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Sony KDL40V3000 Review

by Vincent Teoh
28 February 2008

The mid-range V3000 series sit one rung below the more accomplished W3000 range in Sony's somewhat mazy hierarchy of LCD televisions. Because a lot of ground has been  covered in our Sony KDL-40W3000 review, on this page I'm only going to highlight some of the differences of the Sony KDL40V3000 in comparison to the W3000:

Specifications

  • Lacks the Bravia Engine EX video processing engine
  • Lacks x.v. Colour (and hence HDMI 1.3)
  • Lacks 10-bit panel

Design

Sony KDL40V3000

  • The Sony KDL40V3000 sports a glossy piano black bezel as opposed to the brushed metallic one on the W3000.

Connections

  • Only one component input (the W3000 has two)
  • HDMI ports are not version 1.3
Rear connection
Rear: 2 x HDMI, VGA, 2 x Scarts, component, digital and analogue audio out

Side connection Side slots
 Side: headphone, Svideo, comp, HDMI
 PCMCIA card slot, antenna input

User Menu

  • No [Game/ Text Mode]
  • No [White Balance] controls for greyscale calibration
  • No [DRC Mode], [Detail Enhancer] nor [Edge Enhancer] (which is no big deal, as I turn them all off on the W3000 anyway)

Remote Control

Remote Control

  • Not backlit

Audio

  • The speakers on Sony KDL40V3000 were not as impressive as those on the W3000 in terms of dynamic range, resolution and transient response, probably because the Sony KDL40V3000 features a less advanced version of S-Force Front Surround technology (the W3000 has S-Force Pro), and slightly lower speaker power output (2x10W vs 2x11W).

3.5 Star Rating: Qualified Recommendation

 

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