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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 - Colour, Motion and Sharpness

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703


Our Score:


The 46NX703 excels with its colour palette as well. For a start, its colour range is unusually expansive, helping it paint pictures with a deftly natural touch. Especially as the range of colour tones available is joined by some excellent blend subtlety.

There's none of the slightly washed out look to colours noted on Sony's 32NX503 either. On the contrary, the 46NX703's colours display resplendent levels of vibrancy and richness, yet this combines with the range of tone noted earlier to ensure that the vibrancy never starts to make 'real' video look like a Disney cartoon.

Elsewhere, motion is pleasingly handled by the Motionflow system, smoothing away judder and enhancing motion detail without chucking up many nasty side effects - provided you only use its Standard rather than high setting, at any rate. There is a little residual blur to be seen over standard definition pictures, but it's not serious and so becomes something you almost tune out over time.

Aside from the minor motion blur, the 46NX703's standard definition pictures are actually very good thanks to Bravia Engine 3's upscaling capabilities, with natural colours and impressive noise suppression.

The only thing about the 46NX703's pictures that might give some of our readers pause for thought - aside from an inevitably fairly limited viewing angle - is that they're not as crisp as some rivals when showing HD footage.

But that's not to say HD pictures don't still look emphatically high definition. And actually, some people might prefer the 46NX703's polished HD veneer to the grittier, noisier look often seen with crisper HD performers.

As is usually the case with very slim TVs, the 46NX703's audio isn't in the same quality league as its pictures. It's open and powerful enough to deliver voices and treble detailing with a degree of authenticity, making it perfectly workable with normal, undemanding TV fare. But bass sounds trapped and unconvincing, leaving busy film soundstages feeling thin and lopsided.


With its catwalk looks, outstanding pictures and exemplary multimedia talents, the 46NX703 is definitely one of Sony's finest hours. Even so, we briefly toyed with not giving it a Recommended award on account of its rather steep £1,700 price. But then we took into account its 5-year warranty, and the fact that you can knock £150 off the price by trading in any old piece of TV tat you might have lying around your house, and thus decided that all was well with the 46NX703's world after all.

Michael McG

June 22, 2010, 12:51 pm

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


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.


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


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.


June 22, 2010, 9:09 pm

@ Geoff - thanks.


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.


June 23, 2010, 12:16 am

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


June 23, 2010, 2:12 am

@Ripsnorter-Here is a quick link


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