|Attribute||Dell W2600||Samsung LE27T51B||Sony KDL-26P3000|
|LCD panel type||Samsung PVA||Samsung PVA||Sony/Samsung S-PVA|
|resolution||26" at 1280x768||27" at 1366x768||26" at 1366x768|
|video processing||Pixelworks DNX||FLI5961 + VCT49X3F||Bravia|
|audio processing||TRS||no||BBE ViVA|
|pc connections||DVI & VGA @ 1280x768||VGA only @ 1360x768 @ 60Hz||HDMI @ 1360x768, VGA @ 1280x768|
|speakers||15W each||5W each||10W each|
I am using this TV mainly with terrestrial TV broadcasts and unfortunately the tuner quality is quite bad compared to the other 2 LCD TVs in the table above. This is obviously not an issue if you're connected to satellite or cable or have a reasonable quality DVB-T signal. I however receive analogue terrestrial and marginal DVB-T signals as detailed here, so the tuner problems are highlighted. Now the picture is still better than the lemon of a Samsung I returned, but I couldn't recommend the Sony kdl-26s3000 if one receives analogue terrestrial TV or marginal DVB-T signals.
I haven't a HDMI source or cable to test with at present, but the other inputs like component, RGB scart and PC VGA produce a nice crisp picture, the best of my TVs so far. There was no colour distortion on the component input like was present on the Dell W2600 for example (and that I had previously blamed on my cheap cables). This is as one would expect from the better S-PVA panel type. The caveat with the S-PVA panel though is that one can see colour inversion in dark areas of the screen as one increases the viewing angle. Not a big issue though unless you're very close to the display.
The sound on this TV is good, though still not as good as the Dell W2600. It supports Dynamic, BBE ViVA, Virtual Dolby and Standard sound options which I've listed in my order of preference. I find the Dynamic option quite a bit better actually. Unfortunately there is also a high pitched noise from the TV at all times, which again is not a big issue unless you're close to the display. Also personally I'm very sensitive to high frequency sounds for some reason.
The following table summarises the various qualities compared to my other LCD TVs, while scoring them out of 10.
|Attribute||Dell W2600||Samsung LE27T51B||Sony KDL-26S3000|
|LCD panel quality||7||8||8|
|terrestrial TV tuner||10||9||5|
This TV also has a RS-232C input for control by a Set Top Box in a hotel for example, and a PCMCIA card slot, neither of which I've tried out yet.