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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sony cracker for an early Xmas pressie to myself, 26 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Sony Bravia KDL26S5500 26-inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview (Electronics)
After full digital switchover and national Freeview re-tune on Sept 30, I decided to replace my ageing (15y.o.) Sony KV-X2172U HiBlack Trinitron CRT TV that was doing service in our breakfast room. This was less to do with the set; rather more to do with the associated Panasonic TU-CT20 digibox that just could not cope with the changeover and all the new channels (99 in all). It had, as Eric M would have said, "all the right stations, not necessarily in the right order!" All this despite many re-tunes - even resorting to factory re-set. All to no avail. So it had to go.

So, having read all the reviews on Amazon about the KDL 26S5500, decided to buy it. And boy was that a good decision. It arrived safely by City Link and within 10 minutes it was up and running: tuning was a doddle - afterall I'd had enough practise in previous months. I let it settle down to "burn itself in" (Hi-Fi addicts will know what I mean) before deciding that I did need to slightly amend the factory settings to get a perfect (to my eyes) picture.

It had now been operating for some four weeks and I'm delighted with it. I've not experienced the snag that others have but that is mainly because I don't often leave it on standby. Power consumption on standby is low but it still uses power: so why would you? It takes 10 seconds to boot up for cold. Not too long to wait I'd submit. Of course, I would accept that Sony are wrong to ship with a known fault but if it is one that is circumnavigable - so what. Seems like the Humax PVR 9300T fan noise problem to me. BTW I have mine set to Ecopower - don't know whether this makes a difference to standby

The EPG is good and seems to load quickly from BBC1 - indeed faster tham my Humax PVR 9300T and I find it is easy to read. Sound is good and really good played through my NAD C352 amp and Linn Kan speakers.

As I said picture quality is good but in all honesty not as good as my main TV - a Sony Art Couture 28" flatscreen CRT - but since this is 100Hz rather than the 50Hz of this 26" model.

Have not had a chance to connect the Humax up to it using HDMI so may even get better picture that way. Also have not got a BluRay player yet so don't know what HD is really like but Freeview is pretty good. Interesting that Sony are now brnging out a new range of TVs with in-built Freesat. Maybe HD on Freeview is on hold?

Overall, I'd recommend this Sony TV to anyone. Maybe I'll treat myself to the Sony 37" 100Hz Motionflow for the main TV?
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