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Sony KDL-46HX923 review

Sony goes for broke with its latest flagship LCD TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Opulent design
  • Mostly great 2D picture quality
  • Excellent multimedia features
  • Good connectivity
  • Bright 3D pictures
  • Some decent promotions on offer with it if you're quick

Against

  • Crosstalk with 3D
  • Vague seam down each of the screen's edges
  • Fiddly operating system

Despite a rather up and down performance through 2011, Sony looks like it could be about to finish the year on a high. For rolling into town today is the brand's KDL-46HX923.

This 46-inch LCD set sits at the very top of Sony's range this year, a position that's mostly defined by the fact that it - along with its 55-inch 55HX923 sibling - is the only Sony set that uses direct LED lighting with local dimming rather than edge LED or CCFL lighting.

Sony's previous direct LED sets have generally been very impressive, so there's every reason to hope that this trend will continue with the 46HX923.

Naturally the 46HX923's appeal doesn't end with its direct LED lighting, though. The set also carries a full list of all Sony's key features this year, including active 3D playback, solid multimedia playback support, the 'Pro' version of Sony's new X-Reality picture processing suite, and access to Sony's mostly excellent Bravia Internet Video online service.

As you would expect, the 46HX923's flagship status means that it carries a fairly premium price tag: around £1650. If this is out of your reach but you fancy a Sony TV, then one step down in the range you get to the HX823 series, which carries a similar feature count to the 46HX923 but uses edge LED lighting instead of the all-important direct LED lighting system.

If you're a lucky member of the money's no object brigade, though, it's time to find out if the 46HX923 really is worthy of such a substantial wedge of your hard-earned cash.

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