|Sony KDL-46Z4100 LCD HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Tom Volotta|
|Thursday, 30 April 2009|
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It’s Springtime, and along with the Birds & the Bees, pollen alerts and hearing about all the government bailout cash you’re not getting, the new crop of TVs which debuted at January’s 2009 CES are hitting the shelves or online reseller’s fulfillment warehouses. So, a Sony 46Z4100, what’s with reviewing LAST year’s television technology? Isn’t that a bit like reading yesterday’s newspaper - or perhaps more appropriate to our times, a Blog that’s an hour old, or an Instant Message or Tweet from thirty seconds ago? All seemingly fruitless exercises. But sometimes a glance back reveals a hidden gem that may have been overlooked in the midst of the dizzying array of technical specifications, product features and marketing among brands, all vying for your attention and dollars. The Sony KDL-46Z4100 LCD TV is one of those.
A/V, Media & Network I/OThe 46Z4100 continues the evolution of the high definition displays becoming the central media integration device in the home. It’s gone way beyond just hooking up tape machines, DVDs and DVRs. Today’s extensive assortment of A/V inputs and outputs, interfaces for digital media players, storage interfaces and Internet connections is now considered a standard expectation, not a luxury. The 46Z4100 delivers all of those capabilities and more. Four HDMI 1.3 (for 1080p24, 1080p60 and the new HD audio formats) inputs, component, S and composite video, optical audio out, personal computer I/O, USB 2.0 and T10/100 Ethernet connection to your LAN. There’s also a special Digital Media Port that conforms to the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) interoperability standard so you can view photos via DLNA Certified equipment. Not only can you watch high definition broadcast, cable or satellite television and Blu-ray discs, but also view photos from your digital camera or USB flash memory and listen to music through a variety of players.
Sony takes a step further in expansion and flexibility with its own Digital Module Extender (DMeX™) port. DMeX (pronounced “Dim-X”) is essentially a plug and play interface for connecting BRAVIA® Link Modules to provide integration plus a consistent user interface for several categories of external devices including: additional HDMI inputs, DVD upscaling, MP3 audio playback, JPEG viewing and connection to selected internet-based video on-demand programming services. Current VOD offerings include: Amazon, YouTube, Yahoo, CBS, Howcast, Crackle (Sony Pictures Entertainment) with others being added. BRAVIA Link Modules run from $150 MSRP up to $800 for the special Wireless Link Module. That one in particular, although pricy, would be wonderful step towards eliminating the rat’s nest of cables occupying the area behind my TV!