We checked 1,507 user and expert reviews for Sony TVs and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its mid-size TVs range.
Supports Smart TV Features
The KDL-48R555 supports smart TV features, as do most of the other mid-size TVs that came out more than a year ago.
We compared all the other TVs which support smart TV features to this TV and we think a cheaper television such as the Samsung HG48ED690 or you might consider a better rated television such as the Samsung HG43ED690 are also worth considering.
Alternative TVs which also support smart TV features that you might also want to look at include the LG 49LX761.
Has a WiFi Connection
The Sony KDL-48R555 has a WiFi connection, which is unusual. Most of the other televisions of a similar spec and age to the KDL-48R555 do not have a WiFi connection.
We compared all the other TVs with a WiFi connection to this TV and we think the Samsung HG48ED690 which is cheaper is also worth considering.
Alternative TVs which also have a WiFi connection that you might want to look at include the 49LX761, or the 42LY960 both from LG.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This TV supports a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec televisions that were launched around the same time as it.
1.4 HDMI Version
This TV has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many televisions that have been on the market for a similar time to it.
Two USB 2.0 Ports
Most mid-size TVs that came out around the same time as the KDL-48R555 have between one and two USB 2.0 ports, including the KDL-48R555 which has two USB 2.0 ports.
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Not 3D Compatible
Most comparable spec TVs that have been around for more than a year are not 3D compatible. The KDL-48R555 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
TVs which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Philips 40PFT6510 which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The KDL-48R555 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for a similar time to the KDL-48R555 also do not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Feature OLED Technology
The KDL-48R555 does not feature OLED technology. Most of the other mid-size TVs that have been available for around the same time as the KDL-48R555 also do not feature OLED technology.
Quite Low RMS Rated Power
TVs of a similar spec and age to the KDL-48R555 have RMS rated power of between 5W and 1,000W, and the average RMS rated power is 20W. When compared to other mid-size TVs that came out around the same time as the KDL-48R555, the RMS rated power of the KDL-48R555 of only 10 Watts is one of the lowest.
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Very Slow Motion Interpolation Frequency
The motion interpolation frequencies of televisions of a similar age and spec to the KDL-48R555 range from 50Hz to 1,000Hz. At only 100 hertz, the KDL-48R555 has a fairly slow motion interpolation frequency compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the KDL-48R555.
The lightest TV of this age and type is 3.6kg heavy and the heaviest is 18kg. The Sony KDL-48R555 is quite heavy (10.4 kilograms) compared to most of the other TVs of this age and spec.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when Sony released the KDL-48R555.
Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on TVs of this spec and age. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The KDL-48R555 has a fairly typical thickness (65 millimeters) compared to most of the other televisions of a similar spec and age to the KDL-48R555.
Alternative televisions with a thicker thickness that you might want to look at include the Philips 48PFK6300/12 (48mm) which is also cheaper.
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Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.69 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 18 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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