Excerpt: I Bought this Sony 40" HDTV for the bedroom, I was amazed at how light it was just 26 pounds, easy to setup, great picture, and low energy consumption. It fits perfectly on the entertainment center too. I'm so glad I didn't purchase the 32" as originally planned, I do own a lot of Sony products and will continue to purchase their line of products.
Pros: All the connections options I could ever need, Best looking TV out there, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Remote Control, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound Quality, LED-backlit, Lightweight, Reduced Glare
Summary: I own a Pioneer Kuro PDP-5080 HD, so that's my point of reference. The most important part of any television is it's ability to reproduce accurate color and black levels. Smart features, internet connectivity, etc. are all ancillary features that don't affect the monitors ability to display a realistic picture to faithfully reproduce the TV/Movies that you are watching. The Sony KDL-40R450A is an absolutely stunning television.
Summary: I had a very nice 32" Sony with the same great picture. Since my mother's TV quit working, I gave her mine. I am a Sony person, so I bought this 40" since it was on sale and a basic model. I just wish it had 2 or 3 HDMI's in the back. I don't like using the side ones. Of course, I had to attach my excellent sounding $99 Bose speakers. I also had to figure out how to adjust one of the figurations so I could increase the sound to the speakers.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Good Remote Control, Great Picture Quality, LED-backlit, Reduced Glare
Summary: Fantastic TV. The picture is clear, bright and sharp. The colors are natural looking and deep. Even the sound is very good which is surprising for a flat screen TV. The base was easy to put together and it sturdy. The TV itself is very light and easy to move around. And, the price can't be beat. It is much better than TVs that cost $100-200 more (though it is not wireless nor wireless ready so be aware of this when purchasing). It is easy to set up and use.
Summary: I am semi-house bound & this TV has made my TV time so much better. This is my first HD TV and I am very happy with it. movies are fantastic, but that was expected. What surprised me was the difference in old movies and old TV shows. Makes watching television a true pleasure.
Pros: All the connections options I could ever need, Best looking TV out there, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Remote Control, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound Quality, LED-backlit, Reduced Glare
Summary: I couldn't be anymore happier even if I tried, this television is superb. I've been looking for a good flat screen for the past couple of weeks, but I really didn't care for smart or 3d features, so I went ahead and bought this 40 inch Sony television. Right out the box you'll be given three picture options, vivid, standard and custom. What's so astonishing is that you don't even have to adjust the picture resolution, it looked amazing straight out the box.