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Sony KDL-32L4000

32" BRAVIA® LCD HDTV

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Item #: 15832L4000
 

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by Steve Kindig
Sony

If you thought you couldn't afford legendary Sony quality, check the price of the stylish KDL-32L4000 — and all you get for that price. Don't settle for a no-name brand. This HDTV has built-in tuners for your local digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required). Plus, a "QAM" cable TV tuner lets cable subscribers watch unscrambled channels without a set-top box — including HD channels in many areas.

Two HDMI inputs mean easy one-cable connections for enjoying crisp, clear digital pictures and sound from the latest high-definition sources, like Blu-ray players and HD video game consoles. You can use the component video inputs to connect two more high-def sources. There's also a standard computer input so you can put the KDL-32L4000 to work as a PC monitor.

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Highlights:

  • 31.5" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • semigloss black finish with chrome accents
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 8-millisecond pixel response time
  • 2000:1 contrast ratio
  • 3D digital comb filter
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 16"W x 9-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 31-3/4"W x 21-5/8"H x 4-1/4"D (22-7/8"H x 9-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 35 lbs. with stand; 30 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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32"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1366 x 768
Screen Refresh Rate
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60 Hz
Backlighting Type
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Fluorescent
3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Wi-Fi
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MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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6
HDMI Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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2
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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No
USB Port
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No
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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31-3/4
Height with Stand (inches)
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22-7/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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21-5/8
Depth with Stand (inches)
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9-1/2
Depth without Stand (inches)
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4-1/4
Stand Width (inches)
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16
Weight with Stand
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35 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 32" LCD TV
  • Pedestal stand
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD025)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6' AC cord
  • 3 Machine screws (each with a flat washer and lock washer)
  • Cable strap
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Instructions for attaching the table top stand
  • Diagram for attaching the table top stand
  • Instructions for wall-mounting television
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration card
  • "Notices and Licenses for Software Used in this Television" sheet

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC 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-32L4000 has a native resolution of 1366 x 768. The TV's 2 HDMI inputs and two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals. The television's HDMI inputs also support 1080/60p.

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

  • With 4:3 Sources:
    • 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
    • Full: Stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen
  • With 16:9 Sources:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size
  • Auto Wide: The television's screen will automatically change to the screen mode based upon a program's content.

Picture Mode: The TV has three picture modes. You can customize each mode to your own tastes by adjusting Backlight, Picture (contrast), Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, and Sharpness. You can also reset each picture mode to its factory default values. The picture modes include:

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments
  • Custom: allows you to store your preferred settings

Noise Reduction: This function reduces the noise level of connected equipment and the Cable/Antenna input. This feature is not available when you are watching a 1080i or 1080p source.

Power Saving: Select this feature to reduce the power consumption of the television by adjusting the TV's backlight brightness. This also enhances the black level. You can select from Off, Low or High.

Picture Position: The LCD TV allows you to move the position of the picture up and down and allows you to adjust the vertical size of the picture.

Sound Mode: The Sony LCD TV allows you to select from the following Sound Modes.

  • Dynamic: enhances the sound of action movies, sports events, and musical videos
  • Standard: standard sound optimized for home use
  • Clear Voice: enhances the voice sound, recommended fro television news and documentary programs

Bass and Treble:  This function allows you to customize Treble and Bass sound settings of the television.

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to store and quickly access 8 of your favorite channels.

Channel Label: This function allows you assign labels to channel numbers. You can create up to a 7 character label.

Input Label: Each of the seven video inputs can be labeled with names (VCR, DVD, Satellite, etc.) instead of video 1, video 2, video 3, etc. You can select from the following labels: DVD, VCR, Blu-Ray, Cable Box, Satellite, DVR, Game, Camcorder or Skip (this input is skipped when you press the TV/Video button on the remote control).

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

Parental Lock: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Y. Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. You can select controls based on USA ratings or Canadian ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password. You can also block channels and external inputs regardless of program ratings.

  • Channel Block: This feature allows you to block channels regardless of program ratings.
  • External Input Block: This feature allows you to black external inputs regardless of program ratings.

Remote: The television comes supplied with an IR-wireless remote control designed to operate only the functions of the TV.

Mounting Options

Removable Stand: The display comes with a tabletop stand which must be attached to the TV using the supplied hardware. The TV does not swivel on the stand. The TV weighs 35 lbs with the stand attached.

Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The TV can be wall-mounted using an optional universal wall-mount bracket. The TV has 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 200mm and a vertical spacing is 200mm. The screw holes accept 6mm screws. The TV weighs 30 lbs without the stand.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The KDL-32L4000 features two HDMI inputs, one with left and right RCA audio jacks. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component using the television's HDMI 1 input. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the RCA audio inputs are used. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. You can also connect a PC with an HDMI output.

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

PC Input (RGB): A 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.

Side Panel AV Inputs: For convenience, there is an A/V input on the left side panel of the TV. Included are stereo RCA inputs and a composite video input.

Audio Outputs: These stereo RCA audio jacks allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system.

Digital Audio Output: This optical digital audio output feeds a digital audio signal from a tuned digital channel to a component compatible with Dolby Digital and/or PCM signals.

 
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4 out of 5

Excellent TV

Written By Richard, Long Island, NY on Sunday, February 08, 2009
 
The TV is awesome. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars was because I would like to have seen at least 1 more HDMI input. I did know it only had 2 before I purchased it, but the price was unbeatable. I couldn't pass it up.
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5 out of 5

Sony Quality Continues

Written By John, Wilmington, OH on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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This is my third consecutive Sony in 20 - 25 years. That's right only my third set. As usual I am totally satisfied with my purchase. I live in a fringe area and use an antenna with a pre-amp and the digital picture is beyond expectations.
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4 out of 5

Perfect Quality and Good Price

Written By Sabry, Durham, NC on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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This is the first LCD TV I bought so far and I've had it for a month or so now. It's has a crisp picture with great clarity, easy to use, and many features for hooking up other appliances. Sony shows its perfect video and audio quality. The color is very bright and vivid especially when you watch the HDTV channel Channels with simple antenna. I know a lot of people are obsessed with 1080p, but at this size it DOESN'T MATTER Even at 720p your going to get an amazing and beautiful picture emphasized beautifully on this Sony. Of course the very competitive prices & FREE fast delivery from Crutchfield is always a bonus.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-32L4000

Written By Jaime, Boston, MA on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Excellent Sony TV! My first flat panel and I absolutely love it! Wonderful picture, sound, etc!! Couldn't be happier! And Crutchfield is amazing - cheap price right after Thanksgiving, super fast shipping!
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2 out of 5

Could be better

Written By Daniel, Louisville, KY on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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The TV has a good picture overall, but the brightness is not uniform. The image is noticably brighter in the 4 corners than it is in the middle of the screen. This used to be common for LCD panels, but it has been resolved for years now. I was very surprised to see this artifact on a Sony.

The brightness issue is extremely noticable on dark movies. Even on normal brightness movies it can be seen. Heck, my wife that claims to not really notice the difference between standard and high-def can even see it.
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5 out of 5

Great TV for the price

Written By Daniel, Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Great TV. Quality built. Plenty of inputs for everything. And a very good price.
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4 out of 5

Sony KDL-32L4000

Written By Jocelyn, Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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I was so excited to get this TV. I purchased to act moreso as a monitor than a TV. And I love it! It's great and it shows DVD's beautifully. It was perfect out of the box and didn't take long to hook it up and start using right away.

I give 4 stars since I don't think I'm using it to it's full potential. This is my first LCD TV and I love it so far!

Thanks Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Worth every penny!

Written By Enzo, NY on Thursday, December 04, 2008
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This t.v. has an amazing, crisp picture. It has many inputs and has many user configurable options. If this is the t.v. size you are looking for, I fully recommend this with no doubts.
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-32L4000

Written By James, Saipan, MP on Thursday, November 20, 2008
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For the first time having a LCD TV, I selected the Sony '32 Bravia. Which Sony is well known for their product on electronics. It has features for games and even for kids movies (Vivid). You could even set up the pictures that you want. For the price your getting for this item, its worth it. I recommend this Sony '32 Bravia.
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5 out of 5

SONY 's Great LCD & Great Price!

Written By Todd, Knoxville, TN on Saturday, September 27, 2008
 
I really like...Ooops LOVE this LCD. Excellent picture & options. I had already bought the 26" Sony Bravia from Crutchfield a few weeks before (which was only $100 cheaper than the 32") So it was a "no brainer" when my last Mitsubishi (tube) bit the dust, I knew Crutchfield had what I needed, but now I could accommodate a larger size.

Of course the very competitive prices & FREE 3 day FedEx delivery from Crutchfield is always a bonus! Expert help with any issues even sweetens the deal.

Thanks from a TiVo lifer...
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-32L4000

Written By Mike, Nashville,TN on Monday, September 08, 2008
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I am very well pleased with the Sony flatscreen. It is a great product. Crutchfield delivered it very fast and properly packaged. Thanks.
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