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After purchasing a Wii for Christmas and struggling to play and see the games properly on our 22" television we looked at the possibility of upgrading our plasma screen to a 40" model but were shocked at the prices still expected for what is fast becoming old technology. After searching for a plasma screen under £1000 we gave up and decided to look at rear projection screens as they do seem to be considerably cheaper in terms of pound per inch. I was apprehensive of buying such a large television but was finally talked around by my husband who used the little boy lost look to perfection when I tried to put my foot down. He decided that £725 for a 50" HD ready rear projection display would improve the look of our lounge and provide us both with hours of entertainment.
When it was delivered I have to admit I was shocked by the sheer size of the box. It was a very tight squeeze when it came to bringing inside, but thankfully this was due to the large amounts of packing and padding to protect the screen and projection unit at the rear that we were informed in the showroom was sensitive and liable to be damaged if subjected to any vigorous vibration or sharp movements.
Actually getting the television ready was really time consuming, as constructing the stand using the poor and unclear instructions was quite onerous. I personally would recommend that you construct the stand where you intend to place it in your room as in terms of weight it is exceptionally deceptive. I couldnt even drag it an inch and it took my husband and a friend to move it into position before the screen had been placed on top. Once placed on top of the stand, the screen is clipped into the stand using only one strap. To me this isnt very secure at all and even though it stops the screen falling forwards off the stand, it doesnt stop it rotating if it is knocked which means that unless you are really carefully you will constantly be readjusting it. I would have liked to have seen three clips, one on each side of the screen and one in the middle for added peace of mind.
Whilst the instructions for constructing the stand were poor, the manual for the television were complete and covered everything on detail, with a quick start section for those with no patience like myself. After attaching our cable box to the aerial socket, the DVD player to the first SCART socket and the Wii to the second SCART socket we set about tuning in each channel. This was a very quick process as the television only had to automatically detect the channel being used by the cable box, an the AV channel for use by the Wii.
The KDF50E2010 uses 3 liquid crystal display panels with the image being produced and projected through each of these panels. Each panel has a designated colour of red, green and blue that turn the pixels on and off to increase the clarity and contrast of pictures on the flat, plastic display at the front of the display. In terms of interlaced lines used by the television to make up the picture display there are 576 lines horizontally, and 1080 vertically. As soon as we tuned the television in and the first pictures were displayed on the panel I was hooked and fell in love. The range of colours are breathtaking with the images a hundred times sharper than my old television. The improved contrast and brightness controls make watching programmes, films and console games an absolute delight. I couldnt be happier, but my husband had a few issues with watching sport prior to installing a HD cable receiver. Without this device he would get frustrated when watching fast moving action as there would be distortion and blurring but this was resolved after spending a further £300.
The sound quality is also quite deceptive at times and although there is only one 10w speaker integrated in the base of the display, it seems to our perform its specification continually as it can produce head shattering volumes without any sort of distortion to the sound. We regularly comment on the level of detail picked up and distinguishable when watching films.
For optimum viewing I would suggest that like me you make sure you can sit at least 20 feet away from the screen. Any closer and you just will not be able to take in the entire picture and this will result in you not receiving the full benefit of having such a large display. The television draws gasps from visitors due to its size but trying to get them to leave once they have seen it in action is now our biggest problem. Our Sony television has pride of place in our lounge and I wouldnt change it for the world. If you asked my husband though he would say he now wants a 72. Typical!