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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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Calibration

Calibration 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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Calibration


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The Sony KDL-46BX420 is actually very well calibrated from the start: the default calibration is already set to optimum backlight level (see setting in the power consumption section) and using the Custom preset as a starting point, the user actually has very little to do to maximize picture performance from their KDL-46BX420. Below is how we calibrated our Sony KDL-46BX420 before testing.

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Custom
Backlight 5 Max
Picture 95 90
Brightness 50 51
Color 50 50
Hue 0 0
Color Temp Warm 2 Warm 2
Sharpness Min Min
Noise Reduction Off Off
MPEG Noise reduction Off Off
Cinemotion Auto Off
Advanced Contrast Off Off
Black Corrector Off Off
Clear White Off Off
Live Color Off Off

 

Video Modes


The Sony KDL-46BX420 has a very tiny selection of video modes, listed below:

Mode What it Does
Standard Recommended for home use
Custom User-selected performance settings
Vivid Enhances picture contrast and sharpness

 

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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