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Sony KV-40XBR700

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Sony KV40XBR700

Agoraquest, LLC
31 October 2001
  • Summary: Well...its been almost 3 weeks and the set is pretty much "burned in". The image is much better now and I have also calibrated with Avia. My primary viewing on this set is DVDs. With the 40" screen, I get a bigger image than the 34xbr2 (3" bigger!). The black frame that surrounds the flat tube is a superb idea. It blends in with the black letterbox portion on 16x9 material and almost makes it seamless like you are watching a 16x9 set!
  • Pros: Superb image with DVD and HD material and excellent image with digital cable (HBO/Shotime). Outstanding geometry. Matching stand looks cool. Set looks dynamite even when turned off. Newly designed audio with 15-watt built-in sub has excellent sound, not like the xbr450 audio which in my opinion, was horrible.
  • Cons: As with my prior 36xbr450, the same weakness applies to the 3:2 pulldown. Garbage in...garbage out. OTA channels still are great, but a couple of channels still display a "ghost" and are somewhat pixelated. Again, not from the TV set itself, but attributed to a poor signal. HBO and all premium channels come very close to DVD quality on this set., My only other minor gripe is you cannot place 2 components side by side on the stand. Sony chose looks over functionality. ...
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