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Although you won’t personally have to have much to do with them since a B&O installer will sort them out for you, the 7-40’s connections are adequate. This means they include the HD Ready necessities of a DVI input and component video jacks. Plus there’s a D-Sub jack for computer use, and three SCARTs all of which, excellently, can take our beloved RGB signals. A second digital jack might have been nice on such a costly TV, but then it’s not as if this B&O hasn’t been busy justifying its cost elsewhere.
That, we think, finally covers everything about the outside of the TV. Heading inwards we find a prodigious feature count, headed up by the fact that as well as DVDs and CDs the built-in disc drive will play DivX files, MP3 files, JPEGs, and Video CDs.
In time-honoured B&O tradition, you can rotate and even tilt the TV hydraulically on its stands, even setting your own ‘on’ and ‘off’ angles for the TV to automatically turn to when you power it up or down. The set also lets you control a Sky digital receiver via its wonderfully designed, outrageously well-built ‘Beo4’ remote control, and it can be built into a whole-home B&O installation system via B&O’s BeoLink functionality.
There’s also plenty of image flexibility on offer, while the screen’s specifications come in at a native resolution of 1,366 x 768, claimed brightness of 500cd/m2 and claimed contrast ratio of 800:1. These specifications are decent, though we have to say the 800:1 contrast ratio isn’t as outstanding as we might have hoped. Oh well – maybe it will just turn out that B&O has been more truthful in its contrast measuring techniques than some of its more ‘extravagant’ rivals.
The only really disappointing thing about the BeoVision 7-40 on the features front is its lack of a digital tuner. But given the inter-country differences between digital TV platforms, it’s perhaps hardly surprising that a company like B&O doesn’t have the resources to make different digital versions of the TV for each separate territory.