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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Sony bravia kdl 32ex403

With most of 2011's big-brand TVs expected to push the internet connected angle quite aggressively, the feature spread of this 32-incher seems strangely prescient.

Sony has been a long-standing advocate of the internet connected TV market. Over the past 12 months, its Bravia Internet Video service has become a tasting menu of IPTV service providers, both free and pay.

Hook the KDL-32EX403 up via Ethernet or Wi-Fi and you'll get instant access to BBC iPlayer (with variable bitrate streaming depending on your connection speed) and Demand 5 catch-up services, plus: Sky News; LoveFilm; YouTube; Daily Motion; Sony Entertainment Television (a misnomer if ever there was one), Eurosport; Blip.tv; Howcast; Ustudio; Golflinks; Livestrong; LoveFilm Trailers; Singing Fool; Videocast; Tagesschau and – pause for breath – Deutsche Welle.

It doesn't stop there. Classical music fans can enjoy the Berlin Philharmonic or, if you're a rocker, there's Moshcam as well as National Public Radio. The TV even offers Picasa support for happy snappers.

More recently we've seen the addition of the Qriocity movie streaming service to the Sony Bravia stable. There is wide studio support for this VOD initiative, so there's no shortage of new release movies and back catalogue titles to stream and watch. Prices begin at £2.49 for standard-def material, with a typical £1 surcharge for hi-def.

TV options

The sibling Qrio Music Unlimited service is also accessible, although having a subscription music service on your TV is perhaps not ideal. Once subscribed, though, you can also listen via your PS3 or Blu-ray player.

The KDL-32EX403 is DLNA compliant, but as we've seen with many other similarly certified screens, this is no guarantee of widespread file compatibility. Tests with a variety of popular file formats bring only limited success. There is no support for MKVs or AVIs, although AVCHD camcorder footage is accommodated.

The playback situation improves when files are read directly from a USB drive: AVIs with SRT subtitles and MPEG4 files are suddenly accessible. However, the TV still discriminates against MKV wrapped content. If you're looking for a TV to stream sundry downloads from a networked NAS or PC, this isn't the model for you.

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
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand532 mm
Width with Stand800 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height497 mm
Width800 mm
Depth97 mm
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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
  • BRAVIA KDL-32EX403 LCD TV
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)9.50 kg