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Sony Bravia KDL-32V5810 32in LCD TV - Sony Bravia KDL-32V5810

A quest for more useful features on the 32V5810 thankfully finds a number of notable tricks. For instance, there’s Sony’s latest Bravia Engine 3 (BE3) multi-faceted video processing engine, which works to improve colours, contrast, detail, noise reduction and, especially, standard definition upscaling. As a sign of Sony’s confidence in its Bravia Engine 3 system, incidentally, the brand is not bothering to update it for its upcoming new TV range.

The 32V5810 also sports Sony’s Live Colour processing, for boosting the accuracy and balance of colour tones, as well as separate standard and MPEG noise reduction routines, a black corrector, a multi-level dynamic contrast option, a multi-level gamma control, and White Balance adjustment.
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It’s a bit of a pity, I guess, that there’s no significant colour management system, given that such tools are available now on budget models from the likes of Toshiba and LG. But thankfully, while the 32V5810’s colours possess neither extreme vibrancy nor a particularly expansive range, they are mostly engagingly natural in tone - especially if you stick with the Cinema or (at a push) General picture presets. Even better, they show an eye-catching level of finesse when it comes to portraying colour blends that helps pictures look more three-dimensional and involving.

If you own this TV and find yourself struggling to find the 32V5810’s picture presets, by the way, they’re rather unhelpfully hidden under a 'Scene Select' submenu that pops up if you press the remote’s Options key.

The 32V5810 also does a good - though not quite excellent - job of rendering all the fine detail and crispness associated with HD material, and as usual BE3 rescales standard def images to the Full HD screen nicely, with decent sharpness, and some effective - without being OTT - noise reduction processing.

Make sure you nudge the contrast levels down and don’t set the MPEG noise reduction too high, though, if you want to see the 32V5810’s standard definition pictures at their best.

The 32V5810’s BE3 engine also makes its presence felt in the pleasing lack of judder on show during camera pans - with extra help from Sony’s always-likeable 24p True Cinema system when watching Blu-rays.

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