Turning to other areas of the Sony KDL-46HX753’s performance, its HD pictures are sharp and detailed without looking forced or noisy (provided you deactivate the aforementioned edge and detail enhancer options). Contributing to this sense of sharpness is some decent motion handling, with images suffering only minor amounts of judder and only small traces of resolution loss over moving objects.
The 46HX753’s motion performance isn’t as perfect as that of the HX853 models, it must be said. Also, many of the provided motion processing options can do more harm than good overall, with the only two really worth experimenting with being the Clear mode (which creates the fewest artefacts but leaves the picture looking a touch dim) and the Standard mode (which can cause the occasional unwanted side effect but doesn’t dim the image).
Colours, meanwhile, generally look excellent, combining reasonably rich tones with good tonal accuracy and plenty of subtlety when it comes to rendering blends and marginal tonal shifts.
Last but not least in the Sony KDL-46HX753’s arsenal is a really handy 3D performance. Regular readers may remember that last year’s EX7 series from Sony were pretty disastrous in 3D terms, but Sony has really up its game here.
The excessive crosstalk double ghosting noise witnessed on the EX7s has been greatly reduced, leaving edges usually looking sharp and clean, and the image’s sense of depth much more impressive.
We’re also very impressed this year by the quality of Sony’s 3D colour tuning, which compensates exceptionally well for the colour shift introduced by Sony’s active 3D glasses.
These glasses - none of which, irritatingly, are included - still knock a bit more brightness out of 3D images than we’d ideally like them to. But overall the 3D detail and clarity carry the day, making 3D viewing entertaining and involving - especially if you dim the lights in your room to accommodate the reduction in image brightness.
Provided you hunt out the Sony KDL-46HX753's Game preset (tucked away inside the Scene Select submenu of the Options menu) and turn off the set's edge and detail enhancers, meanwhile, the TV works nicely as a gaming monitor. Especially as we measured its input lag at just 39ms, which is low enough not to significantly upset your gaming performance.
Sonically the 46HX753 is average to good. It’s nice to find Sony providing two different audio reproduction options according to whether you’re mounting the TV on a wall or its desktop stand. The set’s reproduction of the mid range of audio tones is wider and more accommodating than most too, meaning that action scenes can sound more well-rounded and less distorted than they usually do on today’s flat TVs.
More treble and especially bass extension is needed to make the 46HX753 an actual audio hero, but all in all it provides a thoroughly acceptable audio accompaniment to its strong pictures.
The Sony KDL-46HX753 doesn’t by any means hit the same dizzy picture heights as its illustrious HX853 flagship sibling. But it’s still a very strong performer for its price, and makes the numerous issues we had with the 32in HX753 look like the exception rather than the rule where Sony’s 2012 TV range is concerned. Something to think about for those websites which claim that you only need to test one screen from any given TV range...