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I may mention the word quality a few times...,
This review is from: Sony KDL46HX853 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p SMART 3D Dynamic LED Television with Built-in Home Cinema System Stand (Electronics)
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The Sony Bravia HX853 is a big investment but for those seeking the home cinema experience it offers quality in abundance.
I don't think I've ever seen a picture quality as vibrantly colourful before. Having recently watched the Jubilee's pageant sailing up the Thames on BBC HD it was so wonderfully detailed that I could even put up with the BBC's inane coverage of the event. The TV runs in 1080p HD with Sony's dynamic detailing and colour technology producing something jaw-droppingly good. Watching the film Zulu on Blu-ray was even better than on our other Samsung widescreen as the vibrancy of the picture is made so much better. It will give films old and new a fresh appearance.
The Bravia's 3D technology works dynamically with the Sony active shutter 3D glasses to offer continuous high quality imagery. Having tested the 3D with a number of people it mostly got very positive marks. However some found that with too much 3D imagery happening on the screen (for example in Sharks 3D they used a shoal of fish as the foreground image in front of the shark) which meant some found it quite difficult to focus at times. This is likely down to your eyes trying to adapt to 3D. This kind of, perhaps excessive, 3D imagery is mainly subject to demonstrational pieces (like Sharks 3D) not regular films and overall the Bravia handles 3D extremely well (you can adjust the 3D levels in settings and this does help with the aforementioned problem). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows looked stunning and the depth given to action scenes was amazing. The TVs brilliant colour and motion technology, adding the range of audio from the soundbar, produce a top quality 3D experience.
The HX853 uses a sound bar stand to produce, maybe not surround sound, but certainly the range of sounds you'd expect from surround. The low end can produce some very impressive effects and the overall mix is done extremely well. Loud crashes are given the significant `oomph', and quieter dialogue comes through clear and un-muddied. You will hear the rumble of an oncoming storm or the grand swell of an orchestral score. Outside of true surround it's the next best thing.
The HX853 has a number of online features connected through its inbuilt Wi-Fi or through wired LAN. As you may expect most of the better services are subscription only. The Sony Entertainment Network offers a variety of the latest films in HD or SD for rental (at around five pounds). These can be one off payments however the other film services on offer (LoveFilm and Netflix) are both monthly subscription options. On demand TV services include BBC IPlayer, 5 on demand, Sky news and BBC News. Other online services such as Sony Entertainment TV, Music Unlimited, Crackle and Muzu offer clips and varying degrees of quality programming. The Bravia also features a range of Apps such as Skype, Facebook and Twitter. The latter two can be used as widgets and kept on-screen. You can also connect with other Wi-Fi devices to show videos, photos etc.
The Internet can be accessed through the TV's browser but I did not find it particularly easy to navigate.
The speaker stand in approximately 43 inches in width and 7 and a half in depth. The TV and stand is approximately 27 inches high.
While the Bravia HX853 is obviously a large investment the performance is undeniable. If you're planning to go 3D then you will want the best experience possible. Even if you're not ready to invest fully in 3D yet (as you'll need a 3D Blu-ray player, glasses or a subscription to Sky's service) you will have, not only the possibility of 3D, but an extremely high quality high definition TV. For the next step up in home entertainment and for those who want that full cinema experience it's more than worth the investment.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2012 21:26:35 BDT
Hi, thanks for stating the dimensions of the stand..am wondering what width tv stand to consider and am finding the glass options quite limited...what do you think would be the perfect size width,could i get away with a 110cm or need a 120cm?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 23:24:08 BDT
Hi, a 110cm stand width would probably be okay. The speaker stand's width is approximatly that but it slopes down around the edges so the actual width sitting on the stand would be approx 102cm in width. I have a 120cm glass stand myself.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 09:36:25 BDT
Hi holy smoke,
Thanks so much for getting back to me!(i haven't seen the tv in the flesh so couldn't visualise how it would look on a stand) am fed up trawling online for one!!
One other thing..did you get/have any specific (expensive!)hdmi leads ..cant remember what i have on my present samsung but they seem ok,
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 12:10:28 BDT
Hi, you will need to invest in a high speed HDMI (with Ethernet) cable for 1080p HD and 3D features (unless your existing HDMI cable has this).
Amazon Basics offer one here: AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 6.5 Feet / 2.0 m
You can spend a great deal on HDMI cables but I tend not to, as long as it has the features you need it will be fine.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 00:00:43 BDT
Thanks again HS!
Last question if I may as not very teched up! I had a look at the hx 753 as I have surround sound and wouldn't need the 853 speaker as such and aside from the stand being different is there much in the way of picture quality difference do you think to warrant the extra £'s of the 853?
The table in the description shows the motion enhancer and picture processing engine to differ but guess the 753 is also good TV?
Hope you can advise, thanks again..
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 15:11:17 BDT
Unfortunately I've never seen the 753 so I can't really compare the two TVs. The specs are better for the 853 but not massively so. If you've already invested a lot into a surround sound system then maybe the 753 would be a better option as the specs are still very very good. As I say though without direct comparrison I can't tell you how much better the 853 is to the 753.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 21:31:27 BDT
Thank you for your reply, really appreciate it..will find it a bit more from retailers and see too but both look good..
All the best :-)
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 07:58:35 BDT
Staffy 45 says:
Nice review...well done. I'm just waiting untill September / October for the 60" version.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2012 11:03:28 BDT
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j s says:
As per normal people: just wait until the sales, as last year I got the 40NX723 for £700 which was initially on sale (including the pretend discounting they all advertise!) for £1400.
Half the price! Same great TV's.
A decent 40" Sony should cost you no more then £750, with 46" models no more than £850.
For some reason they tend to shoot up exponentially all of a sudden for the next size up (55") costing around £1200 ON SALE! Nevermind these 60" or 65" models now arriving which are minimum £2500 ON SALE!
Why, I never know - yes they're bigger, but that's 3 or 4 times the price of the 40" or 46" sodding ones?!
Oh and BTW, the "services" are still largely rubbish on these TVs, S L O W and cumbersome, so don't expect to find them as good as plugging in something like a separate Mac Mini with the decent free Plex media centre server software.
No competition: Mini+Plex offers nearly everything. ALL the formats you want (DLNA is essentially rubbish, highly limited formats and on screen controls), iPlayer/Netflix/other terrestrial online players and a gazillion other plug-ins, and most importantly of all seamless media content access to your own library (it scrapes the metadata off several websites for you, so you don't have to enter it all yourself!).
Me, I'm waiting for Google TV and/or Apple TV Set/improvement (probably "apps") - if either of them ever arrive, lol!
Posted on 26 Sep 2012 23:04:22 BDT
Paul Allen says:
I just bought the Sony Bravia 46 HX853 could you recommend any good picture settings to use for watching freeview or movies on.I find the default VIVID settings are very bright and very hard on the eyes although i normally like a bright picture and not too dull a picture.