Sony Bravia KLV-40ZX1M LCD HDTV First Impressions Review

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The KLV-40ZX1M is a stylish TV with high-end specs that would be the flamboyant centerpiece of any home.

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Tour & Design

**Front**

The KLV-40ZX1M has only the status lights on the front. The bezel has a brushed metal finish that is different from the matte or glossy plastic bezels of most of Sony's other LCD TV product lines.

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The front of the KLV-40ZX1M

**Back**

The back of the KLV-40ZX1M is dominated by a black plastic panel that has no grills but has a very glossy, glitter-infested finish. The single video input port is hidden in the section of the panel that connects to the base.

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The back of the KLV-40ZX1M

**Sides**

The KLV-40ZX1M is so thin that we really don't think it would be possible to locate any features on either side. Sony came to the same conclusion and the KLV-40ZX1M has no features on its sides.

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The left side of the KLV-40ZX1M

**Stand/Mount**

The KLV-40ZX1M's stand is quite different than those of Sony's other flat screen LCD displays. It has a circular shape with an arm at the rear that mounts at an angle to the rear of the display. This pedestal mount can be removed so that the KLV-40ZX1M can be mounted on a wall with a VESA-standard mount or a model-specific mount available from Sony.

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The KLV-40ZX1M's pedestal stand

**Aesthetics**

With its brushed-metal look on the front and its ultra-thin profile, the KLV-40ZX1M is one of our favorite units in Sony's line-up in terms of design. Unfortunately, there is only one thing that ruins it - the blue glitter embedded in the plastic finish of the back panel. What is that? Why is glitter appropriate here on a TV that costs $4,000? While we bear no rancor toward Sony's design staff for this, we could really do without a material best suited for Tinkerbell Haloween costumes liberally applied to a high-end TV.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion

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