Product Type: Sony CRT TV
Bring the cinema in to your home
Member Name: Cowboy22
Date: 07/04/02, updated on 07/04/02 (235 review reads)
The Sony 28” Widescreen Television Set
The Sony 28” Widescreen allows the viewer to be able to watch films as they were intended to be viewed, in widescreen.
As one of “Sony’s widescreen TV’s” in the current range it is a TV suitable for the average sized room.
The Sony comes with a customized stand that has room to house a video, set top box, and a DVD player. This stand has a tinted glass front door. Therefore, unless you want to have a specific style of stand, you do not need to get one.
Functions of the Sony 28” Widescreen TV
The TV comes with a small slim line remote control that takes two AA sized batteries. On the rear the TV has a standard coaxial input, along with 2 scart sockets, as well as a left and right stereo output for Hi-Fi connection. On the front of the TV is a main power on button along with a flip down cover that houses a set of controls for menu selection, channel up/down, volume up/down, headphone jack socket, connection for a monitor, along with left and right stereo outputs.
When setting up the TV for the first time, you must use the on screen menu to set the channels and other aspects of the TV such as picture, and sound settings. The menu can be accessed by pressing the menu button on the remote control.
The main menu features of the TV are as follows,
The preset function is the section where you tune in your TV into all the desired channels. The menu within the Preset heading has various options, Auto, Manual, Language and Picture Rotation.
The Auto function when selected automatically searches through all the wavebands from the lowest to the highest, (21 to 60) and stores all the available channels as channel 1, 2, 3 and so on.
The Manual function allows you to tune in the channels by yourself
. You can type in the waveband number which makes it quicker to tune in the channels. There is also a fine tuning control. In this option, you can label each channel to whatever you want to call it. If you have devices connected by scart, such as a video or DVD player, you can select the input type to be AV1 or AV2, which are the labels for the 2 scart sockets on the rear of the TV. This makes it quick and easy for tuning in any devices connected by scart.
The Language function allows you to select the desired language for the menu. This covers all European languages.
Finally the Picture Rotation Function adjusts the angle of the picture on the screen in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise motion. This is because, sometimes if you have a centre speaker on top of the TV set, the magnet in the speaker can interfere with the picture, and it can distort at the top of the screen. By rotating the picture you can eliminate the effect.
Within the menu heading of picture control, you can set the contrast, brightness, colour and sharpness of the screen.
These are controlled by adjusting small sliding bars on a scale.
There is also a function called “Reset”, which switches all the adjustable settings back to the factory defaults.
There is a function that sets the format of the screen. The screen can be set to 16:9 or 4:3. Wide screen has a ratio of 16:9, whereas a standard screen has a ratio of 4:3. Therefore, you can set the screen to be either of the above settings.
Within the heading of sound control, you can set the treble, bass, balance of the sound using the small sliding bars, similar to the ones used for picture control. There is also a reset function that returns the sound settings to the default sound setting.
The TV has three main sound settings, mono, stereo, and spatial.
Mono and stereo are self explanatory. However, spatial sound is
an effect that can be activated or switch off. It is an effect that makes the sound change so that it sounds like you are in a large space. The effect is very impressive. The TV has four speakers, two large rear speakers, and two small tweeters at the front.
The next heading in the main menu is video connection. Here you can select how the video is connected to your TV set. This can be by coaxial or scart. You also have to select what outputs you have. For instance, if your Hi-Fi is connected by scart, you can select the TV output to be for your Hi-Fi. This sets the TV up so that if you press play on the Video, or DVD player, the TV will automatically switch to that channel for you, and when you press stop, the TV will revert back to the previous channel you were on.
The TV has a timer function. This is so that you can set the TV to switch off to standby mode after a desired time. The time intervals are in 30 minute intervals. So they start at 30 minutes up to a maximum of 4 hours.
Also the TV come with “Fast Text” which has the new improved version of “Teletext”. By using four coloured buttons on the remote, (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue) you can quickly search “Teletext” to find what you are looking for.
The TV cost me £800 when I purchased it 4 years ago. The price will have dropped since than as widescreen TV’s are more popular. So if you fancy watching films and TV in widescreen why not get a “Sony 28 Widescreen” television set.