Sony KDL-40S5500 review

The Sony KDL-40S5500 has a lot going for it, and is a good budget buy, but you can get better performance for not much more money Tested at £670.00

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Our Verdict

Great budget TV, but you can get a superior performance for not much more money

For

  • A detailed, balanced and vibrant picture for the money
  • usual Sony usability
  • decent sound
  • very good motion without processing

Against

  • None of the hi-tech frills

The Sony KDL-40S5500 has a lot going for it, starting with the compact, straight-edged bezel design of the company's more expensive sets.

Sure, it lacks the fancy finish of the company's more upmarket 'Z5500, but it remains classily conspicuous. The S-series also does without the slick PS3-style user interface of Sony's pricier models, but the menu system is still clear and easily navigable.

Blu-ray in no time
Also, because this TV isn't packed with picture-processing modes, calibration's a doddle – and that means you'll be watching a Blu-ray in no time.

Let's get this out of the way: this Sony doesn't suffer from the backlight issues that have plagued many of the company's other recent sets.

Sure, whites are a little less punchy than on more premium models, but given the price and overall uniformity of the picture, we won't complain.

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Besides, overall contrast is very good for the money, allowing the bright lights of New York's skyscrapers to stand out vividly against the night sky in the How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Blu-ray.

Colours are decent, too – there's a hint of pink to what should be pure whites, and skin tones are just a touch blushy, but the Sony's overall vibrancy is appealing.

Motion is impressively smooth

Detail and sharpness is also close to class standards, and although you don't get any fancy processing here, the 'S5500's motion is impressively smooth for a 50Hz set.

Standard-def pictures from DVD are upscaled in stable and detailed fashion, and although Freeview pictures are a bit softer than on some rivals, stability and vibrancy are very decent.

All sources are accompanied by sound that's a touch sibilant, but very balanced for a budget LCD.

In fact, that's the Sony's story all round: for a budget TV, it's great – it's just that you can get superior performance for not much more money.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product SeriesS5500
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL40S5500
Product NameSony KDL-40S5500
Product ModelKDL-40S5500

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-40S5500 LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Product Registration CD
  • Power Cable
  • Alkaline Battery
  • Screws for Table-Top Stand
  • Table Top Stand
  • Product Registration Card
  • European Warranty Card

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate17 kg
ColourBlack

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year