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Sony LCD gives good picture for the money

The Sony KDL-EX500 LCD TV incorporates respectable image quality with essential features at a wallet-friendly price.

Sony's EX500 LCD lacks an LED backlight along with an exorbitant price tag. Sarah Tew/CNET

Of the four Sony LCD TVs we've reviewed this year so far, the KDL-EX500 is both the least-expensive and the most impressive for the money. It lacks the thin chassis of its LED-based brothers, along with the eye-catching Monolithic design of the company's flagship models. It even lacks an Ethernet port for Internet extras, along with many of the more-advanced picture controls found on competing models in this price range. What it doesn't lack, however, is solid picture quality for an LCD, comparing well with both competing CCFL-backlit models and the edge-lit LEDs that cost much more. Among mainstream LCD TVs the Sony KDL-EX500 is a very good value.

Read the full review of the Sony KDL-EX500 series.