This is my first big flat screen TV after having a Panasonic TFT "Big Box" beast for many years.
Moving to HD made a big difference, but read on regarding picture quality.
*** Set up *** Easy Peasy - I let it auto tune all the freeview channels but we use sky so it was just an HDMI cable to plug in really.
*** Looks *** Very smart - even though it is a big screen, it is actually quite discreet which we prefer. The plastic does not seem to attract too much dust which Mrs. Ginger is very pleased about.
*** Connections *** there are plenty, one gripe is that some are on the side and not the back so if you are using them, you end up with cables sticking out which is a bit scruffy - we only use these for games consoles so you can take them out after, but it's a bit of a fuss.
*** Picture Quality *** The Golden Question - on daylight and indoor scenes it is lovely and crisp, 2 complaints with darker scenes:
1. Blacks can be have grey blotches - not the purest of blacks - it may be the transmission but this is on sky HD (on a good weather day!) and it does seem to be a consistent problem.
2. Dark scenes can be so dark that you can't see much at all - again, may be the filming but I don't recall this with the old monolith Panasonic...
*** Sound *** Very good indeed
Overall I think I might look at a Panasonic next time - I think that I assumed that Sony would be really good, but maybe worth scrutinising the picture quality and comparing it with others before you take the plunge!
We as a family were used to old fashioned Cathode Ray tube type televisions and indeed prior to 2 years ago we had never had one bigger than 24 Inches and had only had 2 tv's in around 14 years.
Our Old TV was going on the blink so my dad decided he would look around for a large LCD TV that was HD compatabile and in his researching he came across the Sony Bravia KDL 40 inch HD TV. The first thing I immediately noticed when it was unboxed was the sheer number and variety of inputs on the thing. It has no fewer than 3 HDMI input ports, a component audio/video input (the red/white ones I think, always mix this up with composite!), composite video input (Blue,Green etc), Headphone Output, audio output (for connection of a cinema system type 5.1 set up), USB PORT (For Viewing photos), Scart Input.
So Just about every thing you want to plug into this bad boy you can. The quality of the inbuilt speakers are pretty fine but depending the program they will either be to quiet at max volume (for some tastes) or distort a little if its a HD feed your watching. Their are various viewing modes such as " Cinema", "Sport" which are listed as "Scene". You can change it from 1048p to 740i (i stands for interleaved). You can have 4:3 aspect ratio or 16:9 (Determines the shape of the picture you see on TV). It works well with my computer and have used that to watch streams of sports channels on before!
It has in built digital channels on it which is great for those who lack sky and just want to open it up and begin viewing programs. A sky box was fitted by a sky engineer however in our case. The picture quality of the HD channels is quite noticeably sharper than the standard channels and the audio quality is probably even more improved on HD than the picture quality.
One negative is that the inbuilt speakers could be a little better but for those that way inclined they can always purchase additional cabinet speakers to use with the television as the TV has audio out.
I have used the USB input a few times to show some photos on screen but its a shame that they couldn't make the software a little more advanced than stop play etc and that they could not include support for video formats too!
So in justifying my ratings I will say this, we have had, as yet, no problems with the TV at all so it scores full marks for reliability, the ease of use is good however the selecting of different inputs though relatively straight forward for those who are at all tech literate seems a little beyond the likes of some Grans and Mums as is the case with our tv, we just can't explain to them how it works.
The sound quality loses a point for being a little quiet on lower quality feeds and a little distorted on higher quality feeds. As for the features, two years ago I would have gave it full marks as it was the biggest affordable tv at the time, USB input was uncommon, 3D was not so big and internet TV was still confined to a niche minority and TV's are since becoming more and more like computers. Furthermore an inclusive DVD player would have been nice allowing one of the three HDMI ports to do something else.
One way in which this product has actually matured with age is that like a lot of TV's out there the price has sharply fallen over the intervening time so buying one of these now represents a sound relatively cheap investment that is worth every pound. I would absolutely recommend this tv to any one who thinks they need more inputs and who has been staring at a 30 inch tv, it will really make watching detail dependent sports such as F1 a whole lot easier as well as being able to connect a sky box, DVD player and Nintendo Wii all at the same time!
However for those, like myself who already have a 40 inch tv and don't mind spending a little bit more I think a stepup again to a 50 or 48 inch tv with internet streaming would be a more sensible option than buying this product again.
So as ever purchasing this unit depends on what your are looking for how good your Tv already is, if it is small, lacks connections or a USB port then this is a product for you, if you had one like this and it broke down this may be a cheaper alternative to what you previously had but if you want a top of the range one then this is not quite the one for you.
Summary: I will some up by saying this is one cracking TV that will not let you down if you decide to buy it. Sorry Doyoo community after checking I was actually Reviewing the KDL-40W500 not the S series at all! I will do a new review in the correct area!
This tv is absolutely fantastic.
I never understood the big hoohar about HD until I bought this. Films are amazing to watch and so clear and crisp.
I also watch a lot of live sport on it as well. It is actually almost as good as being there.
It comes with a black frame and silver trim. It is very stylish and doesn't stick out like a saw thumb. Mine actually fits in nicely with the ambiance of the room.
On the reliability of the tv I have not had a single problem. It is still as good as when i first got it and it looks as good as ever.
I fitted the stand easily within 2 minutes and it is very sturdy. It only took a few screws to assemble.
Setting up the tv was easy and well instructed.
This is the best tv I have ever bought. The HD is amazing and the screen size is perfect for viewing in ones lounge. It's going to take a lot for me to get a new tv even if the 3d revelation is trying to take over.
I love my Sony Bravia TV, I bought it as a package with a Sony PS3 and the two work brilliantly together. The picture quality of the TV is excellent, far better than what I thought it would be for the price (which was quite reasonable!) and the quality of Blu-Ray when the two devices are working together is awesome! I the free view package which is in built for the price you get pent of channels and I've never had any problem with them loading and working perfectly. You also get a coupe of standard HD channels, the quality of these is noticeably different to their standard equivalents. The speakers are ok but nothing special so I have linked mine to a small sound system which boosts this massively, however if you're not fussed about etching films wit surround sound then the in built system will be more than adequate. Mine mounts directly to a freestanding tv stand and looks wicked with Ikea LED strips down the side, a real focal point for my living room as the TV looks aesthetically pleasing enough on its own let alone when it's glammed up. Oe note is that after you've turned the TV on it takes a while to load the free view page once you've clicked onto the guide button on the remote. The TV remote has an off button on both sides which I thought unnecessary when I first unpacked it all but do actually use. All in all a great TV.
I've had my HD Sony Bravia KDL television for around a year now, and ever since the day I purchased the set I havn't had a single issue or problem with it. Although I hadn't utilised the HD input until recently (when I managed to convince Virgin Media to upgrade my TV box to a HD box for no extra monthly cost - and by the way everyone should try this!), I've found the HD side to the television just as impressive as the set as a package.
The looks of this are the same as all Sony televisions in the same generation of technology - A black plastic exterior shell with silver highlights on the bottom edge and on the 'Sony', 'Bravia' badges. The shell is about 2 and a half inches thick, so it can blend well against walls (if suspended on a bracket), and sit well on living room tables or bedroom cabinets (if sat on its stand). The LED light which shines from red to green when the TV is turned from 'stand-by' to 'on' isn't too bright (as to deter your viewing pleasures), whilst remaining strong enough to be seen clearly in daylight conditions.
When the TV is turned on using the 7-button control panel on the centre, top of the device, your initial senses of how good the picture quality is are put to the test. When the light blue on-screen control panel comes up and you select D-TV, A-TV, PC, AV, etc (depending on which media device you are expecting to view through) you realise straight away that the TV is very straight forward to use. Similarly, tuning a digi-box to the device is done automatically and in reasonably quick time.
The picture quality (when not viewing a HD channel/blue-ray DVD/etc) is as you would expect. For an LCD TV however, it is actually slightly ahead of many other brands I have come across. I think one reason for the increased quality, is the devotion Sony (and a few other companies) have to testing their products (this time the 'Bravia picture performance engine') relentlessly, through contrasting conditions and with a range of different user groups. The colour vibrance is excellent, and the sound quality through that long speaker found at the bottom of the device is pritty good, but not perfect.
Switching the TV into HD mode and there is a noticeable difference in picture quality. Viewing TV channels such as BBC 1 HD, and flicking back between BBC 1 makes you realise just how much better the detailing is. I test this by focusing on a specific area of the screen (be it a persons t-shirt, or a tree in the distance), and flicking between channels to see how more/less blurry the image appears. From doing that, and doing that alone, I have concluded that the difference is considerable.
Altogether then, this television really is worth a purchase, even at slightly inflated prices, compared to some of those cheaper direct rival televisions we see on sites across the internet. You cannot compromise with pure quality and reliability, two things this product has no end of.
This tele used to be the main television in the house but we recently bought a new 52 inch tele so i was lucky enough to get this television for my room, barely even fits!
When we used it for normal tele the picture was great, 1080i which is rather dandy. WE then invested in sky plus HD and the picture is absolutely amazing, especially when watch football games or any other sport. There are 3 HDMI ports so you can plug in games consoles which is what i mainly use it for and other equipment such as dvd players and so on.
I tend to use the tele for my xbox, when i play games i do play via the HDMI port and although most games are 1080p the picture still comes out just fine, i think it is probably one of the better quality pictures i have seen.
The internal speakers are a pretty good quality, i mean they're tele speakers so they're nothing fantastic but they still give out enough sound to make the experience worth it, however i would recomment buying a surround sound system, you can pick up cheap speakers now for like 60 quid and wire them up which enhances the quality of the sound.
I would definately recommend the television if you are using it for sky or blu-ray as the picture quality really IS that good.
This Sony HDTV is the main tv in our house, in the living room. We've had it for about 3 years now and even bought a 5 year breakdown cover with it from Comet just incase there were any problems, but we haven't experienced any that we have had to change the tv or fix it to stop the problem. It has been great.
The Tv is 40 inch and is quite big. It fits well in the room and the size is great to watch Sky programmes on, especially Sky Sports for the Football and Cricket. It has 3 HDMI ports, componenet slots and also VGA. We have Sky Plus but not Sky plus HD so i don't know how it will cope with Sky plus HD, but i guess it will be decent as blu-ray on the PS3 via this TV is great (not the tv for my gaming, but sometimes used when friends/family come around)
This Tv supports upto 1080i which is great for Sky plus and freeveiw. Also great for DVD. However for gaming, some games support 1080p and therefore there is the slight bit the TV could have done extra. However, we don't use it for that purpose and therefore there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
The sound is average, better than my LG HDTV though.
Overall it is very reliable and a great TV which may be able to be picked up cheap nowadays ( payed £500 or thereabouts 3 years ago).
Definately recomend for everyone, including gamers as there isn't that much difference between 1080i and 108p although there is slightly. However, i find it too big for games and prefer 32 inch.
This is an excellent LCD HD TV! Whilst the description above is full of hard to understand jargon, I will use simple words. The HD quailty on this TV is outstanding! I have another HD TV, but for some reason, the HD quality on this TV is much better, I don't know why this is the case, it maybe because of the brand - the other make is Samsung. The in-built speakers are more than adequate unlike the previous TV, which was main reason we had to replace it! Installation is very simple, only took a matter of minutes, and as soon as you switch on the TV, the picture is of perfect quality.
There is also a port for you to connect your computer onto, which means that this TV can also be used as a computer monitor which I must say is enjoyable to use when you are looking online on a 40 inch screen.
At the time I bought this, I got it for £999.99, and when I bought it, I thought it was definitely worth the price. I don't know how much it is now, but if it is under £1000, then I seriously recommend buying it, even though that is still very expensive, but it is still worth the money.
This TV is outstanding! We had tried the Sharp TV of the same size because Sharp has a good name and was a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Sony. However, we experienced issues with the Sharp - it has problems when showing analog channels with the channel indicator flickering on screen every minute or two. We took it back to Walmart and they allowed us to exchange it for the Sony with no questions asked.
The Sony has a quality picture with both analog and digital. The picture is lifelike and beautiful with a crisp, clear precision that cannot be matched by Sanyo or Sharp. It is well worth the extra cost. In this case, you do get what you pay for.
Times are tough in the current economy and TV viewing is a part of our everyday relaxation without having to pay an arm and leg for other leisure activities. We decided to treat ourselves to a nice TV. Thank and thank you Sony.
As the S-series is one of Sony's latest offerings in their LCD TV range, it incorporates their Bravia technology which combines enhanced picture processing and improved colour filtering, which in turn produces a great viewing experience!
The picture quality is very impressive when using certain inputs, but does show up the poor quality of some signals such as the graphics on Sky Digital can look a bit blocky but DVDs and Games consoles are fantastic!
The sound quality is also top notch, even though I am using the standard built in speakers for now, with the ability to tweak the sound settings, you can achieve faultless sound quality.
From what I know looking at the back of the panel, there is only the 1 HDMI input, perhaps a slight disappointment on that front, but 2 RGB sockets, a PC input, and a component input. It's an S-PVA LCD panel with an amazing 1300:1 contrast, which really shows as the picture really is great, it can also be viewed from a super wide 178° viewing angle. As for the technical side of the sound, it comprises built-in pure digital SRS Trusurround XT sound.
unfortunately, it doesn't have the PiP function which allows you to watch one channel within another, however, it does have freeze pip capability. At the press of a button, it freezes the picture and displays the channel feed in a small window withing that which can be moved around the screen, which is great if you need to freeze the screen to remember a phone number for example.
In conclusion, a very impressive set, by just looking at the picture quality via an HD stream, I could not fault it, and the prices are now dropping so well worth every penny.