Sony KDL-26S5500 review

Sony's latest foray into the 26in screen market might be accomplished in some areas, but it's not the best in its class Tested at £400.00

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Our Verdict

Sony's latest foray into the 26in screen market might be accomplished in some areas, but it's not the best in its class

For

  • Good detail and motion tracking
  • clean and well balanced pictures

Against

  • Pictures lack some depth
  • menu irritates
  • can't handle 1080p

Sony's range is proving something of a mixed bag this year. Thankfully, the KDL-26S5500 avoids the backlighting problems that have afflicted some of its other sets, but it's still not the best in class.

First impressions are inconclusive: the straight-edged bezel is simple but effective, while the JPEG and MP3-compatible USB socket is a nice touch.

The set can't handle 1080p images, though. The importance of 1080p support at this size is debatable, but it's nice to have the option.

Impressive detail and motion
We're used to Sony's excellent XrossMediaBar being excluded from the company's budget sets, but the fact that the replacement menu on this set remains onscreen as you adjust picture settings makes calibration a real pain.

At least you're not bombarded by an overabundance of tweaky picture options.

Over recent years we've become used to Sonys that specialise in combining inky blacks with ultra-bright whites, but that's not quite the case here.

Pure and punchy whites
The picture has pure and punchy whites, but it doesn't go as deep in the blacks or colours as the best of its rivals (even with backlight set to 0), reducing the lushness and three-dimensionality of the Push Blu-ray.

Overall detail and motion-tracking is impressive here though, as it is when you switch to Two Lovers on DVD.

Upscaled Freeview pictures are equally clean and balanced, and audio is surprisingly accomplished for a TV this size, but in terms of overall performance you can buy better.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesS5500
Product LineBRAVIA
Product NameSony KDL-26S5500
Product ModelKDL-26S5500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL26S5500U

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand22.2 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate10 kg
Weight Approximate8.70 kg
Width with Stand67.9 cm
Height with Stand48.5 cm
Width67.9 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Depth9.3 cm
Height43.5 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions43.5 cm (H): 67.9 cm (W): 9.3 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesChannel Labeling, Teletext, Auto Program, Favorite Channel Selection
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size66 cm (26")

Audio

RMS Output Power16 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
Operating Power Consumption110 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format720p

Miscellaneous

Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-26S5500 26" LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
Environmental CertificationRoHS

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year