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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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Tour & Design

Tour & Design 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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Front


The Sony KDL-32EX600 shows off a relatively thin bezel. Sony typically does a job job of designing TVs that are pleasing to the eye, while remaining a little more conservative than the wilder Samsungs. Along the lower left corner of the bezel are a series of indicator lights and the IR receiver.

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Back


The back of the Sony KDL-32EX600 is mostly plain. The ports are all gathered on one side to make for easier access. For information about the ports on the back of the Sony KDL-32EX600 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


From this angle you can see the relatively thin bezel, but the overall thickness of the TV as a whole. It appears that Sony could make parts of the screen thin, but required some space for all the other electronic components (thus making a little junk in the trunk). For information about the ports on the sides of the Sony KDL-32EX600 see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has a wide, rectangular stand made of a reflective, black plastic. It certainly seems sturdy enough for the relatively light 32-inch TV panel, so we have no worries about a tip-over. The stand also allows the panel to swivel back and forth, roughly 20 degrees in each direction.

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*A sturdy swivel base *

Controls


A series of onboard controls for basic TV functionality live on the right side. All the usual gang is here: power, menu, volume, channel up/down, and input. We like it when the buttons are on the side, because it reduces the likelihood of getting fingerprints all over the bezel – a constant problem with the 2010 Samsungs.

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Remote Control


The Sony KDL-32EX600's remote control is long and narrow. The button placement is decent enough, once you get used to the feel, but the volume and channel up/down buttons are too small and placed too far down towards the bottom. We definitely miss the backlit keys found on remotes in competing TVs, which can prove damn useful in a dark room. 

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*The remote control is decent, but not perfect *

In The Box*(6.0)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 ships with the base & screws, a remote control & batteries, an AC power cable, an instruction manual, and assorted documentation. 

Aesthetics*(9.0)*


Even with these relatively inexpensive models, Sony manages to produce an attractive design almost every time. We were pleased to see the clean, sharp lines and attention to detail carry through from their most expensive TVs down through the EX600 series. You certainly don't get the wafer-thinness of some pricier LED models, but you won't be disappointed, either.

 

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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