Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 : TV is OK for the price


Great picture easy set up easy to use.

There is so much jargon and misinformation written about tvs that i thought i should write a review to help people make an informed choice when purchasing a tv. Here is what to look for and why. I will centre my review around picture quality. Debating the sound quality of inbuilt tv speakers which are about one inch thick is like discussing whether you would rather be punched by mike tyson or george foreman. Both are going to be unpleasant so what is the point?if you are interested in sound quality, connect your tv to your hifi system via the tv’s optical output. If your hifi does not accept digital inputs then purchase a fiio d03k dac from amazon for £22. You won’t get a better dac for less than £100. If you can’t connect your hifi to your tv, then purchase a sound bar from a decent hifi brand such as q acoustics or better still active speakers such as the q acoustics bt3’s or ruark mr1s. Also, i won’t waste time describing the smart features of a tv when you can buy an amazon fire stick with alexa voice control for £25 in the sales. It is comfortably the fastest, most intuitive, most comprehensive smart interface widely available and it comes with voice activation and alexa.

Picture is good so far, i’m not sure if i’m seeing hdr content images since my sources aren’t hdr rated. I only have a lan connection to this tv and after updating the firmware i finally got the screen mirroring and dlna working after sony s above said to reset the tv after updating. The only frustrating bit is the cut down version of android installed on these lower end models. I didn’t want to go down the route of having to buy an external tv box to install android apps like plex for my media library so i went for this. The pre-installed opera tv has apps that can be installed but for my purpose they are mostly useless. Ideally i would like google play added to the list of apps.

Tv good, price good, sound very poor.

The picture has good contrast, has decent black levels and is evenly lit. It handles motion well, i have no issues playing games with my ps4 hooked up. It has good smart functionality, with a handy one touch netflix button. The hdr feature is interesting. It looks good with some dedicated content, like horizon zero dawn, however has a habit of turning blacks to greys and, like a lot of the picture settings, is often best left off. Sound through the in built speakers isn’t great, but you probably expected that, they are so thin these panels and they gave up on in-built sound years ago. It goes loud enough without distorting though. You don’t really need 4k at this screen size, and i honestly haven’t come across many better lcd pictures, certainly not at the price range it is being offered now.

Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 (49-Inch) Premium Full HD HDR TV (X-Reality PRO, Triluminos Display) – Black (2017 Model) : I’m reviewing the 43-inch version. It has replaced what was a very top end panasonic 42 inch plasma that was about three years old and cost three times the price. It beats that on every single front. As well as being a third of the price, it no more than half the weight and twice as thin. The picture quality at hdr also beat the deep blacks of the plasma, and its ‘smart’ functionality was also a win (one click netflix button, and easy access to apps). Note that it comes with an inbuilt freeview tuner (aerial needed) – but we have no aerial on the house so this has gone untested – whereas my old telly had a freesat tuner built in, this doesn’t. It is probably quite light on inputs – this will only suit someone who has simple needs (two hdmi inputs). The sound is nothing special, but we’ve hooked up a decent soundbar via optical cable so the screens audio is redundant to us anyway. This really is a great bit of kit from a premium brand at a very good price. However, i do wonder about buying a telly nowadays that isn’t 4k.

All of this stuff is part of my working background, so what follows is not linked to any lack of understanding, it’s a hard and 100% reproducible flaw:as soon as non tv mode is entered, eg bbc i player, the options key stops working, so all controls that you’d want to make picture and/or sound variations, (apart from volume) are gone. Until you’re back out of the app, which is about as useful as a rubber fork, or a chocolate teapot.

The tv is beautifully designed with a thin but solid frame and attractive modern aesthetic. Despite its 49′ screen, it’s also lightweight and we mounted ours on the wall with little difficulty. Simple to set up, it has two hdmi and two usb connections which made adding additional devices such as blu ray/ dvd players straight forward as well – though i would have liked an extra hdmi connection or two. Navigating the tv menu is also fairly intuitive and the remote has handy buttons that take you directly to youtube and netflix. The screen itself provides vivid colour and beautifully clear detail resulting in an impressive picture. The sound is also clear and of a good quality making the overall viewing experience excellent – it’s a delight to watch my favourite tv shows and moviesin terms of smart tv features, this sony model provides access to most of the popular apps, including netflix, youtube, bbc iplayer, itv hub, and amazon video. While the majority of these work fine, i have had some issues with amazon video running a bit slowly. However, i’ve found that pausing the show i want to watch for a few minutes before playing through stops buffering issues. I was a little disappointed that now tv is not included with sony tvs generally but it was simple enough to plug in the external box. While the basic smart tv features available here are enough for me, if you’re looking for more flexibility with apps you might want to look at a more expensive model such as the sony bravia kd49xe8004 49 inch tv (4k hdr ultra hd, android tv, x-reality pro, triluminos display, youview and freeview hd – black (2017 model) that provides the full ‘android tv’ system.

Brilliant tv, bought for my grandparents. Got an email with delivery date for a weeks time but was delivered the next day. Very pleased with the service and speed. Tv was no problem setting up, easy to follow step by guide.

Absolutely excellent as ever. And actually better than i’d expected.

Great tv very easy to set up however some basic apps missing (nowtv).

Great picture and easy to set up :))).

Startling clarity & very good sound quality for what i like, but it should be noted that some functionality is:📝 ‘only on limited region/country/tv model’on the back of the tv ~ model kdl49we753 ~ along with the aerial socket, 2 x hdmi, 2 x usb, 1 x ethernet, 1 x digital audio out (optical)/audio out (headphones), there is a scart connector but no satellite connector. This is referred to via * and the dotted line areas in section 2: connection (1st image refers) on the useful pictorial ‘set-up guide’, (for kdl- 49we75x/43we75x), which pops up as the box is opened. It is worth noting that the manuals are all available at sony’s website to peruse. ☀️ sony bravia☀️ kdl49we753☀️ smart tv☀️ fhd – 1080 ~ 2017 modelcolour : black, offset by silver-colouringdelighted to find that the stand fitted on the intended base unit, which measures just 26 cm wide, i have to be honest and say that despite its super-slim build, the tv is a little too big for the room it is currently in. Worth bearing in mind if unaware of what a 49” tv looks like away from the shop floor and in an average-sized loungeon its stand, the tv measures around 110 cm in width with a height of around 71 cm. The ‘snooker world championship’ in its true colours for starters, followed by a ‘depeche mode’ concert for a sound check, then my usual favourite  blu-ray to finish (last images refer). Compared to an older and different brand, which takes ages to do anything, i simply love this tv. Setup was easy and the first update ran seamlessly. The smart tv arrives in a sturdy cardboard box measuring around 119 cm x 74.

In the move toward 4k, the screen on this tv may not be the sharpest in the world, but for most people that will be just fine. It’s an excellent hd screen with vibrant colours, let down by some issues with its smart apps. While 4k is certainly impressive, at a distance of 6-8 feet away it is nearly impossible to differentiate between 1080p and 4k without freeze framing, leaning all the way forward, even on a screen this size. That’s certainly been true for me with this screen. Additionally given the relative lack of 4k content out there, 1080p still fits most of my needs. I am personally happier streaming hd content and running games in 1080p anyway, for bandwidth and performance reasons. From across my living room, this screen is beautiful, bright, and sharp, with bold colours, and that’s what counts. –screen–one of the nice bonuses of this model is its hdr feature, despite its absence of 4k. Hdr refers to high dynamic range, meaning the range of contrast between the tv’s blackest black and whitest white is much wider than on traditional hd panels. The result (in theory) is a colour palette much truer to life.

I bought this after my 9 year old toshiba regza 42′ lcd blew it’s mainboard. I found it very interesting that you can still buy an hd tv from a premium brand like sony since i’ve heard that 4k is pretty worthless unless you get a massive set (not an option) or sit very close to the tv. Since toshiba have stopped making their own tvs (always my preferred brand) and decided it was time for my first sony (and to see how the tech has advanced in the previous 9 years. First impressions were good, it’s an attractive set, very slim (though it does have a power brick) and thin bezels around the outside so it looks more sophisticated than it’s price tag would have you believe. The picture quality is excellent and definitely an improvement on the old toshiba even although it was a much more expensive set back in the day. Cheaper lcd panels (like this) still have the problem of backlight bleed but since this only really has been solved by the much more expensive oled sets then this is forgivable. What isn’t great is the fact you only get 2 hdmi slots and (even worse) they are on the side of the set. Be prepared to buy new cables (or angle adaptors) if you don’t want cables sticking out the side of your tv. If you still have a tv stand with all your multimedia gear stacked below then all the cables are visible through the stand.

The first thing we noticed when this large tv was delivered was how light it was – we were expecting something that would be far more cumbersome to carry around. This, in itself, made installation less painful than previous tv’s. The physical installation was straightforward – sony supply an installation guide, mostly in pictures, and with a few lines of text in 21 languages. The one problem was that we couldn’t find the screws to attach the machine to the stand. It turned out these were taped to the outside of the plastic bag with the stand, rather than with the other bits and pieces. Connecting the tv to our (bt supplied) wireless router was also straightforward. The supplied remote control was perfectly adequate for all our purposes. The lightness of the machine comes at a price. Much of it does not feel very solid. The stand (which does not swivel at all) felt flimsy.

This was bought at discount for an extremely reasonable price of 300 quid, however i am upgrading an obsolete 720p bravia. I shopped around quite a bit and a 4k hdr tv, but a good one will set you back quite a bit. Here is a solid full hd picture, blacks are deep colours pop and response time for gaming is fine. This is an excellent upgrade and the size quality and price are unbeatable even at around the 400 mark, its also very thin and stylish, bezels are tiny, it is also a smart tv which is a must nowadays, os could be better but at the price i got it and the image it puts out this is a fantastic tv, for a gamer or a person who likes to really sit back and get immersed in a good movie.

Smashing telly lightweight easy set up.

The clarity of detail and breadth of colour tones is utterly stunning – skin tones are very natural rather than the usual choice of pale and flat or ruddy complexions. Just to clarify, this is almost certainy due to the combination of the triluminos display screen (breadth of colour tones) and sony’s x-reallity pro and motion control software (clarity and crispness) – generally the hdr capability plays no part in this as it is only used (and useful) when viewing a true hdr encoded source (currently only available via sony playstation or netflix hdr encoded programmes via the tv’s inbuilt netflix app – i think you need the most expensive netfix subscription to get hdr programmes). Viewing sd content is also good – sony’s upscaling and image processing software work extremely well. The pictures still benefit from the extended colour range of the triluminos screen, and image crispness is as good as broadcast full hd programmes on budget tv sets. Build quality seems to be good (time will tell), though i was disappointed that the stand is plastic, whereas the screen is encased in a nice aluminium frame. The remote could also be a bit classier – this is sony’s highest quality 1080 tv, after all ; i sometimes find that i press the wrong button due to the up/down/left/right buttons being too closely surrounded by the ‘home’ and ‘return’ button cluster – most infuriating to have to go back several steps and start a sequence againi am not disappointed with the sound quality – i know its not going to be up to hi-fi cinema standard without some external speakers, but its more than adequate for general viewing, far better than my panasonic 40′ and a little bit better than my samsung 32′ set. Smart features are fully functioned – all the freeview catch-up apps are provided except quest (now only available on pc or tablet browsers) plus prime, netflix and youview ; the freeview apps are also linked to a freeview-play app (needs the most recent firmware upgrades) which has the ability to search for a programme across all freeview apps and automatically launch the correct app when a programme is selected – useful when you can’t remember if that missed documentary was on c4 or c5 etc. (i prefer the interface and functionality of my youview box to the freeview-play but nevertheless the feature is very useful. )the tv was very easy to set up and connect to my home wi-fi network ; once connected, it is possible to upgrade to the latest firmware, which may need doing twice as the very latest version requires a minimum existing rev. , which may itself be newer than the firmware installed at delivery.

Excellent quality for the price £390. Have a 50′ kdl803 and this is equal if not better in every aspect ( except size.

Suffers from image bleeding, can not be stopped, trust me, i did try every setting, youtube video etc. It is what it is for this price, payed£400 end of november 2017 but i don`t think if i have the change, i will not buy it again. . Cornering viewing it is great from my opinion, altough remote control something has delays sending the command to tv, apps a bit slugish.


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Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 (49-Inch) Premium Full HD HDR TV (X-Reality PRO, Triluminos Display) - Black (2017 Model)
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One thought on “Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 : TV is OK for the price

  1. Size: 43 inch

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 (49-Inch) Premium Full HD HDR TV (X-Reality PRO, Triluminos Display) – Black (2017 Model)

    The clarity of detail and breadth of colour tones is utterly stunning – skin tones are very natural rather than the usual choice of pale and flat or ruddy complexions. Just to clarify, this is almost certainy due to the combination of the triluminos display screen (breadth of colour tones) and sony’s x-reallity pro and motion control software (clarity and crispness) – generally the hdr capability plays no part in this as it is only used (and useful) when viewing a true hdr encoded source (currently only available via sony playstation or netflix hdr encoded programmes via the tv’s inbuilt netflix app – i think you need the most expensive netfix subscription to get hdr programmes). Viewing sd content is also good – sony’s upscaling and image processing software work extremely well. The pictures still benefit from the extended colour range of the triluminos screen, and image crispness is as good as broadcast full hd programmes on budget tv sets. Build quality seems to be good (time will tell), though i was disappointed that the stand is plastic, whereas the screen is encased in a nice aluminium frame. The remote could also be a bit classier – this is sony’s highest quality 1080 tv, after all ; i sometimes find that i press the wrong button due to the up/down/left/right buttons being too closely surrounded by the ‘home’ and ‘return’ button cluster – most infuriating to have to go back several steps and start a sequence againi am not disappointed with the sound quality – i know its not going to be up to hi-fi cinema standard without some external speakers, but its more than adequate for general viewing, far better than my panasonic 40″ and a little bit better than my samsung 32″ set. Smart features are fully functioned – all the freeview catch-up apps are provided except quest (now only available on pc or tablet browsers) plus prime, netflix and youview ; the freeview apps are also linked to a freeview-play app (needs the most recent firmware upgrades) which has the ability to search for a programme across all freeview apps and automatically launch the correct app when a programme is selected – useful when you can’t remember if that missed documentary was on c4 or c5 etc. (i prefer the interface and functionality of my youview box to the freeview-play but nevertheless the feature is very useful. )the tv was very easy to set up and connect to my home wi-fi network ; once connected, it is possible to upgrade to the latest firmware, which may need doing twice as the very latest version requires a minimum existing rev. , which may itself be newer than the firmware installed at delivery.
    1. Size: 43 inch
      The clarity of detail and breadth of colour tones is utterly stunning – skin tones are very natural rather than the usual choice of pale and flat or ruddy complexions. Just to clarify, this is almost certainy due to the combination of the triluminos display screen (breadth of colour tones) and sony’s x-reallity pro and motion control software (clarity and crispness) – generally the hdr capability plays no part in this as it is only used (and useful) when viewing a true hdr encoded source (currently only available via sony playstation or netflix hdr encoded programmes via the tv’s inbuilt netflix app – i think you need the most expensive netfix subscription to get hdr programmes). Viewing sd content is also good – sony’s upscaling and image processing software work extremely well. The pictures still benefit from the extended colour range of the triluminos screen, and image crispness is as good as broadcast full hd programmes on budget tv sets. Build quality seems to be good (time will tell), though i was disappointed that the stand is plastic, whereas the screen is encased in a nice aluminium frame. The remote could also be a bit classier – this is sony’s highest quality 1080 tv, after all ; i sometimes find that i press the wrong button due to the up/down/left/right buttons being too closely surrounded by the ‘home’ and ‘return’ button cluster – most infuriating to have to go back several steps and start a sequence againi am not disappointed with the sound quality – i know its not going to be up to hi-fi cinema standard without some external speakers, but its more than adequate for general viewing, far better than my panasonic 40″ and a little bit better than my samsung 32″ set. Smart features are fully functioned – all the freeview catch-up apps are provided except quest (now only available on pc or tablet browsers) plus prime, netflix and youview ; the freeview apps are also linked to a freeview-play app (needs the most recent firmware upgrades) which has the ability to search for a programme across all freeview apps and automatically launch the correct app when a programme is selected – useful when you can’t remember if that missed documentary was on c4 or c5 etc. (i prefer the interface and functionality of my youview box to the freeview-play but nevertheless the feature is very useful. )the tv was very easy to set up and connect to my home wi-fi network ; once connected, it is possible to upgrade to the latest firmware, which may need doing twice as the very latest version requires a minimum existing rev. , which may itself be newer than the firmware installed at delivery.
      1. Size: 49 inch Verified Purchase
        Me and my wife bought this television with the soul intention of using it with our ps4 gaming console. We have to say that we are most disappointed with this purchase. The first issues with this tv first became obvious upon unpacking, with a 3″ scratch on the bottom right of the screen. Unfortunately, this is hardly unsurprising as there was no plastic film protecting the screen, just some tape around the sides. Apart from the tape, there was the usual serving of polystyrene, with the tv plonked in a plastic bag. Then there’s the issue of the stand. Our’s has a slight upward bend in the middle of it, which only adds insult to injury given how flimsy the stand already is. As one can imagine, a flimsy stand means a tv that isn’t best sturdy and that rocks back and forth with the slightest touch. Other problems include: extremely bad back-light bleed issuses which become truly evident when the screens turns entirely to black. Poor picture quality, there’s a definite lack of clarity and crispness to this unit’s display. The colour is pretty poor, too. It lacks a balance between colour and brightness, if that makes sense. The picture is dark and dindgy, and that only seems to made worse by hdr.
  2. Size: 49 inch Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 (49-Inch) Premium Full HD HDR TV (X-Reality PRO, Triluminos Display) – Black (2017 Model)

    Me and my wife bought this television with the soul intention of using it with our ps4 gaming console. We have to say that we are most disappointed with this purchase. The first issues with this tv first became obvious upon unpacking, with a 3″ scratch on the bottom right of the screen. Unfortunately, this is hardly unsurprising as there was no plastic film protecting the screen, just some tape around the sides. Apart from the tape, there was the usual serving of polystyrene, with the tv plonked in a plastic bag. Then there’s the issue of the stand. Our’s has a slight upward bend in the middle of it, which only adds insult to injury given how flimsy the stand already is. As one can imagine, a flimsy stand means a tv that isn’t best sturdy and that rocks back and forth with the slightest touch. Other problems include: extremely bad back-light bleed issuses which become truly evident when the screens turns entirely to black. Poor picture quality, there’s a definite lack of clarity and crispness to this unit’s display. The colour is pretty poor, too. It lacks a balance between colour and brightness, if that makes sense. The picture is dark and dindgy, and that only seems to made worse by hdr.
    1. Size: 49 inch Verified Purchase
      Had two both returned faulty. One had no hd channels the other stopped working after 5 minutes.
      1. Size: 49 inch Verified Purchase
        Had two both returned faulty. One had no hd channels the other stopped working after 5 minutes.
  3. Size: 43 inch Verified Purchase
    I bought this after my 9 year old toshiba regza 42″ lcd blew it’s mainboard. I found it very interesting that you can still buy an hd tv from a premium brand like sony since i’ve heard that 4k is pretty worthless unless you get a massive set (not an option) or sit very close to the tv. Since toshiba have stopped making their own tvs (always my preferred brand) and decided it was time for my first sony (and to see how the tech has advanced in the previous 9 years. First impressions were good, it’s an attractive set, very slim (though it does have a power brick) and thin bezels around the outside so it looks more sophisticated than it’s price tag would have you believe. The picture quality is excellent and definitely an improvement on the old toshiba even although it was a much more expensive set back in the day. Cheaper lcd panels (like this) still have the problem of backlight bleed but since this only really has been solved by the much more expensive oled sets then this is forgivable. What isn’t great is the fact you only get 2 hdmi slots and (even worse) they are on the side of the set. Be prepared to buy new cables (or angle adaptors) if you don’t want cables sticking out the side of your tv. If you still have a tv stand with all your multimedia gear stacked below then all the cables are visible through the stand.
  4. Size: 43 inch Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Sony Bravia KDL49WE753 (49-Inch) Premium Full HD HDR TV (X-Reality PRO, Triluminos Display) – Black (2017 Model)

    I bought this after my 9 year old toshiba regza 42″ lcd blew it’s mainboard. I found it very interesting that you can still buy an hd tv from a premium brand like sony since i’ve heard that 4k is pretty worthless unless you get a massive set (not an option) or sit very close to the tv. Since toshiba have stopped making their own tvs (always my preferred brand) and decided it was time for my first sony (and to see how the tech has advanced in the previous 9 years. First impressions were good, it’s an attractive set, very slim (though it does have a power brick) and thin bezels around the outside so it looks more sophisticated than it’s price tag would have you believe. The picture quality is excellent and definitely an improvement on the old toshiba even although it was a much more expensive set back in the day. Cheaper lcd panels (like this) still have the problem of backlight bleed but since this only really has been solved by the much more expensive oled sets then this is forgivable. What isn’t great is the fact you only get 2 hdmi slots and (even worse) they are on the side of the set. Be prepared to buy new cables (or angle adaptors) if you don’t want cables sticking out the side of your tv. If you still have a tv stand with all your multimedia gear stacked below then all the cables are visible through the stand.

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