1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Sony KD-28DX40 : First impressions and questions

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by super7, Mar 24, 2002.

  1. super7

    super7
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2002
    Messages:
    165
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Banbury, UK
    Ratings:
    +3
    Ordered one last week and finally managed to pick it up yesterday afternoon from John Lewis.

    First impressions are a mixture of good and bad (or good and frustrating).

    The set looks excellent, and has fantastic picture quality on DVD (Sony DVP-NS300) via RGB SCART - Watched A.I. last night in widescreen for the first time - much better than our old Mitsubishi 21" 4:3!

    Sound quality is pretty good. Not sure what 'Virtual Dolby' really adds to the equation, though. I'll probably upgrade to an AV amp in the next few months to get Dolby Digital / DTS (Just need to fine a way to hide the rear surround cables)

    Digital TV picture quality is excellent, but.... I can't get any BBC channels. These are all on multiplex 1 (according to www.dtg.org.uk/retailer/dtt_channels.htm ), but I don't get any of them. I use the Oxford transmitter, which definitely broadcasts this, but no joy as yet.

    Went to our local Currys this morning and they receive it no problem. Spent a frustrating afternoon trying to improve things by adjusting the aerial amp / changing leads etc. but no improvement. Signal strength according to the TV is about 90%, so I presume it must be our aerial to blame. Looking at some new houses in our village, they have much bigger aerials (with yellow plastic around the reflectors for some reason!) so I'll call a local firm tomorrow to get a quote. Any thoughts anyone before I shell out? How much should I be paying? What brands are best?

    Another question for anyone else with a KD-28DX40 (or possibly other Sony idTV) - what software version do you have ? Mine has r0.31, with 'loader' v1.01 (what does the loader do?). How often do Sony send over the air updates?

    As always, grateful for any replies.

    PS How much is the stand for the TV worth? - probably won't ever use it...
     
  2. Banjaxe

    Banjaxe
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2000
    Messages:
    63
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +3
    With digital terrestrial it isn't just the size of the aerial that matters but also the range of frequencies it can receive.

    Wth analogue the idea was that you would buy an aerial that would only receive the narrow band of frequencies for your area (all of the analogue channels are usually grouped together). You would look up the "Group" or "Band" for your area and buy the appropriate aerial.

    With digital they tend to use a lot more of the frequency spectrum so it's likely that will need a new aerial that can receive those additional frequencies.

    The yellow "bits" on the neighbours aerials probably indicate what range of frequencies they accept (but I think different aerial manufacturers use different conventions so be careful).

    When you say your TV is showing 90% signal strength that's probably just on the channels your aerial was designed to receive.

    Ronnie
     

Share This Page

Loading...