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Sony KDL-40R473
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Sony KDL-40R473

hdtvtest.co.uk Qualified Recommendation
40" Direct-LED Flat Apr 2013
Screen Size HD Type LED Backlighting Screen Shape Release Date
Take Your Entertainment To A Higher LevelFull HD (1080p) LED TV with Clear Resolution Enhancer, Motionflow XR 100Hz, and Direct LED backlighting.- Refined detail and texture with less image... More
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4 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This television received a "Qualified Recommendation" award from Hdtvtest.co.uk.

Good Brand

Based on 1,507 owner and expert reviews, Sony has good reviews for its TVs. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its mid-size TVs range compared to other manufacturers.

Has Six Smart Modes

The Sony KDL-40R473 has a greater number of smart modes than most comparable spec televisions that were released more than two years ago. This Sony television has a Game smart mode, which is the most commonly found smart mode found on mid-size TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the KDL-40R473. The smart modes "Cinema", "Personal", "Sports", "Standard" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sony TV.

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Light

At only 7.3 kilograms, the Sony KDL-40R473 is quite light compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that came out more than two years ago. Mid-size TVs that were launched around the same time as the KDL-40R473 have weights of between 3.7kg and 36kg.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a WiFi Connection

The Sony KDL-40R473 does not have a WiFi connection. Most of the other similar spec TVs that have been available for a comparable time to the KDL-40R473 also do not have a WiFi connection.

We compared this television to all the other TVs with a WiFi connection and we think the Panasonic TX-L32E30, the Sony KDL-48W600, or the Philips 40PFK5709 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Smart TV Features

The Sony KDL-40R473 does not support smart TV features. Most of the other TVs of this age and spec also do not support smart TV features.

We think you might also be interested in other TVs which also support smart TV features including the UN32EH5300, or the UE48H6470 both from Samsung or the LG 47LB670 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most mid-size TVs that have been around for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The KDL-40R473 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

TVs which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the LG 42LW579, the Samsung UN40ES6500, or the Panasonic TX-47AS802 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-40R473, the Sony KDL-40R473 does not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of alternative TVs which also have a built-in camera that you might also want to look at including the UE46ES8000, or the UN46ES8000 both from Samsung or the Philips 48PFS8109.

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Only Analog Tuner

This TV has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is typical of many mid-size TVs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

The KDL-40R473 does not feature OLED technology. Most of the other televisions of a comparable spec and age to the KDL-40R473 also do not feature OLED technology.

There are a number of other TVs which also feature OLED technology which you might also want to look at including the LOEWE Art 32 (£699.00), or the Samsung UE46H7000 (£849.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Slow Motion Interpolation Frequency

The motion interpolation frequencies of televisions of a comparable type and age to the KDL-40R473 range from 50Hz to 1,800Hz, and the average motion interpolation frequency is 260Hz. With a motion interpolation frequency of only 100 hertz, the KDL-40R473 has a fairly slow motion interpolation frequency compared to most of the other TVs that have been around for around the same time as the KDL-40R473.

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Only Two HDMI Ports

The KDL-40R473 is a two HDMI port TV. Most of the other mid-size TVs that were launched around the same time as the KDL-40R473 have between one and four HDMI ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most mid-size TVs that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the KDL-40R473 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony KDL-40R473

OK Running Costs

This television is rated A for energy efficiency. The average running cost of the KDL-40R473 is £100 over 5 years based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 714 TVs of a comparable type and age.

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec TVs that are a comparable age to it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

This television was released over three years ago.

Average Thickness

The KDL-40R473 has a pretty standard thickness (76 millimeters) compared to most of the other TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-40R473.

Alternative 76mm thick TVs currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the KDL-32R420, or the KDL-32R423 (£365.81) both from Sony.

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Specification

Display
Screen Size
HD Type
3D Compatible
LED Backlighting
Screen Shape
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Motion Interpolation Technology
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Display Resolution
Video Mode
Aspect Ratio
Screen Format Adjustment
Display Diagonal
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Graphics Resolution
Vertical Viewing Angle
TV Tuner
Auto Channel Search Feature
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Smart TV
Smart TV Features
Internet Browser
Audio
Audio System
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
Dolby Technology
Audio Decoder
Audio Decoding Technology
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
RF Port
SCART Port
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
PC in Port
HDMI Port
Mobile High-Definition Link
Networking
WiFi Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
Management Features
Sleep Timer
On/off Timer
Smart Mode
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
Performance
Integrated Card Reader
Parental Controls
24p Playback
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Ergonomics
VESA Mounting Interface
On/off Switch
Power
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Class
Maximum Power Consumption
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Weight
Weight (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Packaging Height
Packaging Width
Packaging Content
Desktop Stand
Battery Included
Handheld Remote Control
Cable Included
Quick Start Guide
Manual

1 Award

hdtvtest.co.uk Qualified Recommendation

Expert Reviews

24 September 2013

The KDL40R473A is outperformed in almost every aspect by the step-up Bravia W6 series. Although the VA panel on the Sony R4 was capable of reasonably convincing blacks (0.056 cd/m2) by LED LCD...

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £97.75
Electricity cost when on standby £1.83
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Total running cost over 5 years £99.58
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Energy Rating
0.49T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.49 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers kdl40r473, kdl40r473a, sony kdl40r473
Barcodes 04905524915815, 04905524915822

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