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Sony BRAVIA S-Series KDL-32S5100/9 Professional 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black Review

25 June 2010 View Comments Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Sony BRAVIA KDL-32S5100 TV is a 32-inch entry-level TV that has a decent picture performance but doesn’t pack many extra features.  This 32-inch LCD TV has a simple yet attractive design, a decent color performance, great deep black and contrast ratio qualities at an affordable price.  This TV runs on a BRAVIA Engine 2 Technology.

The TV’s dimensions are 31.4 x 3.5 x 21.1 inches (W x D x H), and it weighs 26.2 lbs.  The TV’s screen runs on a TFT Active Matrix CCFL technology that provides a 1080p display format.  The 1080p format gives this TV capability to display high definition videos from Blu-ray or any similar devices.

The TV has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.  Widescreen modes include Full, Zoom, Normal, Auto Mode, Wide Zoom and conventional 4:3.  The TV’s 60 Hz refresh rate is slower than what new TVs offer.  Some of the new TVs in the market offer refresh rates as fast as 240 Hz.  The TV’s slow refresh rate may cause judders or motion blurriness when watching fast action films.

This TV’s contrast ratio rates at 3000:1 with a Dynamic Contrast ratio of 30000:1.  This TV has an excellent deep black level.  Deep black level for this TV is about 0.09 cd/m2.  This is better than most entry-level camcorders in the market and a little short of the performances of some of the expensive LCD TVs in the market like the Samsung 8000 series.  Contrast ratio is also very good for this TV.  Actual contrast ratio is about 2880:1.  The Sony TV can produce excellent details in both dark and highlights of any images.

Color performance is average for this TV.  It produces vivid and crisp images with little over saturation.  This TV has a very stable color reproduction system that provides good images in a wide range of scenes.

Screen uniformity is excellent for this TV.  There is no uneven lighting or blotches on the screen.  One of the TV’s top disadvantages is its narrow viewing angle.  It rates at a viewing angle of 78 degrees.  The TV’s effective viewing angle however, is only about 20 degrees.  Watching images beyond this range will result to a decrease in the TV’s color accuracy and contrast performances.

This TV supports several video input formats that include 480/60i, 480/60p, 720/60p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i and 1080/60p.  This is an HDTV-ready TV and supports HDMI, S-Video, Component and Composite video interfaces.

There are several video processing options available for this TV as well.  Sony incorporated these settings into the TV’s system to correct video problems that may occur while using the TV.  There is a Noise reduction setting, an Advanced Contrast Enhancer to adjust the contrast of the image automatically depending on the screen’s brightness and a Live Color setting to improve the TV’s color vividness.

Audio output is thru the internal speakers mounted at the lower part of the TV panel.  Each speaker rates at ten Watts giving this TV a total audio output of 20 Watts.  Audio output is in SRS TruSurround XT sound format.

Connectivity options for this camcorder sit at the side and back of the TV.  At the rear of the TV will have access to two Component video input (RCA phono x three), one Composite video input (RCA phono), one HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A), one USB, one Audio line-out (RCA phono x two) and three Audio line-in (RCA phono x two).  At the side of the device, you will have access to one Audio line-in (RCA phono x two), one Composite video input (RCA phono), two HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A), one VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub – HD-15), one Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) and one S-Video input (four pin mini-DIN).  This TV doesn’t support MP3, video and photo playback thru its USB port.

This TV looks attractive with its bluish – almost black – bezel bordering the LCD screen.  The Sony logo is located at the center-bottom part of the TV, just below the screen.  The TV’s controls for volume, channel, menu and power are at the right side of the device.  This TV comes with a glossy black TV stand that is simple and compliments the TV’s aesthetic well.  The stand doesn’t swivel.  The TV comes with a simple remote control that has an ergonomic back design for easy grip.  The remote has a slim design with the buttons well placed on the remote control’s facade.

This TV is also ENERGY STAR compliant, giving it efficient power consumption in both operational and sleep modes.  This TV consumes 120 Watts when in operation and only 1 Watt in Standby mode.

One of its competitors in its category is the Samsung LN40B650 40-inch LCD TV.  The Samsung TV also supports 1080p video format but provides a better contrast ratio with about 5115:1 actual contrast ratio.  It has a faster refresh rate of 120 Hz, twice that of the Sony TV, and provides a better motion performance in fast action clips and scenes.  The Samsung TV holds a slight edge in the effective viewing angle department with a wider 25 degrees viewing angle performance.  Both performances however, are far from what Plasma TVs have to offer.  Plasma TVs have viewing angles of up to 80 degrees, providing a better performance ideal for large room applications.  The Samsung TV costs about $300 more than the Sony TV.

Another TV in this category is the JVC LT42P300 LCD TV.  This larger, 42-inch LCD TV also supports 1080p video format and offers an iPod Dock for connecting your iPhone and iPods to the TV to access your videos and still photos.  The JVC TV has a lower actual contrast ratio of 850:1 giving it poor performance in providing stunning details in the displayed images.  Both TVs have excellent color reproduction performances.  The JVC TV features a wider viewing angle, with 43 degrees of effective viewing angle.  Connectivity options are identical, although the JVC TV may hold the edge with its iPod dock.  The JVC TV is about $100 more expensive than the Sony TV.

The Sony KDL-32S5100 TV is very impressive for an entry-level TV.  It features an excellent deep black level and contrast ratio that is rare for an entry-level TV.  Like most entry-level TVs, it also has its drawbacks with its narrow effective viewing angle and a slow refresh rate that causes motion blurriness.  Its small 32-inch screen makes this TV ideal for a small room or office application.  Overall, at a very competitive price, the TV’s benefits and strong points outweigh its disadvantages.  The Sony KDL-32S5100 TV is a great bargain in its price range.

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Technical Specifications


  • Video Signal : 1080/60p (HDMI™ / COMPONENT), 1080/60i, 1080/24p (HDMI™ ONLY), 720/60p, 480/60p, 480/60i


  • Television Type : Flat Panel LCD HDTV

Energy Saving & Efficiency

  • Backlight Off Mode : Yes
  • Dynamic Backlight Control : Yes
  • Eco Settings : Yes
  • Energy Star® compliant : Exceeds Energy Star® Version 3.0
  • Estimated Annual Energy Consumption (kWh) : 175.46 kW
  • LightSensor™ Technology : Yes
  • PC Power Management : Yes
  • Power Consumption (On Mode) for Energy Star : 95 W
  • Power Consumption (Standby Mode) for Energy Star : 0.30 W
  • Power Saving Modes : Yes

Recycled & Recyclable Materials

  • Packaging Materials : Recycled Carton (more than 40%)
  • Printed Materials : FSC Certified


  • Aspect Ratio : 16:9
  • Color Range (u’v') : 90% of NTSC
  • Color Range (xy) : 72% of NTSC
  • Display Resolution : 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio : 30,000:1
  • On-Screen Contrast Ratio : 3,000:1
  • Panel Bit : 8-bit
  • Screen Size (measured diagonally) : 31.5″
  • Viewing Angle (Right/Left) : 178 (89/89)
  • Viewing Angle (Up/Down) : 178 (89/89)
  • Native Resolution : 1920 x 1080

General Features

  • BRAVIA® Link Module support : DMX-DVD; DMX-WL1; DMX-SW1
  • Closed Captions (CC) : Analog, Digital
  • Finish (Surface Color) : Piano Black
  • XMB : Traditional

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 31 1/2 x 23 x 9 in (798 x 583 x 227mm) with pedestal; 31 1/2 x 21 1/8 x 3 5/8 in (798 x 536 x 89mm) without pedestal
  • Packaging (Approx.) : 39 1/4 x 26 x 7 7/8 in (995 x 658 x 197mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : 28.9 lbs. (13.1kg) with pedestal; 26.3 lbs. (11.9kg) without pedestal


  • Power Consumption (in Operation) max. : 120 W
  • Power Consumption (in Standby) : Less than 1W
  • Power Requirements (frequency) : 60HZ
  • Power Requirements (voltage) : AC 120V


  • Audio Power Output : 20W (10W X 2)
  • Speaker Configuration : 2
  • Speakers (Total) : 2

Convenience Features

  • Auto Shut-off : Yes
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ Menu Button : Yes (on Remote Control)
  • Channel Block (with password) : Yes
  • Channel Jump : Yes
  • Channel Labels : Yes
  • Channel Surf : Yes
  • Control for HDMI™ (HDMI™ CEC) : Yes
  • Edit Channel Labels : Yes
  • Favorites : Graphic
  • Favorites (Simple UI) : Standard
  • ID-1 Detection : Yes
  • Info Banner : PSIP, XDS
  • Input Skip : Manual
  • Label Inputs : Yes
  • Multiple Language Display : English, French, Spanish
  • On-Screen Clock : Yes
  • On/Off Timer : Yes
  • Parental Control : Yes
  • Picture Adjustments Lock : Yes
  • Remote Control : RM-YD028
  • Show/Hide Channels : Yes
  • Sleep Timer : Yes
  • Start Up BRAVIA® Logo Display : Yes
  • Theatre Mode (Theatre Button) : Yes
  • White Balance : RGB Gain/Bias

Display Features

  • Backlight Type : CCFL
  • Display Device : LCD

TV System

  • Channel Coverage : VHF: 2-13ch UHF: 14-69ch CATV (analog): 1-135ch CATV (digital) : 1-135ch
  • Color System : NTSC
  • Number of Tuners (Digital) : 1 (Hybrid)
  • TV System (Analog) : M
  • TV System (Digital) : ATSC
  • Tuner (Cable) : Clear QAM
  • Tuner (Terrestrial) : ATSC™ / NTSC

In the Box

  • AC Power Cord (attached)
  • Table Top Stand (separate, pre-assembled)

  • Remote Control RM-YD028
  • Operating Instructions
  • Screws (4) for Pedestal

  • Batteries (Type AA x2)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

Audio Features

  • Alternate Audio (Digital) : Yes
  • Audio Out : Fixed
  • Auto Mute (on no signal) : Yes
  • Auto SAP : Yes
  • Dolby® : Dolby® Digital (for broadcasting)
  • S-Master : Standard
  • SRS® : SRS® TruSurround XT®
  • Sound Mode : Clear Voice, Dynamic, Custom, Standard
  • SteadySound® Automatic Volume Control : Yes
  • Stereo System : MTS

Video Features

  • 24p True Cinema™ Technology : Yes
  • 3D Comb Filter : Yes
  • 4:3 Default : Yes
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) : Yes
  • Auto Wide : Yes
  • CineMotion® Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology : Yes
  • Game Mode : Yes
  • Picture Mode : Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Custom
  • Video Processing : BRAVIA Engine 2™ Technology
  • Wide Mode : Full, Normal, Wide Zoom, Zoom, Full Pixel

Service and Warranty Information

  • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Labor / 1 Year Parts
  • Online Instruction Manual (Reference Book) : Yes

Regulation and Standard Compliance

  • VESA® Hole Pitch : 200X200 M6/12-16MM
  • VESA® Hole Spacing Compatible : Yes

Inputs and Outputs

  • AC Power Input : 1 (Rear)
  • Analog Audio Input(s) (Total) : 5 (2 Side, 3 Rear)
  • Analog Audio Input(s) for HDMI™ : 1 (Rear)
  • Audio Out : 1 (Rear)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s) : 2 (Rear) (1 fixed, 1 selectable)
  • Composite Video Input(s) : 2 (1 Side, 1 Rear (selectable))
  • Digital Audio Output(s) : Optical Digital Output – 1 (Rear)
  • HDMI™ Connection(s) (Total) : 3 (2 Side, 1 Rear)
  • HDMI™ PC Input : Yes (see owner’s manual for supported timings)
  • PC In (D-Sub) + Audio In (Stereo Mini) : 1 (Side) see owner’s manual for supported timings
  • RF Connection Input(s) : 1 (Rear)
  • S-Video Detection : Yes
  • S-Video Input(s) : 1 (Side)
  • USB 1.1 : 1 (Rear) (Service only)

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