Sony Bravia BX42 32" LCD HDTV Review

Posted: December 12, 2011
Sony Bravia BX42 32" LCD HDTV Review

The Sony Bravia BX42 32" LCD TV comes with full HD 1080p picture quality, five HD inputs, automatic picture adjustment and Bravia Sync to communicate with other Sony products for the ultimate TV watching experience. Candace Bailey and Kevin Pereira take a look at the LCD TV for its Gadget Pr0n rating.

What You Need To Know

  • The Sony Bravia BX42 is the entry model for the series.
  • The television has a very basic design in simple black and a fixed stand, so you can't swivel it.
  • The 32" screen features 1080p at 60 Hz refresh rate, which is the number of times an image is rendered. (For example, a film is 24 frames per second and the bulb in the projector will illuminate 2 times per second, giving it a refresh rate of 48 Hz.)
  • On a flat screen like this with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, the image is redrawn twice every second.
  • The Sony Bravia televisions have generally suffered from a pretty clunky interface but this one seems to be much better.
  • There's a USB port to play music, movies and pictures right off a thumb drive.
  • The Bravia BX42 menu seems to have gotten cleaned up with more available picture settings than before.
  • All of the settings are visible on the screen at the same time, so you don't have to jump in and out of menus.
  • The USB port is great when you remember it's there.
  • Video formats are limited to mpeg-1, which is ridiculously limited.
  • The TV also features Bravia Sync, which will sync your remote to other Sony products in the house, like Blu-ray players and receivers.
  • The Bravia is pretty expensive for a 32" TV and when you look at it, it seems like a pretty normal picture.
  • Overall, the image is good: black levels are deeper than a lot of 32" TV's we've seen.
  • What is really nice is the matte screen, so glare isn't a problem.
  • Color reproduction was actually above average.
  • We connected a computer to the TV and the image was great.
  • As expected, the PC image was much sharper out of the HDMI than VGA.


  • $448 from Amazon.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The Bravia BX42 has a very good picture and the matte screen is nice.
  • But at 3.7" thick, this isn't the sleekest TV on the market.
  • There are only 2 HDMI inputs.
  • What really holds this TV back from a higher rating is the price.

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