Jennifer L. Mayes
At these low volume levels, the TV sounds terrible.
Y. Goren
It's December 27, 2010 and my warranty is up today.

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185 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie A. on April 18, 2009
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I bought this for my bedroom last week and am pretty happy with it. I have a 40" XBR2 in the family room and this model's picture is surprisingly comparable. I bought it through Amazon for MUCH less than BB or Sears. I do have a couple issues that prevent me from giving it five stars: first, it takes quite a long time for the picture to appear when you turn it on and switching inputs takes even longer than my XBR2. The other peave I have is setting the sleep timer; on most TV's there's a dedicated 'Sleep' button on the remote. On the S5100 you have to hit the 'Tools' button on the remote, select 'Clock/Timers', select your sleep time, then press the 'Menu' button to clear the on-screen menu. Wow! All-in-all, neither of those are that big of a deal, but the next issue is the one that's provoking me to call Sony Customer Service. There is a significant amount of noise in the TV's audio output -- especially at low volume. It sounds like the signal is over-modulated, but at higher volume levels it's not as noticable. I haven't tried a set of external speakers to see if the noise is still there, but I have tried component, composite, and HDMI inputs all with the same results. Perhaps I'll update this review with the results of my call to Sony.

UPDATE 5/1: I called Sony about the audio issue; they wanted to send out a technician. I opted to have J&R swap out the TV but the same exact problem exists on the replacement. I guess I'm going to take Sony up on their offer to send someone out. I can't tolerate this problem considering it is our bedroom TV and is often used at low volume levels.

UPDATE 5/19: I just finished packing up the unit to return to J&R, who have been great BTW!
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ethan T Ezaki on August 2, 2009
I had the exact same problem as Vinnie A. I had the KDL-32S5100 in my bedroom and the sound at low levels on this TV is horrible. Multiple inputs HDMI, DVD player and Fios all sounded great on other TVs but this set made low level sound full of static. I replaced my TV with Sony support and the same exact problem! I now have 2 TVs to return that has become a major pain because sony doesn't want return TVs they want to exchange for refurbished TVs. I have spent 8-10 hours on this problem and now I am very frustrated with the set and customer service. Bottom line is if you don't use the speakers on this set then it is great 4 stars for picture (would be 5 but the DVD player only looks good if the total size of the picture is made to fit a 4:3 aspect ratio otherwise the TV stretches or zooms the image and distorts the picture). HDMI picture is great off a PS3 blue ray. Remember the sound is the problem for this set: You have been warned by 2 reviews that say this is a problem at low levels. FYI I am trying to return the sets and look into other brands because Sony has lost their touch, which is sad because my house looks like a sony store.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martin on July 6, 2009
Picture wise, this TV has been good/great. I've had it now for a week and the picture is superbly better than the two year old Samsung 32" LCD it replaced. I did update the firmware but I still notice the contrast shift at times. However, the one glaring issue with this TV (and all Sony KDL-xxS5100 sets as I've found) is the lack of Dolby Digital 5.1 audio output.

Yes, the TV has an Optical Digital output that the manual states will output PCM audio. However, it does not list that it is limited to only 2 channel linear PCM audio (which I later found listed under the HDMI input specs on the unit). A call to Sony confirmed the flaw, and that it is intentionally done (though I am waiting to hear from a Sony engineer as to why this is). Frankly, I never considered that an ATSC/QAM tuner would not output 5.1 digital audio since it is part of the signal. And isn't HDTV all about high definition video and audio?

This probably isn't a problem for most people unless they don't have a digital cable box and have surround sound, but either way, I'm not sure this can be legal. And like I didn't have enough criteria when I was buying a TV before, but now I have to ask whether it outputs Dolby Digital 5.1??

I'll update if/when I hear back from Sony. In the mean time, I am returning the TV and getting the Panasonic 37" 1080p (which outputs 5.1 and fits in my entertainment cabinet).
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Plafke on August 27, 2009
(I urge you to read this review before making a purchase, I know I wrote a lot, but they outline some very critical deal-breaking issues.)

My first HDtv, a Sylvania broke about after 2 years, and I decided to get this Sony after doing a bunch of HDtv research. I'm using the HD capabilities for gaming (Playstation 3 at 1080p, Wii at 480p) and just getting a regular coaxial cable signal for my TV shows.

1) First, as can be seen in various reviews for this TV, there are some sound issues. The one I experienced was that, sometimes, the speakers would get very pop/crackling sounding and also have an echo on top of that. This issue happened when you changed channels. You'd land on a channel, and the issue would begin and would not go away unless you changed channels (I left it on for a couple hours just for testing purposes). However, this TV has a new firmware on Sony's support site which apparently directly addresses this issue. The first iteration of this model had the sound issue, but I got it before the new firmware came out, so I sent the first model back, and received the second one. The second one came with the new firmware and there was no more sound issue as far as I could tell.

2) This one bothered me more than the sound issue, as the sound issue only happened about once every 20-50 channel changes, and you could simply remove the echo sound just by changing channels. It's a visual issue that was not fixed between my first set and the replacement one. It's hard to describe; when a color would transition from a light color to a dark color in an image, you could see the actual separation lines of each gradient change, rather than just seeing a smooth transition of, for example, light blue to dark blue.
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