Sony KDL-42W705B specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Key Features

  • 42-inch LCD TV with edge LED lighting
  • Full HD resolution
  • SEN smart TV platform
  • Social media and Football modes
  • Aluminium build
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £600.00
Quick Glance
Size 42
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio over 1 million to one
Refresh Rate 200 Motionflow XR
Freeview HD Yes
Size 42
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Full HD 1080p Yes
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat HD No
3D Ready No
Contrast Ratio over 1 million to one
Refresh Rate 200 Motionflow XR
Physical Specifications
Height 563
Width 958
Depth 64
Weight 10500
Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1 (RGB)
Digital Audio Out 1 (optical)
Headphone 1
Ethernet Yes
WiFi Yes (built-in)


May 5, 2014, 6:07 pm

I was considering this TV , looks like a good one now

St. John Smythe

May 5, 2014, 9:36 pm

Hi John, great review, as always. I only have one question: if only picture quality counts, nothing else: is there a difference between the 40W605B and the 42W705B?


December 6, 2014, 7:34 pm

I believe the 605b is a backlight system, whereas the 705b is an edge lit system.
The 605b was a good bit deeper in dimension to the 705b, and also was a plastic frame, rather than a metal frame seen on the 705b.

As far as I can tell the 605b has been dropped and the 705b has taken it's place.


December 6, 2014, 7:47 pm

Bought this TV a few weeks ago.

I'm extremely happy with it over all. Firstly the construction, physical quality and general presence of the thing is striking. For the price it's by far the best looking TV set when sat in your living room.

The main reason I chose this set though, is like this review makes very clear, the black level response is unbelievable for this price.
Generally colours are accurate and believable, and the screen is bright too.

The only drawbacks I can see are that motion isn't *that* great. Good for the price, but not great. I understand this is actually a 50hz screen with some clever tech to make it appear quicker.
It doesn't lose detail, but it sometimes feels uncomfortable to watch quick panning scenes. Again, nothing at the same price does much better, apart from maybe some LG sets.
I find that images lacking quality and definition are shown up in all their noisey horrors, but I'm not sure you could put that to be a fault of the set.
I don't think viewing angles are all that great. You lose a lot of black level detail if you're anything that a few degrees off-axis.

The smart TV system is slow and apps aren't that great.

Otherwise it's a brilliant set. The main reason I bought it was for the price and image quality, which I genuinely can not complain about. I found it for £400.
It'll tide me over until good 4k OLED sets are affordable - a few years away yet!

Patryk Jezierski

October 10, 2015, 10:39 am

is there any difference between

KDL42W705BBU and

KDL42W705B ?

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