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Sony Bravia KDL-46CX520 Review

The CX520 is now the only Sony television to use fluorescent tubes for backlighting instead of LEDs.  It’s not designed as a successor to the EX503, but rather the EX402.  That’s why it’s missing features like a 100 Hz interpolation filter, but it does have the latest version of Sony’s X-Reality image engine and a revised XrossMediaBar interface.  Let’s take a closer look at what else it has to offer …

In the past year, Sony has seriously revised the hardware that it includes on its entry-level TVs.  As well as offering the sort of connectivity we’d expect from TVs further up the range (including four HDMI ports, composite and component video, SCART, VGA and Ethernet), these new TVs also include the manufacturer’s online services.


Excellent contrast and very deep blacks: 3364:1 and 0.06 cd/m²

Accurate colours: average deltaE of 1.5

Matte finish doesn’t suffer from reflections

No clouding on the version we tested

Low energy consumption: 94 W


No motion interpolation

Viewing angles too narrow

Media player doesn’t support enough video formats

Panel responsiveness below average


The Sony Bravia CX520 is an entry-level TV with great picture quality and no problems with clouding.  All that’s missing is support for 3D and motion interpolation.

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