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      05.11.2009 21:36
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      SonyKV28FS20 is generally a high-quality TV when it comes to picture and sound quality.

      When my 8-year old rounded-screen television set started to produce unnecessary green and purple colours, I decided to get another telly. Though I wanted to keep that old TV for sentimental reasons, the distorted colour made me want to throw it out of the window at times. I wanted to save that television set anyway so I had it checked by a technician and he diagnosed it with a damaged picture tube so I ended up ordering SonyKV28FS20.

      When the television set arrived, I was surprised with the very huge box. The two delivery men did have a hard time getting it out from the delivery van and into my house. When the box was opened, I was amazed with that big pretty TV. A rabbit antenna, a remote control and a multi-language user manual were in the box too.

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      SET UP
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      Set up was easy once the SonyKV28FS20 is installed. I just put the rabbit antenna in place, plug the cord then turn the TV on. The next thing to do was to have the channels programmed and it was done with utmost ease with its on-screen menu.

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      THE SCREEN
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      SonyKV28FS20 is actually my first wide-screen television. After watching a rounded-screen TV for almost a decade, I immediately appreciated the flat screen. The 28-inch Trinitron screen (diagonally measured) is perfectly flat. The picture is so sharp. Most people know the old rule in TV, the smaller the screen, the better the picture. However, with SonyKV28FS20, the images are better than my old 21-inch TV even before its picture tube was damaged. It has 3-line Digital Comb Filter technology that reduces dot crawl and it produces clear video images. The dot crawl really messes up the beauty of TV's colour a bit. With this comb filter, I can rarely see a dot crawl on the screen.

      This TV also has colour temperature adjustment that provides true colours even when turned on for long hours. The flat screen is great as it eliminates glare and unnecessary light reflection making the screen perfect for viewing. Rounded-screen television sets are prone to catching light from elsewhere.

      Most TV's use 50 hertz frequency and this TV is amongst them. The screen frequency is how fast the TV's images are refreshed on the screen. The lower the hertz, the more the flickers the TV creates. Though this TV just uses 50 hertz, the flickers it produces are minimal. A 100 hertz frequency of this same TV brand is excellent I'm sure, but I still prefer a 50-hertz Sony TV than any other brand of 100 hertz of rounded television set.

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      I really love the sound of SonyKV28FS20. It just has the right mixing of treble and bass and the maximum volume is awesomely loud. I can turn it as loud as I can without affecting its sound quality. It has Dolby Pro Logic surround sound technology which makes the 2 built-in speakers to throw away excellent sound around the house.

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      FEATURES
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      * 3-Line digital comb filter
      * Dynamic Focus and Dynamic Picture circuitry
      * Fastext (10-page memory)
      * Advanced on-screen menu
      * Multi-language display
      * Sleep Timer (15/30/45/60/90 minutes)
      * Clock Timer
      * Dolby Prologic/Dolby Surround
      * Format: 16:9
      * Real flat screen
      * Stereo Sound System
      * Pal/Secam/NTSC TV system
      * 50 hertz frequency

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      Although I'm impressed with the TV's performance, I just wish there were more sockets for connection. SonyKV28FS20 has only 2 SCART sockets; a composite and RGB and a composite and S-video sockets. My Playstation and DVD player are RGB's and I want them both to be connected all the time so they are always ready to use. With lack of needed sockets, I have to pull out the DVD player connector when I want to use the Playstation. I wish they can be both stay connected. There are connector sockets at the bottom of the front of the TV though. That might be very useful to some but I don't want the wires to be visible at the front.

      Price: I got mine for £680.

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      VERDICT
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      SonyKV28FS20 looks great in my living room (an LCD TV would be a lot better of course). I'm really impressed with the vivid and crisp images it delivers with its flat screen that minimizes glare and light reflection. The sound is so dynamic as well with its surround system. When I turn it at high volume, it seems like I'm in a cinema house. The real flat screen is perfect. I can view the whole picture even when I watch it at the corner end of the TV.

      I just wish there are more SCART connectors. This TV is perfectly flat at the front but it is really bulky at the back. It eats up a very big space of my cabinet. It is too heavy that I can't lift it alone. Even two persons will have a hard time lifting it. It's really difficult for me to move this TV from one place to another when I try to rearrange furniture in the house. That's not a big issue for me though. I just do it once in a while and I can always get help from my friendly neighbors.


      (also posted on ciao)
      browndoll

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        05.02.2003 21:42
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        I've had one of these for over 4 years now. When I bought mine, I got a brilliant deal by getting it from Costco for £695, as opposed to the £1100 that the local Sony Centre was asking for the same model! It came in a massive carton, and I had to lug the thing from the car into the house, and set it up on my own! It was not a great experience, and I'd have happily used some help! Once unpacked, and installed, it was as simple as pie to set up. The remote control is basic, but totally funcitonal, and the settings are controlled through on-screen menu's which are easy to operate. The set itself is a 28" widescreen, with fasttext (fast teletext), nicam stereo sound, 50hz pure flat trinitron screen, and a nice glass cabinet. The picture quality is surpassed only by 100hz tv's from quality brands. This set produces a better picture than just about any other 50hz screen, and many of the cheaper 100hz screens also! For those of you who don't understand the difference between 50/100hz, it is basically how quickly the image is refreshed on the screen. 50hz tv's have been the mainstay of television technology for some time, and have a slight flicker. The 100hz tv's in comparison, appear to have almost no flicker whatsoever. Having said that flicker (or rather, lack of it) is only part of what makes a good picture - the other being the quality of the tube - and Sony have consistently outperformed it's competitors for many years in producing the finest quality tubes. The one in this set is a top example of this. The perfectly flat screen takes a little getting used to after watching a rounded screen for so many years, that at first the image seems a little strange. But after a few hours of watching, you gradually come to appreciate the pin sharp picture this screen offers, and how the flat screen almost eliminates reflection, and disctortion, resulting in an excellent picture. I
        would still choose a pure-flat 50hz screen over a rounded 100hz model any day. The sound from this set is also equally excellent. My version doesn't have surround sound, I didn't need that as I already have a Dolby Digital home cinema setup, so I went for the straight 2-channel Nicam Stereo version of the TV. I don't usually bother switching on my surround setup unless I'm watching a film, so I was surprised to find just how well the standard stereo sound from the TV performs - as the channel seperation is excellent, and it seems to literally throw sound around the room from it's two inbuilt speakers, even at relatively low volumes! The only real criticisms of this TV for me, are that the fast-text is not as good on some of the more recent models, and there is not the widest selection of inputs and outputs, which means that I had to wire things very specifically to get the DVD, video and satellite decoder to all co-habit. Having said that. the TV has provided so far 4 years of trouble free quality viewing, despite having survived in that time 3 house moves! Testament to the quality of this set, is that I recently saw an ex-rental version of it in a Box Clever shop, and they were asking £450 for it, without a stand! Bearing in mind that you could buy a brand-new cheaper Bush or Thomson brand set for less than that, it tells you which one is likely to last the longer! I fear that within the next 2/3 years the end will be met for my trusty set, as I will succomb to wanting a pure-flat 100hz tube, better fast-text, and more inputs, but for now, it is plenty good enough!

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          02.05.2001 19:29
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          This is my first widescreen TV, and I've always liked Sony, so I thought I'd do it in a reasonable amount of style. The first thing is how massive it is! The box it came in was simply huge! But, anyway, onto the nitty gritty!.. PICTURE This is probably the best picture from a 50Hz TV. When viewing pictures from the RGB input, it is superb. The flatscreen is perfectly flat, with only a very slight amount of distortion. SOUND The sound is really first rate - very configurable and always sharp. Oh, and very loud if you want it to be! It's the same TV as the KV-28FX20, but it's got Dolby Pro Logic surround sound (audio left, right, centre and back left and back right outputing the same channel). Pro Logic isn't too bad - for TV and DVD it's good, although for DVD it's a long way short of Dolby 5.1. The best results are after configuring the back speakers to be louder. CONNECTIONS Maybe the achilles heel. Only 2 SCART sockets - one composite and RGB, one composite and S-Video. Depending on your set up, this might well suffice, but everything I've got seems to be RGB only (Nokia ONdigital box, DVD player and PlayStation). There are a S-Video connector, phono composite and stero on the panel on the front - useful, but not very pretty to have stuff plugged in there FEATURES Not a huge amount. Some Teletext memory, but nothing amazing. The remote is standard Sony affair - simple yet powerful. The auto-switching 16:9 mode is good, and the manual switching between the good selection of alternative aspect ratios is good. PRICE In the same price bracket, there are some Philips which with better specs. I got mine for £728 (+£20 delivery) - I don't know whether I'd be *so* keen if I was paying £900 (as I've seen it elsewhere). OVERALL You know what you're getting when you get a So
          ny, but all in all this is a very nice telly.

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