Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 review

Sony plays it safe with this good value bigscreen

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Forget about LED backlighting and 3D compatibility and lose yourself in one of the most fully featured, best value bigscreen LCD TVs around.

What's probably piqued your interest is the KDL-46EX503's built-in Freeview HD tuner. Kitted-out with a DVB-T2 digital tuner, this set can tune into every analogue, Freeview and Freeview HD channel.

No doubt the provision of BBC HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD (England), S4C Clirlan (Wales) or STV HD (Scotland) does add a few quid to the final price, but as Freeview HD becomes less of a novelty we expect premium prices to decline. To find out whether you're in a Freeview HD area (we all will be within two years), click here.


Away from free hi-def TV, this Sony hosts the brand's refreshed and reinvigorated online content hub that's now called the Bravia Internet Video platform. It's a massive improvement on 2009's severely limited AppliCast effort and now includes some genuinely useful apps such as Lovefilm, Eurosport and Demand Five as well as Daily Motion and the ubiquitous YouTube. The inclusion of Demand Five content hints that this platform, and others like it, will soon host the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.

And to survive and thrive, platforms like this will have to – and fast – because for now it's something of a rogue's gallery (does anyone really want to watch 'how to' videos from the likes of FordModels, or For now, the Lovefilm movie streaming and FIFA World Cup applications are by far the most impressive, while there's also a RSS reader for news sites, which can be fully customised.

For the full rundown head to our dedicated review of the service. Unfortunately, the KDL-46EX503 only hosts the basic service; other TVs higher up in the Bravia line-up add widgets for Facebook, Ebay and Twitter.

Away from the internet the KDL-46EX503 includes Sony's own MotionFlow 100Hz tech to make-up for LCD panels' inherent slow response, which often results in blur. Live Colour – so often the highlight on Sony's LCD TVs – is also in attendance as part of the Bravia Engine 3 suite of picture processing.

Advanced settings

Also here is the usual MPEG noise reduction feature, an ambient light sensor and Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE).

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA EX503
Brand NameSony
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight with Stand (Approximate)21.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand713 mm
Width with Stand1127 mm
Depth with Stand281 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height676 mm
Width1127 mm
Depth101 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesEX503
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-46EX503
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-46EX503 46" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL46EX503U
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

From stunning Full High Definition pictures to advanced connectivity, the BRAVIA EX503 combines fun and features with style. It's everything you're looking for in one TV.

Experience incredible Full HD
Whether you're watching TV, films or playing games, Full High Definition gives you five times more detail than Standard Definition TV. The result? Incredible image quality that brings home entertainment to life.

Package Contents
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table Top Stand
  • Remote Control
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)18.70 kg