Published On: May 27, 2010

Sony KDL-46EX500 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Published On: May 27, 2010
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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Sony KDL-46EX500 LCD HDTV Reviewed

As a lower-priced model in Sony's 2010 TV lineup, the KDL-46EX500 doesn't offer perks like 240Hz, 3D capability, and BRAVIA Internet Video. This traditional CCFL-backlit LCD does offer a 120Hz refresh rate and a healthy amount of A/V inputs and picture adjustments.

Sony KDL-46EX500 LCD HDTV Reviewed

  • Adrienne Maxwell is the former Managing Editor of, Home Theater Magazine, and Adrienne has also written for Wirecutter, Home Entertainment Magazine,,, and other top specialty audio/video publications. She is an ISF Level II-certified video calibrator who specializes in reviews of flat-panel HDTVs, front video projectors, video screens, video servers, and video source devices, both disc- and streaming-based.

Sony-KDL46EX500.gifOne of the more budget-oriented series in Sony's 2010 lineup, the EX500 Series lacks higher-end perks like 3D capability, Motionflow 240Hz processing, and access to the BRAVIA Internet Video platform. The EX500 Series includes screen sizes of 60, 55, 46, 40 and 32 inches. We have not performed a hands-on review of the KDL-46EX500, but here is an overview of the TV's features. This 46-inch, 1080p LCD uses Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2 processor and has a traditional CCFL backlight, as opposed to the LED-based systems found in higher-end lines. This model uses Motionflow 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur and film judder, and it has EnergyStar 4.0 certification.

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The KDL-46EX500's connection panel features four HDMI, two component video, one PC, and one RF input to access the internal ATSC and Clear-QAM tuners. The HDMI inputs accept both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals, and two are located on the side panel for easy access. The side panel also includes a USB port that supports video, photo and music playback. This TV lacks an Ethernet port or internal WiFi antenna to connect to a home network for media streaming. It also lacks an RS-232 or IR port for integration into an advanced control system.

The setup menu includes a solid assortment of A/V adjustments, beginning with eight Scene Select modes that tailor video and audio settings for a certain type of content (like cinema, sports or music). In the video-only realm, you can choose from three preset picture modes and four color-temperature options. You can access RGB gain and bias controls for precise white-balance adjustment, but the TV lacks an advanced color-management system to precisely tweak the six color points. The menu includes general and MPEG noise reduction, gamma adjustment, and an Ambient Sensor that will automatically optimize the picture quality to suit the room's ambient light (this goes beyond just adjusting the brightness of the backlight). The Motionflow 120Hz menu has three options (Off, Standard and High), and this model includes Sony's Auto 1 and Auto 2 Cinemotion settings, which also affect the quality of motion in film sources. The KDL-46EX500 has four aspect-ratio options, with the ability to display 1080i/1080p sources with no overscan.

The audio setup menu includes four sound modes: Standard, Dynamic, Clear Voice and Custom. In each mode, you can adjust treble, bass and balance, and the Custom mode allows you to fine-tune the output using a seven-band equalizer. You can choose from four surround modes, and there's also steady sound and volume offset options; however, this model does not offer audio-leveling technology from a company like Dolby or SRS.

The Eco menu includes a power-saving mode to lower the backlight level, as well as the ability to set up the TV to turn itself off if it has been idle or has had no signal for a designated time. The KDL-46EX500 does not sport Sony's new Monolithic design; it has a fairly traditional aesthetic, with a glossy black frame and swiveling stand.

Read more about the high points and the low points of the KDL-46EX500 on Page 2.

Sony-KDL46EX500.gifHigh Points
• This TV has a 1080p resolution and will accept 24p sources via its HDMI inputs.
• Motionflow 120Hz technology effectively reduces motion blur and
offers multiple settings to tailor the smoothing effect to your liking.
• LCDs can be very bright, which makes them a good choice for a brightly lit viewing environment.
• The TV has a solid amount of connection options and picture adjustments.
• The USB port allows for easy playback of digital media files.

Low Points
• The KDL-46EX500 uses a traditional CCFL backlight, so its black level
will likely not be as deep as you'll find in the better full-array
LED-based LCDs with local dimming.
• LCD viewing angles are not as good as you'll find with a plasma TV.
• This TV lacks 3D capability.
• It does not support media streaming or Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video
platform, for access to video-on-demand, YouTube and other Web services.

The KDL-46EX500 has an MSRP of $1099.99, but it is available for less
than $1,000, which makes it a good value for a 46-inch Sony TV. It
doesn't offer all the benefits you get with higher-end Sony
models--like LED lighting, a super-slim cabinet, and Web/network
access--but it is a 1080p display with four HDMI inputs and the
all-important 120Hz technology needed to reduce motion blur in an LCD.
It's a solid choice for someone who wants an affordable, 1080p Sony TV
that will see a lot of use with sports, action flicks, and gaming

Additional Resources
• Read many more reviews for LCD HDTVs on from
• Find out more about Sony and its products.
• Buy the Sony KDL-46EX500.

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