Product Type: Sony 3D LCD TV
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Quality sony product
Member Name: thedomino
Advantages: Great picture and sound. Loads of features. Great value
Disadvantages: Not many, i guess the menus can be slow at times,
Back in 2011 I got a tax refund (a rarity I know!) and I decided to treat myself with a new tv. I didn't have the largest budget but wanted the best quality I could afford. The first choice was whether to go with a bigger tv, or go smaller with more features and in the end I opted for this Sony tv for £358 on amazon. For the price I could have got a 40 inch tv, but the smart tv aspect won the day for me.
One of the great features on this tv is the inbuilt HD free view tuner that really let's you experience the quality that this tv has to offer. The pictures are crisp, with great depth and good tones. I've also used this tv for playing blu rays and xbox gaming and the HD really stands out.
Getting good sound from internal LCD tv speakers really is a challenge and is presented as a disadvantage of the product by other reviewers but this tv really does a good job and has a lot of options including a virtual surround sound that really works. Obviously this will never compare to external speakers but for a budget tv you can easily get by without extra speakers.
Other good features on the tv are the ability to plug in an external USB hard drive allowing you to record programmes and films directly to your hard drive to watch later. It's nowhere near as accomplished as a sky+ box etc, however it really is a unique feature for such a budget tv.
You have the ability to plug in a web cam and use Skype on the big screen.
You can even use your smartphone as a remote for the tv and most usefully to type when searching through the net or on love film for example.
A really novel feature is the 'track ID' button on the Sony remote that when pushed during live tv will do the same as 'shazam' and give you the artist and song title playing.
Another really great feature is the ability to play pictures/music and videos from DNLA enabled devices such as phones, PC's and tablets. Having the ability to flash your pictures up on the big screen from your phone when you have family or friends round is really fun.
For the energy conscious among us the tv boasts a presence sensor that recognises movement and will turn the screen off if you leave the room, instantly coming back on when you arrive back in the room. This really is a good feature.
Recently I decided to buy a Sony blu ray player, due to the fact that certain Sony products can use 'Bravia sync' allowing you to use the devices together on the same remote and access all the settings through the Bravia tv, something not normally possible when combining other brand players with your tv, due to them having separate setting menus.
This is the reason i bought this tv. If you haven't got a games console or tablet with the ability to play on demand tv this tv is definitely a winner. Using a wired connection or wireless (if you fork out for an expensive Sony wireless adapter) you can stream bbc iplayer, 4 on demand, 5 on demand, love film and lots of other video streaming sites. You can also use social media sites such as facebook and twitter, though I'm not sure if many would want to use that feature on the tv. Either way it's available to you.
Overall this Sony tv has a huge range of useful features and a great quality picture so I recommend it whole heartedly to those on a budget. You get great value for money.
Summary: This is an excellent budget HD tv with more features than most
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