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Sony KDL-46EX500 HDTV Analysis

Gursel Batmaz

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The Sony KDL-46EX500 is really a reduced range LCD with conventional CCFL backlighting that will yield a great stable value for most consumers who would like to appreciate Sony functionality whilst not spending top dollar for early adapter characteristics for example super thin layout, LED backlighting, or 3D capability – none of which this model contains.

As with most Sony designs for 2010 the EX500 sequence includes a governor on brightness and contrast which will not enable the user from completely destroying image top quality with these controls. This is a good thing.

Viewing angle remains an issue with while using 46EX500 displaying less contrast and depth of color from side angles starting at around 25 degrees off angle. From center depth improved and colour info is true to life and not over-juiced with the post calibration settings we utilized.

The 120Hz Motionflow element does assist with motion lag, blur and judder – particularly when panning lateral. Nonetheless, the element isn't strong enough to eliminate these effects and maybe they are still obvious to the trained eye. The element can be utilized constantly fortunately with the have to turn it off and on depending upon the articles being viewed.

There was considerable video background noise and motion artifacts with both 480i articles and HD content both Blu Ray and live. This corresponds with our previous testing with the Bravia 2 engine from last years XBR9 series LCDs. HQV processor testing yields poorer results than actual video fortunately. With HD content material colors were of course brilliant and popped, and with our picture settings have been tamed from the tendency toward oversaturation. In fact, they remain on the subdued side with the colour comparison equation.

Contrast and black levels are a lot enhanced from last years Sony versions and assist to add depth to colors and images. Shadow detail is also a lot far better than previous designs as blacks have been not over saturated in dark scenes.

Lastly, there was some banding and mapping visible when viewing material with patterns for instance seating rows in a stadium. This concern also presents itself with some content material as false contouring or grouping of color info rather than a smooth transition in gradation.

On obvious upgrade within the functions area is the 120 Hz Motion flow function which proves out to work, useful and recommended. It does assist with reducing motion lag and blur though doesn't remove everything. This function does not work well in conjunction with the Cinemotion feature, so we recommend leaving that element off.

Sound output from the 10W X 10W speakers had been enough and far better than half of the TVs we test. There was sometimes a slight hollow non quality. ClearVoice is often a Sony Bravia feature we have recommended previously and is included on this Tv. It enhances voice sound level somewhat effectively.

You will find enough inputs for most uses with 4 HDMI inputs, and usb port spot for video, music, or image functional input. The EX500 sequence don't even have Internet functionality and as a result no Ethernet port.

In the aesthetics category the Television is nice looking but the gloss black bezel is a touch wide for me at just above 2". I like a little thinner presentation there. The EX500 has a good swivel table stand – also gloss black and is 4" in depth without the stand. It comes with an unusual matte gray finish bar across the bottom front from the Tv that adds a wonderful design element and touch of class.

The principal power saving element is often a light sensor created to adjust the picture depending upon room light problems – higher contrast for light ambient ailments and lower contrast for low light ailments. This element may be turned off.

Sometimes with lower feature offerings comes better value. That's the strategy from the major manufacturers because of so many designs in their lineup. So value pricing is where the battle lies for models like the EX500. The only upgrade feature of this Tv may be the 120Hz Motionflow function.
Gursel Batmaz is an experienced content creator, generally about different Sony Bravia styles. To learn more about Sony Bravia kinds please stop by relevant Sony Bravia websites.


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