Glossary

Glossary

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T.I.R.
(Time Index Recording) Automatic storage of time and data at the start of recording on dictating machines.
TA
(Traffic Announcement) Details of local traffic problems can override CD, MiniDisc or tape play -- even if the volume is turned down on your head unit.
TEL ATT
(Telephone Attenuate) Decreases the volume automatically when receiving or making a telephone call.
Telephoto
Lens with a longer focal length than standard wide-angle and portrait lenses. Narrow angle of view produces effect of magnified image. Good for close-ups of distant subjects.
Temperature durability
Our environment is constantly changing according to the weather, the temperature, and humidity and this can affect the quality of the disc. Sony uses a unique dye and phase-change recording materials designed to endure common temperature changes. Picture distortion and error rates are therefore reduced.
Text 2.5
This technology offers improved graphic quality and colour for teletext software and menus. With Super Trinitron® Wide TVs, supplemental information can be displayed in a separate window if the channel supports this functionality.
Text Sub-Page Memory
This function stores the pages that follow the teletext page currently on-screen. This gives more direct and faster access to the subsequent pages.
TFT
Thin Film Transistor
Theatre Mode
Theatre Mode gives you authentic film-quality. When you push the Theatre button on your BRAVIA television remote, it turns on Cinema Mode and also activates BRAVIA Theatre Sync. With Theatre Mode, your BRAVIA TV stays faithful to the original studio settings with all the colour and texture that made the original movie world-class. Theatre Mode also turns off Motionflow +100Hz , a motion-enhancing feature on some BRAVIA TV models, to ensure you get the most accurate cinema experience.
Theatre sync
This feature allows you to turn on simultaneously your Sony TV and your Sony home cinema system by pressing just one button on your remote control.
Thermo-printable
The thermal transfer printing is a non-impact technology that uses heat to register an impression on an optical media. The thermal transfer printer has a print-head containing many small resistive heating pins that on contact, depending on the type of thermal transfer printer, either melt wax-based ink or burn dots onto the optical disc
Throwing Distance
This is the distance from the centre of a projector lens to the centre of the screen it is projecting onto.
TIFF
Tagged Image File Format -- a specific, high-quality file format used for the storage of digitised images.
TIFF Mode
Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is a non-compressed image format. Uncompressed images result in a larger file size and longer recording time than JPEG, but produce images of outstanding quality.
Tilt Servo
Compensates for uneven disc surfaces.
Time Base Corrector
(TBC) Ensures optimum playback picture quality even in freeze frames or slow motion, and also compensates for any irregular movement of the tape transportation mechanism. It is a very practical function for post-production and editing.
Time Code
An automatic numbering of each single picture, while they are being taken, that is recorded in the sub-code sector of the tape.
Time Machine Recording
A feature that continually stores a few seconds of audio information, so the start of a recording can be retrieved even if the record button was pressed late.
Timer Play/Timer Record
Enables an external time switch to start the device playing or recording.
Titling LCD
Large, high-quality LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing from any angle. This allows more comfortable framing when you’re holding the camera high up or low down to compose shots.
TMC
TMC (Traffic Message Channel). An application of the FM RDS (Radio Data System) that delivers real time traffic information
TN
Twisted Nematic LCD monitor panel
TOC
(Table of Contents) Information referring to, for example, the table of contents, total numbers, total names, playing time, time, date, data position etc. When a new recording is made on the MiniDisc, the new information is updated.
Top-Text
Reorganised version of the established teletext system in Germany. In conjunction with a special Top-Text decoder, it enables access to an information service provided free of charge by the broadcasters.
Toroidal Power Transformer
A high-performance supply transformer construction with high efficiency and low magnetic leakage that provides a stable voltage supply for the amplifier.
Total Harmonic Distortion
This is an indication of how much a playback device can distort an audio signal by adding harmonics or overtones, measured as a percentage of the total audio signal. A THD below 1% is inaudible but audio distortion is cumulative. This means that if an audio signal travels through five separate components it could be distorted by the sum of the THD in each component. For example, if each component has a THD of 1%, total distortion would measure 5 times 1%, or 5%.
Touch Pad
A pointing device consisting of a soft pad sensitized to finger movement or pressure and used especially on laptop computers as an alternative to a mouse.
Touch screen LCD
Extra large, wide LCD touchscreen gives a clearer picture with superb colour, contrast and detail - even outdoors in sunlight. Camera settings can also be adjusted directly using the touchscreen.
Tr+Tf
The sum of both black-to-white time and white-to-black time
Tray Downloading System
(Precision Drive FX) The drive is completely encapsulated in an inner case and isolated from the chassis to provide a dust- and vibration-free reading environment for optimal picture and audio reproduction.
Tri-Codec
Tri-Codec capability can playback your MP3, WMA and Atrac3plus tracks on your CD.
TriLogic Plus
Featured on Sony TVs with an integrated videocassette recorder. Optimises playback and recording of any videotape by measuring the signal and automatically adjusting noise reduction and frequency response.
TriLogic/TriLogic Plus/Super TriLogic/TriLogic Digital
An automatic calibration method for videotape recording and playback. Measurement takes just 2.5 seconds, resulting in automatic correction of noise reduction and frequency response. Operating with all types of VHS tapes, it significantly increases the operation life of the video heads, as well as providing a brighter image, sharper picture and stronger colours. Tri Logic Plus improves picture quality with finer adjustment of playback parameters and a new noise canceller. With Super Tri Logic, even Long Play recordings are replayed in optimum picture quality. Tri Logic Digital improves the colour noise typical for VHS systems by using a digital circuit.
TRILUMINOS
TRILUMINOS is a revolution in television colour reproduction. The slim TRILUMINOS LED backlight gives superior colour reproduction and increased depth to the picture. The technology developed by Sony uses separate LEDs for red, green and blue. As LEDs emit purer reds and greens, they produce a brighter and more uniform light that captures the true colours of the source. The result is a screen filled with a rich range of colours that are truer to life. <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>&#160; <p align="center"><img alt="" src="http://www.sony.ie/productcategory/pictures/odw_en_IE/thumbnail/glossary_triluminos_.jpg"></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p align="center">&#160;<span class="capte">Triluminos</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
Triple Alarm
Enables the user to select either a CD track, radio station or buzzer as the alarm.
TruFast
High speed Sony-developed printing technology. Produces prints more quickly - particularly effective with large image files produced by today's high-resolution digital cameras.
Trusted™ Platform Module chip
The Trusted™ Platform Module chip provides a range of vital security services that help prevent unauthorised access to data. It can monitor the platform itself, including both hardware and software. It provides fully secure storage for vital data such as passwords and encryption keys. Then it can act like a built-in smart card, providing a unique ID for each machine.
TruSurround XT
TruSurround XT is an audio enhancement technology built in to BRAVIA LCD TVs. With multichannel virtualisation it aims to produce a surround sound effect using only two speakers. It will handle up to seven (6.1) audio channels.
Twin Laser Pickup
A compact pickup with two lasers and the ability to read CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
Twin Power Supply
Separate power-supply stages for each amplifier channel reduce interchannel interference, improving clarity and stability of the stereo image.
Two Pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
Compresses information transferred from your Hard Disk Drive to DVD while still maintaining optimal quality. This format automatically controls the bit rate for each scene being recorded. It does this by detecting which sections of content need higher bit rates, for example complex action scenes. Quieter scenes are recorded at lower bit rates.