When first set up, this TV had significant geometry problems. In particular, the top inch or two of the picture splayed outward horizontally by about a quarter of an inch in both directions. Fortunately I had purchased a service policy from the retailer (PC Richards, who were very helpful) which ... Read full review
When first set up, this TV had significant geometry problems. In particular, the top inch or two of the picture splayed outward horizontally by about a quarter of an inch in both directions. Fortunately I had purchased a service policy from the retailer (PC Richards, who were very helpful) which had frankly seemed silly at the time. The service person they sent was able to nearly, but not completely, correct this problem.
On further viewing, however, numerous other picture issues became evident. The left edge of the screen has a pronounced pink cast, mostly evident on light scenes. (I was watching the Winter Olympics and it seemed the Cat in the Hat had been busy.) When watching black and white sources the left half of the image is cool, while the right is warm. On letterboxed images the top of the image is noticably wavy, and on all images which are strongly geometric, such as news programs with multiple inset boxes, the horizontals are simply not straight. Finally, there is small a white "bloom" on the upper left portion of the screen, which is visible in some darker letterboxed images.
I asked PC Richards to replace the unit, which they did (as I said, they were very helpful) but the new set had a bright blue blotch in the upper right corner! I noticed that the new TV was manufactured in 2005, while the original one was made in 2004, which made me wonder whether Sony's CRT manufacturing is in decline. The new set also had a rediculous remote - I've seen better remotes for air conditioners. So I kept the first set, warts and all.
On the plus side, Sony has as good an interface as I've seen. The on-screen menus are simple to navigate. When adjusting the image, which I have to do more often than seems reasonable, the text does not get in the way, as it does on some TVs. The blacks are, as they say "inky." The sound is good fot a CRT TV, but not half what my 15-year-old Mitsubishi could do. The "silver" front of the set is attractive, but the quarter-inch-deep bezel around the picture reflects light from the room as well as from the TV itself. The unit also runs much cooler than my old Mitsubishi, which is nice in the summer.
Given the inexpensiveness of CRT technology, this TV is a good value, but I'd be wary of buying another from Sony without a good return/replacement policy from the vendor.
After about six months this TV has developed a high-pitched whine. Moving the set slightly alleviates it (sometimes) for a short while, which makes me think the problem is mechanical. Combined with the image problems, if I were reviewing this set now I'd give it a 3.