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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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Motion

Motion 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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Motion Smoothness*(7.38)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 was rather good at producing a smooth motion performance. There was a drop-off between the native 1080p and the upscaled 1080i resolution, the latter suffering from more jagged edges. On the whole, though, we were quite pleased, especially because the EX600 series lacks a motion smoothing feature found on more expensive Sonys. (More on how we test Motion.)

Motion Artifacting*(7.0)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 managed to tamp down most of the motion artifacts that we see in a lot of TVs. Sure, there were the normal problems: jaggies, blurring, and some false color trails. All of these problems, though, were negligible. 

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(8.5)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has no problem displaying native 24fps content, such as you might see on a Blu-Ray disc. The Sony website advertises the TV as featuring "24p True  Cinema" technology. We're not exactly sure what this means, because the EX600 is no better or worse than any other TV at the task. There's some obvious lagging when the camera does slow pans, just as we see on most TVs. (More on how we test 3:2 Pulldown and 24fps.)

Resolution Scaling*(9.25)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but most of the content you'll be watching will probably be a lower resolution. It's up to the TV's internal processing to rescale that data to fit the screen. We looked at the three most common resolutions to see how the EX600 responded. (More on how we test Resolution Scaling.)

480p

When we fed the EX600 a 480p signal, the picture quality was more or less perfect.

720p

With 720p, the TV showed some very slight Moires in high frequency, high contrast patterns. We should note here that in order to get the best performance, we needed to locate the "Display Area" setting and changed the value to +1. If you do not, the TV will overscan and lose some of the picture's edge.

1080i

The 1080i footage we reviewed showed more Moire patterns in high contrast, high frequency patterns.

 

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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