Reviewed on Jul 22, 2013

Sony R450
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
6.9Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
This television has been discontinued.

The only big downside of the Sony R450 LED TV is its very limited viewing angle. If you are always sitting in front of it, you will appreciate its good blacks and very good motion handling.

Test Results
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 7.5
Inputs 7.4
Pros
  • Good motion handling for an LED. You won't normally notice motion blur.
  • Good picture quality. The contrast ratio is really good for the price.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle. The picture quality when viewed at an angle is greatly reduced.

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40" 40R450A
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50" 50R450A
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Design

Borders
Sony R450 Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness
Sony R450 Thickness

2.75" (7 cm)

6.6

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.8 Dark scene
Sony R450 Dark scene
Black : 0.022 cd/m2
White : 104.5 cd/m2
Contrast : 4750 : 1

The shadow details are very good while watching dark scenes in a dim environment. The blacks are deeper than its competitors in this price range.

6.5 Uniformity
Sony R450 Uniformity

The backlight uniformity is average.

9.3 Dark scene in a bright room
Sony R450 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 2.5 %

The Sony R450A also has very good picture quality with the lights on. It is a great choice if you have multiple windows in your room.

5.6 Bright scene in a bright room
Sony R450 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 127.1 cd/m2

The only reflection that we can see is direct light, which is very good.

5.4 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 17 °

Unfortunately, the Sony R450A has a very limited viewing angle with poor color uniformity at an angle. If you watch TV from the side, go for the LG LN5400 instead.

Pixels
7.5

Motion

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Score components:
7.5 Motion blur

For its price, it handles motion very well. It has a minimal amount of blur and it also supports 24p playback for movies.

7.4

Inputs

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7.4 Input lag
Sony R450 Input lag
Input lag : 50 ms

It has average input lag.

Side inputs
Sony R450 Side inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB

Rear inputs
Sony R450 Rear inputs

1 HDMI
1 Headphone Out
1 RF In
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out (Optical)

Smart Features

Remote

Conclusion
Amazon Out of stock

6.9Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
If you can get past the narrow viewing angle, this Sony R450 LED TV is a great choice in this price range. The picture quality is great, both for video games and movies.
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Questions & Answers

16 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
14
Is the Sony R450 46 inch a great choice for PS3 (and PS4 in the future) gaming?
Yes. It has low motion blur compared to most other LEDs in this range. The input lag is average, but it shouldn't be noticeable in a game.
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Quick question! Sony R450 VS Samsung F6300. My main concern is the input lag. Is 50 ms and 62.5 ms a big difference? Would 62.5 ms from the Samsung really be noticeable while playing fast paced games? Also, why is the motion blur a bit better on the Sony if it is only 60Hz? Does it also have the "soap opera effect" for general watching? I really appreciate your help! This website is great!
The input lag is not a big difference. Neither should be anything particularly noticeable. As explained here, the refresh rate is mostly just a marketing gimmick for TVs. When motion interpolation is turned off, there is habitually not a difference between a 60Hz and 120Hz TV. The R450 doesn't have the soap opera effect.
4
Would you rather have a Samsung 51" Plasma HDTV 1080p (F5300 series) or the Sony 46" R450 for playing video games and enjoying HDTV shows like The Walking Dead?
It depends mostly on your room and preference. The F5300 plasma has a lot of glare, so it works better in a dark room. The R450 doesn't have a good viewing angle or good uniformity, so it is a trade off.
4
I'm buying a TV for gaming and watching movies, but I can't decide between the R450, the F5000 or the LN5700. I'm really worried about the viewing angle and the blacks. I have two sofas and I often watch movies with my family. I should go for the LN5700, but I have an older and smaller LG (LED 27LE5300), and the blacks are really poor.
With LCD technologies, there is no such thing as a TV with good blacks and a good viewing angle. You either get one or the other, depending on what you value more. If you want both, you need to go with a plasma.
3
I thought this Sony TV has motion flow, which is the soap opera effect, no?
No, it does not have the soap opera effect. Sony uses the MotionFlow name both for a marketing number of Hz and the motion interpolation technology, which is indeed confusing.
3
Sony 40" R450. Given that the input Lag is low at 50ms and this is a nice 1080p LED TV with a great review from you, would you recommend this TV for gaming? Or do you think Motion Blur will be a problem with only 60Hz? Would you recommend any other TV over this one for gaming? I'm buying an LED, not a Plasma. Thank you!
This is a great TV for gaming. The refresh rate of 60Hz doesn't matter at all. Check out our article on refresh rates, you will see that they are mostly a marketing gimmick.
2
Does this TV have Sony's Motion Flow functionality? Also, a similar question to the person above, overall is this R450 a better choice than the Samsung F6300 40 inch? Taking into consideration that I don't personally care for Smart TV functionalities?
No it doesn't have motion interpolation. Yes, I would go for the R450 if you do not care about Smart TV, thickness, or motion interpolation.
2
Was the input lag tested with game mode on? And I've heard that you want an HDTV with <15 input lag for fast-paced gaming. Will there be noticeable input lag for gaming if I get this TV?
Yes it was. Input lag is not really noticeable under 75ms for non competitive gamers, so I wouldn't worry about that for this TV.
2
I don't understand how this Sony R450 (60Hz Refresh Rate) can have better Input Lag than, say, the Samsung F6300 (120Hz Refresh Rate). Why is this so?
Most of the input lag time comes from the processor, not the panel. It depends on how much processing the TV does to the picture and how fast the processor is. It doesn't have anything to do with the refresh rate of the panel. Check out our article on input lag for more info.
2
Concerned about sports on the Sony R450A. Any problem watching the ball, puck, etc?
The motion blur is average-good for an LED. For the price, you can't really get any better than this.
1
A review from "DigitalTrends (dot) com" said, "Fixed Motion smoothing feature creates soap opera." and "We wish Sony allowed the feature to be defeated." However, you stated otherwise. Please help. Thanks for your time and great site!
Strange. If you look at our motion blur video in slow motion, you can clearly see no motion interpolation. Could it be that the mode we selected disabled it? Maybe. Unfortunately, we do not have that TV anymore, so we cannot test the other modes (we originally used the Custom mode).
1
I am trying to decide between this (Sony R450) and the Samsung F5500. It will mainly be used for gaming and movies. I want one with the best picture and the least blur/input lag. They seem so comparable and its hard to choose.
They are really similar indeed. If you don't care about Smart TV features, just get whichever is cheaper. If they are priced the same, go for the Samsung F5500. It can get significantly brighter and has a slightly better viewing angle. It is also thinner.
0
I read in another review on this TV that the Motionflow setting can't be turned off, (just like on my KDL32W650). Is this right? I was thinking of returning my W series because of that very fact and replacing it with this one, but from what I've read I'd have the same problem where you do get extra motion in certain scenes (The TV seems to decide when to turn it on or off). Why does Sony do this? It's a shame, because I love my 32" W series but I can't stand motion interpolation during movies, even if it's only active for a short moment. Please confirm this to be true or not, thank you!
In the mode that we tested the R450 (Custom), there was no motion interpolation and it can't even be turned on. Check our our slow motion video and you will see no interpolation. We didn't test other modes though, so it could be that it is always on in those.
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If I am primarily watching sports, would there be much difference between the LN5400 and the R450? Also, if I were with a group of people, which would be the better TV?
There is less motion blur on the R450, making it better for sports. However, the viewing angle is a lot better on the LN5400, which is useful when a group of people is watching. Therefore, it is a trade off and it depends on which factor you value more.
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Could you explain further Cinemotion off or auto, which produces the Soap Opera Effect. What is LED motion? Unlike many, I like the Soap Opera Effect.
Cinemotion set to auto will display 24p when there is a 24 fps source. LED Motion just changes the backlight flickering. On ours, there was no way to enable the Soap Opera Effect.
0
I bought the Sony Bravia R452a Led TV to watch movies. For better sound, I plug external speakers into the headphone jack on the TV, but no sound plays through the speaker. I changed sound settings from TV speaker to external Speaker system, but no sound. How do I get sound to play out of the External 2:0 speaker?
The best way isn't via the headphone jack of the TV, but with the Digital Optical Audio Out or the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel).