Sony KDL-52Z5500 TV reviews and prices: 52" Full HD 1080p LCD screen

14 customer reviews

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8.9 out of 10 based on 14 reviews.
Sony KDL-52Z5500 with 52" Full HD 1080p LCD screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview. See full product description

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Ian, Edinburgh Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Lovely image, quiet, cool. Relatively light, good connectivity. Very slim. Excellent for motion artifacts. The notorious backlight "bleeding" is very good on this particular unit. Image quality from BD or HD is superb, and on SD is good enough to view from much closer than the usual "rule of thumb" distance. This display replaced a 32" CRT, and in spite of being 52" is less intrusive.
Bad points:
Sometimes will not respond to the remote, have to "initialise" using the direct controls. Audio is rubbish, I suspect it won't be long before large, slim displays like this don't include audio at all. Off axis viewing limited but acceptable. I'm not convinced the anti-topple mechanism is up to the job, this display should really be wall mounted.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 1.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 22 Jan 2010

Mike, Spalding Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great Tv, easy to set up, clear instructions. Bravia sync is a great addition as all my Sony items link together under one control. Could not say that I have noticed the differance between my 100hz tv and the new sony bravia 200hz but as it is so smooth how could I? Overall a great TV from the Sony range, very happy with my purchace.
Bad points:
The sound is a bit suspect in a large room we had to have it on almost max to be able to hear properly.
this problem was cured by the addition of a sound system, but of course more expence.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Dec 2009

Jim, Bishops Stortford Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent design - but that's typical Sony. This is a big television so needs quite a bit of space but it's a triumph of the design that it does not swamp the space in a 4m x 6m room. Excellent picture quality, great sound from built in speakers. The sound is so good I haven't even bothered to hook it up through an amp. Good interface design makes it easy to setup and to change settings.
Bad points:
Haven't found any bad points yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 20 Mar 2010

julie, sheffield Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
because we have a large room the sound is very quite even on max sound so we have got to go and buy some extra sound system now to go with it
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 4.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Review date: 17 Feb 2010

Steve, Falkirk High spec fanatic

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality is best in class without doubt - Blu ray and Sky HD signals are first class, sd is good considering!! Blows away the competition.
Bad points:
Not cheap.

Can't comment on sound quality as I have never used the speakers.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 15 Feb 2010

Purchaser Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
High quality sound and picture, especially HD, east of use.
Bad points:
On screen settings / options menu a little hard to follow.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 06 Apr 2010

Richard, Felixstowe High spec fanatic

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good with SD content , but it's when HD/Blu ray content are played, this Sony really has class leading pictures! I previously owned a Pioneer 506 xde and i have to say the Sony leaves it standing in the HD department. Colours are vibrant & natural with razor sharp HD images,simply fantastic with jaw dropping results. Love the styling of this tv too.
Bad points:
Slight colour lag with picture noise in some dark SD scenes. Takes a fair amount of set up time to achieve the best picture results. Poor viewing angle & the sound could be far better for its size. Some back light issues.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Mar 2010

This Sony KDL-52Z5500 is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 52
Type of screen LCD
3D No
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Built-in disc player No Disc Player
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of scart ports 2
Connections Ethernet
Connections HDMI
Smart TV No
Frequency (Hz) 200
Screen aspect ratio 16:09
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 100000
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1920
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Headphone Socket Yes
Weight (kg) 27.2
Release date 2009/07/01

Also known as: SONY KDL52Z5500U

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Manufacturer's Description

Picture of innovation

Our stunning picture quality reaches a whole new dynamic level with the V5500. Experience true colour that comes alive in Full HD, and start home networking with all your digital devices to open up endless entertainment possibilities. All this and it conserves energy too.

See another way

Watch all your favourite shows in stunning HD detail. Like a window to your favourite stars, enhanced contrast, advanced colour reproduction and even crisper clarity will have you gazing in awe at its clarity.

Give it centre stage

Share photos, music or videos and even check which time it is on the other side of the world with the V5500’s new home networking features. What’s more, at the touch of a button you can select movies stored on your DLNA-enabled PC in another room and watch them on the big screen.

Pure elegance

Featuring a new, slimmer and even more stylish draw the LINE concept, this TV doesn’t just work like a dream, it looks like one too. Accented by a subtle mirror finish ornament, the deep piano black finish creates an effortlessly contemporary look to flatter any living space.


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