Sony BRAVIA KDL-32W705 Review
The Sony Bravia KDL-32W705 receives a five star rating from me. I had wanted to give it a four star, but this would not have been fair and would be putting it in the same category as far less superior brands.
Sony Bravia KDL-32W705 Features
As for the design, I need not say much. The frame is thin and is made from real aluminium. No plastic here like in the Samsung, but unlike on mobile phones, it really does not matter because you do not come close enough to notice.
There is a small problem though when using a wall bracket: The VESA standard cannot be used without the Sony Adapter Kit. The top and bottom screws are of different length and thickness and you will have to use two pins to compensate for the differences in height.
This is one aspect about the Sony Bravia KDL-32W705 that I am singularly impressed with. In fact, it is the main reason why I finally made the purchase decision – as compared to the Samsung UE48H6410, the picture quality of the Bravia KDL-32W705 is miles ahead.
To test the picture quality of the two devices, I used a Blu-Ray X-Men Trailer and I was really amazed at the stark differences between the two devices in terms of picture quality. I will not even talk about the colour because at least with that you can tweak the settings until you get the desired result.
Where the big difference is between the two devices is in the sharpness of the image – with the Sony it is as if it has a larger number of pixels than the Samsung. Based on the same trailer, I also noticed a difference in the fluidity of the images. On the Sony, it was much smoother all over- all in all, this comparison had me all convinced to make the purchasing decision.
It is only after experiencing the brilliance of the Sony colour did I notice that there was something wrong with how my old Samsung displayed it colours. Certainly, in the Sony the colours are more superior -there is very little to compare with the Samsung.
The sound mode for sports like football was a little disappointing in my opinion- the sound is somewhat subdued. Maybe it is the way the manufacturer intended but for me it was a small but noticeable problem.
When it comes to the power supply, I am more concerned about a very low frequency noise in the AC adapter that lingers on for some time after turning off the TV. It is not loud enough to hear during the day. But at night when everything is quiet, the sound is loud enough to interfere with my sleep and I have to pull the plug off the mains. I tried replacing the power supply but the problem persisted – it probably is a manufacturing defect with all the devices.
There have been some complaints regarding the time it takes between switching on and viewing content on the TV. I have tested this and on average it takes less than ten (10) seconds on initial switching on and one second between programs. This is absolutely normal and I do not find anything strange with it.
The Smart TV function to me is unnecessary bells and whistles that do not add any value. It was only useful during the World Cup – it was nice seeing statistics as the games progressed. But who really wants to surf the internet via remote control on the TV? For that, I recommend using Google Chromecast, Apple TV or a HDMI cable so that you can access YouTube and other streaming services more conveniently.
According to the test reports I have seen and my own personal experience, I can say that the sound is rather good. This TV’s sound is of higher quality than my previous device though I must say the bass is a little weak – a recurring theme with all my purchases.
Both the remote control and the transmitter adjustment was a problem for me. But I must hasten to add that I also experienced the same problems with my Samsung. Settings, once made, should last for up to two years. It is therefore frustrating to have to keep resetting the remote every now and then.
I would like to explain again why I run a comparison between the Sony Bravia KDL-32w705 and the Samsung UE48H6410 in some places. I am happy with my TV and by doing a direct comparison with the Samsung was surprised that my Sony has a much better image quality – the most important feature of a TV.
It is therefore a pity that many reviewers are giving the Sony Bravia KDL-32w705 a four star rating. Most of the five star ratings on Samsung TVs are overrated in my opinion – but the customer opinion is more important than mine.
Conclusion – Making the Decision
For someone who is struggling to make the decision between the two brands, I put the Sony Bravia KDL-32w705 firmly in the lead because of the image quality. One concern that I have though is the fact that many retailers are charging an additional fee for Smart TV functionality. Like most people, I think that the Smart TV is completely useless at the moment and has no utility at all.
Switching between programs works very smoothly and the Sony Bravia KDL-32w705 deserves a five star rating on this account. I would therefore conclude that the decision on whether to purchase is entirely a matter of choice by the buyer. Are you willing to pay more for features that do not add any real value?
On strictly price/ performance ratio, the Sony Bravia KDL-32w705 beats the Samsung UE48H6410 by a big margin. The decision is yours but if you are convinced (like me) that the Sony is the far more superior device, you can purchase from the Amazon store for $480: