Sony KDL-32W705B review
|Review: June 2014|
In a nutshell: The Sony Bravia KDL-32W705B is a top quality 32 inch TV. With an appealing design, excellent picture quality and useful Smart TV functions, it delivers a top viewing experience at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!
Sony may be directing its marketing firepower at Ultra HD monster screens, but its 2014 range includes much more affordable options too, including this corker of a 32 inch TV.
Design & looks
If you're looking for a high quality second TV or simply lack the space or budget for a 40-incher, then you could do a lot worse than choose the 32 inch version of Sony's W7 range.
The W705B has an upmarket design, in common with the more expensive W8 model. It works particularly well in its 32 inch version, as the design is light and airy, featuring a very narrow black bezel surrounding the screen and an open-style chrome stand. A Sony logo below the screen illuminates gently to provide subtle visual cues when changing settings with the remote control. Although the set bulges out to a rather thick 6cm at the back, the bulge is confined to the lower central region and contains all of the bulky parts, leaving an incredibly thin edge to the top half of the screen.
Overall its a design that's very stylish and contemporary. It's fittingly upmarket, since this is Sony's top-end 32 inch model in its 2014 range.
The 32 inch W7 uses the same image processing kit as the 42 inch model, and isn't very far removed from the more expensive W8 range either. That means that picture quality is excellent, as a 32 inch screen is much more forgiving of any minor defects compared with a larger screen size.
Blacks are suitably dark and colours nice and bright, resulting in an impressive dynamic range and making images look vivid and real. The 200Hz motion processing is fast for a television of this size, so there are no problems with motion blur or judder. The TV is equipped with Sony's X-Reality PRO processing engine, which successfully upscales standard definition broadcast material and DVDs as well as displaying high quality Blu-Ray.
All of these features mark the TV out as an excellent choice for anyone who values picture quality. Additionally, when in Game Mode, the input lag is very low, so this is perhaps one of the best choices for use with a PS4 or Xbox One, either as a main TV or for a bedroom.
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+ 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.
The W705 is fully kitted out for Smart TV, with integrated Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection, so its easy to connect to the internet. This gives you full access to Sony's Smart TV functions including Catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, YouTube, Twitter, Netflix and Amazon Instant.
TweetView lets you watch what people are tweeting about the current programme - you don't need a Twitter account to use this.
The TV is also Skype-ready, but you'll need to add an optional camera to make use of this feature. You can also buy a One-Flick remote control that makes using the Smart functions even easier.
Often smaller TVs struggle with connectivity options, but that's not the case here. No shortcuts have been made to meet the budget, and as well as Wi-Fi and ethernet (including Wi-Fi Direct), there are 4 HDMI and 2 USB ports, ARC compatibility, plus a good range of legacy connections. The TV also has the benefit of NFC display mirroring with compatible smartphones.
Freeview HD and satellite tuners are built in too.
This is Sony's top-end 32 inch TV for 2014 and it's clearly a winner! Not only is it great to look at, with a real premium design, it delivers outstanding picture quality too. The Smart TV is excellent and so is the range of connectivity options. The only weak area is the audio, and that can easily be fixed by plugging the TV into some kind of speaker system if desired. We'd rate this as one of the outstanding buys of the year.
Sony KDL-32W705B features include:
- 32 inch LED-backlit screen
- 1920 x 1080 resolution
- X-Reality PRO processing engine
- Advanced Contrast Enhancer
- Motionflow XR 200 Hz
- Game Mode
- Freeview HD
- Sony Entertainment Network
- Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, S-Force 3D surround effect, 5W x 2 sound output (RMS)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet (LAN) x 1, NFC screen mirroring, HDMI x 4, USB x 2, headphone x 1, component in (Y/Pb/Pr) / composite in (AV) x 1, digital audio out (optical) x 1, Audio In x 2, PC in x 1, Scart x 1, RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input) x 1, DLNA
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Typical power consumption: 39W - 80W
- Size without stand (WxHxD): 729 x 433 x 64 mm
- Size with stand (WxHxD): 729 x 465 x 170 mm
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Is it touch screen?
Asked by sanket
on 6th Nov 2016
Is it fully remote operated or we can touch it?
Asked by Pedro
on 10th Oct 2016
Does any webcam work with Skype on this TV? For example will a Samsung Skype camera work with it?
Many thanks Pedro
Sony KDL32W705B vs Sony KDL32W705C input lag difference?
Asked by TARAN HASE
on 9th Sep 2016
I know the 705b has the best input lag less TV you can buy for gaming but what is the comparison for the 705c model?
Sony KDL-32W705B user reviews
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Average rating from 2 reviews:
Reviewed by Daniel
on 3rd Feb 2015
Great TV purchased for gaming boasting the lowest ever input lag recorded for a TV @ 13.5ms beautiful picture and really thin and well built.
Reviewed by Adam
on 19th Sep 2014
Fantasic picture and half decent sound. My only gripe is that I got the silver version and and you can see a thin black line all the way round the screen just inside the bezel, you wouldnt notice this with the black version. Surely Sony could have made the bezel to cover the edge of the screen?