Sony KDL-40HX753 review

Smart TV with a corporate feel on this good value, though average, Edge LED TV

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While Sony's HX853 TVs have pseudo local dimming on its Edge LED panel, the KDL-40HX753 has none, though matches its bigger brothers in terms of smart TV content.

So it's goodbye to the Sony Bravia Internet Video and a big welcome to the SEN, which instantly sounds like a more serious, joined-up proposition, if you ask us.

However, in practice it's nothing more than an additional layer to the core Xross Media Bar design that will be familiar to PS3 owners.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

XMB happily integrates a host of widgets including Twitter and Facebook, and stores a list of clickable 'recently used' and favourite apps.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

It also builds in access to Sony's own content portals, Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

So what is the point of the SEN?

In fairness, it does present a list of all of the apps, which are distinctly video-centric; BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Sky News, Eurosport, Netflix and Lovefilm are all here, while the Sony exclusive of Demand 5 also carries on (nice idea in theory, but Channel 5 catch-up TV is nothing to get excited about unless you're a fan of Neighbours, Home & Away or Benidorm ER).

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

Skype is also possible if you add a special Sony CMU-BR100 camera (£89).

Twitter and Facebook are also present as apps, though better used as widgets on the XMB dashboard.

Where's the new BBC Sport app? Despite firmware updates, it never appeared during our test.

Scroll lower into the list and you'll get mired in a second wave of second-rate video and news apps that, frankly, someone ought to pull the plug on in the interests of simplicity.

Do you need to get your headlines from Euronews? Of course you don't, and nor does anyone need the likes of aolHD Wired, BillaBong, DailyMotion or eHow.com on a television.

Those apps take-up one of the grids on the SEN home page, which also presents a thumbnail of live TV, too.

The other two tabs are occupied by Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited, which is a tad repetitive and, given they cost money, a touch cheeky.

Another side to the KDL-40HX753's network savvy design is Homestream. A free download for both PC and Mac users, the Homestream software is fairly unobtrusive, and after you've chosen specific folders to share with the TV, does allow for more reliable home networking.

That said, we didn't have any problems streaming MPEG2, MPEG4 and MOV-based video files (including AVI and AVC HD files) from a Mac using Twonkymedia.

There is, however, no support for MKV video.

Ins and outs impress; four HDMI inputs seems good value for a step-down set, with two USBs in support.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

One of those can record Freeview HD programmes to a large capacity USB stick or HDD, but since you can't change channel, this is strictly for 'had to nip out to the pub during a fascinating documentary' moments.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

Although you can rely on Wi-Fi – something that instantly lets you place the KDL-40HX753 anywhere you want while still access network-fuelled features – there's also a wired Ethernet LAN slot for added reliability (which is what we always use if we can).

While the KDL-40HX753 is a reasonably simple TV to operate, there is plenty for the expert to experiment with.

Most won't look beyond the Cinema, Sports, Animation and Game presets, but it is possible to change the gamma levels, RGB colour bias, the MotionFlow processing and noise reduction circuitry, as well as the usual backlight/contrast/brightness/colour tweaks.

Sony KDL 40HX753 Review

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption119 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand596 mm
Width with Stand943 mm
Depth with Stand241 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyShutter
Energy Consumption per Year92 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height578 mm
Width943 mm
Depth59 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture and Picture (PAP)
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40HX753
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-40HX753 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40HX753BU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Picture that comes to life in 2D and 3D
Hold on to your seat and prepare for the most immersive 3D experience with striking picture quality and gripping 2D viewing. Stream a world of online entertainment, apps and services to a high contrast LED screen. Life in your living room is about to get more entertaining.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40HX753 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
  • Warranty Card
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.80 kg