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Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 LED LCD 3D HDTV Review

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The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is not recommended for avid 3D fans.

June 27, 2011
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Audio Quality

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 produced a decent audio quality, but we've certainly seen better from Sony and it's a long way from a dedicated surround sound system. If you're not ready for that expense quite yet, the TV offers a number of options in the menu for tweaking the performance. There are four preset modes: Dynamic, Standard, Clear Voice, and Custom. If you choose the Custom mode, you can tweak several more settings, including bass and treble, a surround sound emulator, and a full equalizer.

Menu Interface

Last year, Sony had the best menu interface of any TV manufacturer, but apparently a lot can happen in a year. Now in 2011, the menu has become a bloated mess. The root of the problem, as far as we can surmise, is that Sony has been very aggressive with its expansion of online streaming content. However, they haven't figured out the most effective way to organize all the new choices. The TVs are getting "smarter," but the interface is not. (See Multimedia & Internet for details.)

Menu Main Photo
The menu has taken a dive since last year, too cluttered and arbitrarily cut-up

Some of the submenus, like the Picture Adjustments menu you see below, is a return to simpler, cleaner times. Good luck trying to find it, though.

Menu 2 Photo
The submenus are easier to navigate
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Instruction Manual

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 actually comes with two manuals. There's a print manual that covers the exterior functions of the TV, like ports and buttons. Then there's an "i-Manual" that covers the menu-based features, including picture and sound quality controls. This is available in two ones, as a built-in feature of the TV itself and as a browser-based guide for your computer. The i-Manual is difficult to navigate, as there's no keyword search or easy way to move from page to page.

Instruction Manual Photo
The included instruction manual (also available as a PDF) only covers the basics. The e-Manual covers all the TV's video quality features.
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung UN46D6500 Comparison
  14. Samsung PN51D6500 Comparison
  15. Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST30 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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