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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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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus 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']}} • Decent audio performance • Some frustrating aspects to the menu • Decent instruction manual
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Audio Quality*(5.5)*


The Sony KDL-32EX600 has a fairly decent audio performance, for a modest 32-inch TV. Most of the samples we listened to came across clear and sharp. The bass response paled in comparison to what a cheap subwoofer could produce, but that's the norm. In the menu, there are three preset modes (Dynamic, Standard, and Clear Voice), as well as a Custom mode. In the Custom mode, you have access to a five-channel equalizer, which gives you a lot more ability to tweak audio (within the limited range of the speakers, of course). The TV also has the obligatory surround sound emulator, though it seemed to produce no qualitative change in the audio. 

Menu Interface*(6.0)*


The menu interface on the Sony EX600 series is very different from the more expensive EX700 series and above, which looks more like a PlayStation3 or PSP menu – very good, in other words. The menu on this TV is awkward and confusing, as if the designers are deliberating trying to keep the options from you.

When you push the Menu button on the remote, a tiny menu appears in the corner, asking if you want to watch photos, music, or videos from a USB drive, as well as a "Settings" option. Wait... WHAT? When you hit a menu button, you're supposed to get a menu of actual options or so we thought. But to access any options about picture quality, you first have to select the "Settings" option in that first menu. This could all be a lot simpler if Sony had just added a "USB" button on the remote, and a "USB" option in the main menu. Do they really expect people to be using the USB port so often that that's the first option they should be presented with.

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*Hit the Menu button, and you get this annoying first step *

Once you do manage to get to the main menu, it looks like the picture below. It's pretty standard from this point on. Submenus are arranged vertically along the left side. The interface is fairly intuitive, and you can always hit the Return or Menu button on the remote to exit.

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*Here's the real menu *

Instruction Manual*(7.5)*


The manual that comes with the Sony KDL-32EX600 is comprehensive enough to provide at least cursory explanations of every feature. It may not have the detail you want, but you should be able to piece a real explanation for something like "CineMotion" if you read the description and play around with the TV yourself. You can find the Sony KDL-32EX600's manual online here.

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*A decent manual *

 

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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