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Sony Bravia KDL-32EX600 LED LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Enough performance and connectivity to satisfy a basic home theater setup, while keeping costs down.

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Vs Sony KDL-32EX700

Sony KDL-32EX700 Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX600-vanity.jpg']}} • 32EX700 is the better buy • 32EX700 has more features • Roughly the same price
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Value Comparison Summary


The Sony KDL-32EX700, and all the EX700s, are the next step up from the EX600 series. The price is roughly the same for the 32-inch versions (about $899 MSRP, and cheaper online) but the TVs take slightly different tracks in their feature sets. The EX700 offers access to Sony's outstanding set of streaming video, music, and apps, as well as DLNA support. And 120Hz processing. And optional WiFi. The EX600, on the other hand, has more ports for legacy devices that use component and composite AV. Huh, when you phrase it like that, there's really no reason to buy the EX600, is there?

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony KDL-32EX600 Sony KDL-32EX700
Size 32 inches 32 inches
Price $899 MSRP $899 MSRP
Type LED-edgelit LCD LED-edgelit LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A Streaming content, DLNA support

Blacks & Whites


The Sony KDL-32EX600 produced exactly the same black level as the Sony KDL-32EX700. However, we found the EX700 to produce a peak brightness that was much brighter. Thus, the 32EX700 had a wider contrast ratio. Both are edge-lit models. We can't necessarily explain the difference in these scores, except to postulate that there are differences in the materials, construction, or backlighting design.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Sony KDL-32EX600 proved slightly more adept at producing a stable color temperature. However, they were equally matched in their ability to display smooth color curves. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 8.16
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Sony KDL-32EX700 Score: 6.32
RGB Comparison

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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 8.03

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Sony KDL-32EX700 Score: 8.23

Motion


The motion performance on both TVs was great.

  Motion Scores
  Sony KDL-32EX600 Sony KDL-32EX700
Motion Smoothness 7.38 8.25
Motion Artifacting 7.0 7.75

Viewing Effects


The Sony KDL-32EX600's viewing angle was wider than the Sony KDL-32EX700, but not by a huge amount. We liked what we saw with these TVs, but they don't come anywhere close to what a plasma TV produces. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 5.12 Sony KDL-32EX700 Score: 5.24

Connectivity


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has additional component and composite AV inputs. However, the EX700 series is equipped with ethernet for streaming content and DLNA support. 

  Connectivity Comparison
  Sony KDL-32EX600 Sony KDL-32EX700 Samsung LN32C550 LG 32LD450
HDMI 4 4 4 2
Component 2 1 2 2
Composite 2 1 2 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 3 3 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Ethernet No 1 1 0
WiFi No No Requires separate purchase No
USB 1 1 2 1
Memory Card 0 No 0 0
  DLNA No No Yes No
Other N/A N/A EX-LINK RS-232C

Other Comparisons


The Sony KDL-32EX700, along with the rest of the EX700 series, has access to Sony's outstanding collection of streaming content for movies, music, and internet apps.

 

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs Sony KDL-32EX700
  13. Vs Samsung LN32C550
  14. Vs LG 32LD450
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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