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Sony KDL-32R413B review

 Review: July 2014  

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: If you're looking for a bargain TV, they don't come much cheaper than the 32 inch version of Sony's R4 range. This is a basic TV with the benefit of direct LED backlighting for more uniform lighting.


Design & looks

The R series is Sony's entry-level model, so don't expect to see high-end design and styling here. Nevertheless, there's nothing to take offence at. It's a simple design that will blend discreetly into the background, with a plain black bezel and stand. The TV is one of the thickest on the market today - measuring a stocky 8cm deep - due to its use of direct LED backlighting. It's fair to say that the looks are functional rather than designer.

The TV is A-rated for energy, with an average 45W power consumption. It comes with a standard remote control. There's no Smart TV or 3D - just the basics - and connectivity options are quite limited too. The single core processor isn't fast and the TV can be sluggish to respond. It's the kind of TV that's best suited as a second television, perhaps for a bedroom.

Picture quality

The best feature about the R series is that it uses direct LED backlighting. This gives a uniform backlighting with less clouding than in edgelit LED models.

On the other hand, this is not a full HD screen, with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It can still display HD material, but not full HD. That's probably not such a concern in a 32 inch screen, but it puts the Sony behind televisions like Samsung's Series 5, which is Full HD.

Motion resolution is a slow 100Hz, typical for entry-level TVs.

Audio quality

The power output of the speakers is just 10W (5Wx2), which is about half of many rival TVs. Although Sony has provided features like ClearAudio and an S-Master amplifier to enhance sound quality, the compact bass reflex speakers just aren't big enough to deliver truly spectacular sound. If you want to get the best out of this TV, you'll consider pairing it with some kind of external speaker system, like a hifi or dedicated soundbar/subwoofer.


Connectivity is limited, with just 2 HDMIs, a USB, audio connections plus a SCART and combined component/composite socket. It's adequate, but does limit the number of devices that can be connected. You can use the USB port to share photos and videos from your smartphone, tablet or camera.

A Freeview HD tuner is built in.


You could do worse than choose the Sony R Series. After all, it's one of the cheapest 32 inch TVs currently available. The direct LED backlighting is its best feature, but remember that it's not Full HD resolution, there's no Smart TV functionality and connectivity is limited. Don't spend more than around £275 to buy it.

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Can I connect a Wi-Fi device to this Model KDL32R413B?

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What is the model of the power supply for this tv as ive lost mine when moving i know its a 19.5 v power supply?

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Reviewed by lloyd brown from uk on 29th Jun 2016
Its a great tv for the price good picture quality and adequet conection for use very happy with it.

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