Sony isn't a brand normally associated with cheap TVs and you won't find many Bravias in the bargain basement, but this month one of its step-down LED-backlit LCD TVs is going for a (relative) song.

While the Japanese company concentrates on wowing us with its new Ultra HDTVs, the KDL-42W653A creeps into view as one of the best value bigscreens of the year – as long as you don't want 3D.

Who does? Selling for a mere £519.95 on Amazon, the KDL-42W653A – list price £749 – is a cheap TV with almost everything the average living room requires.

A couple of HDMI ins and a USB slot cover the basics, while Freeview HD and – just as importantly – Sony's anti-blur Motionflow XR 200Hz tech both make an appearance.

There are a few bonus features, too; you can wirelessly mirror your smartphone screen on the KDL-42W653A to share videos, photos and music, while Sony's Entertainment Network smart TV platform supplies the likes of the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, Netflix, Lovefilm and YouTube.

However, this W6 Series Bravia is all about X-Reality picture technology; robust black levels, natural-looking colours, a consistent backlight and – best of all – awesome detail from Blu-ray, DVD, TV and even YouTube.

Cheap TV deals of the month:

Toshiba 22L1333B 22-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £139 | Now: £120.99 | Play

Philips 24PFL3507T 24-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV with Freeview HD | Was: £249.95 | Now: £169.95 | Richer Sounds

Finlux 26F7030 26-inch 3D Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £329.99 | Now: £199.99

Samsung UE32F5000 32-inch Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £279 | Now: £269.99 | Amazon

Philips 39PFL3807T 39-inch LED TV | Was: £399.95 | Now: £269.95 | Richer Sounds

Panasonic TX-L39EM6B 39-inch LED with Freeview HD | Was: £599 | Now: £379 | Currys

Samsung PS43F4500 43-inch 3D HD-ready plasma TV with Freeview | Was: £349.95 | Now: £309 | Richer Sounds

Samsung PS60F5500 60-inch 3D plasma Smart TV with Freeview HD | Was: £999.95 | Now: £969 | Richer Sounds

Sharp LC-70LE741E 70-inch 3D Full HD LED TV with Freeview HD | Was: £2,599.99 | Now: £2,149.90 | Beyond Television