Sony Bravia KDL-46EX523
It is hard to make a name for yourself in the world of LED TVs. But a lot of manufacturers managed to gain a lot of fans for their devices. Among them, Sony. Their new Bravia KDL-46EX523 costs $1,292.95 and is a good competitor for other sets in its category. We took it for a spin to learn more about its pros and cons. Here is what resulted from that test.
A new 46 inch LED HDTV
The Sony Bravia KDL-46EX523 has a 46″ screen. There is no single-plane face, but this TV does have a swivel stand. The width of its bezel is 1″, while the depth of its panel is 1.1″. The size of the remote control you also get is 8 x 2″. The refresh rate of this device is 60Hz. Unfortunately, this is a LED TV set which does not offer 3D glasses. And it should have for this price. Moreover, you will not get to watch movies in 3D, because the KDL-46EX523 does not ship with the necessary technology to do that.
On the exterior, the company brought no modifications in design, if we compare this model with previously reviewed TVs. If you look at this model, you are going to be reminded of the ones Sony used to make 2 years ago. But that is not so bad if you are not too interested in how a TV looks. This model, however, is slim. Its black color did not necessarily send us a sense of elegance. But we enjoyed its swivel base when we tested it.
Without 3D technology
Since there is no 3D technology to fall back on, you will have to make do with the TV’s list of features. Which are good nonetheless. Especially the onboard Wi-Fi offering. Because it means that using Netflix will be a very enjoyable experience. Having an Internet suite will most likely please many consumers. And the possibility to stream media is something that is equally important, not to mention that the Bravia KDL-46EX523 does it well.
As for what you need to access various devices, this unit sports the following: 1 Ethernet port, 1 composite video input, 1 side jack for headphones, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB slots, 1 VGA-style input for your PC and 1 component video input.
The remote control was plenty responsive when we used it. Its keys were very easy to press. The menu could be characterized as really intuitive. And it is a different one than in the past.
Color accuracy problems
Once we got to the fine tuning part, we hit rock bottom. Because it was, quite frankly, a lot of work to do that. To avoid wasting time and ruining some settings, you should instead opt for a mode called Cinema 1.
Where the chapter of color accuracy is concerned, this TV has a way of messing up quality whenever a scene with a lot of dark colors happens. The next biggest con was when the movies we watched exhibited weird-looking blues. All in all, colors will look full of life. The display will also show reflections and black levels did not look that good to us, compared with other reviewed Sony TVs.
Sound was pretty good. But this TV shows issues with the resolution, because it is low. And also the backlighting is a tricky affair, especially when a film with dark scenes in it is on the screen. Shadows do not have a lot of detail visible.
The device consumes about 63.98W. Which is a very important pro point.
Sony’s Bravia KDL-46EX523 with its integrated Wi-Fi is a good choice to make if you want a new LED TV set.