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Sony KLV-L32M1 Information

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Cal, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Cal

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    :confused: Buying a new TV is a minefield.....once you get started looking around you can't stop. :confused:

    Anyway - I want to buy the Sony KLV-32M1, but trying to find the exact specification is impossible.

    The Sony website claims it is:
    32" LCD Television
    WEGA Engine Display Technology
    Sophisticated Cosmetic Design
    WXGA Panel (1366×768 pixels)
    PAL Progressive Input

    Other websites claim it is only 1024x768!

    All the US websites state it has an HDMI connector but I think it is the US model only.

    Some sites claim it has 2 tuners, others one.

    I went to the Sony Centre on Tottenham court road today, naturally assuming they would know all about it. Whilst they could show me one (connected with a co-ax aerial lead and looking crap) they didn't have any specs at all or brouchures. When I asked to get it hooked up to a component DVD all they could manage was an RGB Scart connection. In a Sony shop.......

    So - does anyone have one of these who can give me the details? You can get them with a 5 year warranty for around £2,000 on-line (warranty is extra £400) and I want to order one at the weekend. All the talk of burn-in and heat spots has put me right off my original choice of the Panny W6....
     
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    Well I looked at the MR1 and the MRX1 today and was absolutely blown away by them. According to Curry's, both sets had freeview as standard, but as I have sky+ I wasn't totally bothered by this.

    I tested The Empire Strikes Back on these 2 sets and they were stunning - no difference in the pictures, just the surround packaging (with the MX1 featuring the floating design and seperate media box etc). There was NO smearing whatsoever on the Sony LCD. The picture was bright and clean.

    We then tested the Pioneer 435 - no comparison in the 2 sets, the Sony blew the Pioneer clean away.

    I have to add that I am the most critical person there is when it comes to picture quality, but I will be buying the Sony. I'm just waiting to try the 42" LCD from Sony before making a final decision.

    Having seen the Sony today, I can only say that LCD is the future. There is no way I will be buying a plasma now.

    Sony went through a bad patch in the 90's, they used to be top notch and I am pleased to say that they are back on top now. If only they were cheaper!

    The 32inch sets have no HDMI inputs and they are 1024x768. The W-VGA set is the 42 inch model at 1368 x 768.
     
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    Righty...........word of advice when you say Panny W6 i assume your talking about Panasonic's PW6 plasma, although admittidly good, LCD is a better form of technology for numerous reasons.

    Specs are as follows....

    32" 16:9 screen
    LCD High Def Ready
    Integrated analogue tuner, speakers, pedestal stand
    W-XGA panel (1366×768 pixels)
    Dolby Virtual Sound
    Component x 1
    Scart x 3
    Audio Input x 2
    Audio Output x 1
    S-Video x 1

    Any more info needed??

    Optional accessories......

    Wall bracket - SULW1
    Glass cabinet stand - SUPG3




     
  4. Cal

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    Many thanks for the info!

    The only other question is:

    I couldn't see fundamental differences in quality between the KVL-L32M1 and the KDL-L32MRX1 when I saw them side-by-side as they had a poor quality source. Is the X1 really worth the extra £1,000 just for a different style of case?

    I have another question re: what Sony Receiver to put with this screen and the new RDR-HX900 DVD-Recorder and whether to switch the video within the Amp or connect multiple sources directly to the screen but I suspect it would be off forum-topic!!! ;-)
     
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    There is another difference between Sony LCD models. The KLV-L32M1 has 1366×768 pixels panel and KDL-L32MRX1 has a 1280 × 768 pixel panel. Both have Wega Engine but I wonder if it works the same on both screens.
     
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    the media box will help keep cables out of the way if u wall mount it
     
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    Righty, the MRX1 comes complete with the Media Box which means if wall mounting its only one cable running up the wall.

    But more importantly, with the Media Box comes Freeview, Memory Stick Slot (so you can record onto Memory Stick in MPEG1 and playback on a PDA with Quicktime).

    Along with the Freeview comes with a 7 day Electronic Programme Guide, and the coolest feature of them all due to the dual INDEPENDANT tuners (1 x digital and 1 x analogue) you can use Pictue in Picture.

    A really good reciever is the STR-DB795......very underrated........great price, great product.

    HX900 - AWESOME!! Two Pass Encoding process is sensational.

    Ok, here goes.............

    The STR-DB795 comes with 'Video Up Convert'. However, its only from composite to S-Video. So, therefore, you would be better off connecting to the Media Box.

    Hope this helps!!

    Any more info required, just shout.


     
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    Before you splash out, have a look at the KLV-32M1 in dark grey and silver - i have seen this in the flesh so to speak and it looks nicer in my opinion, after all - black is the new silver.....
     
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    na black ans silver is the new silver
     
  10. Cal

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    Appreciate all your thoughts:

    Couple of things:

    - Going to use it with Sky+ therefore a tuner is of no use to me (esp now I have upgraded my Sky+ to a 250GB hard drive)

    - Going to be on a shelf rather than on the wall

    Therefore I am guessing the cheaper model will be fine and it is higher resolution! Black or Silver - hmmmm, it will go with some Kef 2002.5 speakers in Silver so I think Silver wins!

    The 795 Amp appeals but it is so much cheaper than the Hk AVR330 I was going to buy that I feel it can't be as good! But nowhere has both...
     
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    I'd love to hear from owners what their opinions are of either screen. Pic quality using sky dig, console dvd etc
     
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    [Copy my text from another post, since it's appropriate here as well]

    I'm choosing between the Xelos 32" and the Sony KLV-32M1. Unfortunately, I can't see both in the same store, so it's hard to compare PQ. However, I can get a much better price for the Sony at the moment, about 1870£ as compared to the price of the Xelos which is about 2845£. Is the price for the Sony too good to miss? I'm a bit bothered that the Sony hasn't got a DVI connection, is that something that is important? I'm thinking of getting the new Denon 2910 DVD-player which has both HDMI (going to connect to my Panasonic PT-AE700 projector) and DVI which could be used to connect to my upcoming LCD-TV.
     
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    Between the KLVL 32 M1 and the KLVL 32 MRX1 the LCD screen is not the same. the M1 had a screen ration of 16:9 while the MRX1 is a 15:9.

    Personaly, keeping in mind that the MRX1 is a 15:9 ,I think it is not worth spend more for it. In a shop I did not see significant difference in image quality. From a pure quality I put the 2 Sony, the new Phillips and the Toshiba in the same bag : very good.

    They all have the same shortage in black in dark room (I assume that the ambi light of Philips is a smart way to manage the problem).

    I have the Sony KLVL32 M1 Silver and it work very well on analog brodcast and withy my playstation (no image lag at all). With broadcast you can only see some image lag on very dificult situation like football but I think they come more from the processing than from the screen. On DVD, it is simply outstanding.
     
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    Hi - I,ve seen the KLV-L32M1 for £1649 at PCR Direct on the Net. Can anyone beat this. I may buy this tomorrow,
     
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    The Electric Shop (via Google/Hotbot): £1799, plus:

    Sony KLVL32M1 Black with free RDRGX300


    " SPECIAL OFFER Buy this Sony Plasma TV and get the Sony RDRGX300 DVD Recorder worth £299.99 ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! LCD screen 51 cm visible screen Nicam stereo sound Teletext Auto set up 2 Scart sockets Digital comb filter AV input Headphone socket Stand supplied 44.0 cm high 57.6 cm wide 20.2 cm deep Black Remote control"
     
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    :nono: :nono: If PCR Direct are selling the TV for £1649 (no delivery charge either) then surely you're not getting the DVDRecorder free if you fork out £1799 !!
     
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    Never said it was free, but since I can't see the Sony DVD recorder for less than £250, I'd say that was a better price, wouldn't you? :lesson:
     
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    I'm also looking at buying one but am keen to get it from John Lewis for their 5yr warranty.

    I want to price match at JL but can't find any walk-in stores that have it at anything less than retail. So does anybody know of any retail stores that have it for sale for less than £2300??

    Any help much appreciated.

    T.
     
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    :thumbsup: Mine arrived yesterday (£1649 delivery free) unpacked, connected Sky+, VCR and DVD, up and running in approx 15 minutes. Looks great so far.
     
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    interested in this - can anyone just confirm that this would play abroad (spain) ? and obviously it will play US dvds...?

    thanks.
     
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    Just seen this ( KLV-L32M1) with Toy Story on DVD, PQ was excellent, far better than any Plasma I have seen.
     
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    Pretty much any modern animated film should be excellent on any flat screen so Toy Story is not good material to judge picture quality by - the reason why digitally mastered animated feature films are frequently used to showcase flat screens. Arguably, LCD's display flat colour 'cartoon' images better than plasma technology due to the way that the image is lit.

    What distinguishes displays is how poor quality source is handled. It is much harder to get a high resolution LCD display to produce a decent image from a poor quality source, than say a standard resolution display, like some of the popular plasma's.

    So if you are comparing PQ, check out poorer quality source material from a known source that can be repeatedly viewed in similar conditions using near identical configurations on different displays. And I am not talking analogue terresteral feeds.

    -Ian
     
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    Well, as I reported earlier, I watched Empire Strikes Back on an MR1, a MRX1 and a Pioneer 435 and the Sony's were amazing. It was of course a DVD but I have never seen picture quality like it in the UK. (Seen HDTV on my travels though - amazing...)

    As Ian says, it's how it handles poor transmissions that really counts and the Sony's were fantastic on BBC1/2/ITV/CH4 in Curry's - an analogue transmission. I'm going for the MRX1 as I can use it as a computer monitor too.

    Wish I could afford the 42MRX1, eventually I will replace our downstairs 56" Tosh (which is stunning by the way) with a 50odd inch LCD.

    Once 42" LCD's become the sort of price that plasma's currently are it will be the end of the line for plasma as a technology.

    In fact I believe that plasma is yesterday's technology right now.....
     
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    Well I've had my 32MRX1 for a couple of weeks now and am very pleased with it.

    I have it wall mounted and it looks stunning...shame you can't remove the speakers like you can on some of the larger plasma models but it still looks great.

    The PQ from the onboard digi tuner is terrific with just so much detail. Everyone who has seen it has commented on the sharpness and amount of detail yet virtually no noise.

    DVDs also look tops and I have enjoyed a number of films so far.

    I am now feeding mine 720p from my LumagenHDP due to wanting to share Sky+ etc to both the TV and my PJ. The image is not that much better but is slightly smoother.

    Like all LCDs at the moment though it is slightly lacking in overall contrast and does loose some shadow detail but I don't feel that this is a major issue for me at least.

    I have recently replaced a 50" panny series 6 plasma with the MRX1 due to deciding that the plasma was both too small for films and too large for normal TV hence my change to a smaller LCD TV and a much larger PJ image for films - the perfect combination.

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    lee, what settings are you using for drc mode and pallete (and the other processing modes like contrast enhancer)? i keep changing my mind on which settings i prefer when watching footie, playing ps2 and watching sky/freeview.
     
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    Could someone just confirm a few things on the M1 for me:

    1. Is it 16:9?
    2. What's the actual diagonal measurement?
    3. Does it have component?
    4. Will it do NTSC prog scan?
    5. What's its auto switching ratio like?

    Thanks!
     
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    This interests me. Following my recent insurance claim for my damaged TV (it was a 20" LCD) I have been offered a replacement. I'm therefore recieving the KLV-L23M1B, which looks great on websites but I've never seen it in the flesh so to speak. The posts regarding the 32" model give me promise. I can't complain, the TV is replacing a 20" model I had and the Sony has better resolution, all the connections I wanted to replace my old one with and I heard was HDTV compatibe/ready, though I'm not entirely sure on this point.

    http://www.sony.co.uk/PageView.do?s...r/TVP+Widescreen+16x9+TV&productsku=KLVL23M1B

    Can't wait :)
     

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