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Sony KDF-60WF655

60" Grand Wega™ High-Definition rear-projection LCD TV

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Item #: 15860WF655
 

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Our take on the Sony KDF-60WF655

by Steve Kindig
Sony

Sony's "WF-Series" Grand Wega TVs deliver big-screen excitement in a sleek, low-profile package. From the front, the 60" KDF-60WF655 looks more like a plasma TV than a rear-projection model! An updated design for the projection "light engine" makes this space-efficient cabinet possible.

The KDF-60WF655 is your ticket to the digital TV revolution — it receives over-the-air and cable High-Definition TV signals with no separate set-top box required! Each of the TV's three LCD image panels has over one million densely packed pixels, to create pictures that are incredibly smooth and flicker-free. Sony's acclaimed Digital Reality Creation™ circuitry upconverts all of your standard video signals to near-HD quality!

You get a total of 7 A/V inputs, including two HD-compatible component video inputs and an HDMI digital A/V input. (HDMI jacks are showing up on a growing number of high-performance DVD players, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers.) A Memory Stick® slot lets you conveniently view digital photos in lifelike color and clarity, without turning on a PC!

The KDF-60WF655 gives you plenty of options for viewing a variety of video sources exactly the way you prefer. Selectable viewing modes make it easy to expand the image and eliminate those vertical "pillars" on the sides of standard 4:3 programs, if you choose. But you needn't be concerned about viewing with bars, or sustained images from video games, news tickers or station logos — all Grand Wegas are virtually immune to screen "burn-in."

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Highlights:

  • High-Definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1386 x 788 pixels (all signals displayed at 788p)
  • 125°(H) x 55°(V) viewing angle
  • high-contrast protective screen with anti-reflective coating
  • Wega Engine™ video processing
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts non-HD signals)
  • Twin View™ 2-tuner Picture-in-Picture (split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers
  • 30-watt S-Master® 1-bit digital amplifier (5 x 2, plus 20 watts for woofer)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 4 S-video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
  • 2 RF inputs (1 Antenna, 1 Cable)
  • Memory Stick slot for viewing digital photos
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 61-15/16"W x 39-1/2"H x 20-1/4"D
  • weight: 111.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Contact your local cable provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services

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Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, this item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the item must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type
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LCD
Screen Size
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60"
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Resolution (pixels)
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1386 x 788
Picture In Picture
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2 Tuner
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
Audio Output Power
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5 x 2 + 20 x 1
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer)
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Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer)
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Dimensions
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62
Height (inches)
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39-1/2
Depth (inches)
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20-1/4
Footprint Width (inches)
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39
Footprint Depth (inches)
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18-5/8
Weight
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111.3 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link
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Control S
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What's in the box?

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  • 60" LCD projection TV
  • Wireless remote control (RM-Y915)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • Note on cleaning the rear cover
  • "Features and Notes on Viewing Your LCD Projection TV
  • "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
Memory Stick Slot
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

HDTV: The Sony KDF-60WF655 Grand Wega Rear Projection LCD TV has a built-in ATSC tuner which will receive over-the-air and cable High Definition signals without the need for a separate DTV set-top box. With its HD-compatible component video and HDMI inputs, the TV can also display programs in High Definition from high-end DVD players and set-top boxes. In addition, the TV also includes an NTSC tuner for analog broadcasts, and is CableCARD ready.

CableCARD: CableCARD provides cable subscribers with access to digitally encrypted cable channels without the need for a separate set-top box. With CableCARD, you can receive both standard definition and high definition programming. The CableCARD, provided by the cable TV company, inserts into the TV's rear panel CableCARD slot.

Native Resolution: Since the KDF-60WF655 has a native display resolution of 1386 x 788, all input signals will be displayed at 1386 x 788. The TV has three 0.87" Wide XGA LCD panels, one for each RGB (red, green, blue) signal that each resolve 1.09 million pixels to deliver a clear, crisp, precise picture.

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 3 key technologies engineered and designed by Sony:

  • Composite Component Processor (CCP-X): The first step in the digital processing system, Composite Component Processor (CCP-X), which enhances the input signal-to-noise ratio by chroma decoder digital processing.
  • 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.
  • Multi-Image Driver (MID-XU): The Multi-Image Driver allows you to watch two programs side-by-side (Twin View) with the ability to zoom in on one picture and listen to the program in the selected window. You can watch pictures from two different sources (1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i) simultaneously. Only the left Twin View window can display 1080i, 720p and 480p sources.

DRC Modes: You can choose from the following DRC advanced video options to create a high-resolution picture with 4x density for high quality sources, such as a DVD player or satellite receiver:

  • High Density: recommended for fast moving images
  • Progressive: recommended for still images and text
  • CineMotion: provides an optimized display by automatically detecting film content and applying a reverse 3-2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

DRC Palette: The DRC Palette allows you to customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) for up to three input sources. For example, you can create one Custom setting to optimize your cable input and another for your DVD player's picture. Note: This feature is not available for 480p, 720p, or 1080i sources.

BN Smoother: To reduce noise caused by the digital video encoding and decoding process, you can activate the BN Smoother feature. It is especially effective for watching a DVD or digital TV picture. You can select High, Medium, Low, or Off. Note: This feature is not available for 480p, 720p, or 1080i sources, or when using Twin View, Freeze, or Memory Stick.

S-master Full Digital Amplifier: The built-in 30-watt S-master 1-bit full digital amplifier delivers superb clear dialog and reproduces the original sound quality while minimizing any sound fragmentation or jitter noise. The amplifier delivers 5 watts per channel to the left and right speakers and 20 watts to the woofer.

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 132W UHP (Ultra High Pressure) Lamp (Model XL-2200) that you can easily replace. Note: No lamp life information is provided.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture. The TV switches to Twin View mode and displays the "frozen" picture on the right, while the current program continues on the left. This function only works in normal view mode; if you are in Twin View mode already, it will not work.

Favorite Channel Preview: This feature allows you to preview up to 16 favorite channels without leaving the current channel. The preview is shown in the upper right corner with the favorite channel list shown below, while the current channel appears in the left 3/4 of the screen.

Video Mode: You can select Vivid, Standard, or Pro. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments. The Pro setting displays a picture with minimum enhancements. You can set a Video mode independently for each video input.

Wide Screen Modes: You can select a default screen mode to use for 4:3 sources. While watching a channel, you can use the Wide Mode button to cycle through the wide screen modes. If the 4:3 Default is set to anything but Off, the wide screen mode setting changes only for the current channel. When you change channels, the wide mode is automatically replaced with the 4:3 Default setting. You can choose from the following screen wide screen mode 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 an equal aspect ratio that fills the screen

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. To view the picture without the benefit of Power Saving, you can select "Standard" mode.

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

Surround Effects: To enhance the sound, you can select TruSurround which adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs, or Simulated which adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs.

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, or 90 minutes.

On Timers: This unit has two timers that can be set by day, time, duration, and channel.

Parental Control: V-chip technology allows parents to block unsuitable programming from young viewers. You can select a general age-based category (Child, Youth, Young Adult) or a Custom category in which you select from the specific USA or Canadian TV Ratings options. Parental control is protected by a 4-digit password.

Optional TV Stand: The TV can be mounted on the optional Sony SU-GW-12 stand (item # 158SUGW12) which raises the unit approximately 17" to an ideal viewing height.

Memory Stick Slot

Memory Stick Viewer: This television has a front-panel Memory Stick slot that is compatible with JPEG images taken with Sony digital still cameras and MPEG1 movies taken with Sony digital cameras and camcorders. The slot will accept Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo without having to use a Memory Stick Duo adapter. The Memory Stick viewer is compatible with Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO (up to 1GB), Memory Stick Duo and PRO Duo (up to 1GB), and Memory Stick with Memory Select function.

Memory Stick Index: The Memory Stick Index displays up to 15 thumbnail images of the files stored on a Memory Stick. You can individually highlight and display any image in the Index.

Viewing Still Images: When viewing a still image, you can rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. In addition, you can zoom in and out and pan up/down/left/right to view a portion of the picture.

Playing Movies: When viewing a movie on a Memory Stick, you can enlarge the movie window for easier viewing. During playback, you can pause the movie or move to the previous or next movie on the Memory Stick.

Slide Show: You can view JPEG images or MPEG1 movies in a Slide Show. During Slide Show playback, you can choose one of the following interval speeds: Fast (3 seconds), Medium (6 seconds), Slow (12 seconds), or Manual Advance. If you desire to have music playing during the slide show, you can start playing back a built-in MP3 file of piano music.

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 VCRs, DVD players, cable boxes, and satellite receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: The KDF-60WF655 features a HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) input which provides an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped device, such as a DTV set-top box, DVD player or A/V receiver. HDMI supports enhanced or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio. 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. The HDMI input has an audio input.

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs 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. The audio jacks are only operable when the TV's built-in speakers are turned off.

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.

Front Panel Inputs: For connecting a game console or camcorder, the TV includes front panel inputs (behind a drop-down panel) with stereo audio and composite and S-Video jacks. For mono audio connections, you should use the left channel input.

Control S: Control S allows you to control the TV and other Sony equipment with one remote control. There are two Control S connections; both 3.5mm mini-jacks, one in and one out.

 
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WOW

Written By Tim, Lithia, FL on Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Wow, what can i say, everything i have read told me to buy a little larger than i wanted so, i went with the 60"...My first remarks when it was un boxed was "holy Cr*p, it's huge". Well, after about 4hrs of watching it...WOW agin, its GREAT. And i am very happy with its size.
I wish sony would have allowed more than one DVI input tho and also wish it had a PC monitor input. But, all in all it's great.
I have a Bose surround system and Dish Network Sattilite. Not alot of HD offerigngs on Dish Network but what they do have is WOW agin.
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HD Upgrade

Written By Jim, Huntsville, AL on Wednesday, March 02, 2005
 
I needed to upgrade from my old 36" tube and definitely wanted to go big screen. So I made the comparisons between LCD and DLP and found little difference. Narrowing the choices further, I knew the HD signal was going to be an extra cost if I went through my cable company and did not want to add a box to my A/V system when I could pick the signals FREE with an HD antenna.

A long story short, this past fall only Toshiba and Sony offered built in antennas on 60" models and had the resolution I wanted so I could integrate my computer into my A/V system. Sony 60WF655 had both and came in several hundred dollars less.

The HD picture is incredible and my computer gaming has entered a new dimension!
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Sony KDF-60WF655

Written By Bob, Houston, TX on Monday, February 07, 2005
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Amazing picture quality and sound produced by this Sony KDF-60WF655 60" Grand WEGA High Definition LCD TV. Don't know how I did without HD quality TV for so long. Had I known it was so great, I'd have never waited to purchase such a set. It's now difficult to watch other TVs, though I used to think it just couldn't get any better than the picture quality they offered.

The split screen capabilities of this set permit a perfect side by side comparison of HD vs NTSC picture quality. The HD picture offers so much more detail than standard TV, resulting in a viewer having tremendously more visual information to digest. As such, the entire viewing experience and overall understanding and enjoyment of the video content is enhanced.

I could find no better quality in a Plasma HD TV than what this LCD unit produces. Since my viewing environment is large enough to accommodate a "big screen" that sits on the floor, this LCD set fully satisfies my picture quality desires, at a price somewhat less than what a similar size Plasma would have cost.
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