KP-46WT500 - New Sony 46" RPTV...thoughts?

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  1. DerekF

    DerekF Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 26, 2001
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    This looks interesting to me, considering the space requirements I need to work around for an RPTV purchase. The search tool indicates no-one has discussed this particular model before, so I was wondering what people thought of this TV based upon its specs and feature-set.
    I'm looking for an excellent picture for 40%cable, 40%DVD and 20% Xbox (DVD gets priority). I'll be sitting about 8' away.
    ...any thoughts on how well this TV would meet those requirements?
    (The following is from the Sony Canada site, here:)
    Hi-Scan 1080i™ rear-projection television line expanded with new KP-46WT500 model
    TORONTO - (COMDEX Canada 2002) - August 16, 2002
    Sony of Canada Ltd. continues to broaden its line of Hi-Scan 1080i™ rear-projection televisions with the introduction of a 46-inch widescreen model. The new KP-46WT500, Sony's first 46-inch rear projection television, combines technical and design enhancements to deliver a crisp, brilliant picture in a thin bezel tabletop design.
    The new TV is equipped with many of the high-performance features available on Sony's WS- and WV-series models, including the Hi-Scan 1080i™ chassis, an integrated Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) connection, DRC™ MultiFunction circuitry, an HD MicroFocus™ CRT, HD Detailer™ wideband video amplifier, MID™-X circuitry and SRS TruSurround™ sound.
    "Sony offers the widest variety of 16:9 rear projection televisions in the industry," said Andrew Dorcas, Senior TV Product Manager, Sony of Canada Ltd. "The new KP-46WT500 model is the most compact widescreen size among our rear-projection sets, yet it still features the same innovative functionality that results in brilliant images and a rich home theatre experience."
    Sporting a unique, new design and equipped with Sony's exclusive video technologies, the KP-46WT500 model is a terrific solution for home theatre enthusiasts who enjoy the rear-projection viewing experience, but don't have the space for the larger 57-or 65-inch sets. Sony's new TV incorporates a Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) connection that enables copy-protected, high-definition video content from a DVI/HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatible set-top box.
    The KP-46WT500 also features a number of proprietary innovations found in other models in Sony's 2002 rear-projection line, including:
    HD MicroFocus™ CRT with its increased beam strength and 30-percent smaller spot size than conventional CRTs, resulting in a brighter and sharper image
    HD MicroFocus lens system provides clearer focus, resulting in breathtaking picture quality.
    In addition, the new model includes such outstanding performance features as Digital Reality Creation Multifunction™ circuitry, CineMotion™ reverse 3:2 pulldown circuitry for superior film-based video source display, Multi-Image Driver-X with Scrolling Channel Index™ system and Flexible Twin-View™ 2-tuner picture-and-picture. Also equipped with two HD component video inputs (Y/PB/PR) and a DVI-HDTV connection, the KP-46HT500 offers the highest quality connections to DVD players and optimizes performance with HD receiver/decoders.
    Pricing and Availability
    The new 46-inch KP-46WT500 model will be available nation-wide in November through authorized Sony retailers and the Sony store/Maison Sony retail chain for $2,999 (MSRP). An optional stand, the SU-46WT, will also be available for $329 (MSRP).
    Specs from
    46” Screen size, diagonal
    16:9 Screen Aspect Ratio
    Hi-Scan 1080i™ Display
    HD Detailer™ Wideband Video Amplifier
    HD MICROFOCUS™ picture tubes
    HD MICROFOCUS™ lenses
    High contrast protective screen
    Auto Wide & Widescreen Modes
    Freeze Memo
    2 HD capable component video inputs (Y/PB/PR)
    S-Video inputs (rear/front) 2/1
    Composite inputs (rear/front) 3/1
    DVI-HDTV Interface
    Dimensions approx. (W x H x D) 42.8” x 40.2” x 24” (1086 x 1020 x 609 mm)
    Weight approx.143 lbs. (65 kg)
    Audio/Video Features
    DRC™ MultiFunction Circuitry (960i, 480i)
    CineMotion™ Reverse 3-2 PullDown Technology
    MID™(Multi Image Driver-X)
    Auto SAP
    Auto Mute (Tuner)
    DAC Speaker System (20W x 2)
    Simulated Surround Sound
    TruSurround™ SRS 3D Audio Effect
    Steady Sound® Auto Volume Control with BBE
    Fixed/Variable Audio Out
    Speakers On/Off
    Energy Star® Compliant
    Twin-View™ Two Tuner Picture-and-Picture
    Picture Freeze
    Channel Jump
    Auto Wide/Wide Screen Mode
    XDS Banner
    Flash Focus® Digital Convergence
    3D Digital Comb Filter
    First Surface Mirror
    High Contrast Lenticular Screen
    Fine Pitch Fresnel Screen
    Built-in High Contrast Protective Screen
    Auto Pedestal Clamp
    Auto White Balance
    Dynamic Focus™ Circuitry
    Dynamic Picture™ Processor Circuitry
    Trinitone® Color Temperature
    Vertical Aperture Compensation
    Vertical Center Adjustment
    S-Video Detection
    Convenience Features
    Auto Channel Program
    Caption Vision (CC)
    Channel Fix
    Channel Label
    Channel Skip/Add
    Clock/Timer (Two Event)
    Favorite Channel with Preview
    On Screen Display -English/Spanish/French
    Program Palette™ Presets
    Scrolling Channel Index™
    Sleep Timer
    Speed Surf™ Channel Selection
    V Chip Parental Control
    Video Label
  2. Rich Chiavaroli

    Rich Chiavaroli Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 29, 2002
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    I'm waiting for the release of this unit as well, for the same reasons. It looks like it's going to be the biggest RPTV with a stand on the market. There are products that I think have a better picture than then sony 500 series, but unfortunately they don't meet my space requirements.

    I'm hoping that the grainyness of the Sony's isn't as noticeable on this smaller model. If the picture quality isn't acceptable, I'll be going with the 43FWX20b instead.

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