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Sony KDL-40HX723 review

Edge-lit LCD with superb 2D and 3D pictures and the excellent Bravia Internet Video service

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent Bravia Internet Video service
  • 3D and 2D picture quality
  • Multimedia support

Against

  • Relatively high price
  • No 3D specs included
  • Minor crosstalk during dark scenes

The KDL-40HX723 has an ace up its sleeve with the potential to improve dramatically on the poor 3D efforts of the EX723 series. Motionflow XR 400 claims to deliver a processing-driven equivalent' of 400 frames per second, which ought to bode well for three-dimensional playback.

Unlike many of Sony's previous screens, the KDL-40HX723's 3D transmitter is built in, but no glasses are included with the set.

Other key features of the KDL-40HX723 include dynamic edge LED lighting, offering a degree of local dimming to the picture's illumination, Sony's Bravia Internet Video online service and an open internet browser.

You can also use Skype via an optional camera and the TV's pictures are knocked into shape by the highest ('Pro') level version of Sony's new X-Reality processing, which is designed to improve the appearance of low-quality source material such as stuff streamed from the internet.

The only other model confirmed in the HX723 range at the moment is the 46-inch KDL-46HX723. For other Sony choices you're looking at the step-down NX723 series, which introduces Sony's Monolithic design concept, but only offers MotionFlow XR 200 processing. Or further up you can find the NX823 series, which among other things adds built-in Wi-Fi to the KDL-40HX723's spec sheet and a super-slim chassis.

The KDL-40HX723's design, by comparison, is less dramatic, featuring a normal raised black bezel given a little added appeal courtesy of a metallic-looking (but rather plasticky feeling) finish to the bottom edge. A slightly more heavy-duty build-quality wouldn't have gone amiss on a £1,300 40-inch TV, but the KDL-40HX723 certainly can't be considered remotely ugly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX723
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption135 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand615 mm
Width with Stand943 mm
Depth with Stand210 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height586 mm
Width943 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesHX723
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Web Browser, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40HX723
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40HX723 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-40HX723
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be ready for the evolution of home entertainment. Connect to the Internet and stream online videos to watch on the big screen from the comfort of your sofa. Enjoy the thrills of 3D action and see any content in ultra-clear, smooth high definition.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40HX723 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.60 kg