If you absolutely despise 3D televisions, and don’t want to spend the extra money on one when there are perfectly good 2D options in the market, then you may want to pay attention to Sony’s new line up of 2D HDTVs. It appears that they haven’t ditched the good ol’ two dimension approach just yet, with four new models being offered to consumers in 2011. Care to take a closer look at them?
EX521 / EX421
Carrying on where the 3D BRAVIA models left off, the EX521 / 421 models will allow you to make Skype calls directly from your TV whilst you stare in to the LED display.
You’ll also be able to appreciate a better image with the X-Reality chip built in to the set. Although it isn’t as powerful as the X-Reality PRO chip found in the 3D models, it’ll still have a tough go at giving you the best picture it can which is always appreciated, right?
The EX320 is a much smaller TV designed to be used in a second room where you don’t want a huge 3D TV hanging off the wall, and it looks great. You’ll find built in Wi-Fi in this model, so you can view internet videos as well as – you guessed it – make calls from Skype.
Although the CX520 doesn’t have Wi-Fi built in, you can purchase an optional wireless adaptor to connect to your wireless network and take advantage of internet features such as YouTube videos and Skype calling. It may be 2D, but you’re looking at a high definition display, and you’re bound to get more bang for your buck on a model such as this than one of the 3D models which are available.
If you don’t want the frills of a top of the range 3D model, the YouTube and Skype functionality of the CX520 would make it a tempting choice for anyone looking to buy a new TV in the next year or so.
The CX32D is aimed at saving space, with a built in DVD player negating the need for yet another box under the TV. There’s no Blu-ray option here, which I found a little surprising considering that it’s Sony’s format. Then again, most people on a budget would much rather spend less on a DVD than buy a Blu-ray disc every time they grab a movie, so it may be a good cost-cutting move from Sony.
I’m not sure what Sony’s demographic for the CX32D is, but the inclusion of karaoke software and 2 microphones with the TV may suggest the direction in which they’re heading. You can also share any movies, music or photos that you have thanks to the HDMI and USB ports on the back of the unit.
Cheap karaoke may not strike a chord with the average Joe, but I’m sure the teenage daughter of average Joe would be delighted with this one.