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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The KDL-32EX403 is an everyman big-brand TV. It sits just above the maelstrom of shopping trolley tellies and in that context perhaps looks a little expensive, but its basic feature spread is solid.

Considering the screen has been deprived of Sony's more glamorous picture processing technology, presumably discriminated against due to screen size and positioning, it does an OK job; it is smooth and pleasingly artefact-free.

Its biggest attraction is as a conduit for Sony's sprawling Bravia Internet Video IPTV empire and the upstart Qriocity VOD movie streaming service. Watch a lot of catch-up TV and YouTube? Sit back and enjoy. However, this is not a screen for you if you intend to stream media across your own network, or from USB sticks: file compatibility is just too limited.

We liked

The diversity of streaming video content available from Sony's Bravia Internet Video portal is impressive. The lack of picture processing artefacts in its images is pleasing to the eye and the XrossMediaBar interface is a pleasure to use.

We disliked

The relatively low motion picture resolution is a disappointment, audio is congested and the video file support offered for network streaming is miserly. The lack of MKV support from USB and limited contrast and black levels also grate mildly.

Final verdict

The KDL-32EX403 is an unadventurous, slightly overweight, entry-level Sony TV that delivers a relatively good picture given its lack of picture processing muscle. It's also a winner when it comes to IPTV.

The range of content available from both the Bravia Internet Video service and Sony's new Qriocity streaming video movie service continue to impress, helping to make this a good choice for couch potatoes on a budget.

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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 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