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Sony KDL-32S2010


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If you're shopping for a new TV, remember this: BRAVIA is the new Trinitron®. The BRAVIA badge is a guarantee from Sony that you'll enjoy years of top-notch performance and reliability. The 32" KDL-32S2010 is part of Sony's "S-Series" line — value-priced HDTVs that deliver maximum picture quality bang for the buck. The set's compact design makes sense for almost any room, including a bedroom, office, or kitchen.

If you're shopping for a new TV, remember this: BRAVIA is the new Trinitron®. The BRAVIA badge is a guarantee from Sony that you'll enjoy years of top-notch performance and reliability. The 32" KDL-32S2010 is part of Sony's "S-Series" line — value-priced HDTVs that deliver maximum picture quality bang for the buck. The set's compact design makes sense for almost any room, including a bedroom, office, or kitchen.

Two equally important factors that make or break LCD picture quality are the LCD panel and the video processing circuitry. The KDL-32S2010 uses advanced liquid crystal panel technology that divides pixels into segments. This broadens the viewing angle, improving color and contrast when viewing from the side. Sony's BRAVIA Engine is a bundle of video processing circuits that enhances contrast and color, reduces noise, and ensures smooth on-screen motion.

An adjustable backlight is another great feature. All LCD TVs include a brightness control, but adjusting the backlight is a more effective way to get deeper black levels, which is especially important for critical viewing in low-light conditions. You can also select the Light Sensor feature, which automatically adjusts the backlight level to compensate for room lighting.

The KDL-32S2010 includes built-in tuners for both digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts. Just connect an antenna to pull in HDTV programs that will amaze you with their gorgeous, ghost-free clarity. The versatile set of audio/video inputs includes two component video and one HDMI input so you can connect more high-def sources.

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Product Highlights:

  • 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)
  • S-PVA (Super Patterned Vertical Alignment) LCD panel for improved off-axis viewing
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 8-millisecond pixel response time
  • 1300:1 contrast ratio
  • 178°(H) x 178°(V) viewing angle
  • BRAVIA Engine™ digital video processing
  • adjustable backlight with Light Sensor auto room brightness compensation
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 S-video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 16-7/8"W x 8-5/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 31-1/8"W x 21-1/8"H x 3-7/8"D (23-1/4"H x 8-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 33 lbs. (without stand)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 32" Widescreen LCD TV
  • RM-YD005 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 68" AC power cord
  • 59" HD15-to-HD15 cable (15 Pin)
  • 9.25' 75-ohm Coaxial cable with threaded "F-type" connectors on each end
  • Wire management plastic bracket
  • Support belt with 3/4" bolt and 1/2" self-tapping screw
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Wall-Mount Bracket installation instructions
  • Warranty sheet
  • On-line Product Registration card
  • TV Licensed Software sheet

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Sony KDL-32S2010 Reviews

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Sony KDL-32S2010

Phillip from Dover, DE on 12/4/2006

The SONY Bravia is the best LCD you are going to find. The price may seem a little hefty sometimes but it is completely worth it if you are serious about your home theater system. The picture is crystal clear, you'll never have the few channels that just don't seem to come in clear. The built in HD tuner is great, and watching a DVD with an HDMI cable will give an extremely noticable difference in the picture. There are 7 Video inputs to this as well. By far the best TV I've ever owned. When I can afford it, I want to get the 52". I'll never buy another TV besides the SONY Bravia!




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Overview: The Sony KDL-32S2010 is a 32" diagonal flat panel LCD TV that features HDTV capabilities and offers a PC input. The TV comes attached to a swivel tabletop stand which can be removed so the TV can be wall-mounted. 

BRAVIA Engine Full Digital Video Processor: This television uses Sony's BRAVIA Engine full digital video processor for crisp and clear images. Several special picture enhancement technologies are integrated into the processor to create better gradations and details, enhance contrast, dynamically improve color, and reduce image flicker.

7 Generation Sony LCD Panel: The Sony KDL-32S2010 uses a 7th generation Sony LCD panel for truly matchless image quality and performance. These panels are produced from one of the world's biggest mother glass to efficiently create large, high quality panels. The LCD high definition display (1366 x 768) that is used offers an astounding 178 degree viewing angle, very fast response times (8 ms total rise and fall time) and a spectacular contrast ratio.

Native Resolution: The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals, and will display them as 1366 x 768. The composite video and S-video inputs will accept a 480i signal, and will display it as 1366 x 768.

CineMotion 3/2 Pulldown Processing:This function optimizes the display by automatically detecting film content and applying a reverse 3-2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

HDMI and PC Connectivity: Designed for maximum versatility the digital LCD TV is equipped with a comprehensive range of input interfaces. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI technology supports enhanced or High Definition video, together with multi-channel digital audio to provide matchless image and sound reproduction. The PC input (HD-15-pin) offers easy connection to your PC, allowing you to use your high resolution digital LCD TV as a computer monitor.

Picture Mode: You can select one of the following picture modes: Vivid, Standard, or Custom. The Vivid setting enhances picture contrast and sharpness. The Standard setting displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments. The Custom setting allows you to store your preferred settings. You can adjust the following:  Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, Sharpness, and Noise Reduction.

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

  • Black Corrector: enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast
  • Contrast Enhancer: automatically optimizes the contrast
  • Gamma Corrector: adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture
  • Clear White: emphasizes the white colors
  • Live Color: makes colors more vivid
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: reduces the picture noise in MPEG-compressed video

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

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

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

  • Dynamic: enhances both treble and bass
  • Standard: suitable for spoken dialogue
  • Custom: allows you to store your preferred settings for bass and treble

Sound Effects: To enhance the sound, you can choose one of the following effects:

  • Simulated: Adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs
  • TruSurround XT: Adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs

SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround XT audio adds three new audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience. Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into "focus" during the playback of any surround-encoded material to make speech much clearer and crisper. TruBass creates incredible deep rich bass allowing a person to perceive significantly deeper, richer low bass tones that are far beyond the physical low frequency capabilities of the speaker itself. And WOW widens the soundstage by processing standard two-channel stereo material as well as multi-channel encoded material for a dramatic improvement in the playback of any stereo audio over a two-speaker system.

Light Sensor: A sensor measures the amount of ambient light in the room and adjusts the picture brightness level accordingly.

Quiet Power On: This feature allows the TV's volume to start at the minimum volume and gradually change to the set level when you turn it on.

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to store and quickly access 16 of your favorite analog channels and 16 of your favorite digital channels.

Channel Label: This feature allows you to assign labels (such as station call letters) to channel numbers. You can use up to 5 characters per label.

Show/Hide Channels: This feature allows you to show or hide channels that appear when you use the Channel +/- buttons. Channels that you set to be hidden can then only be accessed with the 0-9 buttons on the remote.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture by "freezing" the image. When the picture is frozen, the audio continues normally.

A/V Sync: You can select between 4 settings to make sure the video and audio from your connected external equipment are synchronized. You can choose between Off, or Level 1, 2, or 3.

Input Label: Each of the six video inputs (Video 1-6) can be labeled with names (VCR, DVD, Satellite, Skip, Edit, etc.) instead of Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, etc. Video 7 can be labeled either PC, Skip or Edit. The "Skip" label allows you to skip over an unused video input. The "Edit" label allows you to create a custom five character label.

Timers: There is one event timer and a sleep timer built in. The event timer is set for the day of the week, time, channel, and duration. 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 Y. Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Mounting Options

Removable Stand: The display comes mounted on a removable 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. The stand allows the TV to be swiveled 15° to the left and right. The stand can be removed for wall mounting the TV.

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 7.874" and a vertical spacing of 5.905". The screw holes accept M5 (5mm) screws.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: This input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and an HDMI terminal. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal provides an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface between the TV and any HDMI-equipped A/V component, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver. HDMI supports enhanced, or high-definition video, plus two-channel digital audio. 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.

Note: The HDMI input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

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 side panel of the TV (not the front). Included are stereo RCA inputs, a composite video input, and an S-video input.

Headphone Jack: Along with the A/V input on the side of the TV, there is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

Audio Outputs: These stereo RCA audio jacks are activated when the TV's built-in speakers are turned off and are used to connect the TV to a receiver/amplifier. They can be set for Fixed (volume controlled by the receiver/amplifier) or Variable (volume controlled by the TV's remote control) operation.

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