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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome TV but you'll want a sound system, May 15, 2011
This review is from: Sony BRAVIA KDL40BX420 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Black (2011 Model) (Electronics)
After researching Bravia TVs, I decided to go ahead with this one since it is one of the newer releases for 2011. I'm glad I waited, as this TV is clearer and more vivid than those of some older models or rival brands. Picture quality is clear with no fog or motion blur. PS3 games and Netflix look absolutely amazing. The only thing this TV needs now is a sound system to broaden the audio experience. If you're having sound issues, try messing around with the 'steady sound' and 'clear voice' options to even things out and make them less muddy.

In stores you may see this TV's picture slightly less bright than others, but that is because of the built in light sensor that's located on the front of the frame. The picture automatically adjusts to best fit it's surroundings, and that's what's truly great. No fussing with brightness settings all the time.

Overall, worth every penny. Stick with Sony and you won't be disappointed.
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Initial post: Oct 7, 2011 8:22:44 PM PDT
Twiddles42 says:
Seconded.

I am still looking at how to disable the sensor and make it properly bright, without resorting to shifting up gamma or other tricks to throw off the gamut.

I recently returned a Samsung UN40D6000, which was going to replace my old Sony Bravia 32S3000. High-def media came across GREAT. Unfortunately, my Blu-Ray collection is about 1/10th that of my DVD collection. And of the DVD collection, many titles were shot on video (480i native) and will likely never come out on Blu-Ray.

The differences between sets (so far) have been instantly noticed:

The Samsung's processing engine/decoder was great for high def signals, but was horrible with standard-def. For standard-def, there was judder, sporadic interlace artifacting between scenes, and did I say how BAD the judder was? How can a 4 year old set so a smoother display than a new set? Inferior decoder technology. Even after disabling all the 120hz gimmick, configuring the dvd and blu-ray players to output specifically at 480i (forcing the TV to do the work), etc, problems remained. Not as many, but for a $1000 TV, there should be ZERO problems. Judder was horrible.

Then I bought the Sony, plugged it in, and there's no judder or ANY problems that I had seen.

That and, according to the yellow sticker on the set, the 40BX420 uses $20/year to run. That Samsung uses $15/yr to run. Which was something of a surprise to have read...

Plus, the Sony 40BX420 seems to have a decent quality PVA panel - viewing angles are pretty high, and far better, than the Samsung's. There's no contrast loss or desaturation at steeper angles.

If anything, the BX420 is a tad dark, but even then smooth-flowing pans look normal. Black levels/shadow detail seem very high as well. I still need to finish my calibrating and tests, but even out-of-the-box the Sony's output is better (even if the Samsung was brighter).

As with all LCD sets, there is some occasional motion blur, but it's not pronounced. It's on par with my 32S3000...

I am sticking with Sony. Picture quality still seems to be there where it's needed the most, especially for the price point. I'll be putting up a full review in a few days, after fully checking this model out. A shame so many 3rd party review sites don't include recent models, or for the one that did - I wouldn't rely on them as a resource... But all the modern sets with 120Hz, LED edge-lit, and so on - they're all gimmicks, which either turn high def film into soap opera video with the faster response time, or all of it needs to be turned off and even after that judder and other problems with upscaled sources remain.
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