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Sony Bravia KDL-46BX420 LCD HDTV Review

46 in.

A decent budget buy that crams more performance in its 46-inch screen than many higher-priced models.

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Value Comparison

Depsite the difference in price tag, there really isn't a whole lot different between these two TV sets aside from two major tradeoffs: the Sony has great picture quality but few connectivity options, and the LG has almost double the viewing angle of the Sony. Really, unless you absolutely need the one extra inch of screen space, or can find the LG for cheaper, the Sony will probably be a better buy than the LG 47LD4500.

Blacks & Whites

The Sony KDL-46BX420 is a hard act to follow in terms of black and white performance, and the LG's awful black level hurts not only its contrast ratio, but its overall score, despite its unusually high peak brightness.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The LG showed a consistently higher level of color temperature error throughout the range of signal intensity, where the Sony KDL-46BX420 only had a short peak or two that made it into the range of human perceptibility. RGB performance was very similar between the two models.

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Motion

Neither set dazzled in terms of motion performance, but they scored relatively closely in our tests.

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Viewing Effects

As you can see from the chart below, the LG 47LD4500 has the better viewing angle, able to display an image with 50% or more of its ideal contrast ratio up to 32 degrees from center on either side.

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Connectivity

Though both the LG 47LD4500 and the Sony KDL-46BX420 are similar in their connectivity options, they vary slightly, as can be read about below:

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Panasonic Viera TC-L42E30 Comparison
  13. LG 47LD4500 Comparison
  14. COMP 3
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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