Sony KDL-32M3000


  • Sony KDL-32M3000


  • Sony KDL-32M3000


  • Sony KDL-32M3000


  • Sony KDL-32M3000

  • Sony KDL-32M3000

  • Sony KDL-32M3000


Item #: 15832M3000

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by Steve Kindig

Lots of folks who have already replaced their main TV with an HDTV are starting to replace the secondary sets in their homes, as well. The compact, versatile Sony KDL-32M3000 can bring crisp, glare-free viewing to a bedroom or office. This set is part of the "M-Series" line, which is designed for folks who appreciate Sony's legendary quality and reliability, but don't need the features and performance of their higher-end models.

The KDL-32M3000 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.

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Back-panel connections include four high-def-capable inputs: two HDMI and two component video to handle your best-quality sources. There's also a standard computer input so you can use the KDL-32M3000 as a PC monitor. In fact, the PC Picture-in-Picture feature lets you work on a spreadsheet or other application on the main screen while keeping an eye on a TV channel in the inset window. That's handy.

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  • 32" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 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
  • 1000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 178°(H) x 178°(V) viewing angle
  • 8-bit display panel & video processing
  • PC Picture-in-Picture (main PC image with TV inset)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI (accepts signals up to 1080i)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable stand
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 32-3/8"W x 21-1/2"H x 4"D (23-1/4"H x 8-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 36 lbs. with stand; 31 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Screen Size 32"
Screen Design Flat
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1366 x 768
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Backlighting Type Fluorescent
3D ---
Instant Internet Movie Streaming ---
MHL-compatible ---
Picture In Picture PC
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Total Video Inputs 7
HDMI Inputs 2
Component Video Inputs 2
Composite Video Inputs 3
RF Inputs 1
PC Input Yes
Ethernet Port Yes
USB Port Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output None
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) 31-1/4
Height with Stand (inches) 23-1/4
Height without Stand (inches) 21-3/8
Depth with Stand (inches) 8-3/8
Depth without Stand (inches) 4
Stand Width (inches) 16-5/8
Weight with Stand 36 lbs
Weight without Stand Not available
Wall Mountable Yes
Wall Bracket Included No
Pedestal Stand Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 32" LCD TV
  • Pedestal stand
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD021)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3 Machine screws (each with a flat washer and lock washer)
  • Nylon support strap with mounting screw and mounting bolt
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide (English)
  • Quick Setup Guide (Spanish)
  • Instructions for assembling the table top stand
  • Instructions for installing the wall-mount bracket
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line product registration card
  • "Notices and Licenses for Software Used in this Television" sheet
  • Warranty card (Spanish)
  • "Red Nacional de Servicio" sheet (Spanish)

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


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-32M3000 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.

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, Sharpness, and Noise Reduction. 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
  • Cinema: for viewing film-based content in a theater-like environment

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
    • Zoom: Enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies)
  • With 16:9 Sources:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size
    • Zoom: Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally

PC-PIP: This PIP (Picture In Picture) feature combines the PC input signal and TV channels (tuner) signal, allowing you to view the two pictures simultaneously. You cannot combine the PC input with another external source, such as DVD, VCR, or Cable/Satellite box.

Light Sensor: In the menu, you can activate the automatic picture brightness control. A light sensor measures the amount of ambient light in the room and adjusts the picture brightness level accordingly.

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

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).

Timers: There is one event timer and a sleep timer built in. The event timer is set for the day, time, channel, duration and volume. The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 60, 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.

Mounting Options

Removable Stand: The display comes with a tabletop stand. There is also a support belt supplied that bolts to the base of the stand and is attached to the back of the shelf on which the TV sits to prevent tipping. The TV does not swivel on the stand.

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 (VESA 200). The screw holes accept 6mm screws.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The KDL-32M3000 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. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the RCA audio inputs are used. The HDMI inputs will accept 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 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.

Headphone Jack: Along with the A/V input on the left side of the TV, there is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. When headphones are plugged into the TV, the speakers are muted.

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

Digital Audio Output: This coaxial 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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5 out of 5

Devoted Sony Product User

Written By Tom H., Kerhonkson, NY on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Since the passing of my Sony 27inch Trinitron, which I purchased in
May of 1995, I had no hesitation to go High Tech with a new Sony
Digital KLD-32M300 Flat Panel. Not surprisingly it was easy to set up,
the TV did it all. The Picture is "GREAT", the "COLORS" Fantastic and the
Remote is so simular to my old one. I immediately hooked it up to my
Sony Receiver, and it sounds wonderful. I intend to add some more HD
Products to the TV to make it a full entertainment package.

Thanks to JP at Crutchfield Solutions for his prompt attention and helpful advice. Good to see you on Page 23 of your catalogue.

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4 out of 5

Great product for the price

Written By Will, Brandon, VT on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
For the price you cant beat this TV. I was impressed with it even watching
standard def TV. I have added HD channels and purchased an
upconverting DVD player and the picture is outstanding.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great T.v.

Written By LockerGnome019, Los Angeles,Ca on Thursday, February 28, 2008
I got this t.v., and calibrate it. and,turn on a movie, called,
the matrix,the colors,and black levels were out standing. the,performance was amazing.I just wish,the t.v had a built in dvd player. but,for low price, this is great.
highly recommend it,if your on tight budget.just,make sure you use a calibration dvd.to calibrate the blacks,and the wites. and color.
now,go watch some hdtv. :)
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5 out of 5

Sony KDL-32M3000

Written By cody, Washington DC on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Great Picture and with the sale discount a good value. The picture is bright and clear and the remote very easy to navigate. Very pleased with this television.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Doesn't deliver on the promise of digital TV

Written By Frank Lee Disgusted, Chicago, IL on Saturday, December 29, 2007
Much to my dismay, I quickly learned that this Sony HDTV (and those of all the other manufacturers, too) discards or ignores certain valuable information embedded within the digital television signal that broadcasters are REQUIRED to transmit.

This Sony receives this signal and hence t receives the PSIP information set forth under A65C within the ATSC standard. But the viewer who just laid out ~$1,000 will never gain access to it.

PSIP information is "program-specific information", namely the title and description of programs being aired. Cable and satellite systems deliver this information, but not this Sony, which matters if you receive your HD television signal over-the-air as I do (because I don't care to pay $ monthly for the stuff cable and satellite pump out.) PSIP information enables the viewer to launch an on-screen programming guide & enables the viewer to instruct the tuner to turn to a specified program (channel) at a pre-specified time (sort of like TiVO only without the recordig feature.)

Another missing PSIP feature this Sony lacks (and other brands currently on the market) is an automatically updated clock. While the ATSC signal contains the current time and provides it once very second, the Sony discards this information and instead requires the user to MANUALLY set the clock. How convenient -- another clock to change twice a year!! Why couldn't the set decode the time present in the ATSC signal and displayed it on-screen to the user without that unnecessary step? (This kinda reminds me of the old "blinking 12:00 AM" VCR joke --only this time, the jokes on you because Sony and other manufacturers chose to deprive you of the current time your TV receives within the ATSC signal.)

Needless to say, I place a high value on the information in the ATSC signal, a standard developed to bring the wonders of digital television to all of us. But Sony and other manufacturers are selling us sets that don't support ATSC's full feature set. This is unacceptable -- and why I give this Sony only 2 stars. It's an OK television, just not a very good *digital* television.

BTW: I quickly returned my Sony for a full refund when I learned that I had been short-changed. Its got a nice picture, though, if that's all you're looking for. But you're really being short-changed by Sony and the other manufacturers.
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5 out of 5

first time lcd buyer

Written By luis, andover ny on Thursday, November 15, 2007
I just got this tv yesterday and I have to say the tv it nice has alot of fetures nice stand the black finish and I got hd and I have to tell you the hd is awsome on this tv the sound it not back but could be better but overall am happy with it thanks luis
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