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We treated ourselves to this television 9 months ago, so I am writing this review having actually used the TV for a reasonable length of time.
We were upgrading from an old style TV (as wide as it was deep!) so it was quite an exciting purchase for us. Initially, after unpacking the TV and setting it up we were devastated. The picture was appalling! A quick internet search told us that the manufacturers settings were not always the best! So a quick fiddle with the settings an hey presto! A superb picture appeared!
The sounds quality is fine. We have always had surround sound for watching films, etc and I although the Bravia doesn't match that, it is perfectly adequate and very clear.
The features of the TV are great, we love having iPlayer and youtube on tap.....but with 4OD was included! As members of Lovefilm we can also use our online minutes to watch films on TV rather than on the laptop.
Usability is great, the TV guide is simple to use, the control is nicely set out.
We are very pleased and if we ever give in and purchase another TV for our house it will be another Bravia!
I purchased this TV so i could experience full HD TV. I picked this model as it came with a built in Freeview HD digital tuner. another reason for picking this model was the overall look of the TV . The design is stunning and would look amazing in any living room or bedroom.
A great feature on this TV is Sony's internet TV service. this includes access to services like YouTube. you can also rent films direct to your TV from love film.com . one thing to note is that you need to get a cable from your internet router to the back of the TV to access this service, or purchase the Sony internet dongle which is available for around £60 which seems a lot!!
the picture quality on this TV is stunning on this 32 inch screen especially when viewing on one of the HD TV channels. picture quality on SD channels is also very good. i also use this TV for playing games via the Xbox and i can confirm picture quality and sound quality is superb for gaming!
another great feature with this TV is the energy saving modes! this is really great for saving the penny's on the electric bill! setting up on this tv is also very simple, just plug the tv in and follow the onscreen instructions.
on to the connections now, the TV comes with 4 hdmi slots - 1 usb slot - 2 scart slots and RGB. also there is a optical out which is great for getting digital sound from the TV. so as you can tell there's plenty of connections for your sky box , games console or blu ray.
all in all i have been delighted with this TV. i have had no problems with it at all.
I had been researching televisions for over six months trying to decide which one would be best for me before finally deciding on this one. I'm always careful when spending this amount of money and very wary of making a mistake. I was probably biased towards Sony as my old television was one, as is my current dvd player. I actually bought them together as a package deal around six years ago and I've never had a days problem with either. Perhaps I wanted a lot for my money; HD ready tv, built in freeview, 1080p to ensure good picture quality, decent sound, as several televisions in my price range had fallen down in this area.
Luckily for me, Sony had a special offer on and my parents, who had been looking to replace their old widescreen decided to buy the 32 inch Kdl32ex403. They were both very happy with it and I got to go round and play with the remote and try out the picture and sound in a real environment, rather than just looking at it on display.
I finally took the step and bought my own and I am extremely pleased with it. In fact Sony were having such a good offer on during October I was very tempted to have the 40 inch but having checked the length I had realised as much as I'd love to watch all my favourite shows on a big screen, a tv that size would look a bit ridiculous in my lounge. I am over the moon with the 32inch, the picture quality is fantastic and the sound is clear and doesn't get fuzzy if I turn up the volume. (I like my sci fi and action movies loud) Sony were very efficient; they arrived when they said they would and installed the set quickly sorting out the connections to my Sky etc. The only slight downside is I can't access the freeview HD channels yet, but that's because the local tv signal is a little weak but that problem should be solved next year with the digital change over. I would certainly recommend this tv:)
I got this tv for free with my orange phone contract.
The tv has a very good look and is very stylish. Overall the tv is fantastic. The tv comes with built in freeview which is also very good and I am able to get a maximm of 40 channels. I use my tv with SKy HD and the picture quality is fantastic. An amazing feature within the tv is it is compatible with my iPod and I am able to listen to my iPod through the tv aswell as plug my camera into it. The tv remote is very easy to use, even though it comes with a variety of buttons that in reality you don't actually need it's still very easy to use. It has 2 scart sockets which is very useful if you have a dvd player and a sky box. The only down side I can think of for this televison is that if you've been watching the tv for a long time without pressing one of the tv remote controls buttons, eg, turn the volume up, then it gives you a warning that it's going into sleep mode and turns off within 30seconds, and if the remote isn't close to you, it can cause problems. Other than that it's amazing!
One of the main points for selecting this TV was the overall look. The nice glossy black finish and round curves on the front made a great first impression. It looks great in my living room. I had a look at the overview of the main features and I was very impressed. I will explain all details below.
The price was the next most important aspect for making my decision. It is priced under $1000 Australian dollars. I think that is a great price for a tv of this size with the advanced features it has.
It has a built in Freeview HD tuner which enables you to get HD channels available in your country. There is no need to purchase a digital set top box because now life has just gotten simpler with this TV. The new Bravia Engine version 3 gives you faster response times during onscreen menu navigation.
In terms of picture quality, it is simply breathtaking. To get the full potential of its crisp clarity you will need to play watch HD TV, movies and bluray movies. It gives you the feeling you are part of the film which is a whole new experience. To define picture quality in technical terms, it has full HD 1080dp which means HD and bluray media will perform at their best.
Another important feature alongside the picture quality is the sound. The built in speakers from the TV create a large amount of volume with excellent clarity. It reaches full potential when watching a bluray or HD TV channels. Sound can be adjusted through the TV menu to suit your needs.
Connection wise, there are 4 HDMI slots to connect your bluray, Playstation 3 and even HDMI compatible laptops. There are 2 SCART inputs and standard RGB.
Overall it is a superb TV and I love everything about it. I have had it for a few months now and I have never looked back at a different brand. Mechanically there are no issues and this will stay with me for many years to come.
I bought this TV in July of this year and I am very glad that I did. Having just heard that my area (Glasgow, Scotland) could receive Freeview HD I was eager to see what all the fuss was with HD channels. Currently I can receive BBC HD, STV HD (Similar to ITV but more Scottish..) and Channel 4 HD. The picture is extraordinary on all of these 3 channels via the TV's inbuilt freeview hd receiver.
The tv came packaged well and within the box was the low level stand which you have to manually attach yourself. This is very easy todo and only involves tightening few screws in place.
The aesthetic design of the is very beautiful. The 32 inch 1080p display is surrounded by a thin black glossy bezel. On the right hand side of the unit there is buttons to turn the tv on, change channels, volume and input. On the left there is a USB port for Music, Video and picture playback as well as 2 of 4 HDMI ports. With the stand attached the dimensions of the tv are as follows 80.0 x 53.2 x 22.0 (W x H x D, cm) which for a 32 inch tv is very small indeed and makes it fit in the smallest of places.
Moving onto the total amount of inputs.
The Tv has 4 HDMi ports which are used for connecting the latest HD equipment (such as Blu-Ray players, SkY HD, Virgin Media, Xbox 360, PS3 etc) and offers beautiful high resolution playback.
1 component input (can be used to get the best picture possible from the Nintendo Wii and other older equipment).
2 Scart inputs (for connecting items such as VHS players and DVD players)
1 Composite input (Yellow, Red and White cable)
1 D-Sub Pc Input
1 USB input for Video, Audio and Picture playback
1 PCMCIA card slot (used for services such as Topup TV)
1 Ethernet Port (used to connect the TV to your network to access Bravia Internet Video Services)
1 RF input (basic arial input)
1 Optical Audio Output (used to send the TVs sound to an external system)
1 3.5mm headphone Jack
1 RCA AV (Red and White stereo sound output for connecting to external speakers)
There is also a USB port of the back which can be used to connect Sonys own branded WIFI dongle enabling the set to connect wirelessly to your router.
Setting the TV up was a breeze. Within 10 minutes of plugging it in and switching it on all channels were saved (inc the 3 HD channels) and the electronic programme guide was updated.
I then went on to setting up the Internet video feature. This allows the tv to view online video content when ever you want. The current highlights of this services inc Demand 5 (channel 5), Youtube, LoveFilm and multiple pod/videocasts. BBC iPlayer is due out sometime this year.
To do this I connected the TV via ethernet to a wireless access point (costing around £20) this allowed the TV to communicate wirelessly with my router and is a much cheaper option than Sonys usb dongle (other branded usb dongles will not work).
The TV automatically acquired all settings and I was able to browse online content within minutes. The video quality of the online content is very good. Most of the content is Standard Definition but there is some High definition content too (unfortunately all of Demand 5 is SD).
The TVs interface uses a horizontal bar navigation system first created for the Playstation 3. You control this system using the round D-pad on the remote control. This system is very easy to use and all setting are available with only a few button presses. There is also a favourites section where you can add your most used functions to (e.g Demand 5, HDMI input 2 etc).
The Freeview Electronic Programme Guide is very detailed displaying a description of the highlighted programme, a large timetable and the current programme displayed in the right corner. One slight complaint about this is it can be hard to read from a long distance away.
The TV is equipped with the latest Bravia 3 processing engine which enhances the images frame by frame before it is shown. It is clear that this does a good job on all of the inputs you feed it. If you are not happy with any aspect of image processing it does you can easily customise the settings for it and they are saved separately for each input!
Black and white levels are extremely accurate and blow my previous 2005 Samsung LCD out of the water.
According to Sony this tv is also very green using very little power. It is equipped with an Ambient Sensor which allows it to adjust backlight brightness to an optimum for your rooms current lighting and save you money.
There is no way to fully turn the TV off without unplugging it although in standby it only consumes 0.2 Watts so this is not much of a problem and means broadcasted software updates can be performed even when the set in powered off.
The speakers are well hidden and sound quality is fairly good for an LCD TV with a fair amount of bass and enough treble. It is also extremely easy to output the sound to some external speakers as I have.
When connected to your wireless network the TV can also access your shared DLNA libraries (such as music and videos stored on your computer). This is very easy to setup with your Windows Media Player but has proven more difficult with my Macbook (requiring additional software to be installed). Over the network and via USB the TV can play 720p Videos providing they only contain a stereo soundtrack.
Overall I am extremely pleased with the vast amount of features the TV offers at its fairly small RRP of £499 (with many shops selling it for around £400).
The Freeview HD picture is simply stunning and a much better option than paying Skys high monthly premium. If you can afford to spend that little bit extra on a TV the Sony KDL-32EX403 is the one to get.
having purchased this television last year im still over the moon with it.
From setting it up using the basic stand (optional wall brackets were included) and plug in the mains power. It turned on for the first time and procceded to configure everything itself. within 15 minutes i was able to watch freeview channels.
Ive also hooked up my xbox 360 and with the added bonus of having every different kind of socket available i was able to plug in my hd usb cable straight in no fuss. The range of different style sockets means you could hook up anything to it from usb to scart.
The tv itself is outstanding the picture quality is amazing. Watching dvds has never been this good in the past. There are pre programmed modes you can use when watching this television. I'm no expert and im not entirely sure what they exactly do but you can switch in to theatre mode or swap back into widescreen change the audio.
This for me was my best buy of last year and I'd recommend it to anyone considering a television.
First and foremost, I would like to say I can't provide technical details about this TV like most professional reviewers go into. I will be writing from my experiences of the picture and sound quality as well as connectivity, ideal for those who are simply wanting to research the basic features of a new TV, without having to plough through lots of information that they have little or no interest about.
The first point to make is the price. It sells at most places for around £500, which means as 32" TVs go, this isn't the cheapest. They can be picked up for as little as £300 for a half decent brand nowadays. So why spend the extra money? Well, one of the reasons I wanted this particular model was the inclusion of a Freeview HD tuner. Freeview HD has started rolling out around the country, and will allow those with a HD tuner to receive BBC and ITV HD channels, and soon Channel 4 and Five as well. For those with a normal tuner built in, they would have to purchase a new digibox to receive these new channels. If you can't see what all the fuss is about in HD, then obviously you won't be worried about this aspect. While on the subject of price, if you plan to purchase before 12th July, many places offer a trade in scheme, a promotion run by Sony. Take any old TV in, and they will knock £50-100 off the price. Providing the screen is intact, the TV can be of any size and shape. I traded in a TV worth no more than a tenner, and got £100 off.
This TV also features the new Bravia Engine 3, which is meant to be faster than the older versions. A feature I particularly like, but not just exclusive to this generation of TV, is the Bravia sync feature. This means particular Blu-Ray players and PS3's connected to the TV by HDMI cables can be controlled using the TVs remote control. It allows basic functions like turning on, menu selecting, stopping and skipping. Also, when you turn the TV off, it turns the other device off as well.
The picture quality is phenomenal when it comes to playing Blu-Ray's or HD video. This TV boasts full 1080p HD quality, which means you will be getting the most out of your Blu-Ray player, or PS3. Having upgraded from a 19", which only had partial HD, I could really notice a massive improvement in quality. The upscaling of DVDs was also much more noticeable. Watching one of my newer DVDs, I found it hard to distinguish between that and a Blu-Ray. When it comes to watching television, however, the picture isn't always so great. I have noticed that normal digital TV on a bigger screen can look pixelated and sometimes stretched. The picture quality is still pretty good however, and it can only improve when my area switches on Freeview HD, but it can't beat a smaller TV.
When it comes to sound, I can't find any fault. When buying a thinner, lightweight TV like this, the quality of the speakers can be compromised. Before buying this, I read a review that said the speakers weren't up to much, so I was expecting a tinny sound like that of the smaller TV I was upgrading from. I was fully prepared to plug in some external speakers, but when hearing the sound, it was fine. For any normal user, it will be perfect. Obviously those who strive for perfect sound will invest in a sound system, but for use in a bedroom, or a smaller room, it will provide good enough sound quality.
For a big TV like this, it isn't overly heavy at all, which I was surprised about. Like many a TV nowadays, it has a gloss black finish, which looks good the moment you take it out of the box, but is a pain when it comes to dusting and fingerprints. It is nicely designed, however, and has a sufficient enough stand.
The amount of connections will suffice for most people: 4 HDMI, 2 SCART, Component and normal RGB. Connecting to a PC is also easy. I purchased a HDMI cable for the job, and it works perfectly. I use this as a secondary monitor to watch films and TV saved onto my PC.
All in all, this is a great TV. It is a bit pricey compared to some, but it does include a Freeview HD tuner. Also, if you manage to take advantage of the Sony trade in scheme, you can bring that price down. The picture quality is perfect, for a casual onlooker, and the built in speakers provide good enough sound. It comes with a good number of HDMI connections, so it also very future proof.
This sony 32 inch bravia includes, a standard freeview tuner built in, and comes with a full 1080 p panel.
This is a really sweet mid range Sony for an entry level price.
The off air signal is strong, with decent punchy black levels, that arent quite to the calibre of say a pioneer, but this price are probably leading the field within its class.
When connected through a blu ray player the picture is strong, edge detail is clearly defined, and colours especially vibrant.
Even on dark scenes on test disc (Gothika) there was no prescence
of dot crawl, or mosaic noise (commonly seen on entry models around this price).
On fast action scenes, the Sony again fails to disappoint, despite it having a mere 50 hz panel. Frame rates seem to run smoothly, with a fluidity seldom seen given the Bravia 's low price tag.
Finally when it comes to the sound, you may be expecting the stero (lef and right 2 channel sound) to be a little thin. Actually on test it seonds with remarkable aplomb, even with bass levels performing well above min standard usually seen on the 32 inch range.
All in all a mighty impressive set.
Great picture , superb sound.