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Sony Bravia KDL-32E5500 32in LCD TV - Sony Bravia KDL-32E5500

John Archer

By John Archer



Our Score:


Elsewhere, the 32E5500 revels in the quality of Sony's latest MotionFlow engine. For the set does a really impressive job of reducing judder when showing fast camera pans of objects pelting across the screen. What's more, provided you don't set the MotionFlow circuitry any higher than its Standard level, you get the judder-reduction benefits without having to suffer lots of horrible processing side effects.

The only issue I had with the 32E5500's pictures, in fact, was the appearance a couple of times during my tests of a subtle but noticeable blue glow over objects appearing against very dark backgrounds. For instance, near the start of Casino Royale, there's a shot where an African freedom fighter opens three cases of money, before the camera tracks with him as he turns away from the money and crosses the room. And as his face looms close to the camera and hits roughly the centre of the screen, the blue glow over and around it is pretty defined - even with the contrast set reasonably low, noise reduction circuits deactivated, and automatic contrast and black level boosting circuits set to low. Odd! Just as well this phenomenon only seems to occur rarely.

The 32E5500's sound is decent enough for a 32in TV. It does a better job than many of keeping dialogue clear and believable during action scenes, for instance, and manages to avoid sounding horribly compressed, or harsh in the upper register. Perhaps inevitably there's not enough range at the bass end of the audio spectrum to always counterbalance trebles as satisfyingly as I'd like, but this is true of 95 per cent of the competition as well.


Despite very, very occasionally suffering from a strange image glow issue, the 32E5500 is another fine performer from the latest Bravia stable. So far, so good. However, while we haven't actually tested its 32W5500 stable mate, we have no reason whatsoever based on its specification to suppose that it will perform differently to the 32E5500. And since it's more than £300 cheaper, I simply don't consider the 32E5500's fancy-pants design enough reason to justify its extra cost. Which is why I've been forced - for the first time ever, so far as I can recall - to give a TV that earns a 9 for picture an overall mark of just six.


June 23, 2009, 7:40 am

At least this bravia TV looks better and its cheaper then this Philips TV


i don't understand why you gave this TV a 4/10 for the Value

and the over Priced Philips 32PFL9604 a 8/10 for the value?


June 23, 2009, 4:00 pm

Having seen this set up close and personally, it looks so tacky. I'm sure the build quality is up to Sony's usual standards but file it under niche and forget it!


June 23, 2009, 8:40 pm

this vs the Philips 9604,

any anti-philips or sony fanboy will never understand. but anyone whos neutral and have a chance to see these 2 tvs side by side will agree with the ratings given (to a certain extent)


June 23, 2009, 9:16 pm

The Philips 32pfl9604 is a top of the range LCD tv and its direct competitor should be the Z series from Sony, both with 200hz processing. not the 100hz W series.

i would give the 9604 vs W550 a higher rating based on these reasons, and Yes, i did see them side by side.

1. Class leading SD performance. it is that much better than Sony. in fact this is their biggest niche. (if im shopping for a tv and watching SD most of the time, i will give this tv 10/10)

2. outstanding HD performance. comparing these 2 tvs side by side, the philips definitely has got that extra punch, detailing etc.

3. best audio performance in its class.

4. best net features. namely the net-tv functions etc. the interface is the best ive used. next to come close are the panasonics. btw, this tv is wi-fi certified. u can access wi-fi out of box. not like samsung who needs you to add a wireless dongle. sony needs to be wired.

5. ambilight is exclusive to philips. to someone who likes it, is 10/10,to someone who dislikes it, is 0/10.

6. design. again, really relative to whoever is looking at it. the sony may really appeal to someone who wans a White bezel thou.

7. 200hz vs 100hz processing. hugely debatable.

8. only area where sony is better is user-customability. You do get to tweak the pict in more ways than is available on the philips. definitely the better tv if you have the equipment to calibrate it to industrial standards.

Value of 4 for the E550 and value of 8 for the W550. if considering all things similar except for design, maybe $300 diff is clearly too much to pay.

Value of 4 for the E550 and value of 9 for the philips. considering all what ive said, it really is justifiable. and yes, im a ambilight fan.


June 23, 2009, 10:59 pm

You think your the only one that saw those tvs side by side? hey buddy let me tell you there are Electronic stores, hypermarkets, where you test those TV's side by side.

i saw the Philips 32PFL9604 side by side with a bravia W550 (i tested them for hours)

1. The SD performance is slightly better on the Philips, but its barely noticeable.

2. outstanding HD performance? wrong, for it price the Philips 32PFL9604 has some issues with the noise, alot of dark blue areas you can notice some noise (tiny dots) same problem with Philips 32PFL9613D, also i noticed some gradient issues



as for the 32W5500 it didn't have the noise problem, looked pretty smooth.

3. 32PFL9604 audio was impressive, just like the S-Force Front Surround.

4. as for the net feature and the ambilight, do not inters me.

In my opinion, there is not much deference between Philips 32PFL9613D and Philips 32PFL9604. minor difference is just the net feature and the sound, as for the picture quality (the most important part) they are the same, same noise problems.

and paying 200 euros more, not worth it.

5. both Philips 32PFL9604 and Sony 32E5500 are over priced TV's, in my opinion.

Have a nice day.

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