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Reviewed on Jul 16, 2013

Sony R400
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.8
6.3
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This tv was replaced by the Sony R420B

If you can get past its limited viewing angle and motion blur, the Sony KDL-32R400A offers great contrast and very little reflection. This makes it suitable for both daylight and nighttime viewing.

Test Results
Picture Quality 6.5
Motion 5.0
Inputs 7.7
Pros
  • Low input lag. This is great for playing fast-moving video games.
  • Good picture quality. The contrast ratio is above average and it doesn't have a lot of reflections.
Cons
  • Slight amount of motion blur on fast moving footage. This isn't an issue when watching TV shows or movies, but could be when playing video games.
  • Narrow viewing angle. You need to sit in front of it to fully benefit its picture quality.

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Design

Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness

2.71" (6.9 cm)

6.5

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.2 Dark scene
Black : 0.032 cd/m2
White : 101.2 cd/m2
Contrast : 3162 : 1

The picture quality in a dark environment is very good. It shows plenty of detail in shadowy scenes.

7.0 Uniformity

The screen uniformity is better than average.

9.4 Dark scene in a bright room
Reflection : 2.4 %

Thanks to its matte panel, the Sony KDL-32R400A can be watched in a bright room without issue. It doesn't reflect a lot of light.

5.4 Bright scene in a bright room
Max white : 116.8 cd/m2

It is even better when watching bright scenes.

5.0 Viewing angle
Viewing angle : 15 °

The viewing angle of the R400A LED TV is very narrow. As soon as you are off angle, the colors change. The LG 32LN530B is a better option if you often watch it off axis.

Pixels
5.0

Motion

5.0 Motion blur

Unfortunately, the Sony KDL-32R400A has significant motion blur. It won't bother you in movies or TV shows, but it is a problem for gaming.

7.7

Inputs

7.7 Input lag
Input lag : 45.8 ms

It has low input lag for gaming.

Side inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB

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
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6.3 Mixed Usage
The Sony KDL-32R400A is a good buy, except if you have a relatively bright room. With the lights off, the picture quality is excellent, but with the lights on, it reflects too much.

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