Sony Bravia KLV-V32A10 LCD television

Sony's Bravia range marks the Japanese giant's latest foray into LCD televisions, with the V Series of sets leading the pack.


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Back in the days of the 1990s, the Trinitron TVs were a household name and the defacto monitor for the broadcasting industry. Though it managed to maintain its lead in the latter, newer flat panels have superseded its market dominance which saw the demise of Sony's consumer TV business.

After years of dormancy, Sony is back on its feet with a new marketing strategy and a refreshed lineup of LCD TVs by the name of Bravia (or Best Resolution Audio Video Integrated Architecture). So can the Bravias relive Sony's Trinitron legacy?

Design
Design and aesthetics have always been Sony's forte, and it manages to keep its reputation with the Bravia V series. The KLV-V32A10 has a distinctive stealth-like appearance with its jet-black finish lined with an all-round matt-silver trim. A roll of cloth-grilled speakers occupy the bottom-front real estate while easy access connectivity and control buttons flank the sides.

This sleek beauty has a slim 111mm waistline and occupies 808 x 588mm of wall space. Supporting its 22.9kg frame is a steady yet versatile stand which swivels and tilts for ease of installation. To compensate for the relative lack of ventilation slots, Sony had integrated three quiet low-speed cooling fans to keep the unit's operating temperature in check.


We reckon this will work great with games! (Click to enlarge image)
The silver/grey remote has a unique ribbed shell which provides an enhanced grab, while its buttons are well-organised and have an overall nice tactile feel. We were particularly fond of the five-way navigation button which has a look and feel rivaling those found on gaming console controllers. How about some games for the Bravia, Sony?

Catering to the needs of both newbies and experienced consumers is a comprehensive user menu with its variety of pre-configured and customisable A/V configurations, plus a suite of advanced video settings. While the menu is well-structured, we felt that it could be better organised for easier usage. For example, options related to video tweaking are found in three sub-menus instead of being consolidated under the picture sub-menu.

The Bravia is a high-definition-ready out-of-the-box offering with a 1,366 x 768-pixel resolution and the ability to accept both 720p and 1080i HD signals. At the heart of the unit is a 7th-generation LCD panel which beats the competition with its high 1300:1 contrast ratio coupled with a more down-to-earth 500cd/m2 brightness. The panel also sports a fast 8ms response time which eliminates ghosting problems as apparent in our testing.

Integrating a smart video optimisation engine is the in thing nowadays, and the Sony Bravia is no exception. Dubbed the Light Sensor, Sony's claims it will intelligently adjust the screen's brightness according to the actual room lighting conditions. However, in numerous tests performed in our Lab, we were unable to observe distinguishable differences in brightness between a fully lit and a dim Lab.

Sony has also introduced an interesting user interface by the name of WEGA Gate. This feature provides graphical menus which include listings of TV channels and A/V inputs, a browser for photo files and a shortcut to the setting menu. The idea behind the WEGA Gate concept is to allow users to conveniently control the TV using the onscreen display instead of relying on a variety of remote control button presses.


Side component-video input perfect for the upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360.
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An onboard USB port allows users to view and edit photos stored in Sony digicams and DV format camcorders. To fully capitalise on this feature, there is also a customisable slideshow function allowing users to display selective photos and to adjust the speed of the presentation. Though there is no documentation on the compatibility with other USB devices, we were able to display photos taken using non-Sony cameras off a thumbdrive with limited success.

The Bravia broke the record for featuring the most flexible connectivity options. Decked on the side and rear of the unit are three sets of component-video inputs, a concealed PC input and an all-digital A/V HDMI input. Legacy inputs includes three sets of composite A/V and an S-Video input, plus composite A/V output. A skip function allows users to configure the TV to bypass any unused input to minimise the time required to scroll in between.

Performance
Video calibration was a breeze with the Bravia as it came with a well-configured Standard setting requiring only minor adjustment for the colour and hue. We started our evaluation by scrutinising a series of Avia test patterns yielding a set of interesting results. While it managed to achieve accurate colour reproduction, perfect geometry and convergence, we encountered difficulties differentiating the deepest shades of black in our greyscale test pattern.

The minor black-level issue did not stop the Sony from putting up an excellent show with our reference movie titles. Displayed images were unusually sharp with rich and vibrant colours on the whole. The colosseum showdown between Maximus and Commodus in Gladiator came alive with deep red roses, true-to-live skin tones and good shadow details. We could even make out the perspiration on Russell Crowe's battered face during one of the many close-up shots in the highly charged clip.


Black bars on an otherwise outstanding picture from a laptop. (Click to enlarge image)
Since the Bravia is also equipped with a PC input, we test drove the unit with a laptop running a 1,024 x 768-pixel video output and was greeted with crisp text and punchy colours. For unknown reasons, the TV did not automatically fill up the entire screen, and while there is a maximisation option, text turned out softer than the original.

Like most of its peers, audio dished out by the built-in speakers was thin-sounding to our ears. This is despite the fact that Sony has thrown in a digital amplifier to improve the sonic quality. Perhaps as a consolation, the audio does offer pristine-clear presentation with little sign of harshness even when driven loud.



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Cougar posted a comment   

Just bought 2 for $990.00 each great tv easy set up

Muralidharan
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Muralidharan posted a review   

The Good:Very Very Happy with its Performance, Appearance, Design & Output

The Bad:I couldn't find any

I bought Sony Bravia LCD 32" V-Series introductory version Original Made in Japan from Saudi Arabia in April 2006 which is still working well and look at Brand New by the grace of God no trouble of any kind till date. The Picture & Sound Quality is superb, operation is so simple. Also it has lots of In-Outs, including USB, PC, Ear-Phone jack. Its initial price was equivalent to Rs. 1 lakh in India.

hendr7i
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hendr7i posted a review   
Indonesia

TV is very beautiful in terms of appearance and thin, but if prices can be down again in

pimp_my_wallet
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pimp_my_wallet posted a review   

The Good:made for xbox play station
real gud to use as monitor
picture quality awesum
so many other function that you cant imagine

The Bad:nevr had any problem

Fantastic tv from tv to even lcd monitor this tv ROcks

SAURABH THE GREAT
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SAURABH THE GREAT posted a review   

great great great tv. good working on ps2,dishtv

leena
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leena posted a review   

The Good:Excellent t.v with a fantastic picture.

The Bad:doesnt seem to live up to its promises!

i received my sony bravia television through an insurance claim and i seem to have a problem.It states that it has a built in digital set top box (TDT) channel as I live in tasmania .We cannot seem to tune it in or find this station can you please suggest the best way to achieve the station.THANKS

kevin zhu
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kevin zhu posted a review   

The Good:everything

The Bad:nothing

too expensive

Mike in Sydney
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Mike in Sydney posted a review   

The Good:Very stylish looking unit, excellent picture quality, easy to use controls.

The Bad:Forget about using the TV speakers to play music from your DVD player as the 13w units labour at even moderate volumes, the fabric covering the speakers get dusty and are very hard to keep clean (this problem has been solved with a plastic speaker cover on new models).

This TV cannot be faulted. I have had my Bravia V-series 32" for exactly 12 months of fault-free use and despite the price of a new unit dropping $1,000-$1,500, I do not regret buying either this brand or this size TV. The picture is exceptional, even better with a HD set top box, and the design of the unit remains fresh and "expensive" looking compared to many LCDs on the market.

abezza
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abezza posted a review   

I bought one too although not as cheap as the above prices listed by some user's (I got my during the world cup before the big drop in price).

This TV is brialliant and it is worth every penny paid.

Note: alot of people do not check when purchasing their TV to see if it is HDCP compliant. The Bravia range is HDCP (copy protection compliant). People should if they want play high definition movies through their TV. At the moment movie studios are not applying HDCP (copy protection) to high definition movies yet. But they will eventually.

Bravia Fan
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Bravia Fan posted a review   

The Good:Everything

The Bad:None

Sony has shown the world that is the best at electronics with the outsanding bravia range. I had purchased a samsung and it was sent back twice because it wouldn't turn on


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User Reviews / Comments  Sony Bravia KLV-V32A10 LCD television

  • Cougar

    Cougar

    "Just bought 2 for $990.00 each great tv easy set up"

  • Muralidharan

    Muralidharan

    Rating10

    "I bought Sony Bravia LCD 32" V-Series introductory version Original Made in Japan from Saudi Arabia in April 2006 which is still working well and look at Brand New by the grace of God no trouble of..."

  • hendr7i

    hendr7i

    Rating9

    "TV is very beautiful in terms of appearance and thin, but if prices can be down again in"

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