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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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Blacks & Whites

Blacks & Whites Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Sony KDL-32EX600. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the xxEX600 series. The xxEX600 series includes the following models: KDL-32EX600, KDL-40EX600, KDL-46EX600.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Black Level*(8.0)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 managed a solid performance in our black level test, which showed the TV can get as low as 0.10 cd/m2. This is about the same performance as we saw in the next-level-up Sony, as well as a comparable Samsung. A similar LG, however, failed to deliver. (More on how we test Black Level.)

Black Level
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Compare the Sony KDL-32EX600 to other HDTVs
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Sony KDL-32EX700 32 inches Samsung LN32C550 32 inches LG 32LD450 32 inches

Peak Brightness*(8.15)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 did not manage to produce as bright as white as we've seen from similar TVs, possibly because of our calibration settings, or possibly because of a poor implementation of the LED edge-lighting (or some other explanation). However you explain it, these are the test results. (More on how we test Peak Brightness.)

Peak Brightness
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Contrast*(7.92)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 produced a decent contrast ratio, though it's significantly narrower than the Sony 32EX700, the next step up. The score discrepancy is based entirely on a difference in the peak brightness. The black level scores were the same. (More on how we test Contrast.)

Contrast
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Tunnel Contrast*(9.32)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 showed a very slight tendency to raise the brightness of its black level as the amount of black on the screen decreased. Picture an all-black screen. Then picture that black rectangle getting smaller and smaller, as it becomes surrounded by bright white. That's the test, in a nutshell, and the chart below shows the trendline of the black level getting brighter and brighter. It's subtle, and you probably won't notice a problem. (More on how we test Tunnel Contrast.)

Tunnel Contrast
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White Falloff*(9.94)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has no problem maintaining a consistent white level, no matter how much white area on the screen. (More on how we test White Falloff.)

White Falloff
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Uniformity*(6.75)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 had no problems with bright scenes and an even white, but on a black screen, we saw a lot of flashlighting (bright spots) in the corners. It was obvious and distracting. (More on how we test Uniformity.)

Greyscale Gamma*(7.89)*


The greyscale gamma test gives us an idea of how well the TV transitions from black to white. First, let's look at the shape of the curve. Ideally, we're looking for a smooth line. As you can see, though, the lower left portion of the line (representing the shadow details) is a little flat. That tells us that the TV has some trouble showing detail in the shadows. This is a typical in most TVs, to some extent. We verified it with our own eyes. It's no too troubling. (More on how we test Greyscale Gamma.)

The second thing we look at is the slope of the curve. Ideally, we want a slope between 2.1 and 2.2. The Sony KDL-32EX600's slope measures 2.55, which is a bit steep. Expect that the TV will miss some of the finer gradations in the greyscale. Overall, though, it's a pretty good performance

Greyscale Gamma
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Other Models in the xxEX600 Series
This is a review of the Sony KDL-32EX600. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Sony KDL-32EX600 32 inches

Sony KDL-40EX600

40 inches

Sony KDL-46EX600

46 inches

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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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