“The Sony KDL-55HX853 is a really positive start for the company’s new range of TVs - we like this a lot.”
“Like most Sony products, the KDL-55HX853 has had obvious attention paid to its ergonomics, and consequently is a pleasure to use.”
“Edges are smooth, textures are described explicitly and motion is managed with the sort of unshowy authority that’s the hallmark of a capable product.”
“One area where the KDL-55HX853 scores comprehensively over every one of its nominal rivals is sound.”
The Verdict: “So taken as a complete package, there’s very little fault to be found with the KDL-55HX853. It’s delivery of white tones could be punchier, sure, and it’s not the most accomplished upscaler of DVDs we’ve ever seen, but these minuses are far outweighed by everything the Sony does well - we’re particularly taken with its outstanding black-tone facility, its motion- handling, its looks and its sound.”
What Hi-Fi 5* Award
“Sony gets its picture quality groove back."
“If you’re looking for a flatscreen with excellent image quality, a content-rich net portal and luscious design, then it’s a must-see.”
“If there’s better picture processing available at the moment, we haven’t seen it.”
T3 5* award
“Sony has pulled out all the stops to produce a sensational TV.”
"Somehow Sony also manages to deliver gorgeously vibrant colours and lovely bold whites in the same frame as the inkiest of blacks."
"Also mesmerising is how crystal clear and sharp pictures look."
"The word that best sums up our time with the 46HX853 can only be ‘wow’."
“The best LCD TV we’ve ever seen.”
10/10 Editor's Choice, Trusted Reviews
Remarkable picture technology brings you detail so razor-sharp that the tiniest raindrop might blow you away.
Stunning, true-to-life colours in deep and vibrant tones thanks to our advanced colour technology.
Choose from a huge selection of instant entertainment – catch up TV and whole TV series, sports and the latest films.
The sleek stand doubles as a home theatre system for sound with added oomph.
Our motion technology improves fast moving scenes. No more judder or blur, just crisp images and smooth movement.
You've seen 3D, but wait until you've experienced it in full high definition.
Deep in the Amazon rainforest the camera picks out a rare species amongst the foliage. It's detailed scenes like this where the HX8 really gets to show off. All of our core range of TVs will improve detail, using our unique X-Reality picture technology. This means you see more in every scene, from the razor-sharp talons on the bird of prey to the intricacies of the jaguar's markings. However, if it's the best possible detail you're after then you’re in luck. The HX8 with Detail + uses our more advanced X-Reality Pro technology. This cleverly compares the scene on the screen with a built-in database of images to replicate minute details such as texture. This way, you'll see every drop of rain as it bounces off the rainforest canopy, exactly as the cameraman witnessed it.
If you want to see things the way the director intended then excellent colour is vital. It must be life-like, which is where X-Reality picture technology comes in to play, enhancing colour as well as detail. But the difference between great colour and breathtaking, real-life colour is contrast – that's what sets the HX8 with Colour + apart from the crowd. You'll never miss the detail in the background of a creepy, dimly lit scene, or lose the striking contrast of a full moon on a pitch-black screen. Here comes the techie bit. Good contrast is all about where the LEDs that light the screen are positioned. Unlike LCDs and most LED TVs, our sophisticated local dimming method uses LEDs on not just one but two sides of the screen. These adjust in small clusters, giving much greater control over which parts of the screen are dark and light. That means brilliant whites to true, deep blacks and all the shades in between. Isn't it time you discovered what's lurking in the shadows?
There's one place you'll find everything you need for a great night in – Sony Entertainment Network. Catch up on TV programmes you've missed with BBC iPlayer or watch whole seasons of your favourite TV series through Netflix. Settle down to watch Wimbledon or the athletics on BBC Sport. Even share that video of you crashing your mountain bike on YouTube. Or just pour yourself a drink, get comfy and choose a blockbuster film fresh out of the cinema from Video Unlimited. It's all there in one place. You just have to choose what to watch, when you want to watch it.
The sharp crack of a twig, the sound of a V8 engine revving, the gasp around the stadium as someone misses a penalty. Sound is the other dimension. The HX8 comes with a stand that contains built-in speakers, which you may have heard referred to as a soundbar. With a soundbar, you'll hear all the raw growling noise in your movie, and the subtle sounds too, so what you're watching comes to life with a bang.
Imagine you're looking at a flick book. If you only saw one in every few pages you wouldn't get the full story. It's the same when you're watching some TVs. If it cannot progress between different images, called frames, quickly enough the result is movement becomes juddery or blurred. On the majority of our TVs we improve the appearance of movement on the screen with our motion technology. This smooths the sequences between images and reduces blur. However, if you want fast-paced action like a high-octane tennis match, a sweeping shot of a vast landscape or anything involving 3D then you will want a TV able to move between frames at the maximum possible speed. The techie phrase for measuring that speed is "native hertz", and the maximum possible is 200. The HX8 boasts Movement + which is our simple way of saying it has the highest possible level of native hertz. So you can be confident of seeing every detail, every second, without any blur or judder.
If you like to be on the edge of your seat while the action unfolds around you, there’s one way to do it. Full HD 3D. That’s clear, bright 3D pictures at the highest resolution. The HX8 uses a high-speed panel that’s four times faster than those used on TVs without 3D, so that you’ll get really smooth and vivid 3D pictures in any room at any time of day. None of the blurring you sometimes see on inferior 3D sets. If you love movies enough to want 3D at home, you’re going to want nothing short of a mind-blowing experience.
Fancy saving a bit of money every month? TVs now come with an Energy Rating sticker that shows you how much energy they use, which is basically a reference for how much they are going to cost you on energy bills. An A or B energy-rated LED television uses up a lot less electricity than your average plasma. All of our TVs for 2012 are either A or B rated, which means you'll be saving money as you're entertained.
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