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Sony KDL32D3000 Setup & Design

by Vincent Teoh
10 June 2007

As is to be expected from an LCD TV of this size, Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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comes with its table top stand readily attached so no time needs to be wasted on assembly. No unpacking instructions could be found on the box, so I elected to open it from the bottom, then lift the box up to reveal the LCD TV within. After that it's just a simple matter of placing the Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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onto your TV stand (can be done entirely by yourself really).

KDL32D3000 Front KDL32D3000 Back
Front Back

At first glance the Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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looks like a miniature version of the KDL40W2000 we reviewed 3 months ago. The matte black bezel represents a refreshing change from the "polished" look permeating the flat panel HDTV scene at the moment. A wider strip of pored speaker grille stretches across the bottom of the panel.

Rectangular Pedestal Stand Control Buttons
Rectangular table top stand Control buttons arranged in a crescent

Perhaps the only differences – apperance wise – from the W series are the non-swivel table top stand which now looks rectangular from the front, and the crescent arrangement of the control buttons (made wholly redundant by the infrared remote) on top of the panel. While the plastic certainly does not appear cheap, and the whole setup feels robust and well- screwed together, overall the Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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reeks of functionality rather than aesthetic excellence.

Connections

Side Connection Aerial

The Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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LCD is certainly not lacking in the connectivity department. We are presented with three HDMI ports: 2 in a slightly recessed compartment at the rear, and 1 on the left side of the panel where you will also find S-video and composite inputs (that should be shunned if picture quality is of any importance) alongside an accessible headphone jack. Above these (on the side) lie a RF aerial socket, a PCMCIA card and a memory stick slot (for service use only).

Rear Connection

Returning to the rear compartment, it houses the usual complement of VGA, component, and two SCART connection interfaces. In addition to analogue audio, Sony KDL32D3000Buy this for £588.99 at Dixons
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offers digital optical audio output which is not found on the W2000 series.


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