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This was my first entry into the world of flat screen TVs. I took alot of time on deciding which one to go for and I have to say I have not regretted it one bit! I have had this for around 6 months now and have found the picture to always be sharp, the sound is fine and the list of features is amazing!
The TV was really easy to unpack and add the stand to. It took me around 5 minutes with 2 small children running around under my feet (more on them later!). The initial setup was easy. I have not changed anything about the picture or sound as I tested it for a while and did not feel I needed to. I have not used the built in Freeview or Freeview HD as I cannot receive it in my current home (and yes I AM annoyed about this!).
The applications installed are very useful. I use BBC iPlayer regularly. I have used Channel 5 on demand and Youtube and have watched many films using Lovefilm's app. All have worked without a problem. I have hooked up my PC to the TV and used it as a monitor and again have not had a problem.
Now on to the kids.... My eldest in 2 and a half and she can be very rough on the poor TV. Despite this it has no broken pixels or any signs of problems with the picture. It has had water thrown at it and crayon drawn on it and still works perfectly.
So all in all a great TV which has many great features and is clearly built to last.
I've had this TV for about 6 months now and have found from the outset that the picture quality has been very clear especially when watching a blu-ray or HD channels. When watching sports or fast action the tv seems to handle it very well without blurring or a jumpy picture.
The Internet connectivity is fairly easy to set up by simply plugging a ethernet cable straight into the back of the tv from your wireless box or via a dongle which you can buy from sony. The Internet features are pretty new with updates being made frequently. These include tv on-demand from five, bbciplayer and several other internet channels include youtube and various other sport or webvideo channels. The internet connectivity also allows for you to watch lovefilm movies streamed directly to your tv with a monthly subscription.
The menu interface is possibly too complicated, however most of the features you wouldn't use on a day to day basis.
The remote control is pretty standard and easy to use but there is a slight lag between the remote and tv.
The electronic programme guide is very clear and as you click on each programme it has a bar which clearly shows how far the programme has been on or has left. You can also click on a programme and set a reminder which is good but quite standard thes days.
My only minor problem i find with this TV is the sound. Everytime an advert comes on or there is music the tv volume seems to double.
Overall this is a great tv for the price and would definately recommend it
Considering I am one of the late adopters when it concerns HD, I waited with baited breath for the TV to initialise when I first set it up to my Humax Freesat box. I was not disappointed! The image quality compared to my old JVC CRT set was a quantum leap away and this was with the default settings!
The jump to 40 inches from less than 28 inches was major shock, very much like the mass migration to widescreen sets some 10 years ago now.
Setting up the set was very intuitive and allowed for a great deal of customisation, for example the ethernet port on the back of the TV that allows for internet based services was a shock in how easy it was to set up. If I have one gripe here, it may be the time it can take to navigate the menus, however this may be due to the user focused interface, rather than a geek friendly interface.
The only real criticism I can level at the TV is the time lag when playing games on consoles; despite this being a fairly rare event for me, the input lag can be irritating. This does seem to be a more general criticism aimed at many new TVs and their signal processing, as the game Guitar Hero World Tour on Wii has a setting to compensate for this. While not an issue that should be dwelled on, it should be considered!
All in all, this is the best TV set I've ever owned and I look forward to enjoying the longevity Sony are renowned for and the enjoyment it gives to everyday viewing.
Brilliant quality of picture, with a decent HDMI it's really worth owning simply because it feels as if you are really right there - Sony have done made it very nicely, it runs well and the picture does not blur or fade at any time like my old LG used to. Furthermore the responsiveness of the picture means that crispness and brilliant movement are the forte of this machine.
The menus are easy enough to navigate but i sometimes felt as if they were a little basic and far too slow. The remote provided looks a little dated and the buttons are arranged a little badly, not only that but sometimes it takes so long to respond that you press the button again and it gets rid of the menu!
But the real fault with this T.V is the sound, it is absolutely shocking - the speakers provided are just not up to scratch and i find myself constantly cranking up the tinny sound to hear basically very little. Really poor in my eyes.
Also, the USB dongle which Sony helpfully does not provide is £70! And you have to buy it as an extra if you want internet T.V! Daylight robbery!
Horrible picture. Imaged flickers. Gives you a headache