Sony sets eco targets for flatscreen TVs

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Mindful of soaring electricity prices, Sony's TV division is working hard to reduce the energy consumption of its flatscreen TVs.

In a demonstration at its Tokyo eco centre, the company ran two 55in LCD screens alongside each other: last year's 55KDL-EX723, and a 2012 55KDL-HX753.

The older model consumed up to 112W according to the electricity meter we saw, while the new one ran between 40-80W.

Sony claims the latest 55KDL-HX753 will drop down to an energy consumption of 40W during darker scenes, and won't go above 100W when displaying very bright pictures.

Eventually the company aims for an average power consumption of 1W per inch of screen size, so 55W on a 55in screen, 46W on a 46in model, 40W on a 40in screen and so on.

And those figures should improve even further when the firm starts producing OLED screens – which it's developing for its professional broadcast division – with a further 30-40% energy saving over LCD.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.