Avforums.com concluded that this television was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.
Excellent Expert Reviews
Television expert review site avforums.com scored this television 90%. Experts think this mid-size TV is one of the very best TVs that were launched more than two years ago.
Sony Televisions Have Good Reviews
On average Sony mid-size TVs have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all TVs manufactured by Sony.
The KDL-32W706 is Smart TV, which is unusual. Most of the other televisions of this age and spec are not Smart TV.
We compared all the other Smart TVs to this TV and we think the UE32H6400 (£314.99), and the UE40H6400 both from Samsung which has a better Rating; or the Samsung UE32H6200 (£299.00) which is cheaper are also worth considering.
Has a WiFi Connection
The KDL-32W706 has a WiFi connection, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec TVs that have been around for around the same time as the KDL-32W706 do not have a WiFi connection.
We compared this TV to all the other TVs with a WiFi connection and we think a cheaper television such as the Samsung UE32H6200 (£299.00) or you might consider a higher Rating television such as the UE32H6400 (£314.99), and the UE40H6400 both from Samsung are also worth considering.
Fairly Fast Refresh Rate
The refresh rates of mid-size TVs that have been available for around the same time as the KDL-32W706 range from 50Hz to 1,600Hz. With a refresh rate of 200 hertz, the KDL-32W706 has one of the faster refresh rates amongst mid-size TVs of this age.
Alternative 200Hz refresh rate televisions currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony KDL-42W705 (£399.00).
If you want a TV with a faster refresh rate then you might want to consider the UE40H6400 (400Hz), or the UE32H6400 (£314.99) (400Hz) both from Samsung which also has a higher Rating.
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Four HDMI Ports
The KDL-32W706 has more HDMI ports than most of the televisions of a comparable spec and age to the KDL-32W706. Most of the mid-size TVs that have been available for a similar time to the KDL-32W706 only have between one and three HDMI ports, however this TV has four HDMI ports.
Most TVs of a comparable age and spec to the KDL-32W706 have between one and four tuners, including the KDL-32W706 which has three tuners.
Has Two Screen Format Adjustments
The Sony KDL-32W706 has a greater number of screen format adjustments than most televisions of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently found screen format adjustment is 16:9, but this screen format adjustment is not found on this TV. The screen format adjustments 14:9 and Zoom are also found on this Sony TV.
Quite Low Annual Energy Consumption
TVs of a similar age and type to the KDL-32W706 have annual energy consumptions of between 0.22kWh and 620kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 76kWh. At only 54 kilowatt hours, the Sony KDL-32W706 has a quite low annual energy consumption compared to most of the other TVs that were released more than two years ago.
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Only Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of the this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec TVs that have been on the market for more than two years. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
We compared this television to all the other Full HD televisions and we think the UE40H6400, and the UE32H5500 (£249.00) both from Samsung which has a better Rating; or the Samsung UE32H6200 (£299.00) which is cheaper are also worth considering.
Not 3D Compatible
The Sony KDL-32W706 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-32W706 are also not 3D compatible.
If you would prefer a television that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Samsung UE32H6200 (£299.00) or the UE32H6400 (£314.99), or the UE40H6400 both from Samsung.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most comparable spec televisions that are a similar age to the KDL-32W706 do not have a built-in camera. The KDL-32W706 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
Only Supports Thirteen Video Formats
The KDL-32W706 has a greater number of video formats than most TVs of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly supported video format is VP8, but this video format is not supported by this television. The video formats AVCHD, AVI, M-JPEG, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPO, RAW, WEBM, WMV and XVID are also supported by this TV.
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Only Supports Three Image Formats
The KDL-32W706 has a greater number of image formats than most TVs of this type and age. This Sony TV supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by TVs of a comparable type and age to the KDL-32W706. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this TV.
Only Has Five Smart Modes
The KDL-32W706 has a greater number of smart modes than most comparable spec TVs that were launched more than two years ago. This television has an Sports smart mode, which is the most frequently found smart mode found on televisions of a similar type and age to the KDL-32W706. The smart modes "Cinema", "Game", "Photo" and "Standard" are also found on this TV.
Does Not Feature OLED Technology
Like most of the other mid-size TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the KDL-32W706, the KDL-32W706 does not feature OLED technology.
Only Digital Tuner
This television has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is the most frequently found tuner on TVs of this spec and age.
Very Low RMS Rated Power
The KDL-32W706 has one of the lower RMS rated power (only 10 Watts) amongst TVs of this age. Across all the mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago the RMS rated power range from 2W to 80W.
Only 480i Video Mode
The Sony KDL-32W706 supports a 480i video mode which is better than most similar spec TVs that were launched around the same time as it. Most similar spec TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 1080p video mode. This television also support 1080i, 480p, 576i and 576p and 720p video modes.
This TV's video mode (480i) is in fact the worst supported video mode across all comparable spec TVs that were launched more than two years ago.
A 2160p video mode is the best supported video mode across comparable types of TV.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when this television was released.
The KDL-32W706 has a pretty typical thickness (64 millimeters) compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago.
Other 64mm thick TVs currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony KDL-42W705 (£399.00) which has a better Rating.
TVs with a thicker thickness that might also be worth considering include the LG 42LE8500 (34.5mm).
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Noise Reduction Feature
Motion Interpolation Technology
Motionflow, Motionflow XR
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1920 x 1080
1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p
Screen Format Adjustment
Horizontal Viewing Angle
1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Vertical Viewing Angle
Auto Channel Search Feature
Digital Signal Format System
DVB, DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-T, DVB-T2
Analog, Analog & Digital, Digital
Smart TV Features
S-Force Front Surround, Clear Audio +
RMS Rated Power
Auto Volume Leveler
Digital, Digital Plus, Digital Pulse, Pulse
Audio Decoding Technology
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Pulse
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Ethernet LAN Port
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
PC in Port
Consumer Electronics Control
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Direct Connection
Near Field Communication
Picture and Picture
Cinema, Game, Photo, Sports, Standard
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
On Screen Display Language
BUL, CAT, CRO, CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, ITA, KAZ, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR
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