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Sony KP-65WV600

65" widescreen HDTV-ready projection TV

Item # 15865WV600

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Sony's previous Hi-Scan™ projection TVs were terrific performers — highly-rated by both owners and reviewers. Amazingly, these latest models are significantly better, with sharper, clearer pictures, compatibility with more signals and sources, and even more attractive cabinets. From the generous rear-panel "jack pack" and high-powered video processing circuitry, to small touches like the black bezel framing the screen (makes on-screen images really pop), these TVs will raise your home theater to a thrilling new level!

Sony's previous Hi-Scan™ projection TVs were terrific performers — highly-rated by both owners and reviewers. Amazingly, these latest models are significantly better, with sharper, clearer pictures, compatibility with more signals and sources, and even more attractive cabinets. From the generous rear-panel "jack pack" and high-powered video processing circuitry, to small touches like the black bezel framing the screen (makes on-screen images really pop), these TVs will raise your home theater to a thrilling new level!

The super-versatile KP-65WV600 has a total of 7 A/V inputs, including two "wide-bandwidth" component video inputs. Sony's Hi-Scan HDTV-ready design means you can use one of these inputs to hook up a separate HDTV tuner and treat your eyes to the breathtaking color, detail, and dimensionality of HDTV. This TV is compatible with both 1080i and 720p HDTV signals (720p is converted to 1080i — a big advantage, as many TVs must downconvert 720p to 480p resolution). Use the other wide-bandwidth input to connect and enjoy maximum performance from your DVD player. A DVI digital input is also included for greater compatibility with future HDTV tuners — especially tuners that receive satellite and/or cable HDTV signals.

Widescreen DVDs look spectacular on the KP-65WV600 — this TV lets you fully appreciate the superior picture quality of progressive-scan DVD players. Actually, you'll be blown away by DVD whether you use a progressive-scan or standard player. Sony's latest form of Digital Reality Creation™ upconversion circuitry — called DRC MultiFunction V1 — is now user-adjustable so you can fine-tune the amount of enhancement for each video source. Ordinarily, on a screen this large, you'd notice horizontal scan lines when viewing non-HDTV signals, but DRC's powerful processing smoothes away horizontal scan lines for a more solid, 3-dimensional picture.

HDTV broadcasts and widescreen DVDs definitely make the most of the KP-65WV600's 16:9 screen. But while over 90% of U.S. households have access to at least one digital TV signal, most of us will continue to watch some regular analog material, too. Sony's solution is to offer several viewing modes designed for standard 4:3 material. You can choose from a regular 4:3 image with vertical gray bars on the sides, or a wide mode which fills the screen by enlarging the image a little, and applying a very slight stretch to the center of the image, and a bit more stretch towards the sides.

Finally, here's a cool plus for owners of Sony Memory Stick® digital cameras: A Memory Stick slot lets you view your digital photos on a life-sized screen — upconverted to 1080i!

  • Hi-Scan HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays them at 1080i or 480p)
  • 16:9 screen aspect ratio
  • HD Detailer™ Wideband Video Amplifier
  • adjustable DRC MultiFunction V1 (upconverts NTSC sources to 960i or 480p)
  • CineMotion 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 10-bit 3D digital comb filter
  • 181-channel NTSC tuner
  • TwinView™ 2-tuner PIP (split screen)
  • high-contrast protective screen
  • automatic and manual convergence
  • SRS TruSurround™ 3D audio processing
  • flip/joystick multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark keys
  • 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 wide-bandwidth component video
      (compatible with 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • DVI HDTV input with HDCP copy protection
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable
  • Memory Stick playback (JPEG)
  • 20 watts x 2
  • 60-3/4"W x 59-3/4"H x 29"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor (2 years parts on the picture tubes)

About delivery: Because of its large size, the KP-65WV600 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. In-home delivery for this model costs $29.99. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the TV must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

What's in the Box:

  • 65" Widescreen HDTV-ready projection TV
  • RM-Y188 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty card
  • Owner Registration Card
  • Caution sheet
  • "How to reduce the risk of 'Image Retention' on your projection TV" sheet
  • "Memory Stick Viewer Supplement" sheet

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Features and Specs

Screen Type
Screen Size 65"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) ---
Picture In Picture 2 Tuner
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power 20 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year, 2 Years tube
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service ---
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Width (inches) 60-3/4
Height (inches) 59-3/4
Depth (inches) 29
Footprint Width (inches) ---
Footprint Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link Control S

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Hi-Scan 1080i Display (HDTV Receiver Compatible): Two component video inputs allow you to connect an optional HDTV receiver or a source with component video outputs. This television is capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i digital TV formats.

HD Detailer Wideband Video Amplifier: All televisions have a video amplifier, the device that takes the original video source and "amplifies" it to deliver a useable signal to your television screen. The bandwidth rating of a video amplifier determines the amount of detail that can be displayed on a television. Sony's HD Detailer wideband video amplifier delivers great detail on even the finest images by getting the most out of high-bandwidth sources, such as the 1080i signal available from some set-top boxes and satellite feeds.

Digital Reality Creation Multifunction V1: Unlike conventional line doublers, the DRC Multifunction feature replaces the signal's NTSC waveform with the near-HD equivalent, while doubling the number of vertical and horizontal lines. This results in four times the density for quality sources, such as DVD, satellite, and digital camcorders. The Video Menu allows you to select interlaced, progressive, or CineMotion output. The DRC Palette option lets you customize the level of detail (Reality) and smoothness (Clarity) to create up to three custom palettes.

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.

10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: Sony's 10-bit 3D digital comb filter analyzes picture information horizontally, vertically and over time. You will get high resolution under most picture conditions. 10-bit signal processing renders superb gray-scale gradation, resulting in superior picture detail.

ClearEdge VM Velocity Modulation Scanning: 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.

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

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

Brightview Dual Component Screen: The Thin Film Fresnel screen brightens the picture and sharpens focus while the Fine Pitch Lenticular Screen surface achieves 20% higher resolution, with black stripes to increase contrast and dark tint to reduce reflection.

First Surface Mirror: Unlike many projection TVs, which require the electron beam to pass through the front surface of the mirror twice, Sony's First Surface Mirror means the beam reflects off only the front surface. This results in improved resolution, brightness and contrast.

High Contrast Protective Screen: This television has a screen with a scratch-resistant dark tint surface that increases black level, resulting in brilliant colors.

Anti-Reflective Coating: This treatment is applied to the high-contrast screen so pictures remain vivid and contrast remains rich and vibrant.

Flash Focus Digital Convergence: With the touch of a button, you can converge the picture by aligning the red, green, and blue picture tubes. This allows you to watch a perfectly converged picture without having to spend a long time manually converging the picture or having to call in a service technician.

Manual Convergence: If you do not wish to use the Flash Focus feature, you can manually adjust the convergence.

Twin View: Using the Multi-Image Driver, Twin View allows you to watch two programs side-by-side 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, or 480i) simultaneously. Note: Only the left Twin View window can display 1080i, 720p, and 480p sources.

Favorite Channel Preview: This feature allows you to preview up to 8 favorite channels without leaving the current channel.

Scrolling Channel Index System: The system splits the screen into one main picture and four smaller pictures that automatically scroll through all the available channels.

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.

Video Mode: You can select Vivid, Standard, Movie, or Pro. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for normal viewing environments. The Movie setting displays a finely detailed picture for low light environments. The Pro setting displays a picture with minimum enhancements.

Screen Mode Option: 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 mode options:

  • Wide Zoom: select to enlarge the 4:3 size picture, while the upper and lower parts of the picture are condensed to fit the 16:9 screen
  • Normal: returns the 4:3 picture to normal mode
  • 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 16:9 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, 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.

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.

Memory Stick Playback (JPEG): This television has a front-panel Memory Stick slot to let you easily view your JPEG images. You can choose from an index of the images stored on the Memory Stick, or you can run a slideshow of those images. You can also customize the features of the slideshow by selecting the length of time that each image is displayed, toggling the display of file information, and rotating each image. Note: The TV's Memory Stick viewer is compatible with Memory Sticks up to and including 128MB. It is not compatible with Memory Sticks that exceed 128MB.

Remote Control

Flip/Joystick 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, satellite receivers, cable boxes, DVD players, and Laserdisc players. Several controls are located under a lid that covers the top half of the remote. A joystick allows you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The jump, enter, volume, channel, and numeric keypad buttons glow in the dark.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Video 7 DVI/HDTV Input: This input consists of stereo RCA jacks and a DVI HDTV terminal. The DVI HDTV terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The DVI HDTV input terminal is compliant with the EIA-861 standard and is not intended for use with personal computers.

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