The BRAVIA S-Series is Sony's entry level line of 1080p HDTVs with the 2009 versions taking on the S5100 Series model name. As an update to 2008's S4100s the 2009 models take features from the high-end 2008 models, namely the dynamic backlight, the improved BRAVIA Engine 2, and the BRAVIA Sync/BRAVIA Link technologies. One of the defining characterstics of the S-Series has been that it trumps competitive entry-level 1080p sets as it uses a 10-bit processor and 10-bit display for higher picture quality. These sets are the step up to the L5000 Series which have a lower 720p native resolution, and are a step below the V5100s which add a fourth HDMI port, and 120Hz display mode.
- 1080p native resolution
- BRAVIA Engine 2
- BRAVIA Sync, BRAVIA Link
- 24p True Cinema
- 10-bit processor, 10-bit panel
- light sensor with dynamic backlight
- Inputs: 3xHDMI, VGA, Component, USB
- Spring 2009 release date
Light sensor with dynamic backlight - a sensor inside the TV is able to detect the amount of ambient light in the room and adjust the backlight accordingly. So when the room is bright the TV will become brighter, and vice versa in a darker room.
USB port - plug in a Universal Mass Storage Device into this port and the television can display the photos or music contained inside. The higher end sets can also play digital media files that are stored on the USB stick.
BRAVIA Engine - This is Sony's image processing engine that handles the incoming video signals and processes them to modify and enhance the picture. This processing attempts to adjust colors, define lines, and in general improve the look of the TV. The 2008 entry-level televisions contained the first generation BRAVIA Engine, while the BE2 was limited to the high end sets. For 2009 the entry-level gets the BE2, while the high-end sets use BRAVIA Engine 3.
BRAVIA Link - This is Sony's proprietary interface port where people can attach specific BRAVIA accessories to enhance the capabilities of the television such as the Sony Internet Link Module, or Sony Wireless Module. Again, this BRAVIA link was limited to the mid and high-end range Sony lines in 2008, but is now available on the entry level 2009 line. The 2009 high-end sets retain the BRAVIA Link, but also have the specific Internet Module integrated into the television itself.
24p True Cinema - This is Sony's marketing name for technology that lets the TV accept 24Hz signals, which is the native framerate of film movies. You also need the source video to be sent at 24 frames per second which is a feature of most modern Blu-Ray players. It is unknown if this line of TVs does a conversion of the 24FPS content to the more standard 30Hz, or retains the content's original framerate.
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