Sony KDL-32EX403 32 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview HD LCD TV - £299.95 @ John Lewis - HotUKDeals
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Same TV as hot deal offered by joshcharm below but with 5 year guarentee offered by John Lewis.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sony-kdl-32ex403-32-inch-full-hd-1080p-freeview-hd-lcd-tv-299-99-argos/883578


Experience TV, movies and games in superb Full HD on the Sony Bravia KDL32EX403U. You’ll also be able to enjoy music, photos and videos from your digital devices via the USB Media Player.

The KDL32EX403U is also Wi-Fi Ready so when you add your wireless adaptor or USB dongle (sold separately) you can easily connect to your wireless home network without the clutter of cables. Fancy some catch up TV? With Bravia Internet Video you’ll be able to connect your TV directly to the Internet to access selected online services such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

The Bravia Engine 3 ensures that images are displayed with impressive detail, optimal contrast, and truer-to-life colours. S-Force Front Surround complements the great picture with the full effect of digital surround sound. The ‘Invisible’ speakers are cleverly hidden in the design and positioned for the ideal sound elevation.

Fans of the movies will love Cinema Mode. You can choose from two different modes to reproduce an authentic movie experience with unique film-like textures and adjusted colour and brightness settings.

And let’s not forget that the Sony KDL32EX403U is also DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible. This enables you to access your photos, music and movies from your PC across your home network from a compatible device. For instance, you could play your friends the latest MP3 track you’ve just downloaded, even though your computer is upstairs in the spare bedroom.

The Light Sensor on this model automatically reacts to the brightness of the room you’re in, making sure you always get the best picture. It also saves energy – and saves you money too.

1080p
1080p is the purest form of high definition that a television can display. This leads to a smoother, more film-like image, which will satisfy sports and movie lovers alike. With a 1080p signal, the information that makes up an image is displayed “progressively” or all at once, rather than in an “interlaced” fashion.
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#1
Bought this tv for bedroom just after xmas when deal was on before and its a nice piece of kit and good price.
1 Like #2
better than the argos deal , purely for the guarantee, have some heat...
#3
Can you use any wireless adaptor or has it got to be a Sony?
#4
Can you use the wireless to play videos from DLNA devices or do you have to be wired into the home network for that?
1 Like #5
You should be able to connect over the wireless - the adapter has got to be a sony, but a better solution might be to get some of the powerline type adapters and network through your ring main. then iplayer and the dlna sever works like a treat
#6
kramvic
Can you use any wireless adaptor or has it got to be a Sony?


I'm pretty sure it's got to be the expensive Sony one because it won't be configured for anything else - but there is another option - use the ethernet port for wired ethernet.

If it's too far away from your phone point and internet box it's still cheaper to buy a couple of homeplugs from ebuyer than getting the expensive Sony adapter.

EDIT - Damn - just beaten to it by litotes - BTW powerline and homeplugs are the same thing!

Edited By: Spod on Feb 24, 2011 11:00
#7
litotes
You should be able to connect over the wireless - the adapter has got to be a sony, but a better solution might be to get some of the powerline type adapters and network through your ring main. then iplayer and the dlna sever works like a treat


Spod
kramvic
Can you use any wireless adaptor or has it got to be a Sony?


I'm pretty sure it's got to be the expensive Sony one because it won't be configured for anything else - but there is another option - use the ethernet port for wired ethernet.

If it's too far away from your phone point and internet box it's still cheaper to buy a couple of homeplugs from ebuyer than getting the expensive Sony adapter.

EDIT - Damn - just beaten to it by litotes - BTW powerline and homeplugs are the same thing!


Good answers; I would say that the range of media files the TV will playback through USB and DLNA is limited; however depending on your DLNA server device it may be able to transcode media as it is played into a formats the TV supports. (I experimented with running Serviio on my PC and this worked quite well letting me play divx, .mvk and .rmvb files on the TV).
#8
So So tempted, I have a 22" 1080p for my PC and bedroom

Would love HD tv in the bedroom with a nice big screen, but might be a tad big for the PC

Edited By: canada16 on Feb 24, 2011 11:20
#9
canada16
So So tempted, I have a 22" 1080p for my PC and bedroom

Would love HD tv in the bedroom with a nice big screen, but might be a tad big for the PC


I'm using my 37EX403 as a PC screen - that is a tad big. Check out reviews from gamers on this TV - it seems most new TVs have quite high input lag - I don't know how this screen fares..

Edited By: wombat6025 on Feb 24, 2011 11:26
#10
Hot deal any voucher codes floating around? Heat added v tempted held off last time round
#11
Very hot
#12
bloomin eck the price must have changed in the last 12 hours - wasnt that cheap last night!
#13
Brought one for a relative from M&S a few weeks ago. Good TV for the money

The SD TV picture is pretty good. It is also handy to have Freeview HD TV tuner built in
#14
Very nice TV for the money. Could find cheaper 32" TV's, but certainly nowhere near the quality of this set. Definitely worth the extra.
#15
Just bought one. Heat added. Great find. ;)
#16
nice find...tv's seem to be getting cheaper by the day, cant wait until a 40" Sony is this price!!
#17
wombat6025
litotes
You should be able to connect over the wireless - the adapter has got to be a sony, but a better solution might be to get some of the powerline type adapters and network through your ring main. then iplayer and the dlna sever works like a treat


Spod
kramvic
Can you use any wireless adaptor or has it got to be a Sony?


I'm pretty sure it's got to be the expensive Sony one because it won't be configured for anything else - but there is another option - use the ethernet port for wired ethernet.

If it's too far away from your phone point and internet box it's still cheaper to buy a couple of homeplugs from ebuyer than getting the expensive Sony adapter.

EDIT - Damn - just beaten to it by litotes - BTW powerline and homeplugs are the same thing!


Good answers; I would say that the range of media files the TV will playback through USB and DLNA is limited; however depending on your DLNA server device it may be able to transcode media as it is played into a formats the TV supports. (I experimented with running Serviio on my PC and this worked quite well letting me play divx, .mvk and .rmvb files on the TV).


I take it the tv does not play HD MKV files by itself then? If so its out for me as I want to stream my movies from my DLNA NAS.

A bit off topic here but does anyone know if the samsung allshare feature works over wireless and whether that one plays mkvs?
#18
Incase anyone is wondering they have 422 of these in stock for online orders just rang to check, lol gives me some ponder time
#19
Just bought one
1 Like #20
Ok few things... I have this, I got a dud pixel, trying to arrange a replacement now (got it in post-xmas JL deal, fault after 4 days, no stock, grr).

Negatives: The internal playback of media is awful, not even worth considering for video. Music is fine, I haven't really thrown anything much at it though. The internet video is worth a pop for youtube, you can watch stuff that's in multiple parts quite easily, although searching is a pain due to the very basic input method. iPlayer is functional but maybe a bit clunky!

Otherwise, positives! Best way to connect this up is via homeplugs or cat-5 straight into a hub/router. I have a repeater thing set up to downstairs' wifi router, and on that repeater I have xbox, tv, nas, etc. This enables me to stream nas->xbox->tv and playback pretty much anything via the xbox. This or playing via PC (HDMI/VGA) is your best bet.

The set is actually really good, probably takes a bit of setting up to get things nice, but I'm genuinely happy with the picture. It's very configurable, and the per-input settings is very nice to have.

XBox-wise, hard to comment - I get my ass kicked at CoD:WaW a lot. Any apparent lag seems more like in-game network lag rather than input lag, but I am not that well placed to comment accurately. Somewhere, there seems to be a good chunk of time disappearing though. More than the advertised input lag, I suspect - which leads me to my comment re network lag (I think I'm just "far away" from the host maybe?)

This is a good set for the money, I think. Enough features to play with to amuse you, and when networked up with nas/xbox, you've got a nice little media set up. I have this in a room that's approx. 5m x 5m, for the record.



Edited By: NikLP on Feb 24, 2011 13:31: adding more info
#21
cheers to the OP - gone for this
#22
NikLP

Negatives: The internal playback of media is awful, not even worth considering for video. Music is fine, I haven't really thrown anything much at it though. The internet video is worth a pop for youtube, you can watch stuff that's in multiple parts quite easily, although searching is a pain due to the very basic input method. iPlayer is functional but maybe a bit clunky!


so if I were to get this, it would be worthwhile using my current (upscaling) DVD player's USB for playback instead of attaching my tv and hard drive to my NAS router and watching things through that?

Also, would this be able to record HD freeview onto an attached USB hard drive in the same way as a freeview recorder with HDD does?

also thanks for all the info guys!

Edited By: guyh on Feb 24, 2011 14:23: more stuff
#23
guyh
NikLP
Negatives: The internal playback of media is awful, not even worth considering for video. Music is fine, I haven't really thrown anything much at it though. The internet video is worth a pop for youtube, you can watch stuff that's in multiple parts quite easily, although searching is a pain due to the very basic input method. iPlayer is functional but maybe a bit clunky!
so if I were to get this, it would be worthwhile using my current (upscaling) DVD player's USB for playback instead of attaching my tv and hard drive to my NAS router and watching things through that?Also, would this be able to record HD freeview onto an attached USB hard drive in the same way as a freeview recorder with HDD does?

I may be wrong, but I believe it's only the Panasonics that currently allow Freeview HD recording via an inserted USB HDD?

Edit: Oh & great deal! Seriously considering this, just have to convince the better half... :D

Edited By: blue2moro on Feb 24, 2011 14:04
1 Like #24
You can't record to USB on this set. I too have used Servio via homeplug with this - Works well. One thing I have noticed is that as I run it via pc not a NAS at the moment it adds a new instance in the server list each time (I just remove a few manually every so often - Old instances are just greyed out icons).

Music is pretty good through this set and speakers to me appear pretty good. One thing that is a little frustrating is that the random option appears to only play tracks in a random order within the folder they are in - e.g I have albums in sub folders inside a Music directory. I can't find a way to just randomly play everything.

It'll play DVD's in standads vob format and MP4's pretty well - It won't play avi files - Not sure if there is a setting in Servio to decode on the fly - Didn't spot anything but haven't really looked. I'd be interested to know how as will save reformatting files to MP4.
banned#25
So TV will this play a 1080p file from a windows share connected via the ethernet port? Can the TV actually decode 1080p video in real time? I'm talking about the TV just opening a media file from a share and playing it..

that possible? and does it perform ok?
#26
i love my Tv same deal after xmas from john lewis

the best thing is it was so simple to set and start using, great picture and sound,

just bought a sony dongle and have internet TV now, only £60 on amazon.
despite polar good or bad reviews, it works a treat on mine and i now have youtube and bbc iplayer
#27
^from what I understand NikLP said the in-built video playback isn't great using this tv, and that using another media player to play through the tv resulted in a better image.
banned#28
hrmm that sounds a bit crap.. so I'd have to use a WD-TV/xbox/PC as opposed to just streaming through ethernet.. kinda pointless considering the TV is 1080p and they bother putting an ethernet port on it!!!
#29
Was about to go pick this up from Currys for £290, glad I had a last minute look on Hotukdeals, got this deal instead with a 5 year guarranty and free delivery for only £10 more is a great deal.
Ordered.
#30
that said the review at http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/sony-kdl32ex403-kdl32ex403u-20100418346.htm seems to be very favourable - seems like the problem may be in setting things up for the best possible picture?
#31
Great deal, just ordered. Been waiting for an HD TV with all the features packed in.
1 Like #32
RoyalRenegade
...I too have used Servio via homeplug with this - Works well. One thing I have noticed is that as I run it via pc not a NAS at the moment it adds a new instance in the server list each time (I just remove a few manually every so often - Old instances are just greyed out icons).
...It'll play DVD's in standads vob format and MP4's pretty well - It won't play avi files - Not sure if there is a setting in Servio to decode on the fly - Didn't spot anything but haven't really looked.


I have only 'dabbled' with Serviio as it wasn't really a useful solution to me (I don't want to run any of my laptops as a DLNA server), but it does seem a very capable server (and of course is free). It has an option to encode on-the-fly - the latest version came with a pre-defined 'profile' for my Bravia model - so it knows what file-types need encoding or not, I didn't try any 1080p files; but 720p divx, .mkv etc. were all OK; subtitles weren't playing correctly but there are apparently solutions for that.

The divx license for the EX403 is not for divx HD and only from USB; so it won't 'natively' play divx etc. through DLNA.

In my view the 'internet', USB and DLNA on this are very limited; however for me just having iPlayer is worth the hassle of connecting the TV.
banned#33
wombat thanks for that..
so I really need to have a DLNA server setup doing transcoding on the fly for the TV to be playing content from my PC? (otherwise I have to recencode all my media to a format its happy with?)
#34
on http://www.sony-europe.com/discussions/message/639547 the guy says that the playback problem seems to have been because of a homeplug extension lead. I may just go for this and will report back on any problems I encounter - thanks to all the posters!

one last thing... using a dlna server such as serviio, do the files play through the in-built media player in the tv, or are they somehow played through the computer's media player? i.e. could you get around poor playback if this tv does indeed have this problem?

Edited By: guyh on Feb 24, 2011 16:02: another question!
#35
How good is this with a PS3?
#36
Am never buying another Sony product again after their conduct with Geohot/PS3 in general
#37
Thanks so much, have been waiting for this offer to come back on since I missed it at Christmas.
#38
Is this Sony a better tv than this Toshiba which I ordered ?
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/expired-toshiba-32rv753b-32-inch-widescreen-full-hd-1080p-digital-lcd-tv-with-fr/878274 this has a 5 year gurantee and 12 months cinema tckts too.
If its better I'll send this one back
R
1 Like #39
Bought this at christmas for my son. Fantastic TV. I also have the 37" version (albeit the 503). Both stream video perfectly from my media server and both run video files easily from USB, albeit they can be a bit funny about some AVI codecs, but conversion to MPEG sorts that out. They also stream i-player etc without issue using the dongle. Bought both from John Lewis with 5yr guarantees. At £299, the price I paid at Christmas, this is a superb TV. Easy to set up and fine tune the image quality. Honestly, the only gripe I have about the 32" version is that you can't rotate the screen left and right, like you can on my 37". Other than that would recommend to anyone. HEAT ADDED.
banned#40
Glendin, is your media server just a file share you are playing from? or are you "streaming" the video to the TV somehow?

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