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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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Connectivity

Connectivity 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.
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-46BX420-vanity.jpg']}} • Retains some legacy analog options • USB port • No internet connectivity • External media playback
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Connectivity*(7.00)*


Entry-level televisions typically won't inundate you with a vast plethora of connectivity options, and the Sony KDL-46BX420 is absolutely no different. On the back of the TV set, there are relatively few ports.

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On the side of the Sony KDL-46BX420, there is a small input panel with one composite video input and one USB input port.

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To its credit, though, it does retain some analog options that are increasingly often eschewed by newer TVs in favor of internet content and increased external media options. Still, its ports are fairly basic and few in number.

  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

 

Placement*(5.75)*


This score is hurt because the base does not swivel, but overall the placement of ports is difficult to mess up. Even though the rear ports are a bit difficult to reach in the back without physically moving the set, the side-facing input panel is a nice touch, and there aren't any oddly-oriented ports facing downward.

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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