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Sony KDL-32E5500 review

You can't fault the picture and sound quality on offer, but this Sony isn't so good that it can justify the eyebrow-raising asking price Tested at £1000.00

Our Verdict

Excellent pictures and sound quality, but this screen isn't so good that it can justify its hefty price-tag


  • Fine contrast
  • deep blacks
  • excellent all-round resolution
  • slick with motion
  • sounds good by flatscreen standards


  • Looks could be too extrovert for some
  • hefty price-tag

The Sony '32E5500 looks a little funky to say the least. This is down to its picture frame design: the white fascia is surrounded by a black bezel to give it that 'hang me on a wall' look. Use the Picture Frame Mode and you can display your own pictures.

But first and foremost, of course, this is a Full HD flatscreen TV. The screen uses Sony's Bravia Engine 3 picture processor. It also features Sony's Motionflow 100Hz picture processing technology and comes with a very handy selection of four HDMI inputs.

The Sony's backlight is uniform, so there's no issue with clouding, and this helps to maintain decent black levels.

Detailed delivery from all sources
The inclusion of Motionflow 100HZ helps with movement in Slumdog Millionaire's shanty town chase sequences. Colours are handled evenly and the Sony picks out a super level of detail from Freeview, Blu-ray and standard DVD images.

Sonically, this Sony produces an open and clear sound that's detailed and remarkably punchy.

While the '32E5500 offers a fine picture, its Achilles heel is the steep cost. Rivals, such as Sony's own KDL-32V5500 (£600) are almost as good, but far cheaper.

Even the fancy picture frame styling can't tip the scales in favour of a five-star review.


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Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand25.9 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate14.50 kg
Width with Stand82.7 cm
Weight Approximate12.50 kg
Height with Stand55.9 cm
Width82.7 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth9.4 cm
Height53.9 cm
Dimensions53.9 cm (H): 82.7 cm (W): 9.4 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesPicture in Picture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")

General Information

Product LineBRAVIA
Product NameSony KDL-32E5500
Product ModelKDL-32E5500
Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSony
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-32E5500

Network and Communication



RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption170 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption81 W


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


DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander