Sony KDL-46HX923 review

Sony goes for broke with its latest flagship LCD TV

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Sony kdl 46hx923

Sound quality

Perhaps because the 46HX923 has a little more depth to play with than many premium TVs, it manages to produce a well-rounded sound performance with a fairly open mid-range that makes it very comfortable indeed to listen to - at least with relatively straightforward material.

Loud action scenes expose a little shrillness at the upper end of the spectrum and a very clear limit to the TV's bass handling capabilities, but the 46HX923 overall certainly sounds much better than the flat TV average.

Value

Considering how well it's built, how many features its got, how good its 2D performance is and how relatively expensive its all-important direct LED lighting is to manufacture, the 46HX923 seems fairly priced.

In fact, its price seems considerably more than reasonable if you also factor in the current promotions Sony is running with the TV, namely: giving away two pairs of active shutter glasses for free; bundling the necessary external camera for Skype; giving you £150 cashback if you send in a claim form before January 31st 2012; and most remarkably of all, allowing you to claim a free PS3 console with Uncharted 3 and two 3D Harry Potter Blu-rays!

Please note, though, that the PS3 offer only runs until December 12th...

The only pity is that you're paying for 3D pictures that can vary between very good and merely average, depending on what's being shown.

Ease of use

Given that the 46HX923 is Sony's flagship TV, it's a touch disappointing to find that it only gets Sony's standard remote control. There's nothing wrong with this remote per se; in fact it's rather well laid out and quite comfortable to hold. But it does feel a bit lightweight and plasticky, and so doesn't seem a good fit for the more opulent build quality of the TV.

There's also work for Sony to do with its TVs' onscreen menus. The main menu system is poorly presented, with too much reliance on obscure and small icons, too much scrolling through long lists of submenus, and seemingly little discernible logic to the way the menu lists are ordered.

The Bravia Internet Video menus, meanwhile, are thankfully a big improvement over the pretty hopeless efforts of Sony's 2010 TVs. Yet they're still less intuitive, attractive and efficient than those of the latest 'Smart TV' systems from Samsung and LG - despite not being clogged up as some rival systems are by swarms of largely pointless apps...

There are some ways in which the 46HX923 is pretty easy to use, though. For a start, it's more sensible with its picture preset modes than many rivals, which will doubtless appeal to people who have no interest whatsoever in endlessly fine-tuning settings for themselves.

It also works harder than most to help you economise, particularly with its presence sensor, which can turn the screen off automatically to save power if it detects that nobody is in the room while the TV is on.

Finally, it's good to find that a reasonable selection of features - including the brilliantly fun Track ID system that automatically identifies with startling accuracy any songs that might be playing on a TV show you're watching - can be accessed directly from the remote, without you having to resort all the time to the fiddly menus.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA HX923
Brand NameSony
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)24 kg
Backlight TechnologyIntelligent Peak LED
Operating Power Consumption149 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand692 mm
Width with Stand1081 mm
Depth with Stand258 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyMotionflow XR 800
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height660 mm
Width1081 mm
Depth38 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesHX923
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Web Browser, Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-46HX923
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-46HX923 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL-46HX923
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Redefine your TV experience
Enjoy flawless detail and lifelike action in 2D and 3D on a high contrast LED screen. Stream on-demand videos from the Internet and make free Skype video calls from your sofa. Home entertainment is about to get a lot more exciting.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-46HX923 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)19.40 kg