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Sony KDS-60A3000

60" BRAVIA® SXRD™ 1080p rear-projection HDTV with 120Hz refresh rate

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Overview

Our take on the Sony KDS-60A3000

The 60" screen size has recently become a "sweet spot" for rear-projection TV shoppers, and the Sony KDS-60A3000 is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser. Many videophiles and reviewers feel that Sony's SXRD display technology delivers the finest TV picture currently available. And this model's shallow, thin-bezel cabinet makes it one of the most space-efficient 60" HDTVs we've seen.

The 60" screen size has recently become a "sweet spot" for rear-projection TV shoppers, and the Sony KDS-60A3000 is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser. Many videophiles and reviewers feel that Sony's SXRD display technology delivers the finest TV picture currently available. And this model's shallow, thin-bezel cabinet makes it one of the most space-efficient 60" HDTVs we've seen.

High-density image panels reveal the finest details
SXRD is a refined version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display technology. The KDS-60A3000 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.

Smoother, more natural on-screen motion with Motionflow™
Sony's SXRD TVs have always displayed naturally smear-free motion thanks to the image chips' fast "pixel response time." But these "A3000" models improve upon that with Motionflow high frame rate technology. Motionflow can display 120 video frames per second instead of the standard 60 frames, so that fast-action material like sports looks smoother and more solid.

Outstanding contrast for pictures that pop
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. This system delivers some of the best black levels available.

Connections for up to five HD sources
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-60A3000 obliges with two component video inputs and three 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs (perfect for connecting a Sony Blu-ray Disc player). A standard PC input lets you use this TV as a jumbo-sized high-res computer display — and don't worry, "microdisplay" projection TVs like this one are immune to screen burn-in.

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FREE "white glove" in-home delivery: 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.

I have had this unit for over 3 years now and its the best TV I have ever seen or owned. Incredible colors and contrast. Recommended. My friends and family are amazed at its quality.

Fola, Omaha, NE

What's in the Box:

  • 60" SXRD High-Definition 1080p rear-projection TV
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD016)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration information
  • "Notices and Licenses for Software Used in this Television" sheet
  • Sony Customer Support sheet
  • Caution sheet concerning removing remote and manual before discarding packing materials (attached to TV)
  • "Sony Customer Support" sheet

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Product Highlights:

  • 60" 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)
  • Motionflow™ 120Hz anti-blur technology for clearer motion
  • 2.5-millisecond pixel response time
  • 130°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • adjustable/dynamic Advanced Iris for improved contrast and black level
  • BRAVIA Engine™ EX digital video processor with DRC MultiFunction v1.0 (upconverts lower-quality video signals)
  • Deep Color and x.v.Color™ technology
  • built-in stereo speakers (12 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • BRAVIA Theatre Sync™ remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 8 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3 (accepts signals up to 1080p — 60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • compatible with optional BRAVIA Internet Video Link
  • power consumption: 240 watts
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • 53-7/8"W x 38-5/8"H x 16-3/4"D (base is 41-1/4"W x 16-3/4"D)
  • weight: 90.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Display
Screen Type SXRD
Screen Size 60"
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 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Dimensions
Width (inches) 53-7/8
Height (inches) 38-5/8
Depth (inches) 16-3/4
Footprint Width (inches) 41-1/4
Footprint Depth (inches) 16-3/4
Weight 90.4 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 1
Total Video Inputs 8
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link None

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Features
Remote Control
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. SXRD also creates highly accurate, natural colors because the 3-panel design displays all the colors, all the time.

HDTV: The KDS-60A3000 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-60A3000 has three high-definition SXRD image panels, each with 1920 x 1080 pixels. Each panel has over 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.

BRAVIA Engine EX Video Processor: The BRAVIA Engine EX full digital video processing system is based on Sony's renowned BRAVIA Engine video processing system. It has all of the same functions as the BRAVIA Engine, plus the added ability to upconvert 480i standard definition signals via Digital Realilty Creation Multi-Function v1.0 technology for more detail and definition.

Motionflow 120Hz High Frame Rate Technology: Motionflow doubles the amount of frames from 60 frames per second (fps) to 120 fps, using real-time calculation of every single frame of video to create entire new frames of information. The result is motion performance that is smooth and natural. The Motion Enhancer feature activates the Motionflow technology to enhance the smoothness of the picture movement and to reduce blur. You can select high or standard motion enhancer settings, or turn it off if the settings result in excess noise.

Motion Naturalizer: Activating the Motion Naturalizer causes the picture movement to become more fluid and natural. Mode 1 is suitable for movie content, while Mode 2 is suitable for content with fast action scenes, such as sports. The Motion Naturalizer can be turned off if it causes the picture to flicker.

x.v.Color Technology: With the adoption of xvYCC, a newly approved international color standard which is part of the HDMI v1.3 spec, the color space now has 80% more colors. As more and more video sources adopt the new color standard, you will be able to enjoy more accurate color reproduction. x.v.Color technology is available on this TV, and select Sony Handycam camcorders.

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: Sony recommends that you replace the lamp after approximately 8000 hours of use, when the screen becomes dark or the color looks unusual, when the Lamp LED on the front of the TV blinks, or when the lamp replacement message appears on the TV screen.

Xross Media Bar (XMB): The XMB is a menu of BRAVIA features and input sources displayed on the TV screen. It is an easy way to select programming and adjust settings. It consists of a horizontal Media Category Bar and a vertical Category Object Bar. Using the arrow buttons on the remote control, you can easily and quickly navigate to the settings, channels and external inputs you want.

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.

  • Auto Iris:
    • Auto 1: recommended option for viewing programs that have larger variation in brightness from scene to scene
    • Auto 2: recommended option for viewing programs that have less variation in brightness from scene to scene
  • Manual Iris:
    • Max: the brightness is about the maximum level
    • High: the screen is at a high level of brightness; suitable for TV viewing in a brightly lit room
    • Medium: the brightness is about the standard level
    • Low: the screen is dimmed but contrast is to the maximum; suitable for TV viewing in a room with low lightning
    • Min: the brightness is about the minimum level

Preset Picture Modes: The TV features two Preset Picture Modes to choose from to make setup simple.

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: standard picture settings suited for most normal viewing
  • Cinema: for viewing film-based content, suitable for viewing in a theater-like environment
  • Photo: for viewing still image content
  • Custom: allows 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
    • Color Space: selects the range of color reproduction from Wide to Standard
    • Live Color: makes colors more vivid
    • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature color by color
    • Detail Enhancer: sharpens picture definition
    • Edge Enhancer: enhances the outline of the picture   

Picture Settings: The TV's picture settings allow you to adjust the following levels to enhance your viewing experience.

  • Picture: adjust the picture contrast
  • Brightness: brightens or darkens the picture
  • Color: adjusts color intensity
  • Hue: adjusts green tones
  • Sharpness: sharpens or softens the picture
  • Color Temperature: adjusts the white balance of the picture--select from the following:
    • Cool: gives white colors a bluish tint
    • Neutral: gives white colors a neutral tint
    • Warm 1 and 2: gives white colors a reddish tint

DRC Mode: The TV features two Digital Reality Creation (DRC) modes and an Off position. DRC modes are available only with 480i sources, and are not available when the Game/Text Mode is set to On. The DRC Modes are:

  • High Density: creates a high-resolution picture with 4x density for high-quality sources
  • Progressive: this mode is recommended for still pictures

DRC Palette: The DRC Palette (only available for 480i sources) allows you to customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) for input sources.

Noise Reduction: This feature reduces the noise level of connected equipment and the VHF/UHF or cable inputs. You can choose from Auto, High, Medium, Low or Off.

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 4:3 picture to fill the 16:9 screen, keeping the original image as much as possible
  • Normal: displays the 4:3 picture in its original size when the original source is 4:3; when the original source is 16:9 the picture may be compressed horizontally
  • Full: enlarges the picture horizontally to fill the screen when the original source is 4:3; when the source is 16:9 it will display the 16:9 picture in its original size
  • Zoom: enlarges the original picture without distorting the aspect ratio

4:3 Default: This feature allows you to select the default screen mode to use for 4:3 sources. You can choose from the following.

  • Wide Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture to fill the 16:9 screen, keeping the original image as much as possible
  • Normal: displays the 4:3 picture in its original size when the original source is 4:3
  • Full: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen
  • Zoom: enlarges the 4:3 picture horizontally and vertically to an equal aspect ratio that fills the wide screen
  • Off: turn this feature Off to continue using the current Wide Mode setting when the channel or input is changed

Display Area: This feature allows you to adjust the screen area displaying the picture. You can choose from the following modes.

  • +1: displays the entire picture with a black frame on the edge of the screen (can be selected for video signals from the HDMI input)
  • Normal: displays the picture in the original size
  • -1 or -2: enlarges the picture to hide the edges of the picture

Horizontal/Vertical Adjustments: The TV features the following horizontal and vertical adjustments.

  • Horizontal Center: moves the position of the picture left and right
  • Vertical Center: moves the position of the picture up and down (available only Zoom mode)
  • Vertical Size: adjust the vertical size of the picture (available only in Wide Zoom and Zoom modes)

Game Mode: The setting is optimized for playing video games.

Sound Mode: You can choose from 3 different Sound Modes.

  • Dynamic: enhances the treble and bass
  • Standard: suitable for spoken dialog
  • Custom: allows you to store your preferred bass and treble settings

Note: You can set up a Sound Mode independently for the TV input and each Video input. The Sound Mode settings are automatically saved for each input.

S-FORCE Front Surround: This feature provides a virtual surround sound experience using just two front speakers. It can be turned off for normal stereo or mono reception.

Voice Zoom: Voice Zoom adjusts the clarity of human voices. It can be turned up to make a voice clearer, or turned down to soften a voice.

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.

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 30 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 1-8 can be labeled Video 1, 2, 3, Component 1, 2, HDMI 1, 2, 3, DVD, Cable Box, Satellite, BD (Blu-ray Disc), VCR, Receiver, DVR, Game, Camcorder, PC, Skip or left blank. The PC input is labeled PC, Skip, or left blank. The Edit function allows you to create a custom 10-character label.

Parental Lock: The Parental Lock settings allow you to set up the TV to block programs according to their content and rating levels. The Parental Lock setting is protected by a 4-digit password.

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

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.

Timer: You can use the timer to turn the TV on, set the duration time the TV will remain on, and tune to a specific channel at specific times.

Cooling Mode: If the TV will be operated at an attitude of 5,000 feet or higher you can adjust the Cooling Mode from Normal to High.

BRAVIA Theatre Sync: This TV is equipped with BRAVIA Theatre Sync through the HDMI connections, which allows communication between the TV and other Sony equipment with HDMI control. When a Sony A/V receiver with BRAVIA Theatre Sync is connected, the following operations are possible:

  • Turning on the A/V receiver when the TV is turned on
  • Automatically switching to the audio output of the A/V receiver's attached speakers
  • Adjusting the volume and muting of the A/V receiver with the TV's remote control

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 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.

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 three 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. The 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 three HDMI inputs has a corresponding audio input.

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

PC In: The PC input on the rear panel of the television allows you to connect the TV to a personal computer's video output connector via an optional HD15-HD15 cable, sold separately.

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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