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Well where to begin! describing a TV that is simply faultless is easy! This TV surely has to be the best tv on the market at the moment when considering price and specifications. Of the televisions I own or have owned this one delivers the best high definition picture, is by the far the easiest to navigate around, has the best menu, and has given me the no problems unlike others. What would you expect though it is Sony after all, and you can see why so many people opt for bravia TV's they just look and sound amazing, you can choose through all these different sound modes on the menu which are suited to what ever you are watching and they are so cool, for example sound suited to movies ! its clever as well and if you are willing to put on some 3d glasses the future of tv is before you're eyes its especially great for sports and movies. all in all a fantastic tv.
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.