Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV – Far too basic


I needed a replacement television and decided to get a sony television and haven’t been disappointed. Firstly it looks fantastic and is solidly built and sturdy. Most importantly is that the sound and picture quality is perfect: deep, rich colours and excellent picture detail and contrast, with equally impressive bass and surround sound. Overall, i’m genuinely really chuffed with my new 26-inch sony lcd television and pleased that i purchased a tv from a brand that is highly respected by both industry and consumers alike.

I live in a bad freeview area therefore there is no point paying extra for freeview hd build in televisions. I already have a freesat hd box so that transmits at 1080i and this tv can display the picture in glorious quality. The bezel is very neat with the two tone colour adding a bit of interest. Picture is great and there is loads of flexibility with 4 hdmi connections and usb slots. Not sure why scart sockets are ever present and i look forward to the day when that format is finally banished to technology hell. Epg quite quick, though tv takes about 30 seconds to boot up. . Agonising when you are rushing from one room to another mid programme. We have ours in a relatively big bedroom and it is perfect. Only trivial point is it has no dlna/ethernet and only 50hz refresh rate. But then i knew that when i bought it and the price is a lot cheaper than tv’s with those features.

So far, it hasn’t let me down. Great colour, good make, stylish and it’s fantastic. There was no guarantee, it was missing.

Nice telly, easy to set up, good picture. We live in the sticks so we don’t receive digital yet so i don’t know if the digital is ok. But up to now very satisfied.

Bought this tv for second room, chose sony as we have been very pleased with larger bravia. Straightforward set up, bit of tweaking required to get colour settings as desired and voila, a great little telly. It has lost a star because the silver grey band along the bottom is really quite distracting.

This tv arrived really quickly and was easy for me to set up on my own. (i am quite a mature lady of bus pass age) i love the picture and colour and all the features. I only have a small living room so the size of the set is right for me. I realise there were cheaper sets around but i am pleased i bought sony and very satisfied with my purchase.

  • Sound choice for the confused!
  • Perfect if you already have a HD Source
  • Sony strikes again

Bought this sony tv for the library as our old crt tv blewup. This new tv is great very easy to set up and i didnt adjust picture or sound as it was just fine. I read some reviews previous to buying it some comments i felt were unjustified, viewing angle is perfectly acceptable and the manual on screen is fine, also on this 26” the stand does not tilt thats why the other chap couldnt.

This packaged set was easy to assemble ie attachment of its stand and very easy to get working using its auto-tune. The picture is very clear and the sound is better than most sets i have used in the past. I am very satisfied with it and can recommend it.

I had to downgrade from my 32 inch sony because of small new space but i am not regrating. I adore that tele as i do my iphone. Hope i made it clear how cool is that product and amazon servicelunik.

My husband and i have a 3 year old sony bravia 26 inch tv, with which we are very pleased. On this basis, we bought my mother-in-law a kdl26ex302. Our current tv has a comprehensive manual; however, the new kdl26ex302 model only comes with a much briefer version, probably because of its more limited capabilities. For example, with our older 26in bravia, it is possible to set up the dvd recording of a television programme directly from the electronic programme guide, with a couple of easy button clicks on the remote control. The newer kdl26ex302 does not have this highly desirable function. In fact, we’re still not sure how to record digital programmes (using a sony dvd recorder) on the non-terrestrial channels, or whether it is even possible. Called sony to ask if we were doing something wrong. The technical assistant, though pleasant, was less than useless. Sony have skimped on the kdl26ex302.

I was looking for a tv suitable for use in a bedroom. We currently have a sony bravia in the lounge, and like it very much. All the details about the product were there to review so that we could decide and make a decision. Very quick delivery and delighted with our purchase.

00 on the following mondayit set up easily and has a very good picture. Even though we only have an old (and internal) arial, the main digital channels are fine. It is a perfect tv for our situation.

The tv was ordered from amazon and i paid for first class delivery 1-2 working days. It arrived on a saturday which was within the 2 days so i was very pleased. The tv itself was easy to set up and so far has proved to be everything i wanted. I have to say i haven’t done much with it as yet other than turn it on and watch tv. The 2 complaints i have about the tv are that you don’t get a manual. This is built electronically into the tv which is fine for those techno people but those of us who have to take things step by step are supposed to remember or sit down and write out our own instructions on how to use the tv. Thus why i haven’t done much with it other than turn it on. I can’t see that a manual would have cost them that much more. The other complaint is the remote which is an awkward shape and not at all pleasant to hold. It is very square with harsh sides – not at all like the rounded comfortable hold of my old remote.

Super fast delivery from amazon bearing in mind the christmas rush which has caused problems this year. The quality of the picture is excellent and the ability to use a usb device is very useful. Extremely good value for the price i paid for it – took about 25 minutes to set up as i found the assembly of the stand slightly tricky. Other than that, no problems and performed very well over the christmas period.

The picture is excellent, and although it takes a while to ‘boot up’, everything is very user-friendly and responsive. Despite diagrams in the printed handbook showing that you can adjust the vertical angle of the screen from the base, i was unable to do this, and the screen is set at a rigid 90 degree angle from the base and the lowish table that the set is on. I’ve had to put a strip of carpet under the front of the base to get the screen angle correct to be viewed from the sofa i tried the sony website, faq’s – nothing about the setting up of the screen on the base at all.

Bought this to replace a sadly dropped crt set. I don’t think that lcd sets do too well with standard definition content and this sony is no exception. It also suffers from the boxy sound caused by the current vogue for downward firing speakers. In nearly all other respects it is first rate. Well built with a stable stand and a steel stem for the stand. My big gripe is that the set up menus cover half the picture which makes seeing the effect that changing picture settings have almost impossible. Sony make updated firmware (tvs operating system) available from their website which panasonic do not. I would suggest turning off picture noise reduction and a couple of dubious sounding picture enhancement settings off for best results.

Great picture and sound, good epg in that it keeps sound on current station while you explore (unlike previous panasonic)looks good and is perfect size (26′)for bedroom.

The hardware was fine and on the whole was setting up. The colour was good and the range of viewing angles is good, but not quite as wide as the panasonic. Overall it was easy to use, my only real gripe, which may apply to other modern televisions, is that the paper manual only covers basic set up. An on screen manual covers the rest. I had a bit of a problem finding out how to access a usb memory stick which was not helped by having to flick backwards and forwards from the menu to the manual. However once i understood how the menus work it was straight forward. Viewing photos was an important feature for me. A really nice feature was that the full folder structure on a usb memory stick was retained, unlike some tvs which take sd cards and all folder structure is ignored.

I’m fairly happy with the television, but it’s far from perfect. The picture quality is excellent and sound quality is good for a small tv. Though i have a satellite service it’s good that it has freeview built-in. But the positioning of the manual controls is rather annoying. Being placed around the back of the tv, it means i have to use them by touch only. My biggest criticism, however, is that it takes ages to switch on, even from standby. The lag is so much longer than my last tv.

Very pleased with this sony, purchased for my kitchen. Picture quality is excellent. The light sensor function is relly good, it really works (i thought that it was just a gimmick). It adjusts the colour of the vision dependant on the light source entering the room. My only niggle is that when switched on it takes a few seconds to warm up and a sony logo comes up first which i find annoying. Other than that an excellent buy.

We love this tv it’s just the right size for us, and the viewing is perfect and price was great.

This tv has fantastic picture quality – with some lcds the picture looks dark when viewing from certain angles, but no matter what angle you are viewing from, the picture on the sony bravia is crystal clear. The tv was easy to set up, and overall we are super happy with it. It was great value for money.

This tv was delivered swiftly and works well. We have suffered picture break up occasionally since digital switch over but hopefully that will settle shortly.

I bought this tv following another recent purchase for a samsung. It was easy to compare the two – the samsung won. The sony bravia does not have as many picture or sound modes as the samsung, the sound is a bit tinny, the screen doesn’t swivel and the freeview programme doesn’t allow you to pre-schedule a programme you want to watch. Definitely inferior to samsung but it’s ok.

Great tv, connected to our bt vision box via scart. Excellent picture very pleased with the bravia image. Upgrading from a sony crt and this was an excellent buy.

As one would expect from sony, this a great tv with a fantastic picture and great sound. And, if properly set-up, it has incredible responsiveness and source flexibility. But therein lies the rub for the tv is entirely let down by the appalling lack of information in the box and available on the sony website. In the box there is a set-up manual that describes wiring the tv in and a booklet euphemistically entitled ‘operating instructions. ‘ this includes start-up instructions but for full information about using the tv with the remote the only instruction is to use the onscreen ‘i-manual. ‘ needless to say, if you want to change anything on the tv this is useless unless you have a very good memory or take notes. There is a full manual on the sony website but that is not easy to get to — make sure you make an exact note of your model number before trying. Although this pdf contains all the information that should have been in the box, it is clearly not for printing out. The format is landscaped a4 with a strip of white containing a few lines of text on a black background. The manual runs to 83 pages.

After looking at other brands for months both online and in showrooms i bought this in time for the world cup to replace a very good but aging phillips 20′ lcd. The set took about ten minutes to unpack, plug-in, hook-up and switch on. I didn’t have to fiddle with the settings to get a great picture or sound, just turn dynamic and surround sound on, tweak the backlighting and contrast down a little to my taste and hey presto – a great tv. The unit is not much bigger than the 20′ it replaces and is extremely light but feels solid and well built. The on-screen menu is very detailed and with many options but easy to use and navigate. I don’t regret this purchase at all and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a quality lcd by a respected manufacturer at a very good price.

Bought the sony kdl26ex302u after weeks of research and a visit to a sony and a panasonic shop. I am totally blown away with it. The new sleek look and amazing picture quality surely takes it to top spot in the ‘budget’ main make tv war. Installation took 10 minutes and freeview quality is excellent. Would recommend this tv without hesitation.

This was bought for the bedroom, because my wife felt a 32inch panel would be too big. The set sits on a chest of drawers and does not dominate the room. It is linked up to a dvd player and virgin cable tv box. Great television, in the mould we have come to expect from sony. This is 720p/1080i in performance, so not the highest specification but, in the role we have it, this provides an excellent colour pallette, crisp sound and a warm image. Great delivery, too – next day.

I bought this because i already have a sony lcd which is great, and sony have a great name with tv’s. It also looks very different to the typical black box looking tv’s. I am totally satisfied with this tv, it looks great, and the picture quality is spot on. The on screen menu is easy to use. The auto set-up is faultless, and very easy to use. The only minor gripe is the remote control, where there are 2 rows of of circular controls, which make it easy to press the wrong button.

Delivered satisfyingly quickly (next working day on standard free delivery) – well done amazon again. The picture is better than the crt set it replaced. Easy to set up: the hardest part is screwing on the stand and that was easy enough. The tuning was completely automatic for analogue, digital and the accessory boxes, putting the stations in order as well. Better sound than i expected through the internal speakers, works best when set to dynamic and surround sound. There is a few seconds pause when you first switch it on, perhaps as the backlight gets up to colour temperature, then a sony logo pops up with a chime – some people might find this irritating and it can’t be prevented. It doesn’t annoy me at all as it’s fairly subtle. Sony are still tops when it comes to tv’s.

Brought tv to go in kitchen and we are very pleased so far with picture quality and soundbecause it has freview we also have the benefit of the radio channels.

This is my third sony tv and have had good and long service out of my previous two. This model is excellent quality like my others. Easy to set up,built in freeview and brilliant picture quality. Hd ready and good sound, remote is user friendly and well laid out. It has four hdmi inputs so it’s no problem connecting dvd player and sky box etc. Have never had any faults with my sony tv’s and i am very pleased with this one.

But, confusion reigned, as we thought hd ready meant we would be able to receive hd channels. Upon looking at which website re this issue/definition (no pun intended) – we discover that there is confusion as to what hd actually means. Confusion; even between manufacturers.Some who say hd ready in their descriptions means there is a hd tuner built in – some who claim to be hd ready but are only suitable for hd devices – such as a set top box, or sky. Or even hd hardware plugged into tv. In other words they will not be hd just through a digital aerial. Looks like we may have to up grade our tv in future by purchasing a set top box – or go without hd channels that may come on line in the future – and therefore miss outit seems there needs to be a universal definition for what hd ready means.

Picture quality and sound is superb. Lots of connections so the kids games kit, dvd, etc all connected so easily. Out of the box and working in 10 mins – great. My only niggle would be the gloss surround that can cause reflections at times but that’s all.

Ordered tuesday morning, arrived wednesday morning, amazing. I’m delighted with this set. Had it unpacked and running in 15 minutes. Picture and sound is excellent. Size is perfect for a small room.

In general i found it to have good picture quality, although, this falls off when viewed from an angle. The sound quality could be better with the set reverberating on lower frequencies when the volume is turned up. But, in an age of fast electronic function, it is so slow both when turning it on and in channel change. In my innocence, ‘hd ready’ means only ready with the proper tuner.

Just received this tv to replace a slightly older model. It was easy to set up and the picture’s fine. But i really wonder why the einsteins in the sony design department think it makes sense to have downward-facing speakers under the set instead of putting them on the front. The result is that you have to crank up the volume, bounce it off whatever the tv is standing on and fill the room with sound if you want to hear the tv ok. Even then, speech sounds muffled. Of course, it’s great if you want to listen to the tv when sitting behind it. But i, like most people, generally put my tv against a wall and tend to prefer watching it when i can see what’s going on on the screen, ie by sitting in front of it. I also prefer not to send sound through the walls to other rooms, particularly when the kids are trying to sleep. I fear i’ll have to invest in external speakers.

Still in use after all this time – menu can be confusing though.

This is the third sony bravia i have bought. After being very pleased with the first one i decided only to buy ‘bravia’ in future. This is mainly to do with the excellent sound quality they have — a necessary feature for people like me with a hearing problem.


Summary
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Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 73 reviews

One thought on “Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV – Far too basic

  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Supercala...etc.
    Having struggled since april with a tv which insisted on returning to analogue every now and again (we had the changeover to digital in april so it changed into a blank screen) it is bliss to have such a super tv to use. The size is just right as well, only 4″ more than my old one but the difference in viewing is immense and the definition very good indeed. I would recommend the bravia to anyone thinking of changing their tv. My old tv i have passed on to someone who has not experienced the changeover yet but is aware of the problems.
    1. Anonymous
      Having struggled since april with a tv which insisted on returning to analogue every now and again (we had the changeover to digital in april so it changed into a blank screen) it is bliss to have such a super tv to use. The size is just right as well, only 4″ more than my old one but the difference in viewing is immense and the definition very good indeed. I would recommend the bravia to anyone thinking of changing their tv. My old tv i have passed on to someone who has not experienced the changeover yet but is aware of the problems.
  2. 3.0 out of 5 stars HD Ready? My mistake but...
    I bought this on the basis it’s “hd ready”. Having now received it and dug a little deeper, i find it’s hd ready if i spend another £95 on an hd receiver and hd cable – which is only recommended as being worth it for screens of 32 inches or more. The reviews by people who’ve bought the receiver seem to be 50/50 as to whether you can tell any difference or not.
    1. Anonymous
      I bought this on the basis it’s “hd ready”. Having now received it and dug a little deeper, i find it’s hd ready if i spend another £95 on an hd receiver and hd cable – which is only recommended as being worth it for screens of 32 inches or more. The reviews by people who’ve bought the receiver seem to be 50/50 as to whether you can tell any difference or not.
  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars Modern efficient shopping for great value.

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview

    This underlines the sense of buying from a reliable source where great value is selected purchased and delivered well within time.
    1. Anonymous
      This underlines the sense of buying from a reliable source where great value is selected purchased and delivered well within time.
      1. 1.0 out of 5 stars never arrived - what is it with this item!
        This is the first time an item has not arrived and i am not happy with the way it has been dealt with. Not everyone gets the time to access emails everyday and all i’ve had is email promises that amazon will chase things up, but then nothing happens.
  4. Anonymous
    This is the first time an item has not arrived and i am not happy with the way it has been dealt with. Not everyone gets the time to access emails everyday and all i’ve had is email promises that amazon will chase things up, but then nothing happens.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Sony 26 inch tv
      The tv arrived 2 days after ordering. It has a brilliant picture, good quality finish and looks very smart.
  5. Anonymous

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview

    The tv arrived 2 days after ordering. It has a brilliant picture, good quality finish and looks very smart.
  6. 3.0 out of 5 stars This TV is not equipped to receive Freeview HD

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview

    This tv was purchased for my elderly mother-in-law, who lives some 250 miles away, and who relies on us to deal with major purchases such as this. It was set up by my wife, who found it straightforward. The stand that was bought to accompany it was also easy to assemble. We bought this tv because of the descriptions on the amazon page that said “enjoy an enhanced picture on hd channels with the hd ready technology”, and also “enjoy your favourite tv shows and movies in clear and detailed high definition quality”. My concern is that this tv is not equipped to receive freeview hd, despite what these claims say. The detailed specifications do say that the tuner type is dvb-t, and if you search the internet for long enough you may find that the encoding on the hd multiplexed channels requires a dvb-t2 tuner. Therefore, although the hd channels appear in the programme guide, selecting them results in a message saying that they are not available. To say that we all are disappointed is an understatement. We cannot now take this tv away from the elderly lady concerned and leave her with nothing until the next visit, and so returning the item is not an option. Consequently, in order to avoid others being misled by the claims made, i mention our experiences here.
  7. Anonymous

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview

    This tv was purchased for my elderly mother-in-law, who lives some 250 miles away, and who relies on us to deal with major purchases such as this. It was set up by my wife, who found it straightforward. The stand that was bought to accompany it was also easy to assemble. We bought this tv because of the descriptions on the amazon page that said “enjoy an enhanced picture on hd channels with the hd ready technology”, and also “enjoy your favourite tv shows and movies in clear and detailed high definition quality”. My concern is that this tv is not equipped to receive freeview hd, despite what these claims say. The detailed specifications do say that the tuner type is dvb-t, and if you search the internet for long enough you may find that the encoding on the hd multiplexed channels requires a dvb-t2 tuner. Therefore, although the hd channels appear in the programme guide, selecting them results in a message saying that they are not available. To say that we all are disappointed is an understatement. We cannot now take this tv away from the elderly lady concerned and leave her with nothing until the next visit, and so returning the item is not an option. Consequently, in order to avoid others being misled by the claims made, i mention our experiences here.
  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars Bedroom TV

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL26EX302U 26-Inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview

    Great picture and sound, good epg in that it keeps sound on current station while you explore (unlike previous panasonic)looks good and is perfect size (26″)for bedroom.

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