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Sony KDL-20S2020 20in LCD TV - Sony KDL-20S2020

The 20S2020’s key manufacturer’s specifications are also much better than we’d expect to find on such a small TV. A native resolution of 1,366 x 768 rounds out the TV’s HD Ready status, for starters. But we’re also impressed by a claimed contrast ratio of 1200:1 (a figure that shames many TVs twice the size) and a claimed response time of 8ms, which will hopefully mean this Sony handles motion much more ably than most of its small-screen counterparts.

Other features found within the onscreen menus include manual backlight adjustment, noise reduction routines, Virtual Dolby processing for creating a pseudo surround soundstage from just the TV’s built-in stereo speakers, and further sound boosting from the very latest processing system from BBE Sound, rather grandly dubbed Viva Digital HD3D.

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So far, so good. But we’re not talking complete sunshine and light. For starters, it’s a touch disappointing – if hardly surprising – to find that the 20S2020 lacks any form of the excellent Bravia Engine image processing sported by Sony’s larger LCD TVs. Rather more depressing/daft is how incredibly tiny the set’s onscreen menus are. Obviously they’re never going to be king-sized or anything given the space limitations imposed by the 20in screen. But there’s absolutely no need to make them so small that anyone with less than 20-20 vision will be able to read them from more than a couple of feet away.

Hopefully this puny menu situation doesn’t lead to any strain on your vision, for if it does you might not be able to fully appreciate just how excellent the 20S2020’s pictures look.

Particularly impressive is the picture’s level of sharpness and fine detailing. If you thought 20in wasn’t big enough to really see the difference between high and standard definition pictures, this TV will make you think again. Simply switching between the standard DVD and HD DVD versions of King Kong amply proves this, as the TV clearly manages to portray the positive difference created by all the lovely extra fine detail and crispness of the higher resolution format.

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