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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

In recent reviews of TVs boasting Sony's new Monolithic design, we've bemoaned the fact that the design's potential impact and purity has been reduced by surprisingly chunky rear ends. So the KDL-46NX703 comes as a breath of fresh air, using as it does edge LED backlighting to be much more slender than the other models we've seen.

We're not talking Samsung levels of skinniness here; the bottom third of the set sticks out more than 60mm. But it's slender enough to finally truly deliver a monolithic profile. Especially if you stump up extra cash for Sony's striking and innovative new silver speaker bar/desktop stand combi, within which you can tilt the screen gently back for extra visual impact and viewing pleasure.

Unexpectedly, our 46NX703 review sample arrived clad in a white bezel rather than the black sported by the other Monolithic screens we've seen. This will doubtless help the set find a place on the background set of This Morning, and we liked the way the white was offset by the silver enclosure running around the bezel's extremities. But personally, we prefer the less 'fancy' black version. Though obviously it's always nice to have a choice.

The 46NX703 resides within the Network series of Sony's new Bravia range, and so it's no surprise to find it bristling with connections. Four HDMIs - two on the rear, two down the side - lead the way, but there's extensive multimedia support from a D-Sub PC jack, an Ethernet port, and a USB socket. Even better, unlike other recent Sony TVs, the 46NX703 boasts built-in Wi-Fi support rather than forcing you to cough up for an optional extra USB Wi-Fi dongle.

This leaves the USB port free to do multimedia duties, playing photo, music and video files from USB storage devices. It also makes the provision of just one USB input easier to take than it has been on Sony sets where you do have to use a Wi-Fi USB dongle.

The set's network connectivity is there, too, to support its built-in Freeview HD tuner; to access files on DLNA PCs; and to stream video from Sony's truly impressive 'Bravia Internet Video' roster of online content.

We've covered this new online offering in detail in previous reviews, so we won't spend too long on it now. Suffice it to say that the list of content providers is huge, startlingly - almost eccentrically! - varied, and delivered with both quality and stability for the most part. Highlights include Channel 5's Demand Five catchup service, Eurosport, YouTube, and best of all, LoveFilm, complete with syncing to your LoveFilm account.

The 46NX703 has plenty of picture processing tricks up its sleeve, too. Particularly noteworthy is its carriage of Motionflow 100Hz - something conspicuously absent from the 32NX503 Sony Network TV we tested recently. But you also get Sony's Live Colour system and, of course, Sony's usually dependable Bravia Engine 3 system.

Michael McG

June 22, 2010, 12:51 pm

hi john, which of this or the pansonic v20 plasma would you buy?

Metalex

June 22, 2010, 6:07 pm

Did you notice any issues with "cones" when reviewing this set? Many people on forums are complaining of vignetting issues with Sony's edge lit LED sets. I've seen the problem for myself on the EX703 in a local shop.





I hate to keep asking this, but is there any news on introducing input lag tests into reviews? This is the first review I've seen of this particular TV, which is on my list of potential buys, but I'd love to know if it's any good for games.

dantesimone

June 22, 2010, 7:36 pm

The forums are full of people complaining about the 46nx703 and the 46nx803 suffering from the three cone issues. For a TV that's so expensive its really unacceptable

Ripsnorter

June 22, 2010, 8:04 pm

@ Metalex @ dantesimone





In the hope that TR allow this post, could you please point me at these forums? I'm researching the purchase of a new TV so all information is of help. Especially as my partner is keen on the new Sonys (me not quite so).

Geoff Richards

June 22, 2010, 8:19 pm

@Ripsnorter - I believe they're referencing our friends over at AVForums. I'm sure you'll be able to find the threads without any problems.

Ripsnorter

June 22, 2010, 9:09 pm

@ Geoff - thanks.

HoHum

June 22, 2010, 11:29 pm

They had several of these and the HX model at different locations in John Lewis when I last went. I was thinking of getting one but it was showing football and the picture quality looked truly awful to me.


They were also showing the G20 plasma and in the end to my eyes I couldn't justify the price difference of these sets to the p50x20 that I eventually bought for £650 inc 5 year warranty. SD and HD look great, no image retention, realistic colours and blacks are very good. This is true given any feed my Freesat box throws at it - even ITV4+1 football!


Motto is always go along and use your eyes in store as picture quality is a very subjective thing.

Greg17b

June 23, 2010, 12:16 am

You mention in the last page USB with multimedia playback - what exactly can this play - mkv, avi etv?

dantesimone

June 23, 2010, 2:12 am

@Ripsnorter-Here is a quick link





http://www.avforums.com/forums...

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