Sony KDL42W805 TV reviews and prices: 42" Full HD LED Backlight LCD screen

72 customer reviews

This TV is a good all rounder.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 72 reviews.
Sony KDL42W805 with 42" Full HD LED Backlight LCD screen, 4 HDMI ports and Freeview HD. See full product description

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Ian, Enfield Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Slimline tv with easy to pivot screen on stand, record to USB feature, Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
Bad points:
No 4OD, Can't watch other channels or use applications whilst recording.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2013

Jason, London Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Brilliant picture quality, black levels are good.
3D is a nice feature.
SEN smart channels are ok.
Bad points:
Sound is a bit weak.
SEN ui is a bit laggy
Screen frame/bezel would have been nicer if thinner.
TV stand should have been polished chrome like the W9 model.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Nov 2013

Barry, Insch Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality.
Bad points:
Poor sound quality. Need for multiple remote controls even though other components are made by Sony.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Aug 2013

Richard, Scarborough Multi-purpose viewer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ease of set up
use of facilities
onscreen help
Bad points:
Not found any yet
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2013

Robin, Oxford Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Have always bought sony & wasn't disappointed with this purchase. Excellent picture quality in HD & stunning in 3D. Standard def isn't bad. Some people have said the sound is poor but to me it's fine.
A great quality tv for the price.
Bad points:
None that I can think of.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Nov 2013

Roy, pontefract Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
fantastic picture in hd
Bad points:
why no paper manual
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2013

Mike, Saffron Walden Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Superb picture
Bad points:
Took a very long time to set up
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 3.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jul 2013

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 42
Type of screen LED Backlight LCD
3D Yes
HD TV Full HD
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Number of HDMI ports 4
Number of scart ports 1
Connections WiFi
Smart TV Yes
Frequency (Hz) 400
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1920
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080

Also known as: Sony KDL-42W805A, Sony KDL42W805ABU, KDL42W805ABU, Sony KDL42W805AB, Sony KDL42W805-BDPS41, BRAVIA KDL42W805, Sony Bravia KDL42W805

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Manufacturer's Description

The Sony BRAVIA KDL42W805 Smart 3D 42" LED TV is a futuristic entertainment hub with an inspiring range of Smart, internet-based features, one-touch smartphone connection and a stylish Quartz-inspired, illuminating design.

Built for cinematic viewing

The Sony KDL42W805 has been equipped with a host of intelligent screen technologies to transform even everyday viewing into something spectacular.

The Full 1080p HD 42” screen is complimented with Sony’s X-Reality PRO to deliver a picture with intense realism and unrivalled detail.

Dynamic Edge LED backlighting and Motionflow 400 Hz processing produce sharp contrast and vivid colour, even during fast-moving frames, and this is bolstered with Dolby Digital audio technology and room-filling HD surround sound.

The KDL42W805 also features captivating 3D technology with four pairs of comfortable, lightweight glasses included, so you’re ready to enjoy some truly immersive entertainment.

Smarten your home entertainment

With built-in WiFi and full web browsing, the Sony KDL42W805 promises to revolutionise the way you use the internet.

Use Sony Entertainment Network to stream the latest movies, play the newest PlayStation games and download your favourite music.

You can also access an extensive range of websites and apps including Facebook and Twitter, BBC iPlayer and Demand 5, and Lovefilm and Netflix.

Navigation is extremely fluid, with seamless switching between menus and apps and there’s a convenient home hub for instantaneous access to your most used sites.

One-touch smartphone connect

Share holiday photos, view wedding videos, play games and open apps straight from your smartphone on the Sony KDL42W805.

Simply touch your phone to the TV’s remote and that’s it, no wires, no tricky connections and no syncing – one-touch is all it takes with near field communication technology (NFC).

You can also use your smartphone to control the TV, with simple gestures to zoom, browse the web and select channels – download the TV Side View app for extra features such as access to a weekly programme guide that won’t interrupt your programme.

A stylish addition to the home

With its Sense of Quartz design, the Sony KDL42W805 offers an ongoing feeling of understated elegance and luxury.

The impressively thin, glass-cut edge to edge bezel appears to float over the silver circular stand, and the frame subtly reflects colours much in the way that a diamond does.

Thanks to intelligent core lighting the KDL42W805 displays soft illuminations depending on what feature you’re using, a real statement that makes the Sony stand out.

Don’t forget your HDMI cables

Check out our range of HDMI cables to connect your input devices and to make sure your new TV has a perfect picture with improved transfer speeds.

Look out for the Sandstrom Silver Series HDMI cables with their lifetime warranty.

Complete with USB and HDMI connections for all your entertainment consoles, you’ll want to make every night a movie night with the Sony BRAVIA KDL42W805 Smart 3D 42" LED TV.

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