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Sony KDL-32EX723 review

Crisp pictures and neat tricks from this mid-range smart TV

Our Verdict

As a 2D TV with Bravia's solid new Internet video service, there's much to like about the 32EX723. Just not the 3D.

For

  • Nice 2D picture performer
  • Good contrast and clarity
  • Multimedia features are superb
  • Operating system improved
  • Attractive

Against

  • Poor 3D performance
  • Excessive crosstalk
  • A bit expensive
  • 3D glasses not included
  • Internet browser hard to use from a distance

It's been a long wait – made longer by production delays caused by Japan's earthquake – but at last the first of Sony's eagerly anticipated 2011 Bravia TVs is here, and comes internet, 3D and full HD-ready.

The 32-inch KDL-32EX723 is a great starting point for getting a handle on how Sony's 2011 TV range might shape up in the weeks and months to come, since it sits more or less in the middle in terms of cost. Priced at £750, it's the most affordable Sony TV this year to carry active 3D capability, and far more affordable than the Sony KDL-46NX713.

Aside from its headline 3D talents, the 32EX723 features Sony's new, improved Bravia Internet video platform, a full internet browser (the first time we've seen this on a Sony TV), Motionflow XR 200 motion processing and the new X-Reality picture processing engine.

The 32EX723 doesn't benefit from one of Sony's striking Monolithic designs, with their ultra-slim profiles and single-layer, glass-like finishes. But this doesn't mean it's an ugly TV by any means – the left, right and top edges of its bezel are slender and glossy, and the bottom edge offers a cute contrast in metallic-looking grey. But it's certainly a lot more ordinary-looking than the Monolithic sets, and its build quality feels a touch plasticky for a mid-range TV.

Series

It joins the 55-inch KDL-55EX723, 46-inch KDL-46EX723 and 40-inch KDL-40EX723 to form the EX723 series.

Above the EX723 in Sony's extensive new TV range is the NX723 series, which delivers Sony's sleek Monolithic design, an ultra-slim LED panel and built-in Wi-Fi on a higher level. Take one step down from the EX723 series and you get to the EX524 models, which crucially don't have 3D capabilities or sport the EX723's MotionFlow XR 200 video processing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption101 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand510 mm
Width with Stand755 mm
Depth with Stand216 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height480 mm
Width755 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32EX723
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-32EX723 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX723BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Enjoy crisp Full HD pictures for TV, films and games in 2D and 3D. Be ready for the best of the web and free Skype calls. You can even save energy and make life easier with smart features.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-32EX723 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)7.90 kg