With the Japan earthquake disaster causing delays to Sonyâ€™s new range of TVs, sets like its 32in KDL-32EX403 are enjoying a longer shelf life than they might otherwise have expected. Which is starting to look like good news in one way, as the prices kicking around for the 32EX403 now look eye-catching to say the least.
In fact, weâ€™ve found one selling online for just Â£354. Thatâ€™s the sort of price you might fairly find attached to 32in TVs from third-tier brands like Goodmans or Bush, not Sony. In other words, itâ€™s so cheap that if it lives up to its Sony branding, it has the potential to be one of the biggest TV bargains ever.
It starts nicely, thanks to a glossy finish and an attractive two-tone black and grey colour scheme. The glamour only works if youâ€™re looking straight at it, though; turn it to an angle or pop your head down its side, and youâ€™ll be quite startled by just how far it sticks out on its rear compared with the increasingly svelte LCD models that dominate the TV world now.
This fact reveals right away that the 32EX403 uses standard CCFL lighting rather than the more fashionable edge LED lighting - but this is no more than we would expect of such a cheap TV.
Any slight disappointment you might feel at the size of the 32EX403â€™s rear quickly dissipates when you see how many connections that rear carries. In fact, itâ€™s here that the Â£354 price starts to look scarcely believable.
For starters, there are four HDMIs - the same amount you might expect on 32in TVs costing three times as much. Thereâ€™s also a USB port for playback of music, photo and a few video file formats. But even better is the discovery of a LAN port which permits you to either access stuff stored on a networked DLNA PC or receive Sonyâ€™s Bravia Internet Video platform.
Actually, the DLNA compatibility proves to be a touch disappointing, with no AVI or MKV support. But really any sort of multimedia capability should be considered a bonus for Â£254. Also, the Bravia Internet Video platform still holds up surprisingly well considering weâ€™ve recently seen swanky new 2011 online TV services launched by Panasonic and Samsung.