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The Sony BRAVIA KDL-55EX500 is one of five CCFL backlit LCD HDTVs announced in 2010 as part of the KDL-EX500 Series.

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Pros

4 HDMI inputs - includes 2 on the side

4 agree

Nice menu system and graphic overlays

4 agree

Excellent picture quality once calibrated

4 agree

Excellent quality when hooked up to computer with VGA or HDMI

3 agree

Clean look - buttons on the side. Nice dark silver bezel

3 agree

Good quality / price value

2 agree

Excellent video quality from SD sources

1 agrees
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Cons

Makes an annoying noise when you turn it on

4 agree

Does not perform well in a bright room- disappointing for an LCD

3 agree

reflective bezels

3 agree

Motionflow makes everything look like a soap opera

2 agree

Limited audio output settings when using the optical S/PDIF output hooked up to stereo/speakers (just passes through signals from inputs)

1 agrees

Built-in speakers are ingratiating - hook it up to real speakers

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The Sony BRAVIA KDL-55EX500 is one of five CCFL backlit LCD HDTVs announced in 2010 as part of the KDL-EX500 Series. Although priced the same as KDL-EX600 models, the KDL-55EX500 and its peers differ in that they utilize Motionflow 120Hz Technology, allowing for smoother transitions and onscreen movement. As one of the larger units in the series, the 55” KDL-55EX500 offers full 1080p HD resolution at an ultra-fast frame-rate. Included also is a plethora of connectivity options, including HDMI, HDMI Component, HDMI PC, and USB. Plus, the unit is powered by the BRAVIA ENGINE 3 and offers 100% single-remote compliance with any BRAVIA device.

Features
  • KDL-EX500 Series
  • 55” HDTV
  • BRAVIA ENGINE 3
  • BRAVIA SYNC
  • Motionflow 120Hz Technology
  • Ambient Sensor
  • Full 1080p Resolution
  • HDMI Connectivity
  • USB Interface
Specifications
  • Video Signal: 1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i
  • Display Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
  • Screen Size: 55”
  • Viewing Angles: 178/178
  • Audio Output: 20W
  • Color System: NTSC
  • Tuner (Cable): Clear QAM
  • Tuner (Terrestrial): ATSC/NTSC
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Inputs/Outputs
  • Analog Audio In
  • Audio Out
  • Component Video In
  • Composite Video In
  • Digital Audio Out
  • HDMI
  • HDMI PC
  • PC In (D-Sub)
  • RF Connection
  • USB 2.0
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Anonymous
12/12/2011 04:37

I'm not happy with the picture quality. Sometimes it doesn't appear to be HD quality. How do you calibrate the TV. Maybe I did something wrong. Thanks

Erik
11/03/2011 08:28

You can easily turn off both the startup sound, and the Motionflow in the settings menu, so I wouldn't say they are valid cons.

The bezel is bigger than the new sleek TVs, however this picture quality is pretty good especially if you use the calibrated settings you can find on the net.

I have this TV and I haven't been disappointed yet, in spite of friends and family getting new models.

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