Sony KDL-47W805 review

This TV enjoys strong features and pretty looks and costs much less than the imperious W905 series

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The Sony 47W805 is a seriously promising TV. Its design is cute, its specification list looks strong with its video-friendly online TV service and potent picture processing, and most important of all it shares a stable with Sony's imperious W905 models.

We have no doubt, either, that many users - especially families - will feel drawn to the television because it's Sony's first to use passive rather than active 3D technology.

However, there's a slight lack of sophistication about the interface employed for accessing the Sony 47W805's multimedia services, and more alarmingly the TV's mostly robust picture quality is let down by a number of difficulties when it comes to showing dark scenes convincingly.

We liked

The Sony 47W805 is a pretty TV thanks to its Sense of Quartz design, and it's well connected with its four HDMIs, three USBs and built-in Wi-Fi. Bright content looks punchy and crisp, and the set's online services include an impressive amount of video sources.

We disliked

The interface for accessing Sony's online content is a bit basic by this year's standards, and the TV's contrast performance is a real disappointment compared with the glories found elsewhere in Sony's range.

Final verdict

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Excitement levels were extremely high for the Sony 47W805, since we fully expected it to deliver much of the performance quality of Sony's W905 series for a much lower price.

However, while it retains many of that television's features bar Triluminos, it doesn't deliver anywhere near as much picture or sound quality. In fact its contrast performance is so average it's hard to believe it's coming from the same brand as the Sony 55W905.

We guess this flawed contrast issue might not be too big a deal if you don't tend to be the sort of person who watches films seriously. But if you do consider yourself a bit of a movie buff, we're pretty confident that the Sony 47W805's difficulties with dark scenes will annoy you from time to time.

Also consider

A great alternative to the Sony 47W805 would be Panasonic's P50GT60. This TV costs £100 or so more, but as well as giving you an extra three inches of picture the quality of that picture is also sensational, especially when it comes to contrast - the thing the Sony 47W805 struggles with the most.

Panasonic's new My HomeScreen smart TV interface is a work of personalised genius too, though Panasonic's online platform isn't nearly as video-rich as Sony's.

Another option would be Samsung's UE46F7000. This is a bit costlier and an inch smaller, but its picture quality is outstanding, and its smart interface is in a different league.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA W805A
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameSony
Screen Size119.4 cm (47")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption139 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand672 mm
Width with Stand1083 mm
Depth with Stand298 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports3
3D TechnologyPolarized
Energy Consumption per Year92 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height639 mm
Width1083 mm
Depth64 mm
Sound SystemNICAM, Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesW805A
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Web Browser, Picture and Picture (PAP), Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-47W805A
Product NameW8 LED Television
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-47W805A
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

When everything comes together

For a viewing experience you won't forget, the W8 combines remarkable picture quality with 21st century connectivity and a world of online entertainment. It looks great in your living room too.

Your smartphone on your TV instantly

Want to see party photos from your smartphone on your TV screen? There's no tricky set-up. Simply place your NFC one-touch mirroring enabled smartphone against the supplied one-touch remote to display photos, videos, music, games and apps from your phone on your TV.

Package Contents
  • W8 LED Television
  • AC power cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote control
  • 4 x 3D Glasses
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.60 kg