Sony KDL-37EX524 review

The fast-disappearing 37-inch category gets a shot in the arm courtesy of this Sony model

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Sony kdl 37ex524

Sound

Sony's recent flat TV output has been rather hit and miss where sound is concerned, but happily the 37EX524 falls marginally into the 'hit' camp. It sounds more powerful than most very slim TVs, leading at sensible volumes to a decently open, clear mid-range - with authentic vocals - and some accurate and plentiful treble detailing.

Just don't try and run the set too loud though, for there's a clear point beyond which the speakers suddenly give up the ghost quite spectacularly, causing vocals to fuzz and the TV's bodywork to buzz.

Value

How cheap you find the 37EX524 essentially depends very much on how much you want/value its Bravia Internet Video service. For if you're not attracted by BIV's charms, then the set's merely solid picture quality might not be enough in itself to justify the set's cost. If you do fancy an extensive on-tap stream of on-demand video, though, the 37EX524's BIV charms make it look like a pretty decent deal.

Ease of use

Here Sony giveth and Sony taketh away, it seems. On the 'giving' side, Sony has revamped its BIV onscreen menu system to good effect, making the wealth of content it carries much easier to navigate than it was on previous generations of BIV TVs.

The rest of Sony's revamped onscreen menus, though, aren't nearly as helpful. They're confusingly presented, confusingly divided in terms of what features go in which menu, and unhelpfully organised, with access to some of the most commonly needed features requiring you to cycle past lots of far less useful features en route.

The remote control is a decent effort, though. Its gently concave top edge feels comfortable to use, and the button layout is spacious and reasonably logical. The only potential cause of trouble is the use of a concentric circle button layout at the remote's 'heart'. But even this, once you've got used to it, shouldn't cause you any consistent problems.

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 Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption98 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand579 mm
Width with Stand877 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height549 mm
Width877 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesEX524
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-37EX524
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-37EX524 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL37EX524
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-37EX524 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)7.70 kg