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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Pictures as strong and dynamic as those delivered by the 40Z5800 clearly deserve to be partnered by equally potent audio. But unfortunately the 40Z5800's speakers seldom if ever rise above a fundamentally average level of performance, mostly thanks to the way a core lack of power prevents the TV from filling your room with an immersive soundstage.

Instead sound seems to become trapped inside the TV during heavy duty action scenes, as the speakers turn in on themselves to avoid distortion rather than opening up to meet the challenge.

While disappointing on such an otherwise high-powered TV, though, this audio state of affairs is hardly unique on TVs with extremely slim bezels.

Value

It's impossible to ignore the fact that there are much cheaper Freesat TVs available from Panasonic and LG. But then the 40Z5800 does go some distance to justifying its cost with its online functionality, good multimedia support, 'real' 200Hz engine and, above all, its terrific picture quality.

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
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)20.80 kg
RMS Output Power20 W
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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
  • BRAVIA KDL-40Z5800 LCD TV
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Screws for Table-Top Stand
  • European Warranty Card
  • Product Registration Card
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Alkaline Battery
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)17.90 kg