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Sony Bravia KDL-46BX420 LCD HDTV Review

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

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Value Comparison

Both the Sony KDL-46BX420 and the Samsung LN46D550 are similarly-priced 2011 LCD TVs with similar specifications. The similarities end when you look at performance and features, however, as there are some pretty clear tradeoffs when you choose one over the other. If you want picture performance, the Sony is the better bet, while the Samsung offers much more in the way of connectivity options and internet connectivity.

Blacks & Whites

Don't read too much into the difference in contrast ratio between the two sets, because they both have excellent contrast ratios and black levels. Both have peak brightnesses well over 200 cd/m2, which is more than enough for viewing in a well-lit room, and you really can't go wrong with either TV set in this comparison.

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Color Accuracy

Both TVs had similarly low levels of color temperature error, but the Samsung LN46D550 does have a more substantial spike in color temperature towards the darkest end of the range of signal intensity. In terms of RGB performance, both sets had relatively similar responses.



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Motion

Both sets are about as close as you come in terms of motion performance, but the Sony KDL-46BX420 has a slightly worse problem with artifacting than does the LN46D550.

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Viewing Effects

Neither TV has a viewing angle anybody aside from marketing execs would call "good," but the Sony KDL-46BX420 has a slightly wider one.

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Connectivity

In terms of connectivity options, the internet capability and greatly expanded connections of the LN46D550 are much more attractive to media junkies than what is available on the Sony KDL-46BX420.

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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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