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Sony KDL-40HX723 review

Edge-lit LCD with superb 2D and 3D pictures and the excellent Bravia Internet Video service

Sony kdl 40hx723

Sony desperately needed to get 3D right with the KDL-40HX723 after the mess that was the 3D performance of its EX723 models. So it's good to find the set boasting an effective 400Hz refresh rate that manages to greatly reduce the crosstalk problems of the EX723 models.

The KDL-40HX723 also goes a bundle on other picture processing, including X-Reality Pro to boost the quality of duff source material, multiple noise reduction systems and various contrast boosting circuits as well as a system for improving colour blends and two or three tools for adjusting sharpness.
It's also loaded with multimedia tools, including DLNA networking and Sony's excellent online video-on-demand service.

The complexity of the KDL-40HX723's picture settings makes it a TV that's potentially not for the technologically faint of heart, but thankfully the rewards for your set-up efforts are extreme, with 2D and 3D pictures that are among the best seen to date.

We liked

Sony has sorted out its 3D gremlins for the KDL-40HX723, resulting in 3D pictures that are now among the best from any LCD TV. The set is also a mostly excellent 2D picture performer and is especially impressive at upscaling low-quality standard-definition sources. Its multimedia support is good, too, while Bravia Internet Video remains arguably the most watchable online TV service.

We disliked

While the basic principles of Sony's latest onscreen menu system are clever, the way they're implemented feels long-winded and complicated. This situation is not helped by the fact that you need to spend quite a bit of time in the menus fine-tuning all the video processing tools.

There's a little backlight inconsistency, but you can usually calibrate this down to a very low level. Finally, given the KDL-40HX723's price, it would have been nice to have found at least one pair of 3D glasses bundled.

Final verdict

The KDL-40HX723 marks a considerable and welcome return to form for Sony, firmly putting to bed any thoughts that the brand might have forgotten how to do 3D well. It's a very polished and enjoyable 2D performer, too, and sets new standards when it comes to presenting low-quality sources such as compressed internet video feeds.

Add in comprehensive multimedia and online source support, and the KDL-40HX723 amply justifies its slightly intimidating price tag.

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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 HX723
3D Type3D
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.40 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption135 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand615 mm
Width with Stand943 mm
Depth with Stand210 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height586 mm
Width943 mm
Depth42 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesHX723
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Web Browser, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40HX723
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40HX723 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-40HX723
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Be ready for the evolution of home entertainment. Connect to the Internet and stream online videos to watch on the big screen from the comfort of your sofa. Enjoy the thrills of 3D action and see any content in ultra-clear, smooth high definition.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40HX723 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.60 kg