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Sony Bravia V-Series KDL-42V4100 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

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  • 16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution (1920x1080p) LCD Panel
  • DMex ¿ compatible; allows seamless feature upgrades
  • BRAVIA® Sync¿ (HDMI-CEC)
  • Enhanced XMB¿ with 3D graphics incl. TV Guide
  • HDMI¿ x4, HD Component x2, PC Input
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight63 pounds
Product Dimensions40.8 x 4.4 x 26.8 inches
Item model numberKDL-42V4100
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB0019GWYRQ
Best Sellers Rank #165,219 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight69.4 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 AvailableApril 21, 2008
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KDL-42V4100
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

Ready for HD done the Sony way? Sony's KDL-42V4100 brings 1080p picture quality home with amazing, Sony-exclusive features like the XMB (Xross Media Bar®) with 3D graphics, DMex capability so you can add functionality to your TV, and picture quality technologies like ACE (Advanced Contrast Enhancer) and BRAVIA Engine 2¿. Add to that a sophisticated, piano black design, 24p capability so you can get the most out of the movies you watch on Blu-ray and DVD, 4 HDMI¿ inputs along with three other HD-capable connections, and what you have is a television that can bring dreams to life.

From the Manufacturer

The BRAVIA V-Series HDTVs add an easy-to-use graphic interface and digital expandable to premium Full HD 1080p performance with Sony's Xross Media bar interface.

Thanks to some great new features V-Series HDTVs make the user experience more fun. Sony’s rich graphics make accessing video content and digital
images colorful, fun and easy to do. TV channels, inputs, and digital images can be quickly accessed and enjoyed by the entire family. When the family wants to find out what’s on TV and to quickly access it things get a whole easier with the integration of TV Guide’s Interactive Program Guide (IPG) into Sony’s exclusive Xross Media Bar (XMB) user interface. TV Guide On Screen delivers updated program listings to users. BRAVIA Sync includes BRAVIA Theatre Sync HDMI-CEC functions along with the added functionality of controlling BRAVIA Syncenabled camcorders right on the TV screen using the BRAVIA HDTV’s remote control. No more getting up and down from the comfort of your easy chair to fast forward through those forgettable moments or rewind back to those magic memories. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy life with BRAVIA V-Series HDTVs.

Key Features

  • New: TV Guide IPG (Learn more)
  • New: Enhanced (XMB) User Interface with Rich 3D Graphics (Learn more)
  • 16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution Panel (1920 x 1080p) (Learn more)
  • BRAVIA Engine fully digital video processor (Learn more)
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit (ACE) (Learn more)
  • 24p True Cinema capable
  • DMeX capable (Learn more)
  • BRAVIA Sync capable (Learn more)
  • S-Force Front Surround Voice Zoom (Learn more)
  • Robust Connectivity with 4 HDMI inputs, 2 HD Component inputs, and a PC Input (Learn more)
  • Piano Gloss Black color
  • Remote: RM-YD023
  • Voice Zoom
Which Bravia HDTV is Right for You?


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Full HD 1080p

Full HD 1080p logoFull HD 1080p means our connections accept 1080p signals and the display will render that signal in Full HD 1080p. The flexibility of native 1920 x 1080 displays allows any high definition content to be viewed without the need to downconvert images to the native resolution of the display. Take full advantage of Blu-ray Disc players and PlayStation 3 systems that can deliver 1080p content.

(Found in S, V, W, Z, and XBR Series HDTVs)

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Digital Media Extender (DMex)

Sony's Digital Media Extender (DMex) offers a digital connection path for optional modules like the BRAVIA Internet Video Link, as well as other modules you can add in the future. Innovative DMex expansion capabilities integrate into the award-winning XMB user interface making HDTVs a powerful entertainment platform that not only meets current needs, but expands to meet tomorrow’s needs as well.

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BRAVIA Engine Technology

The latest version of Sony’s respected BRAVIA Engine fully digital video processor uses a collection of unique SONY algorithms to significantly reduce noise and produce sharp, vibrant, life-like images.
  • Dynamic Noise Reduction: Intelligently identifies and dramatically reduces noise in the signal according to the motion and brightness of each scene for clearer, crisper images.
  • Detail Enhancement: Improved image enhancement algorithms render greater overall detail.
  • Contrast Enhancement: Works with the Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit to optimize the contrast for every scene to create better depth and reality.
BRAVIA Engine technology optimizes the color, contrast, detail and clarity of every scene for the exceptional performance that BRAVIA HDTVs are known for.

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Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE)

Part of the cinematic drama in film-making comes from details found in shadows and dark areas of the picture. Sony’s Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE)n uses real-time image processing to dynamically adjust backlight levels for improved contrast without masking details the filmmaker intended you to see. ACE delivers deep blacks in darker scenes, as well as fine details in shadows and other dark areas of the picture for a difference you can truly see.

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24p True Cinema

Movies and many prime time TV programs are shot at 24 frames per second. This means that TVs operating at any refresh rate that is not an even multiple of 24 will have to do some interpolation to present the content. TVs operating at at 30Hz or 60Hz traditionally solved this via a method called "2:3 pulldown". The television repeats the first film frame over the first two fields of video, and the second film frame over the next three fields of video (1, 1, 2, 2, 2), and continues to do this with the 3rd and 4th frames, the 5th and 6th framer (1,1,2,2,2 - 3,3,4,4,4 - 5,5,6,6,6), and so on until 24 frames are displayed over 60 refresh cycles. This discrepancy in the number of times frames are displayed can lead to a jerky motion in filmed material which some viewers notice  for example, especially with scenes that pan.

120, on the other hand, is an even multiple of 24. Ttelevisions with 24p capability, operating at 120Hz, can display an equal number of frames for every refresh cycle.

The benefit— You can watch movies in natural, cinematic motion, the way they are seen at the cinema. Every single frame of the movie can now be seen without using additional video processing that converts film-based images to video reproduction. Additionally, 24p True Cinema input capability can be used along with Motionflow™ 120Hz technology for outstanding fluid motion beyond what you would typically see at the cinema. Once you experience 24p video it will be hard to view video without it.

(Found in S, V, W, Z, and XBR Series HDTVs).

Sony's Blu-ray disc players wisely take advantage of this by including 24p output capability.

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Rich Graphic On-Screen Control Interface

Delivering a fun user experience is what the new rich graphics are designed to do. Accessing video content and sharing digital photos with your family and friends on an HDTV is now fast, easy and fun. Colorful thumbnails cascade before your eyes allowing you to visually choose what you want to see. Viewing digital images through Sony’s photo viewer is now more organized and can be quickly accessed.

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TV Guide On-Screen Interactive Program Guide

TV GUIDE logo The TV Guide On-screen IPG delivers continually updated program listings to users. The guide requires no subscription fees or phone connection and is available at no extra cost to the consumer. Sony is the first company to integrate the TV Guide On-Screen User Interface into a custom interface — Sony’s exclusive Xross Media Bar user interface.

(Found in all V, W, Z, and XBR Series HDTVs)

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Connectivity

In 2007 Sony included HDMI CEC capability in select HDTV and BRAVIA Theatre Home Audio products, which led to a one-touch function Sony feature called BRAVIA Theatre Sync This feature allows the access and control multiple tasks and system operations with one button ease. BRAVIA Sync is now being introduced as the name for a new family of control features that not only includes BRAVIA Theatre Sync, but will now include BRAVIA Sync. This feature allows the user to control a CEC-enabled camcorder connected to a BRAVIA HDTV via an HDMI cable by using the HDTV’s remote control and an on-screen display that shows camcorder transport functions.

(Found in all V, W, Z, and XBR Series HDTVs)

All Connections
  • 4 HDMI — High Definition Multimedia
  • 2 component video inputs
  • PC Input: Limited to resolutions supported by both the PC and the Sony TV. See Sony TV users manual and PC documentation for supported resolutions.
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Optimized Theater Mode

Developed in consultation with the Sony Pictures Entertainment movie studio, most 2008 Sony BRAVIA LCD HDTVs feature our optimized Theater Mode. Selecting the THEATER mode on the BRAVIA HDTV remote automatically adjusts a number of key elements that have an important impact on reproducing movies better. Skin tones and lighting are seen as natural without over-enhancing color and contrast. The picture is fine-tuned for a dark viewing environment just like the cinema and optimized for LCD display technology. Even the right amount of film grain is included. All of this helps preserve the mood and detail so you enjoy the cinema
experience that you go to the theater to see, right in the comfort of your home.

Optimized Theater Mode is another great example of Sony HDNA in action. We not only create the exciting movies that you see at the cinema but also enhance the home viewing experience to
recreate it as only Sony can.

(Found on most Sony BRAVIA LCD HDTVs.)

Note: Optimized "Theater Mode" was developed in consultation Columbia Pictures, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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Audio Features

S-Force Front Surround
Built around a sophisticated set of Sony algorithms, the S-Force Front Surround enhancement function generates realistic surround sound from the two speakers in the TV. Unlike some other "virtual surround" technologies, S-Force Front Surround sound does not need to be bounced off of side walls or other surfaces to hear three-dimensional sound. No matter what the size or shape of the room it's possible to hear sounds from behind you.

SRS TruSurround XT
TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through any two-speaker playback system, including internal television speakers and headphones. It is fully compatible with all multichannel formats up to 5.1 channels. High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the two hidden, downward-firing side-mounted 2.2-channel dome speakers built into the TV.

SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass.

TruSurround XT audio also adds three audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience.
  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into Focus during the playback of any surround-encoded material to make speech much clearer and crisper.
  • TruBass creates incredible deep rich bass allowing a person to perceive significantly deeper, richer low bass tones that are far beyond the physical low frequency capabilities of the speaker itself.
  • The SRS WOW feature widens the soundstage by processing standard two-channel stereo material as well as multi-channel encoded material for a dramatic improvement in the playback of any stereo audio over a two-speaker system.
Stereo broadcast reception is offered for MTS and SAP with 181-channel capacity. A sound leveler keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing.

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Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.
If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
  • Minimum size= Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5
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Which Sony Bravia Series is Right For You?



Size Range
Resolution Bravia Engine ACE True 24p DMex TV Guide IPG 3D Graphic Onscreen Controls 120 Hz 10-Bit
Deep Color x.v. Color DLNA
Backlight Dynamic Contrast Multi Device Control Inputs Speakers Standard Features
L-Series 32",37"
720p
(1366x768)












8,000:1
1 Comp,
2 HDMI
2 x 10W
1 PC Input

178 degree viewing angle

VESA mounting compatible

8 ms panel response

ATSC/NTSC tuner with QAM







M-Series (19-inch) 19"
720p
(1440x900)












9,000:1
1 Comp,
1 HDMI
2 x 5W
M-Series 26",32",
37"
720p
(1366x768)
BE2 ACE









9,000:1 Bravia Theatre Sync 2 Comp, 2 HDMI
2 x 10W
N-Series 26",32",
37"
720p
(1366x768)
BE2 ACE









9,000:1 Bravia Theatre Sync 2 Comp, 2 HDMI
6 (2x7W + 20W internal subwoofer + 2x7W external)
S-Series 40",46"
1080p
(1920x1080)

ACE check








25,000:1
2 Comp, 3 HDMI
2 x 10W
V-Series 40",42",
46",52"
1080p
(1920x1080)
BE2 ACE check check check check





25,000:1 Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
2 x 10W
W-Series 40",46",
52"
1080p
(1920x1080
BE2 ACE check check check check check




30,000:1 Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
2 x 10W
Z-Series 40",46"
1080p
(1920x1080
BE2 ACE check check check check check check check
check
30,000:1 Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
2 x 10W
XBR6-Series (37-inch or smaller) 32",37"
1080p
(1920x1080
)
BE2 ACE
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25,000:1 Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
2 x 10W
XBR6-Series (40-inch or larger) 40",46",
52"
1080p
(1920x1080
BE2 ACE check check check check check check check check check WCG-CCFL TBD Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
2 x 10W
XBR7-Series 40",70"
1080p
(1920x1080
BE2 ACE check check check check check check check check check WCG-CCFL TBD Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
TBD
XBR8-Series 46",55"
1080p
(1920x1080
BE2 Pro ACE Pro check check check check check check check check check TRILUMINOS RGB LED TBD Bravia Sync 2 Comp, 4 HDMI
TBD

Customer Reviews

A great set for the living room, well worth the money.
Art Sloan
I recommend Sony Bravia V-Series KDL-42V4100 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV to anyone anyday.
A. Owoseni
It just felt safer for me to simply go out and buy it from the local Best Buy.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2008
We've had one now for about two weeks and the shakedown period is close to over with it and we've been very happy with this choice. It took quite a while to finally make a decision to dump our 27" Sony Trinitron for a new fangled LCD TV as the thing still sounds and looks good after 17 years!

But that was two weeks ago and now that I'm use to seeing everything (especially good is text) on 42 inches of LCD, I'd never go back. The term "Wow" is an understatement. Yeah, I've seen big LCD TV's in bars and restaurants but until you've got one in the quiet of your own home, you just don't know the difference.

Here's the Pro's and Con's of this 42" Sony V-series TV:

Pros:
* Exterior design is very attractive. I like the piano black frame and front part of the stand. Very classy. The gray sound bar on the front and the gray on the back part of the stand are nice accents but don't detract from the main color.
* Setup was very easy. I pulled the TV out of the box (we bought ours from a Big Box Store) and put the stand on the TV cabinet. My wife and I picked up the TV and set it into the neck of the stand. 4 phillips screws attach the TV to the stand. Just have your electric screwdriver charged and ready for duty.
* The flat, no-gloss LCD screen is the way to go. I looked at some TV's that had a very pretty glossy screens but it doesn't take much additional light to grab reflections.
* Sony's TV menu system is really good. I find it very easy to navigate to the feature I want to change. If you're use to the Sony PS3 or PSP, it's the same thing. Also, Sony gives you a free connection to an interactive TV Guide station. Very nice to navigate and read but it's only available if you watch the TV through cable without the company's cable box attached.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Art Sloan on August 30, 2008
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A great set for the living room, well worth the money. The Sony "V" series of LCD sets have all the same features as the more expensive "W" series sets, with the exception that the "V" series sets don't have the 120hz motion enhancer feature or the logo illumination feature. I think the average viewer won't notice the difference.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Conforti on September 3, 2008
Pros:
Sony reliability (ignore angry reviewer)
No reflections on screen
4 HDMI ports
Nice looking package, neat see through glass
Excellant picture from any HDMI source
Great menu's

Cons:
No 120Hz
Stand is difficult to get perfectly straight
No Surround pass-thru over optical in/out

Comments:
Don't worry about the 120Hz/24p stuff for blu-ray, they look great without it. I would consider the 120Hz if you happen do read a lot of scrolling text. Buy a blu-ray player, and buy all your cables online at a tenth the price.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Backpacker on December 29, 2008
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If you're buying your first HDTV or are moving up from an existing 720p/i HDTV to a 1080p, definitely look at the Sony V series and up. Sony simply destroys the competition.

1. Spent 3 hours at a retail store looking at all TVs from 720p to 1080p. Sony was easily better than all other brands - Samsung, Toshiba, LG and others. The sharpness and delineation in landscape with both darks and lights - as in cliffs by the ocean or a snowy area - are crisper on the Sonys.
2. My budget was $1000. Ordered the Bravia 42V4100 for $1042 from Amazon (minus $75 coupons) for what I would have paid for a 40" at the store, on Saturday Dec 20.
3. ETA was Dec 30. Arrived ahead of time through CEVA. I tracked the package online and as soon as it arrived in L.A. on Dec 24, I called CEVA. The polite lady scheduled delivery for Friday 26th. The CEVA driver called at 11 am and said he was arriving at my house. He did a white glove delivery - arrived on schedule, was courteous, carried the TV carton on his shoulder to my bedroom, and installed the TV on its stand with a philips screwdriver.
4. I hooked the TV to my Time Warner HDTV cable box via component cables.
5. The picture blew me away. Make sure 'Picture' is set to Vivid. I cycled through all of TimeWarner's 40 available HD channels and saved them to a favorites folder so I wouldn't have to look at non HD channels.
6. The picture is vibrant, bright, crystal clear sharp. Skin and hair are outstanding in texture. Text is simply breathtaking. You will not want to look at non HD channels at all since they appear archaic and pixelated. The TV itself is sexy - excellent quality of material and looks. The factory presets are very good. HD broadcasts will automatically play in the 'Full' wide setting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2008
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I'll keep this short.
What I like:
Great pictures quality. I have a 32" HD Samsung in the bedroom and this television is far far superior.Albeit the Samsung is about 5 years old and is a 1080i.
Sleek contemporary design. The menu controls are thin and are located on the top of the TV instead of the front so they aren't noticeable at first glance.
Even without the 120Hz MotionFlow feature, I caught some baseball and football games and didn't notice too much of the "pixeling" that occurs when there's a lot of motion on the screen. I've seen the Motionflow feature in action on an XBR4 and it's definitely better than this TV. But if spending an extra few hundred bucks is out of the question for you, then I would highly recommend this model.

Great price for a Sony and you're not sacrificing quality.

What I don't like:
Only thing I noticed that kinda annoys me is the delay in the response when you're changing input sources. I have a DVD player, Cable Receiver, and Direct TV receiver connected to this TV. When switching between these video sources, the screen goes to Sony's default background for a couple of seconds before actually displaying the video. It's not a big issue, but I'm pretty impatient when it comes to these kinds of things.

Finally,

I'd like to comment on the Amazon delivery service. I hesitated quite a bit before purchasing this TV from Amazon. It just felt safer for me to simply go out and buy it from the local Best Buy. Since this was such a big purchas (literally), I thought it might be safer to buy it from the store. But after careful consideration, and weighing my options. I decided to purchase from Amazon and the transaction went completely smoothly. I saved over $600 by purchasing it from Amazon.
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