The Sony KV14LT1 is perhaps one of the best portable TVs money can buy. It combines superb picture quality with stylish good looks, and a very easy to use remote control. If you are looking for a TV for the bedroom, or simply a top quality small TV, then this TV really is one to consider seriously. The TV itself looks beautiful. The front of the TV is silver, which looks very stylish, while the back of the TV is a pale grey, that looks infinetely nice than the black TVs of a few years ago. Six small, chrome buttons control the volume level and channel, while a small flap conceals front AV ports, making plugging in camcorders and games consoles a breeze. Round the back of the TV, a Scart socket enables the connection of equipment such as a VCR or DVD player. It would have been nice to have two, but on a TV of this size, one Scart socket is the norm. The flat screen gives this TV a very stylish look. Picture quality on this TV is superb. The flat Wega screen makes the picture crisper, as well as reducing glare on the screen. Games console users will notice the difference, as the corners of the screen no longer curve, meaning straight lines for menus. The remote control provides access to 3 different brightness settings; personal, for your own brightness setting; live, for a brighter picture; and movie, for a duller, perhaps more realisitic picture. The settings you choose are all down to personal preference, although I tend to stick with the brighter 'live' setting for videogames, and the 'personal' setting for everything else. The remote control also allows the user to switch from 4:3 ratio to 16:9 (widescreen) ratio. This is a great feature, as it means you can watch widescreen DVDs on the portable TV without a stretched picture. The obvious disadvantage is that it makes an already small picture even smaller. Sound quality does not, sadly, match the picture quality. It compares well with other 14" TVs, but lacks the b
ass and depth of sound of larger models. This is easily solved by linking the TV to a hi-fi, although as the TV is mono, the output on the hi-fi will also be mono. If, like me, you use your TV primarily for watching DVDs and playing videogames, you would be better off linking your DVD player/ console to the stereo directly, as you will then recieve stereo output. However, the sound is no massive problem, and if you are using the TV to (shock horror) actually watch TV channels, it is more than adequate. The TV boasts some nice features. Teletext is included, although I haven't yet used it (I think its a bit redundant these days), and some volume levelling technology is included, which ensures all broadcasts are transmitted at the same volume (because no matter what the TV statiosn say, adverts are louder than programmes!). The TV also has onscreen menus, making setting up the TV easy (there is also an auto-setup feature, so you can get this Tv up and running in minutes). The remote control is very well laid out, and failes pretty substantial. It is also marked TV, so there will be no pointing the stereo remote at the TV and wondering where you went wrong. The Sony KV14LT1 is one of the best small TVs I have ever seen. It looks stylish, has some great features, and has great picture quality. While the sound compares well with TVs of its size, it isn't as good as its bigger brothers, and so film enthusisasts may wish to hook it up to a stereo. As a bedroom TV, though, it cannot be beaten.
Having bought this product earlier this year I have been very happy with its performance and reliability. The stylish looks make it the the sexiest little TV i've owned. They say that looks are only skin deep, but the design is only the tip of the technologically excellent iceberg. The 14 inch WEGA flat-screen puts this little beauty a large step ahead of the usual 14 inch rubbish tellys. The picture delivered is crystal clear, the remote control is easy to operate, and the on screen menus are easy to use. The only let-down to what would be the perfect little television is the quality of the sound, which despite being crisp and clear, lacks the depth of that found on larger television sets, and there is only one speaker on one side of the set. However i personally use a scart to phono lead to put the sound through my hi-fi, which gives the ultimate in televisual experiences.