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      07.10.2001 22:33
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      After 3 weeks setting this baby up, I had it all sorted, a wonderful widescreen. There are so many different plugs and switched that it could easily confuss the unexpecting person. I now could watch the tv in full surround sound & widescreen glory. Another problem came from when I wanted my Playstation 2 to be in Scart quality rather than arial lead quality. This was only about a week ago; I bought the special scart lead but realised that it would not go in to the tv without mucking something up. Luckily the scart top on the lead could come off and turn into three wires [it was meant to do this and it wasn't me fiddeling around]so I found that i could plug these 3 wires (left, right and video) into the front of the tv where the hatch to switch the channel manually was. This tv is excellent, the picture is so clear if you have dvd. if you do then try 'Bugs Life' it blows your mind. the options are excellent and you can still watch proggrammes in square if they are not coded for widescreen. the surround sound is awesome for films and the controlls are easy to use. If your looking for an excellent tv and u have a good technical knowledge of the way electrical items work and connect then buy this tv now. The picture is of excellent quality along with brilliant sound - well after my litle portable it is!!!!!!!!! It takes some getting used to, the widescreen. The TV and stand are grey, along with a very nice remote control - which NO being a woman haven't yet worked out what they're all for yet!!!! In summary, the FX20 is a fantastic set, though if you can afford the 100hz set then you will obviously reap the benefits (the KV28FX60). If you're looking to upgrade televisions within the forseeable future then pay close attention to the Sony - it has a reputation for excellence and will be around for a long time to come!

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        30.07.2001 14:12
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        I brought this Sony TV a year and a half ago, and I'd say it's the best TV I've seen. The styling is typically Sony, and the TV feels well built (and heavy - over 50Kg). It comes with its own stand, with a glass door, for your VCR and/or DVD player. Connecting these won't be a problem, although anything else might, due to the TV only having two SCART sockets. Only one of these is RGB, meaning you'll have to make sure your VCR / digital TV box etc can pass RGB to get the best picture quality. S-Video connectors are available on the front, and a button on the TV itself (duplicated on the remote) is used to switch between the various inputs and picture encoding methods. Analogue set-up is great - just select a menu option and sit back while the TV finds the channels and names them for you. There's a good selection of options in the menus for setting up the TV itself, including a separate volume control for the headphones, and, obscurely, a setting for rotating the picture of the TV to compensate for the Earth's magnetic field! As this is a Sony TV, it supports Sony's SmartLink for connecting to Sony VCRs, which makes recording programmes slightly easier. To really appreciate this TV you really need a digital source. Analogue TV doesn't transmit in 'proper' widescreen, meaning that you won't be able to fill the screen unless you stretch the picture (which is what all the TV shops seem to do). Connecting a digital source via RGB (the set seems to auto-detect RGB well, and doesn't shift the picture to the left as some cheaper sets do) will result in some of the best TV pictures you're likely to see. Colours are slightly muted (although this is how they *should* be - you can change the colour settings while in RGB mode, which is unusual) and everything is pin sharp - you'll be able to see the jagged lines on computer generated graphics. Of course, with a digital set-up, you can make the most of t
        he tube, as most new programmes on the terrestrial channels (BBC, ITV, C4 etc) are in widescreen - again, the picture on these is gorgeous. DVDs apparently look superb as well, but I don't have a DVD player to test that with. For older material broadcast in 4:3, there's a variety of 'zoom' options to play with. You can zoom in just a little, losing the top and bottom of the picture (14:9 - the BBC news on analogue is in this format), 'Smart', which takes a 14:9 picture but expands it meaning you don't get to see any black bars, and 'zoom' which zooms in to such an extent that you can see the individual scanlines. The best option technically is plain 4:3 - watching the programme with black bars to the left and right. The TV is pretty fast at autodetecting when an aspect ratio change has occurred (eg ITN news into an ad break), and will change aspect ratio for you automatically, albeit with a few clunks of relays inside the TV. Analogue teletext is fast in this set, incidentally, and includes fasttext as you'd expect. The flat screen (totally flat on the outside, but not totally flat in the corners inside) does reduce glare quite a bit, resulting in a good quality, clean picture. This TV is a normal 50Hz one, meaning it does flicker a fair bit. 100Hz sets will fix this, but there are reports on USENET from some people saying that you get digital artefacts on such TVs when viewing a digital source. Similarly, others on the newsgroups have said Sony's surround sound sets (FS20 as opposed to FX20) have quite poor surround sound and that you're better off buying the FX20 and connecting it do a decent amplifier. Overall, this TV is superb, providing you provide it with a good quality RGB input. You don't have to worry about any integrated digital decoders, which at the moment is great as it's easy to get a separate box - this means it's much easier to record simultaneously form digital and analog
        ue. Also, I've seen the price drop below 700 pounds now - my local Tesco has discounted the set to 670 pounds, and I'm sure other places will be even cheaper. No doubt this set is due for replacement in Sony's line-up, but for a good quality TV it's worth the money.

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          30.05.2001 06:17
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          I purchased this TV just a few months ago - and have been happy with it since. The TV itself has a good lot of features. The main thing is this is in the new range of WEGA TV's from Sony. Sony were again the first people to make pure flat screen TV's, the WEGA range. The screen really doesn't reflect light as much as the old tubes - and you can still see whats going on when the sun is shining on the screen. The cabinet matches the TV well, with black and silver tones. The Picture quality of this TV is good, but there are still better. Although it is excellent for its price range, the new Panasonic TAU range (TAU is basically the Panasonic equivalent to Sony's WEGA) have 100Hz scanning, but this only has 50Hz, which means that the Panasonic one scans the picture twice as much every second, making the picture clearer, even though I can hardly notice the difference. The sound quality is quite good for a TV, it is a shame that this TV doesn't have Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Digital, even though I think that you can get a Dolby Pro Logic version of it (but it costs a lot more!). Setting up the TV was simple - just plug all the cables in and then turn the TV on - Auto set up tunes in all the channels. This T also has Sony's SMARTLINK. This lets you 'intelligently' connect your TV to your VCR. If you have a Sony SMARTLINK VCR then the TV also tunes the channels in for your VCR aswell. The remote is quite nicely designed, with the typical Sony remote styling, long and thin, with the power button on the top right and the Sony logo on the bottom. Overall, I think that this is a top quality TV set from one of my favourite manufacturers, and it just looks georgeous sitting in my lounge!

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          06.04.2001 17:13

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          I have found this TV set astounding value for this price range. It has amazing picture clarity, especially when watching digital tv or DVD videos, both of these also utilize the TVs widescreen facility which brings a whole new meaning to watching TV!! The flatscreen really does mean that there is minimal reflection and no distortion of the picture, just amazing clarity. The sounds not bad for a TV but i would recommend connecting to a proper AV setup for full on Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound to match the picture quality when watching DVD. I fully recommend getting this TV if it is in your price range, or if you can afford it, go the full hog and get digital aswell.

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