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CNET First Look
Sony Bravia KDL-40BX420If you don't expect the world from the entry-level Sony KDL-BX420 LCD, its picture quality may be a pleasant surprise.
-Hello, David Katzmaier from CNET and with the Sony KDL-BX420. This is a 40-inch LCD TV. There're also a 46 and a 32-inch member of the series. This review will apply to all 3. This is Sony's least expensive 1080p TV for 2011, also the only that doesn't have an LED back light that makes it a lot less expensive than Sony's LED TVs and we'll it performance is pretty darn good. First of all, let's take a look a the styling though, seen from the side, this is definitely not an LED. It's pretty chunky, still flat panel, however. It's also really minimalist. Around the edge, there is this slightly less glassy bottom edge here and standard self doesn't swivel. We do appreciate the low profile look. However, it makes the TV pretty darn compact. The feature set BX420 is relatively sparse as you'd expect from entry level TV. It does have the ability to playback music, video, and photos by USB, but you can do the same thing via an Ethernet connection as you can on some Samsung sets. Otherwise, it does have a 60 hertz refresh rate, unlike 120 hertz found a lot of step up TVs. We really don't there's much of a difference between the 2, however, unless you really like that smoothing effect the 120 hertz gives you. Sony does include a few advanced picture settings including a 2-point white balance control. There are also quite a few picture presets, but I told it doesn't quite allow of the customization of a Samsung or an LG TV. Around back, the input selection is also really scare. There're only 2 total HDMI inputs, which can be real problem if you have a few sources that use HDMI and really is a lot less than the competing entry level TVs on the market. The picture quality of the BX420 was among of the better TVs we've seen this year at the entry level. It was able to deliver a relatively deep black level and its color accuracy at least in the middle areas was pretty darn good as well. It outperformed the equivalent Samsung 60 hertz model, but not quite as good as the Samsung 120 hertz we tested. It actually performed pretty well overall compared to the Sony EX720 LED model. Its weaknesses include slight uniformity issues around the corners, a little bit brighter than the middle, although we do appreciate to handle 1080p 24 sources, which is unusual in a 60 hertz television. The TV also has a matte screen, which like most TVs at this level helps reduce the reflection from ambient light. That's a quick look at the Sony BX420 series, and I'm David Katzmaier.