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Sony's R520/R550 are good value LCDsThe big-screen Sony R520/R550 series offers the best value you'll see from the company this year.
Hi. I'm Ty Pendlebury. And today I'm looking at the Sony R520 and R550 Televisions. If you're looking for the best bang for a buck LCD TVs, the mid-range levels are great place to start. Models like the Samsung 5000 and the Sharp LE650, a cheap and actually outperformed the more expensive screens above them. The Sony R520 and R550 belong in this group and as such they offer a very good picture at a decent price in screen sizes up to 70 inches. The design is elegant with a relatively slim black bezel and a solid metal stand that wouldn't be out of place in a CV2 catalog. This is an entry level smart TV, which offers the usual NetFlix and Hulu Plus as well as a web browser. The R520 doesn't have 3D while the R550 does. They're both are available for around the same price online. The TV does have more gimmicky features like screen mirroring and MHL though it did have limited success trying to use a mirror cost in particular but picture quality is the main reason you would buy any television and the Sony is very good for the money. It beats depends soft [unk] Samsung 6 and 7 Series and as up to $400 cheaper. Well, it doesn't have the deep blacks or local dimming of the M Series Vizio, contrast and black levels are still pretty decent. Sound quality is also a standout. By releasing less TVs in 2013, Sony has shown its able to concentrate on making each one just a little bit better. The R520 and R550 are very good options if you want a large screen LCD and don't wanna pay too much money. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com.