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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 Samsung LN32C550

Samsung LN32C550 Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX600-vanity.jpg']}} • Samsung has better contrast ratio, but worse color performance and viewing angle • Samsung is cheaper • Sony has a more balanced performance
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Value Comparison Summary


The Samsung LN32C550 is a mid-tier model, with a handful of features, but not the bucketload of specials you find in top-tier TVs. The performance was decent: great contrast, but some problems with bright colors and a weak viewing angle. We like the DLNA support for home networks, but wish that Samsung had gone the extra step and allowed access to streaming content and the Samsung App store. The Sony KDL-32EX600's performance is a little more balanced. It's also more expensive, which makes this a tough call. We'd have to side with the Sony, but only if you can find it cheaper. Otherwise, the Samsung should fulfill most needs. 

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony KDL-32EX600 Samsung LN32C550
Size 32 inches 32 inches
Price $899 MSRP $699 MSRP
Type LED-edgelit LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p

Blacks & Whites


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has the same black level as the Samsung LN32C550, but the Samsung managed a much brighter peak brightness. The Samsung, therefor, had a much wider contrast ratio. We can stand behind both these TVs – the Sony doesn't look weak. But if you put them side by side, the Samsung's wider contrast would be visible to the naked eye. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Samsung was good at maintaining a consistent color temperature. In our RGB tests, though, the Samsung showed some problems with displaying details in the brightest portions of each channel. (We call this a peaking problem.) The Sony only peaked in the red channel, and only by a little. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 8.16
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 8.08
RGB Comparison

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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 8.03

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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 5.56

Motion


The Samsung LN32C550 had some problems with motion artifacting, but we liked the smoothness of the image. 

  Motion Scores
  Sony KDL-32EX600 Samsung LN32C550
Motion Smoothness 7.38 6.63
Motion Artifacting 7.0 3.5

Viewing Effects


The Samsung LN32C550 has a terrible viewing angle, even for an LCD. The Sony KDL-32EX600 produced a much wider angle. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony KDL-32EX600 Score: 5.12 Samsung LN32C550 Score: 1.90

Connectivity


The Samsung LN32C550 and Sony KDL-32EX600 are similar in many regards, but the Samsung includes an ethernet port and optional WiFi for DLNA home network support. It does not, however, allow streaming content or internet connectivity. 

  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
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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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