It is Sony's line of environmentally friendly LCD HDTVs that contain specific features that reduces energy consumption.

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The BRAVIA VE5 is Sony's line of environmentally friendly LCD HDTVs that contain specific features that reduces energy consumption. The three main features Sony touts is the "near zero-watt standby mode", high-efficiency HCFL backlight, and a presence sensor for automatic shutoff. The HCFL backlight alone can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% according to Sony. From a more traditional television perspective the VE5 contains mid-range features including a 1080p native resolution and Motionflow 120Hz technology with the specs being nearly identical to the more energy consuming BRAVIA V5100 Series. The step up from the VE5 is both the XBR9 and Z5100 Series, though the Z5100 series consume less power than the XBR9s, so may appear to be a more logical step up from the VE5s.

  • 1080p native resolution
  • Motionflow 120Hz technology
  • Environmentally friendly features
    • Presense sensor
    • Zero-watt standby
    • HCFL backlight (high efficiency)
    • Exceeds Energy Star 3.0 standards
  • BRAVIA Engine 2
  • BRAVIA Sync, BRAVIA Link
  • 24p True Cinema
  • Spring 2009 release date
  • Inputs: 4xHDMI, VGA, Component, USB
VE5 "Eco" Features

Presense Sensor - automatically detects any motion in the room, and if a certain amount of time elapses with no motion then the TV automatically turns off. This is to prevent wasted energy when you forget to turn the TV off before leaving the room.

Zero-watt Standby - this technology is intended to reduce power consumption when the TV is off, where most electronics can consume up to 20% of their total power usage while they're off, Sony is trying to make that zero.

HCFL Backlight - HCFL stands for Hot Cathode Flourescent Lamp which is a more efficient backlighting system that Sony claims reduces energy consumption by 40% compared to other TVs of the same size.

Common to V5100 and VE5

Motionflow 120Hz - this technology means the TV can refresh the display at a faster frame rate than the standard 60Hz of non-120Hz TVs. Sony claims that this technology allows for improved image quality in fast motion scenes such as video games, action movies or sports. The Motionflow technology refers to motion adaptian algorithms that analyze the scenes being displayed and automatically creates artificial frames between the ones that actually exist. Most TVs that have 120Hz refresh rates also have this kind of motion adaptation and results in what many people call "The Soap Opera Effect".

Common to S5100 and up

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.

Common to all 2009 Sony's

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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Nicolas Chéné
01/12/2010 08:46

This TV is really great for movies and TV shows, but if you love to watch sports, especially hockey, or to play video games stay away from this TV.

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