Sony Bravia KDL40LX903 review

Can Sony's pricey new 40-inch 3DTV compete at the high-end?

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  • Freeview HD tuner
  • USB file support
  • Full HD clarity


  • Mixed 3D images
  • Limited networking
  • Poor sound

Sony's 3D capable, edge LED-backlit KDL-40LX903 is, at £2,000, a high-end set by any reckoning.

The set carries some high expectations: the emitter that syncs with the supplied active shutter glasses is built in and you wont find a more engaging or higher quality 2D telly.

The 40LX903 includes a Freeview HD tuner, which ought to be standard issue at this high-end level of the market, but there are some notable exceptions, so it's good to see it here.

Of just as much interest, arguably, are the 40LX903's widgets for Sony's Bravia Internet Video platform. Supported by a Wi-Fi module built into the TV, this streaming suite includes the likes of BBC iPlayer, Facebook, YouTube and the debut of phase one of Sony's own 'Video on Demand powered by Qriocity' application.

Dealing solely with movies for now, Qriocity will soon expand into a cross-platform content service for Sony's family of gadgets, with movies, music, games, comics and even ebooks available on the PSP, PS3, and Bravia TVs and Blu-ray players. For now, Lovefilm lurks alongside Qriocity on the 40LX903 – and its far larger catalogue of movies and £9.99 monthly fee appear much more attractive.

Less exciting, but more important for core duties, is picture processing. MotionFlow 200Hz ought to reduce the amount of blur in fast-moving sequences, though its real worth will be for 3D; are LCD panels really quick enough, or will blur and crosstalk dominate?

The GigaContrast feature should be self-explanatory, while an Intelligent Presence Sensor is styled as an eco-friendly slab of tech that senses ambient light levels and reduces the amount of energy being guzzled by the panel.

Elsewhere in Sony's 'Signature' range is a 60-inch version, the brand's current flagship TV. Whether the 40LX903 can follow suit could depend upon its far smaller screen; for complete immersion in a 3D game or movie, size is a massive factor.

On price, this TV's biggest competitor is the step-down KDL-40HX803, which sells for a startling £700 less – although you will have to live with a rather messy separate IR emitter for 3D duties.

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 LX903
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
Weight with Stand (Approximate)23.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption145 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand686 mm
Width with Stand994 mm
Depth with Stand290 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height652 mm
Width994 mm
Depth64 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesLX903
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Teletext, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40LX903
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40LX903U
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Switch on the LX903 and you no longer simply watch TV: you're drawn into an exciting new world of Full HD 3D entertainment. With a beautiful, minimalist Monolithic Design, access to online content and intelligent features, the LX903 will redefine your viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Remote Commander
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.30 kg