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Operating Sony KDL40X3500
The remote control, EPG and user menu on Sony KDL40X3500 are essentially the same as those on the KDL40W3000. Instead of just regurgitating the same info (please refer to the relevant sections in the Sony KDL40W3000 review if needed), here I am going to highlight the extras found on the KDL40X3500.
Motion Flow 100Hz
USB Photo Viewer
By far the biggest selling point of Sony KDL40X3500 is "Motionflow 100Hz", their version of motion compensation frame interpolation (MCFI) which you can engage through the [Motion Enhancer] control under the [Video Settings] submenu. However, depending on the type of video signal and [Film Mode] setting, the effects of [Motion Enhancer] can range from very subtle (perhaps even none) to very dramatic. As the manual doesn't explain the interaction between all these elements at all, reading between the lines and a lot of experimentation were necessary for me to assess the effects of each combination.
But before I proceed to describe my findings, it is important to understand what each of the different [Film Mode] settings does. The manual doesn't help much, so a full clarification is probably well overdue:
- [Film Mode] "Auto 1": Film mode deinterlacing with a dash of frame interpolation that reduces telecine judder for 60Hz material (like the [PureCinema] "Advance" a.k.a. ADV mode on Pioneer plasmas, just not as effective). The MCFI component will be nullified (i.e. no interpolation will take place) if [Game/ Text Mode] is engaged.
- [Film Mode] "Auto 2": Classic film mode deinterlacing with reverse 3:2/ 2:2 pulldown. If applied to 60Hz material, more telecine judder will be seen than "Auto 1".
- [Film Mode] "Off": Film mode deinterlacing not engaged. Suitable for video material.
Pairing [Film Mode] "Auto 1" with [Motion Enhancer] "Standard" or "High" would yield the smoothest and most blur-free motion, but then movies would look like camcorder-shot video since the 24p judder (crucial for filmic quality) would be removed. The effects of Motionflow were more subtle when [Film Mode] was set to "Auto 2"... for PAL 576i content I certainly couldn't detect any difference between [Motion Enhancer] "Standard" and "Off".
USB Photo Viewer
As mentioned before, you can view JPEG photos on the Sony KDL40X3500 by connecting to the USB port at the side of the television. This function is very easy to understand and use, though large files may take some time to load. There are a couple of submenus that allow you to adjust the brightness and colour temperature of the photos, and set up the slide show to your liking.
Picture-And-Picture (PAP)/ Picture-In-Picture (PIP)
The Sony KDL40X3500 also offers PaP and PiP functionality not found on the W3000 range. To activate either feature, you will need to press a key on the remote to bring up the [Tools] menu. In both cases the smaller daughter window is unchangeably allocated to TV source.
Activating Picture-and-Picture (PaP) will display a larger window on the left and a smaller one on the right. You can toggle the audio to come from either window by pressing the left/ right button, and change the TV channel using the Prog +/- buttons on the remote control.
Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is only available with a VGA source. Using the directional buttons on the remote you can choose to place the daughter window on any of the four corners of the screen.
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