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I bought my Sony Bravia 6 months ago and so far I'm impressed. This model has built-in freeview, good sound quality and a great HD picture. There are 2 scart sockets at the back, as well as an HDMI pc slot and even a USB 2.0 socket to allow you connect a pc, laptop or media storage device.
The price seems to be reasonble for what you get with this television and the functionality is good.
The remote control is easy to use, though some of the buttons are a bit too small for my liking.
I think the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) is a bit frustrating though - You can't see the information on an a different programme without it switching channels.
As this was my first flat screen TV, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has a good viewing angle, so you don't all have to sit directly in front of the screen to be able to still see the images.
Although there are now thinner, less wieldy televisions out there now, I still think that this is a bargain and would recommend it.
here we have an entry level 32in Sony Bravia, with an entry level 720 progressive resolution, with 50hz picture processor.
Firstly the first thing to hit is the fact that sony seem to have gone for a more understated affair with this particular model, preferring a more modest matt black, than the often over used glossy black form Samsungs.
Lets start by looking at the freeview tuner, most Sony's have excellent solid tuners as standard, as this too, is no exception, on terrestail feeds the picture appears stable and edge detail clearly defined.
But, its when you connect this tv to a hd source that it really comes into its own.
I watched sixth sense on Blue ray, and you could literally pick out single strand hairs! The black levels (whilst not a solid as on a panasonic plasma, ) were mightily impressive.
The sound quality is far larger than you could ever expext to ask for, and whilst I would always argue the toss to upgrade to a 5.1 home cinema system, for those who dont wish to, for its compact size the speakers more than hold there own.
All in all one of the best 32inch budget buys currently on the market.....
Just in closing it would be a proper review if I failed to mention the sony Bravia s colour engine, ......whilst it is not as eye popping as higher models, on test against similar priced units , it overperforms on brightness test, and flesh -tone appears to me to be the most life like Ive seen on a set in this budget range.
I have owned my Sony Bravia 32 KDL-32S5500 since August 2009 and can honestly say I am a happy customer. I was never a fan of silver TV's so the return to a black surround is a welcome change, which on the Sony Bravia is also not too bulky.
The Sony Bravia has stunning picture quality with crisp, clear, vibrant colours and deep blacks (a quality that is often lacking from other LCD TV's). Sound quality is also very good which completes the whole viewing experience.
On the slightly negative side, the EPG could have been better. To look at programme information on another channel the EPG switches you to that channel, which can be a little annoying when planning what to watch next (I stick to looking at the Radio Times instead).
Since the introduction of HD on Freeview, the Sony Bravia can be picked up at very reasonable prices (Note that although the Bravia is HD Ready and has a built in Freeview tuner, it is not able to pick up HD broadcasts, hence the lower prices). Despite the lack of a HD Freeview tuner the Bravia is still a great TV, and HD set top boxes are now becoming more widely available.
This is a brilliant television, like all Sonys both the picture quality and sound quality are near perfect. The blacks are rich and the rest of the colours warm. Even with games consoles, normal DVDs and blu-ray dvds. In looking for a television I looked at so many and yet I chose this one because it is just slightly better than the others in every respect/ It has no major bonuses or any major flaws but all its little improvements over other TVs add up to a much better machine.
Even when it is turned off it looks modern and sleek, something which cannot be said of the old CRT televisions. The matt black look is thorougly professional looking and it is difficult to think of a surrounding in which this wouldn't look good.
The base of the TV looks a little flimsy which worried me to begin with but after a while of having it, it has not rocked or fallen (thankfully).
There are only two problems I have with it. Recently, without any intervention from me, it has decided to put 'AV1 Sat' in the top left corner. Try as I might, I have been unable to remove this at all. It is quite annoying. Also whenever I turn this on it will automatically go to the normal television screen (as you would see without Sky or so on). There is no way to change the default screen when you turn it on so every time you do turn it on you must change the input. For example, to AV1 or AV2. Other than these minor issues, a thoroughly good television.
The best thing about this is the price against the picture quality. It is a very clear and vivid picture which was a massive step up from the old CRT telly I had before. The TV comes complete with a range of ports to connect up your entire sound sound and other entertainment devices.
It is when this is done when this telly really shines. The picture quality is not reduced when being used with games consoles like you get with some other large screen tv's and the normal sound is more than acceptable but there is better ones on the market. The same product is also available in silver for the people who would prefer this option. It is generally cheaper as well just for the colour of the case. While larger tv's are around the same price for quality you can better getting something like this product for the picture quality over a blown up poorer picture.
The design of this LCD TV may not be the most slim or shiny but it is strong and solid and has a nice molded finish to the corner edges. The stand is rectangular and supports the body well and aids in the elegance it holds.
The features on board this Sony TV are all necessary to produce an excellent image without extra complications or settings. The Sony Bravia Engine 2 picture enhancement technology ensures all is taken care of in the image quality department whereas the 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures blacks are deep and detailed and contrast is on top form. Scene Select allows you easy access to alter the sound and image to suit your preference and the Eco Settings save you energy and money with simple operation. There is also a USB Photo Viewer, Music Player and 3 HDMI inputs.
My own experience is, top notch TV!!!
I have recently picked myself up a Sony Bravia 32" S5500, and I am very impressed. For anyone who loves gadgets you will love the ability to be able to plug in a USB stick and play your music or show off your latest holiday photos.
FYI - I won't be comparing any technical data of the TV such as aspect ratio and refresh rates, I will simply be giving you an overview of what the TV has to offer and how well it performs.
The TV is well packaged, plenty of polystyrene to stop any unwanted movement during transit.
Set up and installation was a breeze. It comes with a small stand that slots straight into the underside of the TV and a few screws to keep it firmly in place. Freeview was ever so simple to setup and it detected the majority of channels automatically within a few minutes. Unfortunately, the EPG does not have the ability to set a "reminder", which is the rather disappointing as even my £20 Freeview box I bought 2 years ago has this function.
The USB option is great, especially for sharing photos. I have noticed that it does not detect portable HDDs, just USB memory sticks.
The remote control is a fairly simple setup, with pretty much everything you need right in front of you. There are no long/lengthy menus to navigate through. Pulling up the TV guide requires one press of a button. To switch through the AV channels though, you must choose which one you want (rather than flicking up/down them as though they were normal TV channels). You have the option to name the AV channels too, which is a nice added feature I have not seen before. This makes it easier to select 'DVD' or 'Xbox' instead of remember whether it was AV1, AV2 or Component that you've connected them too.
With plenty of room on the back/side of the TV to add a set top box, DVD player, Xbox, PS3 and room for more, there will be no annoying "reach around" to try and slide in spare scart leads.
The main point of having a TV though is to watch it! The screen displays pictures extremely crisp and the screen stays bright. It has a number of power save options including the ability to turn the screen off and just use the speakers (should you wish to listen to music via USB or the music channels). There are two timers, one which requires you press a button otherwise the TV will shutdown after a set period of inactivity, or there is a sleep mode where the TV will shut off regardless after a set time frame (such as 3 hours), both of these options are handy if you fall asleep with the TV on! The picture when playing my Xbox is absolutely stunning, it keeps up well with all movement and that was just through a component HD cable (not even a HDMI one).
Overall, for under £370 delivered with 3 year warranty this is a great TV at an excellent price.