Sony’s line of LCD Flat Panel HDTV displays runs from budget oriented to enthusiast oriented with something for everyone in between. Their sizes range from 26 inches to 70 inches. Their lines of LCD displays include several series that are slightly different from one another. Choosing the right model can be a tough decision. This overview will focus on the 40″ Sony Bravia V Series LCD Flat Panel HDTV with model number KDL-40V2500.
This particular Sony LCD is distinguished by the model number KDL-40V2500. For more understanding of what the model number means, I will briefly discuss each aspect of the listed model number. The first three letters KDL are simply used on all Sony LCD displays. The next two numbers 4 and 0 refer to the size of the display at 40 inches. The letter V indicates that this particular model is part of the Sony V series of LCD displays. And finally, the 2500 indicates that this model comes with speakers that are situated underneath the screen, rather than on the sides of the screen. So the breakdown of the model number indicates that this is a V series, in a 40 inch size, with bottom of the screen speakers.
Now on to the basics of this particular set. This set has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1499.99. This price is positioned between the Sony S series on the lower end and the Sony W series on the upper end. This would be considered a midline Sony LCD display in the 40 inch size. The only thing that differentiates this set from the similar KDL-40V3000 is the location of the speakers and the lower price tag of this particular unit.
This LCD set can display a full 1080p resolution. This means that it is capable of displaying true high definition format and should provide a more detailed and accurate picture than a comparable set that is only rated at 720p.
Once again, this Sony set does not list a refresh rate. It should be assumed that the refresh rate is much lower than the 120 hertz that is listed for their XBR panels. The refresh rate indicates how quickly the image on the screen is changed or refreshed. A higher refresh rate indicates less motion blur and a better picture.
The dynamic contrast ratio for this set is listed as 7,000 to 1. This contrast ratio is significantly lower than the XBR series and the W series displays. The contrast ratio determines the displays ability to show strong contrast between black and white levels. A higher contrast ratio indicates better picture quality.
This display uses Sony’s own Bravia Engine. This same engine is used in the S series displays.
This brief overview is provided to give you a chance to compare the basics of LCD displays that you might be interested in. If you would like to compare this display to another display, simply look through my other overviews of HDTV displays. Overviews are available for or will soon be available for all set from Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Pioneer, and Toshiba.