Sony KDL-46Z4500 review

Sony really is showing what it can do with this stunning step-up model to the award-winning KDL-46W4500 Tested at £1870.00

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Our Verdict

The ’Z4500 represents the pinnacle of what Sony is capable of right now, so it should come as no surprise that it’s simply stunning

For

  • Builds on the already-impressive ’W4500 to create the best picture of any 46in TV we have yet seen

Against

  • The individual improvements aren’t as dramatic as £600 might suggest

Knowing how good the Sony KDL-46W4500 is, we rather suspected that it might take a stable mate to knock it off its perch.

Enter, the '46Z4500, a set that's so high-end, it costs £600 more than the already premium W.

That extra chunk of change gets you Motionflow 200Hz, an increase in claimed contrast from 50,000:1 to 80,000:1, and a different speaker array that also boasts a built-in subwoofer.

There are subtle styling differences, too, which include a ‘floating' speaker grille and a return to the blue-tinted Midnight Sky finish.

Plenty of small improvements?
We think it's fair to say the Z is a better-looking set than its W brother, but does it perform better? Well, yes, but subtly so.

The headline spec is that enhanced refresh rate, which should result in better motion. However, the extra level of motion processing this makes available actually decreases motion realism.

The most solid performance comes when Motionflow is standard, but it's not a huge improvement over the great delivery of the W.

A more significant difference is the ever-so-slight extra richness to whites, which in isolation is almost impossible to spot. It actually serves to add a smidge of extra life to skintones.

The backlight is a little more even, too, which will please those who were disappointed with the 'W4500.

Subtle performance improvements
All these small improvements add up to a performance that subtly improves on that of its brother.

It has the subtlety to reproduce all the realism of The Duchess on Blu-ray, and the vibrancy to make Wall-E jump off the screen, while revealing more detail, punch and black depth than any other set of this size.

Even the Freeview tuner is improved, with a marginal increase in stability. The sound, however, doesn't seem quite to bring the advances that its 40in sibling enjoys.

Other than that, though, the improvements make a picture that just about justifies the price. It's too expensive to win against its size rivals, but if you're prepared to pay for the very best, this is it.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product SeriesZ4500
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL46Z4500AEP
Product NameSony KDL-46Z4500
Product ModelKDL-46Z4500

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-46Z4500 46" LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Commander

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Picture in Picture, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC

Audio

RMS Output Power18 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate30 kg
ColourMidnight Sky