It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas.
I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up.
First, would our TV be able to properly display a PAL signal? I'm assuming we'll be using an HDMI connection to a cable or satellite box. The TV in question is a Sony Bravia KL-32BX300 bought in the US in late 2010 (it is compatible with UK voltage). Here are the specs
. Is the fact that it has a 60Hz refresh rate going to be a problem when PAL is 50Hz? I don't see anything in the menu that lets me change the refresh rate, but maybe its hidden. What about the fact that the spec sheet lists the color system as NTSC and the digital tuner is ATSC? I thought in the digital age that the PAL/NTSC divide wasn't such a big deal, but this information makes me doubtful.
Second, we have a sound bar - a Sony HT-CT260. This is not compatible with UK voltage. So let's assume I plug it into a step-down voltage converter. And let's assume that either our TV works with a PAL signal or we end up buying a PAL-compatible TV in the UK. Will this sound bar have any incompatibility with the audio signal it's receiving from the TV over an optical audio cable?
And is it OK to use a step-down voltage converter over a long period of time for things that are used frequently like the sound bar and its wireless woofer?
Lastly, would it be ok to bring a couple of infrequently-used appliances such as a blender or hand mixer (400 watts or less) and to use them with a step-down converter rated to 1000 watts? I've read that the 50Hz mains frequency in the UK means some US electrical motors will run slower and it could potentially damage some appliances.