- Excellent picture quality
- Deep blacks
- Good connectivity(4 x HDMI)
- Responsive menus
- Slow startup
- No video preview on TV guide
- No 4OD, ITVplayer or Freesat
Full Review – Sony KDL-32W705C
The Sony Bravia W705 series is stylish, there’s no doubt about that. The LED panel has a thin glossy-black surround with a matte silver stand. Whilst the stand is fixed giving no functionality, it can be wall mounted if required. The signal input panel is held in the bottom center half of the rear at a thickness of 5.9cm whilst the rest of the set boasts a 1.6cm slim design. There’s a thin strip light along to bottom below the Sony logo that blinks to give user feedback but this can be turned off to reduce distractions if you want to immerse yourself in low light conditions.
The KDL-32W705C picture is powered by Sony’s X-Reality Pro processing engine, and this is one of the defining factors that makes the Bravia range look so good! Every frame is analysed against a central database then rebuilt to match the resolution of the TV. Essentially any video input that’s not already 1080p is upscaled to give the best picture quality possible. It’s a great feature that will make standard definition TV and DVD’s look a cut above the competition. It’s a win win, not to mention a huge selling feature.
The LED lit panel has an even backlight with no backlight bleed visible. This can be a common problem, especially around the corners of lower end TV’s. The blacks are dark around the edges of the display where they would be most susceptible to fading. The blacks are as you would expect, black, and dark scenes in my favourite TV shows were easy to distinguish. The colours are bright, and any finer adjustments are easily accomplished through the settings menu.
The motion blur was acceptable. I watched the usual weekend sports and Formula 1 grand prix without any major quarms with fast moving objects. Sony does offer Motionflow XR technology to artificially add extra frames between fast panning shots. The difference is noticeable, but so was the slight degradation in picture quality with the mode active. As a result I’m not completely sold on the new technology, but the concept is interesting none-the-less.
The HDMI ports can be used to connect up a PC or console(Xbox one / Playstation 4). I hooked up my PC to watch an episode of Game of Thrones with no issues. I then jumped into a raid on Destiny with the Xbox One. I didn’t notice any input lag or fast motion differences to the Acer monitor that makes up my standard setup.
The KDL-32W705C 32 inch and KDL-40W705C 40 inch models come equipped with two 5W speakers either side. The KDL-48W705C 48 inch variant has two, more powerful, 10W speakers. The speakers in the 32 inch model were clear, with little to no distortion in background music or narratives even when boosted to a level you would expect from your local club. There is also a bass reflex speaker to give those low tones more umpf. It doesn’t compare to an external subwoofer but it’s a welcomed addition. There are a host of sound modes with the the most stand out being the “live football mode”, which adjusts the sound settings to give you an authentic stadium experience.
The Sony KDL-32W705C has both a Freeview HD and satellite tuner however it’s worth mentioning that it is not Freesat compatible. The smart features are all accessible after connecting to a network with the ethernet port or wifi. The wifi signal strength was strong which is more than can be said about my Samsung 6000 series in the same location, so there’s another small win. Miracast software allows you to share screens from compatible smartphones or tablets which is a neat feature, and there’s a browser powered by Opera for surfing the web.
Once online you have access to an array of apps including the Sony Entertainment Network, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and BBC Iplayer. The system was somewhat user friendly but still lacks in comparison the HUD Samsung provide. It’s worth noting that ITV hub and 4OD are both missing from the lineup.
The TV has one major issue when you first pick up the remote; slow boot time! Come home from work, hit the on button and go make yourself a cup of coffee. Ok, it’s not that bad but it’s really slow to turn on. Once you get past that the guides and menus are responsive and make for quick browsing. Only major complaint is that there’s no preview window on the TV guide. Whilst this may not be enough to turn you away, it’s definitely a noticeable feature loss if your current TV has the function.