Sony Bravia KDL40RD453BU Review


Sony Bravia KDL40RD453BU
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
£419

  • Sony Bravia KDL40RD453BU
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  • Last modified: October 14, 2016
  • Picture Quality
    Editor: 87%
  • Sound Quality
    Editor: 78%
  • Features
    Editor: 83%
  • Connectivity
    Editor: 80%
  • Design
    Editor: 83%
  • Value
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

If you are looking for a 40-inch Full HD TV that delivers a good experience without costing an excessive amount of money, then the Sony KDL40RD453BU is worth consideration. There are definitely better models from this brand, but this is one of the more affordable models from Sony. With this model, you get good picture quality, all of the basic features that you need and it comes at a reasonable price.

The Sony Bravia KDL40RD453BU is a good entry-level Full HD TV from one of the top manufacturers on the market. While it may not have a lot of the top features that the Sony brand has to offer, it is a nice set that delivers a good viewing experience.

This model comes with a 40-inch screen, so it can be a good choice for a person that is looking for a TV that is in the small to mid size range. The Full HD 1080p screen looks great for a variety of different types of viewing and it has the Sony X-Reality Pro processing engine to enhance and upscale images. It also uses the Motionflow enhancer for smoother onscreen movement.

The sound quality is one place where many consumers are probably going to feel that this TV comes up short. You definitely get enough sound to make it usable out of the box, but it does lack volume and depth. That said, it does have Dolby Digital sound and the user can upgrade the audio experience by connecting something like a soundbar or a surround system.

As mentioned above, the KDL40RD453BU is a little basic on the features, but it does come ready for use right out of the box. You have the Freeview HD tuner to provide the user with a nice selection of viewing options and it does come with a level of connectivity that should suit all of the components that you want to hook up. Beyond that, you also have the ability to connect a USB device for media playback and HDD recording.

This is sort of an entry-level model from Sony, so the connectivity options only cover the basics. For connecting HD components, you have two HDMI ports. Beyond that, you have a SCART plug, 2 ports for USB connections, an optical audio out and headphone jack for audio out.

This TV is pretty easy to get installed and to use. The remote makes it very easy to control all of the features and the user has the option of wall mounting or using the included stand. In addition to that, it has a cable management system on the back of the TV for keeping all of the wires neat and tidy.

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Pros

1080p Full HD TV
X-Reality Pro picture processing
Motionflow XR motion enhancement
50 Hz refresh rate
Freeview HD tuner
USB media player and recording
Dolby Digital Sound
2 HDMI ports (one ARC enabled)
Electronic programme guide

Cons

Subpar onboard sound system

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