Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5800 LCD TV review

Sony's first 40-inch LCD TV with built-in Freesat tuner is a stunner

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Although it would be nice to see Sony sticking a Freesat tuner into a much more affordable TV at some point soon, there's no doubt that the 40Z5800 is a fearsomely talented statement of future Freesat intent – and as such it actually just about manages to justify its cost to anyone with sufficient readies at their disposal.

We liked:

For the most part, Sony has integrated its Freesat tuner into what's essentially an existing TV chassis (the Z5500 range) really well. All the Freesat-related functions work slickly and efficiently, and the pictures from the Freesat tuner are outstanding.

In fact, the 40Z5800's picture quality with all sources, but especially Blu-ray, ranges consistently from very good to truly outstanding, as Sony's Bravia Engine 3 and 200Hz systems come together to spectacular effect.

We disliked:

With Panasonic and especially Philips both proving at the moment that it's possible to get good sound out of slim TVs, we'd really like to see Sony improving in this area for its next round of Freesat TVs.

We also found shifting between the TV's Freeview and Freesat digital tuners a rather confusing business at times.

The Applicast online system is currently impoverished too, and finally, as is so often the case with LCD TVs, we have to point out that if you're likely to have to watch the 40Z5800 from much of an angle, you're going to have to put up with a picture that loses a distressing amount of of contrast and colour saturation.

So you'd probably be better going for one of Panasonic's plasma-based Freesat TVs instead, as plasma technology is much more forgiving of wide viewing angles.

Final Verdict:

Despite carrying a slightly high price tag that inevitably forces us to look more keenly at its failings, the 40Z5500 remains overall a really terrific TV thanks to the way it combines the clutter-busting appeal of the built-in Freesat tuner with a totally uncompromising stack of picture processing which results in some of the very finest picture quality yet seen from an LCD TV.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.80 kg
RMS Output Power20 W
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40Z5800
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40Z5800 40" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40Z5800U
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Super smooth and pin sharp, this BRAVIA LCD TV is a sight to behold. Beneath its sleek "draw the LINE" design lies a masterful set up ready to deliver a mind blowing sound and picture experience. Fused with the latest eco aware features, BRAVIA's sharpest picture ever saves energy too.

Package Contents
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Screws for Table-Top Stand
  • European Warranty Card
  • Product Registration Card
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Alkaline Battery
Weight (Approximate)17.90 kg