Sony BRAVIA KDL-37M4000 Specifications
Display: 37″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 2500:1
Tuner: ATSC, NTSC
Connectivity: Component (3), HDMI (2), VGA, S-Video, Composite (2)
Power Consumption: 1W (standby)
36.8 x 24.0 x 4.4″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 37.5lbs (w/o stand)
Price: MSRP US$1199 ($871.92 at Amazon.com)
Sony‘s KDL-37M4000 is a budget oriented 37″ LCD TV. The KDL-37M4000 sports a 1366 x 768 pixel format and a contrast ratio of 2500:1. Nothing spectacular but fairly decent. The 1366 x 768 pixel format will let you pump 720p HD signals but they will need to be scaled up a bit to fit the whole screen. That means a slight degradation of quality but most folks won’t notice it too much. With a built-in tuner that lets you hone into ATSC or NTSC signals, you’re good to go now and after February 2009 when the US turns off NTSC signals. There are only two HDMI ports and that might not be enough for everyone. You’ve exhausted both HDMI ports with just a Blu-ray player and a cable box. Of course you can connect via analog but to get really nice pictures you’ll need to spend a good deal of money on cables. BTW, digital cables are digital cables; don’t spend a lot on those. The cheap ones will work just as well as the expensive ones. Analog cables are different: spend the money here. The better the analog cable the better the signal the better the picture quality on your TV. The KDL-37M4000 has a simple design without a lot of clutter on the front. I really dislike obnoxious lights on the front that distract you from enjoying what’s on the display.
According to Amazon.com’s reviews the KDL-37M4000 seems to be hit or miss. Some say the picture quality is excellent while others say the picture is not bright enough or is fuzzy and pixelated. My guess to the problem? Feeding the KDL-47M4000 SD signals or bad quality HD signals. SD signals on 720p or 1080p capable LCD TVs will generally not look so great. If you are planning to spend a good portion of your time watching SD, I would stick to the CRT TV (‘tube’ TV) that you already have. Unless you spend an enormous amount of money on a Sony’s XBR8, Pioneer’s KURO or Mitsubishi’s Laser TV, the humble tube TV you have sitting around will have much better picture quality.
Most children’s DVDs are in SD format as well so if you’ve got a grand collection of children’s DVDs I would not invest money in an expensive HD-capable TV. The expensive HD TV will look very poor compared to the tube TV. Analog broadcast signals might be turned off next Februrary, but if you’ve got Comcast, Verizon or AT&T sending you TV signals and you have a SD TV, you have nothing to worry about: those services will still work after the government turns off the analog signals. If you have any questions about this, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hop on over to Amazon.com to read all the reviews.
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