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Sony KDS-55A2000

55" Grand Wega™ SXRD™ 1080p rear-projection HDTV

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Item #: 15855A2000
 

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Our take on the Sony KDS-55A2000

by Steve Kindig
Sony

Sony definitely has a winner with its SXRD — Silicon X-tal (Crystal) Reflective Display — projection technology. Most videophiles and reviewers agree that SXRD delivers the finest projection TV picture currently available. The 55" KDS-55A2000 falls right in the middle of Sony's "A2000" line. With speakers placed below the screen, this space-efficient 55" is more compact than many 50" models.

SXRD is a refined version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display technology. The KDS-55A2000 uses SXRD image panels with full HD resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels. There are other types of 1080p displays, but SXRD boasts the highest "pixel density" of any TV available, as well as the tightest between-pixel spacing. Images possess jaw-dropping clarity, detail and depth, but the most striking quality is a silky smoothness that creates a more filmlike look.

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The KDS-55A2000's exceptional picture detail is matched by its exceptional color purity. Using three SXRD image panels — one each for the red, green, and blue primary colors — ensures rich, radiant, rock-steady color.

Sony's Advanced Iris system gives you two ways to optimize picture brightness, contrast, and black level. You can adjust overall brightness to compensate for your room's lighting conditions, or let the "dynamic iris" automatically raise or lower light output based on the content of each scene. A circuit continuously samples the brightness level of the video signal, then opens or closes the iris opening with split-second precision to preserve the natural balance of every scene. It works beautifully.

A top-performing HDTV needs a versatile array of audio/video inputs that will keep your system plugged in now and in the future. The KDS-55A2000 obliges with three component video inputs and two 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs (perfect for connecting a Blu-ray high-def player). A standard PC input lets you use this TV as a jumbo-sized high-res computer display, too.

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Highlights:

  • 55" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 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)
  • 1080p 3-SXRD light engine (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 2.5-millisecond pixel response time
  • 130°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • adjustable/dynamic Advanced Iris for improved contrast and black level
  • 10,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Wega Engine™ digital video processing
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction v1 (upconverts lower-quality video signals)
  • built-in stereo speakers (12 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 1 S-video
    • 3 component video (2 rear, 1 front) — accepts signals up to 1080i
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 50-7/8"W x 36"H x 19-3/8"D (pedestal is 37-3/8"W x 16-1/8"D)
  • weight: 83.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor (2 years parts on the projection optical block) — in-home service
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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type SXRD
Screen Size 55"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture No
Compatibility
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
General
Audio Output Power 12 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Yr/2 Yrs Optical Block
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Dimensions
Width (inches) 50-7/8
Height (inches) 36
Depth (inches) 19-3/8
Footprint Width (inches) 37-3/8
Footprint Depth (inches) 16-1/8
Weight 83.81 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link None
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  • 55" SXRD High-Definition 1080p rear-projection TV
  • RM-YD010 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration information
  • Required Public Statement for GPL/LGPL Licensed Software Used in this Television
  • Warning sheet concerning removing remote and manual before discarding packing materials (attached to TV)

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

SXRD Technology: SXRD is a refined version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display technology. SXRD employs three Silicon X-tal Reflective Display panels, which aid in the response time of image changes and movement. SXRD delivers high-level resolution, greater contrast ratio, faster response speed and film-like reproduction compared to conventional devices.

HDTV: The KDS-55A2000 has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals. With its HD-compatible component video and HDMI inputs, the TV can also display programs in High Definition from set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, HD-DVD, and high-end DVD players. In addition, the TV also includes an NTSC tuner for analog broadcasts.

Native Resolution: The KDS-55A2000 has three high-definition SXRD image panels, each with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Each panel has 2 million pixels so there is no loss of detail, SXRD preserves every pixel of the source and brings the full 1080 lines to the screen without interlacing, displaying the signal at 1080p. The resulting picture has incredible clarity and a smooth, film-like quality.

WEGA Engine System: Sony's Proprietary WEGA Engine System delivers superb picture quality from any video source by minimizing the signal deterioration caused by digital to analog conversion and stabilizing the signal processing. This engine features:

  • DRC (Digital Reality Creation)-MF V1: unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent by digital mapping processing, the DRC Palette option lets you customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) to create up to three custom palettes
  • Green, Blue, and White Color Enhancer: selectively adjusts common natural colors for a more vivid image
  • Digital MPEG Noise Reduction: reduces MPEG artifacts such as block noise and mosquito noise caused by compression used in digital broadcasts to maximize bandwidth
  • Digital Contrast Enhancer: processes every field, automatically optimizing contrast for each scene

Advanced Iris: This advanced iris shutter opens and closes automatically according to the incoming signal level. This results in brighter whites and better overall contrast in dark scenes. There are two automatic and five manual iris settings.

Picture Mode: Choose Standard, Vivid to enhance contrast and sharpness, or Custom to adjust to your preferred settings. A different picture mode can be memorized for each video input.

Custom Picture Mode Settings: Custom settings allow adjustment of the following:

  • Black Corrector: enhances the black areas of the picture for stronger contrast
  • Gamma: adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture
  • Clear White: emphasizes the white and light colors
  • Live Color: makes colors more vivid
  • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature color by color
  • Detail Enhancer: sharpens picture definition

CineMotion: The CineMotion feature will automatically detect film content and apply a reverse 3-2 pulldown process, displaying moving pictures more clearly and more natural looking.

Optical Engine: The Sony optical engine provides a high-resolution picture from corner to corner across the entire screen. It also renders an image with high-brightness utilizing a 120W UHP (Ultra High Pressure) Lamp (Model XL-5200) that you can easily replace.

Note: No lamp life information is provided.

Program Guide: This TV is equipped to show program information if it is available from the station. The Program Guide lets you review program information, and select both analog and digital channels.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture on the right side while the program continues on the left.

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to list up to 16 of your favorite channels without leaving the current channel.

Channel Label: You can assign a label, up to seven characters (letters and numbers), to each TV station.

Input Label: You can label each of the A/V inputs to reflect the actual connected component. If an input isn't being used, label it Skip so you don't have to toggle through it when changing inputs. The A/V inputs can be labeled DVD, Cable Box, Satellite, BD (Blu-ray Disc), VCR, Receiver, DVR, Game, Camcorder, Edit, Skip, or left blank. The PC input is labeled PC, Skip, or left blank.

Wide Screen Modes: You can choose Auto Wide to automatically change the screen mode to best fit the current program, or independently select a default setting for each video input (including TV tuner). While watching a channel, you can use the Wide Mode button to cycle through the wide screen modes. Choose from the following screen options:

  • Wide Zoom: enlarges the center portion of the picture and stretches the left and right edges to fill the screen
  • Normal: returns the 4:3 picture to normal mode with side bars to fill the screen
  • Full: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the wide screen
  • Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally and vertically to fill the screen, keeping the 4:3 aspect ratio and cutting off the top and bottom of the picture

Power Saving: You can view the picture with reduced power consumption by selecting the Power Saving mode. The picture becomes darker, but the black level is enhanced.

Steady Sound: This feature stabilizes the volume level, preventing unwanted blasts of sound during commercials.

Volume Offset: You can adjust the volume of an input (TV or video) relative to the others, so when you change from one input to the next the volume remains constant.

A/V Sync: When the digital audio output is connected to an outboard amplifier you can adjust the synchronization to account for any audio delay.

Surround Effects: To enhance the sound, you can select one of these surround effect modes:

  • TruSurround: adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs
  • BBE: adds impact by compensating for phase effects in the speakers

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Timers: This unit has two timers that can be set to turn the TV on by day, time (AM or PM), duration, and channel.

Optional TV Stand: The TV can be mounted on the optional Sony SU-RS11X stand (item # 158SURS11X).

PC Compatible: In addition to the audio/video inputs, you can connect a computer to this TV for use as a computer monitor. The D-Sub 15 input (Input 8) on the rear panel can accommodate the video signal from most PCs. A 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack input is provided for PC audio.

PC Resolution: The following PC computer video resolutions are supported:

  • WXGA:
    • 1360 x 768, 47.7 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency
    • 1280 x 768, 47.8 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency
    • 1280 x 768, 47.4 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency
  • XGA:
    • 1024 x 768, 60 kHz horizontal frequency, 75 Hz vertical frequency
    • 1024 x 768, 56.5 kHz horizontal frequency, 70 Hz vertical frequency
    • 1024 x 768, 48.4 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency
  • SVGA:
    • 800 x 600, 46.9 kHz horizontal frequency, 75 Hz vertical frequency
    • 800 x 600, 37.9 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency
  • VGA:
    • 720 x 400, 31.5 kHz horizontal frequency, 70 Hz vertical frequency
    • 640 x 400, 37.5 kHz horizontal frequency, 75 Hz vertical frequency
    • 640 x 400, 31.5 kHz horizontal frequency, 60 Hz vertical frequency

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of A/V components, including DVD players and changers, Blu-ray Disc players, DVRs, VCRs, cable boxes, and satellite receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: The TV features two HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) inputs that provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped device, such as a cable or satellite set-top box, Blu-ray Disc player, HD-DVD or DVD player, or A/V receiver. Both HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i video signals. You can also connect a DVI-equipped device to the TV via an HDMI-DVI adapter cable. Since a DVI connection does not output audio, you will also need to connect an audio cable from the DVI-equipped device to the TV or audio system. One of the two HDMI inputs has a corresponding audio input.

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

Audio Out: The TV has a rear-panel audio output, which consists of left and right RCA audio jacks. Using the menu, you can choose Fixed or Variable audio output.

Optical Output: You can use the TV's optical digital audio output to connect a Dolby Digital/PCM-compatible digital audio device, such as an audio amplifier.

 
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5 out of 5

Stop your search, this TV is the best

Written By SHUEY, Columbus Ohio on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
 
Love it!! Picture is Awesome, great viewing angles. The sony tv stand is perfect(it's made for the tv). My Playstation 3 looks great, hooked up my PC to the tv and can get online using the tv. The features the tv offers are very user friendly. I got it January 11 and have been loving it. Sports in HD is just awesome. I have a HD antenna and get HD with local cable. Discovery HD and ESPN HD are breathtaking. The 2 HDMI inputs are nice the have (I use both). I did alot of research on HDTV's and this TV can out on top. You will not be disappointed.
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4 out of 5

A TV with a great design and a stunning picture...

Written By Ross, Austin, TX on Saturday, November 25, 2006
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The styling on this TV is really great. The picture is stunning and there's probably no better picture for the price. A couple of misses (compared to last year's model) include the loss of PiP (or PbP) and a Cable Card slot - put those back in Sony! A plus over last year's model is the slimmer design (speakers are on the bottom now). The first TV I got had a few small imperfections in the screen (black pixels), but hopefully the replacement model I am getting from Crutchfield will solve that problem (which is why you should buy from a reputable company if your going to buy something this big over the Internet). I have owned many Sony TVs and really have not had any problems with them in the long term.
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2 out of 5

Inaccurate color, very disappointed

Written By holtzd, Iowa on Saturday, November 18, 2006
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I've had this TV for almost 3 months. I had decided I wanted the Sony SXRD as a result of all the rave reviews of last years XBR1. I wanted the latest so I waited patiently for the 2006 models. I had no use for cable card or PIP so I opted for the A2000. What a disappointment. Flesh tones are way to green/yellow in a lot of programming that I watch. Sometimes flesh tones look fine but to many times they are inaccurate. I have calibrated this TV using a couple different setup DVDs. I had a Sony service tech here and he says there is nothing wrong. I called Sony tech support and they were no help. I have read that most people love their A2000. I thought that I was purchasing the best TV on the market. Boy was I wrong. This is the first and last Sony that I will own.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Picture Quality

Written By Michael, Arlington, Texas on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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This is one impressive HD large screen TV. I have had it for two weeks now, and it works perfectly and flawlessly. After tweaking the factory default settings, it is easy to get the picture quality you desire. I am getting HD signals through an over the air antenna (Terk) and also through dish network HD package. HDMI hookups make connections much easier. It does take about 30 seconds after turning on for the lamp to get fully going, but that is not a big deal for me. The picture is very bright, even under full daylight conditions. I am running all my video and audio through a Pioneer Elite receiver and only have a single HDMI going to the Sony TV, making things much easier. If you are not planning on investing in true HD signal processing, this may not be the right TV for you. Standard non-HD looks alright, but is nothing exceptional. You have to have a true 720P, 1080i, or 1080p signal to fully appreciate what this TV has to offer. Watching monday night football on ESPN HD is breathtaking. This TV has no problem keeping up with all the action, and fast-moving images never blurr together. In hindsight, I might should have gone for the 60", only because bigger is better in this case. Crutchfield provided exceptional support with this purchase. If you are using the special financing option through SONY be aware that it takes several days to get approved and the order processed and ready for shipping, which can be a lifetime of waiting and anticipation. Freight shipping through EGL took six days. You will not be disappointed with the SONY SXRD.
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5 out of 5

Sony SXRD Technology raises the bar !!!

Written By BMS2K, East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday, September 09, 2006
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I have been shopping for a new HDTV set for a long long time. I have compared features and specifications on so many models I was getting Dizzy! I finally decided to go down to a local store to do some side by side viewing comparisons. After about 5 or 10 minutes it became very obvious that the Sony SXRD technology was head and shoulders above the rest! The detail and clarity was outstanding. There is no bad viewing angle for this set. Also having the ability to input 1080p was an added bonus. HDTV HDMI input from the Dish Network is outstanding. Utilizing the HDMI output from my Toshiba HD-DVD player (HDXA1) to the Sony the picture is breathtaking. Everyone who comes to my home is in awe as they witness this incredible set for the first time! If you are looking for a new set and cannot decide which one looks the best take a look at the Sony. I think you will agree that this is the best picture available in this price range bar none.
Make sure to take it out of Vivid mode which is the default setting from the factory.
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