Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 review

Sony plays it safe with this good value bigscreen

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There are caveats, but the KDL-46EX503 is easily one of the most versatile – and good value – 46in LCD screens around. Its pros outweigh its cons and even the lack of bigscreen-centric tech, such as LED backlighting or 200Hz scanning, aren't missed too much.

We liked:

Boasting clear and concise picture quality, the KDL-46EX503 is kind to all sources.

The set's interface is among the finest around, with ease of use and a slick presentation combining to make its theoretically complex internet video platform as easy to use as its media playback from USB or DLNA networking.

Its picture quality is aided most by its stunning contrast.

We disliked:

While it's laudable that this TV hosts UK-only Freeview HD broadcasts, the US-centric (and largely uninteresting) content on the otherwise slick Bravia Internet Video platform is disappointing. Access to BBC iPlayer, and perhaps some British newspaper websites or TV guide services would be welcome.

The way it interacts with anything connected via HDMI also needs some attention, as does its media player's file support, while audio can always be improved on.

Its largely ineffective 'Film' mode could benefit from a stronger flavour.

Verdict:

Imbued with some excellent contrast and good colour, this LCD panel's good points make up for its slight lack of ultimate full HD sharpness.

The KDL-46EX503 is all about creating a comfortable, cinematic picture that never feels artificially processed or scarred with artefacts, and in that sense this is a conservative TV; there's little risky processing going on lest it introduces artefacts, as demonstrated by the rather weak frame insertion tech for Blu-ray.

Chuck in some believable black levels, above average contrast and colour that only needs minor tweaks and you've got one of the most versatile screens around that treats video or all origins with tactful care.

And at this giant size and relatively low price, that's an exceedingly rare skill indeed.

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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
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)21.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand713 mm
Width with Stand1127 mm
Depth with Stand281 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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
  • BRAVIA KDL-46EX503 LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table Top Stand
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)18.70 kg