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Sony Bravia KDL-40EX703 review

Amazingly well-specified 40" LCD TV with Freeview HD

Our Verdict

For

  • Natural colours
  • Features galore
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • LED backlight
  • XMB interface

Against

  • Patchy motion handling
  • Average black levels
  • Some audio distortion at high volumes
  • Relatively pricey

Sony bravia kdl-40ex703

Audio is crisp and clear with a pleasing mid-range that captures dialogue nicely. The sound 'image' is also reasonably wide and airy with whatever's going on getting a decent amount of space to breathe.

It's not three-dimensional in the same way that surround sound systems can be said to be (and we can't think of too many reasons to bother with the KDL-40EX703's S-Force pseudo-surround setting), but the various effects do at least have room to breathe and the soundfield appears to extend beyond the confines of the frame edges.

There is a decent amount of volume at your disposal, although we did detect a hint of the buzzing that betrays a speaker working at the limits of its capabilities when the dial went beyond the 80 per cent mark.

There isn't a huge amount of bass to play with, but you'll find just enough to give movies a little bit of extra oomph.

Value

The recommended price of just over a grand (bearing in mind the likely savings some judicious shopping around might bring) is about bang on for the KDL-40EX703.

There aren't all that many 40-inch sets around, and you could spend the same amount on an extremely well-specified 37-incher, or a larger but less exciting 42-inch model, but you certainly won't find many direct rivals that offer this kind of performance on top of built-in Freeview HD and web widgets.

Only the best Philips sets are better connected, and the only conceivable gap in this Sony's armoury is a lack of 3D compatibility, but that particular technology is by no means sufficiently established for this to be a minus point.

It's attractive, it's technically excellent, and its futureproof spec means it won't need replacing for years to come, making it a formidable bargain by anyone's reckoning.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHD Ready 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX703
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption79 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand655 mm
Width with Stand985 mm
Depth with Stand280 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height623 mm
Width985 mm
Depth64 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX703
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40EX703
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40EX703 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40EX703U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The super-slim EX703 is the ideal TV to have around the home. Stunning TV pictures give an amazing Full HD experience. Clutter-free design fits any space effortlessly. Online entertainment will amuse you for hours. Enjoy top performance and save on energy bills too.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40EX703 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Remote Control
  • Table Top Stand
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.90 kg