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Sony BRAVIA KDL-46EX500 1080P 120Hz 46-Inch LCD HD TV (2010 Model)

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  • 46-inch HDTV with Full HD 1080p resolution and Motionflow 120Hz technology for smooth motion
  • Motionflow 120Hz technology for smooth motion; BRAVIA Engine 2 fully digital video processor optimizes color and contrast
  • Ambient Sensor adjusts color based on room light; automatic increase or decrease in backlight brightness based on room's lighting conditions
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 1 PC, 1 USB, 1 optical digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 44.4 x 28.1 x 11.1 inches with stand
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: KDL-46EX500
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 46 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

Experience Full HD 1080p, incredible contrast and sharp, vibrant images with the Sony BRAVIA EX500-Series HDTV. Features incredible motion performance so you enjoy crisp, fluid motion during fast-action scenes plus LightSensor Technology that automatically adjusts brightness based on a room’s lighting.


An impressive centerpiece to any entertainment system, this 46-inch BRAVIA EX500 Series HDTV (model KDL-46EX500) combines a clean design with cutting-edge features. You'll enjoy Full HD 1080p picture quality as well as exceptionally smooth motion in fast-action sports scenes, movies and games thanks to integrated Motionflow 120Hz refresh rate technology. Plus, Ambient Sensor and LightSensor technologies automatically adjust the color and brightness based on your room's lighting to ensure you'll always get the best possible picture.

The BRAVIA EX500 Series HDTV with Full HD 1080p picture quality.

Connect your BRAVIA Sync compatible devices and enjoy convenient operation and control using one remote. Other features include 6 HD inputs (4 HDMI, 2 component), a USB port for photo, music, and video playback on the TV, and VESA compliant wall mounts.



BRAVIA EX500 Series HDTV remote

See a comparison of all Sony HDTV models below.

Key Features

Full HD 1080p Resolution: Experience Full HD 1080p picture quality, the highest at-home resolution, and take full advantage of HD sources like a Blu-ray Disc Player or PlayStation3 gaming console via the 16:9 wide screen panel (1920 x 1080).

Motionflow 120Hz Technology: Experience smooth motion detail and clarity with Motionflow 120Hz technology. Motionflow 120Hz technology doubles the frame rate from the standard 60 frames per second and applies Image Blur Reduction technology to deliver a crisp, fluid and realistic viewing experience during fast-action scenes.

LightSensor Technology: Automatically increase or decrease the level of brightness of your TV's backlight based on a room's lighting conditions with the integrated LightSensor technology. Dim the lights to watch a movie and the sensor dims the backlight, which also helps reduce unnecessary power consumption.

Ambient Sensor: Get a natural looking picture whether you are watching movies late at night or playing video games during the day with an Ambient Sensor that automatically adjusts the picture color based on a room's lighting.

BRAVIA Engine 2: Enjoy sharp, vibrant, life-like images while optimizing color and contrast and significantly reducing noise with the BRAVIA Engine 2 fully digital processor.

6 HD Inputs: Get versatile HD connection options with 6 HD inputs, including 4 HDMI inputs to connect a Blu-ray Disc player, PlayStation3 gaming console or any other HDMI-capable equipment. Two HD component inputs provide added HD-capable connectivity, while a PC input (HD-15 pin) lets you use your HDTV as a computer monitor.

24p True Cinema: Movies consist of 24 images per second, and cannot be faithfully reproduced on conventional televisions, resulting in unnatural, jerky movements. But 24p True Cinema displays the 24 progressive images as they should be, in the same sequence as the original film source. Now, you can recreate the visual clarity of cinema-quality movies in the comfort of your own home.

USB Input: Share your photos on the big screen or listen to your favorite music. Simply connect your digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or USB storage device directly to your HDTV's USB input.

BRAVIA Sync Compatible: Conveniently operate and control other BRAVIA Sync compatible devices--including BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, surround sound systems, Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot digital still cameras, all with one remote control.

VESA-compatible hole spacing uses an industry-standard mounting-hole pattern that can be used with VESA-compliant mounting brackets, taking the guesswork out of selecting the proper hardware for hanging your TV on the wall.


Key Specifications

  • Screen size: 46 inches
  • CineMotion Reverse 3:2 Pulldown Technology: Yes
  • 24p True Cinema Technology: Yes
  • 3D Comb Filter: Yes
  • Live Color Technology: Yes
  • Auto Picture Setting w/ HDMI: Cinema, Photo, Graphics, Game
  • Speakers: 2x 10W (20 watts of total power)
  • 5.1 Channel Audio Out: Yes
  • Dolby: Dolby Digital
  • USB Applications: Photo Viewer (jpeg), Music Player (mp3), Video Player (mpeg1), Video Player (mpeg2 TS)
  • Tuners: ATSC, NTSC, Clear QAM
  • VESA wall mounting pattern: 300 x 300
  • Warranty: 1 year labor and parts
  • TV with stand: 44.4 x 28.1 x 11.1 inches (WxHxD); 47.6 pounds
  • TV without stand: 44.4 x 26.6 x 4 inches (WxHxD); 41.2 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?
  • HDMI: 4 (2 side, 2 rear; HDMI PC input capability)
  • Component: 2 (rear)
  • Composite A/V: 2 (1 side, 1 rear)
  • RF: 1 (rear)
  • USB 2.0: 1 (side)
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1 (rear)
  • Analog audio inputs: 4 (1 side, 3 rear)

What's in the Box

BRAVIA EX500 Series HDTV, remote control (with batteries), AC power cord, table top stand, operating instructions

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HDTV Size chart
Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Sony HDTV Comparison

Series: BX300 EX308 EX400 EX40B EX500 EX600 EX710 HX800 NX700 NX810
Models: 32" 22" 32", 40" 32", 40" 32", 40",
46", 55",
32", 40",
32", 40",
46", 55"
40", 46",
40", 46" 46", 55",
Panel type LCD (CCFL) LCD (CCFL) LCD (CCFL) LCD (CCFL) LCD (CCFL) Edge LED Edge LED Dynamic
Edge LED
Edge LED Dynamic
Edge LED
HD 720p -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Full HD 1080p -- --
3D ready -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yes -- Yes
Video processing Engine 2 Engine 3 Engine 2 Engine 3 Engine 2 Engine 2 Engine 3 Engine 3 Engine 3 Engine 3
Motionflow -- -- -- -- 120Hz -- 120Hz 240Hz 120Hz 240Hz
Ambient Sensor -- -- --
Lightsensor -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Internet Video -- Ready -- Ready -- -- Ready
Internet Widgets -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DLNA -- -- -- --
Wireless LAN -- Ready
(w/ dongle)
-- Ready -- -- Ready Ready Integrated Integrated
Ethernet -- -- -- --
Blu-ray Disc Player -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
HDMI 2 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Component (Y/Pb/Pr) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Composite A/V 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Digital audio output Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
PC (DSub) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI PC input
USB 2.0 port 1 (svc only) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
MP3 playback --
JPEG playback --
MPEG 1/2 video playback -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MPEG 4/AVCHD video playback -- -- -- --
TV Guide onscreen -- -- -- --


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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight41.2 pounds
Product Dimensions44.4 x 4 x 26.6 inches
Item model numberKDL-46EX500
Color NameBlack
Specification MetEnergy Star
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #93,656 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight53.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
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184 of 189 people found the following review helpful By OZ on April 28, 2010
I did an extensive research for my new TV. I compared consumer reviews, professional reviews and checked couple TV's picture my self.

My conclusions at the end of research:
1. 3D Samsung - I don't see this technology is ready for home use. 3D picture cause headache for lots of viewers, 3D effect diminishes a lot if you are watching TV more then 4 feet away from the screen, and who wants to wear this glasses all the time? Another factor is cost. It is high for what you really get. This technology will be much more interesting once it gets mature, but not yet.
2. LED technology - I looked at edge led calibrated display by Samsung and I think it's not bad, but I see hallow of light at the edge of tv which reduces perceptual contrast. Otherwise edge led looks very similar to regular LCD, such I can't justify 30% more on average price increase.
3. Samsung reliability vs Sony. Lots of people believe that Samsung is more reliable, but checking forums I discovered that Samsung has number of hardware issues with their tv's and reliability is not that great. Sony used to be great couple of years ago, then reliability went down and it appears that they are trying to recover their reputation back now. At the end, number of issues between Sony and Samsung is somewhere the same with Samsung having more hardware related issues and Sony has more software bugs. Software is easier to fix with new firmware release. This is based on their older models, since you need some time, year or longer of use to evaluate long term reliability.

I bought this Sony at BJ and calibrated using AVIA HD and Avia Standard definition DVD's. I use it to play PS3 and my Home Theater PC.
1. Contrast - very good. In dark room I notice a little light leaking in the upper comers of the TV.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By H. Brand on April 15, 2010
By now, you probably done loads of research on the different LCD TV's.. Samsung, Toshiba etc. I purchased this set a few days ago and have it hanging on a sturdy wall mount. What I can say is that the image quality is vivid and you will not be disappointed in the feature set. The motionflow100 is definitely something new and takes some getting used to. You may not want to have it ON all the time. Though when watching fast films for action scenes and sports, it will definitely make a difference.

The TV has a very rich set of options and features, including slide shows and the handy USB port. Which only accepts FAT32 formatted USB sticks. it also requires registration on [...] to unlock certain DivX functionality.

Overall, I believe that the 46' is the BEST LCD currently on the market - in this price range. With motionflow and the USB port being the deciding factor for me. It was well worth it. Remember, no wireless, no presence sensor, no internet connectivity. That wasn't a train smash for me. The image is crisp and vivid, HD films are an amazing experience on this TV. Now I'm off to get the right sound setup. If you done the research and have the money, GO FOR IT.. I doubt you'll ever look back.

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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Whizzers Row: The Third on May 6, 2010
I got the Sony Bravio as a replacement for my Vizio of similar quality. It broke down, and the line was canceled so that the repair people could not get replacement parts. Therefore, I got a choice of three TV's selected for "similar" functionality, and after careful consideration, got the Sony Bravia.

Therefore, when I review this TV, I will be comparing it to the Vizio.

Video: The video is good, and the 1080p, which is as HD as you can get, looks just as good as I saw on my previous television. The standard definition could have looked better, but it is very hard to rate standard definition once you have been spoiled by the appearance of HD. One of the nice things about this television is how well it handles fast scenes. Movement if very clear on this television. I never thought my Vizio was bad with moving scenes, but you definitely notice a difference in fast action scenes.

Sound: Personally, I am not that concerned about sound. If I really cared that much about maximizing my sound quality, I would run out and purchase a theater system to handle that. I own one, but I don't use it because it isn't worth the extra power it takes. However, for the sony, sound needed to be set to 60/100 to get to a volume I am comfortable with. With my Vizio, I could get the same at 30/100. So the Sony has a much weaker sound. This bugs me, don't ask me why, but I like my Television to have a stronger sound, and the Sony doesn't provide, even if I would never go that high volumewise.

Design: I wanted to mention the design of the Sony as well. The back of the sony consists of two component, two HDMI, and a VGA+computer sound (also an optical and outsound). The side consists of 1 composite, 2 HDMI, and a usb, which I will get into in a bit.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on May 5, 2010
I've owned this TV for about 2 months now, and have watched many different formats on it including DVD's and Blu-Ray, streaming NetFlix, over-the-air HD local channels, and SD/HD cable. I fall in love with the TV every time I watch something on it. My wife can attest to the constant stream of "wow's" coming from my mouth while watching HD nature and travel shows. Action flicks? Awesome!

As many of you have done, I researched many different brands and models prior to making this purchase, using the Internet and in-person at local brick-and-mortar shops. I've always been a Sony fan, and didn't hestitate long when I realized that I could have a 120 Hz Sony LDC TV of this size for less than $1000. This is one of the few major purchase that I've ever made where there hasn't been any sort of buyer's remorse.

The feature set is light compared to some of the newer models out there. It doesn't have Internet apps built in, it's 120 Hz versus 240 Hz, and it's not an LED-LCD. As far as I'm concerned, most of those bells and whistles are unnecessary. I picked up a $160 Sony Blu-Ray player that covers the Internet streaming. I really like the convenience of Bravia Sync integration between my different enabled components. Definitely a cool feature.

This review is for the picture right out of the box. I am intending to calibrate it, and can only imagine that the picture quality will be even better!

One final note...as far as sound goes, I exclusively use external sound through my home theater system, so in comparison, of course the built-in speakers sound really weak. You'll have to draw your own conclusion in that department.

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