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Sony KDL-55EX723 review

App-packed 55-inch Edge LED is hugely impressive with 2D

Our Verdict

For

  • Slim depth
  • Freeview software
  • Online VOD & apps
  • 2D Blu-ray detail
  • All-round 2D versatility

Against

  • Ghosting on 3D
  • Too few USB slots for accessories
  • Poor audio
  • 3D glasses optional add-on
  • Wired LAN only

The Sony KDL-55EX723 is an advanced attempt at a living room all-rounder, with a super-slim 41mm depth, online goodies galore and a 3D mode, though you will have to add the glasses yourself (Sony now sell them for as little as £60); think of it as a chance to upgrade to 3D in the future, and one reason why this is in Sony's 'Essential' Series of Bravia TVs.

That slim depth is down to the employment of Edge LED backlighting, though there are clues as to why this behemoth sits atop Sony's Essential EX Series; it requires a USB dongle to link to a Wi-Fi home network, while the two-tone mirrored metallic/gloss black design doesn't hold a candle to pricier Sony sets. The biggest problem in terms of value, however, it this set's lack of 3D specs in the box.

Sony's use of differently named series of Bravia TVs can be confusing; while this 'Essential' EX723 model includes 200Hz and 3D capabilities, the step-down – but almost identically named – EX524 models, don't have either.

Its stable-mates include the 46-inch Sony KDL-46EX723, 40-inch Sony KDL-40EX723, 37-inch Sony KDL-37EX723 and the 32-inch Sony KDL-32EX723.

The lower-end EX524 Series ships as the 46-inch Sony KDL-46EX523, 40-inch Sony KDL-40EX523 and 32-inch Sony KDL-32EX523. More basic performances comes from the EX320 Series and entry-level CX523 Series.

A class above the KDL-55EX723 itself is Sony's 'Network' NX723 Series, which boast a slimmer panel and Sony's 'monolithic' (i.e. rather plain, black) design as well as an integrated Wi-Fi module and, of course, both Freeview HD and 3D – this time with 3D specs in the box. Sizes comprise the 46-inch Sony KDL-46NX723 and 40-inch Sony KDL-40NX723.

If you want Sony's best value all-rounder at this huge 55-inch size, save up an extra £500 and plump for the KDL-55HX823, Sony's flagship in its 'Cinematic' HX Series that manages a much better handling of 3D material and tougher (read: child-proof) 'gorilla' glass.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX723
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption177 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand799 mm
Width with Stand1269 mm
Depth with Stand315 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height769 mm
Width1269 mm
Depth41 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Pulse, Dolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesEX723
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesFavorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Sleep Timer, Web Browser
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-55EX723
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-55EX723 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL55EX723BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

BRAVIA KDL-55EX723 LED-LCD TV

Enjoy crisp Full HD pictures for TV, films and games in 2D and 3D. Be ready for the best of the web and free Skype calls. You can even save energy and make life easier with smart features.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-55EX723 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.20 kg