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Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 LDC HDTV Review

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The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 impressed us mightily at times, it also has plenty of significant negatives.

September 08, 2008
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Tour & Design

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The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 has an interesting transparent design element, but it's not particularly attractive. Also of interest are the controls placed on the top of the TV, something we haven't seen before.
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**Front**

The front of the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 is, obviously, dominated by the 46-inch display. Around the display is a glossy bezel. Below the bezel is a silver edging that holds the TVs speakers. Between the two is a transparent panel that holds indicators, an interesting feature that we've never seen on a television before.

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Although it's difficult to see there's a transparent bar just beneath the Sony logo.

**Back**

The back of the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 holds most of the HDTVs ports, arranged on the lower right, when viewing from the back. This is different from most TVs that have their principal collection of ports in the lower middle of the back. The only port found in that location on the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 is the power port.

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It's nice to see the ports easily accessible towards the right side of the back.

**Left**

The left side of the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 holds a few additional ports.

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A few additional ports are found on the left side of the TV.

**Right**

There is nothing of interest on the right side of the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100.

**Top**

On the top of the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 you will find the on-TV controls.

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Strangely the on-TV controls are found on the top.

**Stand/Mount**

The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 comes with a stand and can also be mounted on a wall if you wish.

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The stand looks sturdy, but feels a little cheap.

**Controls**

Unlike most TVs the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 places the on-TV controls on the top of the television. From left to right you will find the Menu, Input, Vol-, Vol+, Ch-, Ch+ and Power. The placement means that you better not mount your TV too high if you want to be able to reach the controls.

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You better not hang the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 very high as the on-TV controls are on top.

**Remote**

The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100's remote is a bit smaller than those we've seen from other TVs like JVC LT-47X899 or the Sharp LC-46D64U.

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The remote is slender, but still fairly long.

**In The Box***(4.5)*

The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 ships with a remote control, batteries, power cord and manual. Getting the TV out of the box isn't too difficult, but you will need to connect the stand to the TV yourself.

**Aesthetics***(4.0)*

The Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100 has made some interesting design choices, not the least of which is the transparent panel found near the bottom of the display. Although interesting we don't find the television particularly attractive. From the front the TV looks a bit blocky, not as rounded as smooth as some other televisions like the Samsung LN46A650. It's not necessarily ugly, just not particularly attractive.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance: Summary
  3. Performance: Blacks & Whites
  4. Performance: Color
  5. Performance: Motion
  6. Performance: Viewing Effects
  7. Remote
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Controls & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Value & Comparisons
  14. Conclusion
  15. Ratings & Specs
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