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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

With each of these TVs, you're getting the same screen size, but for almost 100 dollars less the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 packs a better performance punch for your dollar. Not only does the Sony offer a wider range of ports and lower power consumption, but it matches up against the Samsung quite nicely in most other regards. The Sony offers more streaming content in sheer volume, but we like the Samsung's interface and approach to the "smart TV" concept so much better. If 3D is something that you think you'll be using more than occasionally, the Samsung has a slight advantage.

Blacks & Whites

Here, the Samsung UN46D6500 slightly outperformed the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729, recording a lower deepest black, which helps it nab a wider contrast ratio than the KDL-46HX729. While it doesn't quite match the product:manufacturer/product:manufacturer's peak brightness, it does pass our unofficial threshold of 200 cd/m2 for viewing in brightly-lit rooms.

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Color Accuracy

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 easily outperformed the Samsung UN46D6500 here, as its RGB curves were able to net a higher score, and the Sony does not have the massive color temperature error towards the darkest end of signal intensity that the Samsung displayed.



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Motion

Both TV sets handle motion extremely well, but the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 has the edge here. Really though, their performances were very close, and it would be difficult to notice a large difference between the two in this regard.

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Viewing Effects

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 has a slightly larger viewing angle than the Samsung, but both are fairly small, as is common among LCD HDTVs.

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Connectivity

Though both sets have a sufficiently wide array of ports, each holds a well-defined advantage over the other. If you have an external sound system, you're going to want the digital and analog audio out options of the Samsung. If you want more composite video input options or onboard WiFi, you're going to want the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729.

Other Comparisons

The Samsung UN46D6500 lost a lot more contrast in 3D mode and the color performance also suffered a bit worse. However, the screen flicker on the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 was enough to make us avoid it. The Samsung had no such problem.

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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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