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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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Value Comparison

For around 400 dollars less than the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729, the Samsung PN51D6500 plasma TV offers five more inches of screen, deeper blacks, and a competitive array of streaming content. If its 3D you're after, a plasma is generally the better choice. If you plan on putting a TV in a bright, sunny room, we'd recommend the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung recorded the deeper black level in our lab, but compared to the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729, its peak brightness falls short.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is the clear winner here, too, as it scored a fair bit higher than the Samsung in RGB curves. It also displays less error in color temperature consistency.

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Motion

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 scored higher marks on motion performance, but both sets do a fantastic job here.

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Viewing Effects

Here we see one of the inherent benefits of buying a plasma screen: its viewing angle. As you can see from the chart below, it absolutely dwarfs that of the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729.

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Connectivity

If you want built-in WiFi and an extra composite video input, you're probably going to want to shell out for the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729. If these aren't so important to you, the Samsung provides a competitive amount of streaming content via its ethernet connection.

Other Comparisons

The Samsung PN51D6500 is a plasma TV. Since the inception of 3D in 2010, we've found plasmas to produce a more immersive (that is to say, "less terrible") 3D experience on the whole.

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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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