Sony Bravia KDL-40EX703 review

Amazingly well-specified 40" LCD TV with Freeview HD

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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.


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
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand655 mm
Width with Stand985 mm
Depth with Stand280 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height623 mm
Width985 mm
Depth64 mm
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 Address
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
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Remote Control
  • Table Top Stand
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.90 kg