I have always seen Sony as THE electronics giant. I've always viewed them as the ULTIMATE when it comes to home entertainment; if I saw a Sony TV sitting in somebody's living room then I knew they had style. Over the years, I have learned that Sony aren't the be-all and end-all that I previously thought they were. But when I saw the Sony KDL40V4000 on offer in Comet for £599, all those childish thoughts came flooding back to me and I thought "I could own a Sony!"
The 40V4000 itself is a fine looking TV. Not quite as sexy as my previous Samsung TV, but although it looks a bit less 'funky', it retains that Sony class and sophistication that you associate with the company. The design is simple and minimalist, which exactly suits my needs. For design, I would give it a strong 8/10.
As for connections, the Sony offers all you'll need and more. 3 HDMI inputs, component, 2 SCARTs and separate audio input.At the moment, I have my Blu Ray player plugged in to HDMI slot 1, Sky HD in HDMI slot 2, while HDMI slot 3 remains empty and probably will do for the forseeable future as I have no clue what other device I could buy to permanently fill this hole. (Actually, this would be useful if you own a PS3 (but then again, you wouldn't need a Blu-ray player then) or it could be used to plug in a HD camcorder to instantly view your HD footage.) So, you'll never need any splitters or additional connections. 10/10.
All important in the world of TV is the picture quality, which I must say is magnificent on this TV. When considering a 40 inch LCD TV, you must understand that when the picture is blown up to that size, it is not going to retain all its quality. But, sitting 7 or 8 feet away from the TV, this Sony's SD picture still looks good. But when we get to HD content; THAT's when it gets out of this world. Sky HD looks absolutely magnificent, with vivid colours, defined edges and a depth that almost makes the people jump out of the screen. Sky HD is only broadcast in 1080i, where as Blu-ray discs are shown in 1080p (the ultimate form of HD at the moment, which the KDL40v4000 IS capable of showing). Blu-rays look magnificent and really prove what HD is all about. 9/10.
As for the sound, I would say that it is far better than my previous Samsung HDTV. The virtual dolby surround sound makes the need for a home cinema system redundant; yes, it's THAT good. 10/10.
The only bad point that I could possibly think of against this TV is that sometimes there is a bit of motion blur when watching football, or other fast moving sports. However, this is not devastating and doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the sport at all.
Overall, the Sony KDL40V4000 is a magnificent television and I will certainly be buying a Sony TV again in the future.
... but not always when it comes to televisions! Having enjoyed watching television on a Sony set for 28 years, so last year when the time came to upgrade, I naturally went out and bought another Sony. How disappointing this new TV was! The set I bought was a KV-32LS60 - 32" widescreen, 100Hz. ::: Review of TV ::: Main gripe I had I guess was with poor convergence - the image was bent inwards at both sides at the top of the picture, more noticeable on 4:3 and 14:9 ratios. Also there seemed to be very little beam limiting present - when there were sudden changes in contrast or image is changing from light to dark, then the shape of the screen image would change and bend. This was more noticeable on 4:3 and 14:9 when you had the edge of the screen as a reference. Saying this though, I popped into my local store and found that most tv's do this no matter what size, shape or make! It was very noticable on pop videos, esp. ones with strobe effects... if you watched a music channel, you would see the on screen logos and graphics move, as well as the screen shape if on a 'square-er' ratio. Other annoying feature was that you couldn't switch off the 100hz feature, which would have been useful for watching sport and digital channels with lower bandwidth. The particular set I had also has an really annoying loud buzz - sounded like the transformer or something, and the cabinet looked a little out of shape near the corners of the screen - something I've also seen since on display models. Otherwise the TV was fine!?!? The picture was good playing DVD's and you had 3 scarts so you could stick everything in. The large fast text memory was good and the handset had useful features too - esp. if you had other Sony products. Luckily I had bought the TV via the Internet and was covered by the long distance selling law... and after a bit of convincing,
Currys (boo!), took it away. ::: Summary ::: This experience has really put me off Sony TVs. I still own alot of Sony products as you normally get a good quality product for your money. However, with alot of the newer products being made in places such as Spain, you aren't always guaranteed this. Also, watch out for Sony video players, especially the cheaper ones are often just re-badged cheaper brands. :( I personally now own my first non-Sony TV of a my life, a Toshiba, and are very pleased with it.
As a committed Sony buyer for the last 20 years, I have religiously followed and upgraded as the technology advanced. I know of no other manufacturer that manages to combine style and ease of use into their various packages. The system at the moment consists of a 28" WEGA wide screen TV, a pro-logic receiver, five speakers, a DVD player, a minidisc player/recorder and new KLV-810G video recorder. All Sony, all less than three years old. Nothing beats it, sling in a DVD and it knows, the TV clicks into DVD mode, select TV/LD on the receiver, wind up the volume and the room starts to shake as the movie starts. . All this is wonderful and I am very pleased with the set-up, except for one small, irritating little detail. As the TV picks up digital stations through the aerial, I am well into BBC Knowledge, BBC Choice, News 24, Channel 5, etc, etc. All for free, no subscriptions! The irritation is that I would love to be able to tape some of these channels, but I have not been able to push the right buttons in the right order to program the VCR to do so. I have heard it's possible, but the manual is not very clear. I have scart leads between TV and VCR as well as the coaxial aerial feed to the VCR and then linked to the TV. The TV still gets all the digital stuff, but the VCR only gets channels 1 -4. Can anyone help? I would be truly grateful!
I have now owned three Sony sets in a row, and they are all still working, although not all at my house! The main virtue of all three has been picture quality, which must rank pretty high in most people's assessment of a TV. My current set, a KV-32DS20 32" set with Dolby Pro-Logic and integrated digital tuner, is the most expensive I have had, and, I have to say, the most fraught, but this is partly down to the quirky nature of terrestrial digital systems. I already have an ONDigital set-top box, so I haven't been too inconvenienced, but imagine my frustration, when I found I was having to retune my Sony set's BBC digital channels every couple of days. Apparently, the BBC are upholding their right to "relayer" the various programmes on their multiplex - something which the commercial channels don't seem to do. Sony obviously didn't know this when they built the set. Consequently, they have a very overworked Digital Helpdesk fighting a losing battle to carry out hardware upgrades (at their expense)which overcome the problem, and allow access to the enhanced digital teletext services. The upgrade has now been done, and all is back to its excellent norm. The picture is good both in analogue and digital format, although changing from one to the other takes several seconds. The set's own sound is good, thanks to a built-in woofer ( I don't use the Pro-Logic any more, since I have a home cinema set-up), and in theory at least, I could now put my ONDigital subscription card in the back of the set. When used with a Sony or other Smartlink VCR, the set swaps tuning details with the video. An built-in Electronic Programme Guide is a promising accessory, since it will operate your VCR when timed to do so. Unfortunately, not all digital channels supply enough advance information to make this useful. Despite the hassle, it's been worth it, especially since the set cost me £721 at FSAucti
I had the luck to win a Sony FX20 28" widescreen tv a year ago and with it Wega technology I have to say it's a quality product. The picture quality is sharp and really benefits a dvd player. The silver grey colour looks cool and makes it stand out from the rest. It will look good in any living room. The sound quality is also good and althoigh not pro-logic you still get a ambient feel of sound even from TV programmes. Some of the widescreen models come with a very sturdy and easy to put together stand whihch you can stand the tv on and also room for a video and dvd player. The wheels on the bottom make it easy to move. The remote control is quite study and well laid out. It feels like the type of remote that won't break when you drop it. The user menus also make them very easy to setup. Price wise they are very competitive and reliable.
I'm on my second Sony tv.The first was a 25'' we had this for 9 years without a single fault. The colour and picture were always excellant, many tv's get rather tired as they get older but not with Sony. We changed this for another 25'' but with nicam, had this for about 2 years without any problems. Sony products do tend to cost a bit more than many others but for duability and quality they are worth paying the extra for.
We purchased our sony 21" nicam stereo tv two months ago when our six year old toshiba expired . We wanted another toshiba but couldn't find a nicam one that we liked ,i'm glad we couldn't . We own another nicam stereo tv ,a 21" daewoo that we purchased about 1 year ago as a second tv. The difference between the two is amazing especially in sound quality . The sound quality of the sony is amazing the base is deep and it is clear as a whistle . There are some very good features like a widescreen option . The only other item i have purchased that is made by sony is a playstation ,but after owning this tv they will be high on my list when looking for other electrical goods .
I've had my Sony 21" telly for about 8 years. It has performed superbly, and when I come to buying a new TV, I'll be looking at Sony as a first choice. The picture quality is excellent, with rich colours, and the vertically flat screen cuts down reflections. It shines even more now that I have a digital box piped into it. For some things I look for the cheapest available, and make do with that. I believe that with hi-fis and TVs, it's worth putting quality first.
I have had a Sony 25" trinitron Television for 3 years now and it still works brilliantly. The build quality is excellent and the picture quality is really good as well. As well as having the usual functions such as teletext and Nicam sound, the TV also has a raft of other features. You can adjust a wide range of settings both for the picture and sound, and then store different settings for different types of programmes, i.e. one for news + one for films. The TV also has numerous different types of connector at both the front and back, allowing you to plug all kinds of extra equipment in, and have most of it all plugged in at once. In all I would definiately recommend a Sony TV, particularly one of the newer ones which have a totally flat screen.