Sony's Wega line of televisions have been an industry standard for several years. While the Wega name has been applied to several types of televisions, primarily large CRT TVs, Sony also produced a Wega line of LCD TVs before changing the name of the line to Bravia. These Wega LCD TVs have been known to experience several problems that owners and potential buyers should be aware of.
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Types of Problems
Owners of Sony Wega LCD televisions have reported a wide range of problems, most of which are common among LCD displays by other makers as well. These include non-responsive, or "dead," pixels, distorted audio quality, image and audio going out of sync and a loss of programmed channels or other information. Another problem that has afflicted many Wega models is a failure to display content from external sources such as a DVD player or digital video recorder.
Each problem with a Sony Wega has its own solution, though some may require a costly repair that may make it more economical to purchase a new television. In cases of distorted picture or sound quality, you may need to reset the television to its factory setting using a reset procedure outlined in the owners manual. A similar Power Reset process can correct other similar problems, including those that involve connecting the TV to other electronic components.
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Despite these and other problems, the Sony Wega line has a reputation for quality. Most Wega models, including both the LCD TVs and older CRT models, have been consistently ranked high by audio-visual publications such as CNet. Customers have also responded positively to the quality of Wega televisions,which are usually priced at a premium in keeping with Sony's position as a high-end consumer brand.
Many more serious problems with Wega TVs, such as those that can't be cured with a reset procedure, may be covered under the television's warranty from Sony. The terms of warranties sold on different Wega models vary, and may have been supplemented by an extended warranty from Sony of the retailer. Generally there is some sort of coverage for Wega televisions less than a year old. Be sure to contact Sony for detailed warranty information before contracting with a local repair shop or purchasing a new television.
Another series of problems with Sony Wega televisions involve general complaints of perceived shortcomings. Some critics have pointed to the high prove of Wega TVs when compared to LCD TVs by other electronics manufacturers. A related complaint is the quality of the Wega's picture and sound given the price of the sets. While susceptible to most of the common LCD TV problems, Sony's Wega line has seldom been cited for a lack of reliability or long-term quality.
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