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Sony Bravia KDL-32BX330 LCD TV Review

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Proof that Sony does indeed make budget TVs.

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Introduction

Does Sony really make budget TVs? As a matter of fact they do, and we have the Sony Bravia KDL-32BX330 (MSRP $329) in-house to prove it. We previously reviewed another cost-effective model from Sony, the BX450, and we were not impressed at all by its lackluster performance.

The BX330 didn’t exactly blow us away, but it does have decent motion performance, a good viewing angle, and a simple menu system. For a TV that can be found for under $300 online, those are some nice features.

Design

Don't expect a revelation in TV design from Sony with this TV.

The BX330 uses the same tried-and-true designs found in many other budget TVs: wide bezels, a thick profile, and a plastic slab for the stand. The on-set controls, located on the bottom-right part of the bezel, are touch-sensitive. This adds a touch of class to the cheap-feeling nature of the BX330. On the back, there are only minimal ports to be found: two HDMI ports, a component input, and a digital audio output are the standout connections.

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Smart TV Features

The menu interface on the BX330 is clean and simple.

The straightforward menu interface on the Sony BX330 is a nice departure from the overly complicated menu system on Sony's higher-end models. There are six menu categories to choose from: Picture, Sound, Screen, Channel, Lock, and Setup. While there aren't a ton of settings to choose from, there are enough options to keep most consumers happy.

Inserting a USB drive will allow you to browse files stored on it. Unfortunately, the BX330 likes to pick and choose what files it wants to display. We had no problem playing.mp3 music files, but pictures were hit-or-miss: some.jpg files worked fine, but the BX330 refused to show others.

Picture Quality

For a cheap LCD, the BX330 is a respectable performer.

The BX330's screen performance is nothing revolutionary, but it does an adequate job in some areas. The viewing angle, for example, is good for an LCD television: We were able to measure a 75° total viewing angle. Likewise, the motion performance was pretty good. Detailed images moving quickly across the screen suffered some minimal blurriness, but it wasn't too drastic.

The colors and contrast on the Sony BX330 were not the best in the world, or even the best among budget TVs. Greens and blues will appear slightly more vivid on this TV, while the peak brightness was very dim for an LCD.

Conclusion

For the price, you could do a lot worse.

Consumers who would consider purchasing the Sony Bravia KDL-32BX330 need to know that this TV is nowhere near top-of-the-line quality. For the asking price of $329, you will get a minimal selection of ports, a boring design, a dimly-lit picture, and some colors that are a bit off. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. The viewing angle is quite good on the BX330 and the motion performance was decent, as well. That said, consumers will have to make the choice on whether these pros and cons warrant spending $329.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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