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Sainsburys are currently offering the Sony KDL26u3000u 26" LCD for £349.99.

The cheapest I have found it elsewhere is £418 on Dabs with 3-4 week delivery time or £439.99 on Play.

TV Features:

Screen Size: 26''
Tuner: Digital
TV Type: LCD
Contrast Ratio: Up to 7000:1
Interfaces: SCART / HDMI / Composite
FREEVIEW
2 x HDMI
Dolby Virtual / BBE VIVA sound
Live Colour Creation
BRAVIA Engine
Dynamic Contrast Up To 7000:1
BRAVIA Theatre Sync
2 x SCART
1 x Component Input
PC Input
VESA Compatible

Just been to my local store and they had plenty in Stock. Also available is a 40" model for £599.99/
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#1
Why are people voting cold?

I know it may be more expensive in comparison to some other LCDs but if you can find a cheaper sony one please share the info! :?
#2
Prob cause its the U series which is a bit cheap and nasty. Its branded Sony but they don't make it and its picture quality and controls compared to the S, T, D and other series is limited. If your budget is 349 and you want a Sony your sorted but if you can stretch to one of the other Sony series they are a much better product.
#3
I agree the U series are not true Sony quality but Argos are selling the SONY KDL26S3000 (S series) for £395.00, got one yesterday and the picture and sound are fantastic. Well worth the extra £45 for a true SONY, + a three year warranty is only £69.99 not that I bothered with it.
#4
thanks for the advice, I've been after a 26" display and really would like a Sony as I guess they are one of the best brands?, so you are saying the KDL26u3000u is not as good as the KDL26S3000 ?
#5
?Got this for the bedroom, good tv, like sony anyway, quite happy with picture and set-up. Very good value for the money.
New model anyway, only released in November.
#6
I'm thinking of this one for my Kitchen really on the wall.
#7
Just a word of warning. My mother in law bought this earlier this year from Makro. A couple of weeks ago, the picture quality deteriated. She has waited until after Xmas to report it to Sony as she thought that there would possibly a problem getting an engineer to come out over the holiday period. Today she contacted Sony as the tv came with 1 years warranty but was informed that the warranty does not cover call outs for 26" tv's. She asked how she was going to get it repaired & was told to take it to a Sony Centre. My mother in law told the customer service adviser that she is a pensioner & doesn't drive & couldn't possibly carry the tv on a bus. The reply that she got was "you should have purchased a 32" tv". Local tv repair companies will not service Sony tv's. She has however been paying for a 5 year extended warranty but this does not come into effect until the 1 year warranty expires so now she will have to put up with the bad picture until she can claim on the new warranty.:x
#8
[SIZE=2][COLOR=#3c5890]nlwsaint[/COLOR][/SIZE] - That's pathetic... If Sony are willing to put their nsme on it surely they should be responsible for aftercare.

On the surface this looks a good price for a decent telly, but if it's not a Sony who is it? And who will be held resonsible for repairs/faults and so on?

Too many brands do this these days. I sometimes think it's better to get a Tesco's own make TV because you'll probably get the same one as you would paying £100 more!
#9
nlwsaint
Just a word of warning. My mother in law bought this earlier this year from Makro. A couple of weeks ago, the picture quality deteriated. She has waited until after Xmas to report it to Sony as she thought that there would possibly a problem getting an engineer to come out over the holiday period. Today she contacted Sony as the tv came with 1 years warranty but was informed that the warranty does not cover call outs for 26" tv's. She asked how she was going to get it repaired & was told to take it to a Sony Centre. My mother in law told the customer service adviser that she is a pensioner & doesn't drive & couldn't possibly carry the tv on a bus. The reply that she got was "you should have purchased a 32" tv". Local tv repair companies will not service Sony tv's. She has however been paying for a 5 year extended warranty but this does not come into effect until the 1 year warranty expires so now she will have to put up with the bad picture until she can claim on the new warranty.:x


I'm sorry but if it says that it doesn't have an onsite warranty then it doesn't have an onsite warranty.
#10
thecount
thanks for the advice, I've been after a 26" display and really would like a Sony as I guess they are one of the best brands?, so you are saying the KDL26u3000u is not as good as the KDL26S3000 ?


Yeah, the U series is a BRAVIA in name, but doesn't actually have the BRAVIA engine, all the other models do.

I'll do you a quick list of where the models sit in terms of technology (from the low end upwards), apologies in advance for any incorrect specs, I'm mostly going by Sonys promo booklet.

U series - basic telly

P & T series - gets you the BRAVIA engine.

S series - introduces Live Colour Creation.

D series - introduces 24p True Cinema, S-FORCE front surround (oddball range, 32" has Motionflow technology in 720p, the new 40" doesn't but has 1080p).

V series - introduces 1080p.

W series - introduces BRAVIA Engine EX, and x.v.Colour.

X series - flagship range, has everything including the BRAVIA engine PRO, the 70" model uses LED backlighting.

Hope this helps you untangle the mess of options that Sony expect people to fathom out :-D
#11
My local Sainsburys also has the 40" version in for £599 but I'm guessing it's also the u series.
#12
NX3
Prob cause its the U series which is a bit cheap and nasty.
Is this one a 'U' series model? Presumably this is a 'U'series or does the 'U' have to be in the middle of the model number? :?
#13
Nookster
Yeah, the U series is a BRAVIA in name, but doesn't actually have the BRAVIA engine
:?
Nookster
U series - basic telly
S series - introduces Live Colour Creation.
Hope this helps you untangle the mess of options that Sony expect people to fathom out :-D

So is the Sony KDL20S3050U an S or a U? :oops:
#14
nlwsaint
Just a word of warning. My mother in law bought this earlier this year from Makro. A couple of weeks ago, the picture quality deteriated. She has waited until after Xmas to report it to Sony as she thought that there would possibly a problem getting an engineer to come out over the holiday period. Today she contacted Sony as the tv came with 1 years warranty but was informed that the warranty does not cover call outs for 26" tv's. She asked how she was going to get it repaired & was told to take it to a Sony Centre. My mother in law told the customer service adviser that she is a pensioner & doesn't drive & couldn't possibly carry the tv on a bus. The reply that she got was "you should have purchased a 32" tv". Local tv repair companies will not service Sony tv's. She has however been paying for a 5 year extended warranty but this does not come into effect until the 1 year warranty expires so now she will have to put up with the bad picture until she can claim on the new warranty.:x


So cant you or another relative take it to the sony centre?
#15
Nookster

Hope this helps you untangle the mess of options that Sony expect people to fathom out :-D


I think the idea is that Sony don't want people to fathom it out, they want people to say "ooh, cheap Sony TV!" and buy it in ignorance.
#16
Good TV, voted hot. Even if it doesn't have the Bravia engine it still a nice form factor and good looking telly. Nice one!
#17
nlwsaint
Just a word of warning. My mother in law bought this earlier this year from Makro. A couple of weeks ago, the picture quality deteriated. She has waited until after Xmas to report it to Sony as she thought that there would possibly a problem getting an engineer to come out over the holiday period. Today she contacted Sony as the tv came with 1 years warranty but was informed that the warranty does not cover call outs for 26" tv's. She asked how she was going to get it repaired & was told to take it to a Sony Centre. My mother in law told the customer service adviser that she is a pensioner & doesn't drive & couldn't possibly carry the tv on a bus. The reply that she got was "you should have purchased a 32" tv". Local tv repair companies will not service Sony tv's. She has however been paying for a 5 year extended warranty but this does not come into effect until the 1 year warranty expires so now she will have to put up with the bad picture until she can claim on the new warranty.:x


Take it back to Makro they sold it and are responsible for arranging the repairs.
#18
kudos1uk
Take it back to Makro they sold it and are responsible for arranging the repairs.


Makro offer 3 year warranty on ALL tv's that they sell. Just return it for a full refund no questions asked and go buy another telly.
#19
usenetz
:?

So is the Sony KDL20S3050U an S or a U? :oops:


Hi there, it's a KDL20[COLOR="Red"]S[/COLOR]3050U, don't worry about the U at the end, just means it's a UK model AFAIK.
[mod]#20
Still available, thanks for the reminder errystan :)
#21
306maxi
I'm sorry but if it says that it doesn't have an onsite warranty then it doesn't have an onsite warranty.


And that excuses a bad attitude, poor customer service & a tv that lasts less than a year then? It's been repaired now anyway. It needed a new screen which the engineer who brought it back after 3 weeks told her that it had cost £500 to do it. Can't believe they didn't just replace it as it would have cost them a lot less. Now, the extended warranty that she has paid for, she has been informed is void because she has made this claim & it only came into effect 3 weeks ago.
#22
nlwsaint
And that excuses a bad attitude, poor customer service & a tv that lasts less than a year then? It's been repaired now anyway. It needed a new screen which the engineer who brought it back after 3 weeks told her that it had cost £500 to do it. Can't believe they didn't just replace it as it would have cost them a lot less. Now, the extended warranty that she has paid for, she has been informed is void because she has made this claim & it only came into effect 3 weeks ago.


The product failed. Get it fixed. Oh wait to get it fixed you have to take it back. You get what you pay for. Cheaper products generally don't come with an onsite warranty. More expensive products will usually come with an onsite or pickup warranty. Buyer beware.

Anyway why would Sony throw away the casing and all of the electronics behind it and replace the whole unit rather than just replacing the faulty bit.
#23
306maxi
The product failed. Get it fixed. Oh wait to get it fixed you have to take it back. You get what you pay for. Cheaper products generally don't come with an onsite warranty. More expensive products will usually come with an onsite or pickup warranty. Buyer beware.

Anyway why would Sony throw away the casing and all of the electronics behind it and replace the whole unit rather than just replacing the faulty bit.


Thanks, I'll pass this on to my 80 year old Mother in Law & tell her to be more careful with her pension money in future. Btw she paid £548 but hey, she got what she paid for.
I posted on this thread to let people know about the problem she had with the tv & the attitude of the customer service rep. In future I won't bother.
#24
nlwsaint
Thanks, I'll pass this on to my 80 year old Mother in Law & tell her to be more careful with her pension money in future. Btw she paid £548 but hey, she got what she paid for.
I posted on this thread to let people know about the problem she had with the tv & the attitude of the customer service rep. In future I won't bother.


But at the end of the day the fact that she's 80 is irrelevant. It's not Sony's problem.

It would be nice if they took pity on her because she's 80 and can't easily get the TV to a repair centre but they are by no means under any obligation to do so and I can guarantee that 999 times out of 1000 no company will give you onsite or pickup service on something that has a return to base warranty. I used to work for a Sony service centre before I moved onto a HP/IBM/Toshiba service centre and believe me just because someone was old or sick didn't mean we incurred cost just because of their problem. If someone brought a product in for repair and we screwed up and got it wrong then we would in some cases pick up the faulty unit to repair it again but only when it was our fault for the unit failing.

I think it's good that you let people know of the low quality of the TV. That's great. But to complain about the level of service you got when the warranty doesn't cover callouts is a little unfair on Sony. That's all I'm trying to say.
#25
Sony or Panasonic are the way to go for LCD TV's.

Try:

http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-tv/sony/bravia-kdl26v4000/sony-kdl26v4000u

For a much much better Sony at only 30 quid more.

If it floats your boat you simply cant beat the 5 year warranty offer at a measly 10%...

The Sony 40" V model on Richer Sounds is for those in the 40" market one to snap up!

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