Sony KDL40EX723 (KDL-40EX723) 40 Inch 3D Ready Bravia Edge LED HD Television Freeview HD, Skype and X Reality Picture Engine.

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Sony KDL-40EX723 (KDL40EX723)
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  • Full HD Clear 2D 3D Picture Quality
  • Motionflow XR200Hz LED TV
  • Freeview-HD + Skype
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Sony KDL-40EX723 (KDL40EX723) (KDL40EX723 (KDL40EX723)) Video Review / Test

1080p resolution 1920x1080 pixels HD Ready 1080p HD Ready 3D Ready BRAVIA SKYPE Certified 200Hz Motionflow Digital TV Ready Freeview-HD Freeview WiFi Ready DLNA Certified x HDMI Connection/s x USB 2.0 Connection/s
 

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Hi there, my name is Chris - Sales Manager for Sound and Vision in Bolton. We are looking at a fantastic new product range today from Sony. Four models in the range – the KDL-32EX723, the KDL-40EX723, the KDL-46EX723 and the KDL-55EX723. The model we are showing here is the 40 inch version. As I said, there are four models in the range – you have got 32 inch, 40, 46 and 55 inch. It is the same specification on all four models apart from one thing, which is the power consumption. The power consumption on the smaller set, the TXL-32EX723BU 32 inch, is 59 watts. On the 40 inch KDL-40EX723BU, which is this model here, it is 64 watts. On the 46 inch KDL-46EX723BU  it is 81 watts, and on the largest TV in the range, the 55 inch KDL-55EX723BU, it is 113 watts. So the rest of the specification we are going through now is identical on all four models. So, extremely low power consumption on all four screen sizes.

They are all full HD, so they will cope with 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolution. They have also go the latest Freeview HD tuners built into them – so just from your standard TV aerial you can get BBC, ITV and Channel Four in high definition, as long as they are broadcasting that service within your region.


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view moreThey are also using edge-LED technology so you get extremely thin panels but you also get an extremely high contrast ratio because of that. The contrast ratio on this particular range is in excess of 2 million : 1. that gives you a good inky black level. Because the black level is so goo you get a good natural colour palette, great depth of field and good detail in the darker areas of the panel as well.

 

They ex723 range have also got equivalent to 200Hz scanning. They use a scanning system on this KDL40EX723 TV which is a new scanning system from Sony called XR 200 Motionflow. It is equivalent to 200Hz. It uses 100Hz technology but flashes at 100Hz using the backlight system on this TV to give you an equivalent to 200Hz. So if you are watching anything with extreme fast movement on there, you are going to get good control of any fast movement with no delay or drag in the motion at all.

They have also got 3D technology built into them so they are 3D ready. If you want the eyewear for them – they don’t come with eyewear – you would buy this as a separate item from Sony. So the actual glasses like these here don’t come in the box; you would have to buy these as a separate item. But they are 3D ready, so if you decide say a year, two years down the line that you would want 3D technology, it is built into this TV. You don’t have to change the TV – you just need to buy the eyewear for it.

So that is a brief rundown on the TV. You have got other functions in here – they are full internet ready as well; you have got Ethernet ports on the back – we are going to look at the sockets in just a moment. You can also do this wirelessly; get a wireless dongle from Sony, plug the dongle into the USB socket. You can also access the internet wirelessly as well.

Now, before we go into the menu system to show you what this Sony KDL40EX723BU TV can do and go through the menus, because it has got a brand new menu system on this TV, we will take a quick look at the sockets on the rear of the panel.

First of all you have got your coaxial socket for your aerial, so it is a Freeview HD tuner. One Scart at the back. You have then got Component – a lot of games consoles and some DVDs use Component still, which is the red/green/blue connection on here. The audio feed there underneath is the Audio In for Component as well. You have then got Digital Optical Out, so if you want to take the sound out of this TV to an external amplifier you can do so via the optical connection here.

You have got three HDMIs coming down there, so three HDMI sockets. You have also got a fourth one just on the side here, and up from there you have also got a USB connection. The USB connection can be used for things like your wireless dongle, as an add-on to the TV to access the internet wirelessly. There is also an Ethernet port here as well to manually do that. And coming out from there, you have also got things like the cam card slot on here for any pay per view TV facilities, and there is also another USB – so you have got two USBs on the TV in total.

Down from there you have got a PC In, so your D-subsocket. And then you have also got Audio Out from there or headphone socket – either/or – but headphone socket just on the side as well which can be used for also external audio out.

So that completes the sockets on the rear and side of the TV.

Here you have a quick view of the opposite side of the TV. The set itself is only 4.2 cm in depth. A run down of the manual controls: you have got your standby button on there for On and Off, channel up and down, volume up and down, and you have got a full menu so you can get into the full menu – instead of using the remote you have got these manual operations as well.

Okay, so let’s take a quick look through the menu system on the TV. The remote control that you get with the TV has got a button here that says Home or Options – either one of those will get you into the general menus. If we press the Options button now on the remote control, that will put the menu down the side of the screen here, leaving the bulk of the picture still on here for you.

The top one is Picture, Sound, it comes down the screen, as you can see on there. You have got Up, Down, Right and Left on the keypad. If you want to access say, Picture, in the centre of those buttons you have got a button here – just press that and it will take us into the picture menu. It gives us various options then onscreen; we have got basically – it is in Vivid here; if we drop down from there, these are preset modes from the manufacturer. If I press OK on there now, it will take us into different options. We have already seen Vivid. You have also got Standard, Custom – and these are various different preset modes from the manufacturers themselves.

If you are in, say, Custom mode, it does give you an extra menu to go into, so you have got if we come down from there now, Backlight, Contrast, Brightness – you can alter these all individually to how you want it. As you come further down you have got Sharpness and different noise reduction systems. At the bottom there you have got Advanced Settings. If we click OK on the Advanced Settings, it then opens up all these other adjustments that you can make, which you don’t get if you are in one of the preset modes like Vivid.

So if we come down from there, you have got various different things like Black Corrector and Advanced Contrast. As we come further down we have got things like White Balance, and if we press OK on that one, it gives us adjustments for each individual primary colour – for red, green and blue, things like gain and bias, so you can really tweak the picture up to how you want it. You have also got a Reset button so if you do mess it up completely, you just reset back to the manufacturer’s specifications.

If we come back out of that menu for the moment, that is a brief rundown on the Picture Menu – if you come down from there you have also got you Sound Menu. Press the centre button. This particular range of TVs are 2 x 10 watts – so 20 watts output in total. Excellent sound system on them as well – the sound projects itself forward extremely well. And you have got, yet again, adjustments for things like Dynamic, Standard, Clear Voice. In Clear Voice, what that tends to do is cut down any sort of background noise or music that may be in the movie and bring out the vocals more, so it is nice and clear.

If we come out of that, come down from there, you have then got individual treble and bass adjustments. You have also got Surround Sound Off where it is just standard stereo sound; or if you click OK on that you can force the sound out and around you as well. And if we come down from there you can get a really good sort of 3D effect on the sound by switching that on as well. so, as I said, an excellent sound system on this particular range of TVs.

So that is looking at the TVs through the Options button. So if I press that button again for you, it comes down to various other things on here as well. If you come down there you have got things like Track ID. Track ID is a new feature on this particular model where, if there is, say, an advert playing with a piece of music on there that you do like but you are not sure what it is, if you press Track ID, it will actually identify what that piece of music is for you as well.

As you come down from there you have also got things like the 3D Menu – as I said, you just buy glasses for this TV and you are up and running with 3D technology as well. You have got Sky with a dedicated 3D channel so they are broadcasting in 3D if you have got Sky as well. and you have got 3D Display Off, you just press OK on the remote control and you can go into different options there for 3D.

You have also got Simulated 3D on this TV so if you are watching a standard 2D broadcast, you can actually watch your 2D broadcast in a simulated 3D mode as well. so, various different options in the menu for you there as well.

As I said, this particular range of TV has got absolutely everything going for it – excellent sound system, you have got internet functions through the TV – which we are going to look at briefly for you now as well. You have got the 3D technology built into there, really great contrast as well.

So we will just come out of that menu now. And the other button on the remote control was that Home button – so if we press the Home button on here, it puts up a slightly more extensive menu. You have got all the symbols on here – very similar to what you get on a PlayStation-type menu.

As we click through those menus on there, they will tell you what they are down the bottom here. And then we have got things like Internet Content. If we press OK, the centre button on there as well, it will start to load up the internet for us, it will start to scan and search – it is loading now. It will take a few seconds and then it will pick up various options onscreen. So then we can access various sort of internet video on here such as BBC iPlayer, 5 on Demand, you have got Sky News – it has got an excellent web service through this TV. All you need to do, yet again, is highlight what you want – if it is BBC iPlayer, just highlight it on there now, press OK in the centre of the remote control, and it will access BBC iPlayer. It will start to load that onscreen there, and it gives you various options of different TV programmes that you may have missed that you can actually catch up on. It is almost like having, yet again, another channel on your TV.

So, a great product. It is on display in both our Bolton and Leeds stores. What I would say is come in for a demonstration of it, or give me a call - my name is Chris - on 01204 861 861 if you would like any more details on this particular product range. Or go to our website which is www.soundandvision.co.uk. You will find hundreds more video clips on there – not just on TVs but on amplifiers and speaker systems. So have a look at our website which is www.soundandvision.co.uk, or please give me a call on 01204 861 861.

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When you are looking to buy a television it can be a difficult time is much choice on the market but if you are looking for a flat screen television that can offer you a great deal then you don’t have to look any further than the Sony KDL-40EX723BU.

With the Sony KDL40EX723BU you can enjoy pictures whether from movies, games or regular tv channels in stunning 3D which can be watched from a wide viewing angle as with some televisions you have to sit in a particular place to enjoy the picture quality but with the Sony KDL-40EX723 the 3D high definition picture is stunning wherever you sit. It is not just 3D pictures that are amazing though, as Sony have also thought about the Sound as well, giving you 3D sound that has a 5 channel audio effect through your tv speakers with an effect called S Force 3D front surround. 2D pictures are also given the same picture quality as well.

The Sony KDL-40EX723 delivers a picture with high contrast, enhanced colour intensity and improved energy efficiency, all of which is down to the Edge LED technology offered by this unit. Viewing pleasure is also further enhanced as the Sony KDL40EX723 has an option allowing you to turn on a light sensor which will adjust the screen brightness to suit the brightness in the room you are viewing the TV which optimises picture quality and in turn uses less power.

Images on the Sony KDL40EX723 when watching action sequences such as sports or when playing on your games console are improved as the Sony offers Motionflow 100hz pro technology so that images are displayed clearer and with less judder and blur.
An amazing feature of the Sony KDL-40EX723 is the built in Freeview HD tuner allowing you to watch a whole host of channels ranging from documentaries to sport and all at no extra cost to you unlike Sky or Virgin media where you are charged monthly and there is no subscription fee either. All you do is plug the 40inch LCD TV into your existing tv aerial to enjoy channels in stunning HD. (Please note though Freeview is not available in every area, you will need to check this out).

Maybe you like to keep in touch with friends and family a lot, well you can do this with the Sony KDL-40EX723BU as it has built in Skype technology allowing you to make free video and voice calls easily by just connecting up a camera and microphone and off you go. You can also access online services through the television to BBC iplayer, demand 5 and more.

If the viewing and picture effects are not enough to impress you, how about the other benefits such as being able to connect your digital camera or mp3 player to view pictures and listen to music in High Definition as with 4 HDMI inputs and 2 USB connections you cant go wrong.

So as you can see the Sony KDL-40EX723U is more than just a television for watching movies on it can make you feel with the stunning picture quality like you are there at the cinema or become engrossed in a film with the visual effects being portrayed just as the director ntended you to, the Sony KDL40EX723BU will keep you satisfied for many years

(also known as KDL-40EX723BU,KDL40EX723BU,KDL-40EX723,KDL40EX723)

September 2011

Specifications & Features

Picture/Display
  • 40 " Diagonal Screen Size (Inch)
  • 102 cm Visible Diagonal Screen Size
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 1080p resolution
  • 1920x1080 pixels
  • HD Ready 1080p
Manufacturers Technology Features
  • HD Ready
  • 3D Ready
  • BRAVIA
  • SKYPE Certified
  • 200Hz Motionflow
  • USB Music Player
  • USB Media Player
  • USB Photo Viewer
  • Presence Sensor
Convenience
  • Digital TV Ready
  • Freeview-HD
  • Freeview
  • WiFi Ready
  • DLNA Certified
  • Teletext
  • EPG (Guide Plus+)
  • Sleep Timer
  • On/Off Timer
  • Picture & Picture
  • Picture In Picture
  • Clock
Connections
  • 4 (1 Side / 3 Rear) x HDMI Connection/s
  • 1 (Rear) x Component Video Connection/s
  • 1 (Rear) x Composite Video Connection/s
  • 1 x Optical Terminal Connection/s
  • 2 (Side) x USB 2.0 Connection/s
  • 1 (Rear) x Ethernet Connection
  • 1 x Standard Scart Connection/s
  • 1 x Headphone Socket
Accessories Supplied
  • Remote Control
  • User Manual
  • Mains Cable
  • Table Top Stand
  • Batteries
Power,Weight & Dimensions
  • 94.3 x 61.6 x 25.0 Dimensions (W x H x D) With Stand
  • 94.3 x 58.6 x 4.2 Dimensions (W x H x D) Without Stand
  • 110.9 x 67.9 x 13.2 WxHxD Inc Packaging
Batteries
  • AAAx2 (Battery Type)


    The KDL40EX723U LCD Television is also known as:

    Sony KDL40EX723, Sony KDL-40EX723, SONY KDL-40EX723BU, Sony KDL-40EX723-U, Sony KDL-40EX723U, Sony KDL4OEX723U, Sony KDL40EX723U

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