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Q: Sony KP-53V75 TV Specs ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Sony KP-53V75 TV Specs
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: cliffb-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 23 Feb 2005 14:43 PST
Expires: 25 Mar 2005 14:43 PST
Question ID: 479628
Can the Sony KP-53V75 television set display the high definition
format of 720p (720 lines of progressive-scan video) and 1080i (1080
lines of interlaced video)?

(I want to be sure this television set is capable of displaying HDTV
in its true form prior to purchasing an HDTV tuner. Thanks.)
Subject: Re: Sony KP-53V75 TV Specs
Answered By: markj-ga on 23 Feb 2005 16:05 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
cliffb --

The rather sparse available online information on your model (which
appears to be several years old) consistently notes is that it is a
high-performing "analog" (not "digital") set that is not capable of
displaying HDTV signals in their native digital formats (720p or

Here are a few of those online sources:

"I just sold my KP-53V75 and want to replace it with a HDTV. I am
trying to decide between the new 60" GW2 and the 65WV700. I would
really like the LCD but I am apprehensive about the blacks. I was
happy with the way my old 53" analog performed."

Agora Quest

Here's another reference, to a successor similar model to the 53V75:

"For those of you still deciding between a RPTV and an HDTV, go with
the Sony 53V85. In my opinion, the picture is as close to a regular
tube television. I did not go for an HDTV ready set, because of the
following reasons:

(1) analog signal will continue to be broadcast at least until the year 2006
(2) no standard for HD has been set
(3) very limited programs are broadcast in HD
(4) to view HD programs on your set, you need a separate decoder box
that costs approximately $700+
(5) the price of HDTVs and the decoder box, as everything else, should
go down in 6 years"

Ecoustics: 53V80 Reviews

What all this means is that your old set (with an appropriate settop
box) will be able to display digital signals, including HDTV signals,
but only at the picture resolution built-in to your analog set, which
is generally 640 X 480 pixels:

"Fact: . . .  Set-top boxes are available now and will continue to be
available to consumers after the transition is complete. However, to
reap the full benefits of Digital TV, including superior sound and
clarity, you must own a Digital TV set. An analog television, with the
addition of a set-top box, will still allow viewers to enjoy all of
the programming they have always enjoyed in addition to the benefits
of Digital TV including multicasting, enhanced sound quality and
datacasting available through digital broadcasting."

Search Strategy:

I first used various Google searches to get information about your set
and to confirm that it is indeed an analog set.  Here is one example
of those searches:

sony  53v75 specs

I then looked for the most relevant sections of the many websites
devoted to explaining various aspects of HDTV.  Here is one of most
useful searches:

hdtv facts

I have had experience with HDTV regulatory issues and some familiarity
with the technology itself has rubbed off on me over the years, so I
am very confident that the information posted above is accurate.  If
anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating the

cliffb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I was hoping for a definitive yes or no, but it appears that isn't
realistic given the available data. I am satisfied that markj-ga did
appropriate research, provided references and expressed confidence in
his answer. Well done.

Subject: Re: Sony KP-53V75 TV Specs
From: markj-ga on 03 Mar 2005 07:18 PST
cliffb --
Thanks for the kind words and the five stars.  


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