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Sony KDL-46Z5100

46" BRAVIA® Z-Series 1080p LCD HDTV with 240Hz anti-blur technology

Item # 15846Z5100

The Sony KDL-46Z5100 is one of the best-performing 46" HDTVs you can buy.

The Sony KDL-46Z5100 is one of the best-performing 46" HDTVs you can buy.

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About the Sony KDL-46Z5100

The Sony KDL-46Z5100 is one of the best-performing 46" HDTVs you can buy. It delivers a picture with superb detail and color, and no LCD is better at displaying high-speed sports and action-movie mayhem with smooth, smear-free motion. And if you have broadband Internet service, you can now view several popular websites on a high-def TV screen instead of on a cramped computer monitor.

The Sony KDL-46Z5100 is one of the best-performing 46" HDTVs you can buy. It delivers a picture with superb detail and color, and no LCD is better at displaying high-speed sports and action-movie mayhem with smooth, smear-free motion. And if you have broadband Internet service, you can now view several popular websites on a high-def TV screen instead of on a cramped computer monitor.

Motionflow™ 240Hz processing ensures naturally smooth motion
Every LCD TV maker takes a different approach to motion processing, and Sony's Motionflow technology has proven to be one of the most sophisticated and effective. This new 240Hz version quadruples the video frame rate by inserting three entirely new frames for each original frame. The system analyzes movement in each scene, adjusting the amount of enhancement to create seamlessly smooth, sharp pictures.

Enjoy better-looking non-HD video, too
High-def video looks amazing, but most of us will continue to watch some standard-def programs for a while yet. And that's when you'll appreciate the KDL-46Z5100's advanced video processing. BRAVIA Engine 3™ is Sony's latest and most complete solution for improving the look of lower-quality video. The system works on a scene-by-scene basis to reduce noise, adjust colors, and better define the edges of images.

Stay connected to the latest HD sources — and to the Internet
The KDL-46Z5100's "jack pack" includes four HDMI inputs for connecting high-def video sources like a Blu-ray player. Accessing the Internet is easy, thanks to built-in web applications called "widgets." They can deliver real-time information, like news and weather, as well as streaming video from YouTube® and Amazon Video on Demand.

Learn about the ins and outs of HDMI connections at the Crutchfield Learning Center.
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Scheduled delivery to your door: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for an additional $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses.


Product highlights:

  • 46" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 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)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • selectable Motionflow™ 240Hz anti-blur technology for clearer motion
  • 3800:1 contrast ratio (100,000:1 dynamic)
  • 10-bit display panel & video processing for over a billion possible colors
  • BRAVIA Engine 3™ digital video processing
  • Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) dynamic backlighting for better contrast and black levels
  • Deep Color and x.v.Color™ support
  • Internet-capable with built-in BRAVIA Internet Widgets (broadband service required)
  • capable of streaming video from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube and more (subscription required for Netflix service)
  • capable of streaming photos, music and video from a compatible DLNA-enabled networked computer
  • TV Guide® Interactive Program Guide
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated multibrand remote control
  • BRAVIA Sync™ simplifies control of compatible Sony components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video (side)
    • 1 S-video (side)
    • 2 component video (one is selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.3 (1 rear, 3 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • side PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Ethernet port
  • side USB port for digital photo/video/MP3 playback with Sony cameras and flash memory drives
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 18-5/8"W x 13"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 43"W x 27-3/8"H x 3-3/4"D (29-3/8"H x 13"D on stand)
  • weight: 52.9 lbs. with stand, 45.6 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # KDL46Z5100

What's in the box:

  • 46" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Pedestal stand
  • Wireless remote control (RM-YD029)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 4 Machine screws with a flat washer and lock washer installed on each screw
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • "Attaching the Table-Top Stand" instructions
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Digital Broadcast Reception Notice
  • Table-top stand mounting screws diagram
  • Limited Warranty information
  • End User License Agreement

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Features & specs

Screen Size 46"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Display Type LED-LCD
Backlight Type Other
Quantum Dot Color N/A
Video Processing Technology Bravia Engine 3
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR10 No
HDR10+ No
Dolby Vision No
Next-gen Gaming Features
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
4K/120Hz HDMI Inputs ---
Streaming Features
Internet Movie Streaming Yes
Bluetooth Audio Streaming No
Apple AirPlay 2 No
Chromecast built-in No
HDMI Inputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Audio Return Channel No
Component Video Inputs 2
Composite Video Inputs 0
3.5mm Composite A/V Inputs 0
RF Inputs 1
USB Ports ---
Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
Analog Audio/Headphone Output 1
Voice Remote ---
Control by app No
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches) 43
Height with Stand (inches) 29-3/8
Height without Stand (inches) 27-3/8
Depth with Stand (inches) 13
Depth without Stand (inches) 3-3/4
Stand Width (inches) 18-5/8
Weight with Stand 52.9 lbs
Weight without Stand Not available
Wall Mountable Yes
Wall Bracket Included No
Mounting Hole Pattern 300 x 300mm
Pedestal Stand Assembly required
Bezel Dimensions ---
General Info
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Model Year ---
Series Name BRAVIA

Product Research

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

Video Features

10-Bit Processor And Panel: Sony combines 10-bit processing with a 10-bit panel, allowing 64 times the levels of color expression. What that translates to is smoother transitions from color to color and subtle color changes faithfully reproduced without a paint-by-numbers look.

Bravia Engine 3 Technology: Bravia Engine 3 is the newest fully digital video processor from Sony. It uses a collection of enhanced algorithms to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimize contrast so ever

y scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images

Motionflow 240Hz Technology: Motionflow 240Hz technology is Sony's highest level of motion detail and clarity so you enjoy unprecedented motion detail in sports, movies and games. Motionflow 240Hz technology quadruples the frame rate, resulting in a crisp fluid motion and a natural, realistic viewing experience. This feature has a High, Standard, and Off setting.

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-46Z5100 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.

4 HDMI Inputs: The KDL-46Z5100 features four HDMI inputs (1 Rear/3 Side). The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) terminals provide an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080/24p, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The rear-panel HDMI input has left and right RCA audio jacks. 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 and separate RCA 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.

Deep Color Compatible: Deep color expands the colors on the display from millions to billions to provide exceptional vividness and color accuracy. Deep Color defines colors by using an algorithm that can specify any color that is found in nature. Deep Color gets rid of on-screen color banding, for tonal transitions that are smooth and graduations of color that are very subtle. It enables increased contrast ratio, and can represent many times more shades of gray between black and white (Requires Deep Color capable video source).

Component Video Inputs: The two component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. The Component Video 1 input also allows you to connect composite video (480i only).

Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) With Dynamic Backlight Control: This powerful combination of features adjusts the brightness of the backlight both to optimize image quality and reduce power consumption. It works in real time, controlling bright outdoor images and dark interior shots scene-by-scene for better video quality and a reduction in power use. Sony's Advanced Contrast Enhancer (ACE) builds on the TV's excellent on-contrast ratio performance of 3,800:1. A Dynamic Contrast Ratio of up to 100,000:1 is achieved by using real-time image processing to adjust the contrast along with optimizing backlight levels.

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.
    • 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.
    • Full: Displays the picture at its original size.
    • H Stretch: Enlarges the picture horizontally to fill the screen when the original source is 16:9; it is also useful for HD channels with 4:3 content.
    • Zoom: Enlarges the picture proportionately, both vertically and horizontally.
  • Auto Wide: Automatically changes screen settings base upon incoming video signal and content.

Screen Settings: The Sony LCD TV offers the following screen adjustments.

  • Screen Position: You can adjust both the vertical and horizontal positioning of the picture on the screen.
  • Vertical Size: Adjust the vertical size of a standard-definition picture.
  • Display Area:
    • Full Pixel: Displays the picture for 1080, 1080p or 1080/24p sources in its original size.
    • Normal: Displays the picture in its original size.
    • -1/-2: Enlarges the picture to hide the edges of the picture.

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

  • For Video:
    • Vivid: Enhances picture contrast and sharpness.
    • Standard: Displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments.
    • Cinema: Used to view film-base content; suitable for viewing in a theater-like environment.
    • Custom: Allows you to store your preferred settings for Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, Sharpness, Noise and MPEG Noise Reduction.
  • For Photo:
    • Vivid: Enhances picture contrast and sharpness.
    • Standard: Displays a standard picture for typical viewing environments.
    • Original: Images resemble the printed pictures from your photo album.
    • Custom: Allows you to store your preferred settings for Backlight, Picture, Brightness, Color, Hue, Color Temperature, and Sharpness.
  • For PC:
    • Video: Enhances the video shown on the screen.
    • Text: Enhances the text shown on the screen.

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.
  • Gamma: Adjusts the balance between bright and dark areas of the picture.
  • Clear White: Emphasizes white and light colors.
  • Wide Color: Selects the range of color reproduction from Wide or Standard.
  • Live Color: Makes colors more vivid and reproduces clear skin tones.
  • White Balance: Adjust the color temperature color by color.

CineMotion: Automatically detects film-based content and applies an inverse 3-2 pull-down process and a motion estimation engine to improve film content and de-interlacing performance. There are three settings.

  • Auto 1: Applies an inverse 3-2 pull-down process along with motion estimation to obtain the smoothest picture quality and reduces artifacts of moving images. Select for standard use.
  • Auto 2: Applies only the inverse 3-2 pull-down process. Picture movement will be similar to the original film.
  • Off: Turns off CineMotion.

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

Background TV: Background TV displays images of current video on your TV that are similar to a screen saver. Background TV is available from the Cable/Antenna, Composite, Component, or HDMI input.

Audio Features

Sound Settings: The Sound Settings menu allow you to make the following adjustments:

  • Sound Mode: You can customize the bass and treble or use one of the two 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 with adjustable EQ curves (Bass, Treble and Balance).
  • S-FORCE Front Surround: S-FORCE front surrounds provides a virtual surround experience made possible using just two front speakers. When turned off, the normal stereo or mono reception resumes.
  • Sound Enhancer: Adjusts high frequencies to improve sound clarity for compressed content such as MP3 files.
  • Sound Booster: Sound Booster provides a fuller sound with greater depth and width by emphasizing the high and low frequency sounds. You can select High or Low for the amount of boost you desire.
  • Voice Zoom: Adjusts the clarity of human voices by emphasizing or softening vocals.
  • 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: 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.

Digital Audio Output: Optical digital output that connects to the optical digital input of your digital audio equipment that is PCM/Dolby Digital compatible. Dolby Digital Audio signal from the HDMI input will be output as PCM.

PC/USB/Network Functions

Bravia Link Compatibility: Bravia Link compatibility expands the Sony television's capabilities by letting you connect optional Sony Bravia Link modules, including the Bravia DVD Link, Bravia Wireless Link, and Bravia Input Link (all sold separately).

Bravia Internet Video: Bravia Internet Video serves as a gateway delivering select Internet content and a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to your Bravia TV through its ethernet connection from your home's network connection. With Bravia Internet Video you can enjoy one of the largest collections of premium and free on-demand entertainment directly on the Sony LCD TV through its ethernet (LAN) port. You can use your in-home broadband connection and the television's remote control to access online video, music, and more content from over 20 providers including NetFlix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Sports Illustrated, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Slacker, and You can even personalize your viewing experience by selecting, positioning, and resizing widgets on the Sony TV's display. Bravia widgets are small icons that can be accessed with the touch of one button (from the remote) providing you with the latest in news, stocks, weather, sports, and much more right on the Bravia Z-Series HDTV.

Note: Broadband connection with at least 2.5 Mbps is recommended.

DLNA Capability: DLNA stands for the Digital Living Network Alliance, an Industry Standard Networking Capability supported by leading companies in the consumer electronics industry that allows DLNA compliant products to work with one another. This TV is a DLNA Certified digital media photo player that can display JPEG photo content from your DLNA Certified networked computer. Using the television's rear-panel Ethernet port, a DLNA-enabled PC can be accessed from the comfort of your living room or family room via the KDL-46Z5100, where you can enjoy JPEG digital photos, MP3 music, and MPEG2 video stored on your PC with friends and family, without having to view them on your computer.

USB Port: The TV offers easy access to JPEG photos, MPEG2 video, and MP3 music files stored on a Sony digital camera/camcorder connected via USB interface or Sony Micro Vault USB flash drives through its side-panel High Speed USB type-A port. Photos can be viewed as a Slideshow with or without music or in an Thumbnail view with up to 60 images at one time. Photos can also be rotated 180-degrees. You can select playback of a single video file or have all video files played in order, repeated, or in random. Music files can be played repeatedly or in a random order. You can also view factory preset visual effects during MP3 audio playback.

Note: Sony does not guarantee or assure the USB functionality on this TV in the following cases - Use of non-Sony brand USB equipment, Use of video or audio clips process on a computer, Use of files obtained from the Internet or from a printed film processing center.

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. You can adjust Phase, Pitch, Horizontal and Vertical Position and Wide Mode of picture.

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.

DMex/Service Port: This rear-panel USB port is for service use only unless you are connecting the optional Bravia DMex external module.

Convenience Features

Xross Media Bar (XMB) Interface: Sony's award-winning Xross Media Bar provides a logical and fast way to access set up menus, user controls, and more. The on-screen display comes to life by pushing the XMB menu button on the remote. Navigation through the menus is smooth and fast.

TV Guide: Sony has integrated the TV Guide Interactive Program Guide into the exclusive Xross Media Bar (XMB) user interface to deliver regularly updated program listings via your existing Internet connection (with no subscription fees or phone connection required).

Favorites: Using this feature, you can manage your preferred TV channels, External Inputs, Photo content, Music content, Video content, Internet content, Widgets, and Background TV themes for easy access.

Label Channels: This feature allows you to assign labels such as station call letter to the channel numbers. You can use up to seven characters.

Input Label: Each of the television's inputs (except PC) can be labeled with names (DVD, Cable Box, Satellite, BD, VCR, Receiver, DVR, Game, Camcorder or PC) instead of video 1, video 2, video 3, etc.

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 Captions can be customized. You can select Text-type, Character-size, Character-style, Character-color, Character-opacity, Edge-type, Edge-color, Background-color and Background-opacity.

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.

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.

ENERGY STAR 3.0 Certified: Sony Z-series HDTVs exceed ENERGY STAR 3.0 requirements by incorporating advanced power saving features such as Light Sensor technology that adjusts backlight intensity based on ambient room lighting conditions, Dynamic Backlight Control that adjusts backlight intensity based on the brightness of the image on the screen, and PC Power Management.

  • Backlight: This feature reduces the power consumption by turning off the backlight.
  • 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. You can select amount of auto-backlight reduction (High, Medium, or Low).
  • Idle TV Standby: This feature automatically powers off the TV after 1, 2, or 3 hours when no buttons are pressed on the remote control or the TV.
  • PC Power Management: This feature automatically places the television in Standby mode when there is not signal input for more than 30 seconds.

Remote Control

Illuminated Wireless Remote Control: The TV comes supplied with an illuminated IR wireless remote control (RM-YD029). The remote control can be programmed to operate other equipment and is pre-programmed to operate the following Sony Equipment: DVD Player, A/V Receiver, and Digital Satellite Box.

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. Once the supported equipment is connected, the following operations are available:

  • Turn off the equipment automatically when you turn off the TV
  • When the connected equipment is turned on by One-Touch-Play, the TV will automatically turn on and select the respective HDMI input
  • Automatically turn on equipment listed under the External Inputs on the XMB when selected
  • Camcorder transport control
  • When a Sony A/V receiver with BRAVIA Sync is connected the following additional operations are possible:
    • Turning on the A/V receiver when the TV is turned on
    • Automatically switching the A/V receiver's input to the TV
    • Adjust the volume and muting of the A/V receiver with the TV's remote control

Mounting Options

Tabletop Stand: The display comes supplied with a tabletop pedestal stand which must be attached using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 52.9 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 45.6 lbs without the stand.

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