Hey what’s up! I just happen to come across this thread about the Sony EX400. It features 60hz and 140,000:1 contrast ratio with the Bravia Engine 2. I have this TV and it is by far the best LCD TV I have bought. The picture this TV produces has some serious blacks and awesome whites when compared to my other lcds, (Sharp, Philips, Vizio) on all inputs. I have my TV hooked up with 2 pc's one using an hdmi input and the other using the PC input, with the sound as well. I also have a VCR hooked up with composite, DVD player(HDMI), and a PlayStation 1(composite), 2(component), and 3(HDMI) hooked up to this TV, plus the cable input, which displays both analog and digital signals.
For each input you can personally customize the settings; right down to the sound for each. I do and don’t like this feature; mostly don’t because it’s annoying to re-set the same settings over and over again for each input. I have it set the way I like it for my set-up and prefer it that way across all inputs. The blacks are amazing. The screen can be split with half white and half black and still.....very crisp whites and black blacks. The panel is very dark itself but has no affect on the brightness of it. I peered inside the vents in the back and am able to see the whole panel sticker and all the numbers on it. My panel is made by S-LCD. I almost did not believe it when I first saw it; I’m used to the so-so display of blacks from most LCD panels. Of course while in HDMI mode it has the best looking picture, detail wise, than the other inputs but overall, the Sony makes all the inputs look great.
Even composite I was shocked by how it looked. I decided to bust out some old PSX Tomb Raider games and of course my new PS3 and PS2 decided to not play the games so I had no choice but to use the first playstation. It looked good for that input. I used to have the 42" Philips in my room and it has a 29,000:1 contrast ratio and it too makes composite input look good, but the Sony is much better. The Sony seems to smooth out the "boxy" look of regular playstation games giving you a much less harsh picture to look at.
Using HDMI Is fantastic. I swear I could see scales on reptiles while watching discovery channel. I have my desktop hooked up to this TV, as well as my computers monitor hooked up via DVI to the computer. I have it set to clone mode so both the monitor and TV display the same picture at 1080p. There is no ghosting, no uneven looking parts to the panel, nothing. The color is evenly distributed, there is not one bright or dark spot, it is very, very sharp through out the panel. I have no problems reading small text on the screen from across the room. I play allot of emulated games on my computer and the resolutions I throw at the TV it handles with ease; even ones it says are not supported. On that note, I have seen this EX400 have a hertz of 70 while using the computer; but it only does that during the boot-up sequence.
This TV has some cool features as well. It features PIP in some modes; which I think it is sort of, dumb but whatever. It has a 7 band EQ as well as bass and treble adjustments, volume limiter, and surround sound. This TV can produce some bass from its down facing speakers but, the panel rattles waaaaay to much. THAT is so annoying, its also annoying when TV manufactures place speakers facing down....It totally ruins the sound right there. Though It’s tolerable sound and very, very loud. The menu is quite vast and has allot of pic tweaks, like, cinemotion, noise reduction, mpeg noise reduction, color temp, backlight, ambient sensor, adv. contrast enhancer, black corrector, gamma, clear white, live color, and white balance. THAT’S ALOT! There is picture mode, witch is preset options, and I don’t recommend that. Upon pushing the menu button it gives you 4 areas to enter; photo, music, video, and settings. You can plug in a USB stick into the side of the TV and it will play your music files, your movie files, and show your pictures and has some built in pics as well. It also has analog audio out plus digital audio out. It has a total of 8 inputs, plus the USB input; 4 HDMI, 2 component (one can be turned into another composite input), 1 composite and 1 PC w/ audio in.
The TV looks quite nice, its all shiny black except for the bottom pewter colored bezel piece, it has 3 indicator lights, one for power, one for power off, and one for turning off the screen, but keeping the audio going. There is allot more to mention about the TV but this is already long enough. It has allot of really cool features. If you like electronics and gadgets you will like this TV. I'm very happy with it and I would recommend it to anyone.