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3.0 out of 5 stars Affordable HD, not for SD., 21 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Sony KDL40CX523BU 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Internet Ready TV with Freeview HD (Electronics)
The remote is light and could be considered cheap, and using it can be a chore - some buttons are illogically placed.
The UI on the tv is a little cumbersome, but responsive. Plenty of options to alter the picture and sound, although they don't always appear to have an affect.
Tv was quick to turn on, and minimal delay when changing channels. Easy to setup, and autotuning worked well.
Picture -
HD programmes via Freeview are great although, weirdly, text can sometimes appear blocky!! Even motion was good. Bluray movies are sharp, and are much better than DVD's.
SD programmes lack detail and cannot compare with the good old CRT tv's. Some tweaks may be needed to improve the picture such as to reduce a purple tinge that infected a persons hair in an 80's drama! SD images often had jagged edges! DVD's were disappointing - lacked detail. Motion was noticeably blurry too.

Gaming
I use this for gaming with my PS3 and it suits me perfectly. I dont play many fast moving games, but for Buzz and the Uncharted series, its perfect; even if it is only a 50hz set.

Sound
It's fine. If you live in a flat, booming wattage wouldn't be welcome. Music did seem to play louder than voices, but playing around with sound options resolved this.
Tv guide is excellent. Compared with my 19" Sharp, it actually downloaded the full 7 days of tv shows instead of 2. And there were no annoying adverts like the Panasonic recorders have. But, to set a reminder for a show is long-winded (requires 5 key presses). And you cant set a series reminder!

I've seen some of Samsungs £1k offerings and those units are truely amazing - especially with SD transmissions and DVDs. For a budget set with excellent HD ability for Freeview HD, blu-ray and console gaming, then get this one. But I would say don't pay more than £340! It struggles with SD stuff!
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2012 23:42:39 BDT
V. Fernandes says:
I thought the same about the remote at the beginning, you'll get used to it, I actually love it now. Most of the picture settings depends on the source you're feeding, some like sharpness are ment for old videos, not HD, hence why you see your text blocky on HD, sharpness creates artifacts.
Another reviewer told me about a nice thing about the sound, on the options set your sound to ON THE WALL even if it's not, you'll get much better sound.
As an afterthought, people should not be too concerned about SD as this will be non existant in a couple years, everything is going HD quickly.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2012 14:29:52 BDT
Ian Vincent says:
I tried turning down the hardness on HD broadcasts, but the text is still blocky. However, it isn't on all shows, so not necessarily the TV's fault. I would still factor the TV's ability to show decent SD broadcasts. Freeview, as of April 2012, have no future plans to bring more HD channels. Out of the 25 entertainment channels they transmit, only 4 are HD (albeit great channels). And if they do release more, will we need a new TV with new reception equipment (i.e. a T3 tuner)?
Of course, we could subscribe to HD channels with Sky and others, but then that adds wildly to the cost.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012 00:01:05 BDT
V. Fernandes says:
I believe the HD channels might not be HD at all, if you really want to see true HD, play a Bluray disc. If more channels do come out in HD is only logical the TV would get them. I personally don't watch TV at all, just movies and series from hard drives. You can subscribe to whatever you want, it's up to you if you want extra stuff. The TV is only a way of displaying the things.
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