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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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Conclusion

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 ($1709 MSRP) came out of our labs gleaming, though we expect no less from Sony TVs above a certain price point. The color performance was exemplary. The black level could have been a little darker, but the incredibly bright whites coupled with glare reduction make it a great choice for sunny rooms.

From the outside, the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is a very attractive television. Once you sit down with it, though, you'll probably notice was a total mess they've made of the menu interface. This becomes a distinct disadvantage when you try to wade through the immense amount of streaming content Sony has made available.

The 3D performance is clearly superior to last year's first-generation models, but some problems linger. While color error has been all but eliminated, there was still a noticeable amount of crosstalk. Also, a persistent screen flicker caused us eyestrain after a few minutes. To this end, we still recommend plasmas for avid 3D fans.

Overall, the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is a strong contender and gets our recommendation (provided you're okay with the caveats stated above).

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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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