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Sony KDL42W705B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Smart TV with Freeview - Black [Energy Class A+]

by Sony
4.4 out of 5 stars 387 customer reviews
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  • W7 Full HD TV with X-Reality PRO, One-Flick Entertainment, and Live Football Mode
  • Full HD (1080p)
  • X-Reality PRO for enhanced picture quality
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Energy efficiency class

On-mode power consumption
50 Watts

Energy consumption
69 Kilowatts per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm

Product details

Size: 42-inch | Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 95.8 x 6.4 x 56.3 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 14 Kg
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: KDL42W705BBU
  • ASIN: B00HZAVA70
  • Date first available at 11 Feb. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,015 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

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At a glance

  • X-Reality PRO can greatly improve the detail of what you're watching
  • Swiftly browse the your favourite TV shows, catch-up TV and films with One-Flick Entertainment
  • Get that match-day experience with Live Football Mode
  • Screen mirroring puts your smartphone on the big screen
  • Ultra-slim, space-saving design with a high-quality aluminium finish

Great picture quality with heaps of exciting Smart features

Feel your favourite programs and films come alive before your very eyes. You'll love how the W7 boosts the picture quality of everything - including HD content, on the big screen. This image-enhancing technology analyses, cleans and refines pictures to make them sharper, clearer and more enjoyable to watch.

Not only does this Smart TV allow you to choose from a whole host of catch-up TV, films, and complete box sets, but the intuitive One-Flick Entertainment menu makes it easier than ever to browse through it all and find your favourite content.

Live Football Mode offers the best way to experience football on your TV, by not only optimising the picture and the sound for the big game action, but by also giving you instant access to the latest World Cup standings and clips of the most memorable World Cup moments.

You can even share what you’re doing on your smartphone with friends and family, by wirelessly mirroring it to the big BRAVIA screen.

X-Reality PRO improves the detail of whatever you're watching
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Improve what you're watching

Experience stunning picture quality. The detail in everything such as Blu-ray Discs, HD and standard broadcasts, web videos and even smartphone clips is improved thanks to Sony’s X-Reality PRO technology. It cleverly analyses, cleans and refines images for the most detailed Full HD picture possible, bringing whatever you are watching to life.

Everything you love at your fingertips with One-Flick Entertainment and Social Viewing
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Flick. Find. Fast.

Control your world of content with BRAVIA's quick and intuitive One-Flick Entertainment interface. Flick through TV channels, catch-up TV, recommended films, and photos on your network and access them within seconds. Plus, with Social Viewing you can even follow tweets from around the world as you watch - just choose your keyword and see comments relating to the show you're watching flow across the bottom of the screen. TV has never been so social.

Big game feel from the comfort of your living room
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Designed for football addicts

Get the match-day experience, with everything you need for football. Live Football Mode automatically adjusts picture and sound settings to closely match the authentic stadium experience. This setting also gives you access to the latest World Cup standings and videos of the most memorable moments from past World Cups via YouTube. Result.

Wirelessly mirror your smartphone screen - on the big screen
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Take your smartphone to the big screen

Screen mirroring lets you instantly view your smartphone's videos, photos, apps, web pages and games on your TV. It connects your phone to the television wirelessly so there's no need to hunt around for connecting cables. You'll see exactly what's on your phone or tablet's screen on your TV, with sound from the phone reproduced loud and clear through your TV's speakers. Screen mirroring works with any Miracast-compliant Android smartphone or tablet.

Super-slim, elegant design
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Ultra-slim design for contemporary living rooms

The sleek W7 seamlessly blends into any living room, without taking up too much space. Crafted from high-quality aluminium, it's slim and elegant with the intelligent core at below the screen acknowledging interaction between you and the TV and softly cascading a light below.

*One-Flick remote is not included and only available as an accessory.

Box Contains

Batteries (R03)
Operating Instructions
Table Top Stand / Wall Mount Bracket (separate, assembly required)
Remote control RM-ED061 (Europe) / RM-ED059 (UK & Ireland)
Quick Setup Guide / Supplement CUE (GA)
AC Power Cord

Customer Reviews

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Colour Name: BlackSize: 42-inch Verified Purchase
This is a great TV. I had an old sony CRT TV and held out for years for giving in and buying an LED TV. This one is good. The motion looks fine on it - I read tonnes of reviews and worried about motion blur and moving image lag but it's really fine. The most frustrating thing was that auditioning all TVs in a shop is really tricky. I even tried bringing along some home videos in 1080p 50fps but they looked terrible on all the TVs in the shop even the latest 4k TVs. Also had a bluray which also didn't look that great. Turns out as soon as I bought one of these, you need to change the following settings and the TV stops looking ridiculously garish and ultra-contrasty with clipped whites and reds and greens everywhere.

My settings:
1. turn off the ambient light sensor under the Eco menu
2. Set Scene select to "Cinema"
3. In picture options set colour balance to "warm 1"

It turns out shockingly that these are only specific to each input which frankly is a pain. I had a blu ray player connected and it stubbornly refused to let me access the picture options, until I realised that you can press the Apps SEN button on the remote. Then you use the cursors to go to the settings in the top right and you can actually change the same settings for each device you connect (blu ray, video etc). It is irritating that there is no easy way to set the same picture settings throughout (I tried the common input setting, but this didn't work for me). Also, make sure that with blu-ray/ DVD if you are watching an old DVD in 4:3 format and it keeps stretching it to fullscreen, then you need to use the SEN button, settings options to access the Screen format menu and change the 4:3 menu from the default "Zoom" to "Normal".
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Colour Name: BlackSize: 32-inch Verified Purchase
After many long years my Panasonic 28" CRT finally went wonky.

Originally I was going to purchase a Panasonic TXL32E6B, but then I saw the new Sony and Panasonic side by side. No contest!

HD Picture simply stunning. SD excellent.. Mine is piped through a Virgin V+ box.

Sound: OK. Well I was spoiled with a CRT, so didn't expect too much. Acceptable, but will probably get a soundbase/bar sometime.

Apps: There are lots of Apps, most of them seem a bit worthless. We have used Netflix. Only has iplayer and 5OD as "watch again" apps, but this doesn't bother me as I have Watch again on the Virgin box. Amazon Prima/Instant Video doesn't work, yet.

Integration: I have mine hard wired as it's next to the router. Excellent streaming of videos/music etc from PC. Have used Nexus 7 (2013 version) for Miracast, so I can keep an eye on what's happening on the kids Minecraft!

Tweaks: You can fiddle all the settings 'til the cows come home.

Summary: Picture: Excellent Sound OK. Apps: OK
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Colour Name: BlackSize: 32-inch
Pleased with the TV so far. The picture is excellent and the sound is an improvement from my last Sony TV. The slimmed down bezel looks really nice and the stand works well.

Some extra features - Netflix button, football button, radio button, full HD, apps etc.

Positives: Picture quality, design, price, easy set-up (in theory!), functionality, loads of inputs/outputs.

Negatives: Had trouble tuning channels - Sony weren't much help but John Lewis were - looks like it needed to be tuned in prior to setting up wi-fi for some reason, so worth trying that if you have a similar issue. Lag on start-up before functions work, as mentioned in other reviews - if this is the price to pay for having streaming apps then i'd rather just have a great TV and buy a separate streaming box (this remains the main negative with the TV). Apps can be a bit clunky. Limited choice of good quality apps. No favourites button - it seems like you can edit your favourites (all 4 of them!) but not actually access them, i'm prob missing something tho. HDMI leads don't always sit perfectly, depends on their design. Can't work out how to overide auto shut off (you just press a button but it's a bit annoying).

Apps: No ITVplayer or 4OD, which seems bizarre. No Now TV app, so streaming box needed to get sky sports as pay per view, which should also add the other missing apps. Netflix of course. You Tube is good, Amazon Prime also. Picasa. Lots of other apps, mostly very niche and uninspiring. Apps and app store as a whole ok'ish to use but can be slow to respond. BT pay-per-view app needed to be able to watch all sports without a contract but there isn't one.

Other: I-manual on the remote covers most things. Remote syncing/screen mirroring (haven't tried them out yet).
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Colour Name: BlackSize: 42-inch
I considered a few TV's before buying this KDL42W705B, our current Sony Lcd TV is still going strong after 6yrs. This replacement is. a worthy successor, picture quality is very impressive, I really like the VA panels Sony are using on their 2014 models, the blacks are some of the best Ive seen. I was. little concerned due to being so thin, and with other comments from some users suggesting the use of a sound bar to improve sound quality, I may need to buy one myself to get acceptable sound.
However,the sound is almost as good as the set its replaced, its certainly far better than I was expecting, and after tweaking sound setting to increase bass a little, it sounds pretty good,so I certainly wont be buying a sound bar as I really dont think its necessary, but if audiophiles want better sound then one has that option.

As a result of buying this TV Ive decided I will be renewing my Amazon Prime membership, as this TV has the Amazon App for playing Amazon movies, which works superbly, lots of other useful apps especially iPlayer. I also found the screen mirroring feature works great with our iPad and Android devices displaying the devices images very well indeed.

This TV has 2 tuners, a freeview, and a satellite tuner, I have not used the freeview tuner as we cannot receive freeview here, so we use. Humax twin tuner freesat PVR which works brilliantly.
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