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Sony KDL-40EX724 review

Well specified and elegantly designed 40-inch TV, but a bit of a disaster

Sony kdl 40ex724

As a feature-stacked mainstream TV, the 40-inch KDL-40EX724 delivers. Its internet connectivity is first rate and, thanks to a sensible integration of social media widgets for Facebook and Twitter, it edges ahead of its net connected competition.

There's also much to commend its picture performance – at least when viewed flat. Unfortunately, a worst-in-class 3D turn rather blots its copy book. Let's hope that this inability to deliver convincing 3D is restricted to Sony's EX range and doesn't extend further up the brand's TV hierarchy. Remember, should you want to use them, Sony's Active Shutter 3D glasses are an additional (and expensive) extra.

We liked

Sony's new look user interface is a pleasure to use, the Bravia Internet Video IPTV portal is impressive and the 2D picture performance is excellent. The built-in Freeview HD tuner is a boon, meanwhile, as are the high motion resolution and low power consumption.

We disliked

The 3D performance is surprisingly poor, uncommitted media streaming support grates and the audio is lacklustre.

Final verdict

It doesn't really matter how much we laud Sony's 2011 facelift, nor praise the wealth of content available to watch on the Bravia Internet Video portal.

The KDL-40X724 is defined by its 3D performance, which is inexplicably poor. This is a set which is genuinely painful to watch when you put on 3D spex. And that's enough to guarantee two thumbs down.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD 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 EX724
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption121 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand616 mm
Width with Stand943 mm
Depth with Stand250 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year93 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 200
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height586 mm
Width943 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Product SeriesEX724
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40EX724
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40EX724 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-40EX724
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Discover the world of 3D and Internet TV
Enjoy crisp Full HD pictures for TV, films and games in 2D and 3D. Be ready for the best of the web and free Skype calls. You can even save energy and make life easier with smart features.

Picture excellence in 2D and 3D
See lifelike Full HD quality in 2D and 3D. Get a smooth view of fast-action sports and movies with Motionflow XR 200. Enjoy a high contrast picture on a slim LED screen. Every pixel of your 2D or 3D picture is enhanced by our unique picture technology.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40EX724 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.20 kg