Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 review
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 – 32″ Class LCD 1080p 60Hz HDTV Review
We chose Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 to review as it is one of the best quality LCD HDTVs in 32 inches at an affordable price ( $448 at the time of writing at Walmart).
The Bravia KDL32EX400 has 60 Hz refresh rate and if you are sensitive to specifications, you will notice that many LCD HDTVs now a days come with 120 Hz refresh rate. A higher refresh rate will mean that there is lesser flickering in the display and the pictures stay fluid. A decade ago, there were a lot of computer monitors that used to come with refresh rates of 30 Hz. Now most of the LCD based computer monitors come at at least 60 Hz refresh rate. If you keep two monitors at 30 Hz and 60 Hz, you can really feel the difference.
If you however, extend the same comparison to 60 Hz Vs 120 Hz, the difference is less marked. The reason is that the human eye stops to detect anything that flickers at a rate of more than 60 times in a second.
So for a casual viewer, the 60 Hz refresh rate is still good enough to provide you a flicker free fluid display. The only potential exception could be when you wish to see a fast moving game ( hockey, base ball) and still wish to see clarity in the video.
The full 1080p resolution provides some incremental advantage over the 720p resolution TV. If you are budget constrained the 720p resolution TVs definitely are options, especially since the difference in the quality in not huge – again from a casual viewer perspective.
The Bravia KDL-32EX400 has a widescreen format (16:9), which will mean that you may have to adjust your mindset if you are used to the older CRT TVs. Not a big deal, but you should be prepared for it. The best thing to do is to go to the shop and look at some of the HDTVs and mentally feel if this is something that will not annoy you. And yes, once you are used to this new HDTV, you are never going to go back to the CRT TV.
The TV does has wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. But that does not mean that the quality of the picture will be same whether you see it right from the front of it or at the extreme angle. The quality do fade a little bit if you look at it from a angle. Again, from a casual viewer this is not something that you should be excessively concerned about. Once you start viewing a program of interest, these minor technical nit pickings go away.
– 1920 x 1080 full-HD resolution
– 4 HDMI Input
– 60 Hz refresh rate
– 10W speakers x2
– 4 HDMI inputs, 2 Component, 2 Composite (1 side and 1 rear), 1 VGA PC and RF and 4 audio
– USB 2.0
Some not so important Specification
We have kept some specification that are common to most other LCD HDTV and do not vary much from one model to other model or from one manufacturer to other manufacturer.
– Wide 178 degree horizontal and vertcal viewing angle – so you view the pictures from practically anywhere from the room.
– In Built ATSC and NTSC analog tuners.
What is included in the Box
– Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX400 32″ LCD HDTV
– Tabletop stand
– Multifuction remote, 2 AAA batteries included
– Owner’s manual
– AC power cord
Notice that the HDMI cable is not included. It is ridiculuos that not only Sony, but most of the TV manufacturer do not include this basic part that is almost a must have when you buy a TV. With HDMI cable you could connect you Blu Ray Disc Player or your Notebook with HDMI output or the Xbox output to the TV without going back to the shop again to buy an HDMI cable. Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, LG – are you listening ?
Notice that you can still connect this TV with the VGA connector (in case you have one around) with your notebook having VGA out connector. The one positive aspect of the BRAVIA KDL-32EX400 is that it does provide composite video, and two of them – one on side and other on rear. Very useful, in case if you have some older sources of composite video.
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 Rating and user feedback
We are of the view that a specification based review has no value unless it is accompanied by rating and reviews from users. In the table below we have produced the ratings from a number of the other places and have taken an aggregate average to arrive at a nominal rating, that should help users in forming idea about it.
Table :Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 Ratings
We arrived at these rating by taking into account the ratings at the time of writing and calculating the average. Here are these ratings at the time of writing.
Walmart – 113 5-stars, 22 4-stars, 4 3-stars, 1 2-stars, 5 1-star Average
Amazon – 14 5-stars, 2 4-stars, 1 3-stars, 0 2-stars, 3 1-star Average
Test Freaks 9.5
Best Buy 9.2
Other Models in same specification and price range
We encourage you to take a look at the following models that fall under the 42 inch, 1080p resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate
– LG 32LD450 – Worth considering, affordable
– Panasonic TC-L32U22 – This one is expensive
– Samsung LN32C530 – More expensive than Bravia
– Toshiba 32E200U – Competitive price, worth considering
It could have been nice if we could present you with a list of other 32 inch LCD TVs in similar specification and in the similar price range ( say $350 to $500). Alongwith the rating information that could be very useful for the readers and potential buyers. We are not including this research with this review, but we are working on this and will bring out to you a separate article on the best 32 inch LCD TVs. Stay tuned.
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 Pros
– Full HD 1080p
– You can rely on the Sony Brand
– Affordable price.
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX400 Cons
– Sound quality is not great with 10 Watts Speakers
– They do not provide HDMI Cable ( So do many other manufacturers)
The Bravia KDL-32EX400 is/was ( depending upon the date when you are reading this review) at walmat at a price tag of $448.00 on 2010 the Christmas Sale.