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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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Overall Design

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is a good looking TV, in the tradition that Sony designers have established for the past few years. Clean lines, an ever-diminishing bezel, and a remarkable thinness are the hallmarks that continue to improve with each new generation. This particular model does not offer the Sony-branded "monolith" design that features a single sheet of glass across the entire facade, but we don't feel that there's a huge aesthetic gap here. We like this just as much.

Front

Front Tour Image
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Back

Back Tour Image

Sides

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729's stand allows the panel to swivel back the forth, aiding in both viewing angle and access to the rear ports. The stand also feels plenty sturdy, though if you live in earthquake country it never hurts to anchor the panel to a wall.

Controls

There are a series of hard plastic buttons on the back of the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 for controlling the TV's basic functions like power, volume, channel up/down, etc. We appreciate that Sony put these on the back of the TV as easy distinguished buttons rather than a series of flat, touch-sensitive "areas" on the bezel that function as buttons. Those are frequently hard to locate in the dark and leave fingerprints everywhere.

Controls Photo
The controls are well-positioned around the back of the panel

Remote Control

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729's remote control is an exemplary model of design. The feel of the buttons is just the right combination of shape and feel. The button layout is intuitive and you'll be doing no-look controlling after just a few minutes. New features this year include call-out buttons for key features like Netflix, Qriocity (unneeded, in our opinion), the i-Manual, and TrackID.

Remote Control Photo
A great remote control, for the most part

In the Box

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 comes with the stand, remote control & batteries, assorted documentation, and the "getting started" manual.

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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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