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The Z-series by Sony is their high end LCD televisions that replace the XBR series as the top of Sony's line.

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Pros

DLNA support for streaming media

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Sony picture quality

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1080p/60Hz support over component and HDMI

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Next generation Bravia engine

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Sony design is one of the best in HDTV

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Bravia Engine 2 for image processing and scaling

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120Hz fast Motion processing

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In New Zealand its Motion Flow 200Hz

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Cons

Unattractive design

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DLNA support is limited to pictures and audio

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The Z-series by Sony is their high end LCD televisions that replace the XBR series as the top of Sony's line. The Z-series features all the display functionality expected in a modern high-end LCD television including 120Hz fast motion processing. Alongside these standard display features are the premium display features that are not found on other Sony tvs including 10-bit processing, x.v.Color display, and the Bravia Engine 2 for image processing and scaling. On the connectivity side the Z-series incorporates all the extra Sony ports such as the Digital Media Port, Digital Media Extender, USB port, and DLNA support.

Specifications
  • 1080p native resolution
  • 120Hz mode
  • USB port for accessing digital content
  • thin bezel, and "ultra-thin" cabinet depth
  • Inputs: 4 x HDMI 1.3, 2 x Component, Composite
Z-Series specific features

10-bit processing and display - traditional televisions are 8-bit displays, the additional 2-bits allows for four times the number of colors to be displayed which is marketed to produce more likelike images.

x.v.Color support - provides 1.8 times the color information of traditional NTSC specification. This feature depends on the source content with high-end cameras being the most common.

DLNA compliant - Digital Lifestyle Network Alliance (DLNA) refers to a suite of protocols and standards agreed to by various media, computer, and electronics manufacturers that lets digital content be streamed and accessed by various devices. If you have a compatible DLNA server the Z-series TV will be able to view photos being stored.

Z-Series and W-Series features

120Hz - to handle fast motion found in action movies, video games and sports the television's refresh rate is doubled from the usual 60Hz to 120Hz. This results in smoother motion and reduces the image artifacting known as judder.

24p True Cinema - movie's are filmed at 24 frames per second, traditional televisions display their images at 60Hz meaning the movie information needs to be converted. With the 120Hz mode, which is a direct multiple of 24, no conversion is necessary meaning you get the source exactly as it was filmed. 24p content comes primarily from Blu-Ray video.

Z-Series, W-Series, and V-Series features

60p and 24p support - these sets can accept Blu-Ray content that is delivered at 24 frames per second with a progressive picture. They also accept a progressive signal that is delivered at 60 frames per second, this is most common in video games. Both the HDMI and Component video inputs can handle these signals.

Bravia Sync - control the other components in your home theater system, such as your A/V receiver and DVD player, directly from the TV. The other components must be Bravia sync compatible.

USB port - view pictures and audio stored on a USB mass storage device.

Features found on all 2008 Sony LCD TVs

Digital Media Extender - this is a proprietary port that acts as a central gateway for future add-ons to be installe to expand the functionality of the TV. The first add-on available is the Bravia Internet Link module that lets you view video content from the Internet. Sony claims future add-ons will be available with more features.

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