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Sony KDL-40CX523

alaTest has collected and analyzed 736 reviews of Sony KDL-40CX523. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed reviews on the tuner and sound. The energy efficiency and durability get negative views.

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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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony KDL-40CX523

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 188 user reviews of Sony KDL-40CX523 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the size and sound are generally positive. The price and image quality also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency and durability.

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: John Archer (techradar.com)

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 Sony KDL-40CX523 steers clear of the potential minefield that is 3D, aiming instead for good old-fashioned value for money.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

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? (whathifi.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523 review

 

The Sony KDL-40CX523 has an extensive spec for the money but economies show elsewhere

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 (reghardware.co.uk)

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: steven (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

Great picture, sound and in general great features.

Not compatible with some applications such as Netflix despite being compatible with LoveFilm

Sep, 2013

Consumer review by: steven (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

Great picture, sound and in general great features

Not compatible with some applications such as Netflix despite being compatible with LoveFilm

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: Robert (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

Needs a dongle Doesn't update to extra on demand channels, only get BBC iplayer.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Gitvydas (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

good all rounder

there is no flash player on the browser that is the a very bad point ,and as i can see it cant be downloaded from sony site

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Robert (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

Needs a dongle ; Doesn't update to extra on demand channels, only get BBC iplayer

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Gudimetla (reevoo.com)

Sony KDL-40CX523

 

One the best products I've ever bought.

there are no bad points.

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby Pulse / Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Pulse
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
RMS rated power:20

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Mercury content:35

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Comb Filter:3D / Yes
Display Diagonal:40
Display Diagonal (metric):40.2
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
High frequency rate:50
Noise reduction: Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p
Viewable size diagonal:40.2

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.25
Power consumption (typical):181

Ergonomics

Smartphone remote support: Yes
Swiveling:Y
Swivelling: Yes
VESA mounting:Y

Management Features

Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Number of OSD languages:27
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On/Off timer: Yes
Picture-and-Picture: Yes
Picture-in-Picture: Yes
Sleep Timer: Yes

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other Features

Backlight: Yes
Backlight type:CCFL
Box dimensions (W x D x H):4.55 x 2.71 x 0.646
Clock function: Yes
Designjet model size (metric):39
Dimensions (W x D x H):99.1
HDD recording: Yes
Power LED: Yes
Quick start: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Weight:28.4

Packaging Content

3D glasses included: No
Handheld remote control: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:6.46
Package height:27.1
Package width:45.5

Performance

Child lock: Yes
Game mode: Yes
Parental Control: Yes
Teletext function: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1
Common interface (CI): Yes
Common interface Plus (CI+): Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
Digital audio optical out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDCP: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:4
Headphone outputs:1
PC Audio in: Yes
PC in (D-Sub): Yes
RF ports quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.25
Power consumption (typical):181

Smart TV

Internet TV: Yes
Lifestyle apps:Skype

TV Tuner

Digital signal format system:DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.8
Depth (with stand):6.46 / 9.84
Height:23.9
Height (with stand):25 / 27.1
Package depth:6.46
Package height:27.1
Package width:45.5
Weight:28.4
Weight with stand:0.575 / 35.9
Width:39
Width (with stand):39