We calculated the average ratings for all Sony televisions and specifically for Sony mid-size TVs and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings.
The KDL-42W815 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for around the same time as the KDL-42W815 are not 3D compatible.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3D compatible TVs currently available including because of it's better review score, the UE40H6600, or the UE48H6410 (£592.29) both from Samsung.
Has a WiFi Connection
Like most of the other televisions of a similar age and spec to the KDL-42W815, the KDL-42W815 has a WiFi connection.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative TVs with a WiFi connection currently available including the Samsung UE48H6410 (£592.29) which has a better Rating.
The KDL-42W815 is Smart TV. Most of the other mid-size TVs that were released more than a year ago also are Smart TV.
The number of image formats supported by the KDL-42W815 is more than most TVs of this spec and age. This Sony television supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec televisions that are a similar age to the KDL-42W815. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this TV.
Two SCART Ports
The KDL-42W815 has more SCART ports than most of the TVs of a similar spec and age to the KDL-42W815. This Sony TV is a two SCART port TV compared to most of the comparable spec televisions that were released one year ago which only have one SCART port.
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Four HDMI Ports
Most televisions of this age and spec have between one and four HDMI ports, including the KDL-42W815 which has four HDMI ports.
Two Audio in Ports
Most of the other mid-size TVs that were released around the same time as the KDL-42W815 only have one audio in port, however the KDL-42W815 has two audio in ports.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The KDL-42W815 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other mid-size TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the KDL-42W815 also do not have a built-in camera.
We compared all the other TVs which also have a built-in camera to this TV and we think the Samsung UE48H8000 (£699.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.
Only Supports Four Analog Signal Format Systems
The Sony KDL-42W815 has a greater number of analog signal format systems than most televisions of a comparable age and spec to it. This television supports a PAL analog signal format system, which is the most commonly supported analog signal format system supported by TVs of this age and type. The analog signal format systems "NTSC 3.58", "NTSC 4.43" and "SECAM" are also supported by this Sony television.
Does Not Feature OLED Technology
Like most of the other mid-size TVs that have been on the market for more than a year, the KDL-42W815 does not feature OLED technology.
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Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of the this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec televisions that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
There are a number of other Full HD TVs currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the KDL-43W755 (£469.00), or the KDL-43W805 (£399.00) both from Sony.
If you would prefer a TV with a higher display resolution then you might want to look at the 43UF675 (4K Ultra HD), the 49UF675 (£649.99) (4K Ultra HD), or the 49UF695 (£499.99) (4K Ultra HD) all from LG.
OK Running Costs
The energy efficiency classification of this TV is A++, and based on average usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the KDL-42W815 is £85, which is typical compared to the other 281 TVs of this age and type.
Released Over Two Years Ago
This television has been on the market for over two years.
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With a thickness of 64 millimeters, the Sony KDL-42W815 has a fairly average thickness compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-42W815.
If you are not concerned about having a thicker thickness then you might also want to look at the Samsung UE40F5500 (£609.84) (49.4mm), or the Sony KDL-32R400 (£308.40) (65mm).
Dynamic Edge-LED, Edge-LED
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Noise Reduction Feature
Motion Interpolation Technology
Motionflow, Motionflow XR
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1920 x 1080
1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p
Screen Format Adjustment
14:9, Auto, Zoom
Horizontal Viewing Angle
1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Vertical Viewing Angle
Auto Channel Search Feature
Digital Signal Format System
DVB, DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-T, DVB-T2
Analog, Analog & Digital, Digital
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, SECAM
Smart TV Features
RMS Rated Power
Digital, Digital Plus, Digital Pulse, Pulse
Game, Music, Sports
Audio Decoding Technology
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Pulse
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
Ethernet LAN Port
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
PC Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDCP Security Feature
PC in Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
Audio in Port
Mobile High-Definition Link
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Direct Connection
Near Field Communication
Picture and Picture
Cinema, Game, Photo, Sports, Standard, Vivid
Picture in Picture Function
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
On Screen Display Language
BUL, CRO, CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, EST, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, ITA, KAZ, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SER, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR, UKR
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Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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