Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 review

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

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With LED panels still commanding a premium price, Sony has left the technology off the KDL-32EX503, with few complaints from us – it sports one of the best, most contrast-capable LCD panels around.

The premium feature here is Freeview HD, though there's plenty of other aspects – styling, user interface, picture and sound quality – that help the KDL-32EX503 become a competitive offering for anyone after something a bit more advanced.

We liked:

The interface does at great job of uniting this TV's diverse range of features, managing to put everything from internet TV, Freeview channels and USB sticks in the same place.

Cinematic brilliance with Blu-ray, clean upscaling of DVD and Freeview HD, and some decent audio are among the highlights.

We disliked:

While nicely styled, the remote could do with a tweak or two when it comes to layout. The set's film mode performs well and doesn't introduce any video nasties, though it would be nice to have a stronger setting so that viewers can make their own minds up.

A more comprehensive digital file compatibility mix is also needed for playback from USB and via DLNA, while Bravia Internet Video needs thinning down: less would be more.


If you demand an ultra-slim screen and all-new Edge LED backlighting, Sony's KDL-32EX703 is what to head for, though for our money the KDL-32EX503 is better value; excellent contrast and colours team-up with a luscious interface and some novel online features to create one of the best value and most impressive LCD TVs around.

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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
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand534 mm
Width with Stand800 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height497 mm
Width800 mm
Depth96 mm
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 Address
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
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
Weight (Approximate)9.90 kg