Sony Bravia KDL-40EX503 review

The first Freeview HDTV from Sony hits a living room near you

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KDL 40EX503

Sonically the 40EX503 is a classic game of two halves. On the positive side, the 40EX503's speakers prove unusually adept at picking out treble detail in a sound mix, and presenting it cleanly and precisely.

On the downside, there just isn't enough bass to balance the treble side out, leaving proceedings sounding a bit tinny and thin.


Many times in the past we've found ourselves berating Sony for charging too much for its flat TVs.

But the 40EX503 suggests that the Japanese brand is hell-bent on being competitive this year, for £900 really doesn't seem an unreasonable amount to pay for a high-performance TV equipped with not one but two ground-breaking features (the Freeview HD tuner and video streaming, in case you've lost track!).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX503
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption170 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand992 mm
Depth with Stand260 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height599 mm
Width992 mm
Depth99 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX503
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40EX503
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40EX503 40" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40EX503U
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

40" (102cm), Full HD 1080, Wi-Fi Ready, LCD TV with Motionflow 100Hz, online services & eco features. From stunning Full High Definition pictures to advanced connectivity, the BRAVIA EX503 combines fun and features with style. It's everything you're looking for in one TV.

Package Contents
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
Weight (Approximate)14.20 kg