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Sony LCD KLV-L32M1 review by Home Cinema Choice magazine

Discussion in 'Sony TVs Forum' started by jota_esse, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. jota_esse

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    Hi,

    The Sony 32" KLV-L32M1 is (finally!) reviewed on the latest issue (Jan 2005) of Home Cinema Choice. Any chance one of the forum's contributors can share this article with the rest of us?

    Unfortunately for us in Portugal, the magazine is not distributed here...

    Thanks in advance!
    -JS
     
  2. Mad Jack

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    It states on the front cover: "UK'S BEST LCD TV!" and the set received Best Buy award.

    The reviewer reckons it delivers the same picture performance as the more expensive 32MRX1 model. The downside being that it suffers from the same lack of contrast.

    Here's some snippets:

    "Sony's new style flatpanel TVs have curves in all the right places"

    "The sculpted remote is a superb design too"

    "I'm impressed by the way Wega Engine adapts itself to a variety of different source footage."

    "Sonically, the set is acceptable and the built-in speakers are fine for general viewing."


    The last paragraph of the conclusion states:
    "Its picture quality is outstanding - given its price tag - it's stylishly designed and it's prepared for a high-definition TV future. "Provided you can live without PC connectivity it's the most irresistible proposition yet from Sony."

    After reading some of the recent threads around this site, I'm not sure he's correct with the "high-definition" statement......but I'm just reporting what the reviewer said.

    Hope that helps. :)
     
  3. CLH

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    Yes. It appears that Sony and the mags may all be caught short with that statement.

    Sony lack HDMi and DVi. Their players lack it.

    I cannot see them putting that right in the next 6-12 months meaning those products are seriously lacking.

    It's all very well that the Sony scores better than my Sharp on Sky material with it's WEGA engine if it can't do the things that I'll be asking my Sharp to do like handle upscale DVI signals and take a Sky HD feed.
     
  4. andya

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    i agree sony havent a clue what we brits are after ,i want the same spec as the americans.i would not even cosider a sony even if they gave me one for free after all what could i connect to it lol
     
  5. McGraw

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    What do the US models have that ours don't?

    Would it be worh importing one?
     
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    I've considered this - particularly the Sharp USA models that have both DVI and HDMI. To get TV you would need to buy a scaler to take output from Freeview or Sky to DVI (or HDMI), because they don't have a PAL TV tuner, and a DVI (or HDMI, or component) DVD player. I assume they would be able to take a 720p signal at 50Hz, but I don't know for sure. You might also run into waranty problems, and shipping would be a hassle. But the dollar is so weak at the moment that the prices look good.

    James
     
  7. digisocialist

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    Frankly I'm flabbergasted. I have the 23" model so there may be differences.... I accept the WEGA engine has some good stuff going on.. in SMART setting the picture adjusts to the different sources, it's very colourful and bright. But it is so grainy. I've mentioned this several times before but I am amazed that the review (according to the account above) states the PQ is 'outstanding'. My old Toshiba 20" blew the pants off it and that was over a year old. The Sony is HDTV ready but as I've just found out in another thread, this is only via it's component input, which is not going to be supported by Sky broadcasts anyway. It is a sexy looking TV I'll give it that and from 6ft the PQ on mine looks the b******s... But sometimes 6ft is just too far away. I would say they have this the wrong way round. The BBE sound is very good and I am impressed with this more than the Picture.... ah well, such is life.
     
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    Interesting isn't it.

    I opted for the Sharp on the basis of the sound despite some mags saying the picture was unforgiving on lesser sources.

    I've found the PQ to be uniformly excellent but the sound being 4 out of 5 not the 5 I was expecting.

    That said the Sharp gets better as it gets louder.
     

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