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Sony KDL-19M4000

19" BRAVIA® 720p LCD HDTV (black)

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Item #: 15819M4000
 

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Our take on the Sony KDL-19M4000

by Steve Kindig
Sony

The versatile, ultra-compact Sony KDL-19M4000 lets you enjoy sharp, clear HDTV in any room: bedroom, kitchen, office, or a dorm room. Its light weight and built-in handle make it easy to pick up and carry from one room to another. You get built-in tuners for your local digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required). Plus, a "QAM" cable TV tuner lets cable subscribers watch unscrambled channels without a set-top box — including HD channels in many areas.

The versatility theme continues with the KDL-19M4000's audio/video connections. You'll find two high-def-capable inputs — one HDMI and one component video — for hooking up the latest video gear. Plus, you get standard A/V inputs for use with conventional components like a VCR. There's also a handy computer input so you can put this TV to work as a PC monitor.

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Highlights:

  • 19" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio
  • matte-black finish (front), white finish (top, sides, and back)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 3D digital comb filter
  • built-in stereo speakers (5 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 4 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video (side)
    • 1 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 1 HDMI (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant (new standard) — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 15-1/2"W x 6-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 19-1/8"W x 15-3/4"H x 3-3/8"D (16"H x 6-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 17.2 lbs. with stand; 15.2 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — carry-in service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Tip: For a list of over-the-air digital TV stations you can receive, as well as antenna recommendations for your location, enter your zip code in AntennaWeb's mapping tool.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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19"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:10
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1440 x 900
Screen Refresh Rate
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60 Hz
Backlighting Type
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Fluorescent
3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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No
Wi-Fi
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No
MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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Carry-in
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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4
HDMI Inputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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1
Composite Video Inputs
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2
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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No
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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19-1/8
Height with Stand (inches)
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16
Height without Stand (inches)
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15-3/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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6-1/2
Depth without Stand (inches)
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3-3/8
Stand Width (inches)
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15-1/2
Weight with Stand
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17.2 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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Attached
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What's in the box?

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  • 19" LCD TV with black front bezel and white top and back panel
  • 6' AC cord
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD025)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Cable tie
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Instructions for installing Wall-Mount Bracket
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration card

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC tuner, and a digital QAM tuner for receiving unscrambled digital cable channels. It is not CableCARD compatible. You do not need to connect an external HDTV set-top box in order to receive High-Definition programming.

Native Resolution: The KDL-19M4000 has a native resolution of 1440 x 900. The TV's HDMI input and component video input can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals. The HDMI input will also accept 1080p.

Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:

  • Wide Mode:
    • Wide Zoom: fills screen with minimum distortion
    • Normal: displays 4:3 picture in original size when the original source is 4:3
    • Full: enlarges the picture horizontally to fill the screen when the original source is 4:3; when the original source is 16:9, select this mode to enlarge the picture vertically to fill the display area
    • 16:9: displays 16:9 picture in original size
    • Zoom: enlarges the original picture without distorting the aspect ratio
  • 4:3 Default:
    • Wide Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture to fill the display area, keeping the original image as much as possible
    • Full: enalrges the 4:3 picture horizonatlaly only, to fill the display area
    • 16:9: enlarges the picture to 16:9 aspect ratio
    • Zoom: enlarges the picture horizontally and vertically to an equal aspect ratio that fills the wide screen
  • Auto Wide: screen automatically changes to the screen mode that is best suited for the current program

Picture Mode: The TV has three picture modes.

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments
  • Custom: manually adjust Picture Contrast, Brightness, Color, or Hue

Advanced Picture Setting: In addition the television offers the following advanced picture functions.

  • Noise Reduction: reduces the noise level of connected equipment and the Cable/Antenna input
  • Sharpness: adjust to sharpen or soften the picture
  • Color Temperature: adjusts the TV's color temperature to Cool, Neutral, or Warm

CineMotion: This feature automatically detects film content and applies a reveres 3-2 pulldown process so moving pictures will appear cleaner and more natural looking.

Power Save: You can reduce the power consumption of the television by adjusting the TV's backlight brightness from Off, Low, or High. This also enhances the television's black level.

Sound Mode: The Sony LCD TV allows you to select from the following Sound Modes.

  • Standard: standard sound optimized for home use
  • Clear Voice: enhances the voice sound, recommended fro television news and documentary programs
  • Custom: allows you to customize Treble and Bass sound settings

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to store and quickly access 8 of your favorite channels.

Channel Label: This function allows you assign labels to channel numbers. You can create up to a 7 character label.

Input Label: Each of the seven video inputs can be labeled with names (VCR, DVD, Satellite, etc.) instead of video 1, video 2, video 3, etc. You can select from the following labels: DVD, VCR, Blu-Ray, Cable Box, Satellite, DVR, Game, Camcorder or Skip (this input is skipped when you press the TV/Video button on the remote control).

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Parental Lock: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Y. Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. You can select controls based on USA ratings or Canadian ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Channel/External Input Block: This feature allows you to block channels or the television's external inputs regardless of program ratings.

Remote: The television comes supplied with an IR-wireless remote control designed to operate only the functions of the TV.

Mounting Options

Removable Stand: The display comes with a tabletop stand which comes already attached to the TV. The stand allows the TV to be tilted up or down 5-degrees. The TV weighs 17.2 lbs with the stand attached. Sony recommends anchoring the television to a wall with optional hardware to prevent the television from tipping over.

Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The TV can be wall-mounted using an optional universal wall-mount bracket once the television's stand and handle are removed. The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 100mm and a vertical spacing is 100mm. The screw holes accept 4mm screws. These threaded inserts are located behind the television's removable handle. The TV weighs 15.2 lbs without the stand and handle.

Integrated Handle: The television's integrated handle allows the TV to moved and carried easily to different locations in your home or office. The integrated handle must be removed to wall-mount the television.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The KDL-19M4000 features a single HDMI input with left and right RCA audio jacks. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the RCA audio inputs are used. The HDMI input will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. You can also connect a PC with an HDMI output.

Component Video Inputs: The single component video input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

PC Input (RGB): A 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal.

Side Panel AV Inputs: For convenience, there is an A/V input on the left side panel of the TV. Included are stereo RCA inputs and a composite and S-video input.

Headphone Jack: Along with the A/V input on the left side of the TV, there is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. When headphones are plugged into the TV, the speakers are muted.

Audio Outputs: These stereo RCA audio jacks allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system.

Digital Audio Output: This optical digital audio output feeds a digital audio signal from a tuned digital channel to a component compatible with Dolby Digital and/or PCM signals.

USB Port: There is a USB port on the rear-panel of the television labeled "Service Only".

 
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2 out of 5

Poor viewing angle; no 1440x900 rez for PC

Written By Todd, Draper, UT on Wednesday, September 02, 2009
 
I bought this TV mostly because of its native 1440x900 resolution, which
matches that of my MacBook Pro. But when connecting it as a second monitor,
either via VGA or HDMI cable, it is utterly impossible to achieve native
1440x900 video mirroring that is pixel-perfect (1:1). Every possible setting
results in some combination of scaling, cropping or letterboxing. Very
disappointing-- if there's one resolution that should be supported it's the
display's native resolution.

As for TV viewing, your eyes must be ABOVE this screen or it will appear dark
for you. When using this TV for watching TV, it needs to sit atop an armoir. The
stand, however, makes it impossible to angle the screen down. I know I could
resolve this by mounting it on a swivel, but that pretty much defeats the
purpose of having a portable TV/PC monitor.

My last complaint is that the whole back case is white, not black.

On a positive note, I like the built-in carrying handle and the overall design
when viewed from the front.
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3 out of 5

Sony KDL-19M4000

Written By Scott, Minnesota on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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The picture and sound are ok, not really what I would expect from sony. It is a tv that we choosed to use in our kitchen. Maybe I am just spoiled by my 52" sony.
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2 out of 5

OK but

Written By Frank, Cambria CA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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The picture on this set is very directional and changes brightness and color with vertical orientation. The audio mute button is very small and hard to push. I guess Sony don't want you to mute their commercials. The Audio out is low level requiring an additional amplifier and no way to control the level as it is not controled by the remote. A second remote for the external amp I guess.
4 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By tm, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, October 09, 2008
 
This is a really sweet little box, and makes a perfect digital replacement for smaller analog TVs which may be on their last legs or have died/will be dying before the digital cut-over on Feb 17, 2009. Worked perfectly out of the box, picking up all 13 of the analog stations that the previous 20-year old Sony did. In addition, it has good reception of the almost all of the local digital stations (problems with the local ABC affiliate, whose digital signal may be being overwhelmed by the local NBC affiliate's digital signal, due to relative positions of transmitting antennas and/or channel frequency separation). I would certainly recommend this unit to friends and family. The other good point is that the user menus are pretty straight-forward and easy to figure out, even without reading the manual.
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5 out of 5

Excellent TV & Service

Written By William, Winter Park, FL on Sunday, September 14, 2008
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The TV showed up delivered within a couple of days. Very speedy and was in good shape. The TV works excellent, even looks good outside when tailgating. HD to beautiful to watch. Would recommend the TV to anyone with the need of a smaller portable TV. Love the handle on top. Would love a soft case for it, but can't find one. Crutchfield also had the best price around with free shipping. LOVE IT.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-19M4000

Written By Philip MW, San Diego,CA on Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Received within a few days, excellent picture and features, it fits nicely into our bedroom armoire.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound! Great Service!

Written By Allen, San Marino, CA on Sunday, June 01, 2008
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The sound on this 19" Sony model is wonderful! Had several other make LCD's that were very "tinny." That sold us immediately! No fault with the picture quality.

Crutchfield was right on. Set arrived a day ahead of schedule. No strain - no pain!
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