Sony KDL32EX720 Review
Description: 32" LED backlit LCD TV with 3D Capability, 240Hz, Internet Options
This review also applies to models: EX723 and EX729
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
The high level of detail really stands out in this shot from The Fifth Element on Blu Ray.
Picture Quality Rating (HD): 7/10
Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 7/10
Color rendition is realistic and this TV processes the picture well through composite video input – at least as far as color and black levels go. Viewing angle, and loss of detail in dark scenes (esp. with a background light soure) are recurrent issues with standard definition programming. It really depends upon the program. Lighter brighter movies look good in standard definition, while we struggled to see detail in darker ones.
Features Rating: 8.5/10
Features: Extra features on the EX720 include 3D compatibility, 240Hz refresh rate, full Internet suite options. There is a full Internet browser and search functionality – an unusual feature in this price category.
The Rovi Interactive Guide screen.
There is an included Rovi On Screen TV Guide, useful for those that do not have cable or satellite TV guides through those services.
Value Rating: 7/10
The Sony KDL-32EX720 produces lots of interesting questions regarding value. The $899 price tag is a bit steep for a 32 inch, 3D Compatible TV with 240Hz rate, a good Internet Suite, and exceptional good looks. The 3D glasses are not included. The 3D Starter kit from Sony which includes 2 sets of active shutter glasses, an unneeded 3D transmitter, and the 3D Blu Ray of Alice in Wonderland costs around $399. And dont forget the 3D Blu Ray player which will run you another $179. Even if you choose to forgo 3D for the time being, this TV future proofs you for it. I like that option at this price. The picture quality leaves something to be desired in both HD and Standard definition. That said, this is not Sony's premium TV with the highest end processing and picture quality performance. Sound performance also disappointed. There isn't much competition in the 32" 3D TV market but for other features Samsung's UN32D6400 is comparable.
Overall Rating: 7/10
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