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After my old TV blew up, I used my insurance to get myself a replacement. When looking around I thought that the Sony Bravia's stood out from the crowd jot only in there sleek style but also in picture and sound quality. Although my insurance pay-out was only £350, I thought it would be the opportune time to put in a few extra pounds and treat myself to something that I wanted, rather than settle. In the end I paid around £500 for the TV from Comet, but this was a year or so ago.
When setting up the TV everything was pretty simple, it has plenty of HD sockets and also component as well which you don't see very often.
Picture: When switching on the TV I found the picture was perfect. The light sensor works very well as I had my TV placed opposite the window (this was the only free space available at the time!) but there was no glare and I could see the picture perfectly.
Sound: The sound is pretty much perfect. Even when it is to its maximum volume the speakers didn't rattle as you find in some TV's. I do find the highest volume setting to be a little quieter than I would expect for a Sony considering sound is one of their best assets.
I do find that having the user manual stored on the TV is little strange, although it does mean you will never lose it, and it is always to hand! It is pretty straight forward to use and to find the answer you are looking for. The remote is pretty self-explanatory although I don't tend to use it a lot with having Sky+.
My only gripe is that there is no power off switch. You can put the set into standby with the remote or by using the controls on the TV but that's about it. Unless you switch the set off at the mains, it will constantly be in standby mode.
Conclusion: This is by far the best TV I have had, although I have only had four! But it will take a lot for me to be swayed into buying a brand of TV other than Sony in the future.
After a month long debate with the wife I eventually managed to talk her in to agreeing to an upgrade to our 29 inch JVC CRT TV.
After doing a fair bit of internet research we settled on the Sony Bravia KDL-37EX403 LCD TV. I ordered it from Amazon for £445 and it arrive within a couple of days. This was over a year ago and you can get them now for about £380. Was a bit concerned about ordering a TV to be delivered by courier but everything seemed fine when it arrived.
The TV was very easy to set up. However the autotuning of the analog channels didn't work but that's not an issue now coz of the digital switchover. the instruction manual is very basic and relies on you using the on screen guide which is a little confusing.
The TV has 3 scarts and 3 HDMI sockets - one of each on the side which is good if you are wall hanging the unit. I plug my dvd player with HDMI upscaling into the HDMI socket and it works a treat. There's also a USB connection.
It is Full HD 1080p 100hz. Beware HD ready's and go for Full HD. The picture quality and sound are very good.
I tried plugging my laptop in to the HDMI socket to play dvd's through it. The picture came up perfect 1080p but no sound came through. I've tried everything to get it to work but have been left stumped.
The LCD screen is a little fragile and easily scratchable. Only clean it with special LCD/TFT screen cleaner and microcloth.
Overall this TV has served us well over the last year and I would recommend it. The only draw backs are the user guide and the scratchable screen.
Packed with high-quality technology from Sony and delivering pictures in incredible Full HD, the EX403 guarantees you a stunning viewing experience. It's the essential Full HD TV.
Use the ambient sensor on this model and it will automatically detect the brightness of the room and optimize the picture for best viewing results. Turn the lights down low and the picture dims too. You can relax in an ideal viewing atmosphere while saving energy and money too.
|Product Description:||Sony KDL-37EX403 - 37" LCD TV|
|Product Type:||LCD TV|
|Diagonal Size:||37" widescreen|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||92.1 cm x 9.8 cm x 56.4 cm - without stand|
|Digital Television Certification:||Not certified|
|Resolution:||1920 x 1080|
|Display Format:||1080p (FullHD)|
|Input Video Formats:||480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 576i, 576p, 1080/24p|
|24p Technology:||24p True Cinema|
|Video Interface:||Component, composite, HDMI, SCART|
|HDMI Ports Qty:||4 port(s)|
|PC Interface:||VGA (HD-15)|
|Technology:||TFT active matrix|
|Image Aspect Ratio:||16:9|
|TV Tuner:||1x analogue/digital combo|
|Digital TV Tuner:||DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2|
|Analogue TV Tuner:||PAL, SECAM|
|Internet Streaming Services:||BRAVIA Internet Video|
|Multi-channel Preview:||Picture-and-picture (PAP), picture-in-picture (PIP)|
|Features:||On/off timer, clock, Theatre Mode, parental control, on-screen menu, ambient light sensor (ALS), Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit (ACE), BRAVIA ENGINE 3, Live Colour, USB MP3 playback, USB JPEG photo playback, Automatic Format Detection (AFD), Photo TV HD, picture frame mode, BRAVIA Sync Function, XrossMediaBar, BRAVIA Internet Video, USB RAW photo playback, USB Media Player, Photo MAP, MPEG Noise Reduction, USB movie playback, USB MPEG4 movie playback|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|
|Speaker System:||2 speakers|
|Sound Effects:||S-FORCE Front Surround Sound|
|Stereo Reception System:||NICAM|
|USB Port:||Yes , 1 port(s)|
|Remote Control:||Remote control - infrared|