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Sony KDL-46V2500

46" BRAVIA® 1080p LCD HDTV

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Our take on the Sony KDL-46V2500

by Steve Kindig
Sony

Sony's lowest-priced 1080p BRAVIA TVs deliver performance that's only a slight step down from the top-of-the-line XBRs. The biggest difference between the two lines is the styling: "V-Series" models like the KDL-46V2500 replace the XBRs' wider "floating glass" cabinet with a space-saving bottom speaker design that lets you maximize screen size for your location.

More pixels + more colors = more realism
The KDL-46V2500's "Full HD 1080" screen resolution — 1920 x 1080 pixels — provides about twice as many pixels as you get with typical 40" LCDs. That higher resolution gives images lifelike clarity, detail, and dimensionality. If you're comparing 1080p models, look carefully; while all 1080p TVs display 1080p signals, only advanced models like the KDL-46V2500 can accept 1080p signals directly. For an exceptional 1080p video source, check out Sony's Blu-ray Disc player.

The advanced fluorescent backlight improves image quality two ways. First, it's a "wide gamut" design that produces a wider range of hues — colors look both deeper and more accurate. Also, the light level is adjustable, so you can choose a brighter picture for daytime viewing, or lower the brightness to enhance the contrast when viewing with the lights dimmed.

BRAVIA Engine cleans up low-quality signals
You'll want to feed the KDL-46V2500 as much high-quality material as possible, like DVD movies and HDTV programs. But realistically, you'll probably still be watching some regular (analog) programs for a while yet. That's when you'll really appreciate Sony's powerful BRAVIA Engine circuitry. It applies frame-by-frame digital processing to enhance contrast, reduce noise, and ensure natural-looking color.

The future-ready set of audio/video connections is heavy on HD-compatible connections, including two component video and two digital HDMI inputs for your most advanced video gear. The natural ruggedness of LCD panels helps the KDL-46V2500 excel as a total entertainment display. Connect your PC and/or video game console and work or play for hours if you like — LCDs are immune to screen burn-in.

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Highlights:

  • 46" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • S-PVA (Super Patterned Vertical Alignment) LCD panel for improved off-axis viewing
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 8-millisecond pixel response time
  • 1300:1 contrast ratio (7000:1 dynamic)
  • 178°(H) x 178°(V) viewing angle
  • Wide Color Gamut fluorescent backlight for extended color range
  • BRAVIA Engine™ digital video processing
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 S-video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 21-5/8"W x 13-1/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 44-1/4"W x 29-1/4"H x 4-5/8"D (31-5/8"H x 13-1/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 66.2 lbs. (without stand)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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46"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate
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Backlighting Type
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3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Wi-Fi
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MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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7
HDMI Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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3
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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Yes
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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44-1/8
Height with Stand (inches)
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31-5/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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29-1/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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13-1/8
Depth without Stand (inches)
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4-5/8
Stand Width (inches)
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21-5/8
Weight with Stand
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66.2 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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What's in the box?

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  • 46" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD012)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 8.25' AC power cord with in-line ferrite core
  • 5.25' HD15-to-HD15 cable with two in-line ferrite cores (has a D-sub 15-pin connector on each end)
  • 9.75' 75-ohm coaxial cable (has a threaded "F"-type connector on each end)
  • Support Belt
  • Securing screw
  • Wood screw
  • Cable holder
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (French)
  • Quick Setup Guide (English)
  • Quick Setup Guide (French)
  • "Installing the Wall-Mount Bracket (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Consumer 1 Year Warranty sheet (for Canada)
  • "Required Public Statement for GPL/LGPL Licensed Software Used in this Television" sheet (English)
  • "Required Public Statement for GPL/LGPL Licensed Software Used in this Television" sheet (French)
  • Online product registration sheet

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

BRAVIA Engine Full Digital Video Processor: This television uses Sony's BRAVIA Engine full digital video processor for crisp and clear images. Several special picture enhancement technologies are integrated into the processor to create better gradations and details, enhance contrast, dynamically improve color, and reduce image flicker.

NTSC/ATSC/QAM Tuners: The TV is equipped with an analog NTSC tuner, a digital ATSC/8VSB tuner, and a digital QAM tuner for receiving unscrambled digital cable channels. It is not CableCARD compatible. You do not need to connect an external HDTV set-top box in order to receive High-Definition programming.

Native Resolution: The KDL-46V2500 has a full HD native resolution of 1920 x 1080 with over 2 million pixels (more than twice the pixels of 720p HDTV). The TV's two HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals, and the two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals.

Picture Mode: You can select one of the following picture modes:

  • Vivid: enhances picture contrast and sharpness
  • Standard: displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments
  • Custom: allows you to store your preferred settings for Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, Sharpness, and Noise Reduction.

Advanced Video Settings: In addition to the Picture mode, the Advanced Video Settings menu also features the following:

  • Black Corrector: enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer: automatically optimizes the backlight and contrast
  • Gamma: adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture
  • Clear White: emphasizes white and light colors
  • Live Color: makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones
  • Color Space: select the range of color reproduction from Wide to Normal
  • MPEG Noise Reduction: reduces the mosaic effect picture noise in MPEG-compressed video

Screen Modes: You can choose from the following Screen Modes:

  • With 4:3 Sources:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the center portion of the 4:3 picture proportionately, while the left and right edges of the screen are stretched to fill the screen
    • Normal: Displays the 4:3 picture in its original size with black bars at the left and right sides to fill the screen
    • Full: Stretches the entire 4:3 picture horizontally only to fill the screen
    • Zoom: Enlarges the entire 4:3 picture proportionately to fill the screen (useful for watching Letterbox movies)
  • With 16:9 Sources:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size
    • Zoom: Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally

CineMotion 3/2 Pulldown Processing: This function optimizes the display by automatically detecting film content and applying a reverse 3-2 pulldown process. Moving pictures will appear clearer and more natural-looking.

Steady Sound: Steady Sound equalizes volume levels so there is consistent output between programs and commercials.

Surrround Effects: To enhance the sound, you can choose one of the following effects:

  • TruSurround XT: Adds a three-dimensional sound to stereo programs
  • Simulated Stereo: Adds a surround-like effect to mono-channel programs

BBE: To give the sound more impact, you can add BBE, which compensates for phase effects in speakers. You can select High, Low, or Off.

Light Sensor: In the menu, you can activate the automatic picture brightness control. A light sensor measures the amount of ambient light in the room and adjusts the picture brightness level accordingly.

Favorite Channel: This feature allows you to store and quickly access 16 of your favorite analog channels and 16 of your favorite digital channels.

Freeze Function: This function allows you to temporarily capture a program's picture by "freezing" the image. When the picture is frozen, the audio continues normally.

Input Label: Each of the six video inputs can be labeled with names (VCR, DVD, Satellite, etc.) instead of video 1, video 2, video 3, etc.

Timers: There is one event timer and a sleep timer built in. The event timer is set for the day, time, channel, duration and volume. The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Parental Control: You can select a viewing limitation based on the TV and movie ratings. Three presets are available (Child, Youth, and Y. Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Mounting Options

Removable Stand: The display comes mounted on a removable tabletop stand. There is also a support belt supplied that bolts to the base of the stand and is attached to the back of the shelf on which the TV sits. The stand allows the TV to be swiveled 15° to the left and right. The stand can be removed for wall mounting the TV.

Optional Wall Mount Brackets: The stand can be removed, allowing you to wall-mount the TV using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has 6 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 16-1/8". The vertical spacing is 9" from top to middle screws, 12-1/16" from top to bottom screws, and 3" from middle to bottom screws. The screw holes all accept M5 (5mm) screws.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The KDL-46V2500 features two HDMI inputs. One input also has left and right RCA audio jacks. The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. With an HDMI-to-DVI cable, you can connect the TV to a DVI-equipped A/V component. When connecting to a DVI-equipped component, the RCA audio inputs are used.

Note: The HDMI input will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. It will not support a PC.

Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

PC Input (RGB): A 15-pin HD15 jack allows you to connect your personal computer to the display. There is also a corresponding stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) for the computer's audio signal.

Side Panel Inputs: For convenience, there is an A/V input on the left side panel of the TV. Included are stereo RCA inputs, a composite video input, and an S-video input.

Headphone Jack: Along with the A/V input on the left side of the TV, there is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. When headphones are plugged into the TV, the speakers are muted.

Audio Outputs: These stereo RCA audio jacks allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system. In the menu you can set the output to Fixed (volume controlled by the receiver/amplifier) or Variable (volume controlled by the TV's remote control) operation. Note: You must turn the TV speakers off in the menu in order for the audio outs to function.

 
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5 out of 5

Great TV!

Written By jason, Atoka, TN on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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After spending several weeks researching HD LCD TV's, I decided on this one from Sony. I have NO complaints whatsoever!!! The TV has lived up to everything Sony has claimed and easily lives up to the reviews posted. Very easy to operate, install, and of course ENJOY! Thanks to the Crutchfield Advisor for assisting me with my purchase. This is the reason I come back to Crutchfield for all my major electronic needs. Just another satisfied customer!! p.s. The Xbox 360 looks AWESOME on this TV!!!
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5 out of 5

Exactly what I was expecting...

Written By Stephane, Houston, TX on Monday, August 27, 2007
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Excellent buy. Very satisfied with this unit. Good price, excellent quality. Exactly what I was expecting! HDTV programs are stunning.
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5 out of 5

Great LCD

Written By Bill, Fargo, ND on Thursday, August 23, 2007
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I wasn't planning on purchasing this particular model, but the Crutchfield rep I worked with highly recommended it. I'm glad I opted for his suggestion. I'm very happy with it. Thanks Crutchfield !!
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5 out of 5

"The LCD HDTV"

Written By Edwin, Hilo, HI on Sunday, July 22, 2007
 
This is one of the best HDTVs out there. My fiance Rose and I are soooo glad we got this t.v. We had a 50" SXRD and it failed on us. This t.v. by far is so awesome. Very crisp, smooth, and light. So good, so sexy bottom line!!!
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5 out of 5

GREAT Hi Definition TV

Written By LJ, Charlottesvillle, VA on Monday, February 12, 2007
 
This is a GREAT high definition TV. The picture is tremendous, colors and picture definition as good as any plasma I've seen. Good value, as the basic engine and components are the same as the XBR minus a very few bells and whistles for less money. I like the case around the screen, the XBR is too wide, and this matte finish is nice because it does not reflect light (lots of windows in the room). DVD's on an upconverting DVD player are incredibly clear. Looks great wall-mounted, I would recommend having Crutchfield install as they did a great job. We are VERY happy with this TV.
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Sony KDL-46V2500

Written By Brian, Keller, Tx on Sunday, February 04, 2007
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Superb quality, great value, competitive price. Extremely pleased.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Sean, Potomac, MD on Thursday, January 25, 2007
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excellent TV, great picture. The Sony Bravia V series is the brightest picture on any LCD I've seen on the market today. The color and contrast is with par and possibly better than many plasma displays. it is exactly the same as the XBR series except for the glass cabnit and and extra HDMI input but, 2 inputs is sufficient since most audio recievers have HDMI switching included
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5 out of 5

Best 46" Television on the Market

Written By Matt, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, December 30, 2006
 
I spent the majority of the past three days trying to pick the right television. In the end, it took me three purchases, but the Sony 46" Bravia (non-XBR) was the best option.

Here are just a few key points:

1) if you are deciding between 40" and 46", go with 46". It looks dramatically better.
2) This TV has (in my opinion) a much cleaner look than the XBR version (which has the silver and clear glass).
3) With the speakers mounted below the screen, Sony smartly saves horizontal space. In my case, I couldn't purchase the 46" XBR because it was too wide (due to the floating glass and speakers to the left and right).

The screen on this is beautiful. LCD is the right choice, especially if you will connect a computer (like I have done with a Mac Mini).
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