The lovely detail levels and sharpness of HD images from Blu-ray, Sky or the set’s built-in Freeview HD tuner are rendered surprisingly effectively by the 32EX524 too, allowing it to demonstrate the difference between HD and standard definition content more emphatically than most 32in TVs.
Contributing to this HD sharpness is the 32EX524's minimal motion blur, an impressive performance considering that it’s only a 50Hz TV. There’s a bit of resolution loss over moving objects for sure, but it’s less aggressive than expected. In fact, it seems less obvious than it was on the 32EX524’s larger sibling, the Sony 37EX524. This isn’t the first time we’ve noted a 37in LCD TV apparently suffer a slightly worse response time than other screen sizes in the same range.
The 32EX524 continues to quietly impress with its standard definition pictures. They might not look as sharp and detailed as those of some rivals, but noise is well suppressed during the upscaling process, and colours don’t slide off-key as they can do with standard definition pictures on some other budget TVs.
The last picture positive to report is that the screen works nicely as a gaming monitor, thanks to a combination of its good black levels, crisp approach to HD, and a solid input lag figure of just under 40ms.
In an ideal world the 32EX524’s post-calibration pictures would be a bit brighter, there’d be at least some basic option for reducing the minor motion blur, and the screen wouldn’t lose contrast and saturation when watched from an angle. But overall its pictures are really pretty darned good for the 32EX524’s money.
Its sound isn’t bad either. The slightly large bottom edge to the TV is used to good effect in producing both more volume and a wider, more open mid-range than the majority of slim TVs. A bit more bass would have been appreciated, but if we had a pound for every time we’d said that about a slim LCD TV we’d have made Richard Branson an offer for his private island by now.
Minor motion blur and a slight lack of brightness once it’s been set up to produce its best contrast performance stop the 32EX524 from being a total star. But it’s certainly worth adding to any affordable 32in audition list, especially if you’re attracted by its exceptional online facilities.