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Sony Bravia S-Series KDL-52S5100 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black

3.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • A 52-inch 16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution Panel provides optimum resolution from any HDTV source that delivers 1080p content
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer with Dynamic Backlight Control
  • Unique Sony technologies to reduce visual noise, improve color, and sharpen overall image detail
  • Three HDMI inputs (up to 1080/60p input capable) , two Component YPbPr (1080/60i capable), and one PC input (HD-15 pin)
  • BRAVIA Link compatibility lets you expand HDTV's capabilities with BRAVIA Link modules (sold separately)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: KDL-52S5100
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 52.00 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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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 theatre 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.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 65.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 49.8 x 4.6 x 32.4 inches
Item model number KDL-52S5100
Color Name Black

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ASIN B001T9N0F8
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #286,427 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#3,120 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 107 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First Available March 3, 2009

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By James M. Hiner Jr. on November 27, 2009
I picked this set up a week ago and must say that
I'm extremely pleased considering the price I paid.

I hooked it up to my cable providers HD box using a
dirt cheap HDMI cable. The factory default settings
are very good with no obvious deficiencies.

If your concerned about this set being only 60Hz, don't.
I have watched basketball and football on this set
and have not experienced any lagging, blurring, etc.

Yes it only has 3 HDMI inputs, but for me it's plenty enough.

I use 1 for my HD box connection and another for my PS3.
I'm currently shopping for a new surround sound system
which will use my 3rd and final input.

Speaking of sound, granted it's not the best coming out of
the set, but its not as bad as some may make it out to be.

All in all, I have to rank this as the best deal on the market
for a 52" LCD set. I spent 3 months researching and comparing
prices before I decided on this one.
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Verified Purchase
Download the new TV's firmware upgrade of from Sony's web page, copy it to a flash drive, insert it in the USB port in the back of the TV, and the dim problem will be solved.
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By PKMAN on September 22, 2009
Bought it at the local BB a few months ago. Could've gotten more features from other brands at about the same price; or same features and size for less money but wife wanted a Sony, so for our budget we had to settle for this entry model. The set up was very easy and overall very user-friendly.

Had the same dimming problem many had. Tried to download the fix via Sony's website but the TV woudln't recognize any of my USB drive, so we called Sony to send a drive to us and problem mostly fixed. On some of the dark scenes it seems like the TV still want to dimm out but is fighting itself.

The stand feels kind of flimsy but is holding up so far. The internal speakers are surprisingly good. Not surround or anything but they are loud and relatively clean. The TV quality is good so for fast-action sport games.

Overall, it's a very nice unit.
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This TV is simply amazing, and really brings Blu-Ray movies to life. Match this with a surround sound system and you'll feel like it's a movie theater in your home. I use this TV also for gaming and I've used it a LOT and haven't had any problems. It's energy saving modes are nice too and uses the same amount of electricity as a smaller 32" CRT TV.

Update as of May 2010: So after owning this TV for less than a year I am already having problems with the backlights, several of them blew out, so half the screen looks dim, and apparently there is no simple way to repair this, it could cost a fortune for repairs. So I am left with watching a half lit TV for a few more years just to get my money's worth out of it then I will be looking for a less complex TV that won't be prone to problems... I really wanted to love this television, I really like Sony, this is just a big let down.
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We purchased this tv for our den...an extra one to hook up the kids Wii to. We didn't think it would be the "main" tv as we have another larger one in our living room, but boy were we wrong! My husband and I are always using this tv..we have to get the kids off of it all the time. Not because the Wii is on it, (they have a PS3 on the larger one) but they like the picture better! We did notice while watching a movie that the quality of picture kept getting dark, so I came here on Amazon to read reviews hoping to fix the problem. Well, Amazon reviewers came thru again...we downloaded very easily from the Sony website the "auto dimming patch", followed instructions on how to upload it onto the tv and within 3 minutes the picture was perfect! Great product for way under a grand!!!!!!!!
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I bought this TV based on the price and all the great reviews. I didn't think it looked that great in the store but I thought it was probably just their input signal.

I had this TV in my home for 3 weeks and finally ended up taking it back. I had read that LCD's no longer had viewing angle problems, but this one does. It looks good from directly in front of it, but from the sides it looses contrast badly. I wasn't impressed with the black levels either.

I ended up getting a plasma and am much happier. The picture looks the same from any viewing angle with a plasma.
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Got this television for my 87 year old grandfather's birthday. He loves it. Mounted it on the wall with no problem. I actually saved hundreds of dollars ordering from amazon as opposed to going in a retail store. And, my purchase was delivered before the scheduled date which made it even better. Excellent tv, quality picture, quality service. Most definately recommend.
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the worst television I have ever encountered in my life:.I had a vizio tv prior to this and was a much better picture much better quality much better television overall. From what I understand this is an entry level television by Sony however it doesn't have two be this bad. HDMI out so we having issues with reading the outputs and all of a sudden randomly TV either resets itself or the sound cuts off randomly...based on my current experience I cannot recommend a television to anyone or a Sony brand television at all. I can go as far as even recommended this TV even to my worst enemy.
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