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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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Formats

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) television, but can handle all standard NTSC content.

Viewing Angle

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is an LCD television, and as such, we don't expect much from the viewing angle, especially compared to plasma TVs. As you can see in the chart below, it didn't do so hot, measuring only 17 degrees from center (or 35 degrees in total).

Viewing Angle Chart
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Reflectance

The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729, like many higher-end LCD TVs, has a special process to try and reduce the distractions caused by ambient light. When it's bad, a bright light in the room can wash out the darker areas of the screen and kill the contrast ratio. This TV defracts incoming light to reduce this type of washout. As a result, sharp ambient light (like a bare light bulb) will create a strange, rainbow-like reflection. If you can move the light a little, or turn the TV panel, this should go away.

Video Processing

There are so many video processing features on the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 that we needed to make two tables. Please forgive the odd formatting.

| Setting | Claimed Function | Our Impression |

| Auto Light Limiter | Reduces glare such as in scenes where the entire screen is white | Little noticeable effect |

| Clear White | Emphasizes white colors | Makes whites slightly whiter |

| Live Color | Makes colors more vivid | Oversaturates color |

| Detail Enhancer | Enhances the details of the picture | Sharpens picture |

| Edge Enhancer | Enhances the edges of the picture | Sharpens edges of objects |

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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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