Despite being a relatively older model now, the Sony Bravia KDL-32V4000 can still compete with other modest 720p LCD sets. I bought this off a friend (for a bargain price) as it has been discontinued now. However, they can still be found used and sell for under £100 which is very much worth it.
As is the standard now, the V4000 range come with built-in freeview saving the expense and hassle of a separate connected box. Using the simple menu system, the set can be easily digitally tuned in no time at all and is all automatic. In terms of picture quality, standard definition sources are brilliant and do not suffer from any problems. High definition sources have impressive quality. Blu-rays and games consoles look vibrant and clear, but not quite up to scratch with the 1080p sets and, to a greater extent, larger-sized 1080p sets. Blu-ray in particular looks very good, but not exceptional and if you are looking for a TV to really maximise the image capabilities of blu-ray then look elsewhere (ideally for a 1080p set with a much larger screen). Round the back are three HDMI ports which is welcomed, as well as the standard scart sockets, VGA input and component input. On the side of the TV (which is a useful design choice) there is composite input and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The appearance of the set is sleek and smart with a glossy black finish and small stand. However, compared to the exceptionally slim models out today, you can see its age. I have also found that it creaks a little when moved, though I rarely do so this is an insignificant issue.
It is a generally solid HD ready TV but certainly cannot compete with higher range LCDs on the market. If you're looking to just watch freeview and DVDs, and play a few games and blu-rays but not necessarily fully embrace HD, then a used 32V4000 for £60 or so is definitely worthy of your attention.
I can't help but think Sony is losing its way a little. I've had this TV for about 3 years, and it's HD picture quality is very good, but still not as sharp as my 2006 Toshiba 32WLT66.
While the user interface is straightforward, and the remote control well laid out, the TV itself is subject to malfunction. For example, it sometimes freezes in standby, meaning I have to reach behind the cabinet to unplug it, leave it for 10 seconds and power up again. Not good if you're trying to catch the start of the England game!
With 3 HDMI sockets, this should be plenty for most, but bear in mind that 4 is becoming more common, so if you want to futureproof, bear this in mind.
One gripe with this TV is the on screen menu - it seems to take up half of the screen in full mode, and from basic mode, you have to go through the EPG to get programme details.
Generally not a bad TV at all - mines just not as reliable as one might expect from Sony.
After purchasing the TV about 5 months ago I now have mastered all the features and can easily comment on its performance.
Installation of the device can be slightly tedious but the instruction manual was set out well and it was easy to read and follow.
The main features is the HD quality picture that it brings. The highest setting is 1080p which gives you the best picture available today. This means your TV channels, DVD's and Bluray's will look crystal clear. There are some very useful inputs such as HDMI and VGA ports where you can connect your laptop turn the TV into a super sized monitor.
The overall design is simply breathtaking and the elegant black finish is very nice to look at and livens up my living room.
The picture quality is amazing and it has very smooth picture motion which is the main reason why i purchased the TV. There are many screen resolutions to choose from. The best one i use for movies and TV is the 16:9 setting.
The built in speakers are very good and have a crystal clear sound. if you don't have a home theater sound system, don't worry the device will compensate for that very nicely with the Dolby digital setting. It also sounds great when playing music and you can turn up the volume with ease.
Overall a very high quality TV with many features to keep you entertained and enjoying the latest movies. Very well priced and looks amazing.
I purchased this television from Amazon in June 2009 for £399.99 and have been very impressed with it ever since. I decied to buy this particular TV because of the price that I thought was very reasonable and because it was a Sony which is a brand a value very highly. It was very easy to set up and I had it up and running about 10 minutes after I opened it up, the instructions were were clear and easy to follow and helped a lot as I am no expert at setting up televisions.
The picture quality of this TV is good and everything is quite clear and crisp. When I compared this to a Samsung television that I have in a different room and paid a similar price for I found that it was much better especially when watching nature and holiday programmes that show great landscapes.
The sound quality is also good and the sound is still good when turned up to very high volumes. It copes well when I watch action movies when there is lots of explosions and gun noises as well as screams which all sound very clear on this television.
There is not a massive range of features on the television, it does have built-in freeview and teletext but other than that there is nothing else. I'm not complaining because i'm not sure what other features I would expect from it but I would say if you're looking for TV with lots of added extras then this might not be for you.
Overall, I am pleased with my purchase and think it is very good value for money.
I bought this TV last year from tesco as it was on offer and i have been totally impressed! The picture quality is fantastic especially in HD. The sound quality is very good - although if you like it loud and "basey" then i would sugest getting a decent surround sound system as the basic setup is just that. As more and more appliances require HDMI cables - i would also advise a neewer bravia TV as this unit only has the one HDMI slot. Also it regularly dropped the HDMI signal from my SKY HD box - which i put down to the sky system, however i have moved over to cable and it is now din it with that so wonder whether it is the TV unit itself. The remote is simple to use and sturdy. Ive dropped it a few times and it works fine! The built in digital tuner is also excellent!
I have had this TV for nearly 9 months now and can really comment on how the performance of the TV is like. To start off with the basics this TV is HD ready (1366x768 - 768p / 1080i), has Freeview receiver built in, RGB, SCART, HDMI, composite and VGA (for computers) inputs. I will be talking about these individually later. The TV itself looks very nice in a piano black finish and the stand it comes with is very sturdy and heavy. The remote control has all the right buttons, response is fast and it works over a long range.
The first thing I remember when I first started watching is that the colour saturation is excellent. I have never watched Freeview in so much detail (my previous TV is a CRT). As all Freeview channels are 16:9 (SDTV) you should have no problems with the resolution - although of course there is a option to sqeeuze or widen the screen (5 options, in fact). This makes it very useful to watch those latest films which are now 14:9 - just press to Zoom setting and it is now stretched across the whole scren. Press that "theatre" button for the ultimate cinema experience - just remember to dim the lights!
In terms of the inputs there are a wide variety to choose from - RGB (3 leads), SCART, 3x HDMI, component and computer VGA. I haven't tried the component and HDMI yet which should really show the V4000 in all its glory but I have tried the others and they are not bad at all. I connect a Wii to the TV - I tried the RGB and the SCART and they looked excellent. The VGA lead is very tight and has screws for you to fix it - there is also a sound input for the computer. The resolution is maximum 768 vertical (so for most computers it will be 1280 x 768, for some it can be 1366 x 768 - the maximum this TV can display). Switching between the inputs are really easy and takes no time at all.
Other settings of the TV is also really nice. I am especially impressed with the sound system. There is BBE Viva and Dolby Virtual surround sound built in but I use the BBE simply because it gives the impression of surround sound! The effects really are excellent and at 90% maximum volume only the faintest hissing can be heard and there is still no distortion - which is more than I can say for other TVs!
If you are looking to buy this TV go ahead - there is a successor out (the S5500) but comparing the specs there is not much in it. Get this while you can!
My old Mitsubishi TV was on its last legs, bought during the last recession in the early 1990s the colour display got so dull it was like watching colour TV through sunglasses. It was time for a replacement & I rather fancied one of those slim large screen TVs, I thought at first there were all plasma TVs until I dug a little deeper.
PLASMA OR LCD?
There is a difference & without getting too technical here are the differences:
Plasma Basic facts.
Plasma TVs offer superior pictures; they give the viewer more detail in dark picture areas. Response time is the amount of time which is measured in milliseconds; that it takes for a pixel to go from inactive to active and back again. Plasma TVs are considerably better than LCD TVs in this department, so its picture quality generally suffers less.
Size matters, it's still cheaper for manufacturers to use Plasma for really big screen sizes such as 42" and above. LCDs are not so good with bigger screens, however plasma TVs aren't really viable at sizes smaller than 32".
Viewing Angles on a Plasma TV is more superior to a LCD screen, they can retain their quality up to around 160 degrees, despite optimistic figures for LCD, Plasma wins here.
Colour Saturation is where Plasma traditionally scores high here where as with LCD there's always some stray light which adds a greying influence to colours.
LCD basic facts.
LCD technology has been around longer than plasma; screen life for LCD TVs can be as much as twice as long as plasma, around 40 years at 4hrs a day versus 20 years at 4hrs of use a day (That's an awful lot of Eastenders & Emmerdale Farms!).
Plasma screens are susceptible to something called screen burn, which can leave a permanent shadow of a bright image behind the screen. LCD TVs don't suffer this problem.
LCD TVs are usually slimmer and lighter than plasma TVs, also LCD technology can generally deliver brighter pictures than plasma.
LCD TVs generally use less power than plasma TVs because they don't need to power hundreds of electrodes to stimulate phosphors & they won't get hounded by EU politicians who are considering banning 'power hungry' Plasma TVs.
The final decision for me was LCD & I rather took a fancy to Sony's Bravia 32" LCD TV a while ago when it first went on sale. However the thought of paying the best part of £700.00 wasn't so appealing.
With a TV war between big retailers before last Christmas the price of this TV had plummeted. I have a number of Sony products at home which have never given one single problem in all the time I have owned them. But Sony is very stingy when it comes to their warranties with a miserable one year cover on their products.
John Lewis (before Christmas) offered the TV for £469.00 with a free 5 year warranty; Amazon was £379.00 with a free 3 year warranty. Whilst Argos, Curry's, Sainsbury's & Makro priced it between £340.00 -£349.00 with the standard one year warranty, I decided on Amazon. It was ordered on the Thursday night with free delivery & arrived on the following Monday afternoon.
It took me longer to open the box than it did to set it up, once you get the TV out of the box you need to secure the central mounted swivel base to the TV. It's best done with two people, one to hold the TV whilst the other secures the base with the three supplied Phillips headed screws.
The rear of the TV has holes to allow the fitment of a wall mounted bracket if you wish to hang it on the wall, the bracket is extra. I don't fancy taking my Van Gough classic masterpiece off the wall & substitute it with a TV so I purchased a small glass table to hold the TV instead.
I plugged the aerial lead into the TV, plugged the Scart socket from my Sony DVD recorder & switched on.
First option is to select your language, I couldn't find Scottish so I had to choose the next best option...........English!! Then they ask which country you live in, I chose UK, & then the automatic tuning starts.
As the TV has a built in 'freeview' box it only took a couple of minutes to tune into around 88 channels. Once this was complete it then tunes into the 5 analogue channels, once this is complete your 'all set'.
Although there are some main controls on the top of the TV, they also supply a rather simple to use remote control unit. It has about 35 buttons on it but Sony has made it as simple as possible to operate.
You can select channels with three options, press the desired channel number, press up or down on the channel selector switch or use the index system which is very comprehensive.
Once you have chosen a channel you can make changes to colour contrast, brightness, screen width etc. One useful feature is being able to freeze the screen to get information while watching a smaller screen of the programme. It comes in handy if a telephone number or recipe comes on the screen, if you freeze it you can jot down the details but a smaller screen on the bottom left hand side continues the programme.
You can press another button to get info on the programme you are watching & there is a 'smart link' between the TV & my Sony DVD recorder which allows quick recording from the TV.
Most functions are controlled by the usual four arrows & a central OK button & as you would expect with Sony, the remote control unit has a quality feel about it.
The picture quality is excellent & the colours intense but if you view the TV from the side the colour fades slightly leaving you thinking everybody on the screen is badly needing a sun tan. In this situation you have no option but to swivel the TV slightly to correct it.
Sound quality is excellent & there is a theatre option if you want to upgrade.
Any of the adjustment functions such as adjusting colour, the order of the channel menu etc can mean scrolling through the index to find, you often have to refer to the instruction book to speed things up as it can be a bit tiresome.
My other major gripe is the programs on the TV!! I have spent all this money & have 88 channels but all I get is a load of repeats, reality TV or Eastenders!!
I would highly recommend this Sony 32" LCD TV but it does pay to shop around for the best deals.
I spent a lot of time researching for an all-round tv that combined good build quality, sound, hdmi output and most of all price. We all know Sony are a great companyand they fail to disappoint here. Although this model has been surpassed by new improved models this is still a fantastic piece of kit. I brought mine from Play.com for 329 pounds. Which for a 32in Sony 1080i output with internal digi box is a steal. I also have a ps3 hooked up with a hdmi cable. The first blu ray film I watched was a surreal experience! I felt like my eyes couldn't keep up with all the detail and the colours. This leads to the next bonus - the contrast ratio. It beats any other competitive tv in its price range and when looking at a tv this is important. Combined with good speakers this is the real deal.
Ive always loved a good sony tele especialy a fairly large one. I got this tele a while ago now and have had no problems with it. It been very reliable and i think that is one of the main factors you look for in a tele you dont what it to break with in the first month of having it do you. This tele is very nice it looks very modern and would fit nicely into most living areas or bedrooms. The picture quality of this television is very very good i play my xbox on here in HD and it makes for a great gameplaying television. The picture for tele is also great although i dont have that many HD channels the ones i have got are great quality on this. The sound quality is also great from this television ou can have it fairly loud without loosind any soung quality.
I've always been a bit of a Sony fan, if i'm looking for electrical goods then Sony is always the first place I look. I didn't want to spend a lot on a tv so I didn't have high hopes of getting anything of great quality. I was pleasantly suprised when I came across the KDL32V4000, it was sleek, stylish and best of all, it was in my price range. I hunted around for the best deal and ended up buying it from amazon for a very reasonable £379.99, this also included a 3 year warranty.
When I got it home I found it was very easy to set up, the stand simply slotted into the back and only a few screws were needed to hold it in place. The digital tuning and set up was very quick and easy and I was watching the built in freeview within 15 minutes of getting it home.
I've found the tv's built in 'Theatre' mode very good for watching films. A press of this button dims the brightness and makes the picture quality more soothing making it perfect for viewing when the lights are out. The V4000 also offers a wide range of connectivity through its VGA, Scart and HDMI ports. I connect mine to my laptop with a VGA cable and the sound and picture quality never fail to impress me.
Overall I was very impressed with all the features, the remote is very easy to use and the built in tv guide is great for keeping you up to date with all the programs on the vast range of built in channels.
An excellent television for such a low price!
I bought a Sony 32V4000 this year as I had upgraded to an HD box and needed the appropriate TV to replace the ageing CRT!
I was attracted to the Sony as I had a 26" Bravia in the bedroom and the TV was keenly priced by Richer Sounds. I was impressed with the style of the TV, it looked very good in sleek black, and had all the features needed, HD to 720P, HDMI ports, scarts, digital tuner and analogue tuner which sold it to me.
The TV was easy to set up- plug in all my leads and press O.K, everything was tuned in- no problems. The remote was simple to use, although some buttons were a bit counter intuitive and varied from our other Sony remote. Picture quality is very good, both in HD and in digital TV. I found it clear, with no motion blur on things like football and the colours are vibrant. I definitely depended on picture source, but Blu-Rays were excellent. It is without a doubt better if you are around 3m+ away from the set- too close and the SD picture isn't as sharp.
My main concern with LCD TV's is poor sound though speakers on the set. Sony however have put powerful speakers on this set able to get the volume well loud, and good sound. Some TV's sound tinny but this has a good sound range.
All in all an excellent TV, can have no complaints so far.
I bought the Sony KDL-32V4000 32 inch LCD TV in the January sales because I was tired of my old CRT TV taking up so much room.
This for the price was a bargain, £330 including a 5 year warranty. I've got my Laptop and DVD player plugged into it most of the time to watch films and photos.
The picture quality is amazing, I am viewing it from around 3 metres and you really do appreciate the clear picture. Sony have tried to do something fancy with the audio getting it to sound like surround sound which really blows you away. I have some headphones plugged in most of the times and they really do sound superb through the TV.
The remote is solid and easy to use, lots of different options within the features with aren't hard to navigate.
The TV is also fairly light, one person could do the job of moving it around if they needed to. The TV itself looks great, piano black.
I bought the KDL-32V4000 in the December / January sales for only £350, reduced from £500. This is my second LCD and definitely better than the previous.
It looks great. It has a gloss finish to it, including on the stand and is of a nice size in terms of width. Setting it up could not have been any easier. You simply attach the TV to the stand, secure 5 screws and you're done. The built in Freeview is also easy to set up. You just press DTV on the remote and then use the auto scanner to get all the channels.
Sony are known for high quality as this is the same here. I use the TV primarily for Blu Ray and gaming and the picture is very good. It runs games in 720p most of the time with the odd exception where it will change to 1080i. Blu Ray is shown in 1080i and looks excellent. Even running DVDs through the PS3 upscaler looks extremely good on this set.
Most problems with HDTVs are found in SD sources, not HD. Thankfully, freeview and other SD sources look great.
If you're looking for a 32", I highly recommend it, especially if you can still get it for a reasonable price. The picture quality is of a high standard all round. It also has 3 HDMI ports, VGA input and component so you won't have trouble getting your HD equipment hooked up.
I have owned the Sony KDL-32V4000 32 inch LCD TV for only a week or so but wanted to write the review now so that if anyone is thinking of buying one while there are such good deals on this review might help them!
I have never had a flat screen TV before and was actually on the look out for a 26 or 28 inch one at the most as I thought 32 inch would be too big as I only have a small lounge area in my flat. I researched them for a few days but was really just looking at price rather than any technical matters particularly. There were some cheapish own brand or unheard of brands in Asda and Tesco for around this price or a little more - in the end I took the advice of a friend who knows his media technology and decided to go for a brand name like Sony or Samsung.
This Sony TV first jumped out at me on the Argos website - where it was on offer for £349 (apparantly down from about £700 - thought whether they sold many at that high price I don't know). However I then started reading the moneysavingexpert forums and people had found this TV at £299 from Richer Sounds and then on Boxing day evening it appeared on the John Lewis website for £299 including a 5 year guarantee so I snapped it up! I am very glad I did as the very next morning it was out of stock and hasn't appeared back at that price yet. However if you can find this TV for under £350 I would still recommend it as an excellent buy.
It was very easy to set up. Although I had mine delivered a benefit of LCD TV's is that they are light enough to pick up from the shop and even carry home on public transport (if you want to risk having it stolen!!) as I've seen some people do. The TV came with a small desktop size stand that you need to screw to the TV - that is really the only bit of set up needed. It just takes 3 screws which are provided and then is very sturdy once its on the stand and it can be swivelled to any angle you like.
This TV comes with inbuilt Freeview. I had a Freeview box already so wasn't too fussed by this however now I have it within the TV I have been able to get rid of my Freeview box and free up some space around the TV with one less bit of kit hanging around. It is also much better than my cheapy Freeview box that I had before as it has a proper EPG (Electronic programme guide) and if you have a hard disk recorder I believe that can be linked up very easily as there are options on the EPG to just press record on a certain programme.
The picture is very clear, the colours are good and I can view the screen at most angles and see a clear picture. The benefit of having a small studio flat and a large TV I have discovered is that I can watch the TV from the lounge - or twist it round and watch it from the bedroom area or keep my kitchen door open and watch it from the kitchen without having to squint at a tiny TV!
The TV is black in surround and I think it looks very smart and definitely a good buy for under £300. Sadly I think getting it for sub-£300 might be tricky now but there are still some good deals around.
I think this is probably discontinued stock or will be very soon as although I don't understand these things too well I have been told it is HD ready but is not as good as some HD TV's out there. As I don't intend to watch HD TV or buy a blue ray player or basically anything high definition then this doesn't' bother me in the slightest however for those that are interested in these things then you should maybe look at a higher spec TV.
There are two scart sockets in the back and I'm pretty sure I read that it can be hooked up to a PC to be used as the PC screen though I haven't attempted this yet since I've only had the TV for a week. If this is possible though (and I haven't just read that somewhere else!) then I think it would be quite good to try even if just to view my photos that are on my PC on a large screen.
So I realise this review isn't highly detailed or technical - however if you are like me and just wanted a good, reliable, brand name , flat screen TV then I would thoroughly recommend the Sony KDL-32V4000.