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Sony KDL-32W706B review

John Archer



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Sony KDL-32W706B


Our Score


User Score


  • Great picture quality
  • Very pretty design
  • Good features and connectivity


  • Sound is rather average
  • No 4OD or ITV Player support
  • Pictures may not suit a very bright room

Review Price £350.00

Key Features: 32-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting; Full HD resolution; Sony Entertainment Network online system; multimedia playback via USB or wi-fi/LAN network; X-Reality Pro processing engine

Manufacturer: Sony

What is the Sony 32W706B?

The 32W706B is that rarest of things these days: a 32-inch TV that isn’t just interested in being as cheap as possible. For as well as looking prettier than most, it’s also got the features and performance to make it a real second-room star.

Sony 32W706B - Design and Features

The 32W706B is one of the most attractive 32-inch TVs in town right now thanks to its nifty gleaming metallic bezel. This makes it look much more opulent than most rivals – even if the set actually turns out to be predominantly built from fairly lightweight plastic when you start shifting it around to fit it to its stand.

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Sony 32W706B

This stand is quite cute too, though, with its ‘barely there’ open metallic bar design.

Sony’s 32-inch mid-ranger also pulls off a clever trick by making you feel as if it’s really thin round the back, thanks to the way the upper half of the rear panel is only a couple of centimetres thick. The bottom half, though, sticks out further than many of today’s slim TVs – hopefully so that it can accommodate a decent set of speakers…

Connectivity is extremely strong for a reasonably affordable 32-inch TV. Four HDMIs is as many as you’ll find on most high-end big-screen TVs never mind a small screen likely to be a second- rather than main-room TV. Its two USBs should satisfy almost any household’s multimedia playback needs, especially when added to the set’s ability to stream - wirelessly or via Ethernet cable - photo, music and video files via DLNA from compatible networked PCs. This sort of multimedia support is always especially welcome on relatively small-screened TVs given the problems there can be in getting normal ‘physical’ sources attached to second-room TVs.

It’s great to find, too, that the network options let you get online with the Sony Entertainment Network, delivering a reasonable selection of apps complete with a passable – though hardly comprehensive – suite of video streaming services. We’ve covered Sony’s latest Smart TV platform in an earlier article, so we’ll refer you to that for more information, merely adding here that it’s an attractive system distinguished by a handy new Discovery feature that provides shortcuts to multiple content types – including shows recommended on the back of your viewing habits.

The 32W706B uses edge LED lighting (hence the thinness of the upper half of its rear) to illuminate its full HD screen, and sports Sony’s X-Reality Pro processing engine. Otherwise its picture specifications are actually pretty straightforward – though we were pleased to note that the set doesn’t use the IPS technology that’s caused so many contrast problems this year.

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Sony 32W706B

We should conclude this section by pointing out for the record that the 32W706B doesn’t support 3D playback. But this is no great loss on a 32in TV, where 3D generally feels like little more than a gimmick.

Sony 32W706B - Set Up

The 32W706B features a pretty comprehensive initial install process that leaves you with all your Freeview HD channels tuned in and the TV hooked into your Wi-Fi system without leaving you confused along the way.

Getting the best out of the 32W706B’s pictures is an unusually straightforward process, for the simple reason that its X-Reality Pro image database system enables the TV to quickly recognise the sort of content coming in and choose the best picture settings from a comprehensive suite of ‘scenes’. The consistent accuracy of the 32W706B’s efforts in this regard are remarkable, usually leaving you with little else to do but maybe turn off the noise reduction with an HD source if the TV has left it on, and possibly tweak slightly the settings devoted to black level reproduction and contrast.

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Tim Sutton

August 20, 2014, 3:11 pm

I bought last years version of this TV and it's great, except for being RUINED by the return of Sony insistence on doing things their own stupid way rather than using industry standards.

Exactly the same as this set, there is no VESA mounting. To wall mount you reverse the foot stand, attach it to the back and then screw straight to the wall. To mount it onto my Sanus swivel arm I had to buy a third party bodge job kit which screws bolts into random holes in the TV which then attach loosely to the VESA mount. It's horrific.

It won't recognise DLNA thumbnails or folder heirarchy, and ignores metadata from your media server. The only way to navigate your media files through the TV itself is by the folder name they are stored under on your server, and it only shows the first 15 characters of the folder title, to see the rest you have to select the folder and wait for it to s.. l.. o.. w.. l.. y scroll the folder title. And the sort order is all over the place. Good luck finding the episode of any TV show you want to watch.

It won't play nicely with Serviio. There is an official Sony version of Serviio called "Homestream". It's cut down, feature removed rubbish. I used it for a month and then just gave up.

When using the excellent DS video app to stream directly to the TV from my server, 3 out of 5 times it just refuses to accept the stream. All of my other TVs work flawlessly with this.

I hesitate to draw sweeping conclusions from my experiences to other people, but I will say this: I will never, ever EVER again buy a Sony product. Unless your whole life is bought from Sony it just won't work properly with your other technology.


August 20, 2014, 4:46 pm

Might have found my new TV for the office room :) Will pick up from Richer Sounds with a 5-year warranty. Hook it up to a pair of active monitors and good to go!

Matthew Bunton

August 20, 2014, 5:17 pm

This is a great TV I have had mine for a few months now and it has been superb. I have used it for gaming, PC and general viewing and it handles them all flawlessly.


August 20, 2014, 8:47 pm


Matthew Bunton

August 21, 2014, 3:36 pm

XR 200Hz

Just google.


August 22, 2014, 9:54 am

they do sell an addon subwoofer, i guess that would help

Hate Lag

August 29, 2014, 3:56 pm

What's your testing method for input lag please ? Do you use the Leo Bodnar device and how ? Did you put the TV on GAME scene mode-original ?
There are many different ways to measure input lag, not all are reliable, and a single figure without any explanation cannot be trusted.
Another reviewer on avforums.com reported 14ms for the exact same set !
If you have the Leo Bodnar lag tester check the correct testing methodology on displaylag.com


August 30, 2014, 12:53 pm

i kinda expect a review to tell me this. :)


March 11, 2015, 3:32 pm

hello, I bought this tv on the strength of this review and others, (though sadly I got the black rather than the silver one). I've been finding that motion gets a bit jumpy, a bit of a strobe effect. I've fiddled with the settings endlessly but haven't made much impact, if you have a moment to share any advice or settings that would be much appreciated!

Matthew Bunton

March 11, 2015, 6:41 pm

Hi Daniel I will try to help if I can but can you be more specific.

Is this when watching all TV or whilst gaming etc?


March 11, 2015, 7:26 pm

hello matthew- I should say I didn't mean your comment when I referred to 'this review' inspiring my purchase, so certainly no responsibility on your part..!
It seems to strobe on everything, a bit like it's skipping frames. I've worked with video and animation so am aware of the various peculiarities of digital video- the only thing I haven't tried with the tv is freeview as I don't have the right cable, so I've only watched Netflix/iplayer etc. It very much feels like you're watching a series of images very quickly rather than one smooth moving image. I've looked through all the menus but can't find the xr motion controls or whatever that is. My assumption for the moment is that it's streaming video slightly anaemically and just skipping frames.
It is a fairly subtle effect, and over all the images look great, 'better call saul' on Netflix looks photographic, it's just the motion that seems slightly odd. It is my first lcd tv though. A dell monitor I have does not have this effect though~
No worries if this is all to tedious but if you have any tips, I'm all ears!

Matthew Bunton

March 13, 2015, 8:56 am

Well LCD is never great in motion there will always be a certain level of judder. This is why plasmas were so good especially for watching sports.

Monitors don't suffer from the large amount of picture processing features that televisions do.

It sounds as though you know what you are doing and most likely have already tried most things.

The only advice I can offer is to try out each of the scene presets ie, movie game etc. and see which offers the best reduction of the effect.

The game setting might not give you the best overal image quality but is more likely to help with the issue as it turns off most of the televisons processing. Once you have discovered that it should give you a better idea of what is causing the issue for you.

Another suggestion is to set the reality creation to off instead of Auto etc. as this can introduce harsh shimmering sometimes.

I have had the silver model for nearly a year now and whilst there is the usual inherent issues and limitations with LCD/LED screens. I am thoroughly happy with the TV and don't experience the level of motion issues that you are.

I hope this helps a little and let me know your findings.


March 25, 2015, 12:13 am

thanks for all that. I've messed around with everything and got freeview working to see if that's better, and it is far better. It's not silky smooth but it's not dissimilar to the old crt it replaces. The issues are more around Netflix and iplayer, most noticeable as credits roll, they're almost unreadable as though they're interlaced backwards, or that the progressive frames have all been cut. Our internet is fast, but I guess some shows to save space somewhere are either stored at lower framerates or encoded in a way that the tv isn't resolving properly. I've trained myself to not notice and/or care, the tv is doing more than enough to justify the £250 I spent on it. Do wish it was silver though... might have a go at it with some sand paper~
Thanks for your advice, changing the settings made a slight difference but I think the main issue is with online content being weird.

Matthew Bunton

March 26, 2015, 7:57 pm

Hi Daniel i'm glad it helped a little at least. It is always difficult trying to nail down an issue unless you see it for yourself. All I can say is try some other sources such as Blu ray player or console if you have one and see if the issue is the same.

As I said and I know you understand, it will always be a bit imperfect but it shouldn't be as bad as you have described. It might be worth contacting Sony as they are generally helpfull with these sorts of issues. I have been checking mine closely when using Netflix, Amazon and Chromecast and it is very smooth so there must be a small issue somewhere for you.

Regulous Jay

March 31, 2015, 8:27 pm

Can someone tell me how we can make manual store channels;

Regulous Jay

April 14, 2015, 3:42 pm

50 Hz really http://www.rtings.com/info/fak...

Zviad Kochalidze

April 21, 2015, 7:25 pm

Is it possible to download new apps on sony KDL-32W706B?

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