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Sony KV-34HS420

34" FD Trinitron® Wega™ HDTV-ready TV

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Item #: 158KV34HS4
 

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by Steve Kindig
Sony

The KV-34HS420 is one of Sony's most affordable widescreen Hi-Scan™ TVs. If you don't have lots of room, but want to see DVD movies and High-Definition TV programs as they're meant to be viewed, this is a smart solution. 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-34HS420 to a separate HDTV tuner that can receive the signals available in your area — over-the-air broadcasts, satellite, cable, or even some combination.

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 (with an optional HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped component).

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Highlights:

  • HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays them at 1080i or 480p)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Digital Reality Creation (upconverts non-HD signals to 960i or 480p)
  • CineMotion™ 3-2 pulldown processing
  • selectable color temperature control
  • 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • multibrand remote control
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • video input labeling
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 composite video (3 rear, 1 front)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
    • 2 rear-panel HD-compatible component video
      (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 rear-panel HDMI digital audio/video input with HDCP copy protection
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 38-5/8"W x 25-5/8"H x 23-5/16"D
  • weight: 194 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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34"
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 x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year/2 Yrs Tube
Labor Warranty
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90 Days
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Dimensions
Width (inches)
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38-5/8
Height (inches)
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25-5/8
Depth (inches)
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23-3/8
Footprint Width (inches)
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38-5/8
Footprint Depth (inches)
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21-3/8
Weight
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194 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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  • 34" Widescreen television
  • Wireless remote control (RM-Y197)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Product Registration card
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Warning" sheet concerning protective film on the face of the CRT

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Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

FD Trinitron Picture Tube: The Sony KV-34HS420 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-34HS420 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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Written By chris, milwaukee,wi on Tuesday, January 10, 2006
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I did my research when choosing and hdtv. I found that a picture tube tv, although big and heavy is still the mose reliable and cheapest to repair,than say a plasma or lcd model. I oredered from this company which has excellent customer service and one on one tech support. the tv was recieved in excellent condition. i was surprised at how heavy it was 200 lbs, as a woman i had to get my two brother s to help me lift it. I will tell you one thing, its beautiful, excellent sound for tv, the side speakers are great. the picture when in hd is beautiful. it looks sleek, and justlike a plasma from the front, its the back that has the bulkiness. i had to buy a tv stand, my entertainment center had to go. so be prepared to have a tv stand that supports at least 300 pounds, if you have stero components. this sony tv is a great purchase for me, i absoulely recommend a picutre tube hdtv,until the years go by when they can have evidence that a plasma or lcd will hold up ,I would not purchase those yet. one thing the lcd tv have a bulb inside and if u get a cheapy, the bulb life may be short,and very expensive to replace,so keep that in mind also the black on my sony is perfect . on the others, not so perfect, over 50 years the picture tube tv has proven to stil be the most reliable and reasonably priced tvs for hdtv on the market. i love itttttt

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5 out of 5

calibrate your tv

Written By Leslie, yonkers, ny on Monday, August 08, 2005
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Written by Leslie's husband, Emilio. First of all, all of you who buy HD sets need to calibrate them once their bought or you're not really enjoying an optimized picture. You can't depend on a set to have the right settings right out of the box. They never do. This calibration can be done by buying one of various DVDs out there (Avia, Video Essentials, etc.). I believe Crutchfield sells the Avia DVD. The process takes an hour but it's worth it, believe me. With that out of the way, this set provides a beautiful HD picture that beats the pants off of anything I've seen on plasma. Don't waste your time with a plasma set: the best HD pictures are seen on picture tube TVs because only a tube can render true blacks. Some plasmas are pretty decent but you have to ask yourself, do I want an optimized picture or do I want to show off in front of people my set that hangs on a wall? Your choice. This set is huge and the customized stand is highly recommended for it. A small apartment with little space is a bad match for this set. But if you have the room, you'll enjoy many drool-filled hours as you watch the stunning picture. I'm not commenting on the speakers because all TV speakers are crap anyway and if you have a set like this, it should be hooked up to a proper set of speakers (call me a snob if you wish but you're selling yourself short otherwise). Enjoy an HD picture with true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, otherwise you're not getting the full HD experience. In summation, an excellent TV, especially for the price.
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4 out of 5

Sony KV-34HS420

Written By RONALD, Boston area on Monday, March 07, 2005
 
I have been using this TV for a few days now and feel I have enough time experimenting with it to form an opinion. First thing I found out, which I probably should have already known, and this applies to ALL widescreen TVs, not just THIS TV, is that getting a widescreen TV does not mean you do away with black bars on the top and bottom of your screen. The format used in Hollywood movies is NOT 16:9 . I have yet to watch a DVD that fills the picture. Oh, these newer TVs have bells and whistles that will blow up the picture so it fills the screen, but they do this by zooming in on the image, or stretching it. When the image is zoomed in, the picture is not "distorted" in any way, but you lose the parts of the picture that go beyond the screen, such as the tops of peoples heads and the bottom of the picture. Another "trick" is to just stretch the image, which gives you a "fun house" mirror effect, where you are short and wide and funny looking. Sony has a decent feature that I have been using which both zooms and stretches. It zooms the center part of the image where you normally are watching and gives no distortion while it stretches just the side edges of the picture. I dont really notice it and it fills the screen. The sound is nice with different "simulated" surrounds, but a seperate surround system would obviously be much better. The picture quality is great. It has more inputs than youll ever need, which you can label, such as "DVD" "Cable" etc. It is built for the future and should hold up perfectly over time. It is big and heavy, but I dont care as I dont plan on carrying it around. There is much more, but not enough space to write about it
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