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Sony KDL-32EX403 review

This 32-inch best-seller is a solid bet if you want Freeview HD and internet connectivity

Our Verdict

For

  • Smooth, vibrant hi-def images
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • Bravia Internet Video service
  • USB media playback

Against

  • Limited network media support
  • Average black levels
  • Poor motion resolution

Positioned beneath Sony's flamboyant NX flatscreens, the EX line is squarely aimed at mainstream TV buyers. These are not screens designed with cost-no-object electronics and from a cosmetic standpoint are more Ugly Betty than Heidi Klum. However they're difficult to resist when common sense budgeting takes precedence over runaway indulgence.

This particular model has been a bestseller for Sony for months and it's easy to see why. With Freeview HD (for on-tap hi-def without subscription), DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility and USB media playback, plus the IPTV feast that is the Bravia Internet Video service, the 32-inch KDL-EX403 ticks many of the must-have check boxes on our replacement TV list.

A cursory glance at the side of the screen will confirm that the backlight employed is traditional CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent), rather than super-slim LED. While this means the set has girth, it's refreshing to see uniform illumination on an LCD TV in the midst of the current vogue for hotspot-plagued edge LED screens.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX403
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption114 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand532 mm
Width with Stand800 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height497 mm
Width800 mm
Depth97 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX403
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32EX403
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-32EX403 32" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX403
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Full High Definition gives you an amazing audiovisual experience - an incredible five times more definition and detail than standard television pictures, with amazing sound quality to match. It will change the way you watch TV and movies forever.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-32EX403 LCD TV
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg