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Sony Bravia KDL40LX903 review

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

Sony 40lx903

Sound

The one area that drags down the marks of almost every flatscreen TV is speakers, and the 40LX903 is no different.

Low on low frequency and high on disappointment, the stereo speakers here are flat in every sense of the word. Par for the course, but on a £2,000 TV you really should be hearing something more than a fake surround preset that throws sound to the edges.

Value

Considering the 40LX903's talents and that its bigger brother is extortionately priced, the choice is effectively between this and the slightly cheaper – and bigger – Panasonic VT20. The latter's online functions are limited in comparison, though both its 2D and 3D image quality is superior.

And if the Panasonic is too rich for your taste, consider the Samsung PS50C6900, which is under a grand, full HD and 10-inches bigger than this Sony. All of which leaves the 40LX903 some way behind its competitors on pure value for money.

Ease of use

The 40LX903 is operated by Xross Media Bar – the user interface that first appeared on the PlayStation3 and now dominates almost all of Sony's gadgets.

Lined-up on the map-like 'XMB' are icons for streaming services such as its all-new (though slightly awkwardly named) Video on Demand powered by Qriocity, BBC iPlayer, Demand Five, Lovefilm, Sony Entertainment Television, the FIFA World Cup Collection and Eurosport.

Sadly, the FIFA World Cup widget is about to disappear – as we suspected, it was merely a stunt put together for the 2010 tournament. That's a shame, because it's a stunning collection of archived competition footage that's not available to stream from anywhere else, to our knowledge.

Other widgets are included that are in essence tailor-made TV interfaces for popular websites, such as Facebook and Flickr, with everything split into music, video and photo branches on the XMB; logical, easy to use and beautifully designed.

Tuned-in digital TV channels and other sources pop-up on XMB, too, which give an integrated feel to the 40LX903 that most TVs struggle to match.

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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand686 mm
Width with Stand994 mm
Depth with Stand290 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height652 mm
Width994 mm
Depth64 mm
ColourBlack
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 NameBRAVIA KDL-40LX903 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40LX903U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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
  • BRAVIA KDL-40LX903 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Remote Commander
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.30 kg