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The first thing to say is this TV is gorgeous. The pictures do not it justice. The piano black finish is beautiful and the perspex strip which runs across the bottom of the TV looks stunning when the light catches it. It looks and feels really solid and clearly means business.
The size of the TV is perfect. There's a lot of debate about what size of TV to get but it's all about viewing distance. At 9 feet away 40" is just about right for me. Anything bigger and I wouldn't see the whole screen. It's still a big size TV but you soon get used to it and it doesn't dominate my living room (I live in a one bedroom flat).
I think the W series has always offered the best value for money in the Bravia range. It's a mid range TV but the features it offers for the money is exceptional.
The picture quality is fine when viewing Freeview though not brilliant. Some channels are better than others. But you have to bare in mind Freeview is a fairly poor quality source. These TV's are built for High Definition and this is where this TV excels. With 1080p full HD watching blu ray has to be seen to be believed. The picture is incredibly detailed and the colours vibrant. Add to this 100hz motionflow which makes fast moving scenes smooth and detailed.
The sound is perfectly good for a flatscreen TV. The surround sound is actually quite effective though obviously no match for a proper surround system. Theres also plenty of connectivity (4HDMI's, 2 scarts).
One last point. I've read some expert reviews of this TV where they have mentioned backlight problems. But I'm lead to believe this only affected early models and I have not experienced any problems.
Sony are just about the top of the league when it comes to audovisual fare. The Sony KDL40W5500 accordingly costs a pretty penny although if you know where to go it can be had for a pretty reasonable cost compared to lesser rivals. The set may look pretty but there are prettier rivals. The picture, when used with your own digital service or DVD, is pretty good with sharp colours and clear images. The sound is clear and distinct. I would recommend that you hang this set well out of the way since the screen easily picks up smudges from little fingers and pens/pencils can easily damage the rather fragile screen.
All well and good you say but is it worth the money? Well kind of. The set really comes into its own when its doing what it is supposed to do with high definition broadcasts and movies. This is when the super sharp pictures and cinema like sound really come to life and you wonder who teleported you to the local cinema. It's a set that looks worth the money but we will have to wait and see if it lasts long enough to prove it.
The Sony KDL-40W5500 is one of the best Sony TVs that is on the market. This is the TV that i have placed in my living room. The quality of the picture is amazing especially when it is hooked up to a high definition source. I personally have it hooked up through HDMI cables to my Sky HD box and my PS3, both produce high quality feed to the Sony KDL-40W5500.
The 40" picture is really good, you can clearly see the fine detail in each of the tiny pixels.
i bought this product mostly because of the brand. i intentionally went to a Sony Centre and was advised by the sales assistant to purchase this particular model. i bought Sony because of its good reputation and high standards of quality.
Set up of the TV is easy, just fitting cables into thier correct slots. Tuning the TV is so simple which is made easy with the setup guide. The remote control is clearly laid out and the buttons are highly responsive. everything is so simple and great.
There is nothing i don't like about apart from the hefty price i had to pay for the TV but it is totally worth it and no one likes parting with their hard earned cash. But it was worth every one of the 720 pounds that i paid for it.
Also on dooyoo under the same name dixin123.
When my trusty Trinitron (literally) went pop, I turned to amazon for my next TV purchase, having been impressed with their service and good prices over the years. I was looking for a 37" W series Sony Bravia but as this model was only £10 more expensive (£759.99) , it would have been rude not to go for the bigger screen. Despite specifying next day delivery, it actually took three days to arrive (via Citylink) but the extra £8.80 charge was politely and promptly refunded within three hours of my inquiry. Like all amazon deliveries, tracking was easy online. It comes with a Sony 3 year guarantee.
OUT OF THE BOX
It was actually light enough to remove from the box on my own, though it helps if you have long arms like I do. Putting the TV on its own tabletop stand was nice and easy; you just carefully lower the TV onto it before fixing with the four screws provided. Simple. The TV swivels on the stand, which is very useful as I move around the room during the day though the viewing angle is very good anyway. Once done, putting it onto the Centurion Stand (see my other review) was much easier than I thought as the TV only weighs 18kg (plus it's stand of course).
Once plugged in, I connected it to my PVR and PS3 and powered up. It takes 30-40 minutes to set-up as it downloads the Freeview channels for its integrated tuner then you are ready to go. It is quite easy to accidentally skip this part of the set up but you can run it again from the Guide as I did so it's no problem.
The remote is light, functional, and refreshingly uncluttered with most of the functions being menu driven onscreen. The blue Home button puts you into a familiar PS3/PSP style horizontal menu (XrossMediaBar) which has all the detailed settings, or you can use the Options button for more basic choices. With BraviaSync, you can control other Sony devices but sadly not the PS3...yet.
Pressing the Scene button allows you to quickly adjust the picture (and sound) according to general, gaming, movies, sports etc. Overall, the functions and menus are quite simple and intuitive and I haven't needed to open the manual yet. The full manual can be found in the menu and there is a system update function too so this TV is fairly future proof.
I am not a big fan of the integral TV guide (Guide+), it looks a bit cheap and nasty to be honest with annoying adverts around it. You get a small window of the current channel in the top left though which is quite useful and you can set reminders etc though I will probably stick to my PVR so I can pause live TV etc so won't be using this much, same as viewers with Sky+ no doubt. It will be useful to have a third option though just in case I'm recording on two channels.
The TV has PIP - Picture in Picture so if you're playing your game you can keep a beady eye on your TV and not miss the start of your favourite prog. The on/off switch is a nice and light button on the side next to channel, volume buttons etc. Never has switching a TV on and off been so enjoyable.
1) GENERAL TV - When I powered the TV on, it soon became clear that the TV was too good for my geriatric Humax PVR800 which uses a SCART connector and so this will soon be rectified with a 9300T (HDMI upload) or perhaps a Freesat box. I will update this review once done. The integrated Freeview tuner delivers a better output, nice and clear with good contrast and no ghosting on movement, thanks to the 100Hz refresh and Motionflow. The moral of this story is the better the input, the better the output. This TV is too good for a basic digital tuner so one with a HDMI upload or HD is the way to get the most out of it if you're picky about your picture (and you probably will be if you've spent nearly £800 on this TV).
2) PS3 - It really shines with the PS3; colours are nice and vibrant with excellent detail and it gives you a much more involving and cinematic experience. Ratchet and Clank, a big and bright game looks amazing, despite being produced in 720p. I'm playing it through again on this TV, it's like I'm on a new game. Uncharted:Drake's Fortune (also 720p) is excellent with lush greens against the rocky outcrops showing up beautifully, ditto the water.
3) DVDs are very good and my first BluRay purchase, Planet Earth is jaw-dropping in places.
4) Sound is good, excellent in fact, very clear but just lacking in bass when playing music. As I intend to use my PS3 as my media centre I will look into additional speakers of some sorts soon.
Amongst many others, there are :
4 x HDMI (2 side, 2 rear)
2 x SCART
VGA (for laptop, PC)
USB (view photos, other media etc)
RJ45 - for connecting to your router and other wireless DNLA compliant devices such as laptops
This is a stunning and very up to date piece of kit that I am very pleased with and am enjoying very much. I cannot find fault with it at all (apart from the messy TV guide), hence the 5 stars.
(also reviewed on amazon)