Sony Bravia KDL40LX903 review

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

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Sony 40lx903

Sony's 'Monolithic' design boils down to a gloss black shell that is not substantially different to other manufacturers' efforts and veers towards austerity and seriousness, rather than breathtaking beauty.

The lipped rear panel includes fewer connections than you might expect; a lone RGB Scart sits alongside a brace of HDMIs, optical digital audio, Ethernet, and an RF aerial input. That's a scant return, though the design does mean that if you do hang the 40LX903 on a wall, you won't be able to switch and ditch cables quite so easily as on most TVs – which is why Sony has fitted almost a full set of connections on a panel hidden just around the left-hand side of the screen.

There are two more HDMIs (taking the total count to a respectable four), inputs for PC video (VGA) and PC audio, a Common Interface slot (for adding subscription TV channels to Freeview via a viewing card), a USB slot, a set of component video inputs and some analogue audio video jacks.

Two pairs of 3D glasses are included with the 40LX903, which is more generous than some, but arguably still too few in light of the cost – £99.01 each, to be precise – of extra pairs, the absence of compatibility between rival brands' 3D kit and the telly's already enormous tag.

Elsewhere, it's nice to see DLNA networking included here as well as a media-savvy USB slot – though file support is limited.

Sony seems to have realised it could use its digital content clout and has put together surely the finest collection of streaming options on its burgeoning Bravia Internet Video platform.

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