Sony Bravia KDL32RD433BU Review


Sony Bravia KDL32RD433BU
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
£339

  • Sony Bravia KDL32RD433BU
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  • Last modified: October 13, 2016
  • Picture Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Sound Quality
    Editor: 78%
  • Features
    Editor: 82%
  • Connectivity
    Editor: 80%
  • Design
    Editor: 83%
  • Value
    Editor: 84%

Review Summary:

As far as HD Ready models go, the Bravia KDL32RD433BU from Sony does offer one of the better viewing experiences that you will find. The picture looks good for a variety of applications and the motion is nice and smooth. You could note that the sound is not the best, but it is serviceable and you could always consider upgrading with a soundbar or surround system.

For consumers that are looking for a good TV in the HD Ready range, the Sony Bravia KDL32RD433BU is a model that is impressive considering the fact that it is not Full HD. You get all of the features that you will need to enjoy HD content and it comes with some nice extras like HDD recording. This is a smaller TV with respectable picture quality and it is fairly energy efficient.

This model provides one of the better viewing experiences in the HD Ready range. It has a 32-inch screen, which means that it can be good for viewing areas that are limited on space and it is relatively light and slim. Sony has equipped this TV with the X-Reality Pro picture enhancement for images that are vivid and clear and it has the MotionFlow XR processor for smooth image movement.

The sound is one area where this TV comes up a little short. The TV does come with Sony’s Clear Phase balancing and features like Dolby Digital and DTS, but the user is going to need an external sound system to experience the difference that features like these provide. The two onboard 5W speakers do produce enough sound for watching movies and TV; it’s just that they are not strong enough to provide an experience that you would call cinematic.

The TV also comes with some nice preset features for sound and video settings. You have a cinema mode for both picture and sound, a gaming mode for the video that reduces lag between the gaming system and the TV and a sports mode for the video. Along with that, it does also come with a sound mode that is designed for listening to music.

This TV may not have any special features like Smart TV, but you do get some nice extras. To start, it comes with a Freeview HD tuner, so you do get all of your basic programming right out of the box. It also has two USB ports for connecting external memory sources. With the USBs, you can play video content, music and view pictures. In addition to that, you can use the external hard drive to record content from the TV.

The connectivity on the Bravia KDL32RD433BU is about what you would expect from a standard HD ready model. The TV comes with 2 HDMI inputs, one of which is ARC enabled. You have a SCART socket, the 2 USBs, a digital audio output and a headphones style jack for audio out. While this is a somewhat limited selection for connectivity, it does allow for all of the basic connecting options that most consumers will need.

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Pros

720p HD Ready TV
X Reality Pro
MotionFlow XR 200 Hz
50 Hz refresh rate
Built-in Freeview HD tuner
7-day program guide
USB playback and recording
2 HDMI ports
Dolby Digital Sound

Cons

The sound quality is pretty poor

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