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Aug 12

Let’s stick to the basics: Sony KDL40BX450 flat screen TV review

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The Sony KDL40BX450, a great picture… who could ask for anything more?

Like most people, I watch TV, and I watch more TV than I am willing to admit in public. I’m going on record as saying that I watch about an hour a day. On record.

In real life, it’s more, a lot more, because I like to watch movies as I tie fishing flies in my man cave. So I was immediately struck by the Sony KDL40BX450‘s ”features” when it first came into stock at Vanns.

It was a Sony, a TV brand I have been enamored with since 1969, when we got our first color TV, a 19″ Sony beast that moved us way up the cool ladder on my street as a kid. And In my family, we still use the no-longer-PC advertisement catchphrase “A Sony of my Owny”. We like Sony’s.

Just the facts, ma’am

I ask my TV’s to do one thing, really. Have a great picture. I want the screen to come alive with movies and sport. No lag, no blur, just great pictures for the things I watch.

Apparently, it does a little more . . .

What I don’t need a TV to do is be SMARTER than me. If I want to surf, I’ll use my computer. If I want to stream, I’ll use my Blu-Ray Player. And I don’t video skype- end of discussion. What I need is a TV that has picture first, picture second, and picture third.

I Love Technology. Technology Is My Friend. Repeat.

But I don’t want to say that I’m a technophobe. I own a computer, a cell phone, and an iPod Touch. The iPod is especially interesting. Apparently, it can download apps, Tweet photos it takes, as well as surf the web. Apparently is the critical word here. I have put music onto my iPod from my CD collection, though I did buy over 15 of the 1874 songs on the iPod from iTunes. I then plug in my headphones and listen to music. That is the sum total of my iPod use.

But I’m not a technophobe. I use  a remote.

Never a good combination

Look, it floats! Image by Dr. Bjorn, used under Creative Commons

I just don’t need a lot of potential that I am never going to use. I’m just not. Which is why the Sony KDL40BX450 is a fave TV. It turns on, it shows me a picture, and it turns off. That is what a TV is supposed to do. I don’t need a car/boat.

What’s a car/boat? It’s a boat that’s also a car. It doesn’t drive very well, and it doesn’t float very well, but it is a car that’s a boat. You get 2 things! And neither work well! But you do get both.

One job. Does it well, Image by Velo Steve, used under Creative Common

So I want a tool that does one job, and does it well. Like a TV with a great picture.  Because I just want the picture, I’m not paying it to be Smart(er than me). I have other tools that I use for these other tasks. And so the Sony KDL40BX450 wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

Simplicity. It’s not the easiest thing to find in our electronic world. It’s why I like Sonos (easy navigation), its why I like my cheap cell phone (no navigation) and why I like the the Sony KDL40BX450, because I get a great picture, that I could use all the time, and no features that I wouldn’t use.


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