Sony KDL-19S5700U review

This well made LCD TV has an unusual design and fantastic pictures

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Our Verdict

A solid set that offers great pictures and a stylish design

For

  • Great pictures
  • Nice design
  • Impressive detail

Against

  • Occaisional motion issues

The KDL-19S5700U cuts an immediate dash with its unusual stand-free design, subtle curves and recesses and a smart white finish.

The elegant lines are slightly undermined by a green digital display of the sort normally found beneath large 'snooze' buttons, but the general effect is striking where most of its rivals are either plain boring or rather kooky, and it's easily one of the most well-made televisions of its size.

And if it's only arguably the most stylish set, it's certainly the best connected, boasting a brace of HDMIs and a USB port to its credit, as well as both analogue and digital audio outputs and two RGB Scarts.

The television is reasonably easy to install, and combines fast and efficient channel scanning for both the digital and analogue tuners with a pleasing graphical system that's operated by an ergonomically sound remote control.

Performance

Pictures, meanwhile, are very good, eclipsing the LG 19LH2000 and coming in probably second only to the Panasonic TX-L19X10BW. Colours are natural and frequently delicate and nuanced.

Black levels are passable and the amount of detail on display is impressive, with the KDL- 19S5700U making better use of its HD Ready panel than most sets of this size.

Motion is occasionally a trifle suspect, with the odd hint of wobble or judder, but this is one of the most persuasively cinematic, 19-inch sets we've seen.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA S57
Brand NameSony
Screen Size48.3 cm (19")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)5.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Operating Power Consumption31 W
Standby Power Consumption800 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio8,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand344 mm
Width with Stand507 mm
Depth with Stand123 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height346 mm
Width507 mm
Depth69 mm
ColourWhite, Silver
Brightness380 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesS57
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesFavorite Channel Selection, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Auto Program, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-19S5700
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-19S5700 LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL19S5700U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The BRAVIA S57 series is a handy TV to have around the house. Lightweight and stylish, it's the perfect portable TV to move between rooms and escape to enjoy your favourite TV programmes, photos or games when there's something on the main set.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-19S5700 LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)5.40 kg