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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 review

This 'Monolith' of an LCD TV offers 46 inches of HD goodness

Our Verdict

An elegant, high-performance TV with class leading online features, but its high price may not appeal to the mass market

For

  • Elegant design
  • Excellent pictures
  • Good features

Against

  • Average sonics
  • Slight backlight inconsistency

The Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 makes a big impact right out of the box, with its slender profile thanks to edge LED lighting and Sony's single-layer 'Monolithic' fascia. Our test sample was finished in a striking white, too.

Connections are extensive, including four HDMIs, an Ethernet port, a USB port and, best of all, built-in Wi-Fi. As you'd expect from this, the 46NX703 is fully geared up for accessing both a DLNA PC and Sony's Bravia Internet Video online service.

The latter is pretty excellent, with reams of high quality video content from a wide array of sources including YouTube, Fifa, EuroSport, the Demand Five Channel 5 'iPlayer' and Lovefilm. The quality and stability of all the Bravia Internet Video content is impressive too, as is the quantity of different multimedia file formats the set can handle via its DLNA and USB capabilities.

As we'd expect from such a high-level Sony TV, the screen is loaded with picture processing, including the brand's excellent Bravia Engine 3, Live Colour and MotionFlow 100Hz systems.

The remote control and onscreen menus make accessing some of the features a bit fiddly and convoluted, but hopefully you won't need to revisit menus too often after setup.

Performance

Sony's first mainstream stab at edge LED technology proves mostly very successful. Right away we were struck by how bright, colourful and natural its pictures look, with vivid, rich saturations and extreme light output levels.

Standard and high-definition pictures both look clean and pure too, while black levels rate as among the best we've seen on an edge-lit TV. The MotionFlow 100Hz engine plays its part in the general picture purity, too, reducing motion blur and judder to a minimum.

There are a few minor problems, though, starting with some gentle backlight inconsistency just about visible during very dark scenes. But you won't see this for most of your viewing time and even when you do, it's seldom truly distracting.

The Sony's viewing angle is rather limited, too, compared with Panasonic's plasma model, and finally, HD material doesn't look quite as crisp and detailed as it does on some rivals. But some people might actually prefer its slightly less forensic approach.

Sonically, the 46NX703 is only average. Voices sound reasonably realistic and trebles are clean, but bass sounds muddy and weak, as is so often the case with slimline TVs. Hopefully the optional speaker bar/ stand improves audio delivery.

Overall, the 46NX703 is a very likeable TV, if slightly expensive. It looks great, delivers some excellent, pictures and offers some sterling network features.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHD Ready 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA NX703
Brand NameSony
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption96 W
Standby Power Consumption220 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand748 mm
Width with Stand1127 mm
Depth with Stand320 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height716 mm
Width1127 mm
Depth64 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, Dolby Digital
Product SeriesNX703
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Picture and Picture (PAP), Child Lock, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Auto Program, Channel Labeling, Teletext
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-46NX703
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-46NX703 46" LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL46NX703U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Slim build, beautiful looks and hugely entertaining what more do you want from a TV. The NX703 with Edge LED technology makes a real impression, whether it's transforming your living space or opening up a world of home entertainment.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-46NX703 LED-LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)24 kg