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Sony Grand WEGA KDF-55E2000 55-Inch 3LCD Rear Projection Television

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  • HD (1280 x 720) Picture Resolution (LCD Chip)
  • 3 LCD Chips (R/G/B); 921,600 Pixels Each
  • Cinema Black Pro for excellent contrast ratio
  • 2 HDMI (Rear) and 3 Component Inputs (1 Side/2 Rear)
  • DRC MF-V1 (Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction V1) technology
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Product Information

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Brand NameSony
Item Weight75 pounds
Product Dimensions51.2 x 17.4 x 35.7 inches
Item model numberKDF-55E2000
Color NameSilver
  
Additional Information
ASINB000G5YFD2
Best Sellers Rank #503,831 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight92.6 pounds
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Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KDF-55E2000
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

3LCD Chips --- The 3LCD technology at the heart of Sony's Grand WEGA televisions provide a bright picture, with high detail and natural color. These three key benefits are immediately apparent when viewing a Grand WEGA TV. You can expect to see an incredibly detailed picture with eye-popping colors. Sony uses three tiny LCD chips (0.73) with a combined resolution of over 2.76 million pixels. The light from a high output UHP lamp shines into a filtering system that splits the beam into red, green, and blue light streams. Each color goes through its own LCD chip, which passes or blocks the light. The three beams are then instantaneously recombined and sent to the projection lens. WEGA Engine System --- The WEGA Engine¿ system is the core video processing system that was designed based on Sony's expertise and long heritage in bringing cutting-edge picture quality to TVs for consumers. Its fully digital signal-processing path includes video processing functions that have been designed and optimized using Sony's video experience to improve overall picture quality.

From the Manufacturer

Packaged in a compact, two-color exterior with subtly located speakers, the Grand WEGA 3LCD rear projection TVs are now available in a larger range of sizes, including 46", 50" and 55" screens. The televisions feature high-detail picture quality, and deliver natural color reproduction and exceptional brightness levels thanks to 3LCD technology. And deep black levels along with outstanding contrast are hallmarks of the Cinema Black Pro function. Featuring enhanced connectivity via dual HDMI input and PC input through HDMI, Sony’s Grand WEGA LCD projection televisions provide quality playback of nearly every connected device.

3LCD Panels
The 3LCD technology at the heart of Sony’s Grand WEGA™ televisions provide a bright picture, with high detail and natural color. These three key benefits are immediately apparent when viewing a Grand WEGA™ TV. You can expect to see an incredibly detailed picture with eye-popping colors. Sony uses three tiny LCD chips (0.73") with a combined resolution of over 2.76 million pixels. The light from a high output UHP lamp shines into a filtering system that splits the beam into red, green, and blue light streams. Each color goes through its own LCD chip, which passes or blocks the light. The three beams are then instantaneously recombined and sent to the projection lens.

Digital Reality Creation (DRC) Multifunction Technology
Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the HD equivalent, while doubling the number of vertical and horizontal lines. This results in four times the density for quality sources, such as DVD, satellite and digital camcorders. The Video Menu allows you to select interlaced, progressive or CineMotion® output. WEGA Engine System
The WEGA Engine system is the core video processing system that was designed based on Sony’s expertise and long heritage in bringing cutting-edge picture quality to TVs for consumers. Its fully digital signal-processing path includes video processing functions that have been designed and optimized using Sony’s video experience to improve overall picture quality. The WEGA Engine System includes:

  • High-speed A/D (analog-to-digital) converters for wide-range gradation capture of analog signals
  • 3-D Y/C Comb Filter for minimizing cross color and dot structure artifacts
  • Digital MPEG Noise Reduction Circuit, which reduces MPEG artifacts such as "block noise" and "mosquito noise" caused by the compression used to maximize bandwidth in digital broadcasts
  • Digital Temporal 3-D Noise Reduction (pixel-by-pixel basis)
  • Digital Motion Adaptive I/P (interlace-to-progressive), as well as Edge Adaptive I/P deinterlacing conversion, which improves resolution in video with motion

Cinema Black Pro
Cinema Black Pro is an exclusive Sony function designed to improve contrast expression especially in darker scenes. The Cinema Black Pro function is enabled by using either one or both of two features - Iris Control and Advanced Iris. The Iris Control function sets the maximum size of the iris opening and sets the overall level of brightness. There are several settings that allow the user to adjust the iris opening to best match the room lighting conditions. The Advanced Iris function is a dynamic adjustment that automatically opens and closes the iris according to the gamma level of the picture on the screen. There are several different adjustments. The "High" setting is ideal for movies and music video content. And the "Off" setting works great for sports and news content.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and PC Connectivity
Designed for maximum versatility, Sony’s Grand WEGA 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 digital audio to provide matchless image and sound reproduction. PC connectivity is also accommodated via HDMI so now you can use your Grand WEGA TV with your PC.

Steady Sound
The Steady Sound feature equalizes volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.

What's in the box
LCD Rear Projection TV, Remote, Batteries, Product Registration Card, Operating Instructions, Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Card


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have a 50 inch and I love the 55 inch.
David
This is my second Sony TV with major and costly repairs, just Google Sony Optical Block problems.
PondKeeper
The picture quality is great, as is the sound (I use only the built-in TV speaker).
DRS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan Myers on February 3, 2007
Yes, if you are in the store comparing them side by side, the newest 1080p units for $800.00 plus or more do look a little better, but not that much. Got it home plugged it in, let it search for channels, in Dallas area we have a dozen or more, it found them all and they all come in perfect. Plugged in my sat rec, dvd player, great picture!! It is really a bargain too, I found it at my local Fry's for $1299.00. If you have to have the latest spend more. If you want a good all round TV this will do the trick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RibsBrisket4me on October 16, 2007
I have been a Sony fan for years. Despite this, I let myself get talked out of buying a Sony HDTV in favor of a 50 inch Panssonic Plasma. Well the plasma picture was great but in short order it became obvious the unit was defective and I returned it. (see my review on the Panasonic)

So, when faced with the decision again on which TV to buy I went back to Sony. For some reason the sales rep at BB still did not like the Sony. She said if you get right up on top of the TV it has the appearence of looking through a "screen door". Well it's a 55 inch TV, I am never closer than 8 feet away, and can't see what in the world she is talking about. In the store the pic looked just as good as the 1080 TVs sitting next to it.

I bought the Sony, got it deliverd and WOW!!!!! Great picture, perfect viewing angles for all the seats in my family room, and it is just plug and play. No worries about burn in or image retention. This is the ultimate TV for watching sports. The picure is wonderful. The included speakers are also pretty darn good, but I do use my Sony Home Theater System now. Also hooked up my Sony Up-Convert DVD player, and Spiderman never looked better!

OK, why 4 stars???? DLP, and other projection styles TVs do not handle the shades of black as well as plasma, plain and simple. No a big deal for sports but a minor issue with movies. This unit does use the XL-2400 bulb, and I have found them online for @$150.

All in all, I love this TV. It was hundreds of dollars less than the 50 inch plasma and I love watching it. I a o glad I bought it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trey on January 12, 2011
Class action lawsuits brought up and settled (some) due to design and failure of Optical Block in the Wega TV

Search for " Sony LCD Rear Projection TV Problems" with the google you will get a good run down on the rather poor long term issues of the 3LCD design.

caveat emptor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nils Lorvick on August 19, 2008
This is the 3rd HDTV that I have owned in the past 3 years. The first 2 I've had were Panasonic's which did well for their time. I was blown away at the picture quality of this TV for the price I paid. It was on clearance when I purchased it and saved more then 30% off the street price.

The biggest improvement to this technology that I've seen has been the 3 LCD chips that allow the separation of the color bands. This provides more accurate color reproduction. Also with the auto iris technology that Sony employs in this TV, it vastly improves the contrast ratio of the set.

I've had the set for almost 2 years and have not had to have a bulb replacement (knock on wood). Although buying the 4 year warranty will save me the day the bulb does burn out.

Some people have complained about fan noise with these TVs although the noise level is not louder than a fridge or a computer in low power mode. It does not take away from the viewing experience in my opinion.

The only complaint I have is the lack of a 3rd HDMI input, but most sets these days I notice do not have more than 2. It'd be nice to be able to plug in my Dish Network receiver, Xbox 360 and my upconverting DVD player.

I didn't give this 5 stars because I do not feel it is the perfect TV, it is however a GREAT value. On the green side of things it takes less energy than a 40-inch flat-panel LCD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nelly on November 27, 2011
Yes, these are wonderful TVs until your optical engine fails and Sony leaves you hanging. When Sony first came out with these TVs, they preached at how reliable they would be--that they would even outlast CRT televisions. Then, they were forced to eat their words. As mentioned in one of the other reviews here, the Wega is known by Sony to have optical engine problems and there has been a class-action lawsuit against them. They have, on occasion, opened up brief windows where they've given some deal on a replacement optical engine, rather than repairing the TV at their cost. You will still pay a fortune for the replacement optical engine, and given that it is not an upgraded optical engine, simply a replacement for the defective one, the replacement will ultimately fail just like the original. You will start getting blobs on your screen, the screeen will start to change to another color (including yellow and green) and you'll be stuck with a boat anchor. Generally speaking, new optical engines will last 2-3 years before failing, but given that the units being sold here are used, you'll have no idea how many hours are on the optical engine. Sony used to be the standard for televisions. I give this review only to spare others the misery of purchasing this unreliable product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on August 18, 2010
I purchased this TV for $450 used, so part of me says get over any problems I think it might have. However, the picture doesn't appear as clear as a 1080i. Eventhough it accepts 1080i/p HDMI and while its not in your face different, I can still see lines when it comes to items that are white or really clear. I have a 50 inch and I love the 55 inch. Size does matter. Has anyone else noticed the difference. I recently purchased the 60 DLP 3d ready. Funny it does't look that different in size. Appreciating the Sony more and more each day. Update July 15, 2011.....this is great looking tv in a dark room. Money well spent. My 3d broke down already.
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