Sony NSX-32GT1 Review

Sony has engineered a valiant attempt at the ultimate vehicle for Internet TV, but Google TV’s persistent potholes provide a bumpy ride.
Sony has engineered a valiant attempt at the ultimate vehicle for Internet TV, but Google TV’s persistent potholes provide a bumpy ride.
Sony has engineered a valiant attempt at the ultimate vehicle for Internet TV, but Google TV’s persistent potholes provide a bumpy ride.

Highs

  • Complete Google TV integration into every aspect of the TV
  • Image quality exceeds spec expectations
  • Modern edge-to-edge glass design
  • Smart, capable controller
  • Reasonably priced

Lows

  • Google TV remains under construction
  • Steep learning curve for controller
  • Wobbly stand

Sony GT1 series information: The review of Sony’s 32-inch NSX-32GT1 Internet Connected TV is based on our hands-on experience with the 46-inch NSX-46GT1. The observations made also apply to the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 TV. Sony says that the GT1 TVs have identical specifications (except for dimensions and weight) and should have similar performances.

If every HDMI cable on earth were suddenly shredded to copper threads and you could never connect another device to your TV again, Sony’s Internet TVs would be the ones to own. Simply put, no other connected television packs this much content into one clean, self-contained unit. Though the lack of cables and all-in-one approach eases setup and use, Google TV’s rough edges will still make us warn non-geeks away from this otherwise sharp connected TV for the time being, but patient tech enthusiasts will find a bevy of content and possibilities built right in.

Features

Take an HDTV and a Google TV set-top box, smash them together, and you most likely have a broken TV and a broken set top box. (Not where you thought we were going with that, huh?) No, Sony’s Internet TV goes a level deeper than the Neanderthal mash up you might expect by painstakingly integrating every aspect of a television’s function into the Google TV platform. The glowing logo below the screen might as well read Google.

sony internet tv google nsx 46gt1 review withSony makes the Internet TV in 24-, 32-, 40- and 46-inch display sizes, but fundamentally, they all share the same Google TV core features plastered across a 1080p LCD screen. Like all Google TV devices, that means access to streaming staples like Netflix, Pandora and Pandora, local access to anything available via DLNA or UPnP, and a full Web browser with Flash for just about anything else you can imagine. It also integrates with over-the-air and cable broadcasts, allowing you to watch live TV as you peruse the Web offerings.

Beneath the surface, both Sony’s Internet TVs and Logitech’s Revue are powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor that’s not far off from what you might find in a netbook. The set offers both Wi-Fi and a standard Ethernet jack for Internet connectivity and network access.

On the more pedestrian side, Sony’s Internet TVs offers the usual array of Sony features including 1080p upscaling, MPEG noise reduction, media playback via USB, and Eco Settings for lower power consumption.

In an apparent concession to the system’s all-in-one, future-leaning design, Sony goes light on traditional connectivity, offering analog RCA, component video, digital optical audio and headphone outputs, but only one of each, and the component and RCA video inputs both share the same audio inputs, so you can use one or the other. Notably, there’s no VGA input for old-school notebooks. However, geeks will be happy to find four HDMI inputs (two rear, two side) and an impressive four USB inputs (all four on the side for easy access).

sony internet tv google nsx 46gt1 review withDesign

Sony’s Internet TV is as much an appliance as television, and Sony gives that self-contained philosophy a nod in the style. It’s one of the few big-screen TVs we’ve ever seen to come in white, an eggshell shade that wouldn’t feel out of place in the kitchen. You’ll have to peek behind the edge-to-edge glass on the front to even see it, though, which has been blacked out around the edges for a play on the same “monolithic” look that appears on high-end Sonys like the NX8 series.

Then there’s that stand. For all the over-engineering put into TV stands, from Samsung’s liquid-inspired teardrops to Sony’s own glass-and-aluminum marvels, the bare metal bar that supports Sony’s Google TV is certainly… a departure. It’s essentially an oversized paperclip. Visually, it jives with the whole “appliance” look, but if an oversized paperclip holding up a TV gives you pause, it should. The 46-pound Internet TV sits on the metal stand like a fat kid on a railing, wobbling with the slightest provocation. We assume the main goal of the stand and overall design is to appeal to a younger, more techie audience. And it scores in that regard.

Despite the fact that it essentially houses a mini computer, Sony has kept the NSX-32GT1 to just 2.25 inches deep, and there’s not a fan to be found. Top and bottom perforations in the plastic chassis seem to radiate the heat away just fine.

Setup

With no cables to connect, setting up Sony’s Internet TV is literally as simple as plugging in the power cord and turning it on. After typing in your Wi-Fi password (or connecting an Ethernet cable) it will automatically download the latest version of Google TV and walk you through setup, which includes simple steps like letting it scan for TV stations. A total of seven steps — and maybe 5 minutes — later, you’re up and ready to roll.

Product Review

For picture quality on a budget, Vizio's new P-Series is absolutely unbeatable

Vizio’s P-Series TV line has always been the best among the brand’s long run of budget-friendly TVs, but this year’s model has really stepped up. While the competition is also improving, Vizio’s latest P-Series keeps the brand among…
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.
Deals

Time for a new TV? Grab the 55-inch Samsung curved 4K smart TV for $598

Shopping for a new TV and want to upgrade to 4K? Consider going curved: Samsung makes some of the best UHD TVs on the market today, including its unique curved lineup. Now, you can score the 55-inch Samsung curved 4K smart TV for just $598…
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Emerging Tech

Keep your holiday gift list high tech and under budget with these gadgets

Modern technology doesn't always come cheap, but there plenty of premium devices that don't carry a premium price. Whether you're looking for a streaming device or a means of capturing photos from above, our list of the best tech under $50…
Home Theater

They’re not just for gaming: Watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

While the Xbox One S and Xbox One X boost the visuals of your games, they also can pull double-duty as Blu-ray players, but there's a bit of set up needed. Need help? Here's our guide on how to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and X.
Product Review

Google’s third HD Chromecast is still a good streamer, but its value is slipping

At Google’s October event, we saw a slew of new products, but the new third-generation Chromecast didn’t even make it onstage. We spent some time with the incrementally upgraded, third-generation HD Chromecast to see if it’s worth…
Movies & TV

You can ditch cable but still get your 'SportsCenter' fix with ESPN+

ESPN's streaming service, ESPN+, is finally here. Despite appearances, ESPN+ isn't a replacement for your ESPN cable channels, and it differs from other streaming apps in a few key ways.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Smart Home

SiriusXM, Amazon team up for two Echo Dot deals with freebies

Amazon and SiriusXM partnered on two joint promotions. New SiriusXM subscribers can receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. People who already own an Echo device can sign up for new SiriusXM subscription with the first three months free.
Music

Bolster your HD music catalog with the best high-res audio sites

Music connoisseurs relish HD audio, but scouring the web for all the best streaming and downloading sites can be a pain. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Check out our list, and let the high-resolution good times roll.
Home Theater

Lynxsonic’s 4:33 headphones offer premium features at a not-so-premium price

If you're looking for a set of wireless headphones that has a similar feature set to Bose's QuietComfort 35 but with a lower price, the Lynxsonic 4:33 is an intriguing new contender on Kickstarter.
Home Theater

Demystify home audio with our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide

Today's A/V receivers are packed with lots of advanced technology and just plain cool features. From understanding watt ratings to Wi-Fi, we explain how to buy one that will last you for years in our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.