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Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503 review

John Archer



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Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503
  • Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503
  • Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503
  • Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503
  • Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503
  • BRAVIA KDL-32NX503 81 cm 32" LCD TV (CCFL - DVB-C MPEG2, DVB-T MPEG2 - NTSC, PAL, SECAM - HD Ready 1080p - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p - Dolby Digital Plus, Surround)


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The 32in Bravia KDL-32NX503 is the smallest model to be found under the ‘Network’ category of Sony’s rather tortuous TV sub-divisions, making it a potentially interesting and unusually affordable multimedia-savvy option for second rooms as well as small main living rooms.

Before we find out if it fulfils that potential, though, there is one more immediate bit of good news to report. For the 32NX503 is the proud owner of Sony’s new Monolithic design, whereby a black bezel, specially blackened LCD panel, sheer one-layer fascia and the facility to tilt the screen slightly back all combine to create a TV that really could be a smaller brother of the mysterious knowledge-imparting black edifice at the heart of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

As with the 40HX703 we looked at recently, it’s a pity the impact of the black, minimalist design is rather spoiled by the TV’s startlingly deep rear end. But it still looks a cut above your average 32in TV, at least from the front.

The set’s connections are prodigious by 32in standards, and inevitably provide some serious clues as to the sort of multimedia talents the set’s Network categorisation would lead us to expect.

There’s an Ethernet port, for starters. And this has not one, not two, but three uses. First, it’s there to provide obligatory support for the set’s built-in Freeview HD tuner – presumably to cater for future interactive features like the BBC iPlayer.

Second, you can use it to jack into a DLNA-enabled PC and stream over a wide variety of file types. Last but by no means least, you can use the Ethernet to access Sony’s Bravia Internet Video service.

Regular readers will already know how impressed we are by this new service, which replaces the frighteningly limited features of Sony’s previous AppliCast online efforts with a veritable smorgasbord of high quality, often HD video streaming content, including the inevitable YouTube; Channel 5’s Demand Five iPlayeralike; various golf tip services; lots of general ‘advice’ sites; and even LoveFilm, complete with the facility to synch the TV to your account for full movie streaming.

Sony has even gone to the trouble of building in a small data buffer, to help its video streaming achieve impressive stability versus one or two rival online platforms we’ve seen. Even via our relatively snail-like broadband service.

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June 9, 2010, 1:23 pm

After reading this disappointing review I have now narrowed down my choice of a new 32" to two sets - either the Sony 32EX503 or Samsung LE32C650. Hopefully these will fair better.


June 9, 2010, 9:04 pm


If you're a gamer, watch the input lag of both of those tellies. I read in HDTV reviews - which is pretty thorough - that the Sony's EX503 is even worse than the current Sammy C650's, at 65ms even in game mode. I've heard, the C650s themselves are even a slight regression from the B650s in this respect. (Admittedly I haven't seen the Sony in the flesh. You may have.)


June 10, 2010, 6:43 am

Companies will never learn. Who cares about fake fashion living room monolithic designs.

I think that Sony TVs traditionally have much input lag (100-200ms). TVs in general not very suitable for gaming.


June 10, 2010, 9:17 am


They don't even care about passable audio anymore which, forgive me for being a traditionalist, I thought was part of the television experience.


June 10, 2010, 1:40 pm

The reflecting screen makes this series a failure to me. Initially looking good when off, but very frustrating in actual use. Reflections in the screen are highly irritating. One of the reasons why plasma screens did not make it on my list. Very unfortunate design choice.


June 10, 2010, 2:23 pm


5.1 surround sound systems are part of modern TV experience. Companies say this.

Also if you really want and need the ultimate TV experience you must get some pairs of 3D glasses. Not me, the companies.


I saw this TV "live" at an electronics shop a few days ago and i agree with you.

...some real 12+ bit TV panels would be nice for the consumers if companies could, but...


June 10, 2010, 5:28 pm


If they're intent on just making TVs giant versions of monitors, it's a wonder they still include a free remote.


June 10, 2010, 7:22 pm

@GoldenGuy - Another review site tested the 40" EX503 and found the input lag to be 60ms, which backs up the review you read. However they also tested the 32" EX403 (50Hz version of the EX503) and found lag to be 40ms. I also saw another site review the 40" EX403 and they too measured lag to be 40ms. While 40ms isn't great, it's a fair bit better than 60ms, even though 20ms difference doesn't sound like much.

Bear in mind that the 32" NX503 reviewed here is 50Hz, so may well have less lag than the EX503. I also suspect the NX503 uses the same panel as the EX403.

Of course, if TrustedReviews tested input lag, we would know for sure!

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