40" BRAVIA® 3D-capable, Internet-ready 1080p LED-LCD HDTV with 240Hz blur reduction
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Item #: 15840HX800
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $1,168.00
Sony has been involved in the 3D experience since the very beginning from the state-of-the-art cameras used to record 3D movies, to the HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and glasses that make 3D possible at home. Their KDL-40HX800 lets you enjoy 3D movies and TV shows every day in your living room. Movie characters and effects leap off the screen, TV shows gain more depth, and video games reach new levels of intensity. As a bonus, this advanced screen produces fantastic-looking 2D images.
3D TVs present a slightly different view to each eye, and that's what creates the illusion that images begin in front of and extend well behind the actual screen. When you combine the 3D-capable KDL-40HX800 with Sony's 3D Sync Transmitter and 3D glasses (sold separately), you can enjoy vivid 3D viewing at home. Add a 3D-capable Sony Blu-ray player for the highest-quality 3D experience.
This HDTV's "Deep Black Panel" offers outstanding picture contrast, and black levels that get really black. Images pop with the vibrant, natural colors that demonstrate why an LED backlight is superior to a conventional fluorescent. Also, LEDs are more energy-efficient than fluorescent backlights. Other clever "eco" features include a "presence sensor" that detects if you've stepped away from your TV and automatically turns the picture off.
Sony has been refining its Motionflow anti-blur processing for years and today it's one of the most sophisticated and effective solutions. This 240Hz version quadruples the video frame rate by inserting three entirely new frames for each original frame. The system creates seamlessly smooth, sharp pictures by analyzing the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement.
Four HDMI inputs let you enjoy the best possible picture from high-def sources like Blu-ray players, satellite TV receivers, and HD game consoles. Connect this Sony to your broadband Internet service and you can use the TV's remote to surf 25+ web "channels" from the comfort of your sofa. For example, stream Netflix® straight to the biggest screen in your house or play customized Internet radio stations from Pandora®.
Tip: For a list of over-the-air digital TV stations you can receive, as well as antenna recommendations for your location, enter your zip code in AntennaWeb's mapping tool.
If you've been wowed by recent 3D movies in the theater, you can now watch in 3D in your living room. 3D pictures add depth and dimensionality that pulls you into the on-screen action. To experience the 3D effects you need to wear special 3D glasses; make sure you choose a TV and glasses from the same brand to ensure compatibility. 3D TVs also offer fantastic 2D picture quality for everything else that you watch.
The HX800 shows a beautiful image, integrates well with both my home theater
and computer system as a large monitor. Yet, it doesn't rate a five because of
value and work-arounds needed to complete a high definition experience. Its
price dropped $200 a month after I bought it. While its 3-D ready, it requires
additional purchases to transmit 3-D or receive Wi-Fi. As expected, sound in
the HX800 speakers distorts and lacks bass. Attaching it to an external receiver
and speakers, completes the high definition experience. Overall, its a feature
rich unit and defintely a high quality image.
Coming from a smaller t.v., one immediately gets a different experience when
watching movies. The HX800 shows the limitations of standard defintion
broadcasts or recording. It highlights wonderful high definition sources. 40"
isn't large enough for an immersive experience, but one can definitely
notice more of what's going on in the visual story-telling.
An abundance of wired connections easily permits one to use the HX800 with
various sources (HDMI from a Sony Blu-Ray, my digital cameras and
DisplayPort outputs on my computers). The Blu-Ray audio doesn't sync exacly
with the visuals, but I by-pass that by using the audio outs to my stereo system.
In sum, I'm glad I purchased the HX800.
This is a beautiful set to look at, both on and off. Like most sets, it
requires adjustment before performing at its best for the environment it's in.
If your eye won't do it, then you can find proper settings on the AVS forums or
from Crutchfield itself.
The blacks are so deep that it is startling. When the screen is black it
matches the jet black bezel and in something like the opening of 60 Minutes on
CBS, where the announcers appear before a fully black background the effect is
most pronounced and pleasing. Colors are accurate and the picture is realistic
and sharp when given a good signal - even extending to less than full high-def
My set is connected to the Internet using my household WiFi connection from an
Apple Airport Extreme upstairs. This set does not have built-in WiFi reception,
but by using a local Airport Express extender and a short Ethernet cord I had it
working within a five minutes. I had previously thought of this kind of thing as
a gimmick but after using it now for several weeks I am impressed with how
useful it is and how exceedingly well it works. I have not used the 3D
capability of the set yet, but given the quality of everything else I expect it
to be well executed.
This model seems to be the sweet spot of Sony's line for now given the
price/feature combination. I am very pleased with the HX800 and think almost
anyone would be.
Love our Sony TV KDL40HX800. We ordered another model but found out (thru
Crutchfield) that the one we wanted had been discontinued. They (Crutchfield)
upgraded us to the 800 series for the same price. How cool is that? Received an e-
mail that products were being shipped on a Monday (cross country) and got a call
Thursday that products would be delivered the following day...and they were! Love the
HX800 model. Ease of set up was amazing (this was a GOOD thing) Beautiful set on or
off!! Thanks Sony and especially Crutchfields!
C & J
This Sony has the best picture of any Sony I have bought from Eddy at Crutchfield. I was
thinking about ordering a 120 HZ model that was barely $100 less, but Eddy took the
time to explain to me that the difference between 120 HZ and 240 HZ was the same
difference as night and day. He was more than correct. This picture is unbelievably
sharp, and the black adjustments make this exceedingly clear. This is the 11th Sony
that I and my family have bought from Eddy at Crutchfield and I would never consider
going anywhere else.
Excellent picture! Everyone who sees this TV can't believe how good the HD
picture quality and color are. I have not used the 3D capabilities yet. We have
a Pioneer Kuro HD plasma TV also, and this Sony is as good or better.
Only negative I have, and what keeps it from being five stars, is how long it
takes to power on.
It's between 10 and 15 seconds...way too long!
I'm pleased with this TV. I was torn between the Samsung C7000 series and this. After
viewing units in local stores, I opted for the Sony because of its more natural color and
less artifacts secondary to the motion control. To my eye, the Samsung made most
programs look like a soap opera. I know you can reduce this effect by toning down the
agressiveness of the motion control but the Sony needs less attention. The screen
reflectiveness is there but not objectionable. The viewing angle is rather critical; I think the
color begins to change when you get more than 15 degrees off center. The Samsung was
a little better in this regard. I found the upconversion from 480 to 1080 better on the Sony.
The fact that the Sony could be fitted with a proper sound bar (CT-350) theater system is a
big plus. The system integrates very nicely into the mounting stand. Almost all flat panel
TVs have abysmal sound quality and an auxilary sound system is mandatory. I prefer the
more subdued flat pedastal of the Sony to the garish chrome legs of the Samsung. 3D
was not a big plus for me but after watching one BluRay 3D (Alice in Wonderland), I can
say the result is acceptable. Again, both are good TVs but I continue to believe that the
Sony was the
better choice for me.
Excellent image quality, 3D movies look just like they do in the theater - absolutely
amazing! Buying from Crutchfield was also a breeze - recommended online seller!
I've had this set for only a week, but the only down side of the TV is lack of bass in the speakers, picture is outstanding, I've own several Sony XBR's in the past, and this set has one of the best pictures I has seen, deep blacks, bright whites. Beautiful.
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||240 Hz|
|Backlighting Type||LED (edge-lit white)|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||Yes|
|Picture In Picture||PC|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||7|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Composite Video Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||24-1/8|
|Height without Stand (inches)||22-7/8|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||9-7/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||3|
|Stand Width (inches)||17-3/8|
|Weight with Stand||36.2 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||Not available|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
Deep Black LCD Panel: The Sony Bravia KDL-40HX800 features a deep black LCD panel for better contrast and black levels.
Dynamic Edge LED Backlight: The Sony Bravia KDL-40HX800 TV utilizes Dynamic Edge LED Backlighting for an infinite dynamic contrast with brilliant blacks and whites, smooth motion performance, and energy savings inside a slim designed cabinet. Dynamic Edge LED Backlight allows you to optimize contrast by adjusting brightness in individual sections of the screen.
Bravia Engine 3 Technology: Bravia Engine 3 is Sony's most advanced processing system for superior image detail, exceptionally vibrant, life-like images, reduced noise and optimized contrast and color. This fully digital video processor from Sony uses a collection of enhanced algorithms to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimize contrast so every scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images.
NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC/8VSB tuner, and a digital QAM tuner for receiving unscrambled digital cable channels. It is not CableCARD compatible. You do not need to connect an external HDTV set-top box in order to receive High-Definition programming.
Native Resolution: The KDL-40HX800 has a full HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels of 720p HDTV). The TV's four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p (60/24Hz) signals, and the two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals. All video signals from standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p.
HD Video Inputs: The Sony Bravia KDL-40HX800 provides High Definition HDMI and component video inputs.
Note: There is also a side-panel composite video input (480i only).
ARC (Audio Return Channel) Function: The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables the TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver or surround audio controller, increasing system flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. The ARC function enables digital output of sound using the television's HDMI In 1 port and can only be operated when the TV is connected to an audio receiver that also supports the ARC function. When the Input Source of the television is the TV (antenna), the ARC function allows audio from the TV to be heard through a connected AV receiver via the television's HDMI 1 input. The audio is sent from the TV to your receiver via a single HDMI cable without the need for a separate optical cable.
Note: When connecting a digital audio system that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC) technology, connect to HDMI IN 1 with an HDMI cable. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.
3D Ready: The Sony KDL-40HX800 gives you the option to enjoy 3D (three-dimensional) pictures and graphics. You can enjoy an immersive, realistic movie and gaming experience in Full HD 1080p using Sony's proprietary 3D accessories (3D Sync Transmitter and 3D Active Glasses, both sold separately) and connecting a compatible 3D-ready Blu-ray Disc Player, Satellite Receiver, or PlayStation3 gaming console (all sold separately) to the HDTV via HDMI. When viewed through the active shutter glasses, the on-screen image is precisely synchronized and delivered with the Full HD 1080p image intact, for an optimum 3D viewing experience. Sony's 3D technology displays high speed synchronized left- and right-eye images to deliver an immersive 3D experience. And since each frame you see is shown at Full HD resolution, the 3D action still offers razor-sharp detail. You can adjust the following 3D settings.
Note: The 3D display mode is automatically selected when a 3D signal is detected. The recommended viewing angle and distance for 3D viewing is 120° (left/right) at 3.3'-19.6875'.
24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.
Motion Pro 240Hz Technology: Motionflow Pro 240Hz is a proprietary technology that displays TV broadcasts at an outstanding high-frame rate. By displaying pictures at a higher frame rate than standard, Motionflow Pro 240Hz reduces motion artifacts in high-speed sports footage for smooth, natural motion reproduction. This allows you to experience smooth motion detail and clarity using Motionflow Pro 240Hz technology. Motionflow Pro 240Hz technology quadruples the frame rate from the standard 60 frames per second and applies Image Blur Reduction technology to deliver a crisp, fluid and realistic viewing experience during fast-action scenes. The Motionflow Pro 240Hz feature has three settings to choose from - High, Standard, or Off.
Infinite Dynamic Contrast Ratio: Dynamic contrast ratio compares the luminance of a 100 IRE (white) signal with that of a 0 IRE (black) signal. When the TV receives a 0 IRE signal the backlight is turned off and the luminance measurement is 0.00 cd/m2. The resulting dynamic contrast ratio is infinite.
Ambient Sensor: The Ambient Sensor automatically optimizes the picture settings according to the ambient light in the room. The television's Ambient Sensor automatically senses ambient lighting conditions and changes the TV's display settings to optimize picture quality. The sensor detects ambient light levels to adjust the brightness and color temperature of the picture. With this feature you can have the best picture quality under your room's lighting conditions. As a result, you get a natural looking picture whether you are watching TV late at night or during the day.
Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:
Picture Mode: You can select one of the following picture modes:
MPEG Noise Reduction: This feature reduces the picture noise in MPEG-compressed videos. This is effective when viewing a DVD or digital broadcast. You can set the level of noise reduction to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content.
Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following:
Pro Picture Setup: The Pro Picture Setup menu allows for Color Matrix, RGB, and Modulation adjustments.
Picture Adjustment Lock: This function prevents the television's Picture Settings from being changed.
Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the three preset sound modes:
S-FORCE Front Surround: S-FORCE front surrounds provides a virtual surround experience made possible using just two front speakers. You can choose from five modes.
Sound Enhancer: The Sound Enhancer reproduces clear sound by complementing high-frequency bands.
Steady Sound: Steady Sound equalizes volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.
Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input (TV or video input) relative to other inputs.
Audio Outputs: The Sony HDTV offers analog and digital audio outputs.
PC Compatible: A rear-panel 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal. The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input or HDMI input. The TV supports the following PC resolutions - VGA (640 x 480), SVGA (800x 600), XGA (1024 x 768), WXGA (1280 x 768/1360 x 768), SXGA (1280 x 1024), and HDTV (1920 x 1080). When a PC is connected to the TV and the PC input is selected, the PC settings screen is available.
PIP: Picture-in-Picture displays an image from a connected PC (via PC-input or HDMI) in full-screen and a TV program (antenna/composite video) in an inset window. You can swap audio between the main and sub window.
USB Port: The Sony TV features a side-panel USB type-A port for sharing your photos (JPEG/RAW) or videos (AVCHD/MP4/MPEG1), and listening to music (MP3/linear PCM) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device. The Sony TV provides the following photo playback functions.
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification allows you to enjoy various content from your home network, such as photo (JPEG/RAW), music (MP3/liner PCM), and video (AVCHD/MP4/MPEG1) files stored on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) on the Sony HDTV. Up to 10 media servers can be connected using a hardwired Ethernet (LAN) connection or Wi-Fi connection (optional wireless LAN adapter required). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.
Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway to Internet content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to the Sony TV. The television is equipped with a rear-panel Ethernet (LAN) port for making a broadband Internet connection, allowing you to connect to the web. Once your connection and setup is complete, Bravia Internet TV allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps. Currently Bravia Internet Video offers the following online content (as of December 2010):
Note: Bravia Internet Video Requires home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice (visit Sony.com for latest information regarding online content).
Bravia Internet Widgets: Bravia Internet Widgets are small applications that deliver a range of internet content straight to the Sony TV via a network (Ethernet) connection. Bravia Internet Widgets let you check the latest news headlines, weather, and stock quotes; plus get real-time updates from social networking sites. You can do all this with a press of a single button and without changing the channel. The Bravia Internet Widget Library consists of Facebook, Twitter, FrameChannel, TV Guide, USA Today Sports, Yahoo! Finance/News/Weather, and PlayJam (as of December 2010).
Note: Bravia Internet Widgets require a home network connection. Bravia Internet Widgets may change without notice (visit Sony.com for latest information regarding internet content).
Wireless LAN Adapter (Optional): The Sony TV provides a wireless network connection for your TV by inserting the optional proprietary USB Wireless LAN Adapter (158WABR100, sold separately) into the TV's USB port. This Wireless LAN Adapter lets you wirelessly access Bravia Internet Video and your home network through the TV. By inserting the USB Wireless LAN Adapter into the TV's USB port, you can easily create a cable-free network. As a result, you can enjoy the convenience of wireless connectivity of your home entertainment network and make accessing your online entertainment even easier.
Note: Requires home network with an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection. Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
Automatic Software Updates: Automatic software updates are done through the TV's Ethernet (LAN) port or using the optional Wireless LAN Adapter (UWA-BR100, sold separately). The TV's software updates when the television is in standby mode.
Scene Select: You can access the following scene modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.
Favorite Menu: The Favorites Menu function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite TV content. The Favorites menu manages your preferred TV channels, photos, music, video content and external inputs for quick and easy access. The Favorites feature provides quick access to your frequently used items, such as preferred TV channels or external inputs. In addition, your favorite media files, Internet content. and Widgets can be shown in the Favorites screen. The Sony TV also features a "Recommendations" function which automatically analyzes your interests by referencing your viewing history to find programs and items you may like, and presents them in the TV's Favorites menu.
On-Screen TV Guide: The On-Screen TV Guide provides up to two days of program information and customizes the program listings to your preference. With this feature, you can search for programs by categories and keywords as well as customize your favorite channels or favorite keywords. The "My TV" feature allows you to organize the program listings by profiles such as Movie, Sport or Kids. You can also create your own profile to organize your favorite programs, channels, or keywords.
Note: TV Guide is available with connection to your cable service or with over-the-air antenna signal. You must connect your signal directly to the TV's Cable or Antenna input without using a cable box.
Info Banner: The television's Info Banner displays information about the currently viewed TV channel and program.
Input/Channel Label: This feature allows you to assign labels to the television's inputs and your favorite channels. You can create station call letters (up to nine characters) to the channel numbers. You can assign the following labels for each input (except PC and Cable/Antenna inputs): Cable, Receiver, Satellite, VCR, DVD/BD, DVR, Audio System, Home Theater, Game, Camcorder, Digital Camera, PC, and Skip. Or you can also select a custom nine character label for each of these inputs.
Close Captions (CC): The Sony HDTV provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size.
ENERGY STAR Certified: This Sony HDTV exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as an Ambient Sensor, an Advance Contrast Enhancer, and the following PC Power Management functions.
Note: When the Energy Saving Switch is switched off, power consumption is reduced. In addition, when the Energy Saving Switch is switched off, you will not be able to perform functions such as saving clock settings.
Quick Start: Quick Start turns the TV on faster than usual when the "Power" button is pressed on the remote control. Up to three time periods can be set. When you set "Smart Mode" to "On", the TV recognizes the time periods when you watch TV the most and will turn on faster.
Note: If "Quick Start" is set, power consumption may increase.
TV Timer: The TV Timer turns on the television from the standby mode at a time you set, and tunes to a channel or input of your preference.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.
Input/Channel Block: This feature allows you to block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.
Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-YD040). The IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Sony TV. The remote is also designed to operate Sony Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI. The remote control features two power buttons (one on the front of the remote and one on the back of the remote).
Bravia Sync: This TV is equipped with Bravia Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. Bravia Sync helps you connect compatible Sony Bravia HDMI equipment, such as a BD player or AV amplifier, to the TV and control the external equipment using the television's remote control. With the "Control for HDMI" function, Bravia Sync helps to communicate with Bravia Sync-compatible equipment using HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control). Bravia Sync-compatible equipment is listed as a new input source in the television's menu. The television offers the following Bravia Sync operations for the listed device.
Note: Control for HDMI (Bravia Sync) is only available for the connected Sony equipment that has the Bravia Sync logo.
i-Manual: The Sony TV comes with a Quick Setup Guide booklet. The TV's full owner's manual can be accessed on the TV using the remote's i-Manual button.
Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 36.2 lbs with the stand attached.
Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The stand can be removed, allowing you to wall-mount the TV using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has four threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 11-3/4" (300mm) and a vertical spacing of 11-3.4" (300mm). The screw holes all accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 31.3 lbs without the stand.
Note: The AC power cord's straight two-prong AC plug measures 1.625" from the wall-outlet.
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