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SONY KDL-S5100 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 389 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and usability. The value for money and sound are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative comments about the build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the SONY KDL-S5100 Series LCD TV (32", 40", 46", 52") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review - Intro


The KDL-40S5100 is one of Sony's entry-level models. Offering little in the way of extras, it's available at a modest price of $800. Performance was impressive in some areas, but as you might expect there are also compromises, the most obvious of which...

The Sony KDL-40S5100 is a good television, especially at the price of $800. We were particularly impressed by the excellent black level and contrast ratio. Color performance was also above average. There are some compromises that were made, however....

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Sony KDL-32S5100 Review – 32-inch LCD HDTV


Smartly incorporating latest technologies, this Sony model has all that one looks for in a HDTV. Coming from the latest BRAVIA series of the Sony, the LCD flat panel features Contrast Enhancer (ACE) for an outstanding dynamic contrast ratio and fully...

If you are tech-savvy person who enjoys experimenting with newer and more versatile technologies, then Sony KDL-32S5100 is the right option for you. Moreover, the model also ensures superior performance and ease of use that definitely offers good value...

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Sony KDL-46S5100 Review – 46-inch LCD HDTV


Belonging to the Sony's S-series, the model boasts of outstanding picture quality and dynamic contrast. Equipped with advanced technologies, the flat panel TV is most suitable for value-oriented customers who want to opt for the Sony Full HD 1080p...

All these features and more are available at relatively lower price. So, if you want to go for a Sony brand with quality features and affordable rate, then the Sony KDL-46S5100 is an attractive option for you.


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Sony KDL-40S5100 Review – 40-inch LCD HDTV


This HDTV not so big or small size makes it ideal to be placed in a mid-sized room with perfect viewing angles. Priced at $718.99 MSRP, the Sony KDL-40S5100 is a good bargain for a branded LCD HDTV and it is probably the lowest in the price range for...

The Sony KDL-40S5100 is also equipped with 3D digital comb filter ensures that it provides fine picture quality and provide true color purity. Its ultraslim (3-3/4″ deep) design and size is ideal for mounted to the wall or placed on a table top. This...

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Sony Bravia KDL-40S5100


The KDL-40S5100 is one of Sony's entry-level models. Offering little in the way of extras, it's available at a modest price of $800. Performance was impressive in some areas, but as you might expect there are also compromises, the most obvious of which...

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Sony Bravia KDL-40S5100


Sony KDL-40S5100 is a moderately priced 40″ LCD TV with full HD 1080p resolution and the Bravia Engine 2. Sony has a wide lineup of TVs these days and it's not too long ago that you had to pay up …

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Nic Pic- Distorted Sound-


Returned Samsung LN40B500 ($598 at due to AWFUL blurry & ghosty SD channels. Then I got the Sony Bravia KDL4055100 (and $669 at Best Buy) and the picture was fantastic. SD channels looked really good. HD was fantastic. Unfortunately every...

Really nice picture. SD programs looked good. Liked the remote and the functions of it

Distorted sound on & off, garbled sound then no sound. Had to return it

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Good value for the money


Good value.

Picture quality. Sound is fine. Easy to use

None that I am aware of

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For the price ... an exceptional TV.


I was very apprehensive about this TV at first. I came very close to returning it for a 42" Vizio that was the same price (but a 120HZ model). However, the more I watched, the more I discovered that the problems I did not like (pixely images) were a...

Beautiful HD images; easy set up

SD images (non-high def) are not the greatest, but I think the same can be said for just about any LCD TV. Popping sounds when changing channels on my Direct TV receiver (when it switches from 1080 to 720 or 480) is annoying

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Exceeded My Expectations!


This is a great television! Sony deserves credit for the well thought out design with all the features people need or may use in the future. In my opinion, the small feature that put it over the top was the BRAVIA Sync. In the past, featutes like this...

Perfect size. Resonable price. Extremely smooth motion. Nice design. Good menu interface. 1080p/24 capable. Input labeling. Crisp whites. Good color and contrast. RCA type audio outputs. Firmware upgradeable. BRAVIA Sync! (See below)

The sound from this set is loud and clear. However, there is a little bit of static and distortion at extremely low volume levels. It is only noticable when the volume is set to around 1-3 and you are listening in dead silence. No big deal

Product Specifications

Step up to Full HD 1080p resolution and stunning contrast without breaking the bank. The KDL-40S5100 40-inch BRAVIA S series LCD flat panel HDTV features Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) for an impressive dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and BRAVIA Engine 2 digital video processor for superior resolution. Plus, 6 HD inputs are provided to connect all of your HD devices including PlayStation 3, Blu-ray Disc player and laptop or desktop.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type:Blu-Ray disc player/None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Sony


Color:Piano black

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty


Combined with:External Blu-ray Disc player
Diagonal Size:31.5in/40in/46in/52in
Diagonal Size (cm):102cm/117cm/132cm/80cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:30000:1
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:3
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:3000:1
LCD Backlight Technology:Wide Color Gamut-CCFL
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:TFT active matrix
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video/Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM/ATSC / QAM
HDTV Tuner: Yes
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes