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Sony R400 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 16, 2013 at 12:00 am
Test Methodology v0.8
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This TV was replaced by the Sony R420B
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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.

Our Verdict

6.7 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.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
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.

Check Price

32" 32R400A
Unavailable
B&H

Test Results

Design
Design
Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Design
Thickness

2.71" (6.9 cm)

Picture Quality
8.2
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Uniformity

The screen uniformity is better than average.

9.4
Picture Quality
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
Picture Quality
Bright scene in a bright room
Max white 116.8 cd/m2

It is even better when watching bright scenes.

5.0
Picture Quality
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.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
5.0
Motion
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.

Inputs
7.7
Inputs
Input lag
Input lag 45.8 ms

It has low input lag for gaming.

Inputs
Side inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB

Inputs
Rear inputs

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

Smart Features
Smart Features
Remote

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