The Sony KDL-46EX720 is part of Sony’s latest line-up in 2011. It boasts a matte screen finish with a plain black bezel. The classy look is further highlighted by its ultra thin frame. The minimalist design of the TV would ensure that you will not be distracted while watching TV.
The KDL46EX720 has a full HD 1080p screen that is capable displaying the full maximum resolution of 1920×1080. The TV is equipped with the latest imaging technology from Sony. One of the most notable features is the newly introduced X-Reality Engine which promises to sharpen images and provide vivid life-like pictures. It also has the MotionFlow XR 240 technology which provides the screen with a 240Hz refresh rate. The TV is capable of playing 3D content but Sony’s 3D Active Glasses have to be bought separately in order to utilise this feature.
Sony did not modify much of the basic structure of its remote control with the exception of a few small convenient changes. The TV remote has a red Netflix button which enables you to have instant access to Watch Instantly. This convenient button is something which is not yet present in Sony’s other competitors. The TV menu also sees a modification as Sony departs from the traditional PSP/PS3 interface style.
You can connect to the Internet easily through the Ethernet (LAN) jack. If you want to connect wirelessly, you would have to purchase separately the USB Wireless LAN Adapter (158WABR100). Once connected, there are plenty of choices for you to choose from Bravia Internet Video. Some examples of the services offered are Youtube, Netflix and CinemaNow. There is also a built-in Opera Internet Browser which allows you to do basic keyword searches and view text-based websites. The TV is Skype-ready. This means that you can utilize the TV to make video calls to your friends and family when you attach Sony’s compact camera/microphone (sold separately).
The vital connections for the TV include 4 HDMI Ports and two USB Ports. The DLNA certification of the TV meant that you could enjoy various media formats from your home network such as JPEG, MP3, WAV, AVCHD and MPEG. There is also a 15-pin HD15 jack which allows you to utilise the TV as a giant computer monitor. The positioning of the ports are rather awkward though as you may have some slight difficulties in getting to it when it is wall-mounted.
With BRAVIA Sync, you can establish communication between the TV and other Sony equipments by connecting them through HDMI. Once you have done that, you can even control the external equipments using the TV’s remote control. This is quite a convenient feature if you find yourself owning several Sony products in your home.
The KDL46EX720 is one of the most energy efficient sets that are available on the market. It exceeds the ENERGY STAR requirements and offers several power-saving features. It has a motion sensor that can detect movements and will switch off automatically if no movement is detected after a period of time.
The KDL46EX720 performs quite well for its graphics display. The 2D picture quality displayed by the TV is rather impressive. It looks superb even without tweaking the settings. You can find little problems with the display of 1080p videos. There is very fine video processing and solid color accuracy in bright areas. The MotionFlow XR 240 helps immensely in reducing any motion blur that may be present in fast-action videos. Grayscale tracking in bright scenes is excellent and it is one of the strongest area offered by the TV. The Cinema preset delivered good colors although it leaned predominantly towards red. The shades of black delivered by the TV were not satisfactory but the shadow details were good. In bright lighting situations, the TV’s matte finishing helps to reduce glare from reflections as compared to Samsung’s glossy screens.
The 3D performance of the TV is as impressive as the KDL46EX720. There is little crosstalk and the 3D visuals popped out perfectly well. Since the TV has a built-in 3D transmitter, there is no need to buy a separate one for it. The glasses felt comfortable and it syncs well with the TV. The Sony’s 2011 version of 3D glasses is also lighter than the 2010 version.
The TV does not particularly have impressive audio. It is sufficient only for basic news broadcasts and TV sitcoms. There is not enough of bass accompanying the speakers. To get the best experience out of blockbuster movies, it is recommended that you get an external audio system.
If you’re a PS3 gamer, you’ll find the TV to be a fantastic complement. There is no delay between controller and the screen and your game graphics can be further enhanced by selecting ‘Game’ in the Picture mode. With its 3D capabilities, it has no problems projecting images from next generation 3D games like Gran Turismo 5 and Motorstorm 3D Drift.
The Opera Internet Browser that is offered by the TV is very basic in nature. Do not expect the TV to surf the web like a computer as it is not able to support flash applications. A broadband connection is required for websites to load smoothly. The TV web browser seems to have problems loading websites that have videos too. Hence, it is not recommended to do your daily web-browsing in the TV unless you have no other means in the living room.
The Sony KDL46EX720 is one 3D HDTV which is definitely made for value. Despite being one of the least expensive 3D HDTV in the market, it still delivers top-quality graphics. There are more than enough features that would set it apart from the ordinary HDTV. Its excellent value is further enhanced with the variety of power-saving modes offered by the TV and you could be sure to save on the electric bills too.
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