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    1. Sony KV-30HS420 30" FD Trinitron
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    20. Sony KV32FS120 32" FD Trinitron

    1. Sony KV-30HS420 30" FD Trinitron WEGA Hi-Scan 1080i HD-Ready Widescreen TV
    list price: $1,099.99
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    Asin: B0002F7I9O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6634
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Bask in the widescreen glory of Sony's panoramic, high-definition-ready KV-30HS420 FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA television. The 30-inch set offers analog and digital high-definition inputs, great audio features, and a suite of picture-enhancing technologies. Whether you're watching VHS tapes, DVDs, or high-definition (480p, 720p, 1080i) broadcasts, your programs will look breathtakingly good.

    The set's 16:9 aspect ratio, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and picture-improvement circuitry let you view a mix of sources at high resolutions, up to 1080i. DRC--Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction circuitry--upconverts standard interlaced (480i) video sources to 960i or progressive-scan 480p, while inputs as high-quality as 720p (720 lines, progressively scanned) are upsampled to full 1080i. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4 times the density of the original signal. Sony's MID-X (Multi Image Driver) maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The set's auto 16:9 enhanced mode detects anamorphically encoded widescreen program sources and offers full picture resolution on the video program, wasting none of its usable lines of resolution on the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

    The KV-30HS420's high-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in b rightness during scene changes and channel changes, while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

    ClearEdge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's 3D digital comb filter compares each horizontal scanning line with the lines above and below it, as well as with the corresponding lines on previous and subsequent video frames. This results in higher horizontal resolution, higher vertical resolution, and reduced video noise.

    The KV-30HS420 also employs CineMotion Reverse 3-2 PullDown technology (often called 3:2 pulldown), a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

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

    Two high-definition component-video inputs grant optimum connection with a DTV decoder and progressive-scan DVD player, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. The set's HDMI interface provides a digital connection with your DTV receiver. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

    Choose between rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience. A rear AV output offers a switchable fixed- and variable-level analog audio output for hookup with a surround receiver or integrated amplifier.

    The set features stereo speakers (with 15 watts per channel) and BBE sound enhancement. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection. If you don't have Dolby Pro Logic processing or a surround speaker system, the TV's SRS TruSurround will simulate surround sound through any 2 speakers.

    Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation. An optional accessory for the set is the Sony audio/video cabinet SU-30HX1.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control (RM-Y188), 2 AA batteries, a user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 30-inch Hi-Scan FD Trinitron WEGA television with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; 35.38 x 23.75 x 22.25 inches (W x H x D)
    • Offers analog and digital (HDMI) high-definition inputs and a wealth of picture-enhancing technologies
    • High-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes
    • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 pulldown technology lets you watch progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format
    • Stereo speakers with 15 watts per channel; SRS TruSurround simulated surround sound and BBE sound enhancement

    2. Sony RDRVX500 DVD Player/Recorder with VCR

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    Asin: B0002KQR2S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2252
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Now you can make digital archives of your favorite VHS tapes and copy your homemade DVDs to share with friends and family on VHS. Sony's RDR-VX500 DVD recorder/VCR combo saves space while simplifying component hookups. Offering broad format flexibility through DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW versatility, the deck permits dubbing from VHS to DVD and from DVD to VHS (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy technology in the source media).

    In addition, the recorder sports a handy i.Link digital-video interface so you can copy DV/Digital8 camcorder tapes directly to long-lasting recordable DVDs. Other features include progressive-scan output for DVD (480p) for high-quality video reproduction on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, JPEG digital image and MP3 music playback from CD-R/CD-RW, and VCR Plus+ programming for easy navigation and control.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

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    Features

    • Combination DVD recorder/player and VCR with VCR Plus+ electronic program guide to simplify advance recording
    • Plays and records DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and VHS videocassette
    • Plays MP3 music and JPEG image CD-R/CD-RW
    • i.Link digital-video input for camcorders (DV/D8)
    • VHS to DVD and DVD to VHS dubbing ability (subject to Macrovision anti-piracy protection)

    3. Sony KV-32HS420 32" FD Trinitron WEGA Hi-Scan 1080i HD-Ready TV
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: $999.00
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    Asin: B0002HVIBG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6084
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Deftly balancing size, features, quality, style, and price, Sony's high-definition-ready KV-32HS420 32-inch FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA television is a technical marvel. The set offers analog and digital high-definition inputs, great audio features, and a suite of picture-enhancing technologies. Whether you're watching VHS tapes, DVDs, or high-definition (480p, 720p, 1080i) broadcasts, your programs will look breathtakingly good.

    The set's standard 4:3 aspect ratio, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and picture-improvement circuitry let you view a mix of source signals at high resolutions, up to 1080i. DRC--Digital Reality Creation MultiFunction circuitry--upconverts standard interlaced (480i) video sources to 960i or progressive-scan 480p, while inputs as high-quality as 720p (720 lines, progressively scanned) are upsampled to full 1080i. Because DRC processes video signals in real time, it creates an image with 4 times the density of the original signal.

    Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p and 720p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. The set's auto 16:9 enhanced mode detects anamorphically encoded widescreen program sources and offers full picture resolution on the video program, wasting none of its usable lines of resolution on the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

    The KV-32HS420's high-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes, while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

    ClearEdge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's 3D digital comb filter compares each horizontal scanning line with the lines above and below it, as well as with the corresponding lines on previous and subsequent video frames. This results in higher horizontal resolution, higher vertical resolution, and reduced video noise.

    The KV-32HS420 also employs CineMotion Reverse 3-2 PullDown technology (often called 3:2 pulldown), a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

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

    Two high-definition component-video inputs grant optimum connection with a DTV decoder and progressive-scan DVD player, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. The set's HDMI interface provides a digital connection with your DTV receiver. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable.

    Choose between rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience. A rear AV output offers a switchable fixed- and variable-level analog audio output for hookup with a surround receiver or integrated amplifier.

    The set features stereo speakers (with 10 watts per channel) and BBE sound enhancement. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection. If you don't have Dolby Pro Logic processing or a surround speaker system, the TV's SRS TruSurround will simulate surround sound through any 2 speakers.

    Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation. An optional accessory for the set is the Sony audio/video cabinet SU-32HX1.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control (RM-Y197), 2 AA batteries, a user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 32-inch Hi-Scan FD Trinitron WEGA television with standard 4:3 aspect ratio; 35.38 x 27.5 x 23.5 inches (W x H x D)
    • Offers analog and digital (HDMI) high-definition inputs and a wealth of picture-enhancing technologies
    • High-voltage regulator maintains consistent image size, despite variations in brightness during scene changes and channel changes
    • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 pulldown technology lets you watch progressive-scan movies in their native 24-frame format
    • Stereo speakers with 10 watts per channel; SRS TruSurround simulated surround sound and BBE sound enhancement

    4. Sony RDR-HX900 DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Disk Recorder

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    Asin: B0002KQR32
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2327
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The ultimate digital audio/video recording device, Sony's versatile RDR-HX900 lets you record to a choice of formats (DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW) and even stores audio/video programming--everything from television shows to camcorder footage--on its internal 160 GB hard drive. Now you can record your TV programs to the hard drive using an advanced onscreen program guide and archive your favorite shows or movies to long-lasting DVD, dubbing at up to 24x normal speed (depending on your recordable media and your recording mode). There's even an IR blaster for satellite and cable-box control.

    The RDR-HX900's compatibility with DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs gives you the widest selection of recording and viewing choices available. The recorder also incorporates several picture-improvement technologies, which you'll benefit from whether you're viewing from the HDD or creating enhanced DVD recordings.

    An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) grants easy recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or satellite receivers. When recording to the built-in hard-disk drive (HDD), you'll be able to record and store up to 204 hours--that's more than 8 straight days, mind you--of your favorite TV shows and movies.

    The RDR-HX900 can record at HQ+ mode in the hard disk drive, which offers approximately 1.5 times greater resolution than the highest possible bit-rate recording on DVD. The HQ+ mode, along with Dynamic Variable Bit Rate, provide outstanding picture quality. It's especially beneficial when recording quick and complex-motion images or playback from the HDD.

    The RDR-HX900 also provides hassle-free connection with compatible camcorders through its front panel i.Link interface (for DV/D8 connection and easy tape-to-disc content transfers). In addition to granting simple camcorder hook-ups, the i.Link (DV/D8) interface gives you operational control over the connected camcorder via the supplied Remote Commander remote control. You can even copy the entire contents of your DV or D8 tape by selecting the convenient 1-touch dubbing feature.

    The recorder offers advanced editing features for content originating on camcorder tapes. The 2 basic options consist of either downloading the entire contents to a DVD disc and then editing the content in non-linear fashion right on the disc, or more traditional linear editing directly from tape.

    The RDR-HX900 also features Time Base Correction, pre-frame noise reduction, and pre-video equalizer technologies that rebalance and equalize video content before it's recorded onto a DVD, improving the original source content even before the encoding process begins. In the output phase, the RDR-HX900 recorder combines frame noise reduction, block noise reduction, and video equalizer technologies to produce a rich and textured visual with minimal picture interference from background artifacts or distortion.

    Finally, the recorder offers proprietary DVD playback technology called Precision Cinema Progressive, which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion technology to augment and balance DVD-video elements. You'll need a high-definition or HD-ready television to appreciate this process. A 12-bit/108 MHz video D/A converter ensures exceptional picture quality for an unforgettable viewing experience, while audio decoding occurs at an amazing 192 kHz/24-bits.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder/player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial video cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Universal DVD-R/DVD-RW, DVD+R/+RW recorder and player with built-in 160 GB hard-disk drive
    • Record up to 5 hours of audio/video content per single-sided 4.7 GB DVD; record and store up to 204 hours/8.5 days of AV content on the HDD
    • High-speed dubbing from HDD to DVD (up to 24x)
    • Front-panel i.Link digital interface (DV/D8) provides simple, high-quality connection to camcorders
    • Timer recording with advanced electronic program guide

    5. Sony DVP-CX985V 400 Disc Progressive DVD / SACD Player
    list price: $499.00
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    Asin: B0000DIK0U
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1018
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Store your collection of DVD movies and audio CDs in Sony's DVP-CX985V progressive-scan DVD/SACD player, and they'll just be ready for playback at a moment's notice. The DVP-CX985V multiformat mega-changer stores 400 discs and is compatible with DVD-RW/-R, DVD+RW/+R, SACD (Super Audio CD) multichannel discs, and CD-R/RW discs with CD and MP3 audio.

    Other DVD players detect image changes at the scan line level--Sony's Precision Cinema Progressive (PCP) system detects them at the pixel level. The picture is more faithful to the source--whether film or video--because separate, optimized algorithms are used to handle the differing pixel behavior. Separate algorithms are also used to process the moving and still parts of an image, resulting in sharp backgrounds with moving objects that are free from motion artifacts.

    The high-speed 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter employs 4X oversampling for much more effective noise filtering.

    In addition to standard 2-channel CD playback, the DVP-CX985V plays 2-channel and multichannel Super Audio CDs. It reads the disc information of all the discs and loads the information into memory so that disc type, titles, and other text information can be displayed on the TV screen.

    It has the following video output options (with number of ports): component video (x1), S-Video (x1), composite video (x1), coaxial digital (x1), and optical digital (x1). It also has the following audio output options: analog audio (x1) and 5.1 channel (x1).

    Other features include:

    • Included remote operates the DVP-CX985V as well as a number of functions on select brands of televisions and receivers; its keys glow in the dark.
    • Instant Replay feature enables you to go back 10 seconds to review a scene with a single press of a button.
    • TV Virtual Surround feature generates a convincing surround-sound effect using only 2 stereo speakers.
    • Dolby Digital and DTS output.

    Tech Talk

    • SACD: Super Audio CD (SACD) is a high-resolution digital audio format that promises vast sonic improvements over the current audio CD format. SACD discs can be played back on dedicated SACD players or combination SACD/DVD-Video players. Certain SACD discs feature a conventional audio CD layer (hybrid SACDs) which can be played back by any CD player or computer with a CD-ROM drive.
    • Progressive scan: Also called sequential scanning, a progressive-scan system displays the entire image--providing all the horizontal lines per frame, rather than every other line--once every 60th of a second. This method reduces flicker and increases stability. Progressive-scan viewing requires a compatible digital TV.
    • Component video: Unlike a single video input, component video maintains the video signal as three separate signals through these three jacks. This connection provides optimum quality. To ensure maximum picture quality, use three video-grade cables for the Y, Pb, and Pr connections.

    What's in the Box
    Sony DVP-CX985V DVD/SACD player/changer, remote control (RM-DX500), 2 AA batteries, RCA cable (57 inches), and operating instructions. ... Read more

    Features

    • Progressive-scan DVD player, compatible with DVD-RW/-R, DVD+RW/+R, SACD (Super Audio CD), and CD-R/RW discs with CD and MP3 audio
    • 400-disc changer holds your entire movie and music library; find your favorites with DiscExplorer onscreen management
    • Connections include component, composite, optical, and coaxial
    • High-speed 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter; Dolby Digital and DTS output
    • Measures 17 x 7.4 x 21.1 inches (W x H x D)

    Reviews (13)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Works out of the box, but not for very long.
    I bought one of these players, upgrading from a Sony 300+1 disk player that had been filled and because I also wanted the progressive scan my older unit had lacked. The slowness of the Disk Exployer has always been a problem that I was use to, so that was nothing new to me. A wireless keyboard makes a GREAT difference when putting in movie names, howerver it still took me about two weekends to program 320 DVD titles (about 5% of which had been pre-programmed with DVD-Text).
    The first problem showed up as I was loading the movies from the old player. Slot number 141 would not load a disk into the drive, no matter what disk I put into the slot. This was a minor problem as I had 399 working slots.
    The bigger problem showed up after I had put in about 380 DVD's (about seven months into ownership). The unit started acting up. Sometimes the power would turn itself off for no reason, sometimes programmed disks would be lost from Disk Exployer and more then once the player would simply lock up while playing a disk - the picture would freeze and no responce from either the remote or front-panel buttons. I would have to unplug the unit to reset it.
    And on the 8th month, the power supply failed. I was on 383 DVD's, all programmed, with picture jackets ... I nearly cryed thinking of all the time it had taken to program the player. It has been in the shop now for two months. Luckly, I had not yet sold my old 300 disk changer, which is still working.
    For those that don't like programming in all those DVD titles, I have recently purchased the Kenwood DV5900, it links to your home computer and gets titles off the internet. It is a much better, though much more expensive unit ... and still supports changer linking (up to three), which the newer Sony units seem to lack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding unit, usable menu
    Expectations are everything. My experience with the incompetence of the consumer A/V industry must lower mine. I've heard the complaints about the speed and clumsiness of this unit but I have no major complaints about it. I must admit that I place a higher priority on picture and audio quality, and this unit is awesome on both counts. In addition, the transport is well designed, quiet and well balanced.

    For those of you shopping for one of these, make sure you read the dimensions. This sucker is HUGE. It's much deeper than any of my other equipment, including my Sony ES receiver. I had to cut the back out of my A/V cabinet in order for it to fit. Again, no biggie. I'd have bought a new piece of furniture for it.

    The time required to set up this unit is nothing when compared with the nightmare of displaying, storing, and handling 350 DVDs. My wife and I spent about three hours inserting the discs and entering the titles, using a keyboard and a spreadsheet of our movies. It took me another hour to divide the DVDs into the four included groups in the Disc Explorer. I divided them into Family, Action, CDM (Comedy Drama Musical) and Other (special features, yoga, documentaries). Seems to work so far for me.

    Is the Disc Explorer the greatest thing in the world? Nope, but it works fine if you are too lazy to have a printout of your movies nearby. The best part is that it's not required in order to use the unit, which gives you lots of flexibility. If you are serious about your video system, use DVDlobby and you'll never use Disk Explorer again.

    I've heard complaints about the speed of the transport on this unit. Again, expectations are everything. How long does it take to look through the movies in your media cabinet, decide which one you want, open the sometimes bizzarre packaging, load the disc into your player, take the old one out, and put it away?

    With this unit, it takes 18 seconds to load and play a disk on the opposite side of the platter. It takes 9 seconds to go from viewing a movie to viewing the Disk Explorer. It takes about 4 minutes to navigate through all 400 disks with the Disk Explorer. It's faster if you don't add pictures to the disc names, and some of the names from the disk manufacturers are just wrong, so you might be better off not letting the unit detect your disks.

    The only movie I had a real problem creating a title for was Confessions of a Dangerous Mind since there was only room for "Conf/Dangerous M". I settled for "Dangerous Mind". I know my movies well enough that I don't require an entire paragraph to remind me.

    If you are interested in using this unit for SACD, remember that you must have a 5.1 channel input on your receiver. If you have more CDs than DVDs, don't expect this thing to be a good CD player. It isn't, but I've never seen a DVD player that was. Buy a megaCD changer and save yourself the trouble.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Player
    I liked this player so much I bought another one. This player plays DVDs that were unplayable on my other players (Panasonic, Sony, RCA). I have never tried the disc explorer because other reviewers complain about it and I lose power occasionally. I use a spreadsheet as my DVD guide so I can sort by Title and have a great custom "TV Guide" including episode names on the TV show DVDs. I bought my first CX985V 6 months ago and I have had no problems so far.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great For DVD's, NOT CD's
    I bought this unit to replace 2 Sony 200 cd only disc players. This model was only $125 more than the 400 cd player, so i went with it. The menu funtions are terrible!!!! They are way over complicated and irritating. And if you just wanna play cd's you have to enter th cd# and then wait for the player to recognize the cd before you can select a track. It is a time consuming annoyance. If you want to use the shuffle or program features you have to use the menu on you TV. You can't just push a button and go. This player is a huge disapointment, but i'm too lazy to remove all my cd's and take it back.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Full Tilt Glory
    Excellent quality picture and sound..but as echoed in other reviews...do a list (paper)...loaded about 240 dvd's recognized 31..one of which, the store bought movie(not a copy) "Glory" showed up as "Full Tilt Boogie" and because no overwrite capabilities we forever be know as such...no offence to any civil war vets out there... ... Read more


    6. Sony DVP-FX1021 Portable DVD Player with 10.2" LCD

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    Asin: B0006J1YT6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1706
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's stylish, slender DVP-FX1021 packs a 10.2-inch widescreen TFT liquid-crystal display under its aluminum hood, giving you an appealing way to turn downtime into prime time. The DVP-FX1021's lithium-ion battery is designed to hold out for a whopping 7 full hours (with contrast set to minimum and using headphones instead of speakers), enough for 2 epic films to last you through most or all of that transcontinental flight.

    You can charge it in the car using its DC car charger, or use the supplied AC/DC power adapter to charge or watch from a hotel room. You can also hook it up to a TV in the hotel or at home using the unit's minijack S-video and composite-video outputs (cable included).

    The player's 16:9 aspect ratio matches that of your favorite feature films. It has built-in stereo speakers, and it plays CDs, too--leave the screen down, plug your headphones in, and crank it up (but not too loud). You can even ask a friend to join you: the player sports 2 headphone jacks. Use the DVP-FX1021 to listen to your MP3 CDs and, with JPEG-encoded CD-Rs and CD-RWs, view slideshows of your most recent or most popular digital photos--perfect for those infrequent visits to distant relations.

    Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (through a .125-inch minijack-to-Toslink optical cable, not supplied) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. The outputs are switchable as AV inputs, too, in case you want to use the screen as a monitor for a camcorder or video-game device.

    The resume feature automatically restarts playback from the point where you last stopped a disc, and a compact remote control affords ready access to the device from up to several feet away. Headphones are not included.

    What's in the Box
    DVD player, remote control (RM-D163A), 2 AA batteries, one 7.4V lithium-ion battery (NP-FX1021), an RCA-to-minijack analog audio/composite-video interconnect, a car charger (DCC-FX101), an AC/DC adapter (AC-FX101), and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • 10.2-inch TFT LCD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimensions of your favorite movies
    • Includes built-in stereo speakers with simulated surround sound; plays DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, MP3 CD, and JPEG image CD
    • Dolby Digital and DTS passthrough with optical digital-audio output; A/V inputs let you use the player as a monitor for a camcorder or video game
    • Rechargeable battery with 7-hour playback ensures uninterrupted viewings of 2 to 3 movies; includes remote control, AC power adapter, car charger
    • Measures 10.1 x 2 x 7.6 inches (W x H x D) with battery

    7. Sony KDF-42WE655 42" Grand WEGA LCD Projection Television with Integrated HDTV Tuner
    list price: $2,799.99
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    Asin: B00061ZNVE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 3325
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    From its integrated NTSC and ATSC (HDTV) tuners to Sony's WEGA Engine system and the HDMI digital-video interface, the 42-inch KDF-42WE655 LCD projection television is loaded with features to make your eyes pop. The 64-pound LCD projection television is also easy to position, and its relatively modest chassis--standing just 15 inches deep--won't push you out of your house.

    The set's liquid-crystal display frees you from having to make convergence adjustments or having to worry about image burn-in. Instead you get incredible detail (more than 3 million pixels), high contrast, and corner-to-corner brightness from the set's user-replaceable 100-watt UHP (ultra high pressure) lamp.

    The screen features a wide, 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimension of most movies and HDTV broadcasts, and the KDF-42WE655 offers compatibility with standard-definition 480i, enhanced-definition 480p, and high-definition 720p and 1080i signals. Sony's Digital Reality Creation (DRC) circuitry ensures high picture resolution, while proprietary Direct Digital Circuitry increases a video signal's signal-to-noise ratio before it reaches the DRC circuit, ensuring rich, natural-looking images from any source.

    Sony's CineMotion 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal is a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    The set's WEGA Engine system maximizes picture performance from any video source by minimizing the number of digital-to-analog conversion processes. This full digital processing engine includes Sony's MID-X (Multi Image Driver), which maintains the integrity of a converted signal by minimizing image loss in the scaling process; and a proprietary optical engine, which employs a trio of Sony's wide-XGA, high-resolution LCD panels, 1 for each of the RGB signals (resulting in a total of 3.28 million dots of resolution).

    The optical engine also features a special 11-element lens system responsible for the lightweight, ultra-slim cabinet. The lens system bends the light path, creating an ultra-short focal point while maintaining high brightness. This proprietary system delivers vivid images from the center of the screen all the way to the edges.

    The set includes numerous other features:

    • TwinView PIP (picture-in-picture) lets you view any 2 sources simultaneously, even at different image resolutions, while the built-in Memory Stick media slot offers ready display of both JPEG images and MPEG-1 video.
    • A Memory Stick media slot (compatible with Memory Stick Pro and Memory Stick Duo media) grants convenient viewing of JPEG and MPEG-1 files. It can also display customized slide shows using MP3 files for background music.
    • Channel Fix lets you select a specific TV channel (3, for example) for cable box reception. Then you can control a compatible cable box via the TV remote without inadvertently changing the TV from Channel 3.
    • Authorized CableCARD ability means the set will receive digital cable television systems services directly from the cable operator without requiring a bulky, external cable box.
    • Sony's exclusive S-Master 1-bit digital amplifier produces 15 watts per channel (x 2), ensuring high power for superb, clear dialog.

    HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link the set with any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multichannel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Vivid, high-definition, slim-chassis LCD projection television with 42-inch screen and ATSC (HDTV) tuner; 47.2 x 32.2 x 15.1 inches (W x H x D)
    • Lightweight design with bright, high-contrast screen; CableCARD compatibility removes the need for a separate digital cable box
    • 3.28 million dots resolution for stunning detail and clarity; fixed-pixel display and constant light prevent image flicker
    • CineMotion 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal removes redundant video information to display a film-frame-accurate picture from movie sources
    • WEGA Engine system keeps images in the digital domain; an optical engine ensures high resolution, corner to corner

    8. Sony RDR-GX300 DVD Recorder
    list price: $599.99
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    Asin: B0002KQR2I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1978
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Created for first-time users, Sony's RDR-GX300 DVD recorder offers the widest selection of recording and viewing choices available, handling both DVD+RW/+R and DVD-RW/-R discs. It even includes an IR blaster for satellite and cable-box control. Instead of fumbling with 2 remote controls when using the timer function to record your favorite programs, the RDR-GX300's remote lets you select the channel directly from your set-top box(es).

    An easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) grants easy recording from broadcast programs via off-air antenna, cable, or satellite receivers. Recording features include chasing playback and simultaneous recording and playback (in DVD-RW VR mode) for a greater recording and viewing flexibility. Chasing playback lets you rewind the recorded material while a program is still recording to view and catch up to the real time recording. Simultaneous recording and playback lets you watch pre-recorded content while recording new content to the same disc.

    The RDR-GX300 also features Time Base Correction, pre-frame noise reduction, and pre-video equalizer technologies that rebalance and equalize video content before it's recorded onto a DVD, improving the original source content even before the encoding process begins. In the output phase, the RDR-GX300 recorder combines frame noise reduction, block noise reduction, and video equalizer technologies to produce a rich and textured visual with minimal picture interference from background artifacts or distortion.

    Finally, the recorder offers proprietary DVD playback technology called Precision Cinema Progressive, which incorporates Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion technology to augment and balance DVD-video elements. You'll need a high-definition or HD-ready television to appreciate this process. A 12-bit/108 MHz video D/A converter ensures exceptional picture quality for an unforgettable viewing experience, while audio decoding occurs at an amazing 192 kHz/24-bits.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder/player, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial video cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Universal DVD-R/DVD-RW, DVD+R/+RW recorder and player
    • Records up to 5 hours of audio/video content per single-sided 4.7 GB DVD
    • Precision Cinema Progressive with Pixel-by-Pixel I/P Conversion produces seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
    • Front-panel audio/video input provides simple connection to camcorders or other devices
    • Simplified timer recording through VCR Plus+ electronic program guide

    9. Sony KLV32M1 32" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD Television (Silver)
    list price: $3,999.99
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    Asin: B0002QWU5A
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 5142
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Finally, big-screen television comes with a small-scale footprint--or, with wall mounting, no footprint at all. Sony's 32-inch KLV-32M1 LCD television offers 1,366 x 768 native pixel resolution and compatibility with 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i HDTV signals. The TruSurround SRS audio processing, which simulates a surround-sound effect through the set's two 10-watt speakers. The set's widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimension of most movies and HDTV broadcasts.

    LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), accurate image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), long screen life with no risk of image burn-in, space savings, and light weight/easy positioning.

    The KLV-32M1 performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    Sony's Digital Reality Creation Circuitry grants amazing picture resolution while proprietary Direct Digital Circuitry increases a video signal's signal-to-noise ratio before it reaches the DRC circuit, ensuring rich, natural-looking images from any source. Sony's LCD panel driver LSI improves the response time in the middle luminance range, smoothing images and minimizing motion blur caused by lags in the response time.

    Connections include a direct-digital HDMI interface for use with DTV set-top boxes, a high-definition-compatible component-video input, 3 each composite- and S-video inputs, and an RF coaxial input for hookup with an older VCR, cable box, or antenna.

    HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your television. HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multichannel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

    What's in the Box
    TV, operating instructions, remote control, 2 batteries (for remote), an AC adapter and power cord, a registration card, a warranty card, a table-top pedestal. ... Read more

    Features

    • High-definition-ready 32-inch LCD TV with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio; 32.9 x 23.8 x 4.3 inches (W x H x D) without stand
    • Enhancements include Sony's Digital Reality Creation and Direct Digital II Circuitry (DDC)
    • CineMotion reverse 3:2 pulldown technology removes redundant video data to display film-frame-accurate pictures from film-based content
    • HDMI direct-digital input for use with DTV set-top boxes
    • High brightness and wide viewing angles (170 x 170 degrees, H/V) ensure great images from any position

    10. Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver with Single Side Band Reception
    list price: $199.99
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    Asin: B00006IS4X
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 374
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Sony ICF-SW7600GR world band receiver radio will keep you connected to FM, AM, shortwave and longwave stations with a PLL digital tuner. With single side band (SSB) reception, the radio will transmit with a minimal amount of interference. To further enhance listening pleasure, the synchronous detection will reduce fading and regular beats. You can listen to the ICF-SW7600GR via the in-body speaker or with the included headphones.

    There are four options when tuning your selected radio station. With direct tuning, you input the desired frequency digits. Manual tuning allows you to change the frequency step by step. If you are unsure of what station you want, use the scan tuning option to have the radio stop at all hearable receptions. Finally, with preset tuning, you can recall a preset station with a single button press. You can store up to a hundred preset stations using Sony's My-memory tuning feature. To help you remember which station is which, this Sony radio allows you to label each station with up to six alphanumeric letters. There is also a ten-key direct access tuning function, letting you quickly access your top ten favorite stations.

    If you plan on traveling with a radio, the ICF-SW7600GR is a good choice. Beyond the ability to tune into various radio bands, the ICF-SW7600GR also features a world clock feature. Simply select a city name and the radio will display that city's current time. With the dual clock function, it is easy to keep track of two time zones. The radio also has a useful turn-on and sleep timer. Choose two individual times and frequencies and the radio will turn on and tune to the selected station automatically. If you plan on listening to the radio as you fall asleep, use the sleep timer and the radio will turn off after approximately sixty minutes.

    There are two options to power the radio. Either four AA batteries or purchase an optional AC adaptor.

    What's in the Box
    Sony ICF-SW7600GR World Band Radio, antenna, wave handbook and a ninety day warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • PLL digital tuner receives FM, MW/AM, shortwave and longwave
    • MY-memory tuning memorizes and scans up to 100 frequencies
    • Four tuning methods: direct, manual, scan and preset
    • World clock and dual clock functions; built-in timer
    • Label presets with 6 alphanumeric letters

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
    I have owned the Grundig 300 PE which stands far far from the Sony SW-7600GR. If you are into world band, or just beginning you should get the right stuff. With the YB300PE you will waste your money with poor performance. When you compare the grundig equivalent (YB 400PE) as in "Passport to World band radio" the main difference is sound quality. The grundig is much better. But I feel that what is the need of better acoustics if you can't get adequate reception. I overcome the sound issue by using headphones, it sounds greatr on it. Just the SSB option that is mainly found on expensive models is worth every penny when you need to weed out bad co-stations. Yes it is 149 versus 79 for YB300PE and 129 for YB400PE, but it is worth it. It does not come with an AC adapter but you can find one at radioshack rather inexpensively. I would definetly recommend the AN-LP1 antenna to go with it, it is the best loop for portables on the market. It will make your radio stop constantly as it finds new stations. The only drawback that it can be a bit comfusing to use at first, but with time it becomes easy. Best bang for your buck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect starter radio
    I have just recently gotten into Shortwave listening, and this radio has been perfect for me. I received a Grundig YB300 for Christmas, but upgraded to this model shortly thereafter. I have been very happy ever since.

    The Sony SW7600GR has wonderful reception. I have hooked up an outdoor wire antenna also, which helps greatly with more faint reception. The built in attenuator is very handy for cutting down the signal on strong stations and can be shut off entirely for weeker station reception. I love the 100 station presets too, which is really all one needs for shortwave listening. The sound is ok, but with headphones is superb. I have also hooked the receiver up to my stereo via the line out jack, and this, too, sounds superb.

    The dual clocks are handy, and I also use the radio as an alarm clock to wake up to the radio in the morning. When using this feature, the radio automatically goes into sleep mode and will shut off by itself even if you forget to do so. I have had the radio for a month and half so far and the 4 AA batteries are still going strong - very good on battery usage. I also purchased the AC adaptor, but really only use it for FM listening because it adds an internal hum to AM reception, which is the only negative.

    Overall, I couldn't be happier with a introductory shortwave/AM/FM radio. It's a great value for the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars AC adapter **not included
    If you order this radio, Be advised that the AC adapter is not included, if you read the discription you are lead to believe that the AC adapter is included. 1st impressions with the receiver, it appears to be fairly easy to operate, I immediately began using without referencing the manual, and was finding short wave stations almost immediately, only knock, is it is a bit overpriced.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, selective, reliable and durable radio
    This is a terrific value. Very sensitive on shortwave and mediumwave (I don't use it for FM), built like a tank, good on batteries. It is conveniently small, and although its speaker won't fill a concert hall, it's an excellent speaker for its small size. Fine home and travel radio, even if that's travelling around the house or yard. The only better portable shortwave receiver out there is the Grundig Satellit 800, which costs three times as much and is the size of a tank.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Radio for the Price
    This is an excellent radio for the price. I have owned it now for almost a month and have been very pleased with its performance. Reception is good, and I have been able to pick up a number of stations around the globe very easily (bear in mind this is short wave radio we are talking about, don't expect the same type of reception you get from FM!). I like the digital tuner, as I don't get the drift that I get from my other short wave with analog tuning. The size of the radio makes it easy to carry around whereever you go. An added bonus (at least in mine) was the external antenna that was included in the box. ... Read more


    11. Sony D-NS707F S2 Sports ATRAC Walkman Portable CD Player with Digital Tuner (AM/FM/TV/Weather)
    list price: $139.99
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    Asin: B0001M2FW8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 526
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Spin your commercial CDs, your homemade music CDs of almost any stripe, or listen to the radio, TV, or weather-band transmissions with Sony's versatile, full-circle D-NS707F S2 Sports-styled Walkman portable CD player. Designed for rugged outdoor use, the player features active control playback operation so you can make changes to your program literally while you're on the run. Sony's "h.ear" clip-on headphones are designed for streamlined comfort.

    Skip-Free G-Protection technology boosts the laser pickup's shock protection to minimize read errors that would otherwise interrupt your music, providing quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shocks. The D-NS707F's water-resistant body and heat-resistant lid helps protect it against the elements, with rubber gaskets, bushings, and splash-resistant seals that help keep out water, moisture, and dirt.

    Playback options include 32-track programming, repeat (track, disc, or program), random play, and--thanks to Sony's great work in DSP efficiency--more than 75 hours of ATRAC3plus CD or more than 50 hours of audio CD playback from 2 AA batteries (not included).

    The D-NS707F's 2-line dot-matrix display is built right into its handstrap, offering full ID3 tag recognition, and bookmark playback (which lets you program your favorite songs from multiple CDs and play them back at the touch of a button). CD Text support displays artist and title information with compatible commercial audio CDs.

    The player comes bundled with Sony's SonicStage CD Simple Burner software. Compatible with ID3 tagging and most CD burners, this application transfers songs from CDs or MP3 music files from your PC's hard drive and burns them to recordable CDs using ATRAC3plus compression.

    ATRAC3plus is a high-quality audio-compression technology that reduces the size of digital audio files while preserving much of a track's original sound quality (similar in concept to MP3 or Dolby Digital sound formats). With ATRAC3plus, music can be burned and compressed at 132, 105, 66, 64, or even 48 kbps (kilobits per second), letting you select the right balance between fidelity and storage space (you'll get around 490 songs per disc at 48 kbps).

    The D-NS707F delivers a whopping 51 station presets, which works out to 30 FM, 10 AM, 4 WB, and 7 TV stations so you're never far from your favorite channels. You can hook the player up with your home system through an optional analog stereo "Y" interconnect.

    Digital Mega Bass Sound boosts your music's low end without high clarity and low distortion, and there's also a built-in equalizer with 3 preset curves and 1 customizable setting. Sony's automatic volume limiter system (AVLS) conserves batteries--and guards your hearing--by capping your listening level at either of two settings. The player also works with an optional AC/DC 4.5V power adapter (AC-E45HG or -E45A).

    What's in the Box
    CD player, h.ear clip-on stereo headphones, CD-ROM (SonicStage software), a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Portable S2 Sports CD player compatible with MP3 files and Sony's ATRAC3plus compression technology; 2-line display with ID3 tag recognition
    • Built-in FM, AM, TV, and Weather Band radio with 51 station presets
    • Includes SonicStage CD Simple Burner software to facilitate ATRAC3plus CD burning from MP3 files and from other CDs
    • Skip-free G-Protection technology eliminates or reduces skipping; active control playback operation simplifies active use
    • More than 75 hours extended playback with 2 AA batteries (not included) for ATRAC recordings and over 50 hours continuous audio CD playback

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Operates faultlessly
    This player takes CDs, including CD-Rs and CD-RWs with 20+ hours of mp3 on them, in stride. It plays them through, and does fast forward and rewind about as well as my solid-state mp3 player. Utilizing CD-RWs, I use this unit instead of a juke box. I still use my solid-state mp3 player only because it is more compact than this unit. As I prefer having TV audio available, no other player/receiver would have entirely satisfied me. The impressive technical accomplishment of this product will cause me to favor Sony products in future.

    The exterior design does leave things to be desired. The control buttons are cheesy and hard to operate. The display is too small. Instead of a carrying case or an anchor for a strap, there is a stupidly designed protruding flexible handle that makes the unit twice as bulky as it needs to be.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great for CD's, lousy with MP3's and ATRACS.
    Pros:
    1. Long battery life.
    2. Decent sount (on CD's).
    3. Easy to read display.

    Cons:
    1. Plays first quarter of an MP3 fine, then it starts scratching and eventually stops.
    2. Plays first tenth of an ATRAC disk fine, then it starts scratching and eventually stops.
    3. Takes about 5 - 10 minutes (not seconds!) to read a MP3 disc before playing.
    4. Button placement makes it easier to use with your left hand rather than right.
    5. You have to press a button rather hard and long to make the function work.

    In other words, if you listen to the radio and CD's only - and are left handed, this is the perfect player for you! ... Read more


    12. Sony MZ-RH10 Hi-MD Walkman Digital Music Player/Recorder
    list price: $349.95
    our price: $299.99
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    Asin: B0007Y6ALC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 5729
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Sony (Personal Audio) (MZ-RH10) Mini Disc Walkman Digital Musi ... Read more

    Features

    • USB connectivity for 100x, high-speed file copying
    • Skip-Free G-Protection technology for uninterrupted playback
    • Six-line EL (organic electroluminescence) screen for data display
    • Huge song and data storage capacity with one GB Hi-MD disc
    • Excellent recording and digitizing capabilities with mic input and line-in jack

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars HI-MD...
    A couple negative things: if you use manual recording levels frequently.. it won't remember your settings once you power it off. That is a kind of stupid oversight but in most cases, manual recording isn't really needed. Secondly, I don't get sony's need for you to have to push 2 buttons to activate record mode.. My old Sharp MD would automatically go into rec standby after you pushed the record button.. the mz-rh10 immediately starts recording.. you have to push play + record + pause if you want to go into standby. What is up with that Sony?
    As a player, I love it. The display really is perfect.. very clear, very bright. Navigation is easy with the roller button and makes editing quick and painless. As a data storage unit it's great. Just plug it in and instantly it's recognised as a removable drive.. plug and play simplicity AND it's powered by the USB port so even if you're out of juice it'll work for you.
    The sound is perfect and it has an EQ that allows you to save presets if you are looking for something specific soundwise.
    So although the negatives may seem like big deals, they really aren't. It's Hi Def digital amp comes through with beautiful sounding recordings, it's awesome looking, and it's fast.. so I personally feel like the positives outweigh the negatives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally Sony has an IPOD Killer
    I have always liked Sony's Minidisc format. Convenient and easily organized into collections. When my old one got stolen I looked at all the MP3s, IPODS etc, but all seem to have deficits- I dont need 4 million songs (are there 4 million songs?) The other big problem for my aging eyes are the displays. Too hard to read- but this display is Lucious!!! And despite other complaints the Sonic Stage 3.0 works fine (you just have to restart your computer 2 or 3 times during the install) You slap in the cd- it goes to the web and gets all the album info and diplays it in Electro Luminescent Splendor. Sound quality on highest quailty WAV is excellent, the compressed ATRAC 3 is less so, but I did get 45 songs on a 1 gig disk and still had 1/2 he disk free!!! The wav format is about 13-14 songs on 1 disk- to me the quality is worth it. This unit rocks!!! Get good head phones. Also the removeable rechargeable battery (hear that Apple?) is excellent with a backup power attachment that uses 1 AA battery so you are never stuck. ... Read more


    13. Sony STR-DE897 Audio / Video Receiver, Black
    list price: $399.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B00022RV9Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1918
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's amazingly powerful and affordable STR-DE897 delivers rich, clear sound for your movies and music--from the latest surround-sound movie formats to the latest high-resolution audio sources. The receiver pumps out 110 watts per channel across 7 main channels (left, right, center, left/right mid surround, and left/right rear surround) and has a dedicated subwoofer output for an eighth (the ".1" low-frequency effects channel). The receiver performs everything from Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES/Neo:6 surround decoding to Dolby Pro Logic II processing (creating 5.1 channels from 2), also offering 5.1/7.1-channel analog inputs to handle music from Super Audio CD (SACD) and DVD-Audio.

    You get conveniences, too, like multi-room outputs that come with independent source switching, so you can listen to a DVD in the living room while someone else is listening to a CD in the kitchen. The supplied Remote Commander remote control comes preprogrammed for a range of devices, and it also learns new commands and has the ability to perform limited macro commands.

    The receiver includes an FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets (20 FM, 10 AM) and a host of video inputs--5 composite-video, 3 S-video, and 2 component-video--to simplify switching between components and your television. The component-video inputs accommodate wide-bandwidth (80 MHz) high-definition signals and work well with 480p signals such as those from progressive-scan DVD players, while composite-video inputs are upconverted to S-video quality. A set of front-panel audio/video inputs includes an optical digital-audio input and facilitates spontaneous hookups with camcorders, gaming consoles, MP3 players, and minidisc player/recorders.

    There's even a phono input for your once or future turntable--yes, they still make 'em and, yes, your vinyl will sound as good or better than ever. The unit's 3 stereo and 1 set of multichannel analog audio inputs simplify hookup of, for instance, a cassette deck, a VCR, and a high-resolution audio device that decodes formats like SACD and DVD-Audio. A total of 6 assignable digital-audio inputs (4 optical and 2 coaxial) accept bitstream feeds from DVD players, CD players, and other digital devices, while a single optical digital-audio out channels sound to a CD or minidisc recorder.

    Digital Cinema Sound System is a group of exclusive Sony algorithms (the receiver offers 13 total) that represent a total re-thinking of home theater sound based on careful measurements of movie-production dubbing stages in Hollywood. Cinema Studio EX modes offer greater apparent distance from listener to screen and a full array of 10 additional virtual surround speakers.

    Sound Field Link applies the last-selected sound field to an input whenever you select the input. For example, if you select STADIUM for the CD input, change to a different input, then return to CD, the receiver will automatically apply the STADIUM sound field.

    Finally, Auto Channel Grouping helps integrate 5.1- and 6.1-channel programs with your 7.1-channel system. When a 5.1-channel mix is present, Auto Channel Grouping will route the discrete information for surround left/right directly to surround left/right outputs while adding a new surround back left/right channel. When 6.1-channel mix is detected, Auto Channel Grouping will route the discrete information for surround left/right directly to surround left/right output while the sixth channel is duplicated by both surround back channels (left/right).

    What's in the Box
    Receiver, remote control (model RM-PG413), remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 7.1-channel audio/video surround receiver with 30 radio presets, HD video switching, and 110 watts per channel x 7
    • Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES/Neo:6, and Dolby Pro Logic II surround processing for lifelike, exciting audio from any source
    • 7.1-/5.1-channel analog audio inputs accommodate high-resolution multichannel formats like SACD and DVD-Audio
    • 6 digital-audio inputs, 1 digital output; includes phono input for turntable and preprogrammed/learning Remote Commander remote control
    • Measures 16.9 x 6.2 x 14.6 inches (W x H x D)

    14. Sony MZ-RH910 Hi-MD Walkman Digital Music Player
    list price: $249.95
    our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007Y6ALM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2491
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    1GB/675 Song Capacity with 1 Hi-MD MiniDiscSelf Recording Upload FeatureRecords from Multiple Sources (USB, LINE IN, Mic in)Large 5 Line LCDAuto Focus, Flash and Self TimerPlays back MP3/ATRAC3 Audio FilesAbility to Record from Multiple Sources (Line/Mic In)Self Recording Upload Function5-Line LCDDigital AmplifierNew Sleek DesignUp to 34.5 Hours1 Battery Life with Rechargeable Battery and 1 "AA" Battery1GB2 of Music Storage with One Hi-MD MiniDisc Store 675 songs3 on One Hi-MD MiniDiscCompatible with Both Hi-MD ... Read more

    Features

    • USB connectivity for 100x, high-speed file copying
    • Skip-Free G-Protection technology for uninterrupted playback
    • Five-line LCD screen for data display
    • Huge song and data storage capacity with one GB Hi-MD disc
    • Excellent recording and digitizing capabilities with mic input and line-in jack

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unique device
    This device can be used to:
    - Listen to music i.e. instead of an ipod.
    - Record audio (with a microphone, not included)
    - Function as external disk, when connnected via USB to a PC.
    It uses 1GB removable disks which sell for about $7 each (plus shipping).As a audio recording device, it is unique for its capabilities in this price range, and essentially substitutes for a DAT (digital audio tape).The device has a line-in and microphone analog inputs.You can record in one of the three formats:high compression (Hi-LP), low compression (Hi-SP), and uncompressed (Linear PCM).The recording times per disk are 34 hours (Hi-LP), 7 hrs 55 min (Hi-SP) and 1 hr 34 min (Linear PCM). The compressed formats are stored in a proprietary Atrac format developed by Sony, which are basically are only of use on this device.Thus most crucial and invaluable feature, however, is that for audio recordings made from an analog microphone, you can convert the recording to the open .wav format when you upload the recording to your computer.The upload requires the SonicStage software which comes bundled with the device.There is pointless restriction that you can only upload the audio file once to your PC, but then you can convert it to the open wav format (the uncompressed CD quality Windows format), and then you are home free--you can do whatever you want with the audio file i.e. make an unrestricted number of copies, copies of the copies, edit the file using sound software, burn CDs, whatever.The sound is exceptionally clear; I use the ECM-719 Sony microphone (this is great mic, the cable is almost 6 feet long however which is a little too long for my preference).I generally record at the Hi-SP level, and it sounds great.For no loss of fidelity due to compression, you can record uncompressed and still get 1.5 hours on a disc.The manual warns that the device should be plugged in when recording, due to high battery consumption while recording, but I have used it off the battery for short periods with no problem.
    This device does incorporate SCMS (serial copy management system), which puts all kinds of restrictions on copying digital files.As mentioned previously, you can only upload your analog-source recordings once to a PC, which is not really a problem as long as nothing goes wrong during the upload, and there is no particular reason why it should.As far as MP3s or other digital music, you can load them onto the device, but you can't copy them again after that i.e. back to the computer.The MP3s are not converted to another format, this device can read them directly so there is no loss of quality.You can also copy uncompressed audio to this device, or you can compress it into the ATRAC format to save space.The highest quality compressed format is ATRAC3Plus, which reduces files size to about 20% of uncompressed, and sounds very, very good.It is supposedly better than the highest quality MP3.ATRAC3Plus is the format used by the Hi-SP recording mode also.
    This device also has an extra battery holder which holds on AA battery an can power the unit in the event your rechargable battery fails.This is an exceptional feature; it means that as long as you bring some AA batteries with you, you will be able to power the unit.
    The reliablity of the interchangable Hi-MD disks appears to be exceptionally good.They are basically infinitely re-recordable; Sony claims you can re-record 1 million times.They are encased in a well made enclosure, well protected unlike CD-RWs or DVD+RWs.I would guess they are much, much more reliable than CD-RWs and DVD+RWs.They are also quite compact, and make a good replacement for thumb drives, or can be used to back up files.For example, you can use it to back up the wav files from your recordings.Howevery audio files, copied directly to the Hi-MD disks cannot be listened to on the device, you have to download them using the SonicStage software.The songs you download are then placed into the some special files on the disks which contain the song catalog, and all the music--i.e. you cannot manage the songs/audio on the Hi-MD through the Windows file system.This was probably done because of the SCMS restrictions, to prevent from copying audio at will.This is an annoying restriction which means that if you want back ups of your audio on the Hi-MD disks, you must do extra work and consume extra disk space--i.e. backup your MP3 or wav files to the Hi-MD disks as Windows files (which cannot be listened to directly).
    When the device is connected to your PC it gets power from the USB cable, and actually appears to even recharge the battery while connected.The LCD screen is adequate but has no backlight, Sony makes a lit version for the next model up from this one, for another $100.You need to basically angle the player reflect off the main light source to see the screen.This is not really a problem for me, but the lighted display is probably more convenient.The fit and finish, as with all Sony devices, is excellent.The battery life when used as a player is quite long, they claim up to 34 hours; reports on the internet report that 20+ hours is common.
    In summary, the only downside to this device is the SCMS restrictions, but generally you can still do everything you want to do.In particular, you can record audio from a mic (or from any analog input using the line-in; i.e. old cassettes) and make unrestricted digital wav files out of them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MInidisc Reinvented
    The Sony MZ-RH 910 is the second generation of the HI-MD player-
    recorders on the market from Sony. It and the MZ-RH 10 do something no minidisc recorder has done before you can record and
    play back in MP3 as well as ATRAC3PLUS. The thing I find interesting about both of these new HI-MD machines is that except
    for the displays and the model numbers they appear to be pretty much the same machine in many respects. Granted the MZ-RH 10 has the new Organic EL LCD display which is really good looking and very cool too, but I see one possible fault with it. The display looks like it might be easily scratched up. As for the 910 model it is a big improvement over the previous minidisc recorder models that have come before. Plus being able to put almost Eight Hours of music on a HI-MD minidisc in Standard Play makes the new HI-MD discs quite attactiveto, and the abiltiy to put
    either 45 hours of music or 1GB of computer data on the disc is also a welcome feature. I still wonder if SONY will
    make an effort to "push" this format or are they just going to
    "throw it in the deep end and see if it swims". I hope Sony will
    have more faith in it than they seem to have. One possible drawback is that this model does not include a remote control. It also does not have a charging stand you just recharge the "gumstick" battery in the player by plugging in the A.C. adaptor. I can say after a weeks use that the 910 is a great machine, and works well I have had little or no trouble with the
    Software, and the machine itself works quite well. The only problem I have encountered is trying to decide what music pieces
    to put on the 1GB Minidisc. I ended up putting all Nine Beethoven Symphonies on the disc, and still had room left over, and that was in the HI-SP setting. This little player recorder promises to be a lot of fun. ... Read more


    15. Sony VPL-ES2 Multimedia LCD Projector
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: $992.20
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00067OS96
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 15057
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    Features

    • 0.62-inch p-Si TFT LCD panel with Micro Lens Array
    • 800 x 600 native resolution; up to 1,500 ANSI lumens of brightness
    • 1.2 times zoom lens; auto setup and input sensing, auto keystone correction
    • Versatile input compatibility, including S-video and component HDTV
    • 1-watt integrated audio; 2-year warranty

    16. Sony LF-X1 LocationFree 12.1" LCD TV
    list price: $1,499.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00061F2GA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2996
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's LF-X1 LocationFree TV puts the age of mobile lifestyles and high-speed network connectivity at your fingertips in the form of a portable, broadband Internet-enabled LCD television system that you can use virtually anywhere in the world. Weighing less than an average laptop PC, the wireless LF-X1 consists of a 12.1-inch LCD TV with a standard 4:3 aspect ratio, 800 x 600 native pixel resolution, and an accompanying base station. The base station houses most connection terminals, an NTSC broadcast tuner, and a wireless transmitter. The monitor runs on a supplied rechargeable lithium battery, while the battery charger works on universal power (AC 100 to 240V) for use in most countries.

    LocationFree TV is lightweight and easy to tote from place to place.
    Using Sony's first dual-band wireless system (2.4 and 5 GHz), the base station transmits video content to the touch-panel screen--there's no mouse required. The set delivers stable video and audio signals without interference from other 2.4 GHz devices such as microwave ovens and cordless phones. Internet and TV content arrives from the base station by way of secured device authentication and encryption technology, making the system perfect for Internet surfing in WiFi hotspots and via Ethernet ports found in hotels, airports, and other locations.

    The innovative system employs the IEEE 802.11a/11g protocol for a wide selection of transmission channels, and it switches the channel automatically to minimize monitor interference across a range of up to 100 feet from the base station. The 802.11a/g standards support a higher bit rate than the conventional 802.11b standard, helping the set maintain stable, high-quality video images. The LocationFree TV also uses advanced QoS (Quality of Service) technology, which delivers extra bandwidth security for reliable audio/video transmissions, even in high-traffic wireless environments.

    Faroudja's DCDi (Directional Correlation Deinterlacing) is a video algorithm designed to eliminate the jagged edges along diagonal image lines resulting from video interpolation. DCDi monitors image edge transitions and fills in the gaps between frames.

    The LF-X1 is a multitasking chameleon. It weighs around 5 pounds and includes angled-line correction circuitry for smoothing out jagged lines; motion-adaptive I/P conversion circuitry for improving fast-moving action scenes; and a digital-audio amplifier for crisp sound with minimal distortion. It also features picture-in-picture capability and an audio/video input for connecting to a camcorder, game console, DVD player, or other entertainment device.

    The LocationFree TV autoselects the strongest wireless signal so you get the best transmission wherever you're watching.
    When the base station and the wireless monitor are each connected to the Internet through your existing ISP, you can easily and quickly access the Web, exchange e-mail, and shop online using the onscreen keyboard. It can also morph into a digital photo album, displaying custom slide shows from its built-in memory or from Memory Stick media, which plugs into a dedicated flash-memory port.

    Filling the role of an intuitive graphical use interface (GUI), the onscreen universal remote and onscreen keyboard heighten the LocationFree TV's uniqueness and versatility. Sony's GUI simplifies navigation of all aspects of the set. You can even use the screen itself as a remote to switch from channel to channel or from function to function. (A USB port facilitates hookup of an optional physical keyboard.)

    The base station houses an Ethernet port for broadband compatibility and 2 video inputs for audio/video components and other peripherals (S-video, composite-video). There's also IR blaster for added control and convenience and a USB port for connecting to an optional analog (dial-up) modem.

    What's in the Box
    TV, base station, a quick-start guide, an IR blaster, a rechargeable battery pack, an instruction manual, and a stylus. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12.1-inch TFT SVGA LCD monitor with touch panel and 800 x 600 native pixel resolution; 14.4 x 9.5 x 1.3 inches (W x H x D) monitor only
    • Dual-band wireless A/V transmission using 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g IEEE protocols; autoselects for the best signal
    • 3D digital comb filter, cross-color suppressor, noise reduction, 3:2 pulldown reversal, and motion adaptive IP conversion
    • Internet function, mail function, photo album, hand drawing function, Memory Stick slot, stereo speakers
    • Universal onscreen A/V remote commander controls most major brands of A/V components; supplied IR blaster wirelessly controls A/V components

    17. Sony KV27FS120 27" FD Trinitron WEGA Flat Screen TV
    list price: $449.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HMD8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1706
    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's KV-27FS120 27-inch WEGA television is a CRT (cathode-ray tube) set that's both stylish and feature-packed. A silver cabinet houses a flat-screen Trinitron picture tube that cuts down on glare and minimizes image distortion. A host of technologies ensure vivid, distortion-free viewing.

    One of the coolest features is the KV-27FS120's 16:9 enhanced mode, which delivers maximum picture quality by concentrating all viewable scan lines within a letterboxed image--wasting none of its horizontal resolution on rendering the black bars that border a widescreen image.

    Velocity modulation (selectable: off, high, low) improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. The set's three-line digital comb filter further enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt).

    Top-of-the-line component-video inputs minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from compatible video sources, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. You can choose between a set of rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience when hooking up a camcorder or gaming console. A rear AV output offers both fixed and variable-level analog audio outputs for hookup with, for instance, both a VCR and a surround receiver. You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection.

    The set produces stereo audio with 10 watts per channel. Its fine-pitch aperture grill allows more electrons to reach the screen surface, while a high-precision deflection yoke guides the electrons accurately for bright, clear images. A headphone jack lets you listen in private. Other video technologies include auto white balance, Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, tilt correction, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation.

    What's in the Box
    TV, remote control, remote batteries, warranty information, and user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • 27-inch direct-view CRT television with flat, high-contrast FD Trinitron picture tube; 30.25 x 23.25 x 19.63 inches (W x H x D)
    • Digital comb filter enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl
    • Component-, composite-, S-video, and RF video inputs accommodate nearly any video source
    • Clear Edge VM wideband velocity modulation improves the definition at picture edges
    • 10 watts per channel x 2; includes Steady Sound auto volume control with BBE sound enhancement and SRS 3D audio effect (simulated surround sound)

    Reviews (26)

    5-0 out of 5 stars To Previous Post
    To the previous poster: The V-compression mode should not "squish" your picture anymore than it would normally in 16:9 mode unless the DVD your watching isn't ANAMORPHIC or "Enhanced for wide screen TVs".

    What V-compression does (using ANAMORPHIC discs) is that it takes the resolution that would normally be used in projecting the black bars on the top and bottom of the TV screen and adds this to the resolution of the actual film image so you get more resolution. A sharper and more film-like image just as you would get if you use a widescreen TV. What you see as "black bars" then is just those portions of your screen being "off".

    Personally, I'm very happy with this set. You get a lot of features and a great image for the price and size. And with the custom matching stand it just looks great in any small to medium sized room! The only negative I've encountered is the weight. Very heavy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for the Money
    I highly recommend this TV. It may be a little more pricey than equivalently equipped televisions from other manufacturers but the Sony quality shines through. The picture is fabulous and even without a home theater set up the sound is great. I spent the extra money for good cables and hooked my DVD player up through the component Video and the picture is great. It is almost like seeing "The Fellowship of the Ring" in the Theater. Also the 16:9 aspect ratio is great for those items that aren't in Widescreen format. It gives them a real widescreen feel. All in all this is the best electronics purchase I have made in years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best small/med non HDTV with clean 16:9 mode for DVDs
    I've had a slew of uninspiring 19 inch conventional televisions, so this Sony 27 inch is practically perfect in size, picture quality, and function. No, this is no HDTV and when viewing cable and tv shows, you can easily see more graininess and lines than an HDTV if you do a direct comparison, but for a conventional TV, it still is the best that I have seen.

    The picture is sharp, clear, and lively when you sit close and from afar. Colors are saturated, but not overly so- the result is pleasing to my eyes and I enjoy watching it. The biggest feature in my mind is the 16:9 mode. This mode allows the TV to use all of its resolution for widescreen viewing, making it a mini 25-26" widescreen. In this mode, I cannot see any lines and the picture is clean and vivid. Watching widescreen DVDs in this mode is so rich and clean- I cannot describe it- I swear it is close to HDTV, but in tiny form, but the clarity and resolution are still very high- Finding Nemo is very sharp and there are no lines visible to my eyes.

    There are some downsides that I have noticed- Even though this is a flatscreen, the glass has some distortions and lines are not perfectly straight. This is normal in all tubed TVs. Also, for this basic model, the 16:9 mode is activated in a menu so it takes like five button presses to get to turn it on. The sound quality is improved, but you still need a surround system to get full sound. As another reviewer has said, to turn off the TV sound (to use your own surround sound), you have to go through a menu. I think the more expensive versions have direct buttons for these features.

    Dudes, you know how important a TV is when you get home and just want to veg- HDTV is great, but costly and not really ready for anything other than basic TV channels and DVDs. If you are watching regular non HDTV channels on an HDTV, you will need a 34" widescreen to get the same conventional 27" picture. For the price, I'd rather get this TV now and wait for HDTV when it matures (in about 2006). The 27 inch TV is perfect for a small apartment or a large bedroom. At a viewing distance of 6-7 feet, it feels intimate, but not "large." This TV is the cream of the crop in its class and provides entertainment without digging a large HDTV hole in your wallet.

    3-0 out of 5 stars broke down less than 2 month
    The picture tube went less than 2 month. This unit is made in Mexico.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but flawed
    I was looking for a good 27" TV and of course everyone mentions the Sony.

    Not a Sony fan, I see them resting on their name more than anything these days, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

    Hooked it up - Component DVD, S-video gaming, antenna.. all of it. First things first, clarity is really good. I went from a blurry as heck 25 to a pretty crisp 27. Nice. Games looked outstanding. DVDs looked.. well.. wrong.

    I bought the TV because it had 16:9 mode. Great, I love anamorphic dvds. Turned the option on in my dvd player, turned 16:9 on with the tv.. Hmm, it doesn't look right for some reason. I checked online and it is a known issue that the sonys oversqueeze the picture. And we're not talking a mm or so, we're talking over an inch. So a 2.35:1 movie was more like a 2.45:1 or 2.5:1. Something that was grossly distorted. Soo, I had to break into the service menu, grab some measuring tape, and used a setup disc to make a circle, well, circular. Something Sony obviously couldn't do. Flaw one, but fixable.

    I tried watching the Simpsons on this Tv - not a good idea. Homer is Yellow, not orange. People don't all have sunburns on TV. I tried fixing the colour and it got to the point where to make skin tones look even tolerable, everything else had a noticeable drop in saturation. Checked online, surprise surprise, red push for sony tvs. Only on the newer FS100s they've changed the registers in the service menu, so good luck finding out exactly what to change because it's not what it used to be. Flaw 2, not quite fixable.

    Then there was the geometry. Images shouldn't bend out near the top few inches. Also, when I was playing games there was major distortion in games that had letterboxed cutscenes - to the point where it looked like the few inches between the blackness of the letterbox and the bright scene resembed a scrambled cable station. NOT good. Flaw 3, I didn't even want to try to fix it.

    Took the thing back. From what I've read, it's definitely common enough that I didn't want to bother with another Sony. Maybe I'm picky, but for 400 bucks I deserve to be. ... Read more


    18. Sony KLV-26HG2 26" WEGA Flat-Panel LCD Television with DVI Input
    list price: $2,999.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001K5JY6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 20526
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Geared for rendering pristine images from standard- and high-definition sources, the 26-inch KLV-26HG2 LCD television is armed with Sony's WEGA engine and a host of sophisticated video technologies. The screen is configured in a widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio to match the dimension of most movies and HDTV broadcasts. The image generated is bigger than you might think--to get a widescreen image this size using a standard, 4:3 aspect-ratio TV, you'd need a 28-inch diagonal set that would stand at least 5 inches taller.

    The KLV-26HG2 offers 1,280 x 768 native pixel resolution, compatibility with 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i HDTV signals, high brightness (450 cd/m2), and a lightning-quick 16 ms response time--perfect for fast-changing programs like action films and sports events. The set's slimline design uses an aluminum facade and stylish side speakers. SRS WOW audio effect brings life to low and mid frequencies through the set's two 4-watt speakers.

    LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), accurate image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), long screen life (60,000 lamp hours and no risk of image burn-in), space savings, and light weight/easy positioning.

    The KLV-26HG2 performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. Digital video mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture.

    Sony's Digital Reality Creation Circuitry grants amazing picture resolution while proprietary Direct Digital II Circuitry increases a video signal's signal-to-noise ratio before it reaches the DRC circuit, ensuring rich, natural-looking images from any source. A Memory Stick media slot with JPEG/MPEG-1 compatibility simplifies playback of video clips and still pictures from compatible cameras. This means you'll enjoy effortless interaction with other Memory Stick products such as digital still cameras, digital camcorders, and Sony VAIO PCs.

    Sony's LCD panel driver ensures smooth, clear video by improving the response time in the middle luminance range, significantly reducing "afterimage" in motion pictures. Finally, Channel Fix lets you select a specific TV channel (3, for example) for cable box reception. Then you can control a compatible cable box via the TV remote without inadvertently changing the TV from Channel 3.

    Connections include a high-definition-compatible component-video input, a direct digital DVI-HDTV (digital visual interface) input for use with a DTV set-top box, 2 each composite- and S-video inputs (1 each on the front panel for ready connection to a camcorder or gaming console), and an RF coaxial input for hookup with an older VCR, cable box, or antenna.

    What's in the Box
    TV, operating instructions, remote control (RM-Y1105), 2 AA batteries (for remote), AC power cord, registration card, warranty card, a table-top stand, and a 75 ohm coaxial cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • HD-ready flat-panel LCD TV with 16:9 aspect ratio and 16 ms response time; 31.1 x 18.9 x 9.5 inches (W x H x D) with stand and back cover
    • Offers DVI-HDTV input; enhancements include Sony's Digital Reality Creation, Dynamic Picture, and Direct Digital Circuitry (DDC)
    • Memory Stick media port lets you view JPEG images and MPEG-1 video right from your compatible camera or camcorder
    • Front-panel composite- and S-video inputs allow easy connections with camcorders, gaming consoles, and other devices
    • High 450 cd/m2 brightness permits viewing in any condition, wide viewing angles (170 x 170 degrees, H/V) ensure great images from any position

    19. Sony KDE-42XS955 42" Widescreen WEGA Plasma Flat-Panel TV with Integrated HDTV Tuner
    list price: $6,999.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00061ZNV4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 815
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    Features

    • Brilliant, high-definition, plasma television with 42-inch screen and integrated ATSC (HDTV) tuner; 44.9 x 26.5 x 6.3 inches (W x H x D)
    • CableCARD compatibility removes the need for a separate digital cable box; direct-digital HDMI interface accommodates advanced digital sources
    • BN Smoother circuit eliminates MPEG block noise (image distortion); WEGA Engine system keeps images in the digital domain
    • CineMotion 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal removes redundant video information to display a film-frame-accurate picture from movie sources
    • S-Master 1-bit digital amplifier pumps 25 watts per channel x 2 stereo sound and 50 watts x 1 to a built-in subwoofer

    20. Sony KV32FS120 32" FD Trinitron WEGA Flat Screen TV
    list price: $699.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002FO3JC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 2579
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Sony's high-value KV-32FS120 32-inch WEGA television packs a wealth of video technologies that guarantee sharp, vivid pictures from a range of sources. The set's FD (flat display) Trinitron WEGA flat-screen technology delivers high image accuracy, wide viewing angles, and corner-to-corner detail with no geometric image distortion. The visually flat FD Trinitron tube minimizes annoying glare from light sources, enhancing contrast. Squares are square, straight lines appear straight, and circles are truly circular.

    One of the KV-32FS120's coolest features is its 16:9 enhanced mode, which delivers maximum picture quality by concentrating all viewable scan lines within a letterboxed image--wasting none of its horizontal resolution on rendering the black bars that border a widescreen image.

    Clear Edge VM wideband velocity modulation improves definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas.

    The set's digital comb filter removes blurred edges between colors and reduces dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt), while magnetic quadra-pole technology reduces "beam spot" distortion and improves corner-to-corner focus and picture sharpness.

    Program Palette presets offer combinations of picture settings engineered to make the most of specific entertainment types. Settings include vivid, standard, movie, and sports. Channel fix lets you select a specific TV channel (3, for example) for cable box reception. Then you can control a compatible cable box via the TV remote without inadvertently changing the TV from Channel 3.

    Top-of-the-line component-video inputs (Y/PB/PR) minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from compatible video sources, while standard composite- and S-video inputs accommodate all DVD players. A coaxial RF input accepts a feed from an antenna or an older VCR or cable box. Choose from 2 sets of rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs for extra convenience when hooking up a camcorder or gaming console. A rear AV output offers fixed-/variable-level analog audio outputs for hookup with a surround receiver.

    The set produces stereo audio and BBE sound enhancement with 10 watts per channel through built-in speakers.

    Other video technologies include auto white balance (which establishes the picture's tint, or hue, by adjusting sensitivity to red, green, and blue light, resulting in truer whites), Dynamic Picture Processor circuitry, tilt correction, Trinitone color temperature control, and vertical aperture compensation (which sharpens picture definition and edge detail on the vertical plane). You can label the set's video inputs and channels for easy selection.

    What's in the Box
    TV, RM-Y195 remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • 32-inch Sony WEGA television with FD Trinitron screen; 35.4 x 27.4 x 22.6 inches (W x H x D)
    • 16:9 enhanced mode delivers maximum picture quality by concentrating all viewable scan lines within a letterboxed image
    • Stereo speakers with 10 watts per channel; SteadySound auto volume control and BBE sound enhancement
    • Component-, composite-, S-video, and RF connections accommodate a range of video components
    • Digital comb filter enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl

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