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Sony KDL-46EX500

46" BRAVIA® 1080p LCD HDTV with 120Hz blur reduction

Item # 15846EX500

Motionflow beats blur for clearer motion Thanks to Sony's Motionflow™ 120Hz processing, the KDL-46EX500 keeps...

Motionflow beats blur for clearer motion Thanks to Sony's Motionflow™ 120Hz processing, the KDL-46EX500 keeps...

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Item # 15846EX500

About the Sony KDL-46EX500

Motionflow beats blur for clearer motion
Thanks to Sony's Motionflow™ 120Hz processing, the KDL-46EX500 keeps everything clean and clear, even when displaying fast-action sports, movies and video games. Four HDMI inputs ensure the best possible picture quality from high-def sources like Blu-ray players, satellite TV receivers, and HD game consoles.

Motionflow beats blur for clearer motion
Thanks to Sony's Motionflow™ 120Hz processing, the KDL-46EX500 keeps everything clean and clear, even when displaying fast-action sports, movies and video games. Four HDMI inputs ensure the best possible picture quality from high-def sources like Blu-ray players, satellite TV receivers, and HD game consoles.

Smart features improve the picture while lowering energy use
If you're looking for ways to cut back on your household's electricity use, the KDL-46EX500 can play a role. For example, a room light sensor enables the TV to automatically adjust the brightness based on your room's lighting conditions. When you settle in for a movie and dim the lights, this sensor dims the screen brightness, providing a more theater-like picture while also reducing energy use.

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Features:

  • 46" screen (measured diagonally)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • selectable Motionflow™ 120Hz blur reduction for clearer motion
  • 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • BRAVIA Engine 2™ digital video processing improves the look of non-HD sources
  • room light sensor with automatic screen brightness adjustment
  • PC/TV picture-in-picture
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video (side)
    • 2 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.3 (2 rear, 2 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • side USB port for photo/video/music playback
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 18-1/8"W x 11-1/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 44-1/2"W x 26-5/8"H x 4-1/8"D (28-1/4"H x 11-1/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 47.6 lbs. with stand; 41.2 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # KDL46EX500

What's in the box:

  • 46" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Pedestal stand
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD034)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Four 5mm x 16mm machine screws (with a flat-washer and lock-washer installed on each screw)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Table-top stand assembly instructions
  • "Caution" note
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • "Attention" note (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Safety and Regulatory Booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • End User License Agreement
  • Remote note

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Video Features
Audio Features
PC/USB Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

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-46EX500 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 four HDMI inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080/24p signals, and the two component video inputs can accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals. All video signals from standard definition and high definition are upconverted to 1080p.

Bravia Engine 2 Fully Digital Video Processor: The Bravia Engine 2 fully digital video processor uses a collection of unique Sony technologies to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimize contrast so every scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images and color.

4 HDMI Inputs: The KDL-46EX500 features four HDMI inputs (2 Rear/2 Side). The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. The HDMI input will accept 1080/24p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The rear HDMI 1 input shares a 3.5mm audio jack with the television's PC input. 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 3.5mm audio input is used and separate minijack audio cable must be connected.

24pTrue Cinema (24p Input Capability): Many movies are filmed at 24 frames per second (fps) and prime time TV programs are video taped at 24p. Seizing on an opportunity, some studios are taking a purist approach and encoding high definition video content such as Blu-ray Disc in 24p. Sony wisely takes advantage of this by including 24p input capability via HDMI on this television producing images that are smooth and natural looking.

2 Component Video Inputs: The two rear-panel component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. If needed, Component Video 1 can be used as a composite video input instead.

Motion 120Hz Technology: Experience smooth motion detail and clarity with Motionflow 120Hz technology. Motionflow 120Hz technology doubles the frame rate from the standard 60 frames per second and applies Image Blur Reduction technology to deliver a crisp, fluid and realistic viewing experience during fast-action scenes. The Motionflow 120Hz feature has three settings to choose from - High, Standard, or Off.

Ambient Sensor: The television's Ambient Sensor automatically adjusts the picture color based on your room's lighting, so you get a natural looking picture whether you are watching TV late at night or during the day.

LightSensor Technology: The television's integrated LightSensor technology automatically increases or decreases the level of brightness of the TV's backlight based on your room's lighting conditions. When you dim the lights to watch a movie, the TV's sensor dims the backlight, which also helps reduce unnecessary power consumption.

Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE): The televisions Advance Contrast Enhancer (ACE) automatically adjusts backlight and contrast to the most suitable setting judging from the brightness of the screen. This setting is especially effective for dark scenes, and will increase the contrast distinction for the darker picture scenes. The ACE can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

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

  • 4:3 Default:
    • 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 (available for 480i or 480p sources)
    • 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)
  • 16:9 Wide Mode:
    • Wide Zoom: Enlarges the picture to fill the screen with minimal distortion
    • Normal: Displays a 4:3 picture in its original aspect ratio when the original source is 4:3 (available for 480i or 480p sources)
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size
    • Zoom: Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally
    • Full Pixel: Display the picture in its native resolution for 720p, 1080i, and 1080p formats only (excluding Cable/Antenna input)
  • Auto Wide: Automatically changes screen settings base upon incoming video signal and content.

Screen Positions: The Sony LCD TV offers the following screen position adjustments in Zoom and Wide Zoom screen modes.

  • Vertical Center: Allows you to move the position of the picture up and down.
  • Horizontal Center: Allows you to move the position of the picture left and right.

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, Noise Reduction.

MPEG Noise Reduction: This feature reduces the picture noise in MPEG-compressed videos. This is effective when viewing a DVD or digital broadcast. You can set the level of noise reduction to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

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

  • Gamma: Adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture.
  • Clear White: Emphasizes white and light colors. It can be set to High, Low, or Off.
  • Live Color: Makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones. It can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.
  • White Balance: Adjusts the color temperature color by color.
  • Black Corrector: Enhances black areas of the picture for stronger contrast. The Black Corrector can be set to High, Medium, Low, or Off.

CineMotion: This function provides improved picture movement and reduces picture blur and graininess for film-based content.

Picture Adjustment Lock: This function prevents the television's Picture Settings from being changed.

Audio Features

Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the three preset sound modes:

  • Dynamic: Enhances both treble and bass.
  • Standard: Suitable for spoken dialogue.
  • Clear Voice: Suitable for spoken dialogue.
  • Custom: Allows you to customize sound settings (Bass, Treble and Balance).

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

Volume Offset: Adjusts the volume level of the current input (TV or video input) relative to other inputs.

Analog Audio Outputs (Fixed): These stereo RCA audio jacks on the rear-panel of the television allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system.

Digital Audio Output: The rear-panel Optical digital output connects to the optical digital input of your digital audio equipment which is PCM/Dolby Digital compatible.

PC/USB Functions

PC Input (RGB): A side-panel 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.

PC Compatible: The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input or HDMI input. The TV supports the following PC resolutions - VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA and HDTV.

PC Settings: When a PC is connected to the TV and the PC input is selected, the PC settings screen is available.

  • Wide Mode: Select from Normal (original), Full 1 (enlarge picture keep original aspect ratio), or Full 2 (enlarge picture to fill display area).
  • Sharpness: Phase (fine tunes overall sharpness), Pitch (adjusts uneven sharpness)
  • Position: Horizontal Center (moves the position of picture left/right), Vertical Center (moves position of picture up/down)
  • Auto Adjustment: Automatically adjusts the display position and phase of the picture when the TV receives an input signal from the connected PC.

PIP: Picture-in-Picture displays an image from a connected PC (via PC-input or HDMI) in full-screen and a TV program other external input in an inset window. You can swap audio between the main and sub window.

Note: If you have your PC connected via HDMI, you cannot view another HDMI source in the inset window.

USB Port: The Sony LCD TV features a side-panel USB type-A connector for sharing your photos (JPEG) or videos (MPEG1/MPEG2), and listening to music (MP3) from your connected digital camera, USB-enabled MP3 player, or other USB storage device.

Convenience Features

Scene Mode: You can access the following scene modes from the remote control to optimize both picture and sound quality.

  • Cinema: Delivers picture scenes and sound just like those in a theater.
  • Sports: Presents realistic pictures and sound just like those in a stadium.
  • Photo: Reproduces the texture and color of a printed photo.
  • Music: Lets  you experience dynamic and clear sound just like a concert.
  • Game: Broadens your game-playing experience with superb picture and sound quality.
  • Graphics: Eases prolonged monitor viewing with clearer detailed pictures.
  • General: No optimized picture or sound according to the input source.
  • Auto: Automatically optimizes picture and sound quality according to the input source.

Favorite Menu: The Favorites Menu function makes it easy to quickly access your favorite channels and video inputs (up to channels and/or external inputs).

Input/Channel Label: This feature allows you to assign labels to the television's inputs and your favorite channels. You can create station call letters (up to nine characters) to the channel numbers. You can assign the following labels for each input (except PC and Cable/Antenna inputs): Cable, Receiver, Satellite, VCR, DVD/BD, DVR, Audio System, Home Theater, Game, Camcorder, Digital Camera, PC, and Skip. Or you can also select a custom nine character label for each of these inputs.

Caption Vision/Info Banner: This feature allows Closed Caption and/or channel programming information to be displayed on the TV screen. You can choose from CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, Text1, Text2, Text3 and Text4. Digital Channel's Closed Caption text can be customized.

Power Saving: This feature reduces the power consumption by adjusting the backlight brightness of the TV's screen. This also enhances the black level of the television. You can select from Low, High, Off and Picture Off.

Idle TV Standby: Automatically powers off the TV after 1, 2, or 4 hours when no buttons are pressed on the remote control or the TV.

Auto Shut Off: Automatically powers off the TV when no input signal is detected for a certain period of time.

Sleep Timer: 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 Young Adult) or the limitation can be customized to specific industry ratings. The control is accessed and protected by a 4-digit password.

Input/Channel Block: This feature allows you to block certain channels or inputs regardless of program ratings.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RM-YD034). The remote is designed for TV operation only, unless used with Bravia Sync AV components connected by HDMI. The remote control features two power buttons (one on the front of the remote and one on the back of the remote).

BRAVIA Sync: This TV is equipped with BRAVIA Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between Sony TVs and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. The television offers the following BRAVIA Sync operations for the listed device.

  • BD/DVD Player: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync BD/DVD player via HDMI to the television, the included remote will automatically turn on the TV and BD/DVD player, switch the television to the appropriate input, and begin playback of the BD/DVD disc player. The remote will also automatically turn off the connected BD/DVD player when you switch the TV to standby mode.
  • AV Amplifier: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync AV amplifier to the television via HDMI, the supplied remote will automatically turn on the TV and the connected AV amplifier, as well as switch the sound output from the TV speaker to the audio system. You can also adjust the volume of the connected AV amplifier through the TV's remote control. The remote will automatically turn the connected AV amplifier off when you switch the TV standby mode.
  • Video Camera: When you connect a compatible Sony BRAVIA Sync Handycam to the television via HDMI, the TV will automatically turn-on and switch the input to the connected video camera once the connected video camera is turned-on. The connected video camera will automatically turn off when you switch the TV to standby mode.

Mounting Options

Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The tabletop stand allows the television to swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 47.6 lbs with the stand attached.

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 4 threaded screw holes with a horizontal spacing of 11-3/4" (300mm) and a vertical spacing of 11-3.4" (300mm). The screw holes all accept M6 (6mm) screws. The TV weighs 41.2 lbs without the stand.

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