In my house, I have a Sony 26” LCD TV in one of the rooms, it is connected to Sun Direct DTH and an old CRT 29” Sony TV, which is connected to Tata Sky DTH) in the guest room. Sun DTH is giving a lot of trouble in the last few weeks, first due a satellite issue for two days it didn’t work. Then only a few channels showed up, their engineer came and re-aligned the dish on the roof top, after which the signal was breaking many times. Sun DTH customer service is pathetic, their voice agents are wanting a lot of training, they allow a complaint for only one set-top box in one call, I have three in my house, and they promised to fix the issue in 48 hours but it didn’t get fixed for over two weeks now. So I switched two of my TVs on Ground floor back to a local Cable connection, at Rs.110 per month per TV. So for my TV, I decided not to renew the cartoon package with Sun DTH, instead, I enabled it in the Tata Sky connection in Guest Room. Now my son has got glued to the 29” CRT TV, so I sold that TV off and replaced it with the 26” LCD TV from my room. That left me needing to buy a new TV for my room.
I looked on the Internet and selected on few Samsung LCD models, I didn’t want any Internet & PC Sharing features as we have two desktop PCs, two XBOX 360s and one laptop in the house. I went to Samsung showroom in G.N.Chetty Road, T.Nagar to buy one of them, to my surprise I found the showroom vacated; I went to Radhakrishnan Salai showroom, that too was vacated. Finally went to Viveks’ Mylapore, the helpful salesmen showed & explained various models from Samsung, LG & Sony. I was looking only for 26 or 32 inches. Finally, I selected the Sony 32” LED TV EX600 Series (compares to Samsung series 5 I think) model: KLV-32EX600, it was available at a special price of Rs.49,900 (inclusive of 12.5% Tamil Nadu VAT, a discount of Rs.3000 or so from MRP).
In the late evening, today got the TV delivered. To my surprise, I found in the carton that it was named SONY 32” LCD Television. After some web searching, I realized that Sony calls all their TVs LCD, this one was called LCD with EDGE LED, they are technically right 100%. I installed it myself in the next 20 minutes, everything worked fine. The only disappointment was that it didn’t have dedicated Audio out (L-R) to connect to my Home theatre system (EDIFIER DA5000), so I had to manage with the Headphone output for this. The TV has only 2 Video/Audio (RCA jack), 1 Composite, about 4 HDMI, 1 USB port, and 1 RF (Antenna) port. Now I need to figure out HD content to enjoy this TV to the fullest, may not go for a Blue-Ray (as there is no Tamil content in Blue-Ray yet, Hollywood discs are too expensive in India) but may opt for Airtel HD Recorder service.
All this reminds me of the Camel in the Tent Arabian Night story