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5.0 out of 5 stars DYNAMIC EDGE SONY KDL46HX823 TV, 14 April 2012
This review is from: Sony Europe Ltd KDL46HX823 Sony 46" 3D Freeview HD LED Television (Electronics)
We decided to buy a new internet TV and as we have had Sharps, Sonys and Samsons in the past, we decided to replace a Sony with another Sony. We considered HX923 models which is Sony's flagship Direct Backlit LED version which cost a further £600!! Using our eyes and the same programme sources, it was very difficult to justify this massive price jump compared to the HX823 and we appreciate that this type of technology is expensive to manufacture (just look at a 40 inch B&O Direct Backlit at around £10000!). However we felt that the money was better spent on a new TV stand and some other peripherals.

The first thing that you will notice about this TV is the clean dark lines of the black Gorrilla Glass screen when it is switched off. An excellent design statement which will enhance your living room. When you switch it on, it really comes to life with a mouth watering picture in standard definition and especially when connected to an outdoor aerial. So if you spend all this money on this TV, then spend a small amount to have a good quality outdoor aerial installed.

The quality of the High Definition picture is excellent. We have it connected to a 3D Bluray player and of course it has a built in Freeview HD tuner. In addition we have a Sky+ HD box connected as well.
Set up from out the box to watching TV will take between 30 minutes to one hour according to what you have to connect to it. You can make adjustments to suit yourself as you get used to it, because it has comprehensive adjustment controls.

Sound quality is very good for such a thin panel set, they have managed to put three rear facing speakers in the back. However in our case we are using an existing Audio System, which makes it sound even better.
Connections are provided for HDMI sources, USB's, Scart adaper and more, so you can connect old and new technology. However you do not get the connectors you will need to connect the various components. So I would suggest you start by buying 3 HDMI cables, an optical cable if you intend to connect an audio system and possibly a SCART cable if you intend to connect a DVD/VCR.

PROS:
-Picture quality in Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) is excellent
-Adjustments are comprehensive
-Built in WIFI for internet access, include BBC iplayer, Love Films, SONY network is excellent
-Proximity Detector; if Kids are sitting too close then a message and sound warns
-Face detection; switches of set if no one is watching or is active after a certain time
-Records programmes onto an externally connected hard disk drive via one of the USB connectors
-All connections are placed on the left rear of screen and makes it a bit easier to arrange connections/cables
-i-MANUAL; much more comprehensive than the small paper one provided and its on the TV via the remote.
-Five years free SONY guarantee (if you shop around)
-Energy consumption is around 103 watts in use and less than 0.5 watts on stand by.
-SYNCHS with other SONY BRAVIA components. So we have bought a 8 to 1 SONY remote called the RM-VLZ620T in
which we have integrated 4 SONY components and a SKY box.
-SKYPE enabled; you will need to buy the mic/camera unit.
-3D enabled; you will need to buy the 3D glasses
-Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)is well organised, excellent
-Use your mobile phone/PC (Media Remote)to control the TV, excellent idea

CONS:

-Recording to an external Hard Disk does not allow you to watch another programme at the same time; you have to
stop the recording if you want to do this. So this is not a replacement for a Personal Video Recorder (PVR)
-3D glasses do not come in the box, plus they are expensive to buy at typically £60 each. So if you have a
family of say four then this will soon add up! I found the glasses rather uncomfortable to wear for a long
time. This 3D system is classified as an ACTIVE 3D SYSTEM which has been adopted by a few manufacturers such
as Samsung, Panasonic (do ACTIVE and PASSIVE systems)etc. However I tested an LG PASSIVE system which uses
the same polarized glasses you get in the cinema when you watch a 3D movie. As I am not a real fan of 3D; it
was not a major factor of this purchase for us.
-Internet Browser; this is very poor and it seems to go straight to the SONY website each time. The text is far
too small for this size screen and there is no obvious adjustment of the font size! Perhaps a software
update might help to solve this. You are better off connecting your laptop computer if you want to take
advantage of this large screen.

All in all this is an excellent TV and the PROs well outweighs the CONS, to watch the latest entertainment on and fulfills our internet needs of being able to stream things like films from Netflix etc, catching up with BBC i-player, playing our favourite DVD/Bluray and the games consoles can be connected when needed. In addition it looks stunning and at this size can be easily enjoyed by a large family and we fully recommend it
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Initial post: 7 May 2012 15:36:37 BDT
J. Jordan says:
excellent review,mostly agree on everything. One thing sony tv's are missing,esp. higher-end sets,is some sort of colour management,although i didn't really have to change anything with scene select on cinema 1. Fairly bang on there imo. Also agree about SD as i have a UPC cable box with scart & this hx823 does an amazing clean up of the picture,then upscale it with a pio DVR,unbelievable stuff. john :)
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