Sony KDL-20S3000 - 20" Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview
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- Black suround 20'' HD ready LCD TV
- High performance 1 chip video processor
- WXGA panel (1366 X 768)
- 2 X scart
- Component input
- 1 X S composition
- VESA hole spacing compatible
- BRAVIA engine picture enhancement
- Dynamic contrast
- Integrated Digital TV Tuner (also receives analogue)
- High Performance 1-chip Video Processor
- 3D Comb Filter
- Virtual Dolby Surround Sound
- BBE technology for clear and easily audible sound
- HD Ready
- PIP Freeze to Pause Important Scenes on the Spot
- High Definition Mulitmedia Interface (HDMI)
- PC Input for use as a PC monitor
- Compact and Slim Design
- Non-Reflective coating on TV frames
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I did loads of research & had a shortlist of Samsung, LG & Philips 19" sets & this 20" Sony. If you are going down the same route, go to a retailer first & listen to the sound quality before you make up your mind. These thin LCD sets dont have anything like the sound quality of traditional CRT TV's, there just isn't enough space to get decent speakers in.
The Philips & Sony have some fancy electronics to enhance the sound quality & it does seem to work.
The Samsung is the smallest (and some may say best looking) set but like the LG, sound quality is poor with no decernable bass, even after adjusting the sound quality in the shop. The 19" Philips is enormous thanks to its wide screen surround. It's substantially taller and only marginally narrower than the 20" Sony which seems the best sound and a brilliant quality picture - but you do pay for it at the checkout.
I was also concerned about dead or locked pixels. I needn't haver worried, the screen is perfect.
If overall size is important, go to each manufacturers website & check the measurements as sometimes the quoted hight includes the built in stand, sometimes it quotes the hight without the stand. You'll find that the size of the stand does vary considerably between sets.
At time of writing, the best deal was at Amazon, and delivery was brilliant. Placed my order Thursday evening, set delivered 10am Monday - on standard free delivery. Excellent!
Hint, dont automatically go for the black 20s3000. The dark silver 20s3020 won't show dust like the black sets do, particualarly in a bedroom where case static will act like a dust magnet! And at time of writing this, they were both the same price at Amazon!
As with other Sony products, the manual is clear, and well presented - although if you're fairly gadget-savvy, it should be pretty easy to set the TV up without it. The on-screen menu is pretty straightforward, you can adjust the picture and audio to your heart's content. The sound effects are worth experimenting with, although don't expect the full cinematic experience from the onboard speakers, which are quite decent for a TV set this size (they're actually better than those on my 32" LCD TV, not a Sony I hasten to add...)
The quality of the casing is solid, if a little bit plasticky, and you have manual controls on the top of the set. I was surprised at how thick this TV is, but it has VESA spaced holes on the back if you wish to hang it off a VESA-compatible wall bracket (you can remove the stand that is attached). You can tilt the vertical angle of the screen if using the stand, but it's a little bit stiff - I wasn't sure it would move at first.
As another reviewer mentioned, depending upon the angle at which you view the screen, the image can appear darker in some positions, so it's worth getting it set up correctly. The image quality is good for a screen this size - DVDs play clearly, and TV images are good if not exceptional.
All in all, there are few LCD TVs in this size that have this many features for this kind of price (the Amazon price is decent, although I got mine for a bit less elsewhere).
Digital freeview added is very useful and it tunes all channels automatically.
I find the contrast from very bright to deep black is fantastic with all shades noticeable.
Probably too small for a living room tv but great closer up.
Also quick delivery from Amazon as others have quoted already
I have to say its a very nice TV for the bedroom or kitchen. Picture quality is great, you can view it from all angles and it still looks good. I tried a slightly cheaper 19" Toshiba and took it straight back as u had to look at it straight on, plus white light was bleeding from the edges. The Sony had none of these issues, and Im glad I spent more to get the Sony.
Sound quality is adequate as is the variety connections at the back of the set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This little telly has been used in our kitchen for years and we really like it. I am writing this review long after it was probably discontinued, but what the heck we still love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Bradbury
This is a smaller version of my main TV and is useful in smaller areas of the homePublished 17 months ago by chimera
Nothing i can actually say wrong with this, first off its a 'sony' so very reliable, it has a very nice colour, perfect size for my little room, and a very good price compared to... Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2009 by Mr. R. Howard
Very impressed with this TV! Clear - sharp picture, excellent sound (not at all tinny) Picks up all Freeview channels without a booster aerial! Couldn't be happier.Published on 10 Jun. 2009 by Elandco
Used this little TV in University for a year and it was perfect. I have a 26" Bravia back at home that got the 5 star 'WhatHiFi' treatment, and this smaller display is exactly what... Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2009 by W. King
Sony KDL-20S3000 - 20" Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview - Black Excellent performance, Picture quality second to non. Read morePublished on 8 May 2009 by Johnboy