Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 review

It's no LED, but Sony's polished Essential range lives up to its name

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For

  • Interface
  • Clean HD & SD pictures
  • Sound

Against

  • High price
  • Limited digital file compatibility
  • Crowded internet video platform

If you're after something more than just a basic flatscreen TV, this polished affair from Sony makes for a tempting option.

This 32in LCD TV lies near the bottom of Sony's Essential lineup, ranking below screens in the brand's Network, Signature and Cinematic ranges.

Confusingly, even the Essential series is carefully graded in terms of features, with the KDL-32EX503 sandwiched between the KDL-32EX403 (£550), which cuts out both Edge LED and 100Hz, and the much slimmer KDL-32EX703 (£900), which has both.

That leaves the KDL-32EX503 without an edge-lit LED panel, but it's unfair to call this a low-end LCD TV and it does have 100Hz. It may be firmly in the middle of Sony's lineup, but its combination of a Freeview HD tuner and a re-vamped online content hub makes the KDL-32EX503 worth some serious consideration.

The KDL-32EX503 effectively replaces the popular KDL-32W5500 from last year, adding a Freeview HD tuner, a wider compatibility with video files via either a USB stick/drive or DLNA networking and the possibility of wireless connectivity.

On the marketing for this set you'll find 'Wireless LAN ready' plastered all over it. In practice, this means that the set's USB input can accept a wireless dongle, though that's an optional extra.

In terms of looks, a metallic grey panel along the screen's bottom is all that interrupts an otherwise standard – and rather wide – gloss black screen surround. If anything it recalls the rather utilitarian, serious look of Sony's hi-fi systems, though we've certainly reviewed more solidly built flatscreen TVs.

Despite its relatively high-end looks, the KDL-32EX503 is a fat flatscreen; even without its desktop stand it reaches 96mm, which is around a third deeper than its LED-lit (and £200 pricier) sibling, the KDL-32EX503. A heavy desktop stand is included in the box and must be manually attached, though it does enable the TV to swivel once assembled.

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 EX503
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.90 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption119 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand534 mm
Width with Stand800 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height497 mm
Width800 mm
Depth96 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX503
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32EX503
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-32EX503 32" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX503
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Whether you're watching TV, films or playing games, Full High Definition gives you five times more detail than Standard Definition TV. The result? Incredible image quality that brings home entertainment to life.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-32EX503 LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)9.90 kg