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Sony Bravia KDL32S5500U 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Sony

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  • HD Ready 720p resolution for detail way ahead of standard definition
  • Integrated Digital Tuner to give access to a wide range of digital radio and TV channels
  • Dynamic Contrast of 25000:1 to provide greater detail in darker scenes
  • BRAVIA Engine 2 enhances the picture quality regardless of the quality of the source
  • USB connectivity to playback your photos and music through your TV
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Important Information

On-mode power consumption
97 Watts

Visible screen diagonal
32" / 81 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 80.7 x 9.4 x 50.8 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 16 Kg
  • Item model number: KDL32S5500U
  • ASIN: B001RCU7EY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,903 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

A BRAVIA LCD TV is no ordinary television. Design is sleeker, pictures are brighter, details clearer. All BRAVIA televisions are HD Ready with two HDMI connections as a minimum and come with an integrated digital tuner so there is no need for a set-top box to view Freeview TV and radio channels. After all advanced technology should simply mean technology that does more for you.

The stunningly designed 32" BRAVIA S5500U has HD Ready 720p capability, letting you enjoy cinema quality entertainment at home. Powered by the BRAVIA Engine 2 processor, it delivers superb picture quality with vivid colours and sharp edges. Dynamic Contrast up to 25000:1 gives the picture incredible depth and detail. And for true versatility, USB connectivity allows playback of both music and photos directly through your TV.


Diagram showing difference in picture quality. Picture quality is enchance through Sony's digital processors

BRAVIA ENGINE 2 – Every picture is put through a digital perfecting process
Superb TV performance from BRAVIA ENGINE 2

An LCD television creates pictures by switching millions of pixels on and off. In the S5500 this is driven by BRAVIA ENGINE 2, Sony’s fully digital video processor that uses a collection of unique technologies to significantly reduce noise and produce clear, vibrant, lifelike images, regardless of their source. For example, it reproduces black just as it appears in the real world to depict objects with impressive depth and realism. BRAVIA ENGINE 2 technology also significantly reduces the visual noise that can lead to blurring..

Diagram showing where the USB plug is on the back of the TV

USB Media Player – Turns your BRAVIA into a giant digital media player
More ways to enjoy photos and music with the USB Media Player

The BRAVIA S5500 comes with a built-in USB Media Player that means you can connect devices directly to your TV. Content from your USB device is transferred directly to your BRAVIA TV, so you can listen to songs and see a slideshow of your favourite pictures.



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Customer Reviews

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By George on 1 May 2009
Had this TV a couple of weeks now. Had Bravia's before and this one is also good picture and sound wise. Only negative is the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). If you want to look at the info of a programme on another channel the TV changes to that channel if you press the 'i' button - which is very irritating. Have an older 22" Bravia in the bedroom which doesn't do this so why change it and make it worse! Overall, happy with the TV, but loses 1 star owing to the rubbish EPG.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JH on 13 Nov 2009
I bought this TV just over a month ago and I am still very happy with it!

One of the main things I was looking for was a TV that had a black surround that wasn't like all the others that are around at the moment. All the others I saw had a shiny plastic surround so when watching, light reflects off of it and you can even see your reflection, which really distracts from the film!!! So when I found the Sony bravia, I was over the moon. It only has a tiny bit of shiny plastic right at the edge.

The picture quality is amazing as is the sound, the only downside is the remote. Quite slow at changing channels and I can't use the Guide function as it goes to the channel when you just want to read the information. So we just buy a TV Guide (which we prefer anyway!), the main thing about a TV is how it performs when your watching it and you certainly cant fault this TV! Would definitely recommend.

Having written this review and fallen in love with the TV, I'm sad to say it went wrong! Although it used to be slow at changing channel and going to the guide, when I pressed channel 1 it would freeze, if i pressed again it would just turn off. It did this when I pressed 1 and Guide and became more and more frequent. I have now changed to a Sony Bravia EX503 which we have now had for a year and so far seems excellent. Cant fault Sonys service.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 3 Sep 2009
Firstly, I have noticed that prices of TVs recently have fallen considerably. In particular, the big makes such as LG, Samsung, and of course Sony. So we ordered this Sony mainly because of the price and as usual a fantastic service is provided by Amazon as it arrived within 2 working days, in perfect condition.

The TV itself is stunning to look at, especially when placed on Levv - Glass Stand For Plasma & LCD TV Up To 32" Or 40kg - Black Glass With Chrome Legs, which is what we bought with it, and so I would fully recommend this combination.

The picture quality and sound are also equally as good, both very crisp and clear. They both have pre-sets, like Cinema, Photo etc., but the one that's best by far in my opinion is 'Dynamic Surround' sound with 'Vivid' picture. The remote is also incredibly easy to use, with few buttons. Don't use the eco setting, as the picture quality is downgraded a lot.

There are few negatives, but one could be that the EPG is a little slow and you cant set a timer, which is trouble for people with an analogue recording equipment.

But overall this is a stunning TV, and probably one of the the best value ones on Amazon. I'd thoroughly recommend it, in fact you'd be mad to not even consider it when buying a 32 inch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Ashman on 9 Oct 2009
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Well, I've never bothered reviewing anything I've bought from Amazon before, but I've been so impressed I had to this time.
Absolutely fantastic service once again from Amazon. I ordered this on Tuesday lunchtime and it was delivered Thursday lunchtime, and this was on free supersaver delivery! The price was cheaper than anywhere else I found.
The TV itself was a joy to set up, literally just plugged it in attached my DVD player and set the channels. All in all it took about 15 mins from opening the box to sitting watching it! The set up menus are simple, the instructions clear and the picture quality is superb. We dont currently have Sky or similar so I cant comment on connecting other extras, (although I'm sure that would be just as easy). Very highly recommended. Thanks Amazon (and Sony!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Cooke on 7 July 2009
This product ticks all the boxes for me, Clear, intense and vivid colour of pictures, clarity of sound and sleek design plus it was so easy to set up. Just as they say 'Plug and Play' and that is exactly what I did! Sony Bravia KDL32S5500U 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LCD TV with Freeview
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Kendal on 1 Jun 2009
This TV was a delight to install.It took me about 25 minutes to remove from the box and place on its plinth. I thought it would be heavier to move about but it was easily handled by me and placing in position was an easy exercise. I had actually worried about this maneouvre but my worries ceased when it clcked into position.
The picture is excellent--- cystal clear and I have no problems with the sound even with my 78 years old ears.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Happy Patty on 20 Jun 2009
Very nice looking TV and nice friendly size for the room. Had teething troubles but thanks to Amazon it was soon sorted and replaced. Exceptionally easy to set up, just plug in and follow screen instructions. EPG seemed strange to start with but a week down the line - no problem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Zai on 13 Dec 2009
I purchased this TV after researching for 1 month about 4 similarly priced sets from panasonic,Samsung and Toshiba.and I'm very happy with my choice.
I use this TV for watching DVDs,Bluray,Freeview and playing Playstation3 and this TV handles all them perfectly.I thing at this price there is absolutely nothing to complain.the picture is crisp,colours are stunning;very deep blacks and lovely red and greens that other manufacturers just can't deliver.
the closest match was a panasonic model however I choosed the sony as I prefered the design better than panasonic's.
there are no ghosting,etc while playing PS3 through HDMI.
the only slight fault of this set is that EPG is pretty basic,but again at this price it's not a big deal.
overal the TV handles dvds and blurays and PS3 games brilliantly and the picture quality of feeview channels is also excellent.if your budget does not allow you to buy the higher end models like V or W series then this TV is probably the best you can get.
I highly recommend this TV.
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