Out with the old

It’s December 2016, after a years’ hard work, I decide to treat myself to a 4k HDR 50″ Sony Bravia, to give you an idea of my TV viewing history, it all started with a Beko 26″ LCD TV way back when I was still living in the family home. The Beko LCD TV served the family well but the times were changing and 720p HD was here and in some newer TV sets there was ‘True HD’, otherwise known as 1080p being touted.

 

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Beko 26″

 

I made a choice and decided to replace the Beko and after a few weeks of research I settled on an LG LED 32″ TV, this was the first panel that I was to ever lay down cash for and I believe I grabbed a bargain at the time. For only £329 the upgrade was from LCD to LED and from 26″ to 32″. I still remember watching Inception the day I got the new panel, you know… as a test and everything that I could output to as high a resolution I would, seeing as the aforementioned Beko LCD only went to 480p.

For only £329 the upgrade was from LCD to LED and from 26″ to 32″. I still remember watching Inception the day I got the new panel, you know… as a test.

From grey bezels to black, from greyish white blacks to dark deep rich blacks and that resolution, oh yes! Needless to say, my gaming time increased and everything that I could output to as high a resolution I would, seeing as the aforementioned Beko LCD only went to 480p.

So fast forward to December ’16 and history repeating it’s self, only this time it’s 4K’s and HDR’s to think about opposed to 720 or 1080p’s, in addition, HDCP protocols and HDMI 2.2 ports, all this to make sure that the newly purchased PS4 Pro will be able to output it’s full signal to the panel I decide to go with.

I eventually opted for this Sony Bravia and when it arrived I was once again blown away by just how good the display was, the tiny bezels, the super slim form factor but to truly get the most out of 4K you need to find the right content so upgrading the Netflix’s account was a step in the right direction and I guess having native 4K when playing Fifa 17 is a plus, Battlefield 1 blew me away on the Bravia. (So much so friends would tell me to shut up about it). Everything seems great about the set and recently it received a software upgrade to Android 7.0 which speeds things up nicely, there is, however, a problem with this TV and it’s one that I’ve never had on any other TV I’ve used.

 

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Upgrades

 

Everything’s great about the set and recently it received a software upgrade to Android 7.0 which speeds things up nicely, there is, however, a problem with this TV and it’s one that I’ve never had on any other TV I’ve used.

Now, forgive me because this might come across as a rant, but for some reason, the remote only decides to work when it wants to and it’s the most frustrating experience, it’s without a doubt the worst experience I’ve ever had. Let’s say you had the volume set to 30 because you were getting a little too hyped about a Fifa match you were playing last night but after rage-quitting you turn off the set and go to bed, only to wake up the following morning and turn the set on using another means, e.g. Apple TV / Virgin Media box, well… that volume is still set to 30 and when the sound is blaring at you that you’re not ready for you to grab the remote to turn down the music, well guess what,

Let’s say you had the volume set to 30 because you were getting a little too hyped about a Fifa match you were playing last night but after rage-quitting you turn off the set and go to bed, only to wake up the following morning and turn the set on using another means, e.g. Apple TV / Virgin Media box, well… that volume is still set to 30 and when the sound is blaring at you that you’re not ready for you to grab the remote to turn down the volume, well guess what, it doesn’t work!

 

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Rage inducing.

 

Other times I’d try to invoke the Home option to open apps and use some of the many features, but again, no response.

Now, I’m a tech person so I tend to find solutions to these types of problems, I’ve tried resets, hitting the remote, switching it off and on again and I’m still having these issues, thankfully however as remotes for the other media devices works I’m able to get around the issues, but here’s the thing, I just want a remote that is responsive and works instantly. Having Android baked in is cool, with Kodi being a huge selling point for me, but I’d give that up in an instant to have a responsive experience with the remote, I’ve got a laptop so that means I’ve got software baked into any TV out there, technically.

Anyway rant over a remote over, it’s a phenomenal TV and I’ve recommended it to many family and friends over the 7 months I’ve owned it. If you own a new generation console and you’re looking to get the most out of it, then get onboard the Sony Bravia train.

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