Sony KDL-32EX403 review

This 32-inch best-seller is a solid bet if you want Freeview HD and internet connectivity

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  • Smooth, vibrant hi-def images
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • Bravia Internet Video service
  • USB media playback


  • Limited network media support
  • Average black levels
  • Poor motion resolution

Positioned beneath Sony's flamboyant NX flatscreens, the EX line is squarely aimed at mainstream TV buyers. These are not screens designed with cost-no-object electronics and from a cosmetic standpoint are more Ugly Betty than Heidi Klum. However they're difficult to resist when common sense budgeting takes precedence over runaway indulgence.

This particular model has been a bestseller for Sony for months and it's easy to see why. With Freeview HD (for on-tap hi-def without subscription), DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatibility and USB media playback, plus the IPTV feast that is the Bravia Internet Video service, the 32-inch KDL-EX403 ticks many of the must-have check boxes on our replacement TV list.

A cursory glance at the side of the screen will confirm that the backlight employed is traditional CCFL (cold-cathode fluorescent), rather than super-slim LED. While this means the set has girth, it's refreshing to see uniform illumination on an LCD TV in the midst of the current vogue for hotspot-plagued edge LED screens.

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 EX403
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption114 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand532 mm
Width with Stand800 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height497 mm
Width800 mm
Depth97 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX403
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32EX403
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-32EX403 32" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX403
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Full High Definition gives you an amazing audiovisual experience - an incredible five times more definition and detail than standard television pictures, with amazing sound quality to match. It will change the way you watch TV and movies forever.

Package Contents
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg