Sony KDL-32R400A Review (KDL32R400A)
32 inch 720p, Direct LED
by Jack Burden, Senior Editor
This 32 inch value offering from Sony falls at the bottom of it's lineup totem pole for 2013 and early 2014. The KDL-32R400A has lots to offer the value shopper however as Sony makes reliable small inexpensive TVs and you still get their superior video chip sets (even if the other parts are made by other manufacturers). Sony has the Direct LED spec on this LCD TV, which means that rather than CCFL flourescent backlighting you get LED backlights. This is not to be confused with the more robust and bright edge-lighting LEDs that Sony uses in their higher end models.
The 60Hz panel is probably all you need on a 32 inch panel though you will obviously get some judder and stutter during fast motion images or slow panning side to side. Colors are a bit washed out from side angles on the KDL-32R400A but it's still passably good. The highlight is the crispness of images when viewing HD signals even though the panel is only 720p, HD 1080p and 720 still looks great on it especially broadcast.
The KDL32R400A has an anti glare flat coat to the screen that actually ends up reflecting light rather than keeping it from irritating the picture. It's not a favorite feature, but it is cheaper to produce and helps keep the cost down. Black levels are still decent on this TV, you just dont get the best depth production for your viewing.
There are not many extras on the KDL-32R400A. There is no 3D, or Smart TV features. There is a USB port for easy playback, and another special feature you may want to play around with called the MHL-ready. This is for mirroring the screens on NFC compatible Smart Phone devices (sorry no Apple yet).
This is a bang for the buck model from Sony and is priced to be a big seller for the year. The appearance of the TV is nice for the price point and you get the Sony name and internal workings over other 2nd tier manufacturers in the marketplace. If you want a 32” model with lots of options and features try the Sony KDL32W650A which has lots. If you want a rock bottom price for a name brand, this is where to look.
|Jack Burden joined the review staff of CEAG Inc. in May 2003 after finishing his graduate work at Harvard University. He has been reporting on consumer electronics and conducting product reviews for more than seven years... Read more about Jack|