Sony KDL-32EX524 review

  • £550

Don't let the size or price fool you – this TV is packed with clever features and delivers decent pictures

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Sony kdl 32ex524

The KDL-32EX524 has all the hallmarks of a budget, no-frills set – the price, size, its billing as a 'family' TV and the compromised build quality – yet in actual fact it's more special than that.

There's a feast of features on board, ranging from flashy DLNA, Skype and Bravia Internet Video to the Presence Sensor and USB HDD recording. Yes, there's no 3D or 100Hz, and you have to make some picture quality sacrifices, but it's still a decent performer – particularly when it comes to Freeview pictures and web video.

We liked

Web videos look great on the KDL-32EX524 thanks to X-Reality's miracle-working, and despite some motion blur and contrast issues picture quality is at an acceptable level.

The improvements to the operating system are a triumph, making the wide range of functions even easier to access than before. The EPG is slick and cleverly laid out, with crisp graphics and a large live TV box.

Despite the lack of 3D and 100Hz processing, there's a wide range of features on board that make the KDL-32EX524 feel like solid value for money. Highlights include Bravia Internet Video (which thanks to the inclusion of several catch-up TV services is still the best web portal of any manufacturer), DLNA, USB recording, smartphone control and Skype.

We disliked

Motion blur, judder and average contrast prevent this TV hitting the heights of other LED sets, with fast moving objects losing clarity. Detail during dark scenes also loses some definition.

Although the set's black bezel and brushed bottom section are easy on the eye, build quality is merely adequate, particularly the supplied stand.

A few operational niggles, like our inability to stream music and play some hi-def AVI files, might be a turn off, plus the additional hardware required for Skype and Wi-Fi will add quite a chunk onto the price.

Final verdict

See past the picture flaws and missing features and the KDL-32EX524 is a very attractive LCD that punches above its price point with a generous array of features and decent picture performance, which should make you, and the whole family, very happy.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX524
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption88 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand510 mm
Width with Stand755 mm
Depth with Stand216 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height480 mm
Width755 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Product SeriesEX524
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32EX524
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-32EX524 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX524BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

See big picture detail on a slim screen
Add style to the room with a slim Edge LED screen. Enjoy TV and films in Full HD detail and true-to-life colour. Be ready for the best of the web from the comfort of your sofa. Benefit from everything LED and Internet TV has to offer.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-32EX524 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.70 kg