Sony KDL-40CX523 review

Temptingly affordable LCD with solid performance and a wealth of multimedia options

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  • Excellent Bravia Internet Video service
  • Picture quality
  • Promising menu system


  • Chassis feels a little cheap
  • Dark scenes can look slightly hollow
  • Resolution loss on fast-moving objects

The Sony KDL-40CX523 steers clear of the potential minefield that is 3D, aiming instead for good old-fashioned value for money.

Six hundred quid really isn't a lot for a 40-inch TV from what is arguably the world's most trusted electronics brand, particularly one with as generous a feature set as this.

Particularly striking is the provision of Sony's Bravia Internet Video service, with its startling amount of video streaming sources, while multimedia playback from USB drives, the ability to access content stored on DLNA PCs and the option of making it Wi-Fi ready with an optional dongle also impress.

Joining the KDL-40CX523 in the CX523 range is the 32-inch KDL-32CX523, while stepping up Sony's range means getting into the 3D-capable EX723 series, though you might be better advised to skip up a couple of steps to a more high-end 3D model.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA CX523
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
Operating Power Consumption181 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand991 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height606 mm
Width991 mm
Depth71 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Product SeriesCX523
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture and Text (PAT), Favorite Channel Selection, Web Browser
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40CX523
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40CX523 LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40CX523
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A new world is waiting for you

If you want high quality Full HD viewing now and the opportunity to stream online entertainment and services in the future, we have the TV for you. Relax and enjoy impressive picture detail knowing there's a whole new world waiting whenever you're ready.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)12.90 kg