Without Wi-Fi, the EX703 relies on wired networking through a standard 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port, which I hooked up to a powerline adaptor to connection with my router. The EX703's PlayStation-derived XMB user interface is ready for the net, with a handful of online content sources built in, including the inevitable YouTube and, if you're a subscriber, Lovefilm on-demand movies. It's a shame Lovefilm's selection of available titles is poor, not even matching its PC-based streaming service, let alone the range of DVDs it has on offer.
Nice remote, but the Home, Guide, Options etc buttons are too close to the navpad
Selecting them exposes some lag in the TV's responsiveness. Hit Guide on the remote to call up the eight-day Electronic Programme Guide, and there's a second or so of delay while the EX703's processors calls it up. Once a UI section - menu, guide, online manual even - is on screen, navigation is a little more responsive, but not nearly as quick as it should be.
Moving around the UI and changing channels is easy with the EX703's large remote, which sports a second power key on the underside. Its face is oddly convex, and the battery compartment is exposed by sliding the entire lower side of the remote away from the upper side. Only Sony's decision to bend four buttons around the circular navpad, which means it's too easy to hit the Guide, Options, Info, Home, Favourites or back key rather than the directional control, disappoints.
Reg Hardware's power meter revealed that the EX703 draws 14-15W on standby, rising to between 66W and 68W when it's operating.
The Bravia KDL-32EX703 is not only packed with features but is displays a darn fine picture too. Even the sound isn't half bad. It's pricey, but not well beyond its rivals, and there are cheaper family members if you're happy to forego LED backlighting and 100Hz interpolation. ®
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX703
it's a sony. They'll most likely update it after you bought it to remove the feature you wanted anyway
Nothing new supported over DLNA from last season's 5500 models
Does it stream avi over ethernet?
There is EU legislation covering stand by power for electrical equipment, you need to look athe EuP Directive and the appropriate implementing measure for standby power, believe current legal requirement is 1W max, hence newer Sony TV's actually have an on/off switch.
One thing I am very interested in the playback of Divx or Xvid over the ethernet interface, I have a readnas NV+ and would like to know if I can stream these avi files directly from the NAS to the EX series TV. I have read the sony manuals and it would only appear to play these formats from the USB port not the ethernet. Can someone please confirm?
I would love this to work so I can lose some boxes out of my AV system