Feeds
75%
Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503

Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503 32in LCD TV

Smaller sized set with big screen extras

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Review Monolithic is a desirable word, unless it’s applied to small things like a mobile phone, a peanut, a shrew. So does it fit a flatscreen TV, especially one at the lower end of screen sizes deemed suitable for a living room?

Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503

Leaving space in your living room: Sony's Bravia KDL-32NX503

Monolithic is the name of the design applied to Sony’s latest Bravia TVs and really just means that instead of a screen surrounded by a raised frame, this TV has a completely flat front – see-through for the most part – with a black edge. Or, to put it another way, there’s a sheet of plastic stretched across the front of the screen to give it its frame.

Me, I don’t like it, especially on this Bravia KDL-32NX503. Being a smaller TV size, it has the effect of making the whole thing look cheaper and where the extra level of screen makes it pretty reflective, which isn’t good.

I should add that I think I’m in the minority with this view, as the Monolithic series has met with much critical success. It also suits living rooms, where the TV is mounted on a low coffee table, say. You can choose between a perfectly vertical TV or fix the stand so it’s tipped back by 6 degrees.

This is an affordable TV, even though it’s not super-cheap. Even so, don’t expect it to be super-thin. At over 4ins deep it’s certainly acceptable, just not as slim as some rivals. And given its low price, it’s worth pointing out that this TV is well-connected, from its four HDMI sockets to Ethernet to USB among others. Also, although it’s a relatively small screen size, Sony has squeezed in a full 1080p resolution.

Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503

Ethernet for Bravia's Internet Service – a Wi-Fi dongle is optional

Power up the TV and it pings into life very quickly, with Sony’s logo front and centre. The first time you turn it on, set-up is simple. Auto-tuning is fast on the normal settings, around 2 minutes, or flipping endless if you want the TV to search every frequency on the Full setting. In fact, the normal search yielded everything, including three HD channels – BBC HD, ITV1 HD and Channel 4 HD, for those in a Freeview HD-enabled area. Image quality on these channels is, unsurprisingly, very good.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.