Summary: The Sony KDL40EX500 is an excellent TV offered at a very affordable price. Despite its CCFL backlight, the image quality is very good, with good contrast and outstanding color fidelity. We can only complain about its consumption of about 150W.
Excerpt: For every one person looking for a crazy, pimped out big-screen, there are four others looking for a no-frills boob tube. Sony straddled that line with the KDL-40EX500. This 1080p powerhouse has all the motion-smoothing tech of its pricey brethren, but delivers it in a basic, financial-aid friendly...
Pros: The meat and potatoes TV for the rest of us. Great colors and high-speed motion performance. Ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness and contrast. Easy setup out of the box.
Cons: Speakers lack oomph, bang, crash. Light on advanced features. Completely forgettable remote. 120-Hz video processing can give standard-def video that dreaded soap opera look.