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Sony KDL32CX523BU 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 50Hz LCD Internet TV with Freeview HD

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  • 32-inch Full HD 1080 LCD TV--Wireless LAN Ready for access to Internet videos and Skype™
  • Get a clear and highly detailed Full HD picture
  • Watch Internet videos and make free Skype™ calls
  • Make life easier with smart sensors and features
  • Built-in tuner for easy access to Freeview HD
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Important Information

Energy efficiency class
C

On-mode power consumption
73 Watts

Energy consumption
107 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
31" / 80 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 79.9 x 7 x 50.2 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 15 Kg
  • Item model number: KDL32CX523BU
  • ASIN: B004S9DY4I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,668 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

Energy efficiency class:

C

On-mode power consumption:

73 Watts

Energy consumption:

107 kWh per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal:

32 " / 80 cm

Manufacturer's Description

The best internet content in the best picture quality

A Sony smart TV has over 25 channels of internet content. Similar to apps these take you to dedicated sites so you have a great experience on your TV for content originally designed for a PC. A smart piece of technology called X-Reality improves the picture quality from any source including the internet. X-Reality reduces pixilation and noise from videos uploaded to sites like YouTube and even applies better settings to internet videos from services like Video Unlimited, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5.

The best internet content in the best picture quality.
The best internet content in the best picture quality.

Keep up to date with friends and family by accessing Facebook, Twitter, and SKYPE with your remote control or via the Media Remote smartphone application.

Sony Smart TV also includes the Sony Entertainment Network service.

Video Unlimited is a streaming movie rental service.

- Stream Movies from every major studio

- View in Standard Definition, High Definition and 3D

- Watch on multiple Sony devices and Android mobile phones

- Play titles instantly, navigating with your remote control

Music Unlimited is a subscription based streaming digital music service.

- Unlimited access to over 7 million songs

- Access your account across multiple Sony devices not just your TV, including PC, PS3, Home Theatre Kit, Android Mobiles and Tablets and Blu-ray players.

- No adverts

- Sync your personal music collection, including your iTunes library

Watch in Full HD

If you’re looking to switchover to high quality full HD viewing, choose a TV that really helps you get the most from your entertainment. Stylish and easy-to-use, BRAVIA CX523 televisions bring all your favourite shows and movies vividly to life in fine detail, rich colour and sharp contrast. With full HD 1080p resolution, these sets provide more than 2 million pixels for a smooth, high resolution image. That’s the maximum resolution defined for HDTVs and the format used by Blu-ray Disc players and PLAYSTATION 3 consoles. Fancy playing some Full HD games? No problem. Connect up your PlayStation 3 and it’s game on. With 4 HDMI inputs, linking up your HD equipment is quick and easy. You can also connect a wide range of USB devices straight to your home cinema system. Play MP3 music, view photo slideshows and manage the content on your USB memory stick on screen, simply by plugging in a flash drive.

With full HD 1080p resolution, these sets provide more than 2 million pixels for a smooth, high resolution image.
With full HD 1080p resolution, these sets provide more than 2 million pixels for a smooth, high resolution image.

Subscription-free, built-in Freeview

With digital switchover being rolled out across the UK, now is a great time to invest in digital television. Enjoy an impressive range of free digital TV and radio channels with the built-in Freeview tuner. No need for a subscription, contract, satellite dish or set top box. Simply plug in to your external TV aerial and access all your channels using just one remote control.

Enjoy an impressive range of free digital TV and radio channels with the built-in Freeview tuner.
Enjoy an impressive range of free digital TV and radio channels with the built-in Freeview tuner.

Go Wireless

Simply plug in an optional UWA-BR100 USB Wi-Fi adaptor and connect to your Internet router without wires. Enjoy online entertainment without the clutter of cables.

Clear and natural pictures

With X-Reality picture enhancement, images are crystal clear and colours as natural as real life. Detail is perfectly defined with no degradation or noise, even when watching standard definition pictures.

Environmentally friendly

The BRAVIA CX523 Series protects the environment while saving you energy and money. On board is a Presence Sensor which automatically turns off the TV picture if you leave the room and then switches to standby if you don’t return within a certain time period. It also features an Energy Saving Switch which cuts energy consumption to zero when the TV is not in use or on standby. You can easily restart in seconds with Quick Start & Viewing.

Easy connections

On board are a variety of HDMI and USB ports, so you can really get the best out of your home entertainment. Four HDMI inputs designed to carry high quality digital video and audio with CEC and Audio Return Channel make it simple to connect to High Definition products. Play games on your console, watch latest Blu-ray movies in high definition or enjoy your latest HD home videos. You can also listen to your favourite music or view photos via the USB media player. Simply plug in a USB device to access your favourite multimedia on screen. Stream movies, music and photos to your BRAVIA from compatible devices in the home such as a laptop, mobile phone or music player using DLNA technology.

So versatile

BRAVIA CX523 integrates perfectly with your lifestyle. Record a show you might miss straight to hard disk via USB and link a smartphone to your TV to use as a remote or to find details about the programme you’re watching.

One touch is all you need

BRAVIA Sync lets you control other Sony devices that you’ve connected, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, using just one BRAVIA TV commander. Play Blu-ray movies, watch home movies from your camcorder or photos from your Cyber-shot at the touch of a button on your TV remote.

Links easily to all your home entertainment

BRAVIA televisions are designed to link up in seconds with Sony Blu-ray players, home theatre systems and Personal Video Recorders. Get the most out of your HDTV with Blu-ray and watch your favourite DVDs like you’ve never seen them before in fine detail, vivid colour and pin-sharp contrast. Or get the full surround sound experience with a Blu-ray Home Theatre system like the BDV-E380 or BDV-E880. George Lucas once said that ‘sound is half the experience’, so with that in mind, it makes perfect sense to unleash the power of your favourite films with a 2.1 channel system such as the BDV-EF200. Never want to miss another TV show? Take control of your TV with a PVR and watch what you want, when you want.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kenny on 28 Oct 2011
Size Name: 40 - inch Verified Purchase
40CX523
I've had my TV for a few days now, and don't think it's too early to write a review.
Out of all of the TV's out there at the moment, this one comes up trumps; Okay so it's not a flash LED model but the picture quality isn't too bad at all, but more interestingly; is the low power consumption. Sony state max 180watts. My power reader says it's 55watts! - Less then my old 32" Panasonic.
First thing to point out; that although Amazon state it has "Wireless LAN" and "Built in WiFi" it in-fact doesn't! - I found out the hard way. You will be required to purchased a wireless dongle (Sony = £50) or cheaper still a bridge (£34).
After reading many reviews for the Sony Bravia dongle, it may be worth going down the bridge route. See link below to a netgear option.
I'll be buying the bridge soon.
Netgear Universal Wifi Internet Adapter

My other option was the Samsung LE40D580 for it's DLNA support and HD freeview, both of these features the Sony offers with the addition of Skype, twitter, facebook apps and a host of internet tv options including iplayer! - and the most interesting feature of all, is the ability to plug in a usb drive and have an instant PVR (a feature not available with the LED 40EX523!).

Quality;
A lot of people seem to be picking at the build quality of the TV, I personally couldn't fault it. The only main difference is that it's not that typical gloss black but more of a 'brushed steel' effect but obviously still plastic.
-One thing worth noting is that the components are still up to the usual Sony standard, with Rubycon capacitors fitted on the psu board.
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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful By TheBigLeBalski on 11 Sep 2011
Size Name: 32 - inch Verified Purchase
All in all the features that the tv has make it a very compelling buy, having researched quite extensively on the internet I decided to go for this model. I am extremely pleased with this purchase, especially when considering the poor reviews that some of sonys other cheaper end products have had - no worries at all there.

PROS

FREEVIEW HD - Considering that alot of people get the signal via their ariel, the fact that alot of TVs don't have the HD tuner as standard astounds me. As the tv was for the bedroom, this appealed to me even more as I now don't have to get an extra sky/virgin/freeview box to watch the 4 terrestrial hd channels.

PICTURE QUALITY - Excellent quality - even better after fine tuning the colours, good upscaling of standard channels, the fact that it's only 50hz hasn't made any difference so far. Although I'm not sure how it would affect gamers.

INTERNET TV - Havent used much yet, but amazon have a deal with love film so u get 3 months free. Has Facebook, Skype etc, but unless you have an Ethernet connection (Internet cable) to plug into it, you will need to buy a Sony dongle (wifi) separate. Streaming off your pc, and adding USB memory to record is also handy.

USE YOUR PHONE AS REMOTE - This might seem gimmicky for most, but is a very handy app for my iPhone, not sure if other smartphones have the app -check it out.

CONS

SOUND - To be honest this is not a issue for me and probably the majority - the tv only has 20watt speakers. When compared with my other Sony the sound is not as good - a little tinny (having said that, the tv cost over alot more), but for the price is probably par for the course.
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177 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 31 Dec 2011
Size Name: 32 - inch Verified Purchase
Unless you read the product description carefully you may not be aware of the following which I'd like to bring to your attention:

- This TV does not have integrated WIFI. To access the features which require an internet connection you need to use a wired connection (i.e. ethernet cable between router and TV), or purchase a Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter which costs around £50.

- With the internet connection sorted you're ready to go, unless you want to make Skype video calls. All you need to do for this though is connect a webcam.... as long as it is Sony's own.... a Sony CMUBR100 Skype Camera for Bravia TV costing around £90.

If you're looking for a suitable wall bracket for this TV, I purchased a "Designer Habitat / Swivel And Tilt TV Wall Mount Bracket For 17 Inch / 37 Inch LED / LCD Plasma TV's" from Play. Does the job ok for only £10.99 but you'll need to buy longer screws than those supplied to fix the bracket to the TV. I also noted that the raw plugs supplied were too big for the masonry screws supplied!

Some of the sister models do come with integrated WIFI capability and LED Edge technology which this model doesn't have, but on the other hand, this TV is full HD and shows freeview HD channels whereas some of the other models don't.

A good feature is that you can attach a portable USB hard disk drive to the TV and use it to record and playback your favourite TV programs, avoiding the need for a costly separate recorder. Once formatted by the TV, the drive can only be used on that TV unless you re-format it for use on other media such as a PC.

Currently, the TV can access BBC iPlayer and 5 On Demand but not 4OD and ITV Player.
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