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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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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus 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']}} • Full equalizer allows good customization of sound • Almost useless surround mode • Attractive and intuitive menus
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Audio Quality*(5.00)*


Most people would rarely mistake TV audio for a surround sound system, and the Sony KDL-46BX420's audio is about as far as you can get from that. With two 8 watt speakers, you shouldn't expect sound rivalling that of a true 5.1 channel surround sound system, or even a set of cheap iPod dock speakers. Surprisingly enough, there is a mostly-full equalizer to adjust the sound settings manually, which is a nice touch, but ultimately only useful if you use external speakers of some kind (which we recommend for users who own this TV set). 

Menu Interface*(8.00)*


You can't get much simpler than the minimalistic menus of the Sony KDL-46BX420, but that's not a bad thing at all: the interface is clean and attractive, as well as functional. There aren't any distracting design elements or windows that obscure continuity from one menu window to the next, making for a good system.

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*The picture adjustment menu *

The submenus all follow the same format as the picture adjustment menu above, with a descending list of features that are easy to follow and adjust.

Instruction Manual*(6.50)*


The manual of the Sony KDL-46BX420 is nice. Not thrilling, but nice. The format is well-laid out and easy to follow. It has no tabbed browsing, but the index is helpful, and the diagrams are informative. The language is overcomplicated in some places and overly simplistic in others, but in general it will tell you just about everything you need to know, but Sony certainly could have done more to prevent readers from falling asleep while staring at a wall of text. You can find the Sony KDL-46BX420's manual online here.

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*The manual is a bit of a chore *

 

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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