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banned#1
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful:
2.0 out of 5 stars It's worth spending more for something better, 8 Jan 2011
By Mr. R. J. Jakeman "Roly1981" (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Sony Bravia KDL32BX300 32-inch Widescreen LCD TV with Freeview Bravia Engine 2 (Electronics)
I was very disappointed with this TV. I was a little reluctant to buy it in the first place as it had no customer reviews on Amazon and a Sony Bravia 32" for under £300 seemed to good to be true. I should have trusted my instincts - the picture quality is dreadful. As another reviewer here has noted, it leaves trails across the screen whenever there is fast movement, especially when the image is quite dark. The other reviewer said that this can be got used to - well i disagree. I have tried to put up with it, but watching an episode of House last night was the final straw - the red of the characters lips was just being splashed all over the screen every time they moved - just unwatchable, so i am returning this item to Amazon.
I have another Sony 32" at home which I got 2-3 years ago which is excellent - the KDL-32D3000. Unfortunately this model is not a patch on that one. This model is very poor and is obviously aimed at those on a budget who aren't too fussy about quality: In fact i saw them stacked up in Tesco the other day. I have always trusted Sony but this has shaken my faith in them a bit - especially as I also recently had to return a Sony Blu-ray player (Sony BDPS370 Blu-ray Player) due to it emitting a loud whirring noise during playback. Once all of my refunds have been processed i think I will try a different brand of TV/Blu-ray player. It's either that or spend more on a decent Sony product instead of their bargain basement, bottom-of-the-range tat like this.
banned#2
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
2.0 out of 5 stars Sony KDL32BX300, 6 April 2011
By Taff - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Sony Bravia KDL32BX300 32-inch Widescreen LCD TV with Freeview Bravia Engine 2 (Electronics)
You do get what you pay for! Having researched the market I discovered that there were a number of different series of sony 32" models and this one is the worst. Definately worth paying more to get Freeview HD and 100hz - need to visit somewhere where you can compare the different Sony models - quite amazing the difference
banned 1 Like #3
This review is from: Sony Bravia KDL32BX300 32-inch Widescreen LCD TV with Freeview Bravia Engine 2 (Electronics)
Unfortunately I didn't take heed of the other poor reviews & had to find out myself :(

This is not a great TV - surprising as both my mum & boyfriend have bravia's but the EX models (which amazon said the BX was a newer version of - & therefore i assumed better).

Just like some of the other reviewers noted - the TV takes an annoyingly long time to boot up and the blurring on moving images was so bad while watching a lady with red lipstick that I had to change channel.

Looking at the reviews for the KDL32EX301U seems like it's a much better model for the same price. Don't make the mistake I did!
#4
decent brand - check
decent specs - no
decent discount - check
value for money - check
heat added - check



Edited By: championmongo1 on May 04, 2011 13:34: spelling
banned 1 Like #5
decent reviews ?

LOLing
#6
horacevankhute
decent reviews ?

LOLing

No but what kind of 32" TV do you expect for £229.99 and knowing Sony, performance would be improved following an update to the latest firmware. Two bad reviews isn't conclusive evidence that this is a bad TV, more people complain than praise. It would be interesting to know what source these reviewers were inputting, i.e. basic freeview is going to look worse than Sky HD. Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable... ;)

P.S. I do believe in using better quality HDMI cables (I use Monster cables bought for around £16 not the £150 RRP) but would never dream of spending more than £20! If spending over £1000 on a decent A/V set-up poundland cables are a step too far with obvious motion handling and timing errors coupled with a loss in clarity of the audio.

Edited By: championmongo1 on May 04, 2011 13:52
banned#7
"Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable"

yeah right- spend £229 on a cheap TV and £150 on a cable
#8
Trying my best to start a fight! :p
2 Likes #9
horacevankhute
"Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable"

yeah right- spend £229 on a cheap TV and £150 on a cable

My sarcasm is more subtle than I thought...
#10
Don't be fooled just because it is Sony - you can get a better LG etc for this price...
banned#11
completely satisfied-- great picture, lightweight, stylish, July 8, 2010
By THATCH "RST" (OHIO) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE)
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Sony BRAVIA BX 300 Series 32-Inch LCD TV, Black (Electronics)
As a TV for the bedroom, I have been completely satisfied with this TV. Compared to others in its price range the size and weight are less. The style is better. The picture is great with HDMI. I have found the contrast ratio is great as well-- so bright whites!

I've also found that it cleans up bad interference on the analog channels on my cable that are rebroadcast in digital where my other TV's show the interference this one does not.

Setup was easy and use is very easy.

It is feature & input rich, a great picture-- I couldn't be any more satisfied with this TV. Very glad I chose it.

Edited By: ewwaxo on May 04, 2011 14:19
#12
hot
#13
Can I use this as a desktop monitor?

Thanks in advance.
#14
I have this tv and i'm more than happy with it. You get what you pay for really. The start up time is hardly 'annoying' as others have claimed. As far as the blur on moving images is concerned, i have only really noticed it when playing on FIFA.
1 Like #15
You can also use it as a desktop monitor. Just don't sit too close.
#16
nowadays 32 inch isn't so big anymore for a living room tv, mine is 32 and seriously needs to upgrade!
#17
AsherDG
You can also use it as a desktop monitor. Just don't sit too close.


Cheers for that so are you 100% sure I can use this as a monitor ie ratio or other bits and bobs would be perfectly fine for a monitor?

Edited By: big kell on May 04, 2011 15:36
#18
Poster on the Avforums suggested this model is assembled on Sony's behalf at a factory in Poland (possible Funai factory). I can't find any mag reviews, though Test Freaks gives it a decent score. I think if you buy it expecting a top of the range viewing experience you may be disappointed. If you buy it thinking that a Tesco brand would cost not much less, you are probably going to be quite happy with it.
1 Like #19
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.
#20
I love Sony. No one comes close to the quality of their TV's IMO. Just a shame they don't offer much competition price wise with the likes of LG/Samsung.

Amazon, Play, M&S have all given out people's details. Won't you be using them anymore either? You have ever right to be disgusted with them - it's terrible the way it has happened but loads of companies seem to get away with it now without any repercussions.
#21
big kell
AsherDG
You can also use it as a desktop monitor. Just don't sit too close.


Cheers for that so are you 100% sure I can use this as a monitor ie ratio or other bits and bobs would be perfectly fine for a monitor?


You'd probably have to scale the size down or up using the ATI / Nvidia control panel. Quite easy to do though :)
#22
championmongo1
Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable... ;)

P.S. I do believe in using better quality HDMI cables (I use Monster cables bought for around £16 not the £150 RRP) but would never dream of spending more than £20! If spending over £1000 on a decent A/V set-up poundland cables are a step too far with obvious motion handling and timing errors coupled with a loss in clarity of the audio.

All these posh cables are a con. It's a simple digital signal - it's either good enough or it isn't. A better cable doesn't give you a marginal improvement. A cheap cable will either be 100% fine or completely useless. If it's a long cable run then extra shielding is worth paying for, but apart from that you may as well get your cables from the pound shop.

http://gizmodo.com/#!363154/audiophile-deathmatch-monster-cables-vs-a-coat-hanger
#23
Can't wait for the temperature voting to change. This is clearly not a hot deal.

Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.


This makes no sense. You don't go online with this TV. If you want to boycott Sony all together because they fail at online systems, go ahead, you're just missing out. Sony is known for making bad software, their hardware however is top notch (though not in this case).
#24
big kell
AsherDG
You can also use it as a desktop monitor. Just don't sit too close.


Cheers for that so are you 100% sure I can use this as a monitor ie ratio or other bits and bobs would be perfectly fine for a monitor?


It will look rubbish as a monitor due to 1366x768 on a 32" screen. The picture will look blocky. Its good if using as a meadia player monitor but not for everyday surfing & Word/excel. If you want to use a 32" as a monitor then I'd invest money in a 1080p LCD TV. I've seen some 1080p's on HUKD for aroud £230 too :3
1 Like #25
As has been suggested this is not a real Sony. The BX range are all outsourced to third parties.

Sony quality is not what it was. They have sold all their TV manufacturing facilites in Europe to third parties so apart from the top models even the higher ranges although made in former Sony plants (Spain and Czech Republic.) are not actually produced by Sony.

Also basic1366x768, no freeview HD, etc..

IMHO the similarly priced Samsung or LG models offer more.
#26
I've not bought anything Sony for a good few years now after way too many bad experiences with their products. I happily stick to Samsung for everything now. Heat for the price, good price for what it is.
#27
montana78
big kell
AsherDG
You can also use it as a desktop monitor. Just don't sit too close.


Cheers for that so are you 100% sure I can use this as a monitor ie ratio or other bits and bobs would be perfectly fine for a monitor?


It will look rubbish as a monitor due to 1366x768 on a 32" screen. The picture will look blocky. Its good if using as a meadia player monitor but not for everyday surfing & Word/excel. If you want to use a 32" as a monitor then I'd invest money in a 1080p LCD TV. I've seen some 1080p's on HUKD for aroud £230 too :3


I used a 32" 720p HD ready LCD with my pc for 4 years at a distance of 5 feet and the 1360x768 resolution was excellent.
#28
Decisions decisions
#29
Desp
Decisions decisions


As I will do tomorrow vote NO ! Its not a Sony! Its a heap! I voted cold!
#30
martinjparker
championmongo1
Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable... ;)

P.S. I do believe in using better quality HDMI cables (I use Monster cables bought for around £16 not the £150 RRP) but would never dream of spending more than £20! If spending over £1000 on a decent A/V set-up poundland cables are a step too far with obvious motion handling and timing errors coupled with a loss in clarity of the audio.

All these posh cables are a con. It's a simple digital signal - it's either good enough or it isn't. A better cable doesn't give you a marginal improvement. A cheap cable will either be 100% fine or completely useless. If it's a long cable run then extra shielding is worth paying for, but apart from that you may as well get your cables from the pound shop.

http://gizmodo.com/#!363154/audiophile-deathmatch-monster-cables-vs-a-coat-hanger

100% correct - £1.50 HDMI Cable will give exactly same performance as a £150.00 HDMI Cable (within 2-3 metre lengths certainly) - a lot of people fall for that
#31
dmm1000
martinjparker
championmongo1
Also wonder if they had 'invested' in a decent £150 HDMI cable... ;)

P.S. I do believe in using better quality HDMI cables (I use Monster cables bought for around £16 not the £150 RRP) but would never dream of spending more than £20! If spending over £1000 on a decent A/V set-up poundland cables are a step too far with obvious motion handling and timing errors coupled with a loss in clarity of the audio.

All these posh cables are a con. It's a simple digital signal - it's either good enough or it isn't. A better cable doesn't give you a marginal improvement. A cheap cable will either be 100% fine or completely useless. If it's a long cable run then extra shielding is worth paying for, but apart from that you may as well get your cables from the pound shop.

http://gizmodo.com/#!363154/audiophile-deathmatch-monster-cables-vs-a-coat-hanger

100% correct - £1.50 HDMI Cable will give exactly same performance as a £150.00 HDMI Cable (within 2-3 metre lengths certainly) - a lot of people fall for that

I disagree, when comparing my Monster HDMI cables versus the bundled sky HD HDMI lead there is difinately a performance difference. Cheaper cables with substandard construction and materials will have minute timing errors whilst not visible to most will be all to plain (delayed pixel change/slightly inferior blacks in certain scenes/slightly inferior motion capability/vastly inferior sound through a decent amp) to see/hear for serious A/V enthusiasts. Having said that £150 is a step too far however paying less than £20 for a decent cable is worth it especially if you have a high end TV/surround sound/blu ray set up! When spending £1,000+ on a TV, what is £20 for a decent cable?
#32
championmongo1


I disagree, when comparing my Monster HDMI cables versus the bundled sky HD HDMI lead there is difinately a performance difference. Cheaper cables with substandard construction and materials will have minute timing errors whilst not visible to most will be all to plain (delayed pixel change/slightly inferior blacks in certain scenes/slightly inferior motion capability/vastly inferior sound through a decent amp) to see/hear for serious A/V enthusiasts. Having said that £150 is a step too far however paying less than £20 for a decent cable is worth it especially if you have a high end TV/surround sound/blu ray set up! When spending £1,000+ on a TV, what is £20 for a decent cable?



Money down the drain, a cheap HDMI Cable will perform exactly the same.
#33
Inactive
championmongo1


I disagree, when comparing my Monster HDMI cables versus the bundled sky HD HDMI lead there is difinately a performance difference. Cheaper cables with substandard construction and materials will have minute timing errors whilst not visible to most will be all to plain (delayed pixel change/slightly inferior blacks in certain scenes/slightly inferior motion capability/vastly inferior sound through a decent amp) to see/hear for serious A/V enthusiasts. Having said that £150 is a step too far however paying less than £20 for a decent cable is worth it especially if you have a high end TV/surround sound/blu ray set up! When spending £1,000+ on a TV, what is £20 for a decent cable?


Money down the drain, a cheap HDMI Cable will perform exactly the same.

That's your opinion and that's grand. My own tests have satisfied me that my 'investment' of ~£16 was worth while. This is a topic that will always devide opinion and I always find it interesting how polarising it can be!
#34
[quote=championmongo1

That's your opinion and that's grand. My own tests have satisfied me that my 'investment' of ~£16 was worth while. This is a topic that will always devide opinion and I always find it interesting how polarising it can be![/quote]

Not an " opinion " a matter of fact.

You have been sucked in by the hype.
#35
Have you conducted your own tests or are you purely going on something you have read on a forum?

If you agree with something you have read on a forum then that is an opinion not 'a matter of fact'!

I'm not bothered about hype but I'd rather spend extra and get a quality product!

A quality cable will probably have no benefits if you are connecting poor quality TVs/surround sound/blu ray equipment as a cable can only do so much but on high end equipment, my own testing showed a distinct performance difference!




Edited By: championmongo1 on May 05, 2011 12:36
banned#36
Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.

So if someone breaks into your house it's your fault?
I'm sure Howard Stringer is crying at the loss of your custom.
1 Like #37
sennasnit
Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.
So if someone breaks into your house it's your fault?
I'm sure Howard Stringer is crying at the loss of your custom.

Love your profile pic.
banned#38
championmongo1
sennasnit
Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.

So if someone breaks into your house it's your fault?
I'm sure Howard Stringer is crying at the loss of your custom.


Love your profile pic.

it's my cat, Obi.
#39
sennasnit
Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.

So if someone breaks into your house it's your fault?
I'm sure Howard Stringer is crying at the loss of your custom.



I am responsible for my house, Sony are responsible and have a duty of care to secure their customers personal information.
1 Like #40
sennasnit
championmongo1
sennasnit
Inactive
Why would anybody buy any Sony products after the way the treat their customers personal details, I will never buy another Sony product.
So if someone breaks into your house it's your fault?
I'm sure Howard Stringer is crying at the loss of your custom.

Love your profile pic.
it's my cat, Obi.

Obi is cute! I have a black cat Mongo (named after the giant gingerbread man in the Shrek 2) and he is in a similar position! :)



Edited By: championmongo1 on May 05, 2011 14:13

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