Sony Bravia L-Series KDL-26L5000 26-Inch 720p LCD HDTV Review

Sony's high-end Bravia 26" HDTV

Sony's high-end Bravia 26" HDTV

We continue our weekly series reviewing “budget” HDTVs, those in the $500 and under price range. Sony, known for their premium electronics, has its entry into the 26-inch LCD space, the Sony Bravia L-Series KDL-26L5000 26-Inch 720P LCD HDTV. Whew! That’s a mouthful.

The Sony Bravia KDL26L5000 offers:

  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer with Dynamic Backlight Control — contrast ratio of 13,000:1
  • Three HDMI inputs, two component, S-video, composite, and PC input — plug in a variety of sources, from Blu-Ray players to game consoles
  • The ability to add on Bravia Link modules — this allows you to purchase wireless, input, and other modules to add abilities to your TV
  • Bravia sync – allows you to control all compatible home theater devices and some Sony camcorders
  • Built-in digital tuner
  • And you get the standard remote, batteries, guides, and a pedestal.

    So what’s the set like? Well, it’s a Sony. So you know you’re going to get a great picture and sound quality. You also know that because of the Sony name, you’re going to be paying more for a comparable product by another brand. The Sony Bravia L-Series KDL-26L5000 26-Inch 720P LCD HDTV offers respectable features — the 13,000:1 contrast ratio is bright and sharp enough for most rooms, although nowhere near as bright as the 30,000:1 on the comparable Samsung LN26B360. The ability to add in Bravia modules is a nice touch, although how many people are really going to customize a $449 TV by adding on another $200-$1,000 in wireless and input modules? That seems like a feature more suited for Sony’s larger, higher-end HDTVs. You get a built-in digital tuner and a QAM cable card tuner, so whether or not you opt for cable or over-the-air signals, you’ll be able to view your programming on the TV without a converter box or cable box (assuming your cable company is cable-card compatible).

    Aside from the price, drawbacks to the Sony KDL-26L5000 include the lack of certain picture control options, such as tint calibration, leading many to feel that colors are too bright and faces sometimes fuzzy. And some people have complained about the build quality leading to unit failures after a year or two. Like all LCD TVs, you will experience some dropoff in viewing if you sit too far to the side of the TV. And some users have complained about the autobacklight function leading to a sort of auto-dim in dark scenes.

    Overall Rating: 6/10 The price on the Sony KDL-26L5000 is still more than comparable models, and the overall picture adjustment and auto-backlighting features aren’t as handy or nice as other brands.

    Recommendation: Buy a different TV. There are cheaper models than the Sony KDL-26L5000 with better quality. Sony makes a lot of things well. This HDTV is just okay.

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