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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

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A touch shrill at high volumes, the KDL-46EX503 nevertheless puts in a reasonable performance with sound. The sheer size of the screen – and hence the speakers – obviously helps, though it's largely down to the set's S-Force Front Surround setting.

Designed to create quasi-5.1 effects it may be (it does nothing of the sort), but the expansive soundstage it creates is worth engaging for DVD and Blu-ray movie soundtracks. That said, Clear Voice does bring dialogue to the front of the mix, but it's at the cost of all other effects so is best ignored unless you're watching dialogue-heavy TV.

As a non-LED/3D model perhaps this screen's biggest competitor is Samsung's LE46C650, which similarly combines Freeview HD with some online content (Internet@TV platform), but is priced much lower – we spotted a price as small as £810, which is remarkably low for a 46in screen.

Other competitors include Sharp's LED-strung LC-46LE700E, Panasonic's TX-46G20B plasma and LG's low-priced 50PK990 plasma.

Further up the scale, Sony's KDL-46NX703 and Sharp's LC-46LE821E are considerably more expensive.

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