Sony KDL-48R510C Review

Most edge-lit LED TVs struggle to deliver good black levels and uniform brightness across the screen. Not so with the Sony R510C series. This 48-inch model also boasts excellent color accuracy and smooth motion.

Sony, a titan in the electronics industry, knows how to make great TVs. Most are pretty pricey, but the R510C line is a welcome exception. An expert from was especially impressed with the contrast on a TV in this series given the edge-lit display, which allows for a slim profile but typically doesn't perform quite as well as a full-array LED screen. The color accuracy is spot-on, and the reviewer noticed no problems with motion blur.

A Sony KDL-48R510C review from LCD TV Buying Guide expresses similar surprise at how good the backlighting is on the 48-inch model (starting at $464, Amazon). The TV displays nice, deep black levels and good screen uniformity (meaning the screen shows consistent brightness across the entire display, without any brighter or darker spots).

The Sony R510C series offers 40- and 48-inch screen sizes. Both are 1080p LED TVs with built-in Wi-Fi. They are smart TVs that include popular apps for streaming audio and video such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. The expert found Sony's smart TV interface a bit cumbersome to navigate, however. The R510C models also have only two HDMI ports, in addition to a component/composite port, two USB inputs, and an Ethernet port. Sony claims a refresh rate of 100 Hz with its Motionflow XR technology, but reviews confirm that the native refresh rate is 60 Hz -- typical for this price range.

The Sony KDL-48R510C is impressive for an edge-lit LCD TV. Where most edge-lit TVs struggle with contrast and backlighting, the R510C series shines. The color accuracy and black levels, two of the most important aspects of any TV, are both very good. The interface isn't nearly as smooth and simple as Roku's, but on balance this is an excellent TV for the price.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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