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Sony KDL-46X2000 review: Sony KDL-46X2000

The Good 1080p image quality. Built-in HD tuner. 2 HDMI inputs. Stylish looks.

The Bad Fiddly setup. Average audio. Expensive.

The Bottom Line The Sony KDL-46X2000 is a stylish 46-inch LCD television with excellent image quality that can handle and display full 1080p high-definition signals.

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Sony's range of Bravia high-definition LCD TVs are among the best on the market. Its latest KDL-46X2000 screen sticks to that reputation and comes with full support for the 1080p full high-definition standard.

The KDL-46X2000 has been designed with Sony's usual sense of style and is finished in soft metallic silver with an elegant floating glass design. Integrated with the unit are a removable stand, two inbuilt speakers plus the all important HD tuner. The rear of the display houses most of the connectors, but there's also a fold-out panel with basic inputs up front for easy access.

The plain looking remote makes do with fewer buttons for better ease of use and matches the style of the LCD screen. The remote isn't backlit but worked well and sits comfortably in the hand - we didn't have any qualms.

The star feature of the KDL-46X2000 is the Bravia Engine EX, Sony's unique intelligent picture improvement technology. When combined with the integrated HD tuner, the KDL-46X2000 provides stunning images in full high-definition. Utilising live colour creation and the new Bravia Engine EX, the KDL-46X2000 is able to enhance image quality beyond that of its competitors. Instead of simply blowing up an image to fit the large 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, the KDL-46X2000 increases the resolution up to four times. This allows even SD viewing to have improved detail and clarity.

The screen also features the latest S-PVA (Super Vertical Pattern Alignment) technology, which provides a broader viewing angle and is quite large at 178 degrees, as well as Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) technology.

At the rear we find several important connectors including dual HDMI adaptors and the usual RCA and audio jacks. At the front there's an S-Video and RCA connection as well as several buttons for controlling the screen.

The standard speakers provide very good sound despite their size. They feature Dolby Pro Logic II Virtual Surround, which is further improved thanks to BBE Digital technology.

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