Impressive looking picture quality
I have had this TV for a few months now and am very pleased with it. Let my preface this by saying that I used to sell TVs for a living and I am pretty particular about picture quality. (I am particular about sound quality as well, and don't believe that any of the speakers that are built into TVs nowadays are worth a darn. I have all the TVs in my house hooked into separate audio systems, so you won't see me addressing the sound quality of this unit.)
Delivers smooth images without excessive judder.
At $900 this Sony TV is a compelling value especially if you do not care about 3D capability. It should be a very strong seller at this price. Competition comes from the LG 47LM6200 and the Samsung UN46ES6100 to name a couple which sell for $100 more.
A very average Smart TV that is not as easy to use as the better performing competition.
The Bravia KDL-40EX640 ($899 MSRP) is a low-end, 1080p Smart TV from Sony in 2012. We like that they are producing a cheaper Smart TV, hitting a niche audience that wants online features, no 3D, and a good television.
The menu system and the performance are definitely acceptable. We saw great improvements in the Smart TV interface compared to Sony's attempt at advanced features last year. The Home menu puts together everything you need in one easy-access list.
Awesome TV, great quality and easy setup
As the reviewer before me said, this set has the best picture quality! I made the bad mistake of connecting coax initially but the images were not too sharp so I thought I'd give HDMI a try.. eureka! It auto-detected and even auto-sized the screen so I'm using wide-screen format which takes up the entire screen (no black bars on the top or bottom).
The BX series does not feature internet connectivity.
The 32" KDL32BX330 replaces the KDL32BX320 from last year, it is a fluorescent back lit, 720p, 60Hz LCD panel.
Rather than light the LCD panel with LED back lighting or edge lighting the BX series uses CCFL fluorescent back lighting. CCFL doesn't produce the same bright whites as LED lighting but the panel lighting can end up being more uniform than a thinner, more expensive LED edge lit television.
The viewing angle is good for an LCD TV
For an inexpensive 32-inch LCD television, the Sony Bravia KDL-32BX330 (MSRP $329) delivers. The motion performance is good, navigating the menus is simple, and the viewing angle is wide - for an LCD, that is. Not only is this TV budget-conscious, but so is its power consumption.
Not every feature can be a knockout on a TV this cheap, though. We weren't particularly impressed by the range of colors that the BX330 can produce, which does not measure up nicely with the industry standard.
Overly bright whites obscure detail and poor sound.
While the 32BX330 won't be wowing any videophiles, it is a solid performer with Sony's signature picture quality. This TV stands shoulder to shoulder with competing sets from Toshiba, LG, Samsung and Vizio and well above sets from the likes of Sceptre, Proscan, RCA and Element.
The only trouble is that along with the Sony name comes the Sony price, which averages about $50 more than other big name brands and sometimes as much as $120 more than smaller name brands like Sceptre and Element.
Price is not everything.
Overall this TV is not a bad TV. Maybe I am just picky, but when you spend money you want a good product. This TV did not meet my expectations for the price it costs. Maybe it is because they purchased the rights of the technology through LG but did not build the TV the same. I don't know. And the poor backlighting problems I was experiencing with this TV was just too much.
So I returned the TV and purchased the more expensive LG 55LW6500. What a difference 400 dollars makes!
In terms of picture performance, you will get a great value for your dollar at the cost of additional features.
Overall, the Sony KDL-46BX420 ($899 MSRP) isn't a bad television set. Not only does it have great picture performance, but it isn't overly-complicated by features that would probably never get used, or only serve as a frustration. The lack of input ports may be an issue for some users, though, but it's fairly obvious that this TV was not designed with the high-end user in mind.
No Internet or network features.
While competing entry-level models are beginning to offer bonus features such as wireless Internet access, Internet apps and sometimes even 3D, Sony sticks to its guns with the KDL-40BX420 by focusing on a superior picture, decent sound and a user-friendly interface in an attractive package. Light but well-constructed, this TV should be an easy fit in just about any room in the house. We recommend this set for anyone who prioritizes picture quality over bells and whistles.
Panel type: New NeoPDP 2009 screen Resolution: 1080p (standard) / 1920×1080 (exact) Contrast ratio: 40,000:1 (native) / 2,000,000:1 (dynamic) Shades of gradation: 6144 THX certified: NO Anti-glare filter: New Anti-Refective Filter 24p cinema mode: NO 54? - Panasonic TC-P54S1 - 50? - Panasonic TC-P50S1 - 46? - Panasonic TC-P46S1 - 42? - Panasonic TC-P42S1 - (the model reviewed here)
The picture and sound both look and sound great
This is a little short in the features department, but thereâ??s still a lot to like here. The picture and sound both look and sound greatâ??itâ??s hard not to with 1080p video at a higher refresh rate than some might be used to back in the 60 Hz cycle days as well as speakers with plenty of SRS augmentationâ??and there are more than enough ports here for your newest gear. Older gear will get short shrift here, but thatâ??s really to be expected given the nature of the system.
The Sony KDL-46HX800 ($2699 MSRP) is a 3D-ready TV. What does 3D ready mean, you ask. In short, it means you have to buy more accessories. Not just the glasses, which run $150 a pop. You also have a buy a '3D Sync Transmitter' for $50, which sits on top of the TV like an Wii sensor bar. You can't just ask the KDL-46HX800 for 3D, you have to beg for it.
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