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Its important to remember that I have owned this TV for a very long time and that the market for TVs has changed considerably.
I have owned this TV for 5 years and I am very happy to say that I have never experienced any technical faults with this television. It has been an incredibly reliable purchase and I hope not to have to get rid of it anytime soon.
Firstly, the picture quality in comparison to present standards is very mediocre. The contrast is weak and true blacks are never really achieved, if the picture is very take then it can appear very pixelated. The 720P quality is good but when compared to current 1080P models and the future 4K models, it is definitely stuck in the past.
The sound quality is reasonable but on certain sounds (can't quite describe which but the type that often occur in sci-fi flicks) the sound becomes very screechy and the speakers create a sound reminiscent of a bad karaoke set. This is a nuisance when watching films but can be avoided if the TV volume is turned down a little; which lets face it is better for our ears too.
I would recommend people who have very little money and need a TV who cannot afford one to buy this if they have the opportunity to get it for a small price. It has lasted and its still good for basic TV watching for a bedroom or a child's game TV.
I got this TV as a gift for Christmas 2007. It cost £450 which was an amazing price for an HDTV back then, let alone a Sony.
The television was great quality. The 32 inch version was plenty big enough but not stupidly big that it looks out of place in a standard sized room.
It comes with built in freeview which is very handy and contains around 100 channels (including radio stations) depending on where you live.
The picture quality was good, and was excellent for playing video games, namely playstation as you can view the images in HD.
After I received the television I went to America for 6 months. Thus I have only used the set for about 2.5 years and it has already packed up. I am not one that watches much TV. I used it for the occasional film and quick go on the playsation. The screen has completely packed up with the image being completely blurred and lagging (un-watchable). It is the same case for the menu and other functions, suggesting that there is defiantly no problem with the signal, it's a fault with the set.
When I phoned Sony to ask about any chance of repair or help with the costs of fixing it (long shot I know) they simply stated that as it was out of the 1 year warranty I was on my own. With most things I can understand a basic one year warranty and you take a gamble that it won't break thus not needed extended warranty. However with such a reputable company like Sony I figured I would be safe for at least 4 to 5 years, clearly I was wrong.
In my opinion this TV sucks. Other members of my family own Samsung HDTV's and they are amazing, some of which are 6 years old and still going strong.
With my experience with the TV I defiantly would not recommend it. Im sure not all the sets will break like mine but I would not take the risk again and from now on I am defiantly avoiding Sony television sets.
HD Ready 32" U3000 LCD Sony Bravia TV, featuring Bravia Theater Sync for one-click control over your home entertainment system, ultra-wide viewing angle, wall mount options and 2 HDMI inputs to easily connect to High Definition sources such as Blu-Ray.