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Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 review

Sony plays it safe with this good value bigscreen

Our Verdict

For

  • Good upscaling
  • Clean picture
  • Contrast
  • User interface

Against

  • Soft picture
  • Cluttered online platform
  • Average build quality

As its 'Essentials' moniker suggests, Sony has put just enough tech on this 46in LCD TV for it to compete on both price and performance.

You won't find cutting-edge direct or edge-mounted LED backlighting behind its LCD panel (both remain relatively high-end features in shorter supply than marketing suggests), but it hosts almost all other technology we consider imperative at this size and a few extras to boot.

It's a risky strategy by Sony in some respects, because while a smaller TV's features can be added and removed to hit particular price points, once you get to this huge size every potentially fatal picture foible is visible.

Happily, it gets past this barrier by being built around one of the most impressive LCD panels around. Imbued with excellent contrast, colour and cleanness, this monster screen proves an excellent option for those after a good value pound-per-inch deal without making too many compromises.

Before we examine it in detail, it's worth knowing that other screen sizes available include 32 inch, 37 inch, 40 inch and 52 inch models, while either side of this model are cheaper EX403 (minus 100Hz) and pricier EX703 (plus edge LED backlighting) models.

Sony also produces a host of very pricey models that build in both LED and 3D, such as the KDL-52HX903.

Steeped in the 'reassuringly expensive' philosophy, Sony would argue that the extra beans spent on the KDL-46EX503 gets you one of the most stylish sets around. We're not so sure about that. While its unusual design, which features a brushed metallic panel under the screen, is certainly striking, that initial impression is interrupted by an otherwise drab gloss black frame and an overall build quality that doesn't set it apart from other brands. Nor does its bulky frame, which leaves the depth of the TV at a shade over 10cm.

Sony's website is currently offering a £1,700.23 bundle that adds the brand's BDV-E370 Blu-ray home cinema, though – confusingly – it supports 3D Blu-ray discs, which can't be displayed on the KDL-46EX503's non-3D panel. The BDV-E370 is available for £500 as a standalone purchase; this 'deal' doesn't add-up in more ways than one.

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