"Great LCD HDTV"on by wmunshower
Pros Excellent gray scale tracking. 120hz allows 24fps and 30/60 fps. Excellent colors. Screen uniformity. Granular setup menu that allows many settings to be changed that would normally be in the service menu. Razor sharp 1080p picture.
Cons Auto-dim feature (Sony states that a firmware fix is coming). Some motion artifacting. HD color gamut slightly off.
Summary This display was sent to me by Sony to replace my KDS-R60XBR2. I had to have the optical block replaced three times. The bonus was that I got to keep it as well. The set arrived yesterday and when I un-boxed it, I was immediately taken by its no-nonsense sexy look. I consider flat panel TVs to be a work of art, even when they are not running. I placed a Blu Ray copy of Digital Video Essentials in my PS3 and an HD DVD copy in my HD-XA2. I calibrated the TV, which was a breeze since there are so many HD inputs and they can be set completely independent of the other. Other than putting it in custom mode and changing a few things, it looked fantastic.I just discovered that the optical connection on the V5100 does NOT pass thru Dolby Digital. Five years ago this would not have mattered but now that so many of us get our local broadcast over the air, it's a huge problem. I would take 1/2 of a star of for this. Not putting this feature in every set is a bone-head move by Sony.
Make sure you turn off settings such as live color and clear white. As far as noise reduction, that's your personal preference. On this particular set, I noted that noise reduction had zero effect on the picture, anyway. On a set that can achieve a 50,000 to 1 contrast ratio, it's easy to get carried away with advanced contrast enhancer, so be careful.
I have no complaints about the 1080p performance of this TV. It is top notch. However, over the air HD, which I have no issues with my two other sets with ATSC tuners, there was some annoying artifacts apparent. I still have days of tweaking to do, so I may be able to eliminate them. Of course, SD looks awful but this is no fault of the TV. Garbage in, garbage out, as it where and the larger the set, the worse it's going to look.
I cannot comment on the audio since I have a 5.1 surround system but I have read other reviews that the sound is acceptable. I would assume that most people who spend over $1000.00 on a display have at least a home theater in a box, anyway.
So far, I would have absolutely no problem recommending this television. I see no reason to spend thousands more on one of the other Sony "high end" LCD sets. We have come so far with display technology, that with what would have cost thousands more for the same quality and feature set just a couple of years ago can be had for a very reasonable price now. BTW, don't let anyone tell you that the Samsung sets are so much better than Sony's. In my opinion, they do so much video processing that the picture doesn't even look natural. Sure, you can crank it up with the V5100 but you certainly don't have to.
Updated on Apr 29, 2009
Updated on May 2, 2009The Auto Dim feature has been corrected via firmware on May 1st, 2009, via a firmware update. This has made a great TV an awesome one. Just go to Sony Style's website and download the files to a USB drive, place it in the service USB port and turn on the TV. In about 10 minutes, you have a new television!
Updated on May 2, 2009Oh, one more thing. I'm not sure if Sony's instructions mention this or make it clear. After you extract the files from the executable, make sure to move the files out of the folder that is generated. Turn off your set and put the USB drive in the service port. Turn on the display and follow the directions and viola! No more auto dimming issues. Also, change advanced contrast enhancer to low or off. The update does not completely eliminate auto dim. Trust me, having ACE on low you will NOT see auto dimming.
Updated on Jun 12, 2009Since dealing with this TV for a month, I have learned that 'middle of the road' is not for me. This TV, unfortunately, does not have the performance I need. There are certain things it should do but does not (Dolby Digital via Toslink, as an example). I am dropping my score down to 3.5 stars.
Updated on Jun 17, 2009As of Friday, June 12 2009, I have swapped the 52V5100 for a 52Z5100. The difference is like night and day. I still think that the 'V' is a descent HDTV for it's price point. It's just not what I needed.
I have quite a bit of HD content and it looks miles better on the 'Z'. My final word on this TV is 3 stars. It took me awhile but I ended up discovering things about this television that I could not deal with. I would still half-heartedly recommend this TV if it is bought for under $2000.00.
Mind you, everything I said in my original reviews is true, it's just that I discovered a set that is much better. I also ended up paying nearly $700.00 more for it, though.
Pros This is a great LCD TV with good connectivity and contrast ratio for gaming and movie. Sony and Samsung both make high quality LCD TVs. I recommend you to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for information on the best HDTV to get this year.
Cons When you compare the overall performance Samsung still outperform the Sony LCD TV.
Summary Samsung and Sony are both your best choices for LCD HDTV.
Pros Picture quality,menus,connectivity,price
Cons Maybe the dejuddering/Motionflow
Summary If as other reviews state there is a more variable adjustment of the Motionflow feature, I would like to be able to experiment with 5 or 10 levels, or just a potentiometer-infinitely variable. The first movie I watched was "Friendly Persuasion" which was waiting for me on my DVR. This is a 50+ or - year old Gary Cooper as father of a Quaker family-classic. Opening scenes take place in the front of the family cabin. The family pet is a big white duck. There is a scene when the duck is looking on from the foreground bottom right of the screen into the yard. The depth of field was like nothing I'd ever seen on a tv. Darned if it didn't seem like that duck's butt wasn't hanging over the shiny black bezel of the tv. After living with it a while, though, I found this parlor trick more disconcerting than it was worth. Also, I don't think it's "film-like". If I could add tiny increments of this feature, I think it might be worthwhile, but even in the standard mode, it was too much for me. Hard to describe, but maybe "fatiquing" is the right word.
Another word on Motionflow.My first hdtv was a 32" Samsung 720p. I never had any issues with motion. On this 52" Sony, I have seen a total of about 2 seconds of issue on about 2 percent of the screen, so in my mind, this motion business is much to do about nothing, but that's me. I think one of those 2 seconds was with the Motionflow on, too, so what I have seen may have just been the result of a recentyly diagnosed and fixed weak cable signal coming to the house. While shopping for this tv I watched one of Nicholas Cage's "National Treasure" movies in the store. I assume the Motion feature was switched on, because I noticed the enhanced depth of field, video like quality. While standing on a big rock, they discover some encrypted carving in the rock and Cage takes a bottle of Dasani and shakes it vigorously to spread the water over the area with the carving to better read it. The sun was shining on the bottle, and while it was shaking, it was not really identifyable as a bottle of water, looking as much like Tinkerbell being throttled by Cage's right hand. This was my first experience with 120hz, but even then, I was not sure it was such a good thing. I have had it off for some time now. I have the option of turning it on, yes, and may experiment with material other than movies, but have watched lots of baseball and golf without any motion issues. For me the 120 hz thing seems a solution to no problem.
This tv has far more connectivity than I'll ever use. HIding the cables coming out of the left side is a problem yet to be solved. Right now I have 3 wires coming off the tv, and if I add the dvd player, gaming-thats a lot of cable to hide betwee n the tv and the shelving to its left. (I hope all my problems remain this big).
Using the menu is a relative joy, compared to older Samsung It's easy and intuitive. No manual required. The price I paid was almost ridiculously cheap and I have not seen it as cheap since. A memorial day weekend sale brought it lower than I see it anywhere here today. In fact after exhorbitant sales tax and an extended service agreement, I am still a few hundred ahead of the highest prices offered online today.
My only substantial complaint is the amount of time it takes to turn on. I have not clocked it, but I'd say it's 30 seconds or more before my hdmi input comes on. Poor me.
Pros Great connectivity options, very customizable picture, screen isn't too reflective (compared to other similar LCDs), great picture, easy menu system
Cons Autodimming (even after firmware upgrade) can be a little annoying, side HDMI inputs are not ideal.
Summary Great features for the price. Picture is great, though I wish the screen was a little less reflective (even though it is much better than some of the other options). The side inputes are a little annoying, but I purchased 270 degree HDMI connectors online to solve that problem. Looks fantastic with HD sources. Dejudder is nice for sports, but a little off putting on some movies.
Pros Other than the problem in "cons", this tv is okay.
Cons Sony made a swap change for KDL-52W4100 which had popping noise and could not fix after 4 times try by their repairing tech.
This one KDL-52V5200 I got last week has some problem decribed below.
Summary I got my tv kdl52v5100 6/4/09 as a swap change by Sony for previous kdl52w4100.
Guess it's another bad luck. Problem is the clicking noise occurs randomly when change channels. Chat with
Sony support and did all the necessary reset and unplug other source connection which is suggested by Sony web site of self service procedure to test if it is caused by the connection. Did not work.
Before I call them back to get repair service, is there anyone know or has experience how to deal with this problem?
Since it's a random noise happened when u change channel, I have no confidence on Sony outsource contractor's tech guy to come by to fix it.
My last experience with them was really frustrated.