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Sony BRAVIA KDL40EX520 40-Inch 1080p LED HDTV, Black (2011 Model)

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  • 40-inch display with full HD (1080p) picture quality (1920 x 1080 native panel resolution)
  • LED backlighting for incredible contrast, slim design, and energy efficiency
  • Sony's X-Reality Engine sharpens images for a clear, vivid, life-like picture
  • Sony Internet TV for wide variety of streaming media and other Internet content
  • Power-saving motion sensors
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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight24.7 pounds
Product Dimensions1.7 x 37.2 x 23.1 inches
Item model numberKDL40EX520
Color NameBlack
Specification MetEnergy Star
  
Additional Information
ASINB004HYG9UK
Best Sellers Rank #145,292 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight151 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJanuary 6, 2011
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: KDL40EX520
  • Display Technology: LED-lit
  • Display Size: 40 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

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Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

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January 2011
Sony's 40-inch KDL-40EX520 offers brilliant Full HD (1080p) picture quality, with LED backlighting for superb contrast and an ultra-slim design. Sony technologies like X-Reality Engine further enhance your picture, and connectivity to your home network, USB devices, and Sony's Internet offerings expand your entertainment options. On top of that, you can watch the carbon footprint with features like a motion sensor that turns off the set when you're not in the room.

Sony KDL-40EX520
Brilliant Full HD picture quality, Internet connectivity, and a wealth of picture technologies. Click here for a larger image

Connect to More Than Just HD

Full HD 1080p Resolution

Experience amazing Full HD 1080p picture quality, the highest at-home resolution. Take full advantage of HD sources like Blu-ray Disc Players, Xbox or PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, and more via the 16:9 widescreen panel (1920 x 1080 native pixel resolution).

Edge LED Backlighting

Experience the next level of picture quality and contrast with Sony's Edge LED Backlighting. This technology sharpens image contrast, giving an amazingly crisp picture that you'll notice right away. In addition to being more energy efficient than other backlighting technoligies, this also allows for a slimmer, sleeker design.

X-Reality Engine

Enjoy a vivid, lifelike picture experience. Sony's X-Reality engine brings out the best by analyzing each scene so you see sharpened images, and high-contrast detail.

Sony KDL-40EX520 Edge LED
Experience the next level of picture quality and contrast with Sony's Edge LED Backlighting.
Sony KDL-40EX520 DLNA
Access and share photos, videos and music on your TV by streaming them from compatible DLNA devices.
Sony KDL-40EX520 USB
Share your photos or listen to your favorite music via USB. Or add a wireless adapter for an easy home network connection.
Presence Sensor

Save energy when you're not around. This television's built-in motion sensor has the ability to scan the room and detect movement. If the sensor detects no movement, it automatically turns off the picture, leaving only sound. After more time and no movement, the TV turns itself off minimizing any unnecessary power draw.

Internet Streaming & Connectivity
  • Streaming Media
    Enjoy Internet favorites on your television. In addition to Qriocity, watch hit movies with Netflix, popular TV shows on Hulu Plus, or user-generated video on YouTube. Or listen to personalized music on Pandora, and plenty more--enjoy a huge selection of Internet content at your fingertips.

  • Skype Ready
    Easily connect to family and friends live on your HDTV wherever they are with Skype! Enjoy free high definition Skype-to–Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room. Simply attach the Sony compact microphone/camera for Skype (required, sold separately) and see your friends on the big screen.

  • Wi-Fi Ready
    Going wireless is easy with the UWA-BR100 Wi-Fi adapter (sold separately). Just plug it in and get ready to stream movies, photos, music and videos straight to your TV from the Internet or your home network. If you'd prefer a wired connection, use the built-in Ethernet port and you're all set.

  • DLNA Streaming
    Access and share photos, videos and music on your TV by streaming them from compatible DLNA devices like your PC, Playstation 3 system, network storage, etc.
Navigation Made Easy

Enjoy an easy-to-use menu that allows you to navigate additional content or adjust the picture settings while watching your favorite program.

Faster Start-Up

The Quick Start & Viewing feature enables this Sony television to go from 'OFF' to 'ON' 2-3 times faster than previous Sony televisions. Why wait for your entertainment?

USB Input

A handy USB port lets you share your photos on the big screen, or even listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device, and you're good to go.

BRAVIA Sync Compatible

If you've got other Sony devices in your home theater setup this will come in handy. Conveniently operate and control other BRAVIA Sync compatible devices--including BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, surround sound systems, Handycam camcorders, and Cyber-shot digital still cameras--all with one remote control.

LightSensor Technology

Enjoy customized picture brightness and save energy without lifting a finger. The built-in Light Sensor automatically adjusts the picture brightness based on the amount of light in the room. Get the best picture day or night, without any manual adjustments.

KDL-40EX520 Select Specifications

Video
Screen Size (Diagonal): 40 Inches
Display Type: LCD
Backlight Type: Edge LED
Resolution: Full HD 1080p
Panel Frequency: 60Hz
Tuner: Clear QAM/ATSC/NTSC
Inputs
HDMI: 4 (1 Side/3 Rear)
Component Video (Y/PB/PR): 1 (Rear)
Composite Video: 2 (1 Rear/1 Hybrid)
USB 2.0 Ports: 2 (Side)
RF Connection: 1 (Rear)
Analog Audio Input: 2 (2 Rear)
PC Input: DSub 1(Side), Mini 1(Rear)
Ethernet 1 (Rear)
Outputs
Digital Audio Output: 1 (Rear)
Analog Audio Output: 1 (Rear)
Weight and Dimensions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 37 1/4 x 23 1/8 x 1 2/3 Inches (37 1/4 x 24 3/8 x 9 7/8 Inches With Stand)
Weight: 24.7 lbs. (31.8 lbs. with stand)

What's in the Box

Sony BRAVIA KDL-40EX520 40-Inch 1080p LED HDTV, Remote Control (RM-YD063), Power Cable, Table Top Stand/Hardware, Documentation

Sony 2011 HDTV Comparison

Series:
BX320
BX420
EX520
EX523
EX620
EX720
NX720
HX820
HX929
Models:
Panel Type
LCD (CCFL)
LCD (CCFL)
Edge LED
Edge LED
Edge LED
Edge LED
Dynamic
Edge LED
Dynamic
Edge LED
Intelligent Peak LED
HD 720p
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Full HD 1080p
--
3D Ready
--
--
--
--
--
Video Processing
BRAVIA Engine 3
BRAVIA Engine 3
X-Reality Engine
X-Reality Engine
X-Reality Engine
X-Reality Engine
X-Reality Engine
X-Reality PRO Engine
X-Reality PRO Engine
Motionflow
--
--
--
--
120Hz
XR 240
XR 240
XR 480
XR 960
Presence Sensor
--
--
With Face Detection
With Face Detection
LightSensor
Internet Video
--
--
Internet Widgets
--
--
DLNA
--
--
Wireless LAN
--
--
Ready
Integrated
Ready
Ready
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Ethernet
--
--
HDMI
2
2
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Composite A/V
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
Digital Audio Output
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
Optical
PC (DSub)
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
HDMI PC Input
USB 2.0 Port
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
MP3 Playback
JPEG Playback
MPEG 1/2 Video Playback
TV Guide Onscreen
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--

Product Description

Edge LED backlit BRAVIA EX520 Series LCD HDTVs produce a remarkable picture with brilliant color and contrast–all wrapped up in a slim design. Features such as Wi-Fi Ready let you break away from the cable box and dial up your favorite online entertainment (UWA-BR100 Wi-Fi adapter required, sold separately). Instantly stream hit movies, popular TV shows and the latest music from Qriocity, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora and many more1. Use the built-in USB input to share photos, videos or your music library.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The picture is good. After 7 months of infrequent use, it wouldn't turn on. Read more ›
The quality of the picture is superb - also like to presence sensor - great when watching something boring and catching a quick nap - upon return to consciousness just a… Read more ›
Amazing color and picture! Viewers will not be disappointed with this television. Read more ›
We watch little TV and never use its fancy gizmos--simply watch DVD movies and some news anchors with very scary makeup--but we consider this Sony to be excellent in… Read more ›
Shame on you Sony!!!! Other than the two gripes about the wireless connection and the absence of the Skype ready webcam this is a great product, great picture and price. Read more ›
- Outstanding picture; stunning even. The entire screen is vivid with life-like skin-tones, can be viewed from a reasonable angle, and action shots are smooth. Read more ›
PROS: Very…Though sound is good and it has two HDMI connections plus two component connections: one allows HDMI and the other is the older three cable component connection. Read more ›
As you move to the side the pictures degrades quickly. At first I thought that the sound was below average. After tweaking the settings it now sounds quite good. Read more ›
- Sound is crisp, clear, and realistic - excellent in my estimation for a TV; speakers are along the top of the unit's rear, so it's actually louder in back of the set than… Read more ›
The audio wasn't up to much but then that's the same story on most thin LCD or…There's not enough room to put decent speakers in so the sound is always tinny and distant. Read more ›
We have it on a…Having played trumpet in various bands for nearly 50 years, my hearing isn't what it used to be; so decent sound was just as important as picture quality. Read more ›
With its excellent picture, sound, and connectivity features, our Bravia 40" TV is a 5-star product. Read more ›
I suppose it might be somewhat of a problem if I watched more sports. It is the internet interface which is the weakness of this TV. I have the 40EX523 with built in Wi-fi. Read more ›
Loading times for most of the internet programs are quite slow - much slower than my beloved Roku box. Netflix interface is very poor. You can't search and it's even hard… Read more ›
The TV itself gives a great quality picture but, although you can connect to the internet and the menu is great interface wise, the wireless capability is shockingly poor… Read more ›
I make that comment because the input key can be…The channel and volume keys are at the bottom of the remote unlike most remote which locate them higher on the remote. Read more ›
- Outstanding picture; stunning even. The entire screen is vivid with life-like skin-tones, can be viewed from a reasonable angle, and action shots are smooth. Read more ›
Just after an year the LED panel went bad, Screen went half black and half white. Has been asked to replace the LED Panel which costs almost half of the TV.. Read more ›
When I turned this set on for the first time I was really impressed by the movie screen type picture. That was the last thing that impressed me about this tv. Read more ›
That was the last thing that impressed me about this tv. The color quality is horrible. No amount of ajusting picture, color quality and backlite could bring the color up… Read more ›
Turned it on and haven't touched it. The color is beautiful. I would not recommend the EX520. Read more ›
It sets up very quickly and easily. The picture in HD is stunning: beautiful color, very sharp with very black blacks. However SD pictures are frequently fuzzy and a bit… Read more ›
- The included stand is quite nice. The TV can be swivelled 20 degrees right or left without moving the stand. Read more ›
- If the TV will sit on a table, securely anchor the stand-base TO the table; this is crucial if you have small children. (From 2000-2005, there were 36 TV-tip-over deaths… Read more ›
The TV itself gives a great quality picture but, although you can connect to the internet and the menu is great interface wise, the wireless capability is shockingly poor… Read more ›
Screen would be shut down when you step away yet the audio sound continues. Normally I do not like over-saturated colors, but the vivid mode here brings everything to live. W… Read more ›
Shame on you Sony!!!! Other than the two gripes about the wireless connection and the absence of the Skype ready webcam this is a great product, great picture and price. Read more ›
You can't search and it's even hard to see the titles of many of the movies on the screen because they…The Sony Netflix picture is much worse than Netflix on the Roku box. Read more ›
I mounted ours on a Telehook TH-2050-VFM ([[ASIN:B002N8A16U…If you want an articulating wall mount, this is a terrific choice; strong, doesn't droop, and attractive. Read more ›
Pros Great Picture and easy to navigate. Never need to look up the manual. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Victor H. Agresti TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 13, 2011
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Sony BRAVIA KDL40EX520 40-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

We almost bought the less-costly Sony 40" KDL-40EX500 Bravia, but didn't because that model has been on the market since 2005. Instead, we bought this recently introduced EX520 which has later technology (e.g., back lighting); in spite of it having no Amazon customer ratings at the time. We looked at TVs in several local stores and no model in this size-range had a better picture than the Sony Bravia. Consumer Reports labels the 40" Bravia's picture (high definition and standard) as "excellent", their highest rating.

Taking advantage of a 30-day free trail of Amazon Prime, the TV arrived in only 2 days. It's well packaged, and I attached the stand to the TV in short order without needing the instructions. Turn it on the first time, and it goes through a question and answer setup procedure; e.g., it asks if it's against a wall or in the middle of a room so it can adjust the sound accordingly. After the setup, it worked perfectly with no adjustments of any kind.

Pros:

- Outstanding picture; stunning even. The entire screen is vivid with life-like skin-tones, can be viewed from a reasonable angle, and action shots are smooth.

- Sound is crisp, clear, and realistic - excellent in my estimation for a TV; speakers are along the top of the unit's rear, so it's actually louder in back of the set than in front. We have it on a stand in the middle of a large room, 8 to 9 feet from our easy chairs. Having played trumpet in various bands for nearly 50 years, my hearing isn't what it used to be; so decent sound was just as important as picture quality. Our backup plan, if the sound had stunk, was to buy an auxiliary BOSE sound system; but that would only be needed for actual high fidelity sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Cheng on May 29, 2011
Pros
Great Picture and easy to navigate. Never need to look up the manual.
Connecting to the internet requires only plugging the LAN cable to your router. Did not try the WiFi connection though.
Like the presence detection. Screen would be shut down when you step away yet the audio sound continues.
Normally I do not like over-saturated colors, but the vivid mode here brings everything to live.
Watching Youtube on such a big screen gives an entirely different experience especially with the availability of HD contents.
Using the Media Remote Apps on your iPod/iPhone as your alternative remote allows you to have a Keyboard for your TV. Great for searching videos on Youtube!

Cons
Additional video ins would be great if you still run certain old DVD players and STBs.
Audio quality is just average limited by the thin casing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on December 20, 2011
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The picture is good.
After 7 months of infrequent use, it wouldn't turn on. I tried different wall sockets, pressing all the buttons but nothing. My roommate told me it was broken several days ago as well. I got out all of the warranty info and got the box out to send it back. I gave it one last try and it turned on. It kinda stinks. If it breaks, I hope it does in the next 5 months or it's not covered under the warranty. I shouldn't have to pay extra money to protect my $1000 tv with an extended warranty. There are $400 tvs on the market. I paid extra for a brand and hopefully better quality. Not that happy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shortis on April 14, 2011
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We were totally pleased with the quality and delivery of the TV, the only reason it didn't get a 5 star rating was because it advertised on Amazon that it was Skype ready but failed to inform you that you could only use the Sony web cam which they haven't put on sale, as at this time, and have no date for it's release. The TV itself gives a great quality picture but, although you can connect to the internet and the menu is great interface wise, the wireless capability is shockingly poor for such a Company. We find the connected WII works great with the TV and the quality is really good with a HDMI cable, the netflix wireless capability of the WII works at least 10 times as well as the in-built wireless of the Sony blu-ray we bought to use wireless with this TV, and from hearsay it is no better using the extra wireless USB you can buy for the TV, which should, in my view, come with it as it is over priced and poor quality, Sony 'needs' to improve the quality of the wireless device when you can pay twice as much and get a game system as well??? What is the logic behind that, they just want to sell more PSP's???
Shame on you Sony!!!!
Other than the two gripes about the wireless connection and the absence of the Skype ready webcam this is a great product, great picture and price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F on May 25, 2011
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This television is for a bedroom and is placed in an entertainment center that is 37.4" in width. Fits perfectly.

Amazing color and picture! Viewers will not be disappointed with this television. Everytime I look at this tv, I am happy with the puchase. Red is red and black is black even with out HD cable. Purchased the Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S580. We do not have the internet hooked up to bluray or tv.

The only con is the remote for tv does not have a sleep timer button. However, the sensor/motion feature will automatically turn off which is needed when viewer falls asleep or forget to turn off tv.

I want to thank all of the previous reviewers because of your comments, I decided to purchase this television for a relative. By the way, my relative, the artist loves the tv.
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