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Sony Bravia KDL-32WD603BU

Sony Bravia KDL-32WD603BU

32", LED, 720p (HD Ready)
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A budget smart TV with impressive HD picture quality and inbuilt Freeview

Are you on the hunt for a low-priced Smart TV with a decent HD picture and an inbuilt Freeview tuner? The Sony Bravia KDL 32WD603B might just be a contender for your longlist.

The 32-inch screen of this model has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, meaning although it’s HD compatible, it’s not Full HD compatible. Nevertheless the picture quality is surprisingly sharp and detailed, across both HD and SD content. Colour is well represented, being vibrant and accurate, while the contrast is extremely good, creating an impression of genuine depth. Blacks in particular seem deep and even, really bringing the screen to life. It’s an impressive feat for a screen with such a low resolution by today’s standards. Obviously it’s not on a par with Full HD or 4K, but the picture quality is a genuine strength for this model. It does, however, struggle to cope with motion. Slow pans are noticeably jerky, while fast action causes demonstrable blurring.

The audio fails to back up the decent picture with some reedy high notes, sounding a little like Rob Brydon’s “small man trapped in a box” impression. Meanwhile it’s accompanied by flabby, unimpressive bass. You will definitely want to make use of the digital audio output or HDMI ARC ports to connect to a soundbar or home cinema system.

The inbuilt Freeview HD tuner provides you with 70 subscription-free SD channels with an additional 15 HD channels. The electronic programme guide is difficult to navigate and somewhat sluggish. The Smart TV menu system could also have been better designed, but you do at least access to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and BBC iPlayer. In the meantime the remote control isn’t a proper smart remote and is unhelpfully arranged with the volume and channel up and down buttons near the base of the controls (i.e. at the opposite end to where your thumb and fingers are). PVR is a very useful feature which allows you to record your favourite programmes onto a USB storage device, but this model doesn’t give you full PVR functionality and you won’t be able to pause or rewind live TV. Finally, there are just two HDMI ports, one USB and a SCART socket, which will leave you scratching your head if you have to accommodate, for example, a soundbar, a games console, a Skybox, and a Blu-ray player.

What’s hot:

  • Surprisingly decent picture quality
  • Smart TV and PVR
  • Low price tag

What’s not:

  • Shrill audio
  • Struggles with fast motion
  • Lacklustre menu system

Why you should buy it: The Sony Bravia KDL-32WD603B has a surprisingly good HD screen, a Freeview HD tuner, on-demand services such as Netflix, and PVR functionality – all for not much more than a ticket to Glastonbury festival. But if you do buy this, invest in a third party speaker.

Product

Product name
Bravia KDL-32WD603BU

Picture

Screen Size
32 "
Display
LED
Resolution
1366x768
Supported Video Format
720p (HD Ready)
LED Backlight Type
Backlit (Full Array, Direct Backlit)
Local Dimming
Yes
Frame Rate
30p, 50p, 60p, 24p
Image Aspect Ratio
16:9
Image Enhancement Engine
Sony X-Reality Pro
Motion Frequency Rate
Sony Motionflow XR 200

Features

Features
USB-Recording (PVR)
Smart TV
Yes
Smart TV Apps
Web Browser, YouTube

Wireless

Wireless & Streaming
Wi-Fi, DLNA, Miracast, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Standard
802.11n, 802.11g
Wi-Fi Type
Built-in

Connections

Connections
Ethernet (RJ45), USB, Headphone Out, Digital Optical Out, HDMI, SCART In, Analog 3.5mm
HDMI In
2
Audio Return Channel (ARC)
Yes
HDMI Version
1.4
HDCP Version
1.4
USB Ports
2
USB 2.0
2

Design

Screen Design
Flat
Colour
Black

File formats

Supported Picture Files
GIF, PNG, JPEG/JPG
Supported Audio Files
MP3, FLAC, WAV (PCM), WMA
Supported Video Files
Xvid, WMV, Matroska (MKV), AVI, MOV, HEVC/H.265, DivX, MPEG4, 3GP/3GPP, AVC/H.264
Supported Audio Formats
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital 5.1

Sound

Built-in speakers
2.0 (Stereo)
Speaker Output (total)
10 W

Tuner

DVB
DVB-S, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2
Receiver
Analog, Digital
CI/CA-module
CI+
CI+ Version
1.3

Energy facts

Energy Efficiency Class
A
Power Consumption (Standby)
0.5 W
Power Consumption (use)
35.0 W

Measures

Height (without foot)
44.6 cm
Height (including foot)
48.1 cm
Width
73.5 cm
Depth (without foot)
6.6 cm
Depth (including foot)
17.4 cm
Weight (without foot)
4.9 kg
Weight (including foot)
5.2 kg

Related

VESA Mounting
Yes
VESA Mounting Type
200 x 200 mm
Release Year
2016
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