87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2013
I purchased this tv straight from Sony's website which just cost the extra amount of TN sales tax. They shipped it quickly with free shipping and received within 2 days.
The tv is very lightweight for 32" tv; remarkable how far the tech has come. Setup was very simple. Menu system is extensive for picture controls, PIP, connecting a computer and so on.
Currently I use this connected to a Roku 2 for watching HD content from Amazon Prime. I use the custom picture mode. Picture quality is on par with my Panasonic 42" plasma THX setting. Motion in movies is excellent even as a 60Hz HDTV.
Sound is good by itself, but I use it connected to a Bose system via the audio out mini jack which is great for internet music.
The bezel is thin and blends away while watching movies which is even nicer. Something I didn't expect or even notice from my other tvs until now.
Nicely sized screen for viewing movies from 10 ft away or less.
Very happy and would certainly recommend the tv and would buy again. Now considering my next tv to be a larger Sony LED. I've been extremely happy with Panasonic but Sony makes superb tvs with equal picture quality and equal or lower price.
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
Love this tv. It's everything I remember about having a Sony. The picture is very natural and less "digitally" than other tvs I've seen. Setup, menus, remote, inputs, all well designed and thought out. I love the ability to watch content streamed from a USB drive. The feature worked nicely, though I did forget that my usb drive was Mac formatted and it took me a while to figure out why it wasn't working. The set is very minimal and elegant and compliments the room (as much a a tv can I suppose). Viewing angles are excellent side to side and top to bottom. I was worried initially since the angle of the set doesn't adjust vertically but this has been a non issue due to great viewing angles. I was also pleasantly surprised by the great sound of the built in speakers. I normally run everything through my stereo but hardly do so now except for serious movie screening. The speakers do great for most all content and I rarely have the urge to turn on the stereo to watch tv. The size is perfect for us. We wanted a nice big screen to enjoy but not a monster that takes over the whole room and this was a great compromise.
Really, the only thing I can think of that I would change is how you adjust the white balance or "temperature" of the picture. You have cool, neutral and warm to choose from and to my eyes (and I am an artist and professional photographer with pretty keen sensitivity) the normal setting is too cool, almost as cool as the cool setting. This forced me to choose the warm setting which I found to be a bit too warm but much more to my liking. I have since visually acclimated to the setting and never give it a thought but it did bug me that they couldn't get the normal setting right or else give the consumer some control over this beyond three settings. White balance is a personal choice to a degree and you may prefer the normal or even cool setting so don't let it deter you from buying this stellar TV set. Highly recommended.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
I bought this TV to replace a 24 inches, 8 years old Sony LCD 4:3 aspect ratio TV which ran it course (still perfectly fine, just obsolete). I have always being amazed by the picture quality of that non-HDTV, picture was crisp and perfect, colors real and the experience of watching that TV was always a pleasure. So naturally I thought of another Sony to replace it. Even if Sony always charges a premium, I believe it is justified: I've seen Sonys running side-by-side with Samsungs, Sharps, Vizio, Philips, etc and Sony always have a edge on picture quality, substantial over Samsung for example and just slight over Vizio, but an advantage nevertheless.
For this Sony, the price premium was small so for me it was no brainer and I'm not disappointed: image quality is superb, even standard definition programs look razor-sharp and clear, no blur, no lack of black, etc, it is just amazing. And the auto-wide function makes watching SD programming a pleasure, as it will always adjust itself to give you the best watching experience. I have it connected to an Apple TV, as some suggested here it is better to pay about $300 for this TV and $99 for an Apple TV than $400 for a smart or connected TV, you get way more functionality and flexibility with a separate streaming device I think, being it an Apple TV, a Roku or whatever you prefer.
And it is when delivering HD content that this TV really excels: Netflix or HBOGo streaming looks amazing, this TV leaves nothing behind, quality is outstanding in every situation I've faced: TV shows, cartoons, movies, news, etc, etc, you name it. This is what Sony is about, straight picture excellence without too many bells and whistles, simplicity and focus on what's really important on a TV which is picture quality
Having said this, apart from a solid, outstanding image delivery, the rest of this TV is pretty average and even below from what some of the competition offers: only two HDMI ports (at this price range, 3 or 4 ports is the norm), one USB port which I guess is enough, one component input and one antenna connection. That's it. Oh, and one optical audio out which is the bright spot of this simplicity as it sounds really good, even if not really needed as the quality of the built-in speakers is also very good. Taken aside the screen, the rest of the materials used are cheap, thermoformed plastic, it looks OK but not great, and when compared with my old Sony they look subpar. But it is not something that will stand out and being so slim it is not really an issue as it will blend with the rest of the ambient. And I guess all this plastic helps to keep the TV very, very light
Lastly, is the issue I'm sure many of you have seriously considered or at least gave some thought about it: 720P vs. 1080p? I did think about this issue, did some research and agree with most of the experts: at this size 1080p is not a must have unless you sit very close to the TV (I would say 4 feet or less) and even then it will be hard to appreciate a real difference in image superiority from a 1080p. Unless you're a professional or again, sit very, very close to the TV or have superior eyesight which is a possibility, some people do have it; the 720p offered by this TV is excellent. Besides, at this price point and screen size it will very hard t o find a 1080p 32 inches TV, unless it is a connected or smart TV, and those are $100-150 more
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
Since It's a new product, I thought you might find this review a useful one.
Despite the fact that sometimes Sony products are more expensive than other companies, such as: Samsung and Toshiba, I'm a big fan of Sony products because of the high quality in products and customer service. I've been using this TV for a month now and its amazing.
The weird this is that its the same price as the older version of 32-inch Sony TV, so I preferred to take my chance since there were no reviews at all.
So far I'm very satisfied with the TV.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
I bought this TV to use with an over the air antenna and was surprised with the sharp quality. The features are pretty much standard and while it does not offer internet it is a great selection if you have other options for internet on your TV. Overall this is a fantastic TV at a good price.
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
If you are looking for a nice, basic Sony TV, this is definitely your best bet. I bought both the 32" and 40" versions for my apartment because they were such a good deal! I've always been a big fan of Sony's minimalist design and high quality, and this TV series does not disappoint.
While other brands' products scream "I AM A FANCY TV - LOOK AT ME!" Sony always does a good job of keeping things elegant and understated. In fact, the only thing on the bezel (other than SONY) is the energyStar certified logo. The controls are cleverly hidden in a recess on the back-right-hand side. This simplicity is also evident in the menu system, which is very easy to navigate, as well as the remote, which is laid out very intuitively with just the right amount of buttons.
Picture quality is as good as I expected. I'm mostly streaming things off of my AppleTV, and I have no complaints of black levels or colors being off. I was very glad to see that this TV has a light sensor, which adjusts the TV brightness to the level of light in the room, as well as a digital optical audio out for my sound system. My only gripe is that there are only two HDMI inputs - one in the back and one on the side, but this seems to be par for the course in this price range.
As a bonus, Sony Includes a USB port on the side, where you can plug in a thumb-drive or portable hard drive to play music, or view videos and pictures. In my testing, it worked pretty well. But I would highly recommend buying a $99 AppleTV if you don't want to spend a premium for a "smart tv."
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2013
We bought a larger home and needed a new TV for our bedroom. We needed one with good enough built-in sound as we had a smaller Samsung with which we experience the very poor out-of-box sound quality many other reveiwers note as a negative. The Sony comes with a MUCH improved out-of-box sound. We do not external speakers hooked-up to this particular TV and they are not necessary. The picture is also superb, which I expect from a Sony TV.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
Outstanding picture quality from all reasonable view angles. Very lightweight. Excellent value. We use this for over-the air signals on our boat and it works great.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
The Sony KDL-32R400A is a thin, light, 720p HDTV that should satisfy most users looking for less than top of the line LED TV. It's an especially good choice for secondary TV locations, like a guest room or bedroom. Since the introduction of 1080p LED TVs, I have become spoiled. 1080P LED displays are amazing. They are crisper and brighter than the plasmas and florescent-lit TVs that have come before. I'm afraid that one you've seen a 1080p LED display, you won't want anything less. But budget TVs still exist. And "budget" today is 720p LED, which is still excellent, when you consider that more than half HDTV channels still only broadcast in 720p. Plus, LED backlights are super bright and can last 10 years or more. This is a lot of TV for under $300.
This TV has cost cutting, to be sure. The stand does not allow the monitor to swivel. The speakers are small, and face down so sound is reflected off your furniture. There's not a piece of aluminum to be seen. This is all plastic, and that's fine.
I would argue this is a great TV for a kids room, a home office, guest room, or bedroom. There are crisper displays out there (see the 32" LED 1080p by LG), and there are displays that swivel (Toshiba has a 32" model with a swivel stand). But if you are loyal to Sony, you know what your're getting, and this time around, it costs less than ever before.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
Purchased the Sony KDL-32R400A as an extra TV for the Master Bedroom. Read the manual for setting it up - pretty straight forward. Tweaked the back lighting and tweaked the equalizer to reduce the "background" music so I could hear the dialogue better. (Reduced the 200HZ and increased the high frequency.) Mounted it to an articulating swing arm wall mount (VideoSecu #ML532B, about $26.00). It uses the 100mm x 100mm VESA Mount. I did have to use 4 (four) 1/4" thick x 1" outside diameter spacers (w/clearance hole for M4 screw or larger) on the base plate to clear the AC power cord in the rear at the bottom of the TV. The rest of the connections in the rear cleared the base plate with plenty of room. The back of the TV is flat, so no problem mounting the base plate to the back of the TV. Used the M4 x 20mm screws that came with the wall mount to secure the base plate to the back of the TV. We have ATT UVerse, so I set up the ATT remote controller to control the TV - no problem, just followed the ATT on-screen instructions to program in the correct code for the TV. I located the wall stud and used the ST8 x 50mm self tapping screws supplied with the wall mount to mount the arm base plate to the wall. Of course, I did this before mounting the TV to the arm. The TV weighed maybe 10 lbs. so it was easy to lift it and mount it to the arm. Used an HDMI cable to connect from the control box to the back of the TV. The distance of where the TV is to where I am sitting is about 15 feet - I can see the TV picture clearly. I can read the ATT on-screen menu clearly, also. Hope this helps.