Focusing on the TV fundamentals
The KDL-32EX400's mission is simple: deliver a gorgeous 1080p picture, and provide plenty of options for connecting your components. Four HDMI inputs let you enjoy the best possible picture from high-def sources like Blu-ray players, satellite TV receivers, and HD game consoles.

Smart features improve the picture while lowering energy use
Even Sony's budget models include features you rarely find on mystery-brand TVs. For example, a room light sensor enables the TV to automatically adjust the brightness based on your room's lighting conditions. When you settle in for a movie and dim the lights, this sensor dims the screen brightness, providing a more theater-like picture while also reducing energy use.

Learn about the ins and outs of HDMI connections at the Crutchfield Learning Center.
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  • 31.5" screen (measured diagonally)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • ATSC/NTSC tuner receives over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • BRAVIA Engine 2™ digital video processing improves the look of non-HD sources
  • room light sensor with automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • PC/TV picture-in-picture
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® 4.0 requirements
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video (side)
    • 2 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.3 (2 rear, 2 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • side USB port for photo/video/music playback
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 16-3/4"W x 8-3/4")
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 31-1/2"W x 19-3/4"H x 3-3/4"D (21"H x 8-3/4"D on stand)
  • weight: 24.3 lbs. with stand; 21 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — carry-in service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Written By EA, SPRINGFIELD, MO on Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By Rob H, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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As always, Sony delivers. This is my 3rd Sony TV and it does not disappoint.
the picture and sound are both great. I use in the my master bedroom and it is
perfect from across the room.


Written By Blake, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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Free two-day UPS delivery for an item priced the same as local "discount
stores." EXACT description online of product. This TV met or exceeded my
expectations on all accounts. I was torn between a high quality Sony or a Vizio
with more features. I'm so glad I went with Crutchfield's expertise instead of a
lower quality brand from a lower quality retailer and chose quality over
supposed features. I've been a Crutchfield customer since 1993 because they
consistently reaffirm my opinion that they are the best electronics dealer

Sony KDL-32EX400: Excellent TV @ Excellent Price

Written By Peter, Chicago, IL on Thursday, March 03, 2011

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This Sony is an excellent LCD television! Like many others, I checked the
reviews for this TV at many online sites, including Crutchfield. Most everyone
who bought the TV gave it 5 stars - very impressive. I also viewed this
television at a local store which convinced me this TV was the right one for me.

The picture is very clear and crisp, reflecting its 1080p resolution. High
definition broadcasts are especially sharp. The sound is excellent as well.

It was an easy decision to purchase this Sony at Crutchfield, since they offer
the lowest possible price combined with their well-known and well-deserved
polite, informative customer service and technical support. Crutchfield's
delivery was prompt and swift - I received the TV three business days after
placing my order.

Lastly, within a week of placing my order, the TV's price dropped by $50 and
Crutchfield promptly credited my account for the $50! That speaks volumes about
Crutchfield - they are a classy organization who believes in providing quality
products backed by superior customer service.

Better than my old one

Written By GarretS, Chicago, IL on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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The screen is very clear, the sound is great when you use the theatre setting,
and overall I'm very happy with the purchase. The remote could use the a sleep
button so you don't have to use the menu. The assembly was very simple, and I
used the base instead of mounting it on the wall.

This TV is great for the bedroom, office or shop.

Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By laurie, upper michigan on Friday, January 28, 2011

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Nice television, easy set up, great for bedroom

Best 32" LCD for the money

Written By Jason, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Awesome 1080 screen and much improved speakers from that of previous Bravia models. For this price, you really can't go wrong here.

Sony KDL-32EX400 32" BRAVIA® 1080p LCD HDTV

Written By Carol Ann, Jacksonville, IL on Saturday, November 13, 2010

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After spending about one hour checking reviews on this item at different online sites, I decided it was the LCD TV I wanted. Even more important to me were customers who had purchased the TV. After finding 95% of customers who purchased it gave it a 5 star review, I began searching the web for the best price (including tax and when applicable, shipping). Crutchfield came out cheaper than everyone else and the lightning fast shipping and polite and intelligent customer service rep and promise of technical support were a big plus for me.

This TV is awesome~Vivid color display~Perfect picture on all channels~The sound is great and I haven't even hooked it up to my theater system yet~Lightweight~Stand keeps it from taking up much room and is very strong and secure as well as a snap to put together~Fabulous PC Monitor with HDMI~ and last, but not least, IT IS A SONY!

Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By Kapur, Suffolk VA on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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Completely satisfied with Sony TV, and fantastic customer support, Have been customer for close to 15 years

Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By maxine, oxford, MS on Saturday, October 30, 2010

Great set. What consumer reports promised. Good service from Crutchfield.

Crutchfield is the difference!

Written By Hoody, CT on Friday, October 22, 2010

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I had done a review on this TV and looked at it in a store. I liked it and just needed to
know where to buy it. Crutchfield delevered, best price, on time delivery, right to my door.
Oh yeah the TV is every thing I expected for a bedroom TV.

Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By brianc367, yuma,az on Sunday, October 10, 2010

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great picture better if you have high def channels


Written By Brian, Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 01, 2010

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This SONY product outdoes any of my previous SONY purchases. The image quality is
superb, crisp, fantastic definition and excellent sound. If I had to choose all over again, I
would hope I was smart enough to pick this product first!

I like it

Written By Jabs51, Erie,Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 21, 2010

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This was a great replacement for my uncles old 27inch tube TV.Easy set up, looks great, the picture is wonderful. I liked it so much I bought one for my mother.....I'm next.

Defective TV

Written By Peter N, St. Louis, MO on Sunday, July 25, 2010

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I was really excited about this new HD-TV; good price, very fast and uncomplicated shipping by Crutchfield, everything seemed OK. Too fast!
After unpacking and assembling the TV set, the picture had completely wrong colors (reddish) and no matter what I tried nothing worked. After spending 30 minutes on the SONY technical support line, it was clear that the "brand new" unit was defective and had to be returned. Did SONY fail in their in-house check? Who knows - but in the end I had all the hassle and 2 weeks more without a HD-TV.

Update: The replacement SONY HD-TV is working fine, picture is excellent.

Sony KDL-32EX400

Written By nascr2424, LA on Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Awesome picture, Great price

Great TV for the bedroom

Written By Al, Scotia, NY on Friday, May 21, 2010

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This 32 inch LCD TV is great for the bedroom. Fits in my cabinet with room to spare. 1080p capability is great as I plan to get a Blue ray DVD player soon. About the same price as some other brands 720p models. Only have had it for a month, but works very nicely with a great picture.

If is as good as other SONY products, I expect years of use with no problems.

Amazing T.V

Written By rlipnitsky, Brooklyn,NY on Friday, April 23, 2010

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I bought this as a step up from a old flat tube tv and all I can say is wow. Its amazing.
pros:4 hdmi ports, pc input(vga), bright crisp picture, not noticeable blur even though its 60Hz
cons: speakers are kinda puny but it gets loud enough for an average room (should be hooked up to separate speakers but is acceptable without), no headphone out just a red white and optical audio out

overall im glad I purchased this t.v , still kinda hard to decide whether to leave the light sensor on or off since its a nice feature and it seems useful but i dont know if I want the tv backlight to dim when I dim the rooms lights

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What's in the box?

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  • 32" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Pedestal base
  • Metal neck
  • Plastic collar
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD035)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Four 5mm x 16mm machine screws (with a flat-washer and lock-washer installed on each screw)
  • Three 4mm x 10mm machine screws (with a flat-washer and lock-washer installed on each screw)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Table-top stand assembly instructions
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • "Attention" note (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Safety and Regulatory Booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • End User License Agreement

Features and Specs

Screen Size 31.5"
Screen Design Flat
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Backlighting Type Fluorescent
3D No
Instant Internet Movie Streaming No
Wi-Fi No
MHL-compatible ---
Picture In Picture PC
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service Carry-in
Total Video Inputs 7
HDMI Inputs 4
Component Video Inputs 2
Composite Video Inputs 1
RF Inputs 1
PC Input Yes
Ethernet Port No
USB Port Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output None
Analog Audio Output 1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches) 31-1/2
Height with Stand (inches) 21
Height without Stand (inches) 19-3/4
Depth with Stand (inches) 8-3/4
Depth without Stand (inches) 3-3/4
Stand Width (inches) 16-3/4
Weight with Stand 24.3 lbs
Weight without Stand Not available
Wall Mountable Yes
Wall Bracket Included No
Pedestal Stand Assembly required

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Video Features
Audio Features
PC/USB Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC/8VSB tuner, and a digital QAM tuner for receiving unscrambled digital cable channels. It is not CableCARD compatible. You do not need to connect an external HDTV set-top box in order to receive High-Definition programming.

Native Resolution: The KDL-32EX400 has a full HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels of 720p HDTV). The TV's four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080/24p signals, and the two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals. All video signals from standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p.

Bravia Engine 2 Fully Digital Video Processor: The Bravia Engine 2 fully digital video processor uses a collection of unique Sony technologies to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimize contrast so every scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images and color.

4 HDMI Inputs: The KDL-32EX400 features four HDMI inputs (2 Rear/2 Side). The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. The HDMI input will accept 1080/24p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The rear HDMI 1 input shares a 3.5mm audio jack with the television's PC input. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the 3.5mm audio input is used and separate minijack audio cable must be connected.

24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.

2 Component Video Inputs: The two rear-panel component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. If needed, Component Video 1 can be used as a composite video input instead.

Ambient Sensor: The television's Ambient Sensor automatically adjusts the picture color based on your room's lighting, so you get a natural looking picture whether you are watching TV late at night or during the day.

LightSensor Technology: The television's integrated LightSensor technology automatically increases or decreases the level of brightness of the TV's backlight based on your room's lighting conditions. When you dim the lights to watch a movie, the TV's sensor dims the backlight, which also helps reduce unnecessary power consumption.

Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:

  • 4:3 Default:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen
    • Normal: Displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen (available for 480i or 480p sources)
    • Full: Stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen
    • Zoom: Enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies)
  • 16:9 Wide Mode:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion
    • Normal: Displays a 4:3 picture in its original aspect ratio when the original source is 4:3 (available for 480i or 480p sources)
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size
    • Zoom: Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally
    • Full Pixel: Display the picture in its native resolution for 720p, 1080i, and 1080p formats only (excluding Cable/Antenna input)
  • Auto Wide: Automatically changes screen settings base upon incoming video signal and content.

Screen Positions: The Sony LCD TV offers the following screen position adjustments in Zoom and Wide Zoom screen modes.

  • Vertical Center: Allows you to move the position of the picture up and down.
  • Horizontal Center: Allows you to move the position of the picture left and right.

Picture Mode: You can select one of the following picture modes:

  • Vivid: Enhances picture contrast and sharpness.
  • Standard: Displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments.
  • Custom: Allows you to store your preferred settings for Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, Sharpness, Noise Reduction.

MPEG Noise Reduction: This feature reduces the picture noise in MPEG-compressed videos. This is effective when viewing a DVD or digital broadcast. You can set the level of noise reduction to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following:

  • Gamma: Adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture.
  • Clear White: Emphasizes white and light colors. It can be set to High, Low, or Off.
  • Live Color: Makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones. It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
  • White Balance: Adjusts the color temperature color by color.
  • Black Corrector: Enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast. The Black Corrector can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content.

Picture Adjustment Lock: This function prevents the television's Picture Settings from being changed.

Audio Features

Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the three preset sound modes:

  • Dynamic: Enhances both treble and bass.
  • Standard: Suitable for spoken dialogue.
  • Clear Voice: Suitable for spoken dialogue.
  • Custom: Allows you to customize sound settings (Bass, Treble and Balance).

Steady Sound: Steady Sound equalizes volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.

Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input (TV or video input) relative to other inputs.

Analog Audio Outputs (Fixed): These stereo RCA audio jacks on the rear-panel of the television allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system.

Digital Audio Output: The rear-panel Optical digital output connects to the optical digital input of your digital audio equipment which is PCM/Dolby Digital compatible.

PC/USB Functions

PC Input (RGB): A side-panel 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal.

PC Compatible: The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input or HDMI input. The TV supports the following PC resolutions - VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA and HDTV.

PC Settings: When a PC is connected to the TV and the PC input is selected, the PC settings screen is available.

  • Wide Mode: Select from Normal (original), Full 1 (enlarge picture keep original aspect ratio), or Full 2 (enlarge picture to fill display area).
  • Sharpness: Phase (fine tunes overall sharpness), Pitch (adjusts uneven sharpness)
  • Position: Horizontal Center (moves the position of picture left/right), Vertical Center (moves position of picture up/down)
  • Auto Adjustment: Automatically adjusts the display position and phase of the picture when the TV receives an input signal from the connected PC.

PIP: Picture-in-Picture displays an image from a connected PC (via PC-input or HDMI) in full-screen and a TV program other external input in an inset window. You can swap audio between the main and sub window.

Note: If you have your PC connected via HDMI, you cannot view another HDMI source in the inset window.

USB Port: The Sony LCD TV features a side-panel USB type-A connector for sharing your photos (JPEG) or videos (MPEG1/MPEG2), and listening to music (MP3) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device.

Convenience Features

Scene Mode: You can access the following scene modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.

  • Cinema: Delivers picture scenes and sound just like those in a theater.
  • Sports: Presents realistic pictures and sound just like those in a stadium.
  • Photo: Reproduces the texture and color of a printed photo.
  • Music: Lets  you experience dynamic and clear sound just like a concert.
  • Game: Broadens your game-playing experience with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Graphics: Eases prolonged monitor viewing with clearer detailed pictures.
  • General: No optimized picture or sound according to the input source.
  • Auto: Automatically optimizes picture and sound quality according to the input source.

Favorite Menu: The Favorites Menu function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite channels and video inputs (up to channels and/or external inputs).

Input/Channel Label: This feature allows you to assign labels to the television's inputs and your favorite channels. You can create station call letters (up to nine characters) to the channel numbers. You can assign the following labels for each input (except PC and Cable/Antenna inputs): Cable, Receiver, Satellite, VCR, DVD/BD, DVR, Audio System, Home Theater, Game, Camcorder, Digital Camera, PC, and Skip. Or you can also select a custom nine character label for each of these inputs.

Caption Vision/Info Banner: This feature allows Closed Caption and/or channel programming information to be displayed on the TV screen. You can choose from CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, Text1, Text2, Text3 and Text4. Digital Channel's Closed Caption text can be customized.

ENERGY STAR Certified: This Sony HDTV exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as LightSensor Technology, an Ambient Sensor, an Advance Contrast Enhancer, and the following PC Power Management functions.

  • Power Saving: This feature reduces the power consumption by adjusting the backlight brightness of the TV's screen. This also enhances the black level of the television. You can select from Low, High, Off and Picture Off.
  • Idle TV Standby: Automatically powers off the TV after 1, 2, or 4 hours when no buttons are pressed on the remote control or the TV.
  • Auto Shut Off: Automatically powers off the TV when no input signal is detected for a certain period of time.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Input/Channel Block: This feature allows you to block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-YD035). The remote is designed for TV operation only, unless used with Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI.

BRAVIA Sync: This TV is equipped with BRAVIA Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. The television offers the following BRAVIA Sync operations for the listed device.

  • BD/DVD Player: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync BD/DVD player via HDMI to the television, the included remote will automatically turn on the TV and BD/DVD player, switch the television to the appropriate input, and begin playback of the BD/DVD disc player. The remote will also automatically turn off the connected BD/DVD player when you switch the TV to standby mode.
  • AV Amplifier: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync AV amplifier to the television via HDMI, the supplied remote will automatically turn on the TV and the connected AV amplifier, as well as switch the sound output from the TV speaker to the audio system. You can also adjust the volume of the connected AV amplifier through the TV's remote control. The remote will automatically turn the connected AV amplifier off when you switch the TV standby mode.
  • Video Camera: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync Handycam to the television via HDMI, the TV will automatically turn-on and switch the input to the connected video camera once the connected video camera is turned-on. The connected video camera will automatically turn off when you switch the TV to standby mode.

Mounting Options

Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 24.3 lbs with the stand attached.

Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The stand can be removed, allowing you to wall-mount the TV using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 7-7/8" (200mm) and a vertical spacing of 7-7/8" (200mm). The screw holes all accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 21.0 lbs without the stand.

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