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Sony KDL-40CX523

alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 reviews of Sony KDL-40CX523. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People really like the size and sound. The price and image quality also get good reviews, whereas the energy efficiency and durability get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony KDL-40CX523 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 user reviews of Sony KDL-40CX523 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs on Reviewers are impressed by the size and sound. The price and image quality also get good reviews. The energy efficiency and durability get less positive opinions.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony KDL40CX523BU 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Internet Ready TV with Freeview HD

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: John Archer (

Sony KDL-40CX523 review


Temptingly affordable LCD with solid performance and a wealth of multimedia options

Excellent Bravia Internet Video service ; Picture quality ; Promising menu system

Chassis feels a little cheap ; Dark scenes can look slightly hollow ; Resolution loss on fast-moving objects

The KDL-40CX523 is unexpectedly affordable for a 40-inch TV with exceptional multimedia flexibility and a Freeview HD tuner and its picture quality is an eloquent reminder that CCFL lighting is no poor relation to the currently more voguish edge LED...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Sony KDL-40CX523


The Sony KDL-40CX523 might be a CCFL LCD TV at the bottom of Sony's new TV range, but its AV quality and excellent Bravia Internet Video features make it good value.

Decent picture quality for the money, Excellent online functionality, Improved operating system

Motion blur, Flimsy build quality, Shortage of shadow detail

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Sony KDL-40CX523


Extensive spec includes wireless internet and Skype, bright, vivid images

Backlight inconsistencies, not great with motion, lacks dark-tone detail, aging looks

It’s only too obvious how Sony has gone about hitting this price-point

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (

Sony KDL-40CX523 LCD TV


Review The Bravia KDL-40CX523 is the little net-connected TV that could. Consigned to somewhere near the bottom of Sony's 2011 line-up, and cursed with a CCFL backlight instead of trendy LED bulbs, it's clearly not one of the brand's hero products. Yet...

Affordable LCD TV with the latest Sony UI and Internet TV offerings.

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: Paul (

Sony KDL-40CX523


Cheap now (v. good value) - with significant discount from Sony - though this take a good while to arrive ... (in fact, I am still waiting for mine after two weeks?) ... though they are quick to ask you to review the product on email? It is a good...

Discount - slow to process - should have been done at the till

Nov, 2011

Product Specifications


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


CI Plus: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: Yes
Front AV Interface: No
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming:Audio/Video
S-Video: No
Secure Digital Card: No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready
YUV Interface: Yes


4K Upscaling: No
Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:50
Frequency:50 Hertz
Full HD: Yes
HD ready: Yes
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology: No

Energy Information

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

General Features

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