Sony KDL-40NX713 review

Sony's 40" network TV range aims to be all things to all viewers

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The 40NX713 is 3D-capable via an optional upgrade, which means that you'll also need to invest in the brand's TDG-BR100B Active Shutter glasses (a not inconsiderable £99 each) and the TMR-BR100 3D transmitter (around £50). The latter plugs into the rear of the TV.

As befits the screen's networking nomenclature, Wi-Fi is built in. This is undoubtedly helpful if you don't have a wired connection to your viewing room. Connectivity is standard for a telly of this size. There's a Scart input (via adaptor) for your older kit (good news for those still using a VCR), plus four HDMIs (one of which is side mounted).

It's worth noting that the rear inputs are side mounted into a slim recess, which rules out the most heavily insulated HDMI cables.

There are also component and composite video jacks, stereo audio phonos and a D-Sub 15-pin PC input. Providing an outward-bound audio feed is a digital audio optical port. Other sundries include a USB port for local media playback, an Ethernet connector a headphone jack and an interface for a Conditional Access Module (CAM) for pay TV.

Despite representing Sony's Networking range, the TVs media streaming feature rather flounders. It seems to recognise and stream only AVCHD files, although it will play MP3s across a network. Even better, it reads and displays cover art as well.

Media file support from USB is better: the 40NX713 plays AVIs (with subtitle support) and MPEG4 files, but not, apparently, MKVs.

Other niceties on the NX713 include a Picture Frame mode that can even read GPS location data. An insert graphic from Google maps pops up to reveal where snaps were taken.

IPTV content is rapidly becoming a must-have feature on any respectable TV. The good news is that Sony offers a wide range of extra content via its Bravia Internet Video portal, as well as apps.

From the set's XMB you can browse the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, catch up on Sky News, or watch skateboarding kittens on YouTube and Daily Motion. There's also streaming video via LoveFilm and pay-per-view (PPV) movies from Sony's new Qriocity video streaming service.

Need more? The BIV portal has a growing range of more esoteric, dedicated services including Blip TV, Ford Models, the Howcast network, Ustudio, Livestrong, Golf Link and Singing Fool. 

The NX713 also offers widgets (of a sort), a consequence of Sony's short-lived dalliance with Yahoo. Sony has now moved from this relationship, leaving this particular widget Gallery high and dry. Just as well, since they're slow to load and you can only run a handful before running out of memory.

Compared to the extensive apps program run by Samsung, these are a non-responsive waste of time.

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 NX713
3D Type3D Ready
Brand NameSony
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption142 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power26 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand612 mm
Width with Stand944 mm
Depth with Stand245 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height582 mm
Width944 mm
Depth32 mm
ColourBlack Pearl
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product SeriesNX713
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Auto Program, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-40NX713
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-40NX713
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Slim build, beautiful looks and hugely entertaining - what more do you want from a TV? This BRAVIA with Dynamic Edge LED technology makes a real impression, whether it's transforming your living space or opening up a world of 3D home entertainment.

Package Contents
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
Limited Warranty5 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.10 kg