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Sony Grand WEGA KDS-50A2000 50-Inch SXRD 1080p Rear Projection HDTV

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  • Full HD (1920 x 1080)Picture Resolution with SXRD chip
  • 3 SXRD chips (R/G/B), Over 2 Million Pixels each.
  • Contrast Ratio up to 10000:1
  • 1080p Input for Full HD via HDMI rear connections (x2)
  • Bottom Speaker. Slim and Stylish Design.
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight75 pounds
Product Dimensions46.5 x 17.6 x 33 inches
Item model numberKDS-50A2000
Color NameSilver
Item Display Height33 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB000GZYMHG
Best Sellers Rank #276,131 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight87.7 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 AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KDS-50A2000
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

SXRD technology is the latest display technology developed by the legendary television engineers at Sony to meet and exceed the demands of a High Definition image at its full 1080 line resolution. Digitally transmitted High Definition signals can contain over 2 million individual detail points that need to be displayed accurately and rapidly. SXRD displays those 2 million detail points per SXRD panel accurately since the 3 SXRD chips actually contain enough pixels to fully display a 1080 line picture without interlacing it. SXRD has the speed to create a smooth, film like image. The SXRD chips have a blistering 2.5ms response time (total rise and fall time), which exceeds the demands of even the most rapidly moving High Definition images. And SXRD creates highly accurate, natural colors because the 3-chip design displays all the colors, all the time.

From the Manufacturer

Experience rear projection on a grand scale. The A2000 SXRD television brings the picture detail and clarity of SXRD display technology to the masses. Imagine: Full HD 1080p picture quality within a slim, compact design. The Grand WEGA™ SXRD™ Rear Projection HDTV is also equipped with Sony’s WEGA Engine™ system, which minimizes signal distortion to provide you with the best picture , and features enhanced connectivity with dual HDMI (1080p capability) and front component inputs (1080i). Add PC inputs, SRS® TruSurround XT audio enhancement technology and a compliment of other great features and you begin to see why Grand WEGA SXRD Rear Projection TVs are an excellent value. The Big picture has never looked better.

SXRD Panels
SXRD technology is the latest display technology developed by the legendary television engineers at Sony to meet and exceed the demands of a High Definition image at its full 1080 line resolution. Digitally transmitted High Definition signals can contain over 2 million individual detail points that need to be displayed accurately and rapidly. SXRD displays those 2 million detail points per SXRD panel accurately since the 3 SXRD panels actually contain enough pixels to fully display a 1080 line picture without interlacing it. SXRD has the speed to create a smooth, film like image. The SXRD panels have a blistering 2.5ms response time (total rise and fall time), which exceeds the demands of even the most rapidly moving High Definition images. And SXRD creates highly accurate, natural colors because the 3-panel design displays all the colors, all the time.

SXRD Technology
With a display area of 0.61", Sony’s third-generation SXRD chip is one of the world’s smallest microdisplay chips with a full 1920 x 1080 native resolution. It has an outstanding panel contrast ratio of up to 5000:1 (chip). Over two million pixels per chip deliver incredible detail and clarity. You can see things even in the deep shadows. There’s a true sense of depth and dimension without annoying screen door effects interfering with picture quality. And watching sports is like looking through a sky box window. Pictures are crisp and motion is smooth.

Advanced Iris
Advanced Iris is a special Sony function designed to improve brightness and contrast expression especially in darker scenes. It is accessed inside the Picture Menu and offers 2 Auto settings and 5 Manual settings. Auto 1 and Auto 2 are dynamic adjustments that automatically open and close the iris according to the gamma level of the picture on the screen. Auto 1 is best used for viewing video content that has a large variation in brightness from scene to scene. Auto 2 is best for viewing video content that has less variation in brightness from scene to scene. The 5 manual settings (Max, High, Medium, Low, and Min) can be used to adjust the iris opening to allow the best possible picture viewing depending on ambient room lighting conditions. For instance, High works well for viewing in brightly lit rooms. Low is a good setting for viewing in low light conditions.

WEGA Engine Video Processor
Leveraging Sony’s TV heritage and engineering expertise, the latest generation of Sony’s exclusive WEGA Engine™ is born. Its fully digital signal-processing path includes video processing functions that are designed to improve overall picture quality. Among the key functions that have been added to the WEGA Engine are:

  • Green, blue and white color enhancer circuit which selectively adjusts common natural colors like green, white and blue color levels for a more vivid image.
  • Digital MPEG Noise Reduction Circuit which reduces MPEG artifacts such as "block noise" and "mosquito noise" caused by compression used in digital broadcasts used to maximize bandwidth.
  • Digital Contrast Enhancer circuit processes every field automatically selecting out details and optimizing contrast for each scene. Adaptive processing improves the low contrast parts of the picture providing crisp and vivid images with high contrast.

HDMI and PC Inputs
Designed for maximum versatility, Sony’s Grand WEGA SXRD line is equipped with a comprehensive range of input interfaces. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI™ technology supports enhanced or High Definition video, together with multi-channel digital audio to provide matchless image and sound reproduction. A D-Sub 15 input also allows connection to your PC, allowing you to use your high resolution Grand WEGA SXRD TV as a computer monitor.

Customer Reviews

TV has a great picture in both HD and standard modes.
Amazon Customer
I have research several types of tv's from the plasma, LCD, and the rear projection and I am very pleased with the sony KDS-50A2000.
Ken J. Sudar
Good luck to those researching and you won't be disappointed in this TV, so go ahead and get it already!
Lance Echols

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172 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Weflen VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
My TV history: I've owned a Sony KF42WE610 set, which is an LCD Rear Proj. TV. I have helped purchase (and tweak) a Samsung HLP4663W DLP set for my parents, which replaced an older Mitsubishi CRT RPTV. I also own a 26" Syntax LT26HVE flat-panel LCD which I use as my PC monitor. I think it's fair to say I've seen my share of HDTVs.

Well, my parents bought me this set as a graduation gift, to replace my Sony LCD set which was lost in a housefire. And boy, am I ever pleased with it. Sony's SXRD (their proprietary version of LCOS, or Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology is easily superior to all of the above-mentioned techs (including Plasma, which I have not owned, but have viewed relatively extensively). It is offered at a "Sony mark-up" but not a tremendous one in terms of other 1080p-capable sets.

What really blows away competing technologies in the current marketplace is the black level. Sony's SXRD has, for the first time, equaled the deep, inky, rich blacks of a very good CRT or plasma set - and married it to the brightness of microdisplay technology, at a much more affordable price than flat-panel LCD or plasma sets.

The blacks are truly stunning. STUNNING. On my 2003-model Sony LCD RPTV, black was a very dark gray. On my parents' 2005-model Samsung DLP, blacks are better still, but you can still see a bit of light shining through. The blacks on Sony's SXRD sets are so dark, they are only barely discernable from a completely turned-off set. If you're new to microdisplay tvs, you may not be impressed. But when you've followed their evolution for 5 years like I have, it is just astounding the progress that has been made.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SaveFerris on February 8, 2007
This is somewhat lengthy but if you're going to spend $2,000 on a TV it's worth spending a minute reading up on it.

I purchased this TV a month or so ago. I actually purchased three TV's, put them all in my house to see which one I liked best and kept the Sony. I also had the Samsung HLS-5086W, and Toshiba 50HM66. One 1080p and two 720p sets. I purchased the 1080p Sony instead of the 720p model because I got it for a great price, it was the smallest premium for the 1080p model instead of the 720p model from the three manufactures. I think it's gone up some since I purchased it though - prices for micro-display rear projection TV's fluctuated wildly in December and January.

The picture quality is outstanding. It was the best of all the TV's I took home. I'm pretty picky and while this TV isn't perfect for me it has the best picture and ultimately that's what matters most.

The TV has more settings to adjust the picture then you'll likely need. This TV has the most impressive set of picture controls - at least compared to the other two I had, download the manual from Sony and you can look through all the settings you can control.

I really cannot comment on the sound, I'm running sound through an A/V receiver. But, it does have more sound settings then the Samsung or Toshiba. One thing about the audio out that I don't like is that it's only enabled for the coax inputs. If you plan to use composite or HDMI inputs then the audio out is not enabled. Probably not a big deal for most.

The feature set of this TV has more or less the same as the Samsung and Toshiba. One thing I'd have liked to have is auto input detection. The TV has 9 inputs which is great but can be time consuming to switch between inputs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew John Sincic on November 9, 2006
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This was my first HDTV, replacing a nine-year-old Sony Trinitron 27-inch CRT. I had my decision narrowed to the KDS-50A2000, the KDS-60A2000, and the Samsung HL-S5687.

My main search criteria were as follows, in order of importance: picture quality (including 1080p resolution and HDMI input--yes, I've bought into the hype), connectivity, and price. Not among my criteria were cabinet size (i.e. I didn't need a flat panel), sound reproduction, PIP, or cable card.

In the stores, the Samsung looked brighter, with more vibrant color, was bigger than the 50A2000 of course, and cheaper. So I was leaning that way, albeit reluctantly, because I'm somewhat a Sony loyalist. Meanwhile, the Sony 50A2000 was brighter than the 60A2000. I was told that's because the two sizes use the same lamp. The Sony images looked more finely detailed, maybe, or was that my loyalism coloring my perception?

Anyway, when the 50A2000 got down to $1950 on Amazon, free shipping, no sales tax, I went for it.

About my purchasing experience: all was well with Amazon, but the shipper, Eagle Global Logistics, got my name and phone number wrong. Their delivery date window was way too broad and wrong as it turns out. They recovered from their initial mistakes, though, with courtesy and efficiency. The delivery was much sooner than expected. I suggest you contact the shipper as soon as possible to work out details.

I also ordered the Sony DVPNS75H DVD player with the HDMI output.

I am no expert, but I am completely pleased with the sharpness of the image, the blacks, the whites, the color accuracy. It looks fantastic. The DVDs through the HDMI are stunning; I even hooked up my old LaserDisc player and it looks really good.
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