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Sony KDL-37EX524 review

The fast-disappearing 37-inch category gets a shot in the arm courtesy of this Sony model

Our Verdict

For

  • Good price
  • Mostly excellent 'smart TV' features
  • Superb black levels for an edge LED TV

Against

  • Resolution loss with motion
  • Images aren't especially bright by edge LED standards
  • The set's build quality isn't the best

Not so long ago, 37-inch TVs were the most popular size in Britain. In 2011, though, they seem to be a dying breed, with fewer and fewer models finding their way into TV ranges. Sony, for instance, only has two 37-inch TVs in its latest range, including the KDL-37EX524 we're looking at today.

This gradual 37-inch death seems more down to manufacturing issues and the relatively little difference (in price as well as size terms) between 37-inch and 40-inch TVs than the fact that there aren't still plenty of UK punters who want to buy one, though. So here's hoping that the 37EX524 gives the increasingly ill-served 37-inch TV fanbase something to sink their teeth - and cash - into.

The EX524 series sits relatively low down Sony's current TV range, so it's no surprise to find the 37EX524 shorn of any 3D playback options. It's also predictably not one of Sony's opulently designed 'Monolith' sets, with their sheer glass fascias. Instead it looks reasonably but certainly not spectacularly cute in its attractively two-tone but disappointingly plasticky and 'raised bezel' chassis. It's very slim, though, thanks to its edge LED illumination system.

With no 3D talents to yell about, it falls to the 37EX524's Bravia Internet Video (BIV) services to provide its headline feature, along with a wealth of multimedia support that includes DLNA streaming and file playback from USB storage devices.

Alongside the 37EX524 can be found the 32-inch 32EX524, the 40-inch 40EX524 and the 46-inch 46EX524, while moving one step higher up Sony's range gets you to Sony's NX723 series, which introduce 200Hz scanning, toughened 'Gorilla Glass', and Sony's Monolithic design.

If the EX524 series is too rich for your blood, Sony's next series down is the EX523 series, which lack the USB HDD recording and presence sensor functions of the EX524s. But for now, let's get back to the business of putting the 37EX524 through its paces.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX524
Brand NameSony
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption98 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand579 mm
Width with Stand877 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height549 mm
Width877 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesEX524
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-37EX524
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-37EX524 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL37EX524
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

See big picture detail on a slim screen

Add style to the room with a slim Edge LED screen. Enjoy TV and films in Full HD detail and true-to-life colour. Be ready for the best of the web from the comfort of your sofa. Benefit from everything LED and Internet TV has to offer.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-37EX524 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.70 kg