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Sony KLV-L32M1

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by d'vo, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. d'vo

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    I went to a local branch of Alders (of all places), and happened to catch a glimpse of the new Sony KLV-L32M1 and immediately fell in love. It seemed to produce the best image quality of the all the LCD machines on show by far - even though the Philips 32PF9986 and another Sharp 32" model (I've forgotten the exact model number), were playing directly feed DVD pictures (these were my previous hot favourites) - and the Sony was at a disadvantage by showing Shrek2 via some shared feed, and it still blasted them fair and square.

    Now, this forum has been suspiciously quiet about the Sony KLV-L32M1 - perhaps a little too quiet. Have I missed a trick? The price seems to be right at £1700. I know it doesn't have HDMI/DVI etc which I am very annoyed about Mr Sony sir (especially as you gave it to the folks in the Good 'ol US of A) - but I think I can just about live without it.

    My question boils down to this: has anyone got one up and running. Have any niggles come to light? Would anyone recommend over the obvious competitors e.g. Philips, Sharp & Toshiba? What is it like with those poor Sky/NTL channels?
     
  2. spergabite

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    I have also been very impressed witht his TV. I too share your opinion that it is the best quality. Bear in mind that the DVD source is probably excellent. ie a high bit rate well mastered modern dvd disc. Stick on a ropey old film and im sure it will start to fail, like most LCD's...
     
  3. Cal

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    I did loads of research, viewed every model at least twice in different stores with different sources etc etc.

    LCD close up sucks compared with CRT, but when you get 6 feet away it is great.

    The Sony KLV-L32M1 was the best one in my opinion - the sharp looked washed out - the panasonic styling is a bit too "dixons" and the colours were not great, the toshiba was really washed out.

    I am very happy with it on my Sky+ box via RGB scart. Paid around £1650 and another £399 for a 5 year warranty - it's new technology so no-one knows what the long-term reliability will be.

    On DVDs via component the picture sharpens further and is great.

    On the X-Box via the component AV cable adapter it is also brilliant.
     
  4. d'vo

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    Thanks Cal. Any idea of the response time? Is there any motion blur/ghosting with your Xbox?
     
  5. Cal

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    Sorry have not checked back sooner.

    No ghosting on XBox - the picture from the XBox seems to be the clearest of any of them...

    The only drawback is the component rather than HDMI for HD signals. However that is a disadvantage based on a maybe promise from Sky of HD in 2006 over protected HDMI only. Based on Sky's other launches don't hold your breath
     
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    May be a good picture - slightly lacking in contrast. However, think carefully before buying this set. NO COMPLIANCE WITH HIGH DEFINITION....at all!

    Sony need a kick in the ........ It's also not very pretty....

    Jimmy
     
  8. jrs

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    How can you say that it doesn't have any HD compliance?
    Shouldn't a resoultion of 1366x768 be enough?
     
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    He's probably talking about HD on Sky. See cals post.
     
  10. CLH

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    It won't comply with Sky.

    Also it's likely that all HD might well need HDCP encyption. That can't be done over component only DVI/HDMI (unless you can find a non DVD forum player).

    That being the case the Sony is NOT HD compliant. A huge stumbling block.
     
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    Not very pretty eh?
    I think we all are allowed and must have different opinions,
    as I happen to think I looks a class above the rest.
    (apart from the other really expensive sonys)
     

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