No they did not. Some originated last year and early this year and I had hoped that someone on this (normally helpful) forum would have recent experience. I believe that the unit has been on the market for some time.
I bought this for my parents Christmas 2004 as it was number 1 best buy in ?Which, it's still No.1 a couple of months ago, their analogue signal has never been the best but this unit easily picked up all the freview channels and 17 months later is still working perfectly and causing no problems in every day usage for them.
A very impressive piece of kit that is well worth the extra money paid for it.
Thank you Jackcoms - I had looked at those reviews but I hoped to get a positive report to a specific question. Thank you mikef. You have responded to my request with just the info I was looking for. Long term reliability is pretty important to me and apparently justifies the higher initial cost. I will put the order in!
I've had the Sony for about two years now and have to say I'm very pleased with it. My previous unit worked OK but now and then the picture would would break up briefly and I thought maybe my antenna installation wasn't up to it, but since installing the Sony this no longer happens. Its audio performance is also first-rate, with the DAB radio being impressive(the audio output is connected to the stereo system allowing a direct comparison to be be made with FM radio.)
The only complaint I have, and this applies to most makes of these units, is that there is no display window to allow you to see which channel is selected. This is particularly a nuisance where the radio channels are concerned.