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Topic # 30579 13-Feb-2009 15:49
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Hi there everyone,

Last week I replaced my old 29" Sony CRT with a Sony S Series 32" LCD- Model KLV32S400A. I know it is not even close to top of the line, but as I am a "poor" student, I wanted to get a TV for my apartment, not bigger than 32" (given that the lounge is small) and for under $1000. I managed to pick the TV up new for $855 on sale, seemed really cheap, given that any step up appeared to come in at easily over $1000.

Would the picture have been much better with a Full HD 32" Sony?

Is this TV any good anyway? So far, the picture looks really good. I have a Panasonic Micro System with a DVD upscale feature, which I have hooked up with an HDMI cable. At 720p, the SD DVDs actually look really good, even though the TV is only "HD Ready".

Unfortunately, the Microsystem AUX is only the two red and white RCA cables, so the TV sound that comes out of the Stereo speakers is probably not that great?

I also hook my Laptop up to the TV with a VGA cable, and that looks alright as well.

Now, I have only recently moved into this apartment, and I am looking at getting Sky. Would there be any point in me looking at getting MySky? Would it be worth it for the picture improvement, or would the improvement be only marginal and I should just get ordinary Sky Digital?

Should I perhaps look at getting Freeview Extraterrestial? I live in Wellington, so I should be able to get it via uhf?

Just finally, I'd quite like to get a PS3 for BluRay and a bit of gaming, but would this be overkill for the TV? And, would it be worth me looking into getting a Receiver with 5.1 speakers so that I can hook it up to the TV via HDMI? It is only a small apartment, but I would quite like the surround sound. Any recommendations?

Thanks, and apologies for all the questions!!


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  Reply # 195715 13-Feb-2009 16:36
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Relax, your TV is fine!

At 32" size, you need to sit quite close to notice a huge difference between HD Ready 720 and Full HD 1080.  You'll be fine at normal viewing distances.

Now you have a proper widescreen TV you'll want to feed it a widescreen picture.  Freeview or Sky Sat is good for this.  Up to you which source you chose. 

Mysky vs normal digital.  Difference is really the recording option on Mysky, not really the picture quality.  Others can comment on this.

PS3 into that TV is fine.

If it's a small apartment a all in one 5.1 dvd player and surround system might be the easiest quick and small scale solution over a receiver, up to you.  If you're a student, then this is almost certainly your best bang for buck option.

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  Reply # 195716 13-Feb-2009 16:42
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Thanks for the reply. Ok, so I didn't buy a dud. That's a start!

Yes, poor law student. Hopefully one day, rich lawyer. Smile

OK, well, I'll look into getting Sky Digital set up. I live in an apartment building, so this could be tricky.


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Reply # 195738 13-Feb-2009 19:41
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I thought lawyers always had an 'out' ie ask the question about the TV before actually buying!!!

Mark Ascroft

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  Reply # 195765 13-Feb-2009 21:53
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Good point...I did have an out, hence why I went ahead and bought it. 3 more days to get a full refund and over 21 days to exchange it for another TV.     
 Tongue out

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