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Sony KDL-32HX753 review

£699 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Sony

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Sony KDL-32HX753 is a highly-specified 3D LED TV for those that don't need, or can't quite stretch to, the brand's elite HX853 models. Here's our Sony KDL-32HX753 review.

Key differences between the Sony KDL-32HX753 and HX853 elite TV ranges include the swivelling easel stand, which replaces the step-up Monolithic sound pedestal, and a simplified picture processing package. See also Group test: what's the best TV?

Also available is the 40in KDL-HX753 (£899), 46in KDL-46H753 (£1199) and 55in KDL-55HX753 (£1549). Value for money definitely improves as you step up in screen size.

Few would deny that the Sony KDL-32HX753 television is pageant-show pretty, with its glossy black bezel and metallic edging. Connectivity is also generous. There are four HDMI, two of which are side-mounted, plus SCART, component, PC VGA, CAM slot, twin USBs and Ethernet.

Wi-Fi is integrated and supported by Wi-Fi Direct, which is great for local non-LAN hook-ups. If you need some PVR backup, the Sony KDL-32HX753 set will also record to an external USB hard drive, although with only one tuner to play with, its use is limited.

Sony's 2012 user interface tweaks continue to impress, with the new Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) portal organised into easily managed blocks of apps, movies and music. In addition to the near-ubiquitous iPlayer, there's also Demand Five, YouTube, Netflix, LoveFilm and loads more. You can also stream films from Sony's own Movies Unlimited PPV service.

Sony KDL-32HX753

Getting their own spot on the TV's familiar XrossMediaBar are apps for Facebook and Twitter, plus silly miscellany such as a calculator, alarm and clocks.

Sony KDL-32HX753Sony has struck up a partnership with the Opera browser team, which has led to the creation of an Opera TV store. This currently dispenses casual games, music services such as Aupeo! and Forte, and some weather forecasting tools. It doesn't compare with the app avalanche offered by LG or Samsung, but it's a start. The TV listings guide is a standard Freeview offering, albeit with a live TV window.  

Picture quality is relatively refined, with colour fidelity unapologetically vibrant. Test footage of gleaming brass instruments exhibits a convincing golden sheen, while blacks are deep and smooth. The dimly lit action in Ryan Gosling's Drive looks glossy, not gloomy.

The screen itself has moderate reflectivity, somewhere between matt and gloss.

The Sony KDL-32HX753's Active Shutter 3D performance is creditable, but if stereoscopy is your bag a larger screen than this is essential. You'll need to get comically close to enjoy any sense of depth. Crosstalk is sporadically evident but not intrusive. 3D glasses are an optional extra, so don't forget to budget for them.

Where this flatscreen does flounder is audio: it sounds flat and lifeless, there's no third woofer, as found on the back of the step-up HX8 models. For anything other than basic daytime TV watching, you'll want to invest in a separate speaker package or soundbar. The screen's multimedia file support is remarkable only for the fact it snubs MKVs. This discrimination extends from local USB media playback to network NAS access. Still, other popular file types unspool without fuss.

Sony KDL-32HX753 Expert Verdict »

Sony KDL-32HX753 Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 74 reviews
32in LCD TV
1920 x 1080 pixels
‘Over 1 million' contrast ratio
stereo speakers with 2 x 10W amp
Freeview HD tuner
7-day EPG
4x HDMI, 1x SCART, 1x Composite/ Component
digital audio coaxial S/PDIF, headphone jack
10/100 ethernet, 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct
2 x USB 2.0, CI slot
56W consumption, B Energy rating
756 x 473 x 59mm (w/o stand)
8 kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Sony KDL-32HX753 is an expensive, undeniably stylish Freeview telly with a fine feature spread. The amount of streaming content available from Sony's online entertainment portal is dizzying, and HD picture quality is solid. If you like sports you're definitely in luck; Motionflow XR 400Hz processing keeps details sharp during fast action and artefacts are low. Unfortunately, the set's multimedia file support is incomplete, and its sonic performance distinctly average. But don't let those niggles put you off an early audition.

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