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Sony KDL-47W805 review

This TV enjoys strong features and pretty looks and costs much less than the imperious W905 series

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Usability

There's good news and bad news to report here. Kicking off the good news, Sony's new main TV menu design is a big improvement over the tedious, inscrutable double axis system found on last year's Sony models. It makes good use of high-res graphics, and is much better organised.

Also a great idea is the Fast Zapp feature that enables you to quickly scour both the digital TV EPG and some of the supported streaming services without having to interrupt your current viewing.

The television's support for NFC linkage to NFC-compatible secondary devices is well implemented too, and the simplicity with which you can mirror the screen of portable devices on the TV screen is a great touch.

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The control/content sharing app Sony provides for iOS and Android devices is one of the best looking such apps we've seen too, even if its functionality isn't quite as extensive as we'd like.

The Sony 47W805's interface does falter a bit when it comes to handling SEN content, though. It presents all the content as a simple list of icons, with no means of organising them by genre or type, or organising them into an order that suits your own personal needs. This means you could potentially have to scroll down row after row of app icons before you get to a specific one you want to access.

Sound quality

As with its pictures, the Sony 47W805's sound is a bigger step down from Sony's W9 series than we'd hoped it would be. The excellent long-duct speaker design of the W9 TVs has gone, and taken with it the impressively potent bass levels and open mid-range sound we liked so much.

The result is that while the Sony 47W805 sounds absolutely fine with relatively undemanding news or daytime TV fodder, it can start to sound a bit thin and harsh when the audio going gets tough.

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It's not entirely fair to compare the Sony 47W805's audio with that of the equivalent W905 model, though, given the fairly large price gap between the two.

And actually, compared with many similarly priced rivals the Sony 47W805 sounds decent enough. It's not outstanding, but certainly more than acceptable.

Value

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This is a hard one to call. The Sony 47W805 scores well on features for its money, with its 3D, smart TV and expansive online video support. It also looks like a premium model aesthetically.

Its performance sparkles with bright, colourful content too. But if you're prone to dimming the lights and closing the curtains from time to time for a spot of serious film viewing, you might well feel as if you wanted to be getting a bit more dark-scene consistency for your £1,300 (around US$2,030 / AU$2,135).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA W805A
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSony
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption139 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand672 mm
Width with Stand1083 mm
Depth with Stand298 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
Energy Consumption per Year92 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height639 mm
Width1083 mm
Depth64 mm
Sound SystemNICAM, Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesW805A
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Picture and Picture (PAP), Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-47W805A
Product NameW8 LED Television
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-47W805A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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When everything comes together

For a viewing experience you won't forget, the W8 combines remarkable picture quality with 21st century connectivity and a world of online entertainment. It looks great in your living room too.

Your smartphone on your TV instantly

Want to see party photos from your smartphone on your TV screen? There's no tricky set-up. Simply place your NFC one-touch mirroring enabled smartphone against the supplied one-touch remote to display photos, videos, music, games and apps from your phone on your TV.

Package Contents
  • W8 LED Television
  • AC power cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote control
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.60 kg