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Sony KDF-E50A10

50" Grand Wega™ high-definition rear-projection LCD TV

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by Steve Kindig
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Sony's latest Grand Wega TVs received a dramatic makeover and they're now among the most strikingly attractive big-screens around. If the elegantly compact design of the 50" KDF-E50A10 doesn't grab your eye, the superb picture quality surely will. The TV's width and height have been reduced so much that it's about the same size as the previous 42" model. You get a much bigger screen without a bigger box.

Grand Wegas are the best-selling line of big-screens because they deliver a dependably fine picture. Sony gets the color right by using three high-definition LCD image chips (one each for red, green, and blue signals). The combination of rich, vibrant color and million-pixel precision produces images that are extremely smooth, flicker-free, and 3-dimensional. Sony's innovative Cinema Black Pro "dynamic iris" technology improves contrast and black level by reducing the TV's light output in dark scenes. A circuit continuously samples the brightness content of the video signal and adjusts the iris opening on the fly to deliver the best possible brightness, contrast, and black level.

This is a "Digital Cable Ready" TV, able to receive both over-the-air and cable high-definition TV signals without a separate set-top box. To make the most of the built-in cable tuner, request a CableCARD from your local service provider. The CableCARD replaces the cable box, simplifying your hookup, providing a slightly better picture, and eliminating one remote control. Powerful "upconversion" raises standard video signals to near-HD quality — and you can fine-tune the amount of enhancement for each video source.

This is one of the first Grand Wegas to include a standard PC input. It's great for web-surfing and gaming, and since this is an LCD-based display, there are no worries about screen burn-in. You'll also find three HD-compatible component video inputs, including a convenient side-mounted set for a game console or HD camcorder.

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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
  • 3 LCD panels, 1280 x 720 pixels each (all signals displayed at 720p)
  • 130°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • Cinema Black Pro with Advanced Iris for improved contrast
  • Wega Engine™ video processing
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts non-HD signals)
  • built-in stereo speakers (12 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 3 component video (2 rear, 1 side)
      — accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs (1 Antenna, 1 Cable)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 46-5/8"W x 32-5/8"H x 16-1/8"D
  • weight: 72.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • 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: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

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Features and Specs
Display
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LCD
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50"
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16:9
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1280 x 720
Picture In Picture
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No
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1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
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12 watts x 2
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1 Year
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1 Year
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In-home
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46-5/8
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32-5/8
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16-1/8
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33-3/8
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14-7/8
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72.82 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
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6
Digital Inputs & Outputs
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  • 50" LCD projection TV
  • RM-YD003 wireless remote control
  • 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" sheet
  • "Required Public Statement for GPL/LGPL Licensed Software Used in this Television" sheet
  • SonyCard (for www.sonyrewards.com)

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Features

HDTV: The Sony KDF-E50A10 Grand Wega Rear Projection LCD TV has a built-in ATSC tuner that 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-E50A10 has a display resolution of 1280 x 720, all input signals will be displayed at 1280 x 720. The TV has three 0.73" Wide XGA LCD panels, one for each RGB (red, green, blue) signal that each resolve 921,600 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 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), 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.

DRC Modes: You can choose from the following DRC advanced video options:

  • High Density: creates a high-resolution picture with 4x density for high quality sources, such as a DVD player or satellite receiver
  • Progressive: recommended for moving images

CineMotion 3/2 Pulldown Processing: This function 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.

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 100W lamp (Model XL-2400) that you can easily replace.

Wega Gate: The Wega Gate screen gives you access to the following options:

  • Favorites: lets you store and view up to 16 of your favorite programs
  • Cable: takes you to the most recently viewed channel on the cable input
  • Antenna: takes you to the most recently viewed channel on the antenna input
  • External Inputs: lets you select equipment that is connected to your TV
  • Settings: lets you adjust the Video, Audio, Screen, Channel, Parental Control, Setup, and Applications menus

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.

Video Mode: You can select Vivid, Standard, or Custom. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments. The Custom 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

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

Sound Effects: To enhance the sound, you can select TruSurround XT, which adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs, or Simulated, which adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs. The sound effects can be turned off.

BBE: The BBE circuit adjusts the phase relationships of the low, mid and high frequencies. The result is improved sound with more impact.

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.

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

Optional TV Stand: The TV can be mounted on the optional Sony SU-RG11M stand (item # 158SURG11M).

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, DVD/VCR combo units, HDD/DVD combo units, VCRs, cable boxes, and satellite receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: The TV features an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) input that 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 left and right RCA audio inputs.

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.

Side Panel Inputs: For connecting a game console or camcorder, the TV includes side panel inputs (left and right RCA audio jacks, RCA composite video jack, and component video jacks). For mono audio connections, you should use the left channel input.

 
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5 out of 5

Great TV for the $

Written By Jason, Austin, TX on Friday, March 24, 2006
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Thanks to Sony's new XBR line of 1080p HDTVs, this 720p model is cheaper and an excellent value. Very few HD broadcasts are available in 1080p resolution as of March 2006 anyway, so don't splurge on XBR unless price is not an issue. Sports in HD are crystal clear, breathing new life into March Madness. Discovery HD is captivating.

Previous reviews have identified relevant issues; the black level is very good for an LCD TV, and minor calibration helps. Calling the Settings menu "Wega Gate" is a little silly, but it's intuitive enough once explored. Wide angle viewing is improved in my living room, b/c the TV is not as deep as the 37" CRT monster it replaced. Sound is fine, although most will use a home theater system. When turned on, the bulb warms up a little faster than Samsung DLP TVs. You can hear the fan when the volume is muted, but it's inaudible during typical use.

I'll add this: DVDs look very good, but not great compared to HDTV. DVDs are coded in 480p and the TV can show a better resolution than that(720p). I'm considering an upconverting DVD player; Samsung makes one that has gotten good reviews, & a Sony is on the way. These DVD players connect via HDMI & supposedly clean up the picture quality, although they don't produce a true HD picture. Something to consider, at least until the war over the next DVD format (Sony Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD right now) is settled & prices drop to reasonable levels.
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5 out of 5

best in class tv

Written By robert, philadelphia, pa on Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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After much research, including reading customer reviews on competitors websites, I decided on this TV. Customer reviews were outstanding. It was also the top rated model in the 50"-52" catagory in the March issue of Consumer Reports. Add to that a great financing package by Crutchfield and picking this TV became a no-brainer. I could have gotten it for less on Ebay($2075), but with Crutchfield I know what I'm dealing with. That is no small consideration with an item you just can't pick up and take back!

If you buy this TV, make sure you get the AVIA calibration disk, as this TV(and most others, for that matter) will need some adjusting to get it the way it should be.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDF-E50A10

Written By kandtg, Kansas City on Tuesday, February 07, 2006
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After months of research I decided on this TV. I placed my order on Friday and received the TV the following Thursday. Once I connected everything and turned it on I will have to say I was less than impressed. The picture was fuzzy and HD channels didn't look any better than "normal" channels. After my short heart attack I did some research and tweaked the picture settings. Once that was complete the TV came alive. The picture almost looks 3D it is so crisp and vivid. I'm am extremely pleased with this purchase. From Crutchfield's customer service and delivery to the quality and ease of setup of the TV I have to rate it 5 stars. If you're in the market for a value priced big screen TV, I'd highly recommend this one.
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4 out of 5

Excellent Product within Its Limits

Written By Ben, San Antonio, TX on Friday, December 09, 2005
 
I purchased this Sony after a considerable amount of research and analysis. I have to admit that I am very happy with it. When fed an HD signal, the picture is truly jaw-dropping. I have mine hooked to a Terk TV5 amplified OTA HDTV antenna, and the clarity and detail are nothing short of breathtaking when watching a true HD signal. Football takes on entirely new depths, and regular programing looks fresh and new. Moving up from a 27" CRT, watching DVD's is much more of a true cinematic experience. The new "dynamic iris" does an excellent job at increasing black levels and contrast, to the point that I think that it is as good, if not better than many DLP's on the market (I visually compared mine side to side with a Toshiba and a Magnavox). Sound quality is admirable too, although for real impact, you'd still want to utilize a surround system. Inputs are plentiful, and outputs are adequate. But I feel compelled to point out to other potential buyers, who may not already know, the limitations of this television. Regular analog broadcasts (I have DISH Network) are okay, but less than stellar. When watching something quick paced, like a basketball game that's not being shown on a digital feed, the picture can get a little blurred. On most other programming, like sitcoms, documentaries, and news programs, the picture is good, but probably less than what most people with a good analog CRT have come to expect. Also, unlike a plasma or flat panel LCD, the off-axis viewing of this TV is considerably more limited. Of course, flat panel televisions have their own problems and limitations to consider. All in all, this is a very good TV, as long as you accept it for what it is.
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5 out of 5

Terrific Picture Finally

Written By Indy, NJ on Friday, December 02, 2005
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At first I was not impressed at all with the picture on the tv. But I rememberd before I bought the TV that I had a problem with the comcast cable. the picture was breaking up. one guy came over and said there is a weak signal coming into the box. anyway to make a long story short, after the fith time someone who actually knew what to do came by, and orderd a new drop put it, they put these new orange digital cables underground, now its finally great. the HD channels look unbelievale. and the HBO's look a whole lot better. one way I could tell was, when I saw a fight on HBO or a movie with alot of action the screen looked blocky,and when the boxers boxed also. now it looks great, I can watch a fight or movie without cursing the quality. now some of the regular channels are a little bad, but I heard not all of them are good. the Nick JR channels my kids watch look great, almost HD. I use a HDMI cable. I did not see much of a difference watching the HD channels with the HDMI cable compared to the ones the cable co.gave me,but the regular channels look better with the HDMI cable.
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5 out of 5

Awesome TV

Written By Bigtime, Guam on Tuesday, November 29, 2005
 
This TV is great. I purchased it solely for gaming with the XBOX 360. The games look amazing on this TV when hooked up with the component ins. The picture quality is crisp and clear even when sitting up close at about 4 - 5 feet away when playing XBOX 360. Being able to choose inputs via a menu is a big convenience. The TV is extremely quiet, quieter than the XBOX 360. DVDS look exceptional too. The unit is light and sleek. I can easily move the TV and stand when I need to get to the back of the unit. I will get another SONY TV when the PS3 launches. Perhaps the Sony KDSR60XBR1.
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5 out of 5

Stumbled into a great decision.

Written By videoman, Tustin, CA on Tuesday, November 08, 2005
 
I'm the sort that researches purchases to death. This time a rushed decision paid off (it even turned out to fit my entertainment center so well that it looks like a custome install). This is a great TV. I had resisted a projection TV because most have reflective screens that show every light in the room. This does not have that problem and looks great even in a fully lit room. In fact, it has less reflection than the regular TV it replaced. It offers various modes to stretch a 4:3 picture to fit the 16:9 screen as does my Philips TV, but Sony does a much better job. The HDTV channels offered by my cable company look tremendous. I really like the WEGA button or whatever it is called that lets me go to any of the SEVEN video sources without scrolling through them all.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding!!!!!!!!

Written By Jeremy, Seekonk, MA on Friday, October 28, 2005
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I couldn't be happier with this tv. Crisp, sharp, and vibrant. And with the right calibration to the custom picture settings, the non-HD channels don't suck either. Some Comcast stations are better than others; but garbage in, garbage out.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDF-E50A10

Written By Joel, Townsend, MA on Saturday, October 15, 2005
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This is our first big screen TV. I bought it after extensive research online, as well as visits to local retail stores. Ordering from Crutchfield was, as usual, painlessly delightful. The TV arrived on the longer end of the committed delivery time, but I think largely due to disruption from the Gulf hurricanes in Sept.

The TV performs as expected. Sony's niche in consumer electronics is TV and the picture is outstanding. HD cable broadcasts are stunning to view. The TV is very light and took less than an hour to unbox, position and hook up to the surround system, cable box, and VCR. Some video adjustments were made via the remote's WEGA GATE feature. Iris control was boosted, sharpness boosted, and DRC shifted slightly northeast. The remote was relatively easy to learn and use.

Non-HD broadcasts are actually a little clearer than on our older 36" tube TV. If you're a big football fan, watching a game in HD is riveting. The detail and clarity make you feel like you're right there. Off-axis viewing is much better than I had hoped as you don't have to sit right in front of it although brightness and contrast do diminish. Some other features, like HD built-in, cable card ready, and PC input, are also a plus when considering recent TV design trend and flexibility looking forward.

The only 2 negative comments I can make are; there is no picture-in-picture feature, and bulb replacement costs ($250). In Sony's defense however, the latter seems consistent with all projection TV manufacturers.

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5 out of 5

Very Nice!

Written By sdmcw, Winter Springs, FL on Thursday, August 25, 2005
 
I purchased the Sony KF-50WE610 last December.It was just replaced with the Sony KDF-E50A10.The original one had a loud "humming" fan and Sony could not fix it.They replaced one of the fan twice and the other once and then they told me that they would do a replacement.To my surprise they showed up with the KDF-E50A10!Right out of the box this TV looks much nicer and more expensive.The case is smaller in all dimensions and it weighs 10 pounds less than the old one.This TV is 46.6" wide, 16.1" deep, 32.6" tall and weighs 72.0 lbs.The KF-50WE610 is 54.2" wide, 17.8" deep, 36.5" tall and weighs 81.6 lbs.The reduced width is mainly due to the fact that they moved the speaker to just under the screen in a type of port.I tried the speakers out and they actually sound pretty good.I really liked that they moved them from the side because I use my home theater system for sound.

This TV comes with a built-in HD tuner,HDMI connection and a place to connect a PC with both audio and video. There is also a Component Video connection on the side of the unit, which replaced a standard S-Video/RCA connection on the front of the old TV.Both TVs have the CableCard slot.I do not use this function because I am using satellite.

The old TV had a couple of advantages over the new one,though.The old one had a Memory-Stick slot and picture-in-picture.Neither one was a big deal to me since I do not use either function.

I really like the look of this TV over my old one. Even the menus and on-screen displays are easier to read and look better. The remote is kind of strange due to the fact that Sony has created a button called "WEGA Gate", which is where all of the settings are l
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5 out of 5

Brilliant picture!

Written By Anthony, NJ on Sunday, August 14, 2005
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I am completely satisfied with the Sony KDF-E50A10. it has a sharp, bright picture. Black levels are excellent, simple controls to adjust the color and contrast settings to my preference, plenty of AV connections for all my equipment, and a stylish look that complements my livingroom. For half the price of a plasma screen I have a high quality big-screen HDTV that will last for a long long time. Compared to a plasma screen that will start fading out after 10 years, I can buy a replacement lamp and have a brand-new TV once again. That's a big plus! And such a huge screen TV only weighs in at 75lbs. It's pretty easy to manuever into place. I'd recommend the KDF-E50A10 to anyone looking for a good quality big-screen TV
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4 out of 5

Huge Upgrade!

Written By Mark, Morgan Hill, CA on Thursday, August 11, 2005
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Ok, so I was long overdue. I upgraded from an old Sharp 25" tube that was about 15 years old. What a difference! This case is much better than last year's, with the speakers hidden at the bottom. I purchased the calibration DVD as well and calibrated last night - I expected to make more adjustments than what the DVD specified. Settings were fairly close using the out of the box setting for the 'standard' view settings. (set came in the 'vivid' config, which is too bright) I expected to make more adjustments, but the slight adjustments made significant improvements. Component input from my progressive scan DVD is great, although I thought it would be slightly better. Some older shows over Direct TV (standard signal, not HD) do look slightly grainy because of the huge picture, but its managable to us because we have a large room. The cons to this set that I saw during my research were lack of PIP and the process for switching inputs. PIP is not something I wanted anyway, and switching inputs is not a 'sequential' switch, you can use the remote to pull them all up on the screen and choose. Will be hooking up a Terk air antenna for HD soon, hoping that will be spectacular. Huge improvement for the price! Very happy with purchase.
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