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Sony Bravia NX713 (KDL-46NX713) review: Sony Bravia NX713 (KDL-46NX713)

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The Good Slick design; good Internet content; impressive standard-definition upscaling; rich and natural colours; great black levels.

The Bad 3D performance is relatively poor.

The Bottom Line The 46-inch Sony Bravia KDL-46NX713 LED TV looks ace and offers top-class 2D pictures, as well as excellent Internet features. Just don't bother with its unimpressive 3D setting.

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8.3 Overall

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The Bravia KDL-46NX713 slots in towards the higher end of Sony's line-up of TVs, sitting just below the company's premium LX tellies, but above the HX and EX models. Its key selling points are its slim design, LED backlighting, and impressive Internet and networking features.

Currently you can buy it online for around £900. This 46-inch, 1080p LCD set is also 3D-ready. The add-on 3D transmitter is available for around £50, with each pair of glasses costing an additional £100.

Design and connectivity

Whichever way you look at it, the KDL-46NX713 is a real beauty. The screen sits flush with the bezel so that the front appears to be made from a single sheet of glass. The telly's supremely thin too, measuring a mere 31mm deep.

As you'd expect from a TV in this price bracket, the NX713 isn't found wanting when it comes to ports. There are two HDMI sockets mounted on the side and another two on the rear. Along with these, there are component, Scart, VGA and composite sockets, although some of these connections have to be made via short adaptor cables.

Media-playback support and online connectivity is good too. The TV has a USB port for connecting up external hard drives, and an Ethernet socket for hooking it up to a wired network. There's also integrated Wi-Fi, so you don't have to run any unsightly cables to the TV if you don't have an Ethernet socket nearby.

The TV uses the older XrossMediaBar user interface, rather than the updated UI found on the likes of the KDL-40CX523XrossMediaBar isn't exactly a bad system, but it can be a tad complex to navigate and it's not as speedy as the new user interface.

Online content

The KDL-46NX713 excels when it comes to online content. Along with the BBC's iPlayer service, the TV offers access to Demand 5, LoveFilm, and Sony's own Qriocity on-demand movie-rental service. You also get apps for social-media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Sony Bravia KDL-46NX713 EPG
The 46NX713's electronic programme guide is cleanly laid out and shows a handy video thumbnail in the top left-hand corner.

The set plays a range of different media formats, including MP3 music, JPEG pictures and Xvid and DivX video files. It didn't recognise the MKV files we had on our network-attached storage drive, though, which is a tad disappointing, as most LG TVs now support this format.

Freeview HD

The KDL-46NX713 has a Freeview HD tuner, so you can tune into the two BBC HD offerings, as well as the high-definition channels from ITV and Channel 4.

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