Review: Sony Bravia HD Ready LED TV

Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D HD Ready LED TV

A good small screen TV that is more expensive than its competition, but worth the extra.

With Ultra HD 4K TVs in the market, HD Ready TVs may not seem like a great purchase, but the Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D delivers such a natural, detailed and well-balanced screen for its price that it is immensely enjoyable even if you are not counting the pixels.

Picture Quality

The Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D is only HD-Ready, not a full-HD TV, and this means that it will accept 1080p picture but not display them natively.

That said, The Sony wowed us with its picture quality. We tested the TV with Gravity to check for the blackness. The scene with the space walk was excellent to show the beautiful contrast and dark detail capability of the TV.

Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D

What really stood out on the KLV-32R302D was its depth of black and the intensity of brightness of anything that was against it. The whites of the spacesuits did not bleed into the blackness of space, and edges appeared clean and well-defined. The level of contrast is so high in fact that when Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock in the movie) detaches, you can actually see the stars shining at different intensities.

In contrast, the LG swallows up its blacks and, like the Philips, does not show as much consistency as the KLV-32R302D both through dark and bright scenes.

Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D

We tested colour on the KLV-32R302D with The Fall. The TV did well on this count too and stunning hues of the utopian landscape, the extravagant costumes and the tribal chant scene all had colours popping without any bleed. Emerald green gardens stood out against the angry heat of the desert, and there was no perceptible noise in the picture at all.

To test how the TV handles motion blur, we played the motorbike chase sequence from Skyfall. This is where the KLV-32R302D fell short. The Sony uses a 100 Hz panel but does some processing to smooth out the picture (something they refer to as Motionflow XR). A close look revealed some trailing artifacts in the opening scene that blurred Bond’s profile to an extent.

Sony Bravia KLV-32R302D

We also tested this with Gravity again. There were some issues with the upscaled content. When George Clooney is seen admiring the view during the orbit of the Earth, the camera swings around, and the stars in the background streaked and blurred a little. While this isn’t something most people will notice in an engaging movie like Gravity, but be aware that rapid-action sequences might be a problem for the Sony in spite of its Motionflow XR technology.

Sound

Sound is another area where the Sony disappointed. The Sony’s sound is rather thin and reedy. There is a good amount of detail, yes, and the voices can be heard over sound effects clearly and with nuances. But LG and Philips offer better, more full-bodied sound.

This can be worked around with a soundbar or a pair of budget speakers for more enveloping sound, especially if you will watch more movies than TV shows and news.

Features

Sony has kept things simple on the KLV-32R302D, with two HDMI inputs and one USB port on the back panel.

One more HDMI port would be good though, if you have a Blu-ray/DVD player, a games console and a set-top box to plug in.

The USB port supports multi-format play, with a number of different codecs supported, so you can play music, watch videos and see photos after plugging in.

The viewing angle for the TV is 178 degrees on both the horizontal and the vertical viewing plane, making the Sony retain viewability even when you move around the room.

The X-Protection Pro feature guards the TV against dust, lightning, surges and humidity. Because there are no ventilation holes on the back of the TV, dust stays out. Its advanced protection shields your TV against electrical surges, while a primary capacitor protects against unstable electricity. An anti-humidity coating on the circuit board prevents short-circuits caused by high moisture.

Design

The Sony is a smart looking set. It is slim, flatscreen and stands out nicely against the more chunky-looking sets at this price. While the LG and Philips are not badly built, the Sony’s build quality definitely feels a good deal better than theirs.

Bravia KLV-32R302D

The slim black bezel is not intrusive at all and the sturdy stand is easy to fit. But it might be this slimness that is responsible for the thin sound on the Sony.

The remote control is simple and uncluttered with too many buttons.

Usability

The Sony is very easy to use. Its interface is simpler than the LG’s, but it just works right. There are no lags, and scrolling the TV Guide is quick and smooth and the remote is responsive to the TV.

The Sony is very easy to use. Its interface is simpler than the LG’s, but it just works right. There are no lags, and scrolling the TV Guide is quick and smooth and the remote is responsive to the TV.

The on-screen interface lets you navigate in Multi-Indian regional languages. Simply select one and your TV will communicate in your preferred language.

Ratings

The Good
Detailed and exciting picture quality, deep blacks and punchy whites, strong contrast and natural colour balance, easy to use

The Bad
: Thin sound, other brands offer more features/apps at better prices. Rapid-action sequences leave some disappointment.

Verdict:
A good TV to buy at the price, with excellent picture quality. Sound is a minor complaint, but the natural picture quality and ease of use more than makes up for it. It’s a good TV to have, and the picture quality is excellent, so we didn’t even notice we were watching a 32-in HD ready TV, so if you are looking for a budget TV, this is the one we’d recommend.

Comparable Products

* Samsung FH4003 HD Ready LED TV
* LG 32LF550A HD Ready LED TV
* Philips 32PFL3738/V7 HD Ready LED TV

Prices (as on date of publishing)

Amazon.in: Rs 25, 790
Flipkart: Rs 25, 989
Snapdeal: Rs 24, 174
Croma: 25, 800

Warranty Information

1 year warranty provided by the manufacturer from date of purchase.

2 Comments

  1. I have one sony 32R302D but i am little dissapointed with its hd picture at 25k we can get more featured and FHD tv.its just the brand name sony.

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