Sony KDL-32HX753 review

Can its mid-range smart TV continue Sony's resurgence?

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The Sony 32HX753 arrives on the back of a startlingly brilliant start to 2012 from Sony with its HX853 range of TVs. Perhaps because of this, first impressions of the cheaper 32-inch television are underwhelming, thanks to its reduced build quality and rather muted pictures.

However, over time the Sony set grows on you. Its multimedia capabilities are good - excellent, even, when it comes to the new Sony Entertainment Network online service. Its connectivity is impressive too, and there's a decent selection of features aimed at tweaking pictures.

While the Sony HX753's pictures never get near the heights of those of the Sony HX853's, and need a little calibration care to get the best out of them, they do, ultimately, produce impressive results. However, people with bright rooms might find those results low on brightness, and that trying to liven pictures up results in some unwelcome side effects.

We liked

The Sony 32HX753's online services are excellent, and its multimedia flexibility is admirable too. Its 2D pictures are capable of impressive black level response and good detail levels if you're careful with the picture settings, while its 3D pictures are commendable for being almost completely free of crosstalk.

We disliked

The Home menu system is tortuous to use, and the Sony 32HX753's pictures are a bigger step down from those of the HX853 series than we'd hoped for. Also, while you can get pictures looking good, this requires you to sacrifice more brightness than some of the relatively casual users most likely to be buying a 32-inch TV might feel happy with. Finally, gamers won't be happy with the 80ms of average input lag.

Final verdict

While it's certainly not nearly as awesome as Sony's HX853 series, it's not really fair to compare the Sony 32HX753 to those illustrious televisions. Versus similarly priced 32-inch TVs it's pretty good, provided you accept that you have to be careful with setting it up if you want to get anything like the best out of it.

Overall, though, we couldn't help but think that both its 3D talents and the way its ideal picture settings seemed aimed at the enthusiast rather than casual market would have been better suited to a larger screen size than 32 inches.

Also consider

The Panasonic L32ET5 offers a passive 3D alternative to the active 3D of Sony's 32HX753, is prettier with its design, and is generally a strong performer. Certainly its images are brighter and more colourful than those of the Sony. But the set suffers with surprisingly high input lag that could trouble gamers, its 3D pictures aren't as high in resolution, and it can't produce as deep a black level response.

Although we haven't tested it yet, another close rival appears to be the Samsung 32ES6300, which also offers smart TV features and active 3D for around the same money, but does so in a more glamorous body. Experience of past models would suggest that its pictures will be punchier than those of the the 32HX753 - perhaps making them better suited to the needs of a typical 32-inch TV buyer - but possibly less accurate and natural. But this is, we stress, mere speculation at this stage.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX753
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameSony
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption93 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand492 mm
Width with Stand756 mm
Depth with Stand226 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year78 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 400
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height473 mm
Width756 mm
Depth59 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Product SeriesHX753
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Web Browser, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-32HX753
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32HX753BU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Picture that comes to life in 2D and 3D
Hold on to your seat and prepare for the most immersive 3D experience with striking picture quality and gripping 2D viewing. Stream a world of online entertainment, apps and services to a high contrast LED screen. Life in your living room is about to get more entertaining.

Make 2D HD & 3D pictures sharper
Whether you're watching online TV, a favourite DVD or a home movie, everything gets clearer and closer to HD with X-Reality. We've also made 3D crisp and natural thanks to 4x High Speed 3D Panel, with each frame on the LED screen adjusted for optimum lighting and contrast.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8 kg