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Sony Bravia KDL-Z5500 Series LCD TV (40", 46", 52")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the usability and glare are on the whole positive. The sound and design also get good views. Some have doubts about the value for money, and comments about the size and color are mixed.

image quality, design, sound, glare, usability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony Bravia KDL-Z5500 Series LCD TV (40", 46", 52") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 141 reviews)

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Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 LCD television

 

The Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 is a 52in LCD television with a 200Hz refresh rate. It's the successor to the Bravia KDL52Z4500, with a new video processor...

Good motion smoothing, minimal design

No LED technology, expensive

We'd go so far as to say that the Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 is the current pinnacle of (non-LED) LCD television technology. Good, natural-looking motion smoothing and a vibrant colour palette make for a television that's very enjoyable to watch.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500 46in LCD TV

 

The Sony KDL-46Z5500 has design flare, excellent 200Hz processing and fine HD pictures, so is there anything not to like?

If you're more interested in picture quality than saving the planet, the 46Z5500's most important improvement over the Z4500s is its Bravia Engine 3 video processing. I've found BE3 to be a large leap forward over the Bravia Engine 2 system sported by...

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Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 review

 

The Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 is a 52in LCD television with a 200Hz refresh rate.

The Sony Bravia KDL52Z5500 is a good all-round LCD television. Its CCFL backlight means it may not be as technologically advanced as Samsung's LED TV models, but the implementation of MotionFlow 200Hz and its vibrant image quality make the package just...

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Sony KDL-46Z5500

 

Add proper backlighting to a Sony TV's many other strengths and you get a great product. Simple, really

Fine ergonomics; big specification; accomplished TV reception; good DVD upscaling; impressive Blu-ray performance

Sssome sssibilance to sssound

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Sony KDL-40Z5500

 

We're really fed-up with saying this, but here's yet another Sony with a superb performance that's ruined by uneven backlighting

Impeccable motion processing; punchy, detailed pictures with subtle, neutral colours; good sound; compact, stylishly-understated design

Blotchy backlight

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Sony Bravia KDL46Z5500

 

Boasting improved design and an upgraded picture engine, the Sony Bravia KDL46Z5500 is perfect for watching the World Cup on. Which Cup is up to you.

Excellent black levels ; Detailed images ; 200Hz is suited to sport ; DLNA streaming onboard

DVD replay could be better ; 200Hz is poor with non-broadcast sources

There is little doubt that Sony currently makes the best 200Hz system out there, but there is still a ways to go. It's not great for movies, but for sport it's perfect. And when seen in conjunction with all of the other features on this TV, it turns...

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Review: Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500

 

This 46-incher offers crisp and smooth pictures, reasonably good sound quality, coupled with an intuitive user interface.

Overall superb sharpness; deep blacks and smooth motion; smart-looking design; 1080p AVCHD video playback; IDTV; backlit remote controller; four 24p-ready HDMI inputs; intuitive icon-based user interface

Lacks Web content streaming; awkward Ethernet port placement; no DivX support

The Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500 may lack a Web content streaming element, but it's a solid all-rounder in just about every aspect, from design to performance.

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Sony KDL-40Z5500

 

We're really fed-up with saying this, but here's yet another Sony with a superb performance that's ruined by uneven backlighting

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Sony Z5500

 

Picture quality after calibration; 200 Hz smooth pictures; Black reproduction; ; No/minor clouding

Viewing angles; 200 Hz not big improvement over 100 Hz; Analogue signals; Shadow detail not perfect

Our TV signal is DVB-S (satellite) from Canal Digital and DVB-T (terrestrial). We also have an analogue TV connection.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46Z5500 200Hz 46in LCD TV

 

Big, sleek and beautiful, this Bravia has a lot going for it. Even if it can't count LED backlighting among its image boosters, it's a great performer.

Sony’s TVs regularly offer stylish design, effectively implemented innovations and striking picture quality. And all that's true here. But this is a pricey TV and the attention-grabbing LED backlighting of rival sets may attract you instead. Despite...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
DLNA certified: Yes
DVB-C:DVB-C (MPEG4)
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HbbTV: No
HDTV: Yes
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player:Audio/Video
PC Streaming:Audio/Video
Picture and Picture (PAP): Yes
Picture in Picture (PIP):1 Tuner PIP
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No

Connectivity

CI Plus: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet:No / Yes
Front AV Interface: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Headphone Output: Yes
PC Streaming:Audio/Video / No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: Yes

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:VESA 300 x 300

Display

Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:200
Frequency:200 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No

Energy Information

Energy Efficiency Class (EU):Unknown
Energy Saving Trust Feature:No / Yes

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:LCD
Screen Format:16:9
Type:LCD
Type of Monitor:LCD
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