The Sony KDL-V40XBR1 has a 40 inch screen (measured diagonally) and uses the LCD technology. The set is from Sony’s Bravia series which was earlier called WEGA. In comparison to other sets of similar size using LCD technology it delivers amazing picture quality. It is not yet comparable to similar sized plasmas but is certainly costlier than them. The black cabinet with the silver lining around the black borders around the screen has become the standard dressing style for Sony. The power, volume and channel buttons are placed on the right side of the panel which gives the set a very different look.
The dimensions of the set are 40 X 25 X 5 inches (W X H X D) and it tips the scales at 75 pounds which makes wall mounting a feasible and attractive option. The native display resolution offered by the set is 1366 X 768 which is good enough to show every detail at 720p including all input signals which are scaled to fit the available pixels. The color temperature presets are fantastic and are quite accurately near the D6500K standard. Most of the other “picture enhancing” features actually reduce the picture quality and should be turned off.
The black enhancer reduces the brightness and is not required if the brightness control is set properly. The contrast enhancer too reduces the detail levels and can be turned off. With these settings the set offered commendable picture quality alongwith commendable black levels for an LCD.
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