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Sony KV-30HS420

30" FD Trinitron® Wega™ HDTV-ready TV

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Item #: 158KV30HS4
 

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Our take on the Sony KV-30HS420

by Steve Kindig
Sony

The KV-30HS420 is Sony's most affordable widescreen Hi-Scan™ TV ever. You can enjoy DVD movies and High-Definition TV programs as they're meant to be viewed, even in apartments, bedrooms, dens and dorms. And when you consider its flexible array of seven A/V inputs, this TV is more than just HDTV-ready, it's future-ready!

Of course, for HDTV reception, you'll need to connect the KV-30HS420 to a separate HDTV tuner that can receive the signals available in your area — over-the-air broadcasts, satellite, or cable (some advanced tuners can receive both broadcast and satellite HD).

While virtually every U.S. household can now access at least one digital TV signal, most of us will continue to watch regular analog material, as well. A built-in standard tuner allows you to keep enjoying your favorite non-HD shows. You can choose to display them in a standard 4:3 window with vertical gray bars on the sides, or expand the image to completely fill the screen. Sony's Digital Reality Creation™ circuitry effectively bridges the picture quality gap between conventional video and HDTV. This digital processing "upconverts" non-HD signals to 960i. Nice improvement!

To connect your highest-quality video sources, you'll find two sets of HD-compatible component video jacks, plus an HDMI digital audio/video input. HDMI jacks are becoming more common on the latest HDTV tuners and DVD players.

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Highlights:

  • HDTV monitor (digital TV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Digital Reality Creation (upconverts non-HD signals to 960i or 480p)
  • CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
  • standard TV tuner
  • multibrand remote control
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 35-3/8"W x 23-3/4"H x 21-7/8"D
  • weight: 150 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor (2 years parts on the picture tube)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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30"
Flat Screen
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Picture in Picture
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No
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
480p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
V-Chip
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Yes
Audio Output Power
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10 watts x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year/2 Yrs Tube
Labor Warranty
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90 Days
Type of Warranty Service
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Dimensions
Width (inches)
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35-3/8
Height (inches)
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23-3/4
Depth (inches)
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21-7/8
Footprint Width (inches)
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35-3/8
Footprint Depth (inches)
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21-3/8
Weight
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150 lbs
Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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1
Side Panel Composite Inputs
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None
Side Panel Component Video Inputs
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None
Rear Composite Video Inputs
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3
Rear Component Video Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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7
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What's in the box?

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  • 30" Widescreen television
  • Wireless remote control (RM-Y197)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Product Registration card
  • Warranty sheet

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Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

FD Trinitron Picture Tube: The Sony KV-30HS420 features the visually flat FD Trinitron picture tube. The Flat Glass Panel, high-focus electron gun, High Precision deflection yoke and a Fine-Pitch Aperture Grille deliver images that are virtually distortion free and eliminate screen glare.

Hi-Scan 1080i Display: The TV's Hi-Scan 1080i Display is capable of displaying HDTV signals when connected to an optional HDTV tuner/receiver. The unit's HDMI and component inputs are capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The display has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

DRC (Digital Reality Creation) Multifunction: DRC Multifunction allows you to enjoy a very high-resolution picture from any standard NTSC image (480i) by using digital processing to turn all NTSC images to 960i or 480p resolution, which is approximately 4 times the resolution of a standard NTSC image. This helps to give you a finer, more detailed picture and decrease the visibility of scanning lines by doubling the number of horizontal and vertical lines. You can select one of three DRC modes: Interlaced, Progressive, or CineMotion.

CineMotion: CineMotion optimizes the display by automatically detecting film content (originally shot at 24 frames-per-second) and applying a reverse 3/2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

3D Digital Comb Filter: The TV's 3D digital comb filter analyzes picture information horizontally, vertically and over time. You will get high resolution under most picture conditions.

ClearEdge VM Wideband Velocity Modulation: This system separates the object and its background, producing clearer edges, better picture depth and improved overall picture quality. You can select High, Medium, Low, or Off.

HD Detailer Wideband Video Amplifier: This unit's Wideband Video Amplifier has a high bandwidth frequency rating, which allows it to send more video information to the screen, resulting in finer picture quality, especially for HD sources.

High Voltage Regulator: The unit's built-in high voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes.

Screen Modes: The Screen Mode feature lets you watch 4:3 normal broadcasts in several wide screen modes (16:9 aspect ratio). The 4 Screen Modes include:

  • Wide Zoom: enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen.
  • Normal: displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen.
  • Full Mode: stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen.
  • Zoom Mode: enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies).

Dynamic Focus: Dynamic Focus circuitry adjusts the picture during each scanning line for consistent corner-to-corner sharpness.

Dynamic Picture: Dynamic Picture circuitry maintains image detail in the very bright and dark areas of each scene.

Trinitone Color Temperature: You can select one of the following color temperature settings:

  • Cool: gives white colors a blue tint
  • Neutral: gives white colors a neutral tint
  • Warm: gives white colors a red tint (NTSC-Standard)

Video Mode: You can select one of the following Video Mode options:

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments
  • Movie: displays a finely detailed picture for low light environments
  • Pro: displays a picture with minimum enhancements

Audio 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 programs.

SRS WOW: SRS WOW provides a dramatic presence with a full, deep bass sound. When WOW is enabled, BBE is activated to further enhance the audio performance.

Note: BBE is an audio technology that compensates for phase effects in speakers, giving sound more impact.

Steady Sound: This feature equalizes the volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.

Note: Steady sound cannot be activated when audio effects (TruSurround, Simulated or SRS WOW) are in use.

Parental Control: V-Chip technology allows you to block unsuitable programming for younger viewers. Blocked programs are protected by a 4-digit password.

Timers: You can use the unit's two built-in timers to program the TV to turn on and off and tune to a specific channel at scheduled viewing times.

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.

Warranty: This TV carries a 1 year parts warranty, with 2 years of coverage for the tube. Labor is covered for 90 days.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote (RM-Y197): The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of A/V components, including VCRs, satellite receivers, cable boxes, DVD players, DVD/VCR combination units, and Laserdisc players. The remote features 3 buttons that illuminate in red to indicate the source (VCR/DVD, SAT/Cable, or TV) is currently being controlled by the remote.

System Off: The remote control's System Off button lets you turn off all Sony brand audio/video equipment at once.

Note: This may not work with some older equipment or with DVD/VCR combo units.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

A/V Inputs: The KV-30HS420 has 7 total A/V inputs:

  • Front Panel:
    • Video 2 Input: Stereo RCA (mono sources connect to L channel input), composite video and S-Video
  • Rear Panel:
    • Video Inputs 1 and 3: Stereo RCA (mono sources connect to L channel input), composite video and S-Video
    • Video Input 4: Stereo RCA (mono sources connect to L channel input) and composite video
    • HD/DVD Inputs 5 and 6: Stereo RCA and component video (1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i)
    • HDMI Input 7: Stereo RCA and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal

HDMI: The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal provides an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped A/V component, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver. HDMI supports enhanced, or high-definition video, plus two-channel digital audio. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component.

Audio Outputs: These audio jacks are activated when the TV's built-in speakers are turned off, and are used to connect the TV to a receiver/amplifier. They can be set for Fixed (volume controlled by the receiver/amplifier) or Variable (volume controlled by the TV's remote control) operation.

Monitor Outputs: These jacks (stereo RCA and composite video) let you record the program you are watching to a VCR. When two VCRs are connected, you can use the TV as a monitor for tape-to-tape editing (not available with 480p, 720p or 1080i when the input is set to Video 5, 6, or 7.

RF Coax Input: One rear panel RF Coaxial input is provided for connecting the TV to an antenna or cable box.

Control S Jacks: These two mini-jacks (1 input/1 output) allows the TV to receive and send out remote control signals to other Sony infrared-controlled audio or video equipment that has the Control S function. The input is for sending signals to the TV, while the output lets you send control signals to connected components.

Video Labels: You can label the unit's 7 Audio/Video inputs to identify the component connected to each input. You can select from the following labels for each input:

  • Video 1/2/3/4: VHS, DVD, Receiver, Satellite, Cable Box, 8mm, DTV, Game, LD, Web, Beta, or Skip
  • Video 5/6/7: DVD, Satellite, Cable Box, DTV, HD, Skip

Note: The Skip label is useful for inputs that do not have equipment connected to them. Inputs labeled "Skip" are skipped when you cycle through the inputs with the TV/Video button.

 
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All around awesome. Bright life like colors all the connections you could ask for HDMI, 2 HD Component, S-video, composite, even coax for old school equipment.
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