Pros I have had the Sony KDL-40EX700 for over 10 months now and I simply love the sharp picture, bright colors, and ease of use.
Cons It would have been nice if Sony included Wi-Fi capability out of the box versus having to buy an adapter. I'm ok since I have Roku and Apple TV.
Summary Sony continues to manufacture quality products and you can't go wrong with a mid-level Sony HDTV.
Pros Picture quality, internet apps and connectivity, dlna support, very energy efficient, plenty of inputs
Cons menu interface could be a little easier
Summary this review is for Kdl 52-ex 701 (I think its 701 and not 700 because it came with a wireless LAN adaptor)
I will start this review by saying I am by no means an expert on tv picture quality. I love watching movies, sports, tv shows, blu rays, and playing video games. Many of the reviews on here are talking about the black levels, uniformity, etc... I think the picture is great for the price, and most of us average joes will find this tv perfect for their needs.
I spent months reading reviews and researching before I bought it. Important factors to me were a reliable name brand, picture quality, size, viewing angles, and energy efficiency.
-You really can't go wrong with the bravia line. Somer of the lower end models aren't the best picture, but theyre are all reliable.
-As I mentioned before, the picture quality is great if you're not a tv snob. And i've had plenty of friends come and watch, and they were all impressed.
-I ended up purchasing the 52 inch. I originally wanted to go with a 60 inch tv, but in the end the price increase didn't justify the extra 8 inches (thats what she said). The 52 ended up being the perfect size for my living room, 60 would have been a tad too large
-Viewing angles and reflection were important for me since i have a lot of windows. This tv as a matte finish so watching in a bright room isn't a huge problem. I can also watch from any angle without an issue.
-A feature I love is the energy efficiency. My electric bill has stayed very low. The tv comes with a motion sensor that will turn it off if you leave the room. Its kind of annoying when youre sitting still to watch a movie and it goes off. I can just turn off the feature- but I like have a reminder as to how much time i'm wasting being lazy lol.
The internet features are a very nice bonus. the menus to get to them can get a little frustrating but theyre not awful. i purchased the 701 model at BJS which came bundles with the wireless adaptor so I didnt need to purchase it seperately. I mainly use youtube and pandora. theres also lots of connectivity options. plenty of usb, hdmi, and other outputs. I can also use DLNA to wirelessly share files between my droid x and the tv (which was on the difficult side to figure out)
I can't speak for sound quality since I purchase a sony soundbar. The 2 systems work flawlessly together and it was worth it for another $300.
I purchased the tv from BJ's for $1400 which I believe is a pretty good deal. I'm sure there will be some better prices coming up for black friday. Overall, I would definitely recommend this tv.
Pros It looks great, has great connectivity for me. Was easy to set up for on-line content. Still frame picture accuracy and colour looks great to me.
Cons I hate the back lighting. Any image involving sky, grass, or large blocks of textured colour which is panned then highlights unevenness that looks like a massively dirty camera lens. I hate this TV.
Pros picture, while it lasts
Cons life of tv
Summary I purchased Sony?s previous 46? model, KDL-46VL130. The picture started distorting when the TV was 2.5 years old. The estimate from Sony?s recommended service provider was for $2.3K, $100 more than the original cost of the TV. The service technician mentioned that he had the same model TV and had the exact same problem. The tech also said the 46? model that preceded the KDL-46VL130 also has the same problem. When I contacted Sony, they said the warranty stood at 18 months and would not be extended.
At the time of purchase, the Sony was one of the more expensive TV?s, but it had the best picture (not anymore, check out Samsung?s picture, and it?s less expensive). When you consider the terribly-short life of the TV, Sony?s are a terrible purchase.
Pros The TV tuner was amazing.
Blu-ray picture clarity was fantastic especially after applying the CNET calibration settings.
Cons Screen uniformity was awful. Watching at night there were two large white cloudy (flashlight) patches in the top left and bottom left corners. It was really obvious, especially watching a wide-screen, darker movie like the Matrix.
Summary I realized that the reason I bought the TV was so that I could watch movies after the kids had gone to bed. I tried to ignore the clouding issues but after about 20 days use I sent the TV back and bought a 46" HX800 on sale, which is wonderful and exhibits none of the clouding issues.