"Sony's Comeback!!"4.5 starson by joelp
Pros: Excellent picture and sound
Cons: "Audio Out" configuration
Summary: I’ve been a loyal Sony TV fan for over 20 years but there’s no argument that Sony “dropped the ball” in the HDTV market and lagged behind competitors like Sharp. When I started my research several months ago for purchasing an HDTV, it appeared my loyalty had ended. Then to my delight, Sony came out with its BRAVIA series and after more comparison at the stores, I took a “leap of faith” and bought this TV. I’m glad I did.
The analog broadcasts are average at best but that seems to be true for all HDTVs. The digital broadcasts are as clear as my old CRT but the HD broadcasts are truly spectacular!! I spent a lot of time tweaking the Video and Audio settings but I’ve always done that with a new TV. As always, I turned down the “Color” (on this TV to “30”) which to me, gives much more realistic color and flesh tones.
The biggest negative I’ve found is the “Audio Out” configuration. Contrary to what Sony Customer Service told me before I bought the TV, the Audio Out jacks DO work when the TV speakers are set to “On”. If you’re like me and don’t want the hassle and mess that comes with a separate Surround Sound system, connecting the Audio Out jacks through your receiver to use your existing speaker system gives the next best thing to true surround sound given the SRS Surround Sound and BBE built into Sony TVs.
Besides an incredible picture and great sound, this TV looks like a work of art sitting in my living room. I think Sony is going to win back a lot its loyal customers with this BRAVIA series. If nothing else, Sony is back in the game!Updated
I meant to say that the biggest negative with the Audio Out configuration is that if you use your receiver and existing speaker system, the Volume and Muting have to be controlled separately. Small inconvenience for such a fantastic TV!Updated
I meant to say that the biggest negative with the Audio Out configuration is that if you use your receiver and existing speaker system, the Volume and Muting have to be controlled separately. Small inconvenience for such a fantastic TV!