Sony KDL-32EX713 review

We are impressed by the sharpness, and superb colour balance that the Sony KDL-32EX713 displays Tested at £800.00

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Our Verdict

Sony has unleashed some tantalizing TVs over the past 12 months and this is another one to sit back and admire

For

  • Eye-catching looks
  • good specification and functionality
  • awesome all-round images

Against

  • Sounds on the average side
  • images could be a touch clearer

Sony's EX713 range got off to a stuttering start in our Awards 2010 issue. The 40in version received a lukewarm, three-star rating that was, in large part, down to inconsistent backlighting – an issue that Sony appeared to have tamed in its most recent flatscreen sets.

We are, therefore, a little nervous as to how the 32in version will fare.

Superstylish, and LED backlit
As you'd expect from a Sony television, the EX713 looks stylish and sophisticated. Compare and contrast with the Sony KDL-32EX503, and you'll see a slightly thinner bezel. Look even closer and you'll notice that the EX713 sports a little rectangular blemish beneath the Sony logo.

This Presence Sensor can detect any motion in the room and can turn the TV off after a certain period of time – and then back on as soon as someone re-enters the room. Think of it as TV wizardry.

It's when they are looked at side-on that the two Sony TVs reveal their biggest differences. And that's down to the EX713's edge-lit LED backlight. It means that the set's depth is reduced by more than 3cm, which makes wall-mounting all the more enticing.

As is the case with the EX503, socketry is plentiful and includes four HDMI inputs. There's also USB connectivity, DLNA certification and you can access Sony's Bravia Internet Video online service at the touch of a button.

Great ergonomics with XrossMediaBar
The chunky, wide-boy remote is the same unit supplied with both Sonys, and the spacious, finger-friendly button layout works exceptionally well with the TV's XrossMediaBar menu system.

If there was any anxiety over the TV's backlight, those fears are laid to rest once the TV's picture settings have been tweaked. There's no major trace of backlight bleed, which is good news for the viewer – not to mention black levels, contrast and shadow detail.

The Sony excels in each of these departments; the set provides a fantastic insight into the dark, moody lighting of the Solomon Kane Blu-ray. The resolution on Solomon's clothing is superb, as is the TV's ability to differentiate between different shades of black and bring out detail in the darkest of scenes.

Like the EX503, this set also features Sony's 100Hz Motionflow technology and it treats tricky pans and fast moving action scenes with the same finesse as its cheaper sibling. The image lacks a little clarity and vividness compared with the Panasonic TX-L32D25 but it's still very good.

Superb colour balance
Freeview HD performance is of a similar ilk. Despite the mind-numbing effects of an episode of Deal Or No Deal on Channel 4HD, you can't help but be impressed by the sharpness, and superb colour balance that the Sony displays.

Were it not for the presence of the Panasonic TX-L32D25 and the fact that the Sony is the more expensive than its rivals, then you'd be looking at a five-star verdict. As it is, the EX713 has to make do with a more than respectable four stars.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesEX713
Product LineBRAVIA
Product NameSony KDL-32EX713
Product ModelKDL-32EX713
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL32EX713U

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand25 cm
Width with Stand76.4 cm
Height with Stand50.7 cm
Width76.4 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth7.4 cm
Height47.5 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions47.5 cm (H): 76.4 cm (W): 7.4 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesSleep Timer, Child Lock, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption52 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • KDL-32EX713 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander