Glossary

Glossary

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Hard-disk drive
(HDD) Refers to the new MEX-1HD, a CD tuner that features an integrated 16 GB hard disk capable of storing up to 296 hours or approximately 4,000 tracks.
Hard-disk recording
An audio system comprising a CD player and integrated hard disk (40 GB). With the consistent advancement of ATRAC (i.e., ATRAC3), the hard disk can now store up to 600 hours of music, or the equivalent of approximately 500 CDs. The "M-Crew for HDD" software permits simple processing of the music files via PC and a USB interface.
HCFL
Micro-tubular HCFL (Hot Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight technology sits inside our BRAVIA LCD TVs, boosting energy-efficiency without compromising picture quality. HCFL backlights can reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, compared to similar models featuring conventional CCFL backlight technology.
HD
High Definition
HD Component Output
Output from digital camera that can be connected to an HD television with component connection to display High Definition images.
HD Ready
These TVs display High Definition content in both 720p and 1080i formats, have both analogue component and digital HDMI™ connectivity and show at least 720 lines on screen.
HD15
Standard Analogue Input
HDCP
Stands for (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). It is a copy-protection scheme developed by Intel to be used in conjunction with DVI and HDMI connections.
HDD protection system
3D acceleration sensor detects sudden movement and HDD head is parked immediately. HDD shock protection is a combination of hardware and software to detect drop or hit of the notebook.
HDMI™
High Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI™) is a type of connection, designed to carry high quality digital video and audio content. It will enhance your BRAVIA experience by catapulting next-generation films, games and music into your living room with breathtaking picture and sound quality. A single high speed cable is all you need to connect any HD devices. Ideal for PLAYSTATION®3 gaming and Blu-ray Disc™ 1080p HD movie playback, you get crisp images and vibrant sound straight to your BRAVIA Home Theatre set up.
HDMI™
Stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Similar to DVI (but using much smaller connectors), the multi-pin HDMI™ interface transfers uncompressed digital video with copy protection and multichannel audio. Using an adapter, HDMI™ is backward-compatible with most current DVI connections
HDMI™ Repeater
Home cinema receivers or systems with an HDMI™ switcher detect and switch through only the video signal when you connect them to source devices using an HDMI™ cable. So for the audio signal, you need an extra digital audio input cable (coaxial or optical). But home cinema receivers or systems with an HDMI™ repeater can detect and process video and audio signals when connected by HDMI™ cable, so you don’t need an extra cable. Irrespective of switcher or repeater, only one HDMI™ cable is required to transfer all signals from the receiver or system to your TV.
HDMI™ Switcher
Home cinema receivers or systems with an HDMI™ switcher detect and switch through only the video signal when you connect them to source devices using an HDMI™ cable. So for the audio signal, you need an extra digital audio input cable (coaxial or optical). But home cinema receivers or systems with an HDMI™ repeater can detect and process video and audio signals when connected by HDMI™ cable, so you don’t need an extra cable. Irrespective of switcher or repeater, only one HDMI™ cable is required to transfer all signals from the receiver or system to your TV.
HDMI™ with CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)
A new type of HDMI™ connection that is able to pass additional communication information between devices, making them easier to use. For example, HDMI™ with CEC supports ‘BRAVIA Theatre Sync’. This enables you to synchronise all the compatible devices in your home cinema set-up with just one push of a button on your ‘BRAVIA’ Theatre Sync remote.
HDTV
Term used to describe TVs which can display digital high-definition TV formats then connected to a separate HDTV tuner. These TVs will display both 720p and 1080i HD formats, have both analogue component and digital HDMI™ connectivity and at least 720 lines.
HiBand IR
New, advanced infrared (IR) remote controller technology. Commands are transferred at high speed to a head unit 10 times faster than current IR systems. Transmission length is expanded and also reflected signals can be received without error.
High contrast plate
High contrast plates are found in our BRAVIA projectors. They work with the Advanced Iris Function to stop light seeping through, giving deeper blacks and a higher contrast ratio. Conventional panels can leak light from their fluorescent tubes which makes blacks appear dark grey.
High Definition
High Definition makes it possible for you to enjoy home entertainment with stunning picture quality and sound. When you watch Blu-ray Disc™ movies, it’s just like being at the cinema. Plugging in your PLAYSTATION®3 is the same, with characters and scenes springing to life on screen. It’s all down to the much higher resolution in High Definition TV sets, producing an incredibly clear and detailed picture. Standard Definition TVs have 720 x 576 pixels. High Definition TV screens have a lot more; in some cases up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, the more advanced you get. So the more pixels, the better the resolution and the finer the detail you see in the images.
High Speed Dubbing
This functionality gives you the ability to transfer content from HDD to DVD up to 64 times faster than the normal speed. For example, one hour of content can be transferred from HDD to DVD in under a minute.
High-Speed Dubbing
Fast copying system on double decks.
High-Speed Mechanism
The high-speed tape mechanism ensures extremely fast access and fast-forward/rewind times. Tape position is indicated by a counter. A double-bearing mounted drive shaft of the capstan motor ensures precision tape guidance even in reverse replay.
Hi-MD
Hi-MD was developed by Sony to follow on from MiniDisc®. It has the ability to store up to 45 hours of music using ATRAC  compression, and can also store PC files such as Microsoft® Word documents, PowerPoint® presentations and JPEG images.
Histogram Function
While the histogram function is on, a histogram chart will be displayed on the LCD monitor and the video monitor. This enables you to check the gradation of black and white.
Histogram Indication
A histogram display is a graph showing the number of times each possible luminance value occurs in an image. It is an excellent tool for setting exposure, as it clearly and accurately shows the lighting conditions. This function is available in most recording and playback modes.
Hold Function
Locks the control elements to prevent unintentional operation.
Hologram AF
Hologram AF (Auto-Focus) uses laser holograms to adjust focus under poor lighting conditions and provides improved focusing accuracy. The system satisfies Laser Class 1 specification and thus maintains higher safety for human eyes.
Hologram Auto Focus
Hologram AF (Auto-Focus) uses laser holograms to adjust focus under poor lighting conditions and provides improved focusing accuracy. The system satisfies Laser Class 1 specification and thus maintains higher safety for human eyes.
HOP
High Oriented Polyolefin speaker diaphragm combines high strength with low mass resulting in instant response and optimum sound quality
HOP Cone
'Highly Oriented Polyolefin' speaker cone for high strength and low mass
HOP Speaker
Speaker performance is highly dependent on the material used for the diaphragm. HOP (High Oriented Polyolefine) speaker diaphragms are extremely rigid and sturdy and have a very low specific weight, providing excellent high-frequency response.
Hot Shoe
External flash units can be connected via a hot shoe allowing the use of a variety of flash units. This is particularly useful in a studio environment.
HQ+
HQ+ is the highest quality recording setting for AVCHD DVD Handycams
HQ+ Recording Mode for HDD
Sony Hard Disk Drive recorders allow you to record at a rate of 15Mbps. This is so that you can enjoy recordings with a higher picture quality than with the DVD-Video format, which records at 9Mbps.
Hybrid LCD Monitor
The hybrid LCD monitor provides excellent visibility, even in bright sunlight.
Hybrid LCD Screen
Helps the camera or camcorder display stay legible in any kind of light. It does this by using reflective LCD technology to give excellent visibility, even in direct sunlight.
Hybrid SACD
This hybrid SACD (Super Audio CD) consists of one HD layer and one CD layer. Since the CD layer of the hybrid disc can be read by a conventional CD player and SACD players can play back current CDs, complete compatibility between the SACD and CD formats is achieved. The HD layer allows for 2-channel and multi-channel DSD recordings/playbacks, as well as additional text, graphics and video data.
Hyper MIG Video Head
The new Hyper MIG (metal-in-gap) video head boosts the luminance signal by up to 30% and chrominance signal by up to 10%, greatly reducing noise and providing improved video performance.
Hyper Precision CCD
The 2 megapixel CCD allows the camera to capture more detail and superb sharpness at full zoom ratio. SteadyShot® picture stabilisation provides excellent performance without compromising picture quality.