40” (diag.) Sony LED EX640 Internet TV
Feeling disappointed after my EX620
This TV is a definite downgrade, not an upgrade as compared to my EX620. The EX-620 was so much more better in functions, i.e. picture setup and management, x-reality engine, crisper panel. I just feel cheated and I wanted another Sony after my EX620 was damaged. Sony just basically killed this TV as compared the functionality of the EX620. Sony wouldn't even offer any help in getting the EX 620 repaired. It was less than a month old. They offered me a 15% discount on another TV.
Where is all of the functions and settings. Where is my Android remote app or side view app? It is supposed to be available to all Sony Smart TV's built after 2011, false advertisement. Where is my ability, to broadcast the TV DLNA. These are just simple functions, that should have been included. It just feels like Sony has abandoned everything about there TV's like they did PSP's and other things. The 2013 model lineup looks even much more stripped out.
Sony has forgotten that people are willing to pay for quality, not lower standards, to compete with Samjunk and others.
It just cannot even begin to compare as I had stated, in any part except HD picture.
August 22, 2013
Nice TV but one audio "gotcha" got me
The TV meets my expectations for picture quality and internet connectivity, but I can't say that it really exceeds them, so I would have given it 4 stars, but because of the the problem with its audio output, it gets 3 stars.
I'm using the TV's optical (toslink) output to connect to my stereo receiver since I prefer good stereo sound to the clutter of 5 or more speakers in a typical home theater configuration.
Unfortunately, the TV toslink to stereo receiver configuration does not work for all sound sources, especially Dolby 5.1 streamed by Netflix and Amazon. Videos with HE-AAC sound work OK, but those with Dolby 5.1 sound are silent. There are various workarounds (I've consulted both Sony and Amazon Instant Video support), but the problem could have been avoided if Sony had simply included a "downmix to stereo" feature , as is commonly found on Blu-ray players, for the TV's optical output.
This deficiency probably won't affect many people, but it did affect me.
April 12, 2013
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The picture and color is great, and the Clear Resolution Enhancer & Digital Noise Reduction improves non high def sources from streaming or over-the-air. It does a good job with quick moving action such as sports (for example, basketball or tennis) The case design is good - the bezel has a matte stipple pattern, not a glossy black I often see in other brands. It also has a narrow silver stripe on the edge. The screen is not glossy so it avoids reflections. The network streaming works well -- including Netflix, DLNA from my own network file server or PC.
Overall, it is good in that it simplifies common settings and tasks for most people with easy to use settings. If you want to configure detailed settings, that is possible, but those are available and do not clutter the basic interface. Most of the default settings do the right thing, so out of the box, you can get it working for most TV viewing.
The Bravia Link for connecting with Sony HDMI devices works great with another Sony Blu-Ray player. It does the right thing, so that when I turn off the Blu-Ray player, the TV automatically switches to TV mode. The remote keys are similar between the TV and Blu-Ray so if you press the navigation keys on the TV remote, it controls the Blu-Ray player properly, so I avoid switching remotes. Although picture quality is key, having a good remote and interface goes a long way to improving the experience. But getting a good universal remote may be best if you have many devices.
The Scene Select modes for sports, movies is a great way to avoid fiddling with settigs and is accessible via one button from the remote and seems to make the right choices.
There is web browser built-in, but it is best for just simple browsing. I recommend a real PC for serious viewing and you can connect a PC to this device if needed
1) For DLNA streaming, devices such as a 2013 Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player can display more file formats, so if you have less popular media formats, that's a better way to go. For plain MP4, MP3, etc. then this TV is sufficient.
2) The user interface does not use the Sony XrossMediaBar (XMB) found in PS3, PSP or the S5100 Blu-Ray player. For just TV watching, the built in UI is simpler since you do not get distracted with Photo, Video menu choices and you can focus on TV related tasks. Practically, if I want to look at the many streaming or DLNA file choices, I tend to use the Sony S5100 Blu-Ray player. The device is more up-to-date in its ability to stream more file formats and is a better DLNA client device (TV is a DLNA Renderer. Blu-Ray is Renderer and Player). I believe some of the other Sony TVs do use XMB, which will give you consistency in the interface, if desired.
March 31, 2013
Bought this Bravada tv paying over $1500.00 for it after researching thinking I got the best that there was to buy. Now it does not work after only 2.5 years. Called a service tech costing me $80.00 to have it estimated at another $500.00 to have it fixed. I have bought cheaper model tvs and they are still working after nearly 30 years. I did NOT get my moneys worth. This tv was only used my myself no children in this household or other adults. Really disappointed in the SONY brand.
November 23, 2012