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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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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Sony KDL-46BX420. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the KDL-xxBX420 series. The KDL-xxBX420 series includes the following models: the KDL-32BX420, the KDL-40BX420 and the KDL-46BX420.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Front


The front of the Sony KDL-46BX420 has a standard flat glossy black bezel, with very subtle features, like a tiny power indicator light and logo.

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Back


The back of the Sony KDL-46BX420 is a boring-looking black plastic casing with a small panel on the right side for ports. For information about the ports on the back of the Sony KDL-46BX420 see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The sides of the KDL-46BX420 are home to the manual controls (on the right side) and a side-oriented input panel. For information about the ports on the sides of the Sony KDL-46BX420 see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


The included stand of the KDL-46BX420 is a relatively basic affair that can be a pain to set up with at least one unnecessary piece. As with all high-gloss plastic, this stand gathers fingerprints much like a hoarder would if they could hoard fingerprints.

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*The KDL-46BX420's fixed stand *

 

Controls


The manual controls for the KDL-46BX420 are located on the right side of the set, and as you can see from the picture, they are quite tiny and very poorly marked. We know manual controls are hardly used anymore, but these are near-impossible to use in the dark unless you've memorized their positions beforehand.

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Remote Control


The KDL-46BX420's remote control is fairly basic, as it's not really needed to do much other than operate a TV without internet features. It fits in the hand well, and the buttons are nice and large while being easy to press.

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*A good remote means  a happy user *

 

In The Box*(6.0)*


Included in the packaging for the Sony KDL-46BX420 is an instruction manual, setup instructions, remote, battery and a stand.

Other Models in the KDL-xxBX420 Series
This is a review of the Sony KDL-46BX420. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Sony KDL-32BX420 32 inches Sony KDL-40BX420 40 inches Sony KDL-46BX420 46 inches
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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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