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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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Color Accuracy

Color Accuracy 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.
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX600-vanity.jpg']}} • Smooth, uniform color transitions • Some lack of shadow detail • Colors are oversaturated, generally • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
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Color Temperature*(8.16)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 appeared to be quite good at maintaining a consistent color temperature. As you can see in the chart below, there are a lot of bumps, but it only falls into the "perceptible error" limit in a few instances. And even when it is perceptible, it's not too egregious. (More on how we test Color Temperature.)

Color Temperature
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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

RGB Curves*(8.03)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 produced smooth, strong curves in our RGB curves. As you can see in the chart below, there are few bumps and the curves more in a more or less uniform fashion. The only problem is the red channel's peaking, indicated by that little flat area in the upper right. It means that the TV has a hard time producing detail in the brightest parts of the red channel. This was a real problem for us during calibration. We could lower the contrast (which Sony calls the "picture" setting) significantly to recover that detail, but it had an adverse affect on the shadow detail for all three channels. In the end, we decided that losing some of the brightest reds was the best trade-off. (More on how we test RGB Curves.)

RGB Curves
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The strips below are digital recreations of the RGB test data, compared against three similar TVs and an ideal response curve. 

Red Response Comparisons
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Sony KDL-32EX700 {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX700-redstrip.jpg']}}
Samsung LN32C550 {{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-redstrip.jpg']}}
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Green Response Comparisons
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Sony KDL-32EX700 {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX700-greenstrip.jpg']}}
Samsung LN32C550 {{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-greenstrip.jpg']}}
LG 32LD450 {{article.attachments['LG-32LD450-greenstrip.jpg']}}

 

Blue Response Comparisons
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Sony KDL-32EX700 {{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-32EX700-bluestrip.jpg']}}
Samsung LN32C550 {{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-bluestrip.jpg']}}
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Color Gamut*(3.72)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 did not do such a great job matching up to the rec. 709 color standard, a common standard for color performance on TVs. The green point and the white point (the circle in the center) were close to ideal, but the red and blue points were oversaturated. (More on how we test Color Gamut.)

Color Gamut
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The table below has all the hard details of how the Sony KDL-32EX600 compared with rec. 709. 

  u' (rec.709/measured) v' (rec.709/measured) Error
Red 0.4507 / 0.4337 0.5229 / 0.5225 0.017004705
Green 0.125 / 0.1301 0.5625 / 0.5692 0.008420214
Blue 0.1754 / 0.1934 0.1579 / 0.1196 0.042318908
D65 (white point) 0.1978 / 0.199 0.4683 / 0.4628 0.005629387

 

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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