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Sony KDL-40EX503

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      31.03.2014 15:04
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      • "clear picture"

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      great picture and connectivity but bad sound

      This sony bravia model comes with the following connections: 4 x HDMI, 1 composite, 2 scart, audio out, Ethernet, TV, USB and VGA. The picture quality is clear and crisp and it comes with an auto dimming function depending on how much light there is in the room. You can connect this TV to the internet with an Ethernet cable directly to your router but you will need to buy another dongle if you want wifi. Once connected to the internet you are offered certain channels like youtube, bbc iplayer etc. but you cannot browse the internet like you can on a PC or phone. I don't find this feature very useful as it takes too long to load up the videos and I would prefer to use my laptop or my sky catchup service. It is also a bit difficult to find a long enough Ethernet cable to connect to my router. This Tv also comes with the serviio functionality which allows you to play media located on your PC as long as you install the serviio server on your PC. I have tried this but found it not that useful as I don't like leaving my laptop on too long and it is all a bit fiddly and complicated for an everyday user. I do find the USB playback functionality quite useful. It allows me to play downloaded videos from the internet via my media player which is an archos 605. What I do is download videos from the internet on my laptop, transfer them to my archos then connect the archos to the TV and control the playback via the TV remote. Im no expert on codecs and wrappers and that stuff but the TV does play 90% of the formats that I have downloaded, they are mostly avi and xvid. Once the archos is connected to the USB port on the TV it also starts charging. This is a lot better than connecting the laptop to the TV as I have to plug the laptop into the power socktet and you cant control the playback via the laptop. The sound quality on this TV is a bit disappointing. I find it lacks bass frequencies. You really need to buy a soundbar to enhance the sound.

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      31.05.2011 21:21
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      A great T.V which hold up well to newer technologies today.

      I first purchased this television a year ago and i can safely say that it is still one of the best pieces of technology i have ever purchased.

      Design

      The first thing you will notice about the Sony Ex503 is the beautifl black bezel finish which is roundly complimented by the striking silver panel at the base of the set. It sits proudly in my living room and looks fantastic. Compared to my old CRT that i was replacing it with, it is remarkably light so lifting it to anywhere around the house is a simple task. The option to wall mount (should one want to) is always there which is a feature that is being taken advantage of more and more these days.

      Technology/Features

      Besides the great design its whats "under the hood" so to speak that matters the most. The Ex503 stands up to many newer models in this regard with full 1080p high definition picture when hooked up to a blu ray player or games console and a Freeview HD tuner built in. This T.v therefore gets plenty of opportunity to shows its phenomenal picture quality. The connectivity of the T.V is also great with 4 Hdmi ports and USB slots to play any music, photos or videos off . This means you can take media from your PC and play it on the big screen without any problems.

      The integration of internet connectivity is also a nice touch with access to a lots of different services such as YouTube and Love Film to stream directly to the set. However due to the lack of built in WiFi, to get these services without wires means you would have to purchase an official Sony dongle for the T.V which can cost up to £70. This i feel is where the T.V loses some marks for me as this was not made clear when i bought the T.V and i would have expected to be able to use this feature straight out the box.

      Picture

      As touched on in the technology section, this T.V doesn't disappoint when it comes to the main job of any T.V a good picture. The high level contrast ratio means the clarity and texture of the picture is something to behold. I watch a lot of sports and the addition of 100hz motion flow really helps. This technology helps to smooth any rough edges of objects moving at a fast pace and therefore is perfect high action events.

      Sound

      The speakers to this T.V a smoothy integrated into the set so that they are barley visible. Whilst this may look great i cant help but think that this hinders the overall sound quality. I would recommend hooking this T.V up to external speaker especially during movies as even on full volume you don't seem to get the real movie sound you would expect from a T.V of this price.


      Final Thoughts
      The Sony Ex503 may have fallen behind today current offerings in terms of no 3D functionality or an LED panel, but for anybody who is not worried about these particular features i wouldn't hesitate in recommending it for the great picture alone. 8/10

      The price for this particular model at time of reviewing was £650.

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      16.05.2011 15:10
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      In a nutshell, a good buy if u are not a hardcore gamer.

      My friend recently got this new LCD TV and we started to do a bit of "CSI" work on it. Here is what we found. I hope to don't get to technical on this review but if you have any questions please comment, ok? Thanks.

      As I have said before, I am totally nuts about Sony stuff. However, I will be totally blunt and open about this review. Overall, this unit is a "nice" HDTV to have but definitely not one of the best. Here's why.

      Firstly, this model has been in the pretty affordable range (around £750 in UK). One thing I love about it is that it comes with an SPVA LCD panel feature in which personally I think is the best type of LCD panel for home cinema because of its high contrast ratio. While other brands may have a more glossy coating, Sony's with a more matte finish which will be less reflective in brighter rooms. Technically, this Sony LCD TV could have a better colour and greyscale performance compared to like Samsung LE-40C650, but you won't be able to see the difference during actual viewing. As for motion clarity, I rate Sony's "Motionflow" features above average as some motion interpolation at all times.

      On the other side of the coin, the Sony KDL-40EX503 produce beautiful picture especially in movies. I have checked.. this is because of HDTV Digital Noise or "film grain" in which Sony does it cleaner and more accurate. Now, we cannot have "noiseless" film grain as that will take away all the sharpness of the picture but too much of it will be no good as well. So, this model excels in the balance or I jokingly put as the "zen of grain". Do you know that LCD TV is sharper than most plasma TV? Well, it's true.

      The biggest drawback for me is the input lag which is about 60ms lag. That's bad! Why? Because I love to play HALO 3 in my PS3! Now, let me explain. Technically, for any hardcore gamers, the lower the input lag (around 40ms is bearable) meaning the Greyscale tracking (after calibration) is better and lesser visible errors, and colours are very accurately rendered. However, 60ms is approaching unplayable, especially with online FPS games where reaction times are crucial. This would definitely put you at a major disadvantage to your friends with lag-free or 40ms lower lag TVs. This is pretty disappointing since you won't get the best quality for your PS3. We have tried playing other less powerpack games and the quality is bearable.. if you don't go near to your TV and look. :)

      Now, other than gaming we took this baby and watch a couple of movies and off course SPORTS!! Love it! With its high refresh rate of 100Hz, watching sports and movies in Blu-ray or DVD is truly a delightful time. 100Hz work best when we watch action pack movies or fast moving object flying around like football.. :)

      While other love the new menus in this model, I am a bit irritated by the occasional lag or responds time. Also, I noticed the slowness when I change from a W4000 and it got really bad when I use it to play games in Game mode or HDMI mode. I don't know if this happens to you but when I played videos in fullscreen via web streaming or PC harddisk, the TV will produce funny sound like "spluttering".

      So, in summary.

      Movie or Sport fans : 5 Stars.
      Hardcore Gamers : 3 Stars (4 Stars if don't mind the lag)
      Value For Money : 5 Stars. (Why? Because "It's a Sony!")

      Thanks for reading.

      Update: I apologise if I have violated the dooyoo Site Rules #4. However, just for the record.. I do use this TV very often as me and my friends hang out a lot especially in watching football and movies. So yeah, the #4 Site Rules does say "In other words, it needs to be a product that you yourself own and have used extensively.." Even I don't own it personally but I use it pretty extensively to write this review. End of the day, I am just writing an honest feedback. Thanks.

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        11.06.2010 00:20
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        Great tv

        The latest offering from Sony.
        Well, lets get started, as soon as i connected the set to the ariel connection, I noticed the new menu system (akin to the ps3). This is far more intuitive and very cutting edge than any other menu set up out there.
        When it comes to the picture quality, words cant't quite justify the level of contrast on diplay here fokes! With the brand new LED back lighting it basically means you tend to get far more, richer, deeper truer shades come through the lcd panel than ever before.
        Take for example when you set it up to the ps 3, I played on Uncharted 2 and played solid for 2'5 hrs, the detail on drakes shirt, and it swayed in the wind was mind blowing. I used to have a Panasonic with freesat 1080 100hz, (a lovel set) but the 2 main factors that pip this to the post are, clour/contrast and DETAIL ! !
        The sound is about as solid as you can ever expect to get from an LED (largely due to the fact that the chasis 's are very thin therfore the sound cone's, that produce the vibrations have to be small, and lack any bass!)
        A cracking set well worth a look.....solid freeview tuner to boot, as is expected from Sony these days.
        Mark

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        31.05.2010 20:26
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        Great TV. Crisp, clear and beautiful HD!

        This was my family's first large (24 inch+) HD TV, but we have had smaller ones already for our PS3. All of our previous TV's were under 24 inch and up to 1080i (not the full HD at 1080p). We also bought sky HD to use with the TV and also a blu-ray player. In terms of sky, the limited HD channels offer some amazing crisp detail, a real difference which is hugely noticable. Sharper, brighter and smoother motion all make viewing a much better experience. In terms of the ps3, I can probably give a better, comparable opinion because of the previous TVs I've had. This TV is incredible for gaming! It brings a whole new level to gaming and is 100% worth it. However switching from small TV to large is hard to get used to to start off with and may seem 'laggy', however it's due to the larger screen. Amazing TV and reasonable price!

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      KDL-40EX503 is the stylish, cost conscious, picture performer.

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      Product Description: Sony KDL-40EX503 - 40" LCD TV
      Product Type: LCD TV
      Diagonal Size: 40" widescreen
      Dimensions (WxDxH): 99.2 cm x 26 cm x 53.6 cm - with stand
      Weight: 16.4 kg
      Colour: Black
      Digital Television Certification: Not certified
      Resolution: 1920 x 1080
      Display Format: 1080p (FullHD)
      Input Video Formats: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 576i, 576p, 1080/24p
      Motion Enhancement Technology: Motionflow 100Hz technology
      24p Technology: 24p True Cinema
      Video Interface: Component, composite, HDMI, SCART
      HDMI Ports Qty: 4 port(s)
      PC Interface: VGA (HD-15)
      HDCP Compatible: Yes
      Technology: TFT active matrix
      Progressive Scan: Yes
      Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
      TV Tuner: 1x analogue/digital combo
      Digital TV Tuner: DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2
      Analogue TV Tuner: PAL, SECAM
      MPEG Decoder: MPEG-4
      Multi-channel Preview: Picture-and-picture (PAP), picture-in-picture (PIP)
      Features: On/off timer, Theatre Mode, video noise reduction, parental control, ambient light sensor (ALS), MPEG4 film playback, built-in digital FREEVIEW TV tuner, Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit (ACE), BRAVIA ENGINE 3, Live Colour, USB MP3 playback, USB JPEG photo playback, USB MPEG2 movie playback, AVCHD movie playback, DivX movie playback, Automatic Format Detection (AFD), Photo TV HD, BRAVIA Sync Function, XrossMediaBar, BRAVIA Internet Video, USB RAW photo playback
      Sound Output Mode: Stereo
      Speaker System: 2 speakers
      Sound Effects: S-FORCE Front Surround Sound
      Stereo Reception System: NICAM
      USB Port: Yes , 1 port(s)
      Remote Control: Remote control - infrared
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