Sony BRAVIA V4500
Size: 26″, 32″, 37″
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 33,000:1 (26″, 32″: dynamic), 22,000:1 (37″: dynamic)
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Tuner: DVB-T, DVB-C, MPEG4 AVC
Input: USB (image viewing), HDMI (3)
Other: Picture Frame Mode, 1080p/24 capability
Sony’s BRAVIA V4500 series LCD TVs come in three sizes: 26″, 32″, 37″. All have a 720p-capable pixel format, not the Full HD 1920 x 1080 that we expect most LCD TVs to have. You want to hook up your PlayStation 3 to watch some Blu-ray titles? Don’t do it with these; it won’t look as good compared to a 1080p LCD with 120Hz and a LED backlight. The BRAVIA ENGINE 2 might help to compensate for the lack of pure pixels. Picture quality should be decent with a dynamic contrast ratio of 33,000:1 for the 26″ and 32″ models. The 37″ model features a slightly lower dynamic contrast ratio of 22,000:1, but still very high.
The design might be interesting to some, but I think the LINE design concept is going to end up being annoying. Why? Well, there’s a horizontal line on the bottom, but there’s also a horizontal gap. Right smack in the middle of that gap you can see the neck of the stand. Do you want to see that every time? I don’t. With the Picture Frame Mode turned on, the V4500 LCD TVs will act as a huge digital photo frame.
Note: Was there a mistake in the company’s press release about its BRAVIA V4500 series LCD TVs? The pixel format that is being quoted is 1360 x 768. Unfortunately, that’s not 16:9. I believe the correct pixel format would be 1366 x 768 or 1365 x 768 (as some PDP TVs have this format).
[tags]Sony, BRAVIA, LCD TV, 1366 x 768, Dynamic Contrast, DVB-T, DVB-C, MPEG4 AVC, HDMI[/tags]