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Sony KDL-32XBR9

32" BRAVIA® XBR® 1080p LCD HDTV with 120Hz anti-blur technology

13 Reviews

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Our take on the Sony KDL-32XBR9

If your viewing includes sports, movies, or video games, you'll really enjoy the enhanced clarity of Sony's sophisticated Motionflow anti-blur technology. It doubles the video frame rate by inserting 60 entirely new frames between the original 60 frames. The system analyzes the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement in each scene, adjusting the amount of enhancement to deliver seamlessly smooth, sharp pictures.

Want XBR picture quality in a smaller screen size?

For standout picture quality in a smaller screen, it's hard to beat Sony's KDL-32XBR9. Compared to other 32" HDTVs, this XBR provides more advanced display technology, plus more HD-capable inputs for connecting the latest gear. Now you can enjoy no-compromise picture quality in a bedroom, office, den, or even a kitchen.

Motionflow™ 120Hz clears up motion blur

If your viewing includes sports, movies, or video games, you'll really enjoy the enhanced clarity of Sony's sophisticated Motionflow anti-blur technology. It doubles the video frame rate by inserting 60 entirely new frames between the original 60 frames. The system analyzes the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement in each scene, adjusting the amount of enhancement to deliver seamlessly smooth, sharp pictures.

BRAVIA Engine has the horsepower to clean up low-quality signals

High-definition video sources look crystal-clear on the KDL-32XBR9, but most people still watch at least some non-HD material. That's why it's important to choose a TV with excellent video processing. Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2™ circuitry cleans up lower-res signals by analyzing and processing each scene to enhance picture contrast, reduce noise, and optimize color.

More inputs than most 32" models

Typically, 32" TVs have a limited number of audio/video connections, but not the KDL-32XBR9. It offers a total of six HD-capable inputs, including four HDMI inputs for connecting a Blu-ray player, as well as a high-def satellite receiver and game console.

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Product Highlights:

    • 31.5" screen (measured diagonally)
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
    • high-gloss black finish
    • built-in digital (ATSC) tuner 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)
    • 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • selectable Motionflow™ 120Hz anti-blur technology for clearer motion
    • 4000:1 contrast ratio (40,000:1 dynamic)
    • BRAVIA Engine 2™ digital video processing
    • Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) dynamic backlighting for better contrast and black levels
    • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
    • remote control
    • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
    • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
    • picture settings memory for each video input
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • 7 A/V inputs, including:
      • 1 composite video (side)
      • 1 S-video (side)
      • 2 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
      • 4 HDMI (1 rear, 3 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
    • side PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
    • RF input for antenna/cable signals
    • optical digital audio output
    • side USB port for digital photo/MP3 playback with Sony cameras and flash memory drives
    • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 16-3/4"W x 9"D)
    • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
    • 31-3/8"W x 21-1/4"H x 3-5/8"D (22-7/8"H x 9"D on stand)
    • weight: 29.6 lbs. with stand; 26.9 lbs. without stand
    • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 32" Widescreen LCD TV
    • Pedestal stand
    • Wireless remote control (RM-YD028)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 4 Machine screws with a flat washer and lock washer installed on each screw
    • Operating Instructions
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • "Attaching the Table-Top Stand" sheet
    • Attaching stand diagram
    • Warranty sheet
    • "Notices and Licenses For Software Used In This Television" sheet
    • "End User License Agreement" sheet
    • Safety and Regulatory Booklet
    • Digital Broadcast Reception Notice

    Energy Guide:

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    Sony KDL-32XBR9 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (13 Reviews)


    leeenie from New York on 5/12/2015

    Since day 1 this tv has been a source of frustration. The audio is terrible and will mute for no reason. I have to go up or down a channel then go back to get the sound back on the channel I am watching. For the past few months when I turn the tv on, it will click on, then another click and it is in 'standby' mode, whatever that is. Until now I was always able to get a picture by hitting the power on and off an few times. Now I cannot get it to work at all. Troubleshooting did not help. Contacted customer service and they could do nothing but suggest the tv needed to be taken to a service center. Okay, I paid over $600 about 4 years ago and already a repair is needed. Unbelievable. I own two other HD1080p tvs (not Sony) that are older and operating with no issues. In the future I will steer clear of Sony electronics.

    Pros: decent picture

    Cons: After 4 years no longer works.

    Great after software update

    Adam from Hillsdale, Mi on 1/7/2010

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    This is my first HD TV and I am very happy with my purchase. I wanted the 120 Hz refresh rate in order to avoid the "motion blur" I observed on some other sets. I was amazed to find a set in this price range that had the 120 Hz refresh and 1080p. I agree with others that one needs the software update. Before the update I noticed problems with the contrast changing depending on the lighting of the scene. The update fixed this. Now the picture is very stable and natural looking from scene to scene.



    Dolby 5.1 Audio

    George from Western Pennsylvania on 1/1/2010

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    The ATSC broadcast standard not only provides 1080HD but Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. I expected that any Sony TV let alone an XBR's ATSC tuner would be capable of Dolby Digital 5.1 audio via the digital optical output. Not in this case. Sony said the TV is Dolby Digital 5.1 capable, to them capable means that it will receive 5.1 audio and down covert to 2 channel stereo. Makes sence for the internal speakers as they are not capable of 5.1 sound reproduction, but not for the digital optical output of this TV. My 10 year old Sony CD player is capable of 5.1 audio via the digital optical output! (5.1 audio CDs) My recomendation is do not buy this Sony TV if you plan on receiving 5.1 audio from over the air broadcast or cable (if using the TV's ATSC cable ready tuner). This was not an easy subject to get an answer from Sony on, so if you intend to use a TV's ATSC tuner and expect to connect the audio to your AV system and receive 5.1 audio from the TV. Call the manufacturer and make sure they confirm the TV's audio capabilities. Don't make the mistake I did.



    32" Sony xbr9 -very disappointed

    Doug from New York on 12/14/2009

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    I researched all of the "best" small LCDs and decided on the Sony Bravia 32XBR9. Color reproduction is good, but I noticed poor off axis viewing. Even after adjusting the settings- lighter images appear very washed out if you are not sitting dead center. I read that this is a problem with ALL lcds but it is not an issue with my new Panasonic Viera G1. The color is beautiful on the Panasonic and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a small LCD. Very disappointed in this "top of the line" tv from Sony.



    Great picture quality & flexibility

    Joe from Mount Carmel, PA on 11/18/2009

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    If you don't like the picture there are many warys to alter its appearance. Being the low-end product, it does lack some features of the larger XBR line. Having an internet connection is advisable but not 100% required. Follow the XBR9 thread online for a lot more information. Making the Sony HDMI sync feature work can be 'educational'. Hold down the up- arrow and turn the unit OFF to make it do a full factory reset.



    Great 2nd HDTV For the Bedroom!

    Michael from Calumet, MI on 9/16/2009

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    I bought this TV to wall mount in the bedroom, along with a Sanus tilt/swivel mount and a cable-hiding kit. It looks great, and has a gorgeous picture. The light sensor problem mentioned in another review is solved with the update, downloadable or available on a USB drive from Sony. The update also improved two other minor problems: the TV originally took quite a long time to display a picture when powered up, and the standby power lamp stayed on, glowing in the dark bedroom all night long. After the update, the TV starts up much quicker, and the standby light is now off. There are extensive adjustments, and with 1920x1080 on a 32" set, the picture can be as razor sharp as you want it to be. This TV needs very little tweaking; the initial factory settings are as close to perfect as any other set I've owned.



    Put most of the connectors on the back, please!

    Todd from Utah on 9/15/2009

    I almost pulled the trigger on this TV but the fact that there are 3 HDMI connectors ON THE SIDE and only 1 on the back is a ridiculous design defect. I absolutely refuse to have my cables visible. Sony should be ashamed.




    John from Staten Island, NY on 8/17/2009

    My original rating was going to be 1 star because the picture has a major problem with the light sensor. You can't turn off the sensor and when the room is dark with a dark scene, the screen would go light and dark on its own. I contacted crutchfield support and I can't believe I'm saying this but they couldn't help me with the problem. They offered me the chance to exchange the set, but having a lot of faith in Sony, I decided to research the problem. Sony has an update for the TV which you can download and put on a USB flash drive (use a drive no bigger then 64mb or the TV will not read it!) or you can order from sony at no charge. The update now gives you the option to turn off the sensor and now my TV is great!! I am holding back 1 star because I feel sony should have put the 3 HDMI ports in the back instead of on the side on the screen. Calibrating the picture using the settings posted on the internet from Sony's 52" version of the XBR9 leaves the picture looking fantastic. Sound is very good for an LCD TV. This is a good buy for the price.



    Nice HDTV

    Loren from Iowa on 7/24/2009

    I've had my set for a few weeks now and have been pleased with it. Very nice picture, and I love the fact that it has 4 HDMI inputs for future expansion. Great looking unit. Compliments my H/T system beautifully. One thing I have noticed is that the volume can vary from channel to channel more than I would like. But I attribute that to different broadcast stations and how they feed their audio to the satellite or cable providers. You know, commercials are to loud than it seems they should be compared to the program. But I don't consider it a real concern. This is the nicest TV I have had. Recommended.



    To be continued.

    Nathan from Tucson, AZ on 7/13/2009

    I bought Sony for it's reputation and because of my personal experience with other Sony electronics I have. I also purchased a Sony Blu-Ray player. When they arrived I connected them with HDMI cables but did not get sound or picture from either one. "No Signal" was on my screen. I called the Comcast tech service people and they sent a man out to look at it. They said my cable box was working OK and they connected both units up with component cables and they worked fine but I felt I was not getting optimum performance I paid for. I contacted Crutchfield and explained the situation and they said it was probably a defective unit and they would replace it. The replacement unit is on it's way and if it doesn't work ok I will buy another brand and never buy a Sony product again.



    Excellent TV

    SRJ98362 from Seattle, WA on 7/11/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This LCD has an excellent picture and does a great job with Blu Ray.



    Just awesome

    Chris from Fort Worth, TX on 5/30/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This TV is just awesome. right out of the box it just looks great and screams high quality. No problems with setup. I am running Direct TV with a HD DVR through a HDMI cable. This TV is in the bedroom with low lighting and I have no complaints about picture. Great TV.




    Maria from Central New York on 4/16/2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This TV is just a fantastic as the XBR 7 40" I purchased in Dec of 08. The picture is crystal clear with outstanding color and the sound is great. I love all the wonderful features and the TV lives up to the SONY name. Thanks to my Crutchfield advisor,Kramer it arrived quickly and in perfect condition. The set up( OVER THE PHONE )was simple with the expert guidance of their support people.You can't go wrong by choosing this beautiful set.




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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-32XBR9 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.

    4 HDMI Inputs: The KDL-32XBR9 features four HDMI inputs (1 Rear/3 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 input also has left and right RCA audio jacks. 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 and separate RCA 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.

    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.

    Motionflow 120Hz Technology: Motionflow 120HZ technology doubles the frame rate to help remove judder in film sources, HD content, and broadcast movies and primetime programming, creating smoother, more fluid motion that delivers a natural and realistic viewing experience.

    Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) With Dynamic Backlight Control: Sony's Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) uses real-time image processing to dynamically adjust backlight levels for improved contrast without masking details the filmmaker intended you to see. This powerful combination of features adjusts the brightness of the backlight both to optimize image quality and reduce power consumption. It works in real time, controlling bright outdoor images and dark interior shots scene by scene for better video quality and a reduction in power use. Part of the cinematic drama in film-making comes from details found in shadows and dark areas of the picture. ACE delivers deep blacks in darker scenes, as well as fine details in shadows and other dark areas of the picture for a difference you can truly see. Sony's Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) builds on the TV's excellent on-contrast ratio performance of 4,000:1. A Dynamic Contrast Ratio of up to 40,000:1 is achieved by using real-time image processing to adjust the contrast along with optimizing backlight levels.

    Xross Media Bar (XMB) Interface: Sony's award-winning Xross Media Bar provides a logical and fast way to access set up menus, user controls, and more. The on-screen display comes to life by pushing the XMB menu button on the remote. Navigation through the menus is smooth and fast.

    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
      • 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 Settings: The Sony LCD TV offers the following screen adjustments.

    • Vertical Center: Allows you to move the position of the picture up and down.
    • Vertical/Horizontal Size: Adjusts the vertical and/or horizontal size of the picture.
    • Phase: Adjusts to fine tune overall sharpness of picture.

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

    • For Video:
      • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
      • Standard: displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments
      • Cinema: used to view film-base content; suitable for viewing in a theater-like environment
      • Custom: allows you to store your preferred settings for Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, Sharpness, Noise Reduction.
      For PC:
      • Video: enhances the video shown on the screen
      • Text: enhances the text shown on the screen

    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
    • Live Color: makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones
    • White Balance: adjust the color temperature color by color

    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.

    Game Mode: This mode optimizes the enjoyment of fast paced video games where response time is important.

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

    Audio Features

    Sound Settings: The Sound Settings menu allow you to make the following adjustments:

    • 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
      • Clear Voice: suitable for spoken dialogue
      • Custom: allows you to customize sound settings (Bass, Treble and Balance).
    • TruSurround XT: Produces a realistic surround sound experience using only the television's built-in speakers.
    • 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 compatible (output is PCM only).

    PC/USB Functions

    USB Port: The Sony TV offer easy access to JPEG photos stored on a connected USB mass storage memory device. The USB type-A port is located on the side TV panel. The television supports photo resolutions from 16 x 16 to 8192 x 8192 pixels. You can view your still images one at a time, in a thumbnail view, or as a slide show (with music). You can also rotate images.

    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. You can adjust Phase, Vertical Position and Wide Mode of the picture.

    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.

    Convenience Features

    Favorite Menu: The Favorites Menu function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite channels and video 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 seven characters) to the channel numbers. You can assign the following labels for each input (except PC and Cable/Antenna inputs): DVD, VCR, Blu-ray, Cable Box, Satellite, DVR, Game, Camcorder. Or you can also select a custom seven character label for each of these inputs.

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

    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 3.0 Certified: Sony V-series HDTVs exceed ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as Light Sensor technology that adjusts backlight intensity based on ambient room lighting conditions, Dynamic Backlight Control that adjusts backlight intensity based on the brightness of the image on the screen, and PC Power Management.

    • Backlight: This feature reduces the power consumption by turning off the backlight.
    • 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.
    • PC Power Management: This feature automatically places the television in Standby mode when there is not signal input for more than 5 minutes.

    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, 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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-YD028). 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. Once the supported equipment is connected, the following operations are available:

    • Turn off the equipment automatically when you turn off the TV.
    • When the connected equipment is turned on by One-Touch-Play, the TV will automatically turn on and select the respective HDMI input.
    • Automatically turn on equipment listed under the External Inputs on the XMB when selected.
    • Equipment operation such a Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Reverse, and Stop.
    • When a Sony A/V receiver with BRAVIA Sync is connected the following additional operations are possible:
      • Turning on the A/V receiver when the TV is turned on
      • Automatically switching the A/V receiver's input to the TV
      • Adjust the volume and muting of the A/V receiver with the TV's remote control

    Mounting Options

    Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 29.6 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 26.9 lbs without the stand.

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