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Sony Bravia KLV-S26A10 LCD television

Sony's S series of Bravia LCD televisions may make up the Japanese giant's mid-tier offerings, but they pack some impressive specs none the less.

Upside
The S series of Bravia LCD televisions comes in a range of sizes to suit a variety of budgets. Leading the pack is the 40-inch KLV-S40A10 (AU$5299), followed by the 32-inch KLV-S32A10 (AU$2999), the 26-inch KLV-S26A10 (AU$2199) and the 23-inch KLV-S23A10 (AU$1899). All of the sets share similar specifications, including a high 1366x768 pixel screen resolution and speedy 8ms response time. This puts it on par with the higher V series models, but the S series has lower numbers when it comes to brightness and contrast ratio. Bravia S series sets feature 480cd/m2 brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio. The only exception is the smallest set in the S series, the 23-inch KLV-S23A10, which features 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness and a 10ms response time.

The S series certainly looks appealing, with its 16:9 widescreen framed by a black border. The front of the sets are fairly clutter free, and are decked out in the stock standard silver of other home entertainment gear. The connectors at the back include S-video, Composite video, Component video and a PC input. S series sets also feature Sony's built-in Light Sensor which automatically changes the television's picture settings depending on the light conditions in a room.

Downside
The inputs on the Bravia S series aren't anything outstanding, with the all digital HDMI connector reserved for the upgrade V series. And while the S series sets do feature twin tuners, they're only analog, so you'll probably need to budget for a digital set top box as well.

Outlook
Sony's S series of Bravia LCD televisions may make up the Japanese giant's mid-tier offerings, but they pack some impressive specs none the less.

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