What is the Sony W706/ W705?
Room for a little one?
Design & Connections
As mentioned above, Sony is upping the ante in terms of speaker deployment and the result is that the bezel is relatively thick to accommodate the larger drivers. At its deepest point the KDL32W706B is about 6.5cm, which while not totally precluding a wall-mount install, does mean it won’t be the flushest if you decide to go down that route.
So accustomed we have become to interacting with multiple remote controls, that the solitary handset accompanying the W706 had us scouring the box for another but there was none. The TV will work with Sony’s new ‘One-Flick’ smart remote but you’ll have to purchase one separately at a cost of around £50 which we think is steep and not really worth the investment when the included controller works perfectly well. It’s nothing special but buttons are located practically and the numerous shortcut keys make using the Smart TV suite easy enough.
The un-adjusted Cinema mode exhibited an excess of green throughout the greyscale which became more noticeable as black transitioned to white. A full white signal registered a delta Error approaching 10, which is definitely much higher than you would want. Gamma was tracking close to our designated target of 2.3 and colours were generally close to where we would want them, with only a sizeable hue error in cyan of any real note.
The relatively meagre two-point White Balance controls allowed us to obtain a very accurate greyscale calibration in no time at all. With delta Errors almost all under one, across the scale, we’re very much in the unnoticeable territory here. Gamma was also tracking very close to target so we have a good tonal balance, as well, and there really is very little to trouble us here.
We’ve seen great strides taken by many of the manufacturers this year, in terms of black/dark screen uniformity and, with the death of plasma TV, it’s not before time. The Sony W706 continued that trend, displaying an excellent and even distribution of light from its backlighting LED’s and this held true for brighter content too so we weren’t faced with any nasty panel banding/dirty screen effects when watching the football, for example. Long may this push by the manufacturers continue and although it’s obviously easier to manage on a 32-inch than it is a 55”, the signs are encouraging.
Sony’s X-Reality Pro processing engine is very good with excellent scaling of standard definition signals and deinterlacing of 1080i and 576i signals was also clean. The cadence detection for both PAL (2:2) and NTSC (2:3) sources was also spot-on, with the W706 able to lock on instantly and thus deliver pictures without loss of resolution or shredding. We even found that using a dash of extra ‘Reality Creation’ to compressed, streamed video worked well and the Adv. Contrast Enhancer set to Low makes intra-scene contrast performance that bit more impressive, without causing any real issues with detail crushing.
Like every other 2014 1080p Sony TV, thus far, the W706 delivered a staggeringly alert response to controller input. Using our dedicated device, we measured an input lag between 14 and 15 milliseconds, which is supremely quick, and you’d have to be looking at a dedicated gaming monitor to best that kind of figure. Even then, it would be going some!
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 39W
Calibrated – Movie Mode: 41W
Sony W706/ W705 Video Review
Sony W706B/ W705B Picture Quality
If we’re going to have a criticism, you’ve probably already guessed that we’d consider 32-inches just a bit too small to get the most out of a Blu-ray, at typical viewing distances but it’s still obvious, even from 10 feet away, that the KDL-32W706B is capable of delivering crisp and gorgeous pictures. There’s so little to complain about, in fact, that’s it’s abbreviated this section of the review by at least one paragraph so we’ll just close out by reiterating what was said above - the W706 is excellent and there are bigger ones in the range!
- Almost perfect screen uniformity
- Good black levels
- Accurate colours
- Excellent video processing
- Comprehensive Smart TV features
- None, really, but not the cheapest 32-inch TV
Sony KDL-32W706B (W706) TV Review
The beauty doesn’t stop in the design, either, and the W706 is blessed with all the necessary capabilities to deliver superb pictures. Black levels are relatively deep and thus the W706 possesses great dynamic range, plus colours are nice and accurate and video processing near flawless. At this point we might usually stick in a caveat but this little Sony had no flaws worth noting with excellent screen uniformity ably abetting the rest of the package. It’s definitely not the cheapest 32-inch TV on the market but we think the asking price is reasonable for such a very Smart TV capable of delivering such dashing pictures. Highly Recommended!
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