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Sony Bravia KDL-55HX850 3D LED HDTV Review

A top-tier model loaded with features. It’s a handsome devil, too.

$2,600.00 55 in.
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Introduction

The Bravia KDL-55HX850 (MSRP $2,600) is Sony’s flagship LED television for 2012. Sony is no stranger to the TV business, though they've certainly had a rough go at making it a successful business. Nevertheless, they've plowed ahead with their top-line model, which is loaded with plenty of features. It's awful 'purdy, to boot.

Were our minds blown? No, they were not. This is not a game-changer, and it's definitely not the hands-down best TV on the market. But it's a very good TV and we were suitably impressed. The picture quality on this monolithic beauty is very good, with an excellent contrast ratio and great colors. Sony even stepped up its 3D game for this TV: aside from the awful 3D glasses, the 3D effect this TV produced was superb.

Sony still has a lot to learn about the world of internet TVs. Yes, the concept is rather new, but Sony does a very poor job implementing internet features into its TVs and the 55HX850 is no exception. Their use of two different interfaces to access internet content is downright confusing and not something that consumers should have to deal with.

There is a lot to like about this TV and Sony is definitely going in the right direction in regards to design, performance, and 3D.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. 3D
  12. 3D Effect
  13. Software & Internet
  14. Apps & Internet Features
  15. Software & Interface
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery

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