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    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Design
    2. Stand
    3. Borders
    4. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Contrast
    2. Black Uniformity
    3. Gray Uniformity
    4. Viewing Angle
    5. Average Room
    6. Bright Room
    7. 3D
    8. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Motion Interpolation
  5. Inputs
    1. Input Lag
    2. Side Inputs
    3. Rear Inputs
  6. Smart Features
    1. Smart TV
    2. Remote
  7. Conclusion
  8. Q&A
Reviewed on May 29, 2014

Sony R420B
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
6.7 Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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The Sony KDL32R420B LED TV is an inexpensive TV, but its picture quality is also inferior. The contrast ratio is sub-par, it reflects a lot of light, and it has more motion blur than average. At least it has a good viewing angle.

Test Results
Picture Quality 6.5
Motion 7.0
Inputs 8.7
Smart Features 0
Pros
  • Great viewing angle with consistent colors.
Cons
  • Low input lag, which is great for fast-paced games. However, it has quite a bit of motion blur.
  • Low contrast ratio. In a dark room, the blacks are gray.
  • Significant amount of reflections. It also doesn't get very bright, so it is not suitable for daytime viewing in a room with windows.

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32" KDL32R420B
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Design

Design
Sony R420B Design

The KDL32R420B looks very bland. Its frame and depth are thicker than average, even for this price range.

Stand
Sony R420B Stand

This TV has a standard stand that doesn't swivel.

Borders
Sony R420B Borders

0.87" (2.2 cm)

Thickness
Sony R420B Thickness

2.83" (7.2 cm)

6.5

Picture Quality

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4k : No
7.2 Contrast
Sony R420B Contrast
Black : 0.066 cd/m2
White : 100.9 cd/m2
Contrast : 1529 : 1

The contrast ratio of the Sony KDL32R420B isn't very good. In a dark room, you will notice that its blacks are gray. At least the default color calibration is quite good.

8.0 Black Uniformity
Sony R420B Black Uniformity

While its blacks aren't very deep, the uniformity of black scenes is good. The corners are slightly darker, though.

6.0 Gray Uniformity
Sony R420B Gray Uniformity

They uniformity of the gray color is better than average, but it is significantly darker around the edges.

7.1 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 30 °

The viewing angle of this TV is good. The colors stay the same even if you sit off-axis.

7.5 Average Room
Sony R420B Average Room
Reflection : 1.9 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

The Sony R420B reflects more than average, but the reflections still are under control (unlike the LG 32LB5800, which has a yellow tint when you have a few lights on).

6.0 Bright Room
Sony R420B Bright Room
Max white : 138 cd/m2

This TV doesn't get bright. In conjunction with the higher than average level of reflections, this TV is less than ideal in a room with a few windows.

0 3D
3D : No
Pixels
7.0

Motion

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7.0 Motion Blur
Sony R420B Motion Blur

The Sony KDL32R420B has a long motion blur trail. Fast moving footage appears a bit blurry on it. Therefore, it isn't the best for sports or video games.

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
8.7

Inputs

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8.7 Input Lag
Sony R420B Input Lag
Input Lag : 34 ms

The input lag of this TV is good; it won't be noticeable even in fast video games.

Side Inputs
Sony R420B Side Inputs

1 USB
2 HDMI

Rear Inputs
Sony R420B Rear Inputs

1 Headphone Output
1 Composite Input
1 Component Input
1 Digital Optical Audio Out
1 RF In

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  • 100% Smart TV
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Remote

Conclusion
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6.7Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
Overall, the Sony KDL32R420B LED TV isn't a very good TV. Unless you can find it at a steep discount, it is worth spending a little bit more to get a better TV.
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Questions & Answers

5 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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I'm trying to find the difference between the kdl48R470B and the kdl48W600B. I think the R470B is a Walmart-only model, but what's the difference in the actual TVs?
It is basically the same TV, but without the smart features. We expect the picture quality to be in the same ballpark.
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Have you tested it with a PS3 or PS4? What are your thoughts? For me, it is a bargain. I am considering this over a PC monitor for my PS 3/4 at the same price, which is a BenQ GW2760HS. Just a quick answer: which is better?
We haven't tested the BenQ GW2760HS, so we can't compare it. The KDL32R420B has a fair amount of motion blur, so it isn't ideal for fast games on the PS4.
2
Is there only one HDMI port on this TV? Based on the picture you provided, it looks like there are two.
Two HDMI and one USB. It was a typo in our review, and it is fixed now.
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How do I fix audio delay?
If you are using a receiver, you should have a lip-sync feature on that device, which would let you adjust the delay. If not, try putting the TV into Game mode and see if that fixes the lag.
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In the Sony R420B, is Netflix installed into the TV?
No.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.