Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 review

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

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That the KDL-32EX503 is such a joy to use is largely down to its use of the XrossMediaBar user interface, as debuted on the PlayStation 3. It can be a bit baffling at first, but it doesn't take long before navigating the axes is second nature.

As well as now/next information for all digital (and analogue) TV channels, the XMB presents connected devices (USB sticks, a Blu-ray player or a PS3) as part of the TV's architecture, and it's a cinch to skip between sources and settings.

Also on the XMB are icons for the widgets that make up Sony's Bravia Internet Video platform. It's worth mentioning that the service is stuffed with too many widgets. Aside from the big content providers, there are heaps of US-centric portals that are of little worth and do detract from the service by crowding-out the useful widgets. That said, the uniform interface for each widget is well designed, relaying on high-resolution grids and thumbnails and proves simple to use.

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Also popping up on the XMB axis are external devices such as a USB memory stick, or a PC connected via DLNA. Music and photos are no trouble, with both MP3 music and JPEG/RAW photos treated well, though compatibility with TIFF, BMP and GIF pictures would be appreciated – as would support for WMV music and some lossless formats.

Video is less convincing. Sony has expanded the video codecs it supports and we managed to get MPEG, AVC, AVCHD, MP4, DivX, XviD and AVI files to play without any problems, though one MP4 file was played with audio only and some DivX files were displayed in their native size rather than fullscreen.

To skip past the dross you'll need to master Sony's clever new remote control. A concave design with a battery compartment that slides out, the layout is logical and, for the most part, it's very comfortable to operate.

Buttons are clearly labelled and just about large enough for clumsy hands, though we did find that the all-important blue 'Home' button is a tad too close to the directional arrows and did cause us to make mistakes. Rather oddly there's a standby button on the remote's rear, though we're not sure it serves much purpose.

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