Sony KDL-40EX724 review

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

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For

  • Solid 2D hi-def picture quality
  • Bravia Internet Video IPTV and apps portal
  • Revamped user interface
  • Freeview HD tuner

Against

  • Appalling 3D performance
  • Featherweight audio
  • No support for MKV files
  • No 3D glasses supplied

The KDL-40EX724 sits at the top of Sony's mainstream EX range and offers 3D compatibility, cutting-edge internet connectivity and the kitchen sink. It's also available as the 46-inch KDL-46EX724 and the 32-inch KDL-32EX724.

The set looks smart enough, with a subtle, two-tone fascia and the requisite amount of gloss. It's fashionably thin at just 42mm and tips the scales at an eminently wall-hangable 11.2kg.
Despite the lightweight construction, build quality is considered good; the casing doesn't creak or flex and the overall cosmetic finish is high.

Priced just below the EX724 line is Sony's look-alike EX723 series. This slightly cheaper option comprises the 55-inch KDL-55EX723, 46-inch KDL-46EX723, 40-inch KDL-40EX723 and the 32-inch KDL-32EX723.

The only visible difference between the two ranges is the design of the pedestal stand. The KDL-40EX724, along with its siblings, not only has a 20° swivel but also leans back by 6°, which is perfect if you plan to park it on some fashionably low TV furniture.

Less obvious is the fact that the EX724 models have integrated Wi-Fi, whereas the EX723s require an optional Sony dongle.

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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