Saturday, 3 May 2008

Sony Bravia 20" KDL20S2030U

It was love at first sight. Ever since I saw the Sony Bravia 20” KDL20S2030U in the Sony shop in Sunderland I have lusted after it as Niles did for Daphne in Frasier.
Alas, the £550 price tag was a tad beyond my budget. However after some patience, perseverance and a very useful online-money-saving article in the Sunday Times, I found it on play.com for £299.
It arrived four days later, and on seeing it fell in love all over again. Surrounded by black matte casing, it is a beautiful, elegant, compact device; and looks impossibly smart and modern in any bedroom.
It also seems more tasteful and classy than the 40” Bravia in the family living room due to its smaller size, although the 40” is undeniably impressive.
The 20” is easier to carry, and is simple to install and set up. Plug it in, plug in the aerial, turn it on, and press the select button three times. That’s all there is to it.
It is a pretty thing to look at, and a joy to behold whether it is switched on or not. The remote control, despite it’s long length, has very few buttons on, and is effortlessly simple because of this
The picture is crisper than the 40”, and the colours are stark and bright. The Dolby Surround sound is clear, and the text and interactive service is easy to navigate and quick to respond.
Compared to our chunky old Toshiba, the Sony Bravias are mind-numbingly simple to turn on. The power button is far easier to locate on the top of the monitor. It is a small but very responsive button, a welcome change from stabbing your thumb into the Ancient Egyptian building block that is the Toshiba, while keeping hold of it for fear it will wobble, following a five minute search for the hidden, big, clunky button on the Toshiba.
The simplicity of the power button is a wonderful encouragement to turn the set off properly every time instead of putting it into standby, even just for five minutes. It therefore saves vital energy, too.
However our relationship is not perfect. Changing the channel seems to take a while, and the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) does not give a synopsis of a specific programme.
Also, a built in DVD player would have been welcome to save on an extra plug and two extra wires, but in a television as attractive as the Sony Bravia, these are minor quibbles.

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