Reviewed on Jul 16, 2013

Sony R400
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings
6.3Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
    Table of Contents
  1. Intro
  2. Design
    1. Borders
    2. Thickness
  3. Picture Quality
    1. Dark scene
    2. Uniformity
    3. Dark scene in a bright room
    4. Bright scene in a bright room
    5. Viewing angle
    6. Pixels
  4. Motion
    1. Motion blur
  5. Inputs
    1. Input lag
    2. Side inputs
    3. Rear inputs
  6. Sound Quality
  7. Smart Features
    1. Remote
  8. Conclusion
  9. Q&A
This television has been discontinued.
It 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.

Check Price

32" 32R400A
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Design

Borders
Sony R400 Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness
Sony R400 Thickness

2.71" (6.9 cm)

6.5

Picture Quality

4k : No
8.2 Dark scene
Sony R400 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
Sony R400 Uniformity

The screen uniformity is better than average.

9.4 Dark scene in a bright room
Sony R400 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
Sony R400 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

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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

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7.7 Input lag
Sony R400 Input lag
Input lag : 45.8 ms

It has low input lag for gaming.

Side inputs
Sony R400 Side inputs

1 HDMI
1 USB

Rear inputs
Sony R400 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
Amazon Out of stock

6.3Mixed Usage
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Score components:
  • 70% Picture Quality
  • 20% Motion
  • 10% Inputs
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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This TV and review is really dated. You need to review the W650, which is its 32" successor with excellent picture quality.
This TV, like the W650, was released in 2013, so it isn't dated. The R400 is an entry-level TV, and the W650 is mid-range. Both should get discontinued soon to make place for 2014 models.
We are not taking any more questions for this product because we no longer have it in our lab.