• The BX420 industrial design is clean and its build quality is better than a lot of its affordable competition.
• The BX420 is easy to set up and even easier to live with, making it an ideal HDTV for a bedroom or den or for the consumer not wanting to become overwhelmed by a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo.
• The BX420's image quality is very good overall, possessing rich, textured blacks and brilliant colors that do HD content justice, be it broadcast or Blu-ray.
• The BX420's lack of inputs, especially HDMI inputs is alarming and not enough in my opinion for today's modern consumer.
• The BX420 cannot connect to the Internet nor playback 3D content, so those of you in the market for those features should look elsewhere.
• The BX420's light sensor technology is a novel idea but noticeable (at least to me) in its operation.
Competition and Comparison
It seems that not too long ago one would've paid big money for a 40 or 42-inch HDTV. Nowadays we're putting those same size displays in kitchens and bathrooms. While consumers may want bigger screens there are still a few notable 40-inch or so HDTVs worth considering, starting with LG's 42LK450, which is a 42-inch LCD display that retails for $699. The LG is equally impressive in comparison to the Sony and boasts similar specs though its image, thanks to its ISF Calibration controls is just a touch more refined.
Possibly more impressive is Vizio's newest 42-inch LCD HDTV, which retails for $729. Unlike the Sony the Vizio can connect to the Internet via its built-in WiFi not to mention play back 3D content. I'd like to say the Sony has a better 2D image but the two seem pretty evenly matched with perhaps the edge going to the Vizio.
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It wasn't long ago that a 40 or 42-inch HDTV would cost you three grand or more; hell, that's what I paid three years ago when I bought my Samsung. Times are a-changing and prices have dropped dramatically since then and today's consumer is poised to reap the rewards. The Sony BRAVIA BX420 is one of those rewards, possessing performance that bests once reference level displays and leads much of the pack among its current competition. While the BX420 may lack some connectivity options and features such as Wi-Fi or 3D, it's still a good HDTV worth checking out if you're in the market for a no nonsense HDTV to put in your bedroom, den or secondary system.
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