In the spirit of Westinghouse, Rocketfish, Element and others - Dynex is yet another manufacturer to hit big box stores such as Best Buy in hopes of attracting budget conscious consumers away from more established brands like Samsung and Sony. Dynex makes everything from cables to computers; however it was their HDTV lineup that caught my attention, specifically their 46-inch LCD HDTV (DX-46L260A12), which retails for $499.99 and is sold exclusively through Best Buy.
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The DX-46 is a straightforward design with industrial design befitting a first generation HDTV. The DX-46 measures 44 inches wide by 27 inches tall (without table stand) and 5 inches deep. The DX-46 tips the scales at 50 pounds making it a heavyweight among similarly sized LCD HDTVs. The DX-46 is a full HD 1080p design with a reported contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The DX-46 is not 3D compatible nor does it have the ability to connect to the Internet - so those of you addicted to tweeting while watching Doctor Who (BBC) are going to be out of luck. As for the connection options it does have, the DX-46 has two HDMI, one composite, one component, one PC with 3.5mm audio jack and one RF input - all of which are, surprisingly, side mounted. Outputs include a single digital audio output as well as a headphone jack - again, both side mounted. Other notable features include two 10-Watt internal speakers and an Energy Star certification as the DX-46 draws less than one Watt in standby.
In terms of performance, I'm afraid there isn't much to report here before and/or after calibration, for the DX-46 image quality is below average. Right off the bat the DX-46's image is simplistic at best. What I mean by that is there is zero subtlety to the image in terms of its color fidelity, grey scale tracking, black level detail and beyond. It's as if the DX-46 has only a 12-crayon box to play with, whereas the competition has a box of 96 - and a sharpener. To make matters worse there is a noticeable red shift throughout, which further compromises the image. The image is noisy and artifacts, especially motion artifacts, are abundant. About the only redeeming quality the DX-46 has going for it is the fact that it's among the most basic, straightforward and easy to use HDTVs I've ever encountered.
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