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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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Vs. Samsung LN46D550

Samsung LN46D550 Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-46BX420-vanity.jpg']}} • LN46D550 has comparable picture performance • Both have same MSRP • Both LCD screens • LN46D550 has more ports and internet options
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Value Comparison Summary


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.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Sony KDL-46BX420 Samsung LN46D550
Size 46 inches 46 inches
Price $899 MSRP $899 MSRP
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A Internet content

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.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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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.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Sony KDL-46BX420 Score: 9.35
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Samsung LN46D550 Score: 8.80
RGB Comparison

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Sony KDL-46BX420 Score: 8.04

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Samsung LN46D550 Score: 8.12

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.

  Motion Scores
  Sony KDL-46BX420 Samsung LN46D550
Motion Performance 12.00 11.50

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.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Sony KDL-46BX420 Score: 2.09 Samsung LN46D550 Score: 3.64

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 theSony KDL-46BX420.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Sony KDL-46BX420 Samsung LN46D550 Panasonic TC-L42E30 LG 47LD4500
HDMI 2 4 4 2
Component 1 2 1 1
Composite 2 2 1 2
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 3 3 2 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 0 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 No
WiFi No Requires separate purchase 0 0
USB 1 2 2 1
Memory Card 0 0 1 SD/SDHC 0
  DLNA No Yes Yes No
Other N/A EX-LINK N/A RS-232C
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Performance
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs. Samsung LN46D550
  13. Vs. Panasonic TC-L42E30
  14. Vs. LG 47LD4500
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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