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Sony KDL-40W605B review

 Review: June 2014  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The 40 inch version of Sony's W6 TV range is a low-cost LED TV with surprisingly good picture quality, plus the benefit of Smart TV. It's highly recommended for anyone on a budget.



 

Design & looks

Sony's W6 range is similar to the W7/W8 models, but slightly less stylish in appearance. The W6 has a reasonably slim black bezel around the screen, but its silver stand is more functional and less stylish compared to the more upmarket models. Around the back, the inner workings of the TV bulge out quite considerably, to a depth of 89mm, which is pretty huge for a modern television.

A conventional remote control is included in the sales package. Electricity use is very low, with an A+ energy rating.

Picture quality

Despite its low price, the W6 doesn't compromise when it comes to picture quality and it can give the W7 and even the W8 models a run for their money. The screen size of 40 inches is unusual for a Sony and hints that the screen is probably manufactured by Samsung, which is no bad thing. It's a PVA screen with very dark blacks and reasonably wide viewing angles. The light source is direct LED rather than edgelighting and this is the reason why the television bulges out so much at the back. Design-wise it may be a throwback to earlier generations of TV, but as far as picture quality goes, the direct LED is a plus, as it produces more uniform backlighting than most rival TVs.

The motion processing of 200Hz is the same as in the W7 series, and is good enough for a screen of this size, especially at this low price point. As always, Sony's X-Reality PRO processing engine does a good job of upscaling standard definition broadcast material as well as displaying high quality Blu-Ray.

In Game Mode, input lag is low, so this TV is a good choice for gaming.

Overall, this screen is a match for the W7, with only the smaller size counting against it, and is on a par with Samsung's low-end Series 6 TVs.

Audio quality

We haven't been overwhelmed by the audio performance of Sony's low- to mid-range TVs this year and the W6 follows the same pattern. Although the TV is equipped with ClearAudio+ with a 3D effect and VoiceZoom, it doesn't reproduce bass particularly well. Dialogue is crisp enough, although lacking depth, but action movies are let down by the failure to deliver immersive sound. We'd recommend adding one of Sony's wireless subwoofers that are designed for use with their television range, or perhaps a soundbar for best results.

Smart TV

Like the more expensive models, the W6 comes with integrated Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection, so it's easy to connect to the internet, giving you full access to Sony's Smart TV functions. These include Catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, YouTube, Twitter, Netflix and Amazon Instant.

TweetView lets you watch what people are tweeting about the current programme - you don't need a Twitter account to use this.

Connectivity

Connectivity is excellent for a low-end TV, with 4 HDMI and 2 USB ports, including support for ARC and MHL. The TV has Wi-Fi and ethernet internet connectivity as well as a good range of legacy AV connections. It also comes with Freeview HD and satellite inputs.

Conclusion

There's good value to be found in the lower-end TVs in Sony's 2014 Bravia range, and the KDL-40W605B is a good choice if money is tight. Although the screen size of 40 inches is less than our 42 inch ideal for family viewing, we can't fault the picture quality at this price point. The TV also has the benefits of Smart TV and excellent connectivity.

On the downside, the audio quality isn't the best, and while this TV's not exactly an ugly duckling, it isn't in the same design league as the W7 or W8 models.

The closest competitor is probably Sony's own KDL-42W705B, which gives you a bigger screen and smarter looks for a bit more cash, or perhaps the Samsung UE40H6200 if you can shop around and find a good deal.


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Asked by Simon from England on 25th Oct 2016

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No, only the high-end newer Sony models support HDR.



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Reviewed by tom from united kingdom on 11th Jul 2014
Just bought this TV and totally agree with this short review.I had issues with Panasonic and lg TVs before finally settling on this one and I'm glad I did Sony you have me as a new TV convert.
Excellent picture quality particularly on HD sources no clouding issues or backlight bleed nor any hint of dirty screen effect which plagued me with an lg TV i returned to Curry's.
Blacks are superb and colours well rendered and life like.The smart functions may not have the bells and whistles of other TV brands but are perfectly adequate for my needs.It has to be one of the best TVs on the market at this price point.
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