Same size, but no com­par­i­son

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Back in Novem­ber 2005 our big story was the first-ever group test of Hd-ready TVS. We tested eight, from all the big names and all in 32in form. At the time this screen size was mas­sively pop­u­lar, and about as large as many peo­ple were will­ing to go. How things have changed.

Sony’s con­tender was the mem­o­rably ti­tled KDLV32A12U. Our re­view trum­peted its sin­gle HDMI in­put and was im­pressed enough to give its com­po­nent and scart in­puts a prom­i­nent men­tion. We weren’t so taken with its pic­ture qual­ity though, crit­i­cis­ing its mo­tion han­dling and ex­cess of noise. Sound qual­ity was thin and in­sub­stan­tial. Smart fea­tures? Such things were

Star Trek ter­ri­tory back then. The cost of all this was a pre­mium, but not out­landish, £1800. Yes. £1800. It seems a huge amount now but this Sony wasn’t even the prici­est in the test. JVC – then a ma­jor con­tender in the TV mar­ket – of­fered an al­ter­na­tive 32in for two grand. To­day you can buy the Sony KDL32WD603 – this month’s group-test win­ner. It too has an Hd-ready panel and, fun­nily enough, a thin and in­sub­stan­tial sound. In ev­ery other re­spect it is light-years ahead of the old-timer. Pic­ture qual­ity is ex­cel­lent: ter­rific in­sight, low noise and smooth mo­tion. It’s loaded with smart fea­tures and well equipped, for the most part, al­though we’d like three HDMIS rather than just two.

The cost of all this love­li­ness? £300. As far as TVS go, things have never been bet­ter.

Huge progress: the KDL-32WD603 has a ter­rific pic­ture and a bounty of in­ter­net-based ser­vices

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