Sony KDL–40BX420E: a low cost monitor for 1080p video editing at worldwide framerates

When Miami-based set out to choose the key components for a new video editing system, they already knew that they’d be purchasing a 2012 iMac and a Thunderbolt drive. However, since most HDTV sets sold in the U.S. are unfortunately segregated, what was more challenging was to achieve a good 1080p video monitoring solution at worldwide framerates and with a matte display, all for under US$1000 including an extended warranty, professional Thunderbolt a/v interface, and cables. The monitor they picked is unusual for the United States. Learn about which monitor, which interface, and why ahead in this article.

In this article

  • General criteria for picking a 1080p monitoring system when you can’t afford a pro model
  • Segregated HDTV sets and why chose this particular monitor
  • Monitoring equipment chosen by (including the Thunderbolt a/v interface)
  • Why purchase a third-party warranty for the KDL–40BX420E in the U.S.
  • Use and compatibility of the KDL–40BX420E in the U.S.
  • Physical size of the KDL–40BX420E
  • Why did choose the UltraStudio Mini Monitor?
  • SIDEBAR: Why I write framerate as a compound word
  • What I would change in the KDL–40BX420E to create a prosumer version
  • Related monitoring articles

General criteria for picking a 1080p monitoring system when you can’t afford a pro model

Even though most professional video editors would love to have an HP DreamColor or other pro monitor (see related articles at the end of this one), some simply cannot afford it. In that case, the next best thing is often to choose a consumer 1080p monitor or HDTV set which is guaranteed to accept all standard worldwide framerates (i.e. 23.976p, 24.000p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i/p, and 59.94i/p), 1:1 pixel-by-pixel monitoring (without overscan), a matte screen (for those of us who prefer it that way), and an appropriate output interface between the computer and the monitor.

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